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Former NFLer Donates 173rd Home: This Is 'Therapy'

Warrick Dunn's mom was killed when he was 18; his mission has been to help single parents

(Newser) - After struggling through some recent hard times that led her to move back in with her mother, LaToya Reed and her 18-year-old son, AnTrez, received a most welcome gift on Tuesday: a fully furnished two-bedroom home in St. Petersburg, Fla. The house offering was thanks to a partnership between Habitat... More »

Rihanna Explains the Thing She 'Couldn't Dare Do'

It relates to the Super Bowl

(Newser) - Maroon 5 rocked the stage at Super Bowl LIII, but only after other performers refused the gig with Colin Kaepernick in mind. Rihanna was one of them and, months later, she has no regrets. "I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people,... More »

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 »

Brown Is Oddly Poised to Make NFL History

The former pro receiver is ready to file 9 appeals and grievances

(Newser) - Antonio Brown has been making headlines . Now the former NFL receiver is poised to make league history by filing nine appeals and grievances at the same time, ESPN reports. Brown—who was let go by the Oakland Raiders, then released by the New England Patriots amid sexual assault allegations—plans... 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 »

A Star QB Is Done for the Season

Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger suffers an elbow injury

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-2. That's bad. This is much worse for the team's fans: Star QB Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow injury, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Roethlisberger left Sunday's game against Seattle in the second quarter and did not return. The... 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 »

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 »

One of the NFL's Best Receivers Just Got Cut

The Antonio Brown soap opera continues

(Newser) - The Oakland Raiders released disgruntled star receiver Antonio Brown on Saturday before he ever played a game for the team. The Raiders made the move just hours after Brown requested his release in the latest turn in a dramatic first summer with the team, per the AP . Brown was upset... More »

An Apology May Have Saved Him $30M

Raiders player Antonio Brown offers mea culpa for run-in with owner

(Newser) - With as much as $30 million at stake, star receiver Antonio Brown apologized to the Oakland Raiders on Friday and is good to go in the team's season opener. Brown had confronted the team's general manager at practice Wednesday over the fines the Raiders levied for sitting out... 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 »

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 »

Radio Host Criticizes Luck as 'Millennial' Whiner

But that's the exception after star QB's surprise decision to retire at 29

(Newser) - Andrew Luck's surprise decision to retire from football at age 29 continues to reverberate in the world of sports and beyond. The Indianapolis Colts QB played six seasons but said he could no longer deal with the endless cycle of injury and rehab that he said made life on... More »

Mexico Finds Son Wanted in Deaths of ex-NFL Player, Wife

Barry and Carol Bennett were shot to death in their home

(Newser) - The son of a former NFL player and his wife who were found dead in their home has been arrested in Mexico after a manhunt. Dylan Bennett had called a sheriff in Minnesota on Saturday to say he was going to turn himself in to the FBI, ABC reports. But... More »

Franchise QB Stuns With Decision to Retire

Frequently injured Andrew Luck is retiring from the Indianapolis Colts at age 29

(Newser) - The first man taken in 2012's NFL draft is the first man out ahead of the 2019 season: Franchise QB Andrew Luck watched from the sidelines as his Indianapolis Colts lost a preseason game to the Bears on Saturday, took a deep breath, and tearily announced his retirement at... More »

Police Search for Son After Ex-NFL Player, Wife Killed

Barry Bennett was a defensive lineman for 11 years

(Newser) - A retired NFL player and his wife were found dead in their Minnesota home Wednesday, and police are searching for their son. The bodies of Barry and Carol Bennett were found after police received a call about a dead man in a house in Long Prairie, WCCO reports. The sheriff'... More »

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