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Ellen Sat Next to Dubya at a Football Game. Then, Backlash

After criticism, DeGeneres explained it's OK to be friends with people who have different beliefs

(Newser) - Celebrity, politics, and sports merged into one headline Monday after a flap over an NFL game that Ellen DeGeneres went to this weekend. The 61-year-old talk show host and her wife, Portia de Rossi, went to the Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game on Sunday as the guest of Charlotte Jones,... More »

Steelers QB Has a Scary Day

Mason Rudolph eventually got up and walked off the field

(Newser) - Life as the Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback got scary Sunday when Mason Rudolph crumpled from a knockout blow, USA Today reports. The 24-year-old had scrambled on third down and thrown successfully for a conversion when Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matt Judon hit him from behind and safety Earl Thomas from the... More »

He Was Reffing a Game. Then a Blast, and a Fall to the Ground

Cannon blast injures referee at college football game in Maine

(Newser) - At Maine Maritime Academy, enthusiastic fans at the school's college football games partake in a loud tradition: They shoot blank shells out of cannons whenever the home team scores a touchdown. That tradition went terribly awry, though, last weekend after an alumnus fired off his device and struck a... More »

Brown Calls It a Career

The former New England Patriots receiver says he won't return to the NFL

(Newser) - Looks like Antonio Brown and his agent see things a little differently. The former New England Patriots receiver—who was let go by the team amid sexual abuse allegations—took to Twitter on Sunday to say he was done with the NFL, USA Today reports. "Will not be playing... More »

A Franchise QB's Era Might Be Over

Giants bench Eli Manning

(Newser) - The New York Post is pretty definitive about things: "The Eli Manning era is over." The assessment comes as the New York Giants benched the 38-year-old Tuesday in favor of rookie Daniel Jones. Manning and the Giants were off to an 0-2 start, having failed to rebound from... More »

NFL Game Gets Off to a Literally Fiery Start

Field catches on fire at Nissan Stadium in Nashville before Titans-Colts game

(Newser) - If the Indianapolis Colts were looking for a heated showdown against the Tennessee Titans, they got it Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. CNN reports on an actual fire that broke out on the field during the Titans' home opener, right before kickoff as the players burst onto the field... More »

Patriots Receiver's Stormy Month Just Got Worse

Antonio Brown accused of rape just days after leaving Raiders due to another controversy

(Newser) - Antonio Brown has had a tumultuous month. After a reported verbal to-do at a practice in early September with the Oakland Raiders, Brown asked to be released and then signed with the New England Patriots. Now, a new problem for the 31-year-old wide receiver: a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in... More »

Students Killed a Duck. Thousands Miffed at the Punishment

Some students were only suspended from football games

(Newser) - Two thousand people are demanding harsher punishment for high school football players sidelined in New Hampshire after a fatal attack on a duck. Graphic video filmed two weeks ago at a training camp in Moultonborough shows athletes from North Conway's Kennett High School watching as wild ducks are lured... More »

After Jets' Kicker Bombs, Fans Turn to Carli Lloyd

Women's soccer star lives nearby, and she's proven she can boot long field goals

(Newser) - Remember when US soccer star Carli Lloyd went to the Philadelphia Eagles training camp last month and kicked a 55-yard field goal ? If not, just know that New York Jets fans do. And after the Jets lost to the Buffalo Bills Sunday 17-16—thanks in part to two missed... More »

Drew Brees Draws Fire After Controversial Video

New Orleans Saints QB pushes back after appearing in clip from anti-LGBT Christian group

(Newser) - "For we live by faith, not by sight" is one of Drew Brees' favorite biblical quotes, he tells fans in a 20-second video spot aimed at students for "Bring Your Bible to School Day" on Oct. 3. It was a short clip meant to inspire, but instead it'... More »

Video Captures Shooting of 6 Teens at Football Game

In all, 10 people were injured at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Alabama

(Newser) - A 17-year-old student was arrested Saturday in connection with a shooting that happened at a high school football game in Alabama, leaving at least 10 people injured, the AP reports. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste tells news outlets that six people were directly shot Friday and one person had a... More »

NFL Veteran: I'm Bisexual, Tired of Hiding It

'I just want to play ball for a team that knows me off the field and values me on it'

(Newser) - Free agent defensive end Ryan Russell says he wants to live his dream of playing in NFL again and to live his life openly—and "those two objectives shouldn't be in conflict." The 27-year-old, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 and played in 23... More »

Retired Player Begs NFL for Help With His 'Crazy' Head

Le'Ron McClain indicates the league hasn't given him assistance

(Newser) - Retired NFL fullback Le'Ron McClain needs to get his head checked. That's not our assessment: It's his. In a series of f-bomb-studded tweets on Saturday, McClain pleaded for the help that he says isn't coming for what he suggests is a brain issue related to his... More »

Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Football 'Legend'

Cedric Benson and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene

(Newser) - A former NFL running back and Texas Longhorn "legend" lost his life in a Saturday night motorcycle crash, CNN reports. Cedric Benson was only 36. He had posted an image of his BMW motorcycle on Instagram just hours before the west Austin accident, adding heart emojis and the words,... More »

2 Hits Were Really Bad. The Other 19,126 Took a Toll, Too

Study suggests that non-concussion hits also damage the brain

(Newser) - Over the course of three seasons, only two hits to the heads of University of Rochester football players resulted in concussions. Sounds like pretty good news? Not so much. The other 19,126 hits among 38 players—as measured by helmet sensors—may have been smaller and did not result... More »

Eighth-Grade Cornerback Gets 2 Incredible Offers

It probably helps having a coach for a dad

(Newser) - At 5'9" and 160 pounds, Cole Martin has two offers to play Division I football, though "I have a long time before I have to make that decision where I'm going to go to college." That's because the Arizona teenager is—get this—still in... More »

A Friend Allegedly Killed Him—and NFL Dreams

Rising football star Joshua Ancrum fatally shot in Florida on Tuesday

(Newser) - "Stop the violence." It's a simple plea made with a lot of pain by the mother of a 17-year-old rising football star fatally shot Tuesday—allegedly by a childhood friend. Joshua Ancrum was at a friend's house in Miami Gardens, Fla., when there was an argument... More »

NFL Draft Pick Shot Hours After Being Selected

Corey Ballentine was wounded and teammate Dwane Simmons killed in a shooting

(Newser) - Corey Ballentine was thrilled to hear the New York Giants were drafting him. Only hours later, he and a college teammate were shot on the streets of Topeka, Kansas, WIBW reports. Ballentine, 23, is expected to recover, but Dwane Simmons, 23, died on the scene. Police say no arrests have... More »

Team Owner Is 'Deeply Disturbed' by Recording

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt reacts to audio of Tyreek Hill

(Newser) - Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he was "deeply disturbed" by audio of Tyreek Hill discussing injuries to his 3-year-old son but declined to elaborate on the case citing an ongoing criminal investigation, the AP reports. The most visible face of the Chiefs' ownership family, Hunt spoke briefly with reporters... More »

Kraft's Reported Convo With Cop Who Stopped Him: Dolphins

As in Miami team, which prosecutors say 'polite' Kraft mentioned while showing Super Bowl ring

(Newser) - What do you do when you're pulled over by the cops after leaving a day spa where you allegedly paid for sex? If the latest reports on Robert Kraft are accurate, you talk football and show off your Super Bowl ring. That's according to Florida prosecutors cited by... More »

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