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The Early Lead: September, 2011

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Ben Wallace arrested on drunken driving, weapons charges in suburban Detroit

Detroit Pistons center says gun is registered to his wife and that he forgot he about throwing it into the car for protection on drive from Virginia to Michigan on Friday.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:17 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Adrian Peterson returns to practice, says he’ll be ‘ready to roll’ on Sunday

Vikings running back returns to practice after taking a day off with a calf contusion. Now, will Minnesota get him the football Sunday?

By Cindy Boren  |  03:24 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Evan Longoria delivers Rays with a shot out of Bobby Thomson’s book

A walk-off homer that clinches a playoff spot on the last game of the regular season is an extraordinary achievement — although it can get a little lost in the excitement.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:59 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Buffalo Bills column by Jennifer Gish inspires profane, sexist tirades from fans

Columnists — male of female — should expect a steady flow of visceral reactions to their opinion pieces. But the backlash Albany Times Union writer Jennifer Gish received over a Buffalo Bills column went well beyond that.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:46 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Chargers safety Bob Sanders is out for the season — again

The story of the career of San Diego’s strong safety is injuries. He’s missed the equivalent of four full seasons and now will miss the rest of this one.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Red Sox, Braves collapse; Rays, Cardinals win wild cards: a minute-by-minute look at Wednesday’s wild night

Unless you had two TV’s sitting side-by-side, with the full MLB package and picture-in-picture on both screens, it was impossible to watch all four of Wednesday’s drama-filled wild-card contests play out. Here’s what it looked like minute-by-minute.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:30 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Dan Hampton turns down Obama invitation to celebrate Bears’ Super Bowl win

Hall of Fame defensive lineman won’t attend White House celebration of 25th anniversary of Super Bowl because “I’m not a fan” of President Obama and, besides, he says he’s moved on.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:12 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 09/29/2011

Walter Payton book alleges drug abuse, adultery

Controversial allegations in “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton” draw response from family of Hall of Fame running back and Chicago Bears.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:27 AM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 09/29/2011

Cardinals claim NL wild card as Braves lose in 13 innings to complete collapse

It took 13 innings, but the Atlanta Braves finally buckled under the pressure, losing 4-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies to send the St. Louis Cardinals through to the postseason.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:48 AM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 09/29/2011

Red Sox, now the Dead Sox, are looking for answers to September swoon and terrible last-day loss

Boston’s collapse is unprecedented, but perhaps it has something to do with karma and all those headlines and magazine covers proclaiming their magnificence.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:20 AM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Vikings turn attention to Donovan McNabb’s mechanics as QB struggles

Minnesota isn’t giving up on the former Redskins quarterback, Leslie Frazier says, despite the presence of Christian Ponder.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:16 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Man charged in banana-peel throwing incident involving Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds

26-year-old Ontario man will not be charged with a hate crime over incident involving black NHL player.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:08 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Red Sox pitching intrigue involves Clay Buchholz, Bruce Chen

Boston reportedly is pondering pitching moves mere hours before playing the Orioles with a wild card on the line in the last regular-season game.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:13 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 09/28/2011

Report: Kobe Bryant says of playing in Italy: ‘It’s very possible’

Los Angeles Lakers star has his pick of international basketball venues, but says that playing in Italy, where he lived as a child, ‘would be a dream for me.’

By Cindy Boren  |  11:58 AM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 09/28/2011

Braves, Cardinals all tied up in NL wild-card standings on final night of regular season

The reeling Atlanta Braves lost on Tuesday night while the St. Louis Cardinals won in Houston, forcing a tie atop the National League wild-card standings with only one game left to play.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:36 AM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 09/28/2011

Red Sox, Rays all tied up in AL wild-card standings on the season’s final night

Boston plays Baltimore, Tampa Bay faces the New York Yankees tonight with a playoff berth on the line.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:31 AM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Joe Namath questions Rex Ryan’s methods

Mark Sanchez, present-day quarterback of the New York Jets, says his coach’s preparation isn’t an issue, despite a tough loss Sunday in Oakland. It’s just another day for Team Distraction.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:18 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Adrian Peterson says ‘I’m tired of losing’ and can’t explain his limited use by Vikings

Minnesota running back won’t criticize game plan after rushing for only 73 yards on 12 carries Sunday, but his father says he’s ‘the league’s highest-paid decoy.’

By Cindy Boren  |  07:20 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Saints surprise Steve Gleason, who’s battling Lou Gehrig’s disease, with Super Bowl ring

New Orleans’ former special teams player vows of his battle with amyotrophic lateral scleroris: “We’re going to win this thing.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:56 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Ozzie Guillen blog post briefly leaks move to Marlins before being taken down (updated)

Chicago White Sox and their manager agree to part ways Monday night with reports — and even Guillen — indicating he may replace retiring Jack McKeon with Florida Marlins.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:12 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Report: Clinton Portis could join Bengals if Cedric Benson is suspended

With running back Cedric Benson appealing a three-game suspension, the Cincinnati Bengals are looking for help at the position. Larry Johnson also reportedly visited Cincy.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:42 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Boston Red Sox fall into AL wild-card tie with Tampa Bay Rays after loss to Baltimore Orioles

With only two games left, the Boston Red Sox fell into a tie atop the AL wild-card standings with Tampa Bay, taking one step closer to the greatest September collapse in baseball history.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:16 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Sean Avery says Wayne Simmonds — target of thrown banana peel — uttered homophobic slur

Less than one week after he was the target of a racist gesture involving a thrown banana peel, Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has been accused of uttering a homophobic slur to New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery during an NHL game.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:26 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox choking away wild-card races

After enjoying comfortable leads in their respective wild-card races a few short weeks ago, the Red Sox and Braves are on the verge of completing collapses of epic proportions.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:02 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey rips media over report of divorce (video)

Boston pitcher takes issue with timing of a question about his personal life. Still, he did go out and pitch fairly well against the Yankees.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:31 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Jay-Z: Brooklyn Nets to debut at Barclays Center in 2012

New Jersey Nets part-owner and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z announced the team will officially change its name to the Brooklyn Nets for the 2012-13 season.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:41 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Andy Reid: Michael Vick’s right hand is not broken

Eagles quarterback has a bruised, swollen right (non-throwing) hand, his coach says. Whether he can play Sunday depends on whether the swelling subsides.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:40 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 09/26/2011

Tiger Woods hires Joe LaCava as his caddie

Tiger Woods, formerly the No. 1 golfer in the world, commits to a new caddie, someone who has been caddie to a Masters winner. This might help Woods, who is looking high and low for someone to help him regain his touch in golf’s majors.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:59 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 09/26/2011

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony shine in “The Battle of I-95” loss to Philadelphia team (Video)

LeBron James showed a new knack for a post-up game and Carmelo Anthony revealed he had two surgeries at “The Battle of I-95” exhibition game in Philadelphia.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:39 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 09/26/2011

Peyton Manning return in 2011 is possible, Colts owner Jim Irsay says, but team is taking it “month by month” (updated)

Jim Irsay says the quarterback will remain on the active list, with “outside chance of return in December possible,” but that doesn’t help the reeling Colts right now.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:03 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 09/26/2011

Michael Vick reportedly may be out 3-4 weeks, says he isn’t getting the calls from refs

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who’s already had a concussion this season, now has a broken, non-throwing hand and may be out three-to-four weeks. He says he isn’t getting the calls.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:37 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:56 PM ET, 09/25/2011

Kenny Britt on knee injury: ‘My status is I’m limping’ (updated)

Titans wide receiver is in a brace after game, will have further tests on his injured right knee. Report indicates he may have torn MCL.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:56 PM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 09/25/2011

Torrey Smith’s first three NFL receptions go for three RavensTDs (updated)

Baltimore’s second-round draft pick finally has Joe Flacco throwing the ball his way — and he can’t stay out of the end zone.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:23 PM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 09/25/2011

LSU is No. 1 in AP Top 25 college football poll, knocking Oklahoma to No. 2

Tigers make a convincing case for their first No. 1 ranking since 2007 by beating a ranked opponent on the road for the third time while Sooners have to rally to beat Missouri.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:44 PM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 09/25/2011

Diana Nyad abandons 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida

62-year-old marathon swimmer gets two-thirds of the way from Cuba to Florida, but jellyfish stings prove too to be too much.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:27 PM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 09/25/2011

NFL Week 3 live: Antonio Gates, Peyton Hillis, Michael Vick, Arian Foster

In a Week 3 of important divisional games, key injuries are already impacting many teams. San Diego’s Antonio Gates is expected to be out, the same goes for Houston’s Arian Foster.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:36 AM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Red Sox vs. Yankees: Boston looking to avoid epic collapse

Plainly put, it’s panic time for the Red Sox, who are a miserable 5-16 in September heading into a crucial weekend series in New York having watched their comfortable lead in the AL Wild Card race slip to a mere two games.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:20 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Former Ravens, Browns lineman Orlando Brown dies at 40

Offensive tackle was best known for incident in which an official’s penalty flag struck him in the eye during a 1999 game with Cleveland.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:53 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Rugby World Cup: Australia drills USA 67-5 (Video)

Despite a strong start the United States proved no match for a fired up Australian side eager to shake the frustration of an upset loss to Ireland. Behind 11 tries, the Wallabies notched their biggest ever victory against the Americans, cruising to a 67-5 victory.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:47 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 09/23/2011

NBA postpones training camp, cancels 43 games

As expected, the NBA announced Friday that preseason training camps for the 2011-12 season have been postponed indefinitely.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:33 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Kobe Bryant offered $6.7 million from Italian team Virtus Bologna

Italian club team Virtus Bologna has reportedly offered Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant a $6.7 million contract to play in the country when he grew up.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:53 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Fan throws banana peel at black NHL player Wayne Simmonds

NHL players, comissioner condemn fan who threw banana onto the ice as Wayne Simmonds, a black hockey player, was taking a shot for the Philadelphia Flyers.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Report: Puncture in Tony Romo’s lung has healed

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his quarterback Tony Romo, is “on go” for Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins. This much is certain: a CT scan taken Thursday revealed that the puncture of his lung has closed. He still has a fractured rib, though.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:39 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Cedric Benson reportedly given 3-game suspension for violating NFL conduct code

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson is expected to play Sunday against San Francisco — and to appeal a reported three-game suspension by the NFL next week.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:48 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Rugby World Cup: USA makes 14 changes, names Aussie captain for Friday’s Australia match

A surprisingly altered U.S. lineup will look to continue their strong play while Australia looks to shake off a frustrating loss to Ireland when the two sides meet on Friday at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:25 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Olympic track star Carl Lewis booted out of N.J. state Senate race

Carl Lewis’ bid to become the latest prominent athlete to run for political office hit a snag before he even left the starting block when a federal appeals panel ruled the nine-time Olympic track gold medalist will not be allowed to run for a New Jersey state Senate seat.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 09/22/2011

NFL.com ad uses Jamaal Charles to remind fantasy football players that he’s finished this year, but they aren’t

Jamaal Charles suffered a terrible, season-ending knee injury Sunday. But an NFL.com ad reminds fantasy football players that, hey, it’s only a terrible thing for him, not them.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:52 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/22/2011

LeBron James pokes fun at 7 NBA championships prediction in new McDonald’s commercial (Video)

When the going gets tough, the tough get self-deprecating.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:48 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Tony Romo will not practice today, will have another CT scan

Cowboys will check to see how well Tony Romo’s punctured lung is healing and he’ll miss practice today. Still, he’s expected to play against the Redskins.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:22 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Mike Modano retires after 21 highlight-filled NHL seasons

In a sport increasingly dominated by foreign-born players, Mike Modano was an American icon in the NHL for 21 years. On Wednesday, the 41-year-old center announced he will finally hang up his skates, ending one of the most prolific careers ever for an American in the NHL.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:29 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Hits on Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger bring fines for Antonio Garay, Raheem Brock

Antonio Garay and Raheem Brock will pay for breaking the Brady Rule — enacted to protect quarterbacks — with their hits on Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:12 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Report: Dan Beebe will step down as Big 12 commissioner

Oklahoma and Texas will remain in the Big 12 Conference, but commissioner Dan Beebe, according to the Kansas City Star, will not. He may step down today.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:55 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Choose your own college football conference realignment

The NCAA conference landscape is going through tumultuous change. When the dust finally settles — be it this year, next year or three years from now — how do you think the following conferences will look?

By Washington Post Staff  |  08:39 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Giants safety Deon Grant on injuries: “I don’t fake nothing”

New York Giants safety Deon Grant points out he’s never missed a game despite having a bunch of injuries over the years and says he wasn’t faking an injury Monday night.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:52 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Blaine Gabbert will start for Jaguars against Panthers — and Cam Newton

The game between the Jaguars and Panthers gets a little extra oomph with Jack Del Rio’s decision to start Blaine Gabbert against Carolina’s Cam Newton.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:44 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 09/21/2011

NFL warns teams about faking injuries and outlines discipline

After the New York Giants’ Deon Grant apparently fakes an injury as a tactic to slow the St. Louis Rams, the NFL warns all 32 teams about possible discipline for future acts.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:32 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Big East vows unity; Pac-12 and Big 12 remain unchanged — for now

What will become of the Big East Conference, which promises solidarity in a topsy-turvy college football landscape?

By Cindy Boren  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Giants’ Domenik Hixon is out for season with torn right ACL (again)

New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon has a stellar catch in victory over St. Louis Rams, but suffers torn ACL and is out for the season.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:46 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/21/2011

St. Louis Rams claim Giants players fakes injuries

Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo says the team will bring the Giants’ injury act to the NFL’s attention, but the NFL plans to take no immediate action.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:06 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Jerry Jones: Tony Romo’s status for game against Redskins depends on his tolerance for pain

No pain, no gain? With a punctured lung, Tony Romo’s status for the Dallas Cowboys’ game Monday night against the Redskins is all about how much he can withstand, Jerry Jones says.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:58 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 09/21/2011

‘Dancing with the Stars’ voters boot Metta World Peace at first chance

Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, was one-and-done on “Dancing with the Stars.” Now, it’s back to the NBA lockout.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:55 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Archie, Eli Manning do the talking as Peyton Manning does the walking

Archie Manning reports Peyton is “finally feeling a little better,” but admits he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to play again this season for the Colts.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:05 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Metta World Peace bombs on ‘DWTS; Hope Solo fares better

Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, has “atrocious footwork” on ”Dancing with the Stars.” Hope Solo is marginally better.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:45 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Mariano Rivera doesn’t consider himself the best reliever ever, but history begs to differ

Mariano Rivera stands alone with the most saves in baseball history, but says, “I don't consider myself the greatest. I consider myself a man blessed.”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:48 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Giants players fake injuries against Rams, but don’t expect NFL punishment

Just because the football game is in prime-time, that’s no reason for the Giants to start acting and faking injuries. Which they did against the Rams. Don’t expect any repercussions, though.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:48 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 09/20/2011

Jim Boeheim says ‘money, football’ are behind conference shifts and don’t ask whether he likes Greensboro better than NYC

Jim Boeheim, the basketball coach at Syracuse, says “money and football” are behind all these conference realignments, which isn’t really shocking. Nor is it shocking that he’d rather spend five days in New York than in Greensboro.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:20 AM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Tim Tebow gets into Broncos’ game Sunday — as a wide receiver

Fans clamored for Tim Tebow, who got some time on the field during the Denver Broncos’ game against Cincinnati. But he wasn’t used as quarterback — he was a decoy wide receiver.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:20 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 09/19/2011

College football realignment talk shifts to Texas, Oklahoma and Pacific-12

Texas, Oklahoma — and perhaps Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, too — are latest pawns in the college superconference race. Will they bolt the Big 12 for the Pac-12?

By Cindy Boren  |  02:23 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins hospitalized overnight after being hurt in game against Carolina

Safety Nick Collins suffered a scary neck/head injury in Green Bay’s victory over Carolina. He has feeling in his extremities, but was hospitalized overnight.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:08 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 09/19/2011

NFL is looking into Dunta Robinson’s hit on Jeremy Maclin

Dunta Robinson’s hit on Jeremy Maclin, which drew a flag for unnecessary roughness, will be investigated by the league. Robinson was fined $50,000 — $25,000 after appeal — for a hit on DeSean Jackson last year. Might Robinson be the first player suspended?

By Cindy Boren  |  12:47 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 09/19/2011

Fantasy football injury updates: Jamaal Charles, Michael Vick, Tony Romo, Arian Foster, Aaron Hernandez

The injury with the most serious implications — for fantasy owners as well as for the Chiefs — is to Jamaal Charles. Michael Vick, Tony Romo, Arian Foster and Aaron Hernandez may be iffy.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:58 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/19/2011

Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin take shots in Eagles’ loss to Falcons; Dunta Robinson delivers another helmet-to-helmet hit

Michael Vick is knocked out of Eagles’ loss to Falcons with a concussion; Jeremy Maclin avoids injury as Dunta Robinson delivers another helmet-to-helmet hit that’s sure to draw the NFL’s attention.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 09/18/2011

Report: Peyton Manning underwent stem-cell procedure in Europe before having neck surgery

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning prepared for fusion surgery in his neck by having stem-cell therapy in Europe, Fox Sports reports.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:07 PM ET, 09/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 09/18/2011

NFL Week 2 live: Santonio Holmes, Calvin Johnson, Arian Foster expected to play; Hakeem Nicks still iffy

In the NFL’s second week of games — 10 are at 1 p.m. — expect Santonio Holmes, Calvin Johnson, Arian Foster to be among the actives.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:27 PM ET, 09/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Fantasy football injury updates: Arian Foster, Hakeem Nicks, Steven Jackson, Sam Bradford, Santonio Holmes

As fantasy football enthusiasts set their lineups for Week 2, they’ll be wise to keep an eye on injury reports from Friday right up to kickoff Sunday following an injury-plagued Week 1.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Mayweather vs. Ortiz: Young challenger a heavy underdog against unbeaten future Hall of Famer

Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be unbeaten and a heavy favorite but 24-year-old Victor Ortiz is out to prove himself against the best of the best in Saturday night’s blockbuster fight in Las Vegas.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:11 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 09/16/2011

It’s official: Ron Artest changes name to Metta World Peace

Mercurial Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest has officially changed his name to “Metta World Peace,” continuing a recent trend of self-discovery that has coincided with his fair share of media exposure off the court.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:20 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Report: Troy Polamalu fined $15,000 for horse-collar tackle of Ricky Williams

Making a horse-collar tackle of Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams will cost Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:13 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 09/16/2011

LSU uses a stifling defense to stay in conversation about the No. 1 team

LSU, ranked third in the nation behind Oklahoma and Alabama, shuts down Mississippi State with a strong defense that players believe is only going to improve.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 09/16/2011

Randy Moss on possible return to Patriots: ‘No, I’m done’

Randy Moss never really said he was retiring, which means that his imminent return will remain a possibility until he’s 80. He did rule out a reunion with the Patriots on Thursday, though.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:04 AM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 09/16/2011

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland refuses to change underwear during win streak

The Detroit Tigers’ 12-game winning streak began Sept. 2 against the White Sox and ended 13 days later in Oakland, during which manager Jim Leyland never once changed — or washed — his underwear.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:03 AM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Sam Bradford expects to play Monday against Giants with his bruised index finger healing

St. Louis Rams fans exhale as Sam Bradford’s bruised index finger is healing ahead of schedule. There won’t be a repeat of the injury Kurt Warner suffered.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:47 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Steelers defense says it was target of cut, chop blocks by Ravens (updated)

Casey Hampton leads a chorus of Pittsburgh defensive players who complained about Ravens’ tactics. (updated)

By Cindy Boren  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Tom Brady tells Patriots fans to “start drinking early” for home opener; Tedy Bruschi slams Chad Ochocinco

Tom Brady’s request for a “nice and rowdy” crowd and Chad Ochocinco’s state of awe are both drawing flak in New England where it seems the media has quickly moved on from the Patriots’ season opening offensive explosion Monday night.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:09 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Cleveland Indians outfielder Shelley Duncan experiences déja vü with three straight leaping catches

At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Cleveland Indians outfielder Shelley Duncan looks a far cry from your prototypical Gold Glove contender. But in Wednesday’s Indians-Rangers game, Duncan put together quite the highlight reel.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:54 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Prince Fielder says this ‘is probably the last year’ in Milwaukee

After spending all of his career in Milwaukee, Prince Fielder notes that he’ll probably move on to far, far greener pastures when he becomes a free agent after this season.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:43 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 09/15/2011

Rugby World Cup: U.S. beats Russia 13-6 for first win (Video highlights)

The United States rode an improved scrum and a brilliant try to a 13-6 victory over Russia for their first victory of the 2011 Rugby World Cup — and only their third ever at the sport’s marquee event.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:55 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 09/15/2011

Brian Urlacher rejoins Bears; Drew Brees says, ‘You have to prepare as if he’s going to play’ (updated)

Brian Urlacher is back with the Bears, which means that it’s a good idea for Drew Brees and the Saints prepare to face the Bears’ “heart and soul.”

By Cindy Boren  |  11:31 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 09/15/2011

Arian Foster returns to Houston Texans practice, hopes to play Sunday

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster returned to practice Wednesday after missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury. And while his status for Sunday’s game at Miami remains uncertain, Texans coach Gary Kubiak says if Foster plays, he will receive his normal workload.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:50 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 09/15/2011

Terrelle Pryor’s appeal of five-game ban will be heard today by NFL

After listening to an appeal today, the NFL decide whether Terrelle Pryor can play for the Oakland Raiders before Week 6.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:15 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/15/2011

Philadelphia Phillies clinch playoff spot behind Roy Halladay’s 20th career shutout

The Philadelphia Phillies became MLB’s first team to clinch a playoff spot and are closing in on a fifth straight NL East division title, but the team with the top starting rotation in the majors has its eyes on a bigger prize — another World Series championship.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/15/2011

Kyle Orton is Coach John Fox’s pick — but not the fans’ — in Denver’s QB controversy

Even though some Denver fans are willing to proclaim their love for Tim Tebow on billboards, Kyle Orton remains the choice of the guy who counts, Broncos Coach John Fox. Meanwhile, Tim Tebow hangs around.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Rugby World Cup: USA vs. Russia preview

Despite a strong showing against Ireland in their 2011 Rugby World Cup opener, the U.S. took a beating up front, losing battles at the scrum and failing to execute on their line-outs. Fresh legs should help them on four days rest in a critical match against Russia.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:41 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Miami Marlins to open 2012 Major League Baseball schedule in new $515M stadium against St. Louis Cardinals on April 4

The Miami Marlins will throw out the first pitch of the 2012 Major League Baseball season at their new $515 million ballpark against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 4.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:55 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher’s mother unexpectedly dies at 51

Linebacker Brian Urlacher leaves Chicago Bears to be with family after death of his mother; his availability for game against New Orleans is uncertain.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:42 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Tim Wakefield wins 200th game of a quiet, consistent career — and lifts Boston Red Sox

Tim Wakefield — “Eveready Wake” — is always ready to pitch for the Boston Red Sox and the payoff Tuesday night was the knuckleballer’s 200th victory.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:09 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Peyton Manning remains on Indianapolis Colts active list

Amid uncertainty surrounding Peyton Manning’s health, future in Indianapolis and NFL career, the Colts are leaving their star quarterback on the active roster — at least for now.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:09 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Antrel Rolle says Giants were better team than Redskins Sunday; oddly, the score did not reflect this

Antrel Rolle wasn’t all that impressed by Rex Grossman or the Redskins, even though his Giants lost to them.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:35 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Serena Williams apologizes (sort of) for tirade against U.S. Open chair umpire

Serena Williams’ latest verbally abusive tirade at the U.S. Open earned her a measly $2,000 fine. Her “apology” was equally inconsequential.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:11 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Mariano Rivera gets 600th save with Yankees, now one shy of Trevor Hoffman’s record

Even at age 41, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is still closing out games with alarming efficiency. And after notching his 600th career save on Tuesday, he’s now one save shy of Trevor Hoffman’s all-time record.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:47 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Report: Glen Rice, Sarah Palin had a one-night stand in ’87

In a new book about Sarah Palin, Joe McGinniss writes that the former governor of Alaska had a one-night fling with former hoops star Glen Rice.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:09 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 09/13/2011

Boise State hit with probation, penalties for secondary NCAA violations

Boise State football was hit with probation and minor penalties for secondary NCAA violations, begging the question: can any college football program escape the long arm of the NCAA law?

By Matt Brooks  |  04:53 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 09/13/2011

Chargers reportedly sign Nick Novak to replace injured Nate Kaeding

San Diego Chargers, suddenly in need of a kicker with Nate Kaeding out with a season-ending knee injury, will turn to former Maryland and Redskins kicker Nick Novak.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:30 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 09/13/2011

Brian Westbrook works out with Miami Dolphins, fails to land contract

The Miami Dolphins need to add depth at running back, but even a strong workout from 32-year-old Brian Westbrook wasn’t enough to earn the oft-injured veteran a spot on the team.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:08 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 09/13/2011

Daniel Snyder on John Riggins, Sally Jenkins: More from the New York Times magazine interview

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder discusses John Riggins, Sally Jenkins, solar panels and more in further material that didn’t make the final cut of New York Times magazine interview.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:20 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 09/13/2011

Cowboys fan uses stun gun on Marine, others at Dallas-New York Jets game

A 59-year-old Cowboys fan used a stun gun on multiple New York Jets fans during Sunday night’s game at MetLife Stadium, raising serious stadium safety concerns across the NFL.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:22 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 09/13/2011

Tom Brady, with a big assist from Wes Welker, turns Patriots offense into ‘video game’

With 517 yards passing Monday night, Tom Brady runs what Chad Ochocinco says is a ‘video game’ of an offense with the New England Patriots.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:08 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Dan Koppen joins a lengthy NFL Week 1 injury list that includes Willie Colon, Luis Castillo and 4 Denver Broncos

The MVP so far? MRI machines. The latest injury is to New England Patriots center Dan Koppen. In addition, four Broncos are headed for exams.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:33 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Manny Ramirez arrested, charged with battery at Florida home

On Monday, former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez was arrested and charged with battery following a domestic dispute with his wife at their home in South Florida.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:19 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 09/13/2011

ESPN’s Ron Jaworski curses, then apologizes during Patriots-Dolphins ‘Monday Night Football’ game

While offering advice to Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski accidently lets loose with an expletive. Later, he apologizes.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:12 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Raiders vs. Broncos: Sebastian Janikowski hits a 63-yard FG, Kyle Orton isn’t answer for Denver

Sebastian Janikowski ties NFL record with 63-yard field goal as Oakland wins its opener, for a change. For Denver, Kyle Orton does nothing to settle the quarterback controversy as fans call for Tim Tebow.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:25 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 09/12/2011

New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins: Tom Brady four completions away from 3,000

Tom Brady will be looking to become only the 15th quarterback to complete 3,000 when the New England Patriots open their 2011 season against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:41 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Chiefs safety Eric Berry, Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding done for the year; Rams cornerback Ron Bartell fractures neck

Chiefs safety Eric Berry, Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding and a number of St. Louis Rams — including Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson — suffered injuries during a brutal opening weekend of the NFL season.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:00 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Serena Williams fined $2,000 for tirade in U.S. Open final loss

Serena Williams will pay for her verbal tirade against a U.S. Open official, but it’s only a $2,000 fine.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:47 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Fantasy football injuries: Arian Foster, Steven Jackson, Sam Bradford, Dez Bryant, Colts among Week 1 concerns

A laundry list of injuries to fantasy football starters including Arian Foster, Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson, will have owners scouring the waiver wire looking for replacements this week.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:03 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Tony Dungy traces Peyton Manning’s neck problems to hit in 2006 game against Redskins

Peyton Manning has had neck problems for a few years, but his former coach, Tony Dungy, says they began after he was hit in a 2006 game against the Washington Redskins.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:53 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Donovan McNabb makes a statement, passing for 39 yards in Vikings debut

Donovan McNabb provides little in the way of highlight material with a 39-yard passing performance in his first game in Minnesota. But it wasn’t all his fault.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:59 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 09/12/2011

NBA fines Michael Jordan $100,000; don’t they know who he is?

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan reportedly discussed a taboo topic — the NBA’s lockout of players — and the league is making good on its threat to impose fines. That’ll be $100,000, Mr. MJ.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:36 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 09/12/2011

Russian KHL jet crash: Lone player survivor, Alexander Galimov, dies

The only member of the KHL’s Lokomotiv team to survive last week’s plane crash in Russia died from his injuries on Monday at a Moscow hospital.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:39 AM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 09/12/2011

Tony Romo finds a way to lose again as Cowboys fall to Jets

With a fourth-quarter collapse fueled in part by Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys stumble to a loss to the New York Jets on Sunday night.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:03 AM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 09/12/2011

Rugby World Cup: Emotional United States plays well in loss to Ireland (Video)

Despite a 22-10 defeat to Ireland in their 2011 Rugby World Cup opener, the United States turned in an inspiring performance on an emotional day of remembrance. And for the Irish, the sloppy performance cast further doubt on the team’s chances of making a deep run.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:47 AM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/12/2011

Cam Newton dazzles on record-setting day; Jon Beason may be out an extended period

What’s not to like about Cam Newton’s debut with Carolina? Oh, sure, they lost, but Newton dazzled and set a record. Panthers, though, are bracing for long-term loss of Jon Beason.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 09/11/2011

Steven Jackson, Sam Bradford lead list of Rams’ injuries from loss to Eagles

Rams’ loss to Eagles was filled with injuries to key players like Steven Jackson and Sam Bradford.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:35 PM ET, 09/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 09/11/2011

Ravens shut down Steelers in a 35-7 victory

Ravens force seven Steelers turnovers and put on an offensive show in a 35-7 victory.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:21 PM ET, 09/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 09/11/2011

Watch: Jim Cornelison sings national anthem at Chicago Bears-Atlanta Falcons Sept. 11 ceremony

Watch as Jim Cornelison delivers another classic “Star-Spangled Banner” rendition at Soldier Field before Chicago Bears-Atlanta Falcons game.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:28 PM ET, 09/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 09/11/2011

NFL Week 1 live: Arian Foster and Sidney Rice are out, Steve Smith is in on a day of 9/11 tributes

The 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks will be an emotional one in NFL stadiums, with players wearing special shoes and gloves. As for football, Arian Foster and Sidney Rice are out, Steve Smith is in.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 09/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 PM ET, 09/10/2011

Saints deny report that Randy Moss visited the team with Marques Colston injured (updated)

New Orleans Saints, minus Marques Colston for four weeks, could use a wide receiver, but deny report that Randy Moss visited the team today. (updated)

By Cindy Boren  |  08:42 PM ET, 09/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 09/10/2011

Novak Djokovic wins over U.S. Open crowd, gets past Roger Federer and dances (video)

Who can blame Novak Djokovic for dancing after advancing to the U.S. Open final with a gritty five-set victory over Roger Federer? (video)

By Cindy Boren  |  07:40 PM ET, 09/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 09/10/2011

Auburn football denies Mississippi State, 41-34

The defending BCS champion Tigers defeated the No. 16 Bulldogs when Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf was tackled just shy of the goal line as time expired.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  04:39 PM ET, 09/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 09/10/2011

Ohio State football hangs on to beat Toledo, 27-22

The Buckeyes, who were playing without a number of suspended starters, have not lost to an in-state team since 1921.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  03:34 PM ET, 09/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 09/09/2011

NFL will allow players to wear 9/11 apparel Sunday

NFL decides that for this week only, players can wear special shoes and gloves in remembrance of 9/11 without risking fines.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:34 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Phoenix Suns’ CEO Rick Welts — first openly gay top sports executive — resigns

After nine years of enjoying “one of the best jobs in sports,” Phoenix Suns president and CEO Rick Welts — who became the first openly gay sports CEO in May — resigned Friday.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller suspended 2 games for violating NFL’s personal conduct policy

NFL suspends Baltimore Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller for two games; owner Steve Bisciotti has said, “he’s one step away from not being a Raven.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:11 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 09/09/2011

U.S. Open 2011: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray speak out about conditions

With a schedule messed up by rain, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray lead criticism of U.S. Open.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:36 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett wants dogs — no cats — in his huddle

Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett is the early leader for press conference of the year after a cat-inspired challenge to his team, demanding they start acting like dogs.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:17 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand All Blacks roll past Tonga in opener (Video)

New Zealand’s All Blacks kicked off the 2011 Rugby World Cup with a 41-10 victory against Tonga but did little to bolster confidence that host nation is ready to shed its reputation as choke artists on the sport’s grandest stage.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:58 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Green Bay Packers receivers Randall Cobb, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson light up New Orleans Saints

Casual NFL fans had a similar reaction when they watched Randall Cobb catch a 32-yard touchdown pass and later return a kickoff 108 yards for another score in Green Bay’s 42-34 shootout win against New Orleans:

By Matt Brooks  |  12:17 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Plaxico Burress rips Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning, Giants fans in Men’s Journal interview

Plaxico Burress has nothing good to say about how the Giants — their coach, quarterback or fans — handled his shooting incident and incarceration. His new team, the Jets, plays the Giants on Christmas Eve. Thank you, Santa. And Plaxico.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:11 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 09/09/2011

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder says he hasn’t read story he’s suing over

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder tells the New York Times he hasn’t read the Washington City Paper story he’s suing over.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:57 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 09/09/2011

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints no closer on new contract

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees remains one of the top signal-callers in the game, but the team and it’s franchise QB — currently in the final season of a six-year deal — remain far apart in contract extension talks.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:50 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 09/08/2011

New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers: Fashionista Aaron Rodgers leads defending champions in NFL season opener

The 2011 NFL season begins Thursday night as the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints in a game destined to light up the scoreboard.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:11 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 09/08/2011

U.S. Open 2011: Serena Williams cruises in quarterfinal match

Serena Williams may be the U.S. Open’s 28th seed, but she has little trouble advancing to the semifinals with a straight-sets victory.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:09 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Peyton Manning undergoes cervical fusion surgery

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has cervical fusion surgery. Team plans to keep him on the active list for now.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:33 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 09/08/2011

NFL requires fantasy football stats in real-time at stadiums

The NFL has directed all teams to display real-time fantasy football stats at all home games this season.

By Cindy Boren and Matt Brooks  |  02:29 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/08/2011

U.S. Open problems cause an Andy Roddick outburst — and a move of his match to Court 13

Andy Roddick erupts over wet conditions at U.S. Open and ends up playing for a quarterfinal berth on Court 13.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Rugby World Cup: United States team to visit New Zealand church before 9/11 tournament opener

The 2011 Rugby World Cup begins Friday in New Zealand, but before the United States national team opens play, the Eagles will attend a church service to honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:26 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Albert Haynesworth: ‘It’s time for me, the sleeping giant, to awake’

Albert Haynesworth raises a fair point. It is, indeed, time for him to awake. After all, the Patriots’ season opens Monday.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:23 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Russian KHL hockey team jet crash is latest tragic crash to devastate sports world

The Russian jet crash that killed nearly the entire Lokomotiv KHL team is a tragic reminder of similar crashes that devastated the Manchester United soccer team, football teams from Marshall University and Witchita State University and a group of Uruguayanrugby players.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:15 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 09/08/2011

ESPN, NFL agree to eight-year, $1.9 billion deal

New deal between ESPN, NFL will keep “Monday Night Football” on network through 2021 and will give ESPN added access to highlights.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:24 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 09/08/2011

Roethlisberger’s foundation outfits sheriff’s dogs with bulletproof vests

Dogs in the Montgomery County (Md.) sheriff’s office will be well-protected with bulletproof vests, thanks to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:16 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 09/08/2011

Peyton Manning will be out ‘awhile’ and has not had second procedure, Colts owner Jim Irsay tweets

Week 1 may be only the beginning; the Indianapolis Colts, judging by their owner’s updates on Twitter, will be without Peyton Manning ‘awhile.’

By Cindy Boren  |  09:59 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Russian jet crash: Amateur video shows attempted rescue of Lokomotiv hockey players

An amateur video shows rescue teams arriving on the scene of a Russian jet crash Wednesday that killed at least 43 people — including nearly the entire Lokomotiv ice hockey team of the KHL.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:37 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Eli Manning takes over Peyton Manning’s consecutive-starts streak for QBs, not that he cares much

At least the NFL’s active consecutive-starts streak for QBs stays within the Manning family, moving from Peyton to Eli. So there’s that.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:23 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Sidney Crosby: No timetable for return, no thoughts of retirement (updated)

Sidney Crosby hasn’t played in a game since Jan. 5 because of concussion symptoms and there’s still no timetable for his return. Oh, as for retirement, he says, “I wouldn’t bet on it”.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:00 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 09/07/2011

NBC will air NFL kickoff show on 4 channels during Obama’s speech Thursday night

NBC moves coverage of its NFL kickoff show to 4 other channels as President Obama addresses Congress on Thursday night.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:21 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Peyton Manning ruled out of Indianapolis Colts’ opener Sunday (updated)

Peyton Manning’s consecutive-starts streak comes to an end with Colts’ decision to officially list him as out of season opener.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:35 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 09/07/2011

KHL plane crash: NHL players react to news of Lokomotiv player deaths

News of the devastating plane crash in Russia that reportedly killed at least 43 people — including nearly all of the Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv team — ripped through the global hockey community Wednesday morning, leaving a wake of shock and sadness.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:48 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/07/2011

Texas Tech Red Raiders football goes Western in new football video

The Texas Tech football team is ready to kick the stereotypes and give the rest of the Big 12 a cold, hard dose of Wild West reality in their new 2011 fire up video from Studio 84.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:02 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 09/07/2011

Russian jet carrying Lokomotiv hockey team crashes; at least 43 dead

At least 43 people are dead after a Russian jet carrying the Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv crashed shortly after takeoff from the western Russian city of Yaroslavl.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:33 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 09/07/2011

U.S. Open: Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick highlight tremendous Day 10 lineup (weather permitting)

Tuesday’s rainout created a stellar slate of matches for Day 10 at the U.S. Open. But will the rain hold off on Wednesday?

By Matt Brooks  |  09:09 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 09/07/2011

David Garrard looks for a new team after Jack Del Rio, Jaguars boot him

David Garrard has a nice lunch, at which he’s trumpeted as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback, then gets the boot from Coach Jack Del Rio.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:55 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Report: Jaguars cut QB David Garrard, name Luke McCown to start opener

Jacksonville Jaguars Coach takes shocking step of releasing his starting quarterback David Garrard with the season opener less than a week away. Luke McCown now is his guy.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:21 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Winnipeg Jets new sweaters channel aviation, Canada

If someone told you to close your eyes and envision a massive, continent-sized fighter jet landing on top of Canada, you might conjure up something similar to the new Winnipeg Jets jersey design.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 09/06/2011

U.S. Open 2011: Tuesday’s matches postponed because of rain

Weather at the U.S. Open fails to improve, so Tuesday’s matches are postponed in hopes that Wednesday will be clear and dry.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:01 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Sidney Crosby to speak with media Wednesday, but what will he say?

Sidney Crosby will hold a press conference Wednesday amid speculation that he is not ready to play after suffering concussions last January.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:28 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 09/06/2011

College Football Rankings: LSU moves up to No. 2 in AP Poll, Notre Dame, Georgia, Auburn fall out

Following a wild opening weekend of games, there was plenty of movement in the second Associated Press Top 25 poll of the 2011 NCAA football season.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:27 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley strips; Flamengo coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo offended by flatulence

Newcastle United billionaire owner Mike Ashley stripped down to his skivvies at a Chinese restaurant while Flamengo coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has launched an investigation into an incident of training session flatulence.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:40 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Without Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy doesn’t like Colts’ playoff chances

If Peyton Manning can’t play, chances are Indianapolis Colts won’t make playoffs, Tony Dungy says. Which seems pretty obvious, but is noteworthy nonetheless.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:31 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren injured in bike accident

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren in stable condition after breaking shoulder, ribs in bike crash on Jersey Shore.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:08 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Tom Brady would welcome Randy Moss back to New England Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responds to a report that Randy Moss would return to the NFL if the Pats wanted him back by saying he’d “welcome it with open arms.”

By Matt Brooks  |  10:25 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Tiki Barber moves on, although agent is ‘flabbergasted’ that no one wanted him

With no NFL teams showing interest in bringing Tiki Barber out of retirement, the running back sees the writing on the wall or smells the coffee or something. At any rate, agent says he is moving forward with his life.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:24 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/06/2011

U.S. Open 2011: Wozniacki-McIlroy match, Federer’s late night, Fish’s insult

Caroline Wozniacki’s long match pushes Roger Federer to a 1 a.m. finish; Mardy Fish loses his cool (and doesn’t speak French) against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And rain is forecast today.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Stephen Strasburg returns to the Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Sept. 6

One year, one month and 27 days after his memorable debut at Nationals Park, Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to return to the mound, eager to prove he has fully recovered from Tommy John Surgery and is ready to resume his path to stardom.

By Matt Brooks  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 09/05/2011

Maryland uniforms: Chad Ochocinco, LeBron James, Ryan Clark and everyone else has an opinion

Everybody has an opinion on Maryland’s new uniforms — designed by UnderArmour — and seemingly no fear of sharing it on Twitter.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:00 PM ET, 09/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 09/05/2011

Peyton Manning won’t practice this week; status for Sunday likely is doubtful

His consecutive-games streak in jeopardy, Peyton Manning won’t practice this week and Colts say his status for Sunday’s opener “will likely be doubtful.”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 09/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 09/05/2011

Colts suspend Jim Tressel for six games, one more game than Terrelle Pryor will miss

Indianapolis Colts quickly put an end to debate over controversial hiring of former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel by suspending him for six games.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:43 AM ET, 09/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 09/03/2011

Auburn football scores 14 late points, stuns Utah State

Defending BCS champs score 14 points in the final three minutes to stun Utah State, which has suffered 13 consecutive losing seasons.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  03:45 PM ET, 09/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Countdown to Metta World Peace: Ron Artest will dance for his daughter

The Los Angeles Lakers star soon to be known as Metta World Peace initially didn’t want to be a cast member on “Dancing With the Stars” but his daughter made him do it.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:38 PM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Michael Vick says he can’t be stopped

The Philadelphia Eagles and their new $100 million quarterback have reason to be confident heading into the 2011, but claiming “dream team” status and universal tactical superiority might be going a little too far too soon.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:44 PM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Ted Williams, Willie Stargell, Joe DiMaggio honored on new U.S. Postal Service forever stamps

The U.S. Postal Service is releasing a series of “Major League Baseball All Stars” commemorative forever stamps featuring Ted Williams, Willie Stargell, Joe DiMaggio and Lary Doby.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:03 PM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 09/02/2011

No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers roll over UNLV in NCAA football opener

Quarterback Russell Wilson impressed in his Wisconsin debut as the No. 11 Badgers crushed UNLV 51-17. Elsewhere, No. 20 Mississippi State rolled over Memphis and Syracuse rallied for a wild overtime win against Wake Forest. College football is officially back.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:35 AM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 09/02/2011

Report: Carson Palmer met with Cincinnati Bengals before training camp

According to an ESPN report, disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer met with team owner Mike Brown in late July to discuss trade demands or a possible return to the team. Now speculation is brewing that Palmer could return and force the Bengals’ hand.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:48 AM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/02/2011

Cam Newton named Carolina Panthers starting quarterback for Week 1

One touchdown was enough for No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton to lock up the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback gig — and at least prove that while may not be the team’s savior, he’s better than the alternatives.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 09/01/2011

UNLV at Wisconsin, Mississippi State at Memphis highlight opening night of NCAA football

A pair of ranked teams take the field on opening night in college football to kickoff a weekend loaded with high-profile matchups.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:11 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans agree to $53.5 million contract extension

Titans running back Chris Johnson has agreed to a four-year, $53.5 million contract extension that will finally bring the 2009 NFL rushing champion to camp.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:42 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Cedric Benson is already in jail; fantasy football owners rejoice

Rather than wait until the Cincinnati Bengals’ bye week in Week 7, running back Cedric Benson has already begun serving his 20-day jail sentence for a pair of assault incidents.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:16 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 09/01/2011

Barry Bonds obstruction conviction upheld, perjury charges dropped

The all-time home run leader has three charges against him — including perjury — dropped by federal prosecutors.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:34 AM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 09/01/2011

Brewers slugger Ryan Braun takes a spill trying for an inside-the-park home run

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun could taste an inside-the-park home run on Wednesday night. Then he tasted dirt when he tumbled on his way to home plate.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:29 AM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 09/01/2011

U.S. Open: Venus Williams withdraws citing Sjogren’s syndrome; depleted women’s singles draw gets thinner

An autoimmune disorder forced two-time champion Venus Williams out of the U.S. Open, further depleting an already weak — and wide open — 2011 women’s singles draw.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:18 AM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor disputes report that he scored a 7 on Wonderlic IQ test

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer is reporting Oakland Raiders rookie Terrelle Pryor scored a 7 out of 50 on the Wonderlic IQ test. Where have we heard this before?

By Matt Brooks  |  03:11 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Texans running back Arian Foster tweets MRI of hamstring’s ‘anti-awesomeness,’ gets fast diagnosis

Texans running back Arian Foster tweets an MRI that shows ‘anti-awesomeness’ in his hamstring, but how long will he be sidelined? ESPN says 3-4 weeks.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:11 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Chad Ochocinco and fiancee Evelyn Lozada sleep with the fishes

A revitalized Chad Ochocino has a new team, a foxy fiancee and hundreds of gallons of aquatic scenery in his Florida home.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:28 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 08/31/2011

Oscar De La Hoya admits to drug and alcohol use, infidelity and suicidal thoughts

Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya says he was addicted to alcohol, drugs and cheated on his wife, but “we are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here.”

By Cindy Boren  |  11:47 AM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 08/31/2011

U.S. Open: Women’s tennis needs its stars — Serena & Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova among them — healthy and on court

Predicting the winner of a women’s tennis major has become about as easy as picking winning lottery numbers. The sport desperately needs its stars — including Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova — to stay fit and on the court.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:01 AM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 08/31/2011

Former Bruin Michael Ryder dents the Stanley Cup (gasp)

Technically, it isn’t Michael Ryder’s fault that the Stanley Cup took a tumble off a table and suffered a dent. But, hey, it happened on his watch.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:46 AM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 08/31/2011

Ray Allen’s right elbow hasn’t moved in 15 years

Countless NBA sharpshooters have spent years mastering their craft, but none are as prolific as Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen. What’s his secret? It’s in the BEEF.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:12 AM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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