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The Early Lead: October, 2011

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 10/30/2011

NFL Week 8 live: Ndamukong Suh asks for meeting with NFL officials (updated)

Detroit Lions defensive tackle wants to discuss penalties, fines amid debate about whether the 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year is a dirty player. NFL says meeting has been in works for a while.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:30 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Bill Cowher: ‘I do not plan on coaching next year’

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach addresses annual rumors that he’ll return to the sideline by reiterating that he intds to remain with CBS’ “NFL Today.”

By Cindy Boren  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Matt Holliday ruled out; Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz battle injuries going in to World Series Game 7

Matt Holiday has been ruled out while Rangers catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Nelson Cruz are expected to be available for last game of the season — with the World Series title on the line.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 10/28/2011

World Series Game 7: What you’ve missed so far

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who hasn’t been paying attention to this year’s wild Wild Series between the Cardinals and Rangers, here’s what you’ve missed.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:42 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

World Series Game 6: Fox affiliate, baseball were a little quick on Texas Rangers’ trigger finger

Dallas TV station sent out text alert announcing that Rangers had won World Series; baseball had to hurriedly take down the plastic curtains for a celebration that did not occur — at least not Thursday night.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Tim Tebow inspires new “Tebowing” trend; ex-teammate Brandon Lloyd not impressed

First there was planking. Then came owling. Then it was batting. Now “Tebowing” is the latest bizarre photo pose sweeping the nation.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:30 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 10/28/2011

World Series 2011 Game 6: Joe Buck’s perfect “We’ll see you ... tomorrow night” (video)

Fox broadcaster channeled his dad’s call from the 1991 Series to sum up the St. Louis Cardinals’ victory over the Texas Rangers on David Freese’s 11th-inning walk-off home run.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:57 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 10/27/2011

LeBron James courts Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford on Twitter

Miami Heat star, who has a little time on his hands what with the NBA lockout and dropping out of an all-star tour, is looking for a guard and isn’t shy about suggesting a couple of possibilities. Oh, LeBron, never change.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:19 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 10/27/2011

World Series Game 6: St. Louis weather shouldn’t stop the game this time

Colby Lewis will start for the Texas Rangers, Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals in a Series in which the only constant has been the level of intrigue.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:44 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 10/27/2011

JaMarcus Russell tells his side of the story in latest Sports Illustrated

It didn’t take long for JaMarcus Russell to go from the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft to the laughingstock of the league.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:58 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Chris Harris released by Bears, after earlier requesting a trade

Chicago safety struggled after an early-season injury, then was benched after getting burned on a touchdown reception by Calvin Johnson. Although he was given permission to seek a trade, nothing came about.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Julius Erving denies that auction of memorabilia is related to lawsuit

Dr. J is selling championship rings, trophies and “Fish that Saved Pittsburgh” sneakers, but says the sale was planned long before a Georgia bank’s $200,000 lawsuit.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 10/27/2011

NBA Lockout: LeBron James withdraws from World All-Star Classic as labor talks pick up steam

The upcoming two-week “World All-Star Classic” is set to tip off on Sunday in Puerto Rico,but

By Matt Brooks  |  10:06 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Paralyzed football player Eric LeGrand to lead Rutgers on field against West Virginia

It’s been a long, difficult, and at times unbelievable, journey back for Eric LeGrand, but on Saturday the former Rutgers football player will lead the Scarlet Knights out of the tunnel and onto the field before Saturday’s game against West Virginia.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:27 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Tommy John surgery: Pitchers can be better than ever afterward

Ligament replacement surgery no longer means the end of a pitcher’s career, as Chris Carpenter, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann can attest. The rehab is long, though, as John Lackey of the Red Sox is about to find out.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:09 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 10/26/2011

World Series Game 6 postponed to Thursday

In order to prevent a potential series of weather delays during tonight’s potentially-decisive World Series Game 6 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, Major League Baseball officials have preemptively postponed the game to Thursday.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:46 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Rob Gronkowski apologizes for those photos with the adult film star

Tight end says he did not intend to hurt the New England Patriots or owner Robert Kraft. QB Tom Brady is “just glad I'm no longer the one that people are making fun of.”

By Cindy Boren  |  02:01 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Tim Tebow mania sweeps the nation with new Nicki Minaj cover tribute (Video)

What do you do when you love someone so much that it makes you want to jump up and down and scream his name to the high heavens?

By Matt Brooks  |  01:24 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Where will Terrell Owens end up?

Terrell Owens and his agent claim the 37-year-old still has enough left in the tank to help and NFL team win now. So far, NFL teams don’t appear to be buying it, but if Brett Favre can come back, why can’t T.O.? Which NFL teams should take a look?

By Matt Brooks  |  12:16 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Are Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler together again?

Chicago Bears quarterback and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant have “an amazing spa day,” carve pumpkins and make tacos. Which is nice, but what does this mean for the rest of the Bears’ season?

By Cindy Boren  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/26/2011

John Lackey will have Tommy John surgery, miss 2012 Red Sox season

Ben Cherington steps up to replace Theo Epstein as general manager and the changes begin right out of the gate with one pitcher down already. What’s next for Boston?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Carlos Rogers wants a long-term deal with San Francisco

Former Redskins cornerback has a career-best three interceptions and hopes to stay with 49ers, one of the NFL’s surprise teams this season, for the long-term.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:15 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Terrell Owens works out, but no NFL teams show up

Terrell Owens worked out at a California high school on Tuesday, eager to prove he is ready to return to the NFL. The only problem, no NFL team representatives showed up to watch the 38-year-old wide receiver practice.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:47 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Rangers Derek Holland does Harry Caray, Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonations during World Series Game 5 (Video)

If the Texas Rangers go on to win their first World Series, Derek Holland’s pitching performance in a pivotal Game 4 will be one of the key reasons why. Holland’s ability to keep his dugout loose with Harry Caray impersonations doesn’t hurt either.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:17 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 10/25/2011

‘PTI’ turns 10. Boy, there have been a lot of Uranus jokes. (video)

A look back at 10 goofy years of “Pardon the Interruption.” Long may they interrupt us.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:13 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Tony La Russa’s Game 5 moves continue to perplex and amuse

St. Louis Cardinals manager offers a dizzying array of explanations for decisions — including blaming the bullpen phone — but the bottom line is that the Texas Rangers can win the World Series on Wednesday night.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:28 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 10/25/2011

World Series Game 5, Ravens-Jaguars behind Dancing With the Stars in television ratings

Lackluster matchups are starting to affect ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” television ratings while Fox’s World Series coverage is also struggling. On Monday both programs lost out to ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:49 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Roddy White answers Ndamukong Suh’s denial of trash talking

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver says “we know what they said” after Detroit Lions deny allegations they talked trash after quarterback Matt Ryan was injured Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:28 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Packers T.J. Lang accepts Vikings Brian Robison’s apology for groin kick

T.J. Lang is a forgiving guy. The Green Bay Packers guard was willing to accept an apology from Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison after the latter blatantly cleated the former in his “sweet spot” during Sunday’s NFC North rivalry game.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:31 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Theo Epstein says farewell to Boston, tells Chicago ‘baseball is best ... when you win’ (updated)

After 10 years, two World Series victories and “infinite memories,” it was time to leave as general manager of the Red Sox. Today, Epstein starts work with the Chicago Cubs.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:29 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Rudy Fernandez hits no-look 3-pointer for Real Madrid (Video)

While many of his fellow players are squaring off against team owners or getting furniture jobs to keep busy during the NBA lockout, Dallas Mavericks guard Rudy Fernandez decided to play basketball. Watch him make a ridiculous no-look three-pointer while getting fouled.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:39 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Ravens draw Terrell Suggs’s criticism after awful loss to Jacksonville

Baltimore linebacker questions offensive approach, says “it baffles me” that running back Ray Rice only had eight carries for 28 yards. “We got to feed our horse.”

By Cindy Boren  |  09:28 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Jerome Harrison recovering from surgery to remove brain tumor

Lions teammates say they’re ready to rally round running back whose illness was discovered after his traded to Eagles was voided last week.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:27 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Ndamukong Suh says of Roddy White: “Do I need Rodney White’s respect? No.”

Detroit lineman takes issue with Falcons’ allegations of trash talking, saying that Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was surrounded by medical personnel after being hurt Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:56 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Beanie Wells, Earnest Graham, Tim Hightower, Darren McFadden, Willis McGahee among Week 7’s long list of injured running backs

Beanie Wells, Earnest Graham, Tim Hightower, Willis McGahee, Marshawn Lynch, Joseph Addai all suffered injuries during a brutal Week 7 for running backs in the NFL.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:50 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 10/24/2011

D.C. Sports fans: Post readers discuss local fan culture

We asked you to help us figure out what makes a good sports fan and asked for your opinions on what makes D.C. sports fans unique. Here’s what you had to say.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:36 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Indianapolis Colts, vying with St. Louis and Miami to go 0-16, have an epic loss in New Orleans and a coach on hot seat

As owner apologizes to fans, Indy players question their effort and their coaches with debate swirling about whether the team has quit on Coach Jim Caldwell.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:14 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Matt Stafford is ‘day-to-day’ with ankle injury, Lions say

Detroit quarterback, who underwent MRI on his injured right leg Monday, is wearing a boot for an ankle sprain. The Lions face Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos on sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:38 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 10/24/2011

DeMarco Murray leaves his mark in Cowboys, NFL record books

Rookie running back rushes for 253 yards — the best performance in the NFL this season — against the defensively-challenged St. Louis Rams. Along the way, he passes Emmitt Smith’s franchise record, too.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:14 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Ndamukong Suh, Cliff Avril accused of taunting Falcolns QB Matt Ryan (video)

Atlanta players say that, after their quarterback suffered a leg injury, Detroit players indulged in a little trash talking. Before the game even began Sunday, players had skirmished.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:10 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks edge France to reclaim Webb Ellis Cup

New Zealand rugby fans can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief after the All Blacks reclaimed the Webb Ellis Cup with a gritty, 8-7 victory over France in the Rugby World Cup final.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Photo gallery: Highlights from NFL Week 7

Tim Tebow, DeMarco Murray, Drew Brees were among the stars of the weekend’s pro football action.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:20 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Tim Tebow rallies Broncos late to beat Dolphins, gains more support from Denver fans

With Sunday’s game in Miami seemingly out of reach, Tim Tebow engineered an improbable comeback that reminded everyone why so many believe he can be a successful quarterback in the NFL.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:52 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011

D.C’s greatest sports fan contest

If you think you have the right combination of spirit, knowledge and loyalty, fill out the application form and enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Tim Tebow leads Denver Broncos to 18-15 OT victory

Quarterback, making his first NFL start, rallies team from 15-0 deficit in Miami, on a day when the Dolphins honored his University of Florida national championship team.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:57 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 10/23/2011

NFL Week 7 live: Tim Tebow leads a list of QB changes; Chris Cook arrested

Former Heisman winner gets a chance to prove himself in Denver; Christian Ponder, John Beck will also try to prove themselves.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:47 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Rugby World Cup final: New Zealand vs. France preview

If you can pry yourself away from the Red Zone Channel, Sunday’s Rugby World Cup final between the New Zealand All Blacks and France is well worth watching.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:01 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Your definition of a great D.C. sports fan

As part of the Greatest sports fan in D.C. contest, we asked you your definition. Here are some of your responses.

By Washington Post editors  |  01:52 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Saints center Olin Kreutz leaves team mid-season

New Orleans Saints center Olin Kreutz has left the team because he’s “not feeling it” anymore.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:13 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/21/2011

London 2012 Olympics: “Out of a Rainbow” theme song released

Everyone’s favorite cyclops tag team of Wenlock and Mandeville — London’s 2012 Games mascots — released their theme, titled “Out of a Rainbow,” in a colorful cartoon video.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Lions don’t rule out return by Jahvid Best this season

Detroit offensive coordinator Scott Linehan says of concussed running back: “I’m sure he’ll be out there soon.” Agent disputes report saying Best is being advised to sit out the rest of the season.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 10/21/2011

World Series Game 2: Rangers exploit Tony La Russa’s moves, beat Cardinals 2-1

On Thursday night with the St. Louis Cardinals three outs away from grabbing a commanding 2-0 World Series lead, everyone’s favorite mastermind manager Tony La Russa may have out-foxed himself.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:38 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 10/21/2011

UCLA, Arizona fight after fake ref runs onto the field in Wildcats’ blowout (video)

Two players are ejected as Wildcats romp and Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel feels the hot seat. The ersatz referee? He streaked — yes, streaked — off the field.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:03 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Report: Lions RB Jerome Harrison has brain tumor

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Philadelphia Eagles team doctors discovered a brain tumor when they examined Lions running back Jerome Harrison to complete a trade for Ronnie Brown.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:27 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Ryan Leaf to undergo radiation as part of treatment for benign brain tumor

Days after Jerome Harrison’s brain tumor is discovered, former NFL quarterback discusses his surgery and step two of his treatment as part of book tour.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:40 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Report: Lions RB Jahvid Best advised to consider ending season

Detroit Lions starting running back Jahvid Best suffered his second concussion of the season on Sunday and now

By Matt Brooks  |  01:56 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Scott Hall details substance abuse issues in professional wrestling on ESPN’s E:60

Former World Championship Wrestling star Scott Hall provided more insight on the dark, dangerous reality of the wrestling lifestyle in an E:60 interview that aired on ESPN on Wednesday night.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:44 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Dirk Nowitzki gets his first pitch at World Series after all. (Everybody, duck.)

Baseball decides that star who led Dallas Mavericks to NBA championship in June is worthy of honor when World Series between Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals moves to Arlington.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:26 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Drew Rosenhaus: Terrell Owens is “100% healthy & ready to play right now!”

According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, 37-year-old wide receiver Terrell Owens has fully recovered from an ACL injury and is ready to join an NFL team right now.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:49 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/19/2011

World Series Game 1: C.J. Wilson looks to take back home-field advantage vs. Chris Carpenter

Texas Rangers ace C.J. Wilson cooled off in a Dallas cryotherapy chamber ahead of his World Series Game 1 start against Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Ronnie Brown, Jahvid Best not present as Lions open practice

With Best recovering from a concussion, Detroit made a move to add depth at running back by trading for Brown on Tuesday.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:26 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Michael Crabtree misses flight after Raiders fan policeman traffic stop

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree says he missed a flight because a police officer — who also happened to be a Raiders fan — pulled him over.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:59 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 10/19/2011

A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti defend oval-track IndyCar racing

Famed racing champions — in IndyCar and NASCAR racing — answer criticisms of NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson in wake of death of Dan Wheldon in crash Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:41 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Terrell Owens drawing interest from Tennessee Titans

When the Titans lost Kenny Britt for the season, coach Mike Munchak said Terrell Owens was not on the team’s radar.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:20 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Carson Palmer is in, Jason Campbell out in NFL changes at QB this week

Christian Ponder, John Beck, Tim Tebow will start; Charlie Whitehurst expected to step up as injuries and ineffectiveness lead NFL teams to consider Week 7 changes.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Magic Johnson rips LeBron James — but he’s only kidding. Really. (Video)

Among the former Lakers star’s jabs at the Heat star: “There's going to always be guys who win championships in the NBA, except LeBron.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:51 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Eagles trade Ronnie Brown to Lions for Jerome Harrison

Detroit gets insurance at running back after Jahvid Best suffers second concussion of the season Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Carson Palmer traded to Oakland Raiders (updated)

Bengals quarterback was sitting out season after demanding a trade; Raiders were in the market after Jason Campbell broke his collarbone Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:01 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Mike Sims-Walker returns to Jacksonville Jaguars

The Florida Times-Union is reporting that wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker — who was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Monday following their trade for Brandon Lloyd — will re-sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:47 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner threatens release of “tsunami” of corruption allegations against Sepp Blatter

Three days before FIFA President Sepp Blatter is scheduled to announce a new anti-corruption drive, former vice president Jack Warner is threatening to release a “tsunami” of corruption allegations against his former superior.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:56 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Jon Lester admits to drinking beer in Red Sox clubhouse, but says reports were overblown

Boston pitcher answers allegations he, John Lackey, Josh Beckett and teammates drank, ate fried chicken and played video games during games. “It was a ninth-inning rally beer,” he says.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:30 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Frank McCourt retains control of Dodgers — for now — following divorce settlement

Frank McCourt appears to have made it over the first hurdle in his ongoing battle with Major League Baseball to maintain ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he finally reached a divorce settlement with his former wife, Jamie, on Monday.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Brandon Marshall falls short; Santonio Holmes and Darrelle Revis don’t as Jets pound Dolphins

New York gets back on the winning track after a week of turmoil and drama; Miami remains winless and on target for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes after “Monday Night Football” loss.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:14 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Broncos trade Brandon Lloyd to Rams; Sam Bradford nursing high ankle sprain

The Denver Broncos traded Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams on Monday for a conditional first-round draft pick in 2012. Meantime, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is in a walking boot while nursing a high ankle sprain.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:34 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Dan Wheldon’s death: Jimmie Johnson, drivers criticize Las Vegas Speedway track, high speeds

NASCAR champion says of IndyCar drivers on oval tracks: “They are brave men and women that drive those things” and calls for “no more ovals.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:50 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Jim Schwartz says says he spoke with NFL officials, Jim Harbaugh about postgame fight

League confirms it is looking into dust-up that occurred between Detroit and San Francisco head coaches. Schwartz calls the incident “regrettable.”

By Cindy Boren  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Jason Campbell injury has Raiders looking at QB options, including David Garrard (updated)

With Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor on the roster, Oakland, presumably losing Campbell for the season, considers Carson Palmer, Josh McCown, Kyle Orton...and Garrard.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:40 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Vikings still deciding between Donovan McNabb, Christian Ponder as starting quarterback for Week 7

One day after benching Donovan McNabb for the fourth quarter of an ugly 39-10 loss to Chicago, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced the team is still contemplating whether to start the struggling veteran or rookie Christian Ponder in Week 7.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:36 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Jahvid Best suffers second concussion of season in Detroit Lions loss

The Detroit Lions lost for the first time this season, and, adding injury to insult, lost oft-injured starting running back Jahvid Best to a fourth-quarter concussion.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:32 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Jim Harbaugh fights with Jim Schwartz and John Harbaugh isn’t surprised (video)

Baltimore Ravens coach says he scrapped with his brother back in the day as well. And points out that the brothers will face each other as NFL head coaches on Thanksgiving Day.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/17/2011

St. Louis Cardinals ride brilliant bullpen past Milwaukee Brewers, into World Series

The St. Louis bullpen continued a tremendous postseason run with seven strong innings on Sunday to help the Cardinals advance to the World Series with a 12-6 victory in Milwaukee.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Dan Wheldon’s death: What caused horrific IndyCar crash?

In wake of fiery crash that killed two-time Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon, drivers question size of field, steeply banked Las Vegas track and excessively high speeds in practice runs. “We all had a bad feeling about this place in particular,” Oriol Servia said.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:20 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Report: Sean Payton, injured in Saints’ loss to Bucs, to have surgery Monday

New Orleans coach suffered torn medial collateral ligament, broken tibia in sideline pileup early in game against Tampa Bay.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:29 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Dan Wheldon dies after fiery crash at Las Vegas Indy 300 (video)

English driver, who won his second Indianapolis 500 in May, was involved in horrific 15-car wreck. Three other drivers were treated for minor injuries.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:32 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Jim Harbaugh, Jim Schwartz go at it: Coaches skirmish after 49ers beat Lions (video)

After San Francisco ends Detroit’s winning streak, coach shakes hands a little too aggressively — which leads to words and a near-fight on the field. Just like Lombardi and Landry used to do it.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:09 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Nelson Cruz, Michael Young take Texas Rangers back to World Series

Cruz, the new Mr. October, is ALCS MVP as Texas becomes first team to win back-to-back pennants since New York Yankees of 1998-2001.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:24 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 10/16/2011

NFL Week 6 live: Brandon Lloyd, Edide Royal, Joseph Addai, Percy Harvin, Justin Tuck, Brandon Marshall

With trade deadline approaching Tuesday, Denver Broncos reportedly are shopping wide receiver Lloyd with Patriots, 49ers and Rams reportedly interested.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:16 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Walter Payton’s son says ‘I don’t hold grudges’ about ‘Sweetness’ book

Jarrett Payton says biography depicting former Chicago Bears running back’s on-field triumphs, off-the-field struggles with drugs, depression and extramarital affairs has strengthened the Payton family.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Brandon Marshall, now ‘The Monster’ and not ‘The Beast,’ says he may get ejected on ‘Monday Night Football’

Miami Dolphins wide receiver says, ‘I’ll probably get kicked out after the second quarter.’ His coach, Tony Sparano, says he’s not entirely serious.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:22 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 10/13/2011

D.C.’s Greatest Sports Fan: Help us choose

What makes someone a great sports fan? More specifically, what makes someone a great D.C. sports fan? We’re asking because we’re nearing the launch of a contest that hopes to identify the greatest Washington area pro sports fan. And we want your help.

By Washington Post Editor  |  05:17 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Brewers vs. Cardinals: Who will Milwaukee start in center field for Game 4?

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke made a curious decision to start veteran Mark Kotsay in centerfield in Game 3, which drew mixed results. Who will patrol center in Thursday’s Game 4 as Milwaukee looks to even their NLCS with St. Louis at 2 games apiece?

By Matt Brooks  |  04:09 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Josh Beckett was locked out of clubhouse by Jack McKeon during 2003 games

Manager of the Marlins kept players focused on the game by keeping them in the dugout; bathroom passes were issued when necessary. The Red Sox probably should have tried that.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Obama will attend college basketball game on aircraft carrier

USS Carl Vinson, most recently in the headlines for its role in Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea, will be the site of the game between North Carolina and Michigan State on Veterans Day.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:52 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Auburn cleared of major NCAA football violations during national championship run

It appears Auburn will be allowed to hang onto it’s 2010 national championship after the NCAA cleared the school of any major violations committed by its football program, including any wrong-doing during the recruitment of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:19 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 10/13/2011

James Harrison voted NFL’s meanest in SI poll of players

Two Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis (No. 2) and Terrell Suggs (No. 6), crack the top 10; Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions places third.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:45 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Is Nelson Cruz the next Mr. October for the Texas Rangers?

If Jose Valverde and the Detroit Tigers learned anything in Wednesday’s 7-3, 11-inning loss to the Texas Rangers it should be this: Do not pitch to Nelson Cruz in the 11th inning.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 10/13/2011

David Ortiz says he’d consider jumping from Red Sox to Yankees (video)

Slugger says of Boston mess: ‘I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year’ and eyes New York, where there’s never, ever any drama with the Bronx Bombers.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:43 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Giants fan beaten at Dodger Stadium leaves hospital for rehab facility

Bryan Stow, hospitalized since a beating March 31, takes next step in what is expected to be a long road to an uncertain recovery.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:08 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Andy Reid denies Eagles offered defensive consultant job to Eric Mangini

Things are getting ugly in Philadelphia where Eagles coach Andy Reid trying to quash ESPN reports that the team is trying to hire a consultant to help their struggling defense.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:22 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Charles Barkley ‘leaning toward’ donating TNT salary to charity if NBA season is lost

Hall of Fame player hasn’t made up his mind yet, but says, ‘I don't think it's cool for me to take money I haven't earned.’

By Cindy Boren  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Theo Epstein has five-year deal in place with Chicago Cubs

Deal that will allow Red Sox general manager to head west is expected to be finalized in the next few days.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 10/12/2011

President Obama “a little heartbroken” over NBA lockout

Obama attended a fundraiser on Tuesday with Orlando Magic All-Star Dwight Howard and told reporters he was “a little heartbroken” over the ongoing NBA labor dispute and the prospect of a cancelled season.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:17 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Marathon runner disqualified after taking bus to finish line

Twenty miles into the Kielder race in England, Rob Sloan hopped on a spectator bus — and finished third before being discovered.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:08 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Joseph Addai unlikely to play Sunday for victory-challenged Colts

Indianapolis continues to try for its first victory of the season with running back ’s status in doubt because of a hamstring injury he suffered Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:11 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Report: Theo Epstein joining Chicago Cubs as inside story of Red Sox’ demise emerges

As the Boston Globe details the team’s historic September swoon, general manager ‘is likely’ to head west — to see if he can reverse another team’s World Series drought.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Peyton Hills may not be with Cleveland Browns beyond 2011

Speculation is bubbling over that Peyton Hillis skipped Cleveland’s Week 3 game to protest not getting a new contract. Now the team’s leading rusher is voicing his doubt the Browns will re-sign him beyond this season.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:41 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Derrick Mason traded to Texans for conditional draft pick

New York Jets were disappointed in wide receiver’s performance after signing him as a free agent this summer. ‘Guys, let's face it, I thought he'd catch 80 to 90 balls and that hasn't happened,’ Rex Ryan said.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:36 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Wayne Rooney writes UEFA a letter of apology for red-card outburst

Striker faces a possible three-match ban in Euro 2012, although disciplinary committee has leeway in assessing punishment.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:57 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Tim Tebow named Broncos’ starter; Kyle Orton’s No. 2, Brady Quinn is ‘best boyfriend’ (updated)

Coach John Fox makes the move to former Florida quarterback. Meanwhile, the No. 3 quarterback leaves team to be with girlfriend, gymnast Alicia Sacramone, during surgery.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:16 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Albert Pujols and Cardinals have a ‘happy flight’ home

Slugger shakes off a poor performance in Game 1 and has a banner night as St. Louis forces a tie with Milwaukee in the National League Championship Series.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Arizona lands 2015 Super Bowl

NFL owners vote to give the Phoenix area its third championship game. Indianapolis will host in 2012, New Orleans in 2013 and New York/New Jersey in 2014.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:55 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Nelson Cruz is becoming the Rangers’ “Mr. October”

With his walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th on Monday night, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has regained the postseason slugger status he achieved last fall.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Hank Williams Jr: ‘Mickey is a mean mouse’

Country singer puts new song about ESPN, ‘Fox & Friends’ on website, You Tube and talks to ‘The View’ about his ‘Monday Night Football’ demise.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:34 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Arizona fires Mike Stoops as football coach

The University of Arizona fired head football coach Mike Stoops on Monday, just halfway into the 2011 season, with the Wildcats falling to 1-5 following a loss to previously winless Oregon State.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:47 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Video: Cyclist collides with antelope during bike race in South Africa

Evan Van der Spuy was competing in an off-road race when he and the animal crossed paths. Neither was hurt in the collision, which was caught on tape.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Detroit Lions beat Chicago Bears, 24-13, with help from Ford Field faithful

The Chicago Bears buckled under the deafening noise from the 67,861 raucous fans — a Ford Field record for a Lions game — on hand for the Detroit Lions’ first home “Monday Night Football” game since 2001.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:17 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Woman runs Chicago Marathon, gives birth, calls it a day

Amber Miller finishes race in 6 1/2 hours despite having contraction as she crossed the finish line. Baby June arrived Sunday night.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:11 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Report: Terrell Owens was hospitalized last week in Los Angeles

TMZ says wide receiver, who says he could play in the NFL again ’in a month of less,’ was subject of a 911 call from his apartment complex.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:20 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 10/10/2011

NBA players use Twitter to deliver their ‘Let us play’ message as talks continue

Using the same slogan NFL players used to generate solidarity when they were locked out, NBA players share message with millions of followers — and find they’re a trending topic nationally.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:44 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Penn State coach Joe Paterno may move to press box indefinitely

Following yet another near-collision on the sideline, 84-year-old Penn State coach Joe Paterno may be forced to move from the sideline to the press box indefinitely.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:13 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Mario Williams out for the season with torn pectoral muscle

Houston Texans linebacker, team’s best defensive player, will undergo surgery this week.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:09 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Tony Dungy: Redskins ‘look better and better’ in NFC East; ‘Sunday Night’ crew agrees

Al Michaels calls Washington — alone atop the division — a ’team to watch’ as Eagles, Giants implode and battle injuries.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:57 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Tigers OF Magglio Ordoñez out for remainder of postseason

The Tigers will be without rightfielder Magglio Ordoñez for the remainder of the playoffs, further crippling their lineup against the Texas Rangers’ lefty-heavy starting rotation.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:05 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Fan throws hot dog at Tiger Woods (video)

Watch as spectator yells and heaves a hot dog in the direction of Woods as he focuses on a putt at Frys.com Open. “I guess he wanted to be in the news,” Woods says.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

It’s Tim Tebow time for Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow finally got his chance to show the Denver Broncos coaching staff what he can do that Kyle Orton cannot on Sunday. And after he nearly led his team all the way back from a 23-10 halftime deficit, it may be time to give him the starting job.

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

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Hank Williams Jr. fires back at Fox, ESPN with a song and talk-show appearances

Without its signature theme song, “Monday Night Football” moves on with a game between Detroit and Chicago. Country singer tells his side in lyrics and on TV shows.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:48 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 10/09/2011

Mario Williams will undergo MRI on injured pectoral muscle

Texans linebacker was hurt in the first quarter of Houston’s loss to Oakland and watched rest of the game in street clothes.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:58 PM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 10/09/2011

Fan throws a hot dog at Tiger Woods during Frys.com Open

“I turned around and the hot dog was in the air,” golfer, who was not struck, said. Woods managed to shoot his third consecutive 68, finishing at 7-under par.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:01 PM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 10/09/2011

Report: NBA, players’ union officials will meet tonight with regular-season games on bring of cancellation

First two weeks of regular season, which begins Nov. 1, could be cancelled Monday if there’s no progress in labor talks.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:40 PM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/09/2011

NFL Week 5 live: Rashard Mendenhall, Al Davis, Justin Tuck, Aaron Rodgers, Vince Young

Isaac Redman will get his first start for the Steelers, but Mendenhall will be available if needed; all teams will honor Raiders’ late owner Al Davis.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 10/07/2011

1985 Chicago Bears finally visit the White House (video)

It took 25 years, but the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears finally paid their visit to the White House on Friday, where a very giddy President Barack Obama was eager to welcome them.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:18 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Rugby World Cup: England vs. France, South Africa vs. Australia highlight quarterfinal matchups

Rugby’s thoroughbreds are all that remain with the quarterfinals set to get underway Saturday night with a pair of classic matchups between Ireland and Wales and England and France.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:58 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Is Kobe Bryant’s deal to play in Italy down to one game?

Italian media report that Lakers’ star may now play in just one game with reports of just how much he’d be paid varying. Italian Olympic Committee president downplays possibility of any deal.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Jaromir Jagr, Philadelphia Flyers spoil Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup celebration in season opener

Jaromir Jagr made his regular season debut after a three-year stint in Russia and notched his 1,600th career NHL point to help the Flyers spoil Boston’s Stanley Cup banner-raising celebration with a 2-1 victory in Beantown.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Tiger Woods teeters on brink of missing cut at Frys.com Open (updated)

In first tournament since Aug. 12, golfer struggles with his putting and is tied for 86th after the first round.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Oregon Ducks roll past Cal; LaMichael James injures elbow (video)

Oregon’s high-octane offense exploded in the second half as the Ducks routed Cal 43-15, but in the process they may have lost leading rusher LaMichael James for an extended period after the nation’s leading rusher injured his right arm on a gruesome play.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:35 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Jorge Posada faces uncertain future with Yankees

Despite a solid performance in New York’s loss to the Detroit Tigers, the catcher who is one of the team's vaunted Core Four may have reached the end of the line in the Bronx.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:08 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Should NCAA colleges offer sports as an academic major?

Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins wrote a provocative column on Wednesday challenging both sides of the argument that collegiate athletes should or should not be paid to play. Here’s a small sample of the insightful comments on the column.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:34 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Peyton Manning still hopes to play in 2011

Colts quarterback, recovering from neck surgery, hasn’t written off playing again this season, but admits that “I have to listen to the doctors.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:34 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Steve Jobs took the world of sports into the future, too

Apple’s visionary founder created products that are profoundly changing how athletes and teams prepare to compete. Imagine a day when NFL playbooks are on iPads. (It’s already here.)

By Cindy Boren  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Terrell Owens says he could return to NFL in “a month or less”

In an interview with ESPN’s equally dramatic Stephen A. Smith on Wednesday, Owens said he could return to the NFL in “a month or less,” tantalizing fans with the prospect of filling the league’s current diva wide receiver void.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:06 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Chad Henne will miss rest of Miami Dolphins’ season

Quarterback opts to have surgery on his non-throwing shoulder; the team reportedly will sign Sage Rosenfels to back up Matt Moore.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:25 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Who will replace Hank Williams Jr. on ESPN’s Monday Night Football?

Now that Hank Williams Jr. has been given the boot by ESPN (or gave them the boot, depending on whose story you believe), where will the network turn to replace one of the most recognizable sports television theme songs of all time?

By Matt Brooks  |  11:56 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 10/06/2011

ESPN, Hank Williams Jr. part permanently over controversial comments

Each side claimed responsibility for the decison, which means that the singer will no longer perform “All My Rowdy Friends” theme song before “Monday Night Football” games.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:33 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Aaron Rodgers isn’t bothered by Brett Favre’s comments

Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews offers a different interpretation, saying that radio-show remarks by former Packers quarterback “definitely fuels his fire.”

By Cindy Boren  |  09:49 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Cardinals, new squirrel mascot beat Phillies to force Game 5

With the Cardinals leading the Phillies 3-2 in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s Game 4 at Busch Stadium, a squirrel dashed past home plate. By the time St. Louis wrapped up its 5-3 win to force a decisive Game 5, the Busch Squirrel had already become the Cardinals’ new mascot.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:43 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson has procedure to repair hamstring tear

Houston Coach Gary Kubiak says, ‘We’re going to miss him for a period of time.’ Earlier reports had said Johnson was expected to miss three games.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:10 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Michael Vick: ‘The dream team thing is over’

Preparing for games against Buffalo and Washington, Philly quarterback says ‘We're just one of the teams that's got to scratch and claw from the bottom.’

By Cindy Boren  |  03:18 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Tiger Woods set to return to PGA Tour at Frys.com Open

Tiger Woods will make his return to the PGA Tour on Thursday at the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club sporting a new caddie, a new swing and a new Rolex.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 10/05/2011

A.J. Burnett is surprise hero, with help from Curtis Granderson, as Yankees force Game 5

Pitcher finds strike zone after a rocky start and, with some stellar defensive plays from the center fielder, wins a game that forces a decisive AL Division Series game Thursday.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:51 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Angry Birds inspires UNC Asheville goalkeeper’s soccer trick shot video

UNC Asheville goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen is hopeful his individual brand will one day rival Angry Birds.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:20 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Miami Marlins will not purchase miamimarlins.com from local fisherman

The Miami Marlins will begin the 2012 season with a new name, a new logo and a sparkling new $515 million stadium. What they’re missing: ownership of miamimarlins.com.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Cubs reportedly ask to speak to Theo Epstein

Red Sox owner says only that Epstein and others are seeking Terry Francona’s replacement; Cubs owner is mum as well.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:56 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Brett Favre not surprised by success of Aaron Rodgers, only how long it took

Former Green Bay Packers QB says present Green Bay Packers QB ‘just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he's a good player. ... The talent around him is even better than when I was there.’

By Cindy Boren  |  08:35 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 10/04/2011

NBA players, officials end talks with season opener at risk

First two weeks of regular season will be canceled if there’s no deal by Oct. 10; remainder of preseason games are canceled.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:14 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Adrian Beltre hits three homers as Rangers clinch AL division series

Texas third baseman is only the seventh player in the majors to hit three home runs in a postseason; he’s the first to do so in a division series game.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:57 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Hank Williams Jr. apologizes for Hitler-Obama analogy

Singer writes on his website: “I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone. I would like to Thank all my supporters. This was Not written by some Publicist.”

By Cindy Boren  |  05:44 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Curtis Painter is the least of Colts’ problems, but isn’t designated starter yet (updated)

With Peyton Manning watching and applauding — at times — in the coaches’ box, QB doesn’t do too badly. That may be all a winless team can ask at this point.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:17 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Eric Foster has surgery after suffering gruesome injury Monday night (updated)

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle is expected to be hospitalized for several more days after dislocating his his ankle in loss to Tampa Bay.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:46 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/04/2011

NBA talks come down to ‘a very huge day’ as regular-season opener approaches

Stars like Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett meet with owners, Commissioner David Stern in hopes of reaching labor agreement and starting the season on time.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Andy Roddick calls China Open loss ‘unacceptable,’ but says his behavior wasn’t

After telling reporter who asked about retirement, “I think you should retire,” Roddick departs press conference. Later he tweets that he was told that that would be the last question by the moderator.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:25 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 10/04/2011

LeGarrette Blount continues to remove doubts with Tampa Bay

Buccaneers’ running back soon may no longer be known for the punch that caused Oregon to suspend him for his final season of college football.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:37 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Sean Avery waived by New York Rangers

In a city full of noise, fashion and opinions, some could argue Sean Avery was the quintessential mascot for the New York Rangers over the last five seasons.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 10/04/2011

James Harrison will have surgery to repair ortibal fracture, will miss ‘a number of weeks’

Steelers linebacker suffered fracture of right orbital bone in first half of Pittsburgh’s loss Sunday to Houston.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:28 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Justin Verlander outlasts C.C. Sabathia as Tigers take 2-1 series lead on Yankees

It wasn’t his best performance, but Tigers ace Justin Verlander lasted eight innings to help Detroit claim a 5-4 victory and a 2-1 series lead over the Yankees.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:15 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 10/03/2011

ESPN pulls Hank Williams Jr. from ‘Monday Night Football’ for comparing Obama, Hitler (video)

Network says it is ‘extremely disappointed’ with comments Williams made on ‘Fox and Friends’ show today. In statement on his website, Williams says he was misunderstood..

By Cindy Boren  |  06:31 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Tony Romo, Cowboys; Tony Sparano, Miami Dolphins enter bye week on the hot seat

The Ravens, Redskins, Cowboys, Browns, Dolphins and Rams all take their bye in Week 5, providing the perfect opportunity to assess their status through the first four weeks of the NFL season.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:23 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Dirk Nowitzki tells Tony Romo: ‘Don’t worry about all the critics’

Now a bona fide Dallas hero, Mavericks star reaches out to Cowboys’ embattled quarterback with an encouraging tweet after a deflating loss to Detroit.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:12 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Ronnie Brown’s Wildcat experiment has disastrous end for Eagles

With Philadelphia at at the 49ers’ 1-yard line, the Eagles running back tries a a late, ill-advised pass that reminds everyone of the Wildcat — and not in a good way.

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

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Sidney Crosby will open NHL season on Penguins’ injured-reserve list

Pittsburgh star, who has been recovering from concussion symptions since January, won’t be eligible to play for at least a week and probably longer. He still has not had contract in practice.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:41 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Aaron Rodgers makes a quiet case for being the NFL’s best quarterback

Quarterback has the defending Super Bowl champions off to a 4-0 start and is putting up consistently stellar numbers. On Sunday, he passed for over 400 yards and four TDs and ran for two more.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:22 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Kobe Bryant, Virtus Bologna ‘working very intensely’ on a deal to play in Italy

Los Angeles Lakers star reportedly wants terms that will allow smaller clubs in Italian League to benefit financially from his presence.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Giants catch a break with refs’ call on Victor Cruz play; was call correct?

While interpretation of the rule differs, with Tony Dungy and Mike Pereira on one side, the result is all that matters. New York moves to 3-1 with a win.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions demand respect

With one improbable come-from-behind win after another, the Detroit Lions are making believers out of fans, analysts and doubters across the NFL.With one touchdown catch after another, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is doing the same.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Report: Madonna will entertain at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI

The singer has been linked to what is the year’s most popular telecast in the past, only to have arrangements fall through. Are Madonna and the Super Bowl a good fit?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Cardinals solve Cliff Lee, beat Phillies 5-4 to even series

With a 5-4 come-from-behind victory against Phillies ace Cliff Lee, the Cardinals showed they can hold their own against the best pitching staff in baseball.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Ben Roethlisberger’s foot is sprained, ESPN reports (updated)

After loss to Houston, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback leaves with his foot in a walking boot. Tests reveal that he suffered only a sprain, ESPN reports.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:45 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tony Romo: ‘As Tony goes, we’ll go.’

On Sunday, that was a bad thing as quarterback throws back-to-back pick sixes in Dallas’ historic collapse against the Detroit Lions

By Cindy Boren  |  07:28 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Andre Johnson suffers strained hamstring in Texans’ win

Houston wide receiver will undergo MRI, but Coach Gary Kubiak said injury suffered in victory over Pittsburgh apparently is to the right hamstring.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:11 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 10/02/2011

NFL Week 4 live: Frank Gore, Larry Fitzgerald, Dez Bryant, Ndamukong Suh, Tony Romo, Roddy White

The NFL season hits the quarter pole with Osi Umenyiora finally playing (ahead of that Oct. 18 trade deadline) and players’ pink accessories reminding that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:20 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Curtis Painter to start for Colts on Monday night in Tampa Bay

Peyton Manning may be out for the season and Kerry Collins is still dealing with concussion-like symptoms five days after getting knocked out of his last start against Pittsburgh. With few other options, the Indianapolis Colts will turn to 26-year-old Curtis Painter to lead their sputtering offense into a Monday night matchup with Tampa Bay.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:15 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Walter Payton book angers Mike Ditka, former Bears players

Book discloses Hall of Famer’s struggles with drugs, depression and former coach says of its author, “I’d spit on him.”

By Cindy Boren  |  01:28 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Report: Kobe Bryant reaches $3 million deal to play for Virtus Bologna in Italy but scheduling issues may threaten contract

If NBA owners and players fail to sign a new collective bargaining agreement to save the 2011-12 NBA season, it looks increasingly likely that Kobe Bryant will accept a $3 million contract offer to play for Virtus Bologna in Italy.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:17 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Manchester United goalie David de Gea is caught shoplifting a doughnut

The doughnut in question was a Krispy Kreme, so David de Gea’s crime is pretty understandable. He ate the evidence and won’t be prosecuted.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:16 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Packers’ Erik Walden fined $15,000 for high hit on Jay Cutler

Michael Vick and Jay Cutler have a lot in common. Both absorb a lot of hits in the pocket, both are frequently accused of holding onto the ball too long, and both will continue to be tossed around like a ragdoll until their offensive lines start protecting them better.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:19 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Delonte West lands a job at a Maryland furniture store

Free agent guard, who’s also working on a rap album, has considered working at Home Depot and Sam’s Club (in the knives department ...) during the NBA lockout.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:55 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 09/30/2011

NHL Preseason: Aaron Volpatti lands one-punch knockout in Canucks-Sharks game

That’s right, hockey is back. And if you needed a reminder, Vancouver Canucks winger Aaron Volpatti has a refreshing right hook with your name on it.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:59 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Report: Terry Francona expected to leave as manager of Red Sox

Despite two World Series titles, team and manager expected to part ways after epic collapse.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:29 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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