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College Football Rivalry Turns Nasty in the Tunnel
College Players Charged
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College Players Charged in Postgame Violence

6 Michigan State teammates face charges after tunnel clash last month

(Newser) - Seven Michigan State University football players have been charged in violence after a loss to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor last month. The clash took place in a Michigan Stadium tunnel as the players were going to their locker room. The Washtenaw County prosecutor announced Wednesday that six...

She Said NCAA Caused Husband's Death. Jury Disagrees

Jurors rule in favor of sports body, blamed by wife of ex-USC player Matthew Gee for his CTE

(Newser) - A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday rejected a claim by the widow of a former USC football player who said the NCAA failed to protect him from repeated head trauma that led to his death. Matthew Gee, a linebacker on the 1990 Rose Bowl-winning squad, endured an estimated 6,000...

Tom Brady Just Became First NFL Player to Do This

Quarterback goes over 100K yards passing for career

(Newser) - Tom Brady became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 100,000 yards, surpassing the milestone on a 15-yard completion to Leonard Fournette during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams, the AP reports. The league’...

Experts Challenge QB's View of His Risk for CTE

Miami's Tua Tagovailoa, cleared to play Sunday, suggests quarterbacks are at less risk

(Newser) - Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been hammered with big hits in his last two games—including a headline-making concussion on Sept. 29—and he's hoping to break the streak on Sunday. The NFL has cleared Tagovailoa to play this weekend, reports ESPN . The 24-year-old spoke for the first...

Tom Brady Got Sacked, but He's the One Paying $11K Fine

Buccaneers QB kicked at Falcons' Grady Jarrett after falling to ground in last Sunday's game

(Newser) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was sacked last weekend by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Grady Jarrett, a play that ended up earning Jarrett a controversial penalty for roughing the passer. Now, a hefty financial punishment has been handed down by the NFL—but it will be Brady paying it,...

Protester Tackled by NFLer Claims It Was Assault

'There's consequences for your actions,' responds Rams' Bobby Wagner

(Newser) - Update: The protester who ran onto the field during an NFL game on Monday, only to be knocked down by Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner, has filed an assault complaint. The Santa Clara Police Department confirms an "active investigation" is underway, per Yahoo . The protester was one of...

It's Never Happened Before in the NFL

2 teams overcame 20-point halftime deficits for the first time in history, part of a wild Sunday

(Newser) - Week 2 of the NFL made for some interesting headlines, even for those who might not follow the game closely:
  • History: For the first time in NFL history, more than one team overcame a halftime deficit of at least 20 points to win, reports ESPN . The Dolphins trailed by 21
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Inside the 'Real Tragedy' of Manti Te'o Catfish Hoax

Netflix doc shows 'just how easy it was for him to get hoodwinked,' writes SI's Jimmy Traina

(Newser) - In 2013, the sports world was turned upside down when Deadspin reported that the girlfriend of Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o, who was said to have died of leukemia, didn't exist . Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who has since come out as a trans woman named Naya, admitted to creating...

Brother of Ex-NFLer Turns Himself in After Fatal Shooting

Yaqub Talib, brother of former Bronco Aqib Talib, is accused of gunning down youth coach in Texas

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. The brother of a former NFL cornerback turned himself in Monday after an arrest warrant was issued in connection with the fatal shooting of a youth football coach in Texas. Police in Lancaster issued the warrant for Yaqub Salik Talib, the older...

She Tried to Sell JJ Watt Merch to Raise Money. Watt Responded

Arizona Cardinals player steps up to help woman fundraising for grandfather's funeral

(Newser) - A sports fan who tried to hawk some of her JJ Watt merch to help pay for her grandfather's funeral ended up hearing from the Arizona Cardinals defensive end himself. Jennifer Simpson's Wednesday tweet noted that she hoped to sell a Watt-branded jersey from when he played for...

Former Cowboys Star Marion Barber Dead at 38
Extreme Heat Workout
Habit Killed Marion Barber
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Extreme Heat Workout Habit Killed Marion Barber

Ex-NFLer died of heat stroke after apparent exercise in 'sauna-like conditions'

(Newser) - Update: Marion Barber III died of heat stroke after apparently exercising in "sauna-like conditions" in his apartment in Frisco, Texas. The Collin County medical examiner ruled the former NFL star's death an accident, police said Monday, per the AP . He hadn't been seen for three weeks before...

NFL Says Deshaun Watson Should Be Suspended

The decision will be made by the league's disciplinary officer

(Newser) - The NFL has recommended an indefinite suspension of at least a year for Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns QB embroiled in numerous sexual misconduct allegations. The announcement came ahead of a hearing in which former federal judge Sue L. Robinson—who serves as the NFL's disciplinary officer—will rule...

Baltimore Ravens' Jaylon Ferguson Dead at 26
Baltimore Ravens'
Jaylon Ferguson
Dead at 26
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Baltimore Ravens' Jaylon Ferguson Dead at 26

He leaves behind 3 children under the age of 5

(Newser) - Another NFLer is gone too early . Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at the age of 26, the team announced Wednesday. "He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon's family and friends as we...

NFL Player Jeff Gladney Dead in Car Crash

Arizona Cardinals cornerback was killed along with unnamed female in car

(Newser) - Jeff Gladney had just recently signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, but now the 25-year-old NFL cornerback is gone before his time. Gladney and an unnamed female died early Monday in a car crash in Dallas, WFAA reports. Police responded to the downtown scene around 2:30am; they...

5 Years After His Last Game, Kaepernick Works Out With NFL Team

Sources say he worked out with Las Vegas Raiders Wednesday

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick worked out with the Las Vegas Raiders Wednesday, his first NFL workout since being "exiled" from the league in 2016 amid the anthem-kneeling controversy, sources tell USA Today and ESPN . It's been more than five years since the 34-year-old played in an NFL game; the free...

'Athletic Freak' Is First Pick in the NFL Draft

Jacksonville Jaguars go with Travon Walker

(Newser) - Placing more emphasis on pro potential than college production, the Jacksonville Jaguars chose Georgia pass rusher Travon Walker with the top pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, the AP reports. The Jaguars took the 6-foot-5, 272-pound “athletic freak” over Michigan star Aidan Hutchinson, who set a school...

'One of Most Recognizable Figures' Won't Be at NFL Draft

Mel Kiper Jr. is not vaccinated against COVID-19

(Newser) - USA Today calls Mel Kiper Jr. "one of the most recognizable figures in NFL draft media"—but the ESPN NFL draft analyst won't be attending this year, because he's not vaccinated against COVID-19. "I completely support everyone determining what's best for their individual...

NFL Linebacker Retires at 27: 'Too Many Concussions'

Arizona's Kylie Fitts missed much of last season

(Newser) - Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kylie Fitts won't be back next season, or any season after the that. The 27-year-old announced on Instagram that he's retiring to protect his health, reports NBC's ProFootball Talk . “Due to too many concussions and the severity of my recent one, it is...

Bad Timing on Brady's 'Last' TD Ball Won't Cost Buyer

It sold for more than $500K just hours before the star quarterback un-retired

(Newser) - Update: The unfortunate soul who bought a football at auction billed as Tom Brady's "last" touchdown pass won't have to shell out more than $500,000 after all. Hours after the winning bid was placed, Brady announced he was un-retiring and would play again. Now, CBS Sports...

NFL Owners Vote to Change Playoff OT Rules

Both sides now guaranteed to get the ball in overtime

(Newser) - It took a few years, and for many fans that probably was too long. Still, the NFL has heard the cries of "unfair" and has adjusted its overtime rules. Only for the postseason, though. The league is changing the sometimes controversial overtime rules to guarantee each side gets the...

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