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In Surprise Pardon, Trump Clears NFL Figure

Former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. was convicted years ago of gambling fraud

(Newser) - President Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. DeBartolo, who built the San Francisco 49ers' 1980s-'90s dynasty, was involved in one of the biggest owners' scandals in the sport's history. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing... More »

Before Kickoff, Players Stand on 24-Yard-Lines, for a Reason

It's a tribute to Kobe

(Newser) - The Super Bowl is here. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are facing off against Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers in Florida. And before football's biggest game, the players for both teams lined up on their 24-yard-lines for a tribute to one of the best players... More »

Player With '6th Sense' Wins 2nd Unanimous MVP Award

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens wins the Most Valuable Player award

(Newser) - Lamar Jackson joins Tom Brady as the only unanimous choices for the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. Jackson's spectacular season as the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback drew all 50 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league, the AP reports. Baltimore's All-Pro... More »

NFL Player Antonio Brown Surrenders to Police

Free agent accused of assaulting Florida man

(Newser) - NFL free agent Antonio Brown turned himself in at a Florida jail on Thursday night following accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man. Brown arrived at Broward County Jail around 10pm, reports TMZ . The wide receiver, wearing turquoise pants and a matching blazer buttoned over a green jacket,... More »

Two-Time MVP in Super Bowl Retires

Eli Manning, 39, played 16 seasons for the Giants

(Newser) - Eli Manning, the New York Giants quarterback who played 16 often-ordinary seasons in the NFL but elevated his game to win two Super Bowls in upsets, is retiring. "He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability," one of the Giants' owners said in a... More »

Another Elite NFL Player Retires Young

Luke Kuechly, 28, has a history of concussions

(Newser) - "Even if you sort of saw it coming," Tuesday's announcement that seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly was retiring from the NFL at age 28 "was shocking," writes Max Henson at CarolinaPanthers.com . "And heartbreaking." Kuechly, who played for the Panthers, announced his... More »

Aaron Hernandez's Sexuality Was a Huge Struggle: Ex-Teammate

College teammate talks about NFL star ahead of 2 upcoming documentaries

(Newser) - A teammate of Aaron Hernandez's at the University of Florida tells People the football star, who went from the Florida Gators to the NFL before ultimately killing himself in prison in 2017 at age 27, was dealing with a lot. "Everything about Aaron was a struggle," the... More »

Patriots Star Is Under Arrest

Julian Edelman is accused of vandalism

(Newser) - New England Patriots star Julian Edelman was arrested in Southern California on suspicion of misdemeanor vandalism after jumping on the hood of someone's car, authorities said Sunday. Police say Edelman, 33, caused unspecified damage when he jumped on the vehicle Saturday night on a commercial block of Beverly Hills,... More »

Before Miami's Super Bowl, a Massive Snake Hunt

'Python Bowl' participants to hunt down invasive Burmese pythons for cash and prizes

(Newser) - Miami's upcoming Super Bowl will mean death for dozens of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades—and wildlife officials say that's a good thing. The game's organizing committee is working with Florida to promote the Python Bowl, a 10-day contest that began Friday that will give out... More »

Beleaguered Cowboys Pick a New Coach

Green Bay veteran Mike McCarthy will replace Jason Garrett

(Newser) - The Dallas Cowboys didn't take long to settle on Mike McCarthy as their coach after waiting a week to announce they were moving on from Jason Garrett, per the AP . McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl at the home of the Cowboys nine years ago as Green Bay's... More »

Arrest Made in Stabbings Over 'Unwanted Advancement'

Michael Mosely, 23, was arrested Wednesday

(Newser) - Two men killed, four people of interest, and nearly four days without an arrest—until now. Authorities arrested 23-year-old Michael Mosely on Wednesday in the fatal stabbings of two men outside a Nashville bar, including the brother of San Francisco 49ers quarterback CJ Beathard, the Tennessean reports. An array of... More »

Kaepernick Finally Lands a (Massively) Scoring Gig

His Nike sneakers with a message sell out in a day

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since Barack Obama was president, but he is still a massive hit with Nike customers. The company's " Air Force 1 x Colin Kaepernick " shoe quickly sold out online after hitting the market Monday, though some stores might still have... More »

NFL Player's Brother Killed 'Over a Woman'

Clayton Beathard was just 22 years old

(Newser) - The San Francisco 49ers played with aching hearts Saturday after hearing about quarterback CJ Beathard's brother—who had just been killed in Nashville, USA Today reports. Clayton Beathard, 22, was one of two men fatally stabbed outside a bar in what police say was an argument over a woman.... More »

Drew Brees Reaches the Magic Number 540

Saints quarterback has thrown more TDs than any QB in history

(Newser) - It was an otherwise ho-hum 5-yard TD pass in a blowout game, but it also just happened to be the 540th touchdown pass in quarterback Drew Brees' career. And with that, the Saints' QB passed Peyton Manning for the NFL record, reports ESPN . For added measure, Brees notched another one... More »

NFL Reporter: Fitbit Exposed My Boyfriend

Jane Slater reveals all on Twitter

(Newser) - An NFL reporter says she caught her ex-boyfriend cheating when his Fitbit data went crazy in the middle of the night, USA Today reports. "Wish the story wasn't real," Jane Slater tweeted in a post that's gotten over 470,000 likes and 46,000 retweets. "... More »

Tweet With Slur Costs NFL Player His Job

Janoris Jenkins said it's just slang to him

(Newser) - His response to a fan on Twitter cost an NFL player his job Friday. The New York Giants waived Janoris Jenkins after he'd called a critical fan a "retard" earlier in the week. "It's not a word that you should use," said Dave Gettleman, the... More »

10 Ex-NFL Players Charged With Health Care Fraud

Justice Department says they submitted false claims to reimbursement plan

(Newser) - Ten former NFL players have been charged with defrauding the league's health care benefit program, the Justice Department said Thursday. They include five former players on the Washington Redskins, including Clinton Portis and Carlos Rogers, the AP reports. Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health... More »

For Hundreds of Walmart Shoppers, 'Wonderful News'

Chicago Bears' Khalil Mack paid off 300 holiday layaway accounts at store in Fort Pierce, Fla.

(Newser) - A Walmart in Florida took to Facebook on Friday with some "wonderful news" for its customers: Someone had paid off all of the store's active holiday layaway accounts. The bighearted person who did so, per CNN : Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who opened his wallet to help out... More »

Accused NFL Player Would 'Appreciate Another Chance'

Antonio Brown apologizes and hints at playing again

(Newser) - A month after ripping the NFL and saying his career was over, former star receiver Antonio Brown said he'd like a team to give him another chance. He made the statement in a long Instagram post Friday, USA Today reports, that began with an apology "to my family,... More »

Radio Analyst's Take on NFL QB Earns Him Suspension

Tim Ryan said 'dark skin' of Ravens QB Lamar Jackson helped him pull off plays in 49ers game

(Newser) - If you were listening Monday morning to a radio breakdown of Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, a comment from one analyst about the Ravens quarterback may have had you wondering: Did he just say that? That was the reaction of the 49ers, who... More »

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