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The Early Lead: January, 2012

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Super Bowl ads 2012: The Coca-Cola polar bears are back

Nothing parches the palate quite like a ferocious endangered carnivore in a red scarf dancing around a polar ice cap. And nothing quenches a thirst quite like a jaw-dropping catch — followed by an ice-cold Coke.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:38 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Carolina Panthers unveil ‘more aggressive’ logo as Nike takes over NFL rights

After 18 years in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers are going with a more ‘aggressive’ look with the new logo the team unveiled on Monday.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:46 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Tom Brady’s “party” line draws New York’s ire

New England Patriots told fans at sendoff to Indianapolis “hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend,” a remark that New York media saw as trash talking.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:38 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Jim Caldwell will join Ravens as quarterbacks coach (updated)

Indianapolis Colts’ former head coach, fired Jan. 17, will work with quarterback Joe Flacco in Baltimore.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Tiger Woods cracks golf’s top 20 rankings

Woods’s winning drought continues with a third-place finish in Abu Dhabi, but but at least he’s ranked 17th in the world now as the golf year begins.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Shaun White has first perfect score in Winter X Games history (video)

Snowboarder manages to “five-peat” in competition as well — another X Games first — despite a sore ankle that limited him in Aspen.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:57 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Kentucky, Syracuse, Ohio State, Duke in line for NCAA tournament top seeds

The race for the final No. 1 seed is very competitive as of today, but Duke can make the strongest case.

By Eric Prisbell  |  09:48 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Pro Bowl 2012: Brandon Marshall uses performance to talk about quarterbacks

The Miami Dolphins’ wide receiver, who was the game’s MVP, used his network platform to remind everyone that he’d like the team to upgrade at passer.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:15 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 01/29/2012

2012 Pro Bowl: Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers square off

AFC, NFC all-star teams play the next-to-last game of the season at 7 p.m. EST in Hono­lulu.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:30 PM ET, 01/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/29/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Peyton Manning, Colts owner Jim Irsay squabble in Indianapolis sideshow

The ongoing uncertainty and public exchanges between the quarterback and owner continue to make headlines, a week ahead of the NFL’s big game.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 01/28/2012

Towson basketball ends 41-game losing streak with win over UNC Wilmington

Towson ends its Division I-record 41-game losing streak with a win over UNC Wilmington.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  04:41 PM ET, 01/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/27/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas and Ohio State are the top seeds in Eric Prisbell’s latest NCAA tournament projection, while Virginia, Georgetown and George Mason are in the field.

By Eric Prisbell  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Super Bowl ads 2012: GM’s ‘Chevy Happy Grad’

In a new commercial from General Motors that will air during the Super Bowl, one recent graduate gets a little carried away with what he believes is his graduation present.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:55 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Report: Bobby Cremins to take leave of absence from College of Charleston

Bobby Cremins, the head coach at the College of Charleston, is to take a leave of absence because of a health issue that is not life threatening.

By Eric Prisbell  |  02:33 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bobby Cremins, Cremins leave of absence, Cremins health problems, College of Charleston, Cremins College of Charleston

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy two shots back in Abu Dhabi

Tiger Woods continues his comeback journey at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship this week, where he’s two shots back after a 3-under 69 on Friday.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Obama ‘can’t call it’ between Giants, Patriots

President Barack Obama has a penchant for making sports predictions, but when asked who he’s backing when the Giants and Patriots square off in the Super Bowl, Obama held his tongue.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:19 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 01/27/2012

Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay’s Colts: Heading for a divorce?

The conversation over the future of Indianapolis’ franchise quarterback continues to play out publicly, with the owner calling Manning “a politician.”

By Cindy Boren  |  10:08 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/27/2012

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic rallies past Andy Murray in 5 sets, will face Nadal in final

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was pushed to the limit by Andy Murray in Friday’s Australian Open semifinal but rallied for a dramatic five-set victory to set up yet another Grand Slam final matchup against Rafael Nadal.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 01/27/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Could the Pac-12 get only one bid?

The Pac-12 is on pace to be the lowest-ranked power conference this century in the RPI.

By Eric Prisbell  |  09:27 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pac-12, Pacific-12, Pac-12 basketball, California, Cal basketball, Sean Miller, Mike Montgomery, Ben Howland, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Lorenzo Romar

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Super Bowl ads 2012: John Stamos does Dannon

Food will love collide on Super Bowl Sunday when actor John Stamos returns to the small screen in a commercial for Dannon yogurt.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:54 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Joe Paterno memorial service: Phil Knight says coach is not the villain in Penn State scandal

Nike chairman and co-founder defends Nittany Lions coach in eulogy and says of Board of Trustees, “Who is the real trustee?”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:44 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Joe Namath ‘feels awful’ about his relationship with Jets

Franchise’s former quarterback doesn’t regret his critical statements about the team’s implosion and the struggles of present quarterback Mark Sanchez.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:38 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Rob Gronkowski to skip practice with ankle injury; will he be ready for Super Bowl?

New England Patriots tight end and master of the art of spiking Rob Gronkowski will not practice on Thursday when the team holds its first practice since its AFC championship triumph as he continues to recover from a left ankle injury.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:39 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Joe Paterno memorial service: More than 12,000 expected for final tribute

One former player from each decade of Penn State coach’s career is expected to speak at “A Memorial for Joe” on Thursday afternoon.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Pro Bowl 2012: Players will be allowed to tweet in-game — just this once

Chad Ochocinco won’t be in Hawaii when the AFC and NFC play Sunday night, but other players will be encouraged to use Twitter during the game to communicate with fans and each other.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:18 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Kobe Bryant helps Lakers rally past Clippers as L.A. rivalry heats up

Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and the Lakers pulled out a 96-91 win on Wednesday, but Chris Paul and the Clippers made it clear they will not be bullied any longer.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:04 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano agrees to terms with Tampa Bay Buccaneers (updated)

Scarlet Knights coach will return to the NFL after Oregon’s Chip Kelly backed out on a deal with the Bucs earlier this week.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:25 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Chuck Pagano hiring signals more change for Indianapolis Colts

The team has a new general manager and now a new coach. Soon, there’ll be a new quarterback — regardless of what the future holds for Peyton Manning there.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:48 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Le’Bryan Nash has breakout performance in Oklahoma State’s upset over Missouri

After what had been an inconsistent freshman season, former McDonald’s All-American Le’Bryan Nash has his best game, leading Oklahoma State past No. 2 Missouri.

By Eric Prisbell  |  09:24 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma state Missouri

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Hockey rink roof collapses as Richard Zednik, kids skate in Slovakia

Former Capitals player and players are unharmed; Zednik memorably survived being slashed by a skate in an NHL game in 2008.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:53 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Australian Open: Nadal beats Federer to reach final

In a semifinal matchup fit for a final, Rafael Nadal rallied to beat longtime rival Roger Federer and advance to the Australian Open semifinal with a 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 victory.

By Matt Brooks  |  07:31 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Colts name Chuck Pagano, Ravens’ defensive coordinator, head coach

Owner Jim Irsay and General Manager Ryan Grigson moved quickly to replace Jim Caldwell.

By Cindy Boren & Matt Brooks  |  04:38 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/25/2012

State of the Union: Chad Ochocinco reaches out to John Boehner

New England Patriots wide receiver watches President Obama’s speech and shares his thoughts with his 3 million-plus Twitter followers. And the Speaker of the House.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Terrell Owens: ‘I’m in hell’

In a revealing and extensive interview with GQ Magazine, Terrell Owens opened up about the frustrations of trying to remake his image in a league full of second chances.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:44 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Australian Open: Djokovic, Murray join Federer, Nadal in familiar semifinal foursome

The usual suspects will go toe-to-toe in the Australian Open semfinals as Novak Djokovic takes on Andy Murray and Roger Federer faces Rafael Nadal in a party of the game’s top foursome.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:29 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Kentucky Coach John Calipari: ‘We could be really special, and we are not right now.’

John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats are 20-1, ranked No. 1 in the nation and have been beating teams by more than 17 points a game since their lone defeat at Indiana. But Calipari wants better.

By Eric Prisbell  |  11:36 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Elizabeth Warren says Patriots will ‘spank’ Giants on ‘Daily Show’

Ann Mara, the Giants’ contentious matriarch who gave Terry Bradshaw a public scolding Sunday night, might beg to differ. Could someone please set up a debate?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Joe Paterno funeral: More than 6,000 sign up to line route to cemetery

Former Penn State coach, who died Sunday at 85, will be buried this afternoon after a private funeral service. A public memorial service will be held Thursday.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Super Bowl 2012 halftime: Madonna is ‘extremely nervous,’ plans guest stars

L.M.F.A.O. rumored to be performing with the material girl, who’s worried about dancing on her high heels.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:23 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Jorge Posada makes a classy, regal and necessary exit from Yankees

The team’s catcher retires after 17 years — and a demotion in 2011 — retires from baseball with a teary press conference.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:29 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Jorge Posada retires after 17 seasons with Yankees

After helping the New York Yankees to five World Series titles during 17 seasons in the Bronx, catcher Jorge Posada has retired.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:36 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Bears’ Brian Urlacher discusses painkiller use and masking concussions

HBO’s “Real Sports” report looks at use of anti-inflammatory drug Toradol among NFL players. The drug is the subject of a lawsuit by former players.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:37 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Is Missouri really college basketball’s second-best team behind Kentucky?

With a victory at Baylor this past weekend, Missouri finds itself ranked second in the polls. Is it deserved?

By Eric Prisbell  |  02:04 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Tim Thomas’s White House snub the latest athlete political statement

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is making headlines for his decision not to attend a White House celebration for his team’s Stanley Cup run. He’s not the first athlete to use the sports spotlight to make a political statement.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:36 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Peyton Manning opens up on his future in football, Colts’ upheaval and Rob Lowe

Indianapolis Colts quarterback speaks philosophically about key departures within the team and says, “I may be behind them. Who knows?”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:48 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Australian Open: Federer, Nadal to meet in semifinals

Longtime rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet in a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2005, with a spot in the Australian Open final on the line.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:24 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Kyle Williams, target of death threats, takes ‘ownership’ of mistakes, moves on

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, who had two key fumbles in NFC Championship game loss, says “everybody is responsible for what they do on the field.” Perhaps now he can teach his coach about sportsmanship.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:52 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Tim Thomas says he skipped White House trip because ‘government has grown out of control’

Boston Bruins goalie, in a statement on Facebook, says his decision not to join teammates in celebrating Stanley Cup win “was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:28 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Bruins visit White House minus MVP Tim Thomas

The Boston Bruins paid a visit to the White House on Monday to celebrate the team’s 2011 Stanley Cup championship, but MVP goalie Tim Thomas chose not to join them.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:39 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Panthers’ Cam Newton, Bengals’ Andy Dalton added to Pro Bowl teams

Two rookies replace Eli Manning of the New York Giants and New England’s Tom Brady, who will be busy preparing for the Super Bowl, in Sunday’s NFL all-star game.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Without Fab Melo, how vulnerable is Syracuse?

For the second straight game, Syracuse will be without Fab Melo when it plays Cincinnati on Monday night.

By Eric Prisbell  |  03:19 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Giants vs. 49ers: Kyle Williams receives death threats after overtime fumble

Two miscues by San Francisco’s Kyle Williams helped the Giants knock off the 49ers in overtime, leading angry fans to attack the young kick returner on Twitter.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:54 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Joe Paterno funeral: Westboro Baptist Church plans protest, services set

Public viewing of former Penn State coach is set for Tuesday with funeral Wednesday and memorial service Thursday in State College, Pa. Church plans to bring its anti-homosexuality message to State College.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:04 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Comcast commercial interruptions caused by ‘equipment failure’ at WTTG Fox during Giants-49ers game

Some viewers in Washington had their football game interrupted by commercials. Comcast says it was an equipment failure.

By Melissa Bell  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Australian Open: Serena Williams crumbles in fourth-round defeat; Americans are shut out of singles quarterfinals

Ekaterina Makarova is moving on to the Australian Open quarterfinals, but for all the young Russian’s efforts, it was Serena Williams who all but knocked herself out of the tournament.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Tom Brady on first Giants-Patriots Super Bowl: ‘I still can’t watch highlights’

New England Patriots quarterback offered a pithy self-critique of his AFC Championship game performance and isn’t too crazy about what he did in Super Bowl XLII, either.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Is Florida State the ACC’s best team after victory at Duke?

Florida State has made the ACC title race a lot more interesting with victories over North Carolina and Duke this month.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:44 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Eli Manning: Peyton Manning says, ‘I couldn’t be more proud’

Indianapolis Colts quarterback — for now — watches as New York Giants advance to Super Bowl XLVI, putting Eli Manning in position to one-up his older brother.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:33 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Kristin Cavallari, Jay Cutler are having a baby

Actress and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant and Chicago Bears quarterback announce their news after becoming engaged again late last year.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:09 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Chip Kelly will stay at Oregon

Ducks coach had been close to taking Tampa Bay job, but Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik says, “His heart is with college and Oregon.”

By Cindy Boren  |  07:59 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Steven Tyler’s national anthem: How bad was it?

Aerosmith’s lead singer and “American Idol” judge delivered a version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the AFC Championship game that might have gotten him kicked off his own show.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:05 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Patriots vs. Giants: Who will win Super Bowl XLVI?

NFL’s championship game will feature a rematch of the classic Super Bowl between New England and New York four years ago. The Giants won that game, 17-14.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:22 PM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Giants vs. 49ers: NFC Championship game gets a classic look

In a matchup rich with tradition, New York and San Francisco will play in the rain in Candlestick Park for a berth in Super Bowl XLVI.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:07 PM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Ravens vs. Patriots: Tom Brady, Joe Flacco each have something to prove in AFC Championship game

New England’s offense has been rolling, but Baltimore is known for its defense. Which team advances to Super Bowl XLVI?

By Cindy Boren  |  02:26 PM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Bill O’Brien, Joe Paterno’s successor at Penn State, prepares first for AFC Championship game

New England offensive coordinator, who will move on to State College when Patriots’ run ends, says in statement that school los “a great man, coach, mentor and, in many cases, a father figure.”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:37 PM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 PM ET, 01/21/2012

Joe Paterno reports start Internet firestorm

Reports of Joe Paterno’s death cause an Internet firestorm.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:49 PM ET, 01/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Ravens vs. Patriots: Can Baltimore slow down Tom Brady?

Tom Brady and the Patriots are heavy favorites for Sunday’s AFC championship game against Baltimore, but the Ravens have no problem playing the underdog role.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:14 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 01/20/2012

St. Louis Rams will make London second home, face Patriots in 2012

The St. Louis Rams will play one regular-season game in London for each of the next three years, starting with a 2012 matchup against the New England Patriots as the NFL continues its international series across the pond.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:04 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 01/20/2012

Sarah Burke: Athletes react to freestyle skier’s death

In the wake of Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke’s death, athletes took to Twitter to express their shock, sadness and sympathy for Burke’s family, which now faces a reported $550,000 in medical bills.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:49 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 01/20/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

Syracuse, Baylor, Duke and Kentucky are seen as top seeds in the NCAA tournament, while Virginia is considered a sleeper.

By Eric Prisbell  |  11:25 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 01/20/2012

Hall of Famer Gary Carter has new brain tumors

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter’s battle with brain cancer just got more dire with news that the former Montreal Expos and New York Mets backstop has developed several new tumors on his brain.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:16 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Freestyle skier Sarah Burke died ‘peacefully surrounded by those she loved’

Canadian had been in a coma since falling at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run last week.

By Cindy Boren and Matt Brooks  |  05:09 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 01/19/2012

FIFA: 2014 World Cup in Brazil must have beer

FIFA hammered Brazil for being behind on stadium construction for the 2014 World Cup and is demanding that the country lift its ban on alcohol sales at sports stadiums in advance of the tournament.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:24 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Tom Brady returns to practice as Ravens, Patriots refuse to talk trash

New England quarterback rested his sore left shoulder Wednesday, but didn’t exactly take the day off from preparing to play Baltimore for the AFC championship. “You just don’t lounge around and take a nap.”

By Cindy Boren  |  02:57 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Has Eli Manning arrived as an elite NFL quarterback?

Eli Manning, in the midst of a career year, has the Giants one win away from another Super Bowl appearance, but has he finally cracked the upper eschelon of NFL quarterbacks?

By Matt Brooks  |  02:04 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Bengals’ WR Jerome Simpson indicted on drug trafficking charge

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson was indicted for trafficking marijuana on Thursday, a charge that could land him in prison for one to five years.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:48 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 01/19/2012

LeBron James a game-time decision against Lakers

Miami Heat forward played Tuesday night and scored 33 points in a win over San Antonio despite battling flu-like symptoms all week.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:22 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Yu Darvish: Texas Rangers get their man from Japan

After losing Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson in successive years, the two-time defending American League champs make a big, bold $111 million move and say there’s no room in the budget for Prince Fielder.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Terrell Owens returning to football with IFL’s Allen Wranglers

In a 22-second video posted on his Twitter account, 38-year-old wide receiver Terrell Owens announced he’s headed back to Dallas — to play for the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 01/19/2012

College basketball: Nebraska edges Indiana, hands Hoosiers third straight loss

Indiana’s slide continued with a third straight loss Wednesday night, this one to unheralded Nebraska.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:16 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Joe Flacco says Ed Reed’s comments are ‘not that big of a deal.’ But was Reed right?

Baltimore Ravens quarterback says he’s moved on after teammate’s criticism and is preparing for the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. Ray Lewis says, “It ain’t about our quarterback. ... We win as a team and we lose as a team.”

By Cindy Boren  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Rob Lowe: Peyton Manning tweet came from ‘pretty darn good source’

Actor, who has connections to the player, the Indianapolis Colts and their owner, won’t divulge the source of his information that Peyton Manning’s retirement was imminent. We hasten to remind you it isn’t true.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:34 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Rob Lowe starts a Peyton Manning firestorm with a tweet about retirement

Actor tweets that “his people” had heard the Indianapolis Colts quarterback was hanging it up. Archie Manning shot the tweet down, but not before an awful lot of “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “lit-rally” jokes.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:57 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Eli Manning misses practice because of “stomach bug”

New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said of his quarterback’s illness: “Hopefully, it’s a 24-hour deal and he’ll be better tomorrow.” The Giants play the 49ers Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:25 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Jim Caldwell departs, leaving Peyton Manning’s future in Indianapolis no clearer

Colts owner Jim Irsay has brought in a new general manager and there’ll soon be a new coach. Given that the team’s No. 1 draft pick is expected to be a quarterback, undertainty surrounds Manning.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:05 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Australian Open: Mardy Fish’s early exit could spell trouble for American men

Only three days into the 2012 Australian Open the American men have already lost their top-ranked player following No. 8 Mardy Fish’s disappointing second-round defeat.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:52 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Shooting at U.S. women’s soccer team's hotel believed to be gang-related

Members of women’s team, in Vancouver for Olympic qualifying tournament, are unhurt. Hope Solo tweets: “Saved by our instant yoga session. Was about to walk to starbucks when all hell broke loose in the lobby of our hotel!”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Tim Lincecum asks Giants for $21.5 million in arbitration

San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum asked his team for $21.5 in salary arbitration Tuesday — a notable bump up from the $17 million the Giants put on the table.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:37 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Ryan Braun to accept NL MVP, expected to speak at awards dinner

National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun will be on hand to accept his award at the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s annual awards dinner on Saturday in New York.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:11 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Florida State pulls away from Maryland in second half of ACC game

Bernard James and Florida State had too much size for Maryland in the second half Tuesday.

By Eric Prisbell  |  09:44 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Report: TimTebow played despite suffering chest injury in loss to Patriots

Denver Broncos quarterback reportedly tore cartilage and suffered a bruised lung as he was pressured by New England defense. Off the field, he won’t join CBS or Tiger Woods. No word yet on that “Dancing with the Stars” invitation.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Victor Martinez tears ACL, likely to miss season for Tigers

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last week and will likely miss the entire 2012 season.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:35 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Australian Open: Margaret Court’s anti-gay comments draw ridicule but little else

Aside from Laura Robson’s understated rainbow hairband, proposed demonstrations in response to Australian tennis legend Margaret Court’s anti-gay remarks have failed to generate much buzz at the Australian Open.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:39 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 01/17/2012

The world wishes Muhammad Ali a happy birthday

Mike Tyson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson are among those who pause to wish the champ well.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:22 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Indianapolis Colts fire Jim Caldwell

Coach is released after team goes 2-14 without Peyton Manning and gets the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:42 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Tim Tebow turns down chance to join CBS’s studio crew for AFC championship game

Network had reached out to Denver Broncos quarterback after team lost to the New England Patiots. Ndamukong Suh joined Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and Shannon Sharpe last week.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:32 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Eli Manning says New York is big enough for him and Peyton

Giants quarterback jokes about the (probably remote) possibility of his brother playing for the Jets: “It would be fun. We could probably commute to work maybe. We could come home, eat dinner together, have the kids playing ...”

By Cindy Boren  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Muhammad Ali: Still ‘The Greatest’ at 70

Former heavyweight champion and living legend Muhammad Ali turned 70 on Tuesday, sparking fans, journalists and boxers alike to recall their greatest memories of the man they call “The Greatest.”

By Matt Brooks  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Sheep shearing an Olympic sport? New Zealand farmers hope so

With the world sheep shearing championships coming in March, the New Zealand Federated Farmers proposed making their sport the next to be added to the Olympic program.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:54 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Tyshawn Taylor helps Kansas hand Baylor its first loss of season

Tyshawn Taylor played the best game of his college career to lead Kansas to a rout of previously unbeaten Baylor.

By Eric Prisbell  |  09:55 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/17/2012

John Elway: Tim Tebow “earned the right to be our quarterback;” CBS wants him now

Although Elway plans to work with Tebow in the offseason, Elway adds that the Broncos will look at quarterbacks in the draft and free agency. Know who isn’t reluctant about Tebow? CBS, which would like him to analyze championship games this weekend.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 01/16/2012

Ohio State, Indiana or Michigan State: Who’s the best of the Big Ten?

The Big Ten is the nation’s best conference. It may also be the most competitive league this season.

By Eric Prisbell  |  02:46 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 01/16/2012

AFC, NFC championship games: Giants vs. 49ers, Ravens vs. Patriots

Four teams remain with a trip to Super Bowl XLVI on the line Sunday. Who will win the AFC and NFC titles?

By Cindy Boren  |  02:34 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/16/2012

On Peyton Manning’s future, dad Archie says ‘he kind of likes his roots in Indy’

Manning family patriarch adds, “We’ll see what happens there. If that doesn’t work and he can get healthy, we’ll see.” Also, Peyton Manning happens to be Eli Manning’s tutor, not Archie.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 01/16/2012

Joe Paterno interview: Sally Jenkins discusses her talk with ex-Penn State coach

The Post’s Sally Jenkins takes reader questions about her interview with the legendary ex-Penn State football coach.

By Post Sports Editors  |  12:56 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 01/15/2012

At Golden Globes, Maria Menounos has not heard that Tebowing is passé.

Tim Tebow and his Denver Broncos were eliminated from the NFL playoff Saturday night...so Tebowing and Tebow Time and all that is over, at least for a little while.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:57 PM ET, 01/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/15/2012

NFL playoffs: Giants vs. Packers

Green Bay gets an emotional lift from the return of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, but New York has the benefit of knowing it can win a playoff game in storied Lambeau Field.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 01/15/2012

NFL playoffs: Texans vs. Ravens

Baltimore's Ray Rice, Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis have something to prove, but must first beat Houston’s Arian Foster and rookie T.J. Yates. John Harbaugh will try to get to the AFC title game; his brother Jim advanced to the NFC title game with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:39 PM ET, 01/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 01/15/2012

Joe Paterno interview: Ex-Penn State coach draws sympathy for cancer fight, not comments

After legendary former coach tells Sally Jenkins his side of the story of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, initial reaction indicates that few minds were changed.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 01/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 PM ET, 01/14/2012

Poll: Joe Paterno’s actions in Penn State sex abuse scandal

How do you feel about Joe Paterno’s actions after learning of alleged sexual abuse by a longtime assistant coach?

By Washington Post editors  |  07:51 PM ET, 01/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 01/14/2012

NFL Playoffs: Broncos vs. Patriots; Tim Tebow vs. Tom Brady

Can Denver Broncos quarterback prolong his own stay in the national spotlight and extend the New England quarterback’s playoff misery?

By Cindy Boren  |  07:48 PM ET, 01/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 01/14/2012

NFL Playoffs: Saints vs. 49ers

A classic matchup of contrasting styles kicks off the divisional round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday when the San Francisco 49ers host the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:10 PM ET, 01/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 01/14/2012

Report: NFL will consider rule to prevent coaches’ in-season moves

Expect Josh McDaniels’s return to New England — and the knowledge he brings of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos — to be a topic of discussion in the offseason.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:14 PM ET, 01/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Report: Jeff Fisher accepts Rams coaching job, turns down Dolphins

Longtime Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher has accepted the head coaching job for the St. Louis Rams, turning down the Miami Dolphins and ending weeks of speculation about his landing spot.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:14 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Is the Big Ten the best basketball conference? Is UCLA the nation’s biggest disappointment?

At the season’s midpoint, here are seven questions facing the NCAA tournament selection committee as Selection Sunday nears.

By Eric Prisbell  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Texans vs. Ravens: Ray Lewis wants a Super Bowl win, not a rocking chair

Baltimore’s legendary linebacker is 36 and, although he has no intention of quitting soon, he knows that time is running short as Houston comes to town for an AFC divisional playoff game.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Giants vs. Packers: New York hoping for repeat of 2008 NFC title game

The Giants are on a roll and have some comparing them to last year’s Packers. Now they’re hoping to repeat their result from the 2008 NFL title game by beating Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Duke holds off Virginia in battle of two of ACC’s elite teams

Duke held off Virginia at home, but the Cavaliers showed that they belong among the ACC’s elite. In other games, Minnesota upset Indiana and St. Mary’s clobbered rival Gonzaga.

By Eric Prisbell  |  12:03 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Saints vs. 49ers: San Francisco defense looks to stifle Drew Brees

In a year of unprecedented offense, the San Francisco 49ers represent the old school brand of playoff football. But can their hard-nosed defense slow down Drew Brees and the high-octane New Orleans Saints?

By Matt Brooks  |  11:41 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 01/13/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

Jim Boeheim, James Southerland and Syracuse are a top seed in Eric Prisbell’s mock NCAA tournament bracket.

By Eric Prisbell  |  11:36 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 01/13/2012

BCS overhaul? NCAA President Mark Emmert supports 4-team playoff

The BCS is considering proposals to alter the format of college football’s postseason, which could mean a move to a four-team playoff to crown the national champion.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:27 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Tim Tebow and Tiger Woods? Report says pairing could happen at Pebble Beach. But what about Katy Perry?

Woods will make his 2012 debut at the AT&T National Pro-Am the week after the Super Bowl; the tournament intends to invite the Broncos’ quarterback. Meanwhile, parents of pop star would like to fix her up with Tebow.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:34 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Broncos vs. Patriots: What about the defenses?

Tim Tebow and Tom Brady get all the attention, but there has to be a defense on the field, too. Last time these teams met in the playoffs, the Broncos left Brady with a bad memory.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:08 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Report: Jerry Sandusky watched Joe Paterno’s record win from Penn State president’s box

Just days after watching his former boss win his 409th college game, former defensive coordinator was arrested on charges of child sexual abuse.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:48 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Sarah Burke in critical condition after surgery

Freestyle skiier suffered torn vertebral artery, which triggered bleeding in the brain, in fall during training run. She remains in a medically induced coma.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:41 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/12/2012

NFL playoffs 2012: Tim Tebow, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning...who inspires the most confidence?

Joe Flacco, Alex Smith and T.J. Yates may not have the name recognition of the other QBs wh will be playing this weekend, but they have their teams playing for a berth in the conference championship games.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:35 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Manny Ramirez wants back in baseball

Twelve-time All-Star slugger Manny Ramirez abruptly retired from baseball to avoid facing a 100-game performance-enhancing drug ban. Now he wants to return to the game to set things straight.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Today in Tim Tebow: Pop songs, babies and divine intervention

Tim Tebow mania continues to sweep the nation, inspiring 1980’s pop singers to rewrite classic songs, the NFL to ponder Tebow’s ideal mate and Americans to reconsider the idea of divine intervention.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:35 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Jeff Fisher keeps Dolphins, Rams waiting...and waiting...and...

Former coach of the Tennessee Titans continues to mull offers from Miami and St. Louis amid reports that a decision is imminent.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:46 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 01/12/2012

New York Jets defend Mark Sanchez (and dream of Peyton Manning)

Some of the embattled quarterback’s offensive teammates go on the record in hin his defense. Nick Mangold is one, but he admits he’d like Peyton — or Dan Marino, or Joe Montana.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:42 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Sarah Burke remains in medically induced coma after freestyle accident

Canadian skier and Olympic hopeful who is one of the halfpipe pioneers, is in critical condition after Park City crash.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:27 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Robert Griffin III will enter 2012 NFL draft

Baylor Bears junior quarterback Robert Griffin III announced his decision to forego his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL draft.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:35 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Jerry Sandusky case: Judge sets deadline for pre-trial motions

Former Penn State coach, accused of child sexual abuse, waived today’s hearing in a Centre county court. The earliest he could stand trial is during the court’s April/May term.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:51 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Jeff Fisher could decide today whether to coach Dolphins or Rams

Former Tennessee Titans coach is choosing between two NFL teams after spending a season away from the game.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:38 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 01/11/2012

New York Jets players rip Mark Sanchez, request trade for Peyton Manning

A New York Daily News report published on Wednesday shows several New York Jets players and team officials believe quarterback Mark Sanchez is a liability on the field and in the locker room.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:33 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Mark Davis defines his role with Raiders, says L.A. move is possible

The son of the legendary Al Davis, who died in October, steps up to succeed his father, says the team needs a new stadium and is prepared to return to Los Angeles, if necessary.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:46 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Penn State assistant Jay Paterno leaving Nittany Lions as Bill O’Brien begins to construct staff

Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno — an assistant under his father, Joe Paterno, for 17 years — announced he will not be on new head coach Bill O’Brien’s coaching staff.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:01 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Penn State assistant Jay Paterno leaving Nittany Lions as Bill O’Brien begins to construct staff

Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno — an assistant under his father, Joe Paterno, for 17 years — announced he will not be on new head coach Bill O’Brien’s coaching staff.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Golden State Warriors cool off Heat with OT win

Former Miami Heat forward Dorell Wright hit a season-high six 3-pointers, including the game-tying shot in regulation and the go-ahead shot in overtime, to help Golden State knock off the Heat 111-106.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:16 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Charles Barkley has had enough of Tim Tebow

Former NBA star says, “I think the world has” had enough, too. Meanwhile, the mayor of Pittsburgh has to Tebow and Kobe Bryant weighs in.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Report: Colts will hire Eagles’ Ryan Grigson as their GM

By Cindy Boren  |  10:13 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Floyd Mayweather Jr. picks fight with Manny Pacquiao on Twitter

With his jail sentence postponed, Mayweather says he’s ready for the fight that Pacquiao has said he wants in 2012. Will this ever happen?

By Cindy Boren  |  09:28 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 01/10/2012

The Honey Badger goes hungry in LSU’s BCS national championship loss to Alabama

With the national title on the line, it was Alabama’s defense that took whatever it wanted and put the kabosh on Tyrann ‘The Honey Badger’ Mathieu and LSU to roll to a 21-0 win.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:22 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Report: Robert Griffin III will enter NFL draft

Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:04 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Hue Jackson fired by Raiders

New General Manager Reggie McKenzie takes over in Oakland with a bold move after the team went 8-8 — and was the most penalized team in the NFL.

By Cindy Boren & Matt Brooks  |  01:56 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Barry Larkin elected to baseball Hall of Fame as ‘steroids era’ class approaches

Longtime Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin will have the stage all to himself on July 22 in Cooperstown where he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:07 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Packers cope with a death in their ‘family’ (upated)

The body of Michael Philbin, the 21-year-old son of Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, is pulled from a Wisconsin river as team begins to prepare for playoff game against the New York Giants.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:54 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Josh McDaniels brings the knowledge when it comes to Tim Tebow, Tom Brady

The New England Patriots’ new offensive assistant has knowledge of the Denver Broncos as well five playoff teams the St. Louis Rams, for whom he worked until recently, played this season.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:12 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 01/10/2012

BCS championship: Was Alabama’s win worth watching?

Alabama dispelled any doubt that they belonged in the BCS national championship game by shutting out top-ranked LSU 21-0. But the defensive struggle left much to be desired for the majority of college football fans.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:31 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 01/09/2012

BCS national championship: What to watch with LSU

Top-ranked LSU enters tonight’s BCS national championship as underdogs in their home state. What do the Tigers need to do to upend Alabama once again and gain a little respect?

By Matt Brooks  |  08:05 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Ask Boswell: Tim Tebow and the NFL playoffs

As part of Thomas Boswell’s weekly chat (Mondays at 11 a.m.), he answered a questions about Tim Tebow and the NFL playoffs.

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 01/09/2012

BCS national championship: What to watch with Alabama

Crimson Tide can upend LSU, but A.J. McCarron,Trent Richardson and special teams will have to step up.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:57 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Demaryius Thomas wasn’t certain Tim Tebow’s TD pass to him had ended the game

With new overtime rules being applied for the first time, Denver Broncos wide receiver wasn’t entirely certain what had happened until Champ Bailey told him.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Giants vs. Packers: Jason Pierre-Paul guarantees victory; Greg Jennings promises revenge

The Giants are brimming with confidence after their rout of Atlanta while the Packers are still bitter about the 2008 NFC title game. Do you smell a guarantee?

By Matt Brooks  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 01/09/2012

LSU vs. Alabama: Which team will win BCS national title game?

The Tigers and the Tide stage a remarch of their Nov. 5 game, which LSU won, tonight in New Orleans’ Superdome. The Post’s Eric Prisbell has LSU winning.

By Eric Prisbell  |  12:28 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Marty Schottenheimer to interview with Buccaneers, fresh off UFL title

Marty Schottenheimer is itching to get back onto an NFL sideline, and on Tuesday, he’ll get a chance to make his case when he interviews with for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coaching job.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:21 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Romeo Crennel to be named Chiefs’ coach today

Defensive coordinator led Kansas City to a 2-1 finish and an upset of the Green Bay Packers after the firing of Todd Haley. He’s a player favorite and has long ties to GM Scott Pioli.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Kwame Brown: I taught Andrew Bynum everything he knows

After his Golden State Warriors lost to the Lakers on Friday night, former No. 1 draft pick Kwame Brown was quick to point out his pivotal role in the maturation of Los Angeles big man Andrew Bynum.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Tim Tebow: Credit John 3:16, John Elway and John Fox

Denver Broncos quarterback passes for 316 yards — a 31.6-yard average — but there was a lot more than supernatural activity going on in the overtime playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:57 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 PM ET, 01/08/2012

Even Lady Gaga is impressed by Tim Tebow

Athletes, former opponents react, too as Denver Broncos quarterback comes up with another miracle victory. This one comes in overtime and sends his team to the next round of the NFL playoffs.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:56 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 01/08/2012

NFL overtime rule: What happens in the playoffs?

Broncos, Steelers may test new rule. It took effect for the postseason in 2011 — but none of the games were tied at the end of regulation.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:45 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 01/08/2012

NFL Playoffs: Steelers vs. Broncos

The Denver Broncos hope Tim Tebow can help them snap out of their late-season swoon when the AFC West champions welcome the banged up Pittsburgh Steelers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High for Sunday’s wild-card weekend finale.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:10 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 01/08/2012

NFL playoffs: Falcons vs. Giants

Matt Ryan and Eli Manning, known for big plays and late-game heroics, will square off in an NFC wild-card game at 1 p.m. today in MetLife Stadium. Which team will advance to the next round against Green Bay?

By Cindy Boren  |  12:40 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/08/2012

On ‘SNL,’ Charles Barkley’s Postgame Translator App helps Mike Shanahan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan

Face it, it’s called coachspeak and jockspeak for a reason. Barkley’s app — if it weren’t just a joke — would say what they really mean.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 01/07/2012

Texans vs. Ravens: Torrey Smith leads reaction on Twitter

AFC divisional playoff game between Houston and Baltimore will be played at 1 p.m. in M&T Bank Stadium.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:09 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 01/07/2012

NFL Playoffs: Lions vs. Saints

The Detroit Lions return to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 as they travel to New Orleans to take on the high-flying Saints at the Superdome in Saturday’s wild-card nightcap.

By Matt Brooks  |  07:40 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 01/07/2012

NFL Playoffs: Bengals vs. Texans

A pair of surprising rookie quarterbacks lead the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans into Saturday’s NFL playoffs opener at Reliant Stadium.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:10 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/07/2012

Report: Josh McDaniels will join Patriots for playoffs

Bill O’Brien will juggle his jobs as New England offensive coordinator and Penn State coach during the NFL postseason, but Pats’ former OC will be helping out as an offensive assistant.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 01/06/2012

NFC wild-card playoffs: Can Giants and Saints maintain momentum?

The Falcons and Lions have something to prove, but Eli Manning and Drew Brees are on a roll. Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford have something to prove, too, though.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:36 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 01/06/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

Three of the nation’s blue-bloods are joined by Baylor as top seeds in Eric Prisbell's projected NCAA tournament bracket.

By Eric Prisbell  |  02:17 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Bengals-Texans: Rookie quarterbacks Andy Dalton, T.J. Yates take center stage

In a draft that saw four quarterbacks selected in the first 12 picks, few would have predicted Cincinnati second-rounder Andy Dalton and Houston Texans fifth-round pick T.J. Yates would be the first to get a taste of the NFL playoffs.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:08 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters pull out of tournaments as early-season injuries pile up

Only two days after a sprained ankle forced Serena Williams out of the Brisbane International tournament with a sprained ankle, Kim Clijsters and Roger Federer pulled out of Australian Open tune-ups citing injuries.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson injured in house fire (updated)

Pittsburgh assistant, who coached Redskins running backs in 2000, is hospitalized with “moderate-to-severe” burns on his arms and legs as team prepares for playoff game Sunday in Denver.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:53 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Jeff Fisher meets with Rams in Denver

Two days after interviewing for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job, former Titans coach Jeff Fisher met with St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke in Denver.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:12 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Bill O’Brien: Penn State hiring process upsets former players

LaVar Arrington, Brandon Short speak out about the decision to hire Joe Paterno’s successor outside the school’s football family.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:09 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods’s ex, tears down $12 million mansion

Former Swedish model purchased oceanfront house in Florida not long after divorce from the golfer, who lives nearby, and plans to rebuild on the site.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:25 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Wisconsin RB Montee Ball will return for senior season

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year, will forego the 2012 NFL draft and return for his senior season with the Badgers.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:53 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Terrell Suggs: ‘Once again, God had to save Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos’

Baltimore Ravens linebacker criticizes Denver quarterback and his team for not winning its way into the NFL playoffs. Instead, they’ll play the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:02 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Paul Westphal fired by Sacramento Kings

Combination of a 2-5 start and a public feud with DeMarcus Cousins led NBA team to make a change. Keith Smart is the interim coach.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:06 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Tim Howard scores from 100 yards out with an assist (Video)

Like any seasoned goal-scorer, Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was quick to give credit to the party responsible for the assist on his miraculous goal — which, in this case, was the wind.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:47 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Torrie Wilson must destroy A-Rod’s glasses.

Yankees third baseman and former WWA star and Playboy model made a lovely couple courtside at a Lakers game, but what’s with the spectacles?

By Cindy Boren  |  02:25 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Carlos Zambrano joins Ozzie Guillen in Miami; will fireworks follow? (updated)

Miami Marlins trade Chris Volstad for Chicago Cubs starter. Can Marlins’ new manager help pitcher keep his emotions in check?

By Cindy Boren  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Andy Dalton returns to practice for Bengals

As Bengal battled bug, he was treated at hospital Wednesday; quarterback now leads Cincinnati as it prepares for NFL wild-card game against Houston Texans.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Orange Bowl: West Virginia, Geno Smith obliterate Clemson 70-33

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith tied a bowl game record with six touchdown passes to lead the Mountaineers to a runaway 70-33 victory over Clemson.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Tony Dungy would take Robert Griffin III over Andrew Luck

The former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, who have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, says “I like those mobile guys” and rates Baylor’s Heisman Trophy winner over Stanford’s quarterback.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:58 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Bengals vs. Texans: Andy Dalton misses practice; T.J. Yates on track to start

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton missed practice with an intestinal virus while fellow rookie T.J. Yates practiced fully for the Houston Texans ahead of Saturday’s AFC wild-card matchup.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:40 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Rookie QB Greg McElroy says Jets had ‘corrupt mindset’

Former Alabama player says of New York locker room, “It's definitely not a fun place to be, I can assure you.” No wonder this team finished 8-8 and fell short of Coach Rex Ryan’s Super Bowl guarantee.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:02 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Jerry Jones the owner isn’t about to fire Jerry Jones the GM

Dallas Cowboys finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs but owner says he can do anything any other NFL executive can do.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Falcons vs. Giants: Justin Tuck calls out Atlanta’s offensive line

On Monday, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck took a shot at Atlanta’s offensive line, referring to the unit as “dirtbags” in advance of their Sunday wild-card matchup.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:09 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/04/2012

John Elway to Tim Tebow: ‘Just pull the trigger’

Hall of Fame quarterback who now runs the Denver Broncos thinks his starter was cautious, tentative in recent losses. He wants a relaxed, wide-open attack in wild-card game against Pittsburgh Steelers.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Michigan football on the rise after Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech

The Wolverines’ 11-2 finish is their best since 2006 and the excitement in Ann Arbor will only grow this offseason as fans of Big Blue await Brady Hoke’s second act.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:57 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Joe Torre resigns from MLB to pursue purchase of Dodgers

Former manager is expected to join a group seeking to buy the team from Frank McCourt out of federal bankruptcy court. Magic Johnson heads up another group seeking to buy the team.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:39 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Serena Williams, injured in Australia, doesn’t feel the love for sports

13-time Grand Slam champion says she doesn’t like to work out, but “can’t live without tennis.” She’ll be off for a while, though, after withdrawing from Brisbane tourney because of a sprained ankle.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:43 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Eagles retain Andy Reid; Norv Turner staying with Chargers

Two coaches on the hot seat after the teams failed to live up to lofty expectations — Philadelphia’s Andy Reid and San Diego’s Norv Turner — will return to their teams for the 2012 season.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Jeff Fisher interviewing with Dolphins; who’s next?

Former Tennessee Titans coach presumably can have his pick of any of the NFL jobs that are opening. Reports link him to St. Louis, too.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:26 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Mike Martz out as offensive coordinator in Chicago

Bears, who earlier fired general manager Jerry Angelo, had struggled on offense after injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:37 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III: Whom should Colts pick at No. 1?

Everyone assumes the Indianapolis Colts will select Stanford star quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. But should they take a moment to consider Robert Griffin III?

By Matt Brooks  |  01:42 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Ryan Clark won’t play in Denver, Mike Tomlin says

Safety suffers from sickle cell trait, which makes playing at high altitudes extremely dangerous. Clark nearly died after a game there in 2007 and will sit out Sunday’s wild-card game against the Broncos.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:58 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Jerry Angelo fired, Lovie Smith stays as Bears coach

Chicago fires general manager after disappointing 8-8 season in which team’s lack of depth at key positions was glaringly exposed. The fate of Smith’s staff, including offensive coordinator Mike Martz, has yet to be decided.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:13 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Oklahoma State sends Andrew Luck off on a losing note

An overtime victory over Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl caps a year marked by tragedy for the Cowboys.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Rose Bowl: Oregon edges Wisconsin in record-setting shootout

Fans of big plays and offensive fireworks got their New Year’s wish as the Ducks and Badgers combined for 1,129 total yards and countless highlights in a wild back-and-forth shootout. In the end, Oregon emerged with a 45-38 victory — its first in 95 years.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 01/02/2012

LeBron James engaged to Savannah Brinson (updated)

Miami Heat star proposes to long-time girlfriend, with whom he has two sons, on New Year’s Eve — the day after his 27th birthday.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:07 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Indianapolis Colts fire Bill Polian, Chris Polian (updated)

Front-office upheaval is just the beginning as team also searches for quarterback to one day succeed Peyton Manning. Jim Caldwell remains the coach, for now.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:59 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 01/02/2012

NFL playoff schedule 2012: Tim Tebow, Broncos are in, but for how long?

Denver skids into postseason play with a three-game losing streak and a quarterback who has had seven turnovers over that span. Can he turn it around against Pittsburgh and help his immediate and long-range future?

By Cindy Boren  |  01:46 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 01/02/2012

DeMarcus Cousins wants a trade. Kings refuse to comply.

Sacramento center’s agent denies his client wants a trade; Sacramento coach Paul Westphal refuses to let Cousins play Sunday. Where will this end up?

By Cindy Boren  |  12:32 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Raheem Morris fired by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Coach, who was 17-31 in three seasons, is the second fired on the day after the end of the regular season. Tampa Bay closed out the season with 10 consecutive losses.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:12 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 01/02/2012

Steve Spagnuolo fired by St. Louis Rams (updated)

Firing is the first of the NFL’s so-called Black Monday, the day after the end of the regular season. Spagnuolo won only 10 games in three seasons in St. Louis. Rams also fire GM Billy Devaney.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:41 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 01/02/2012

Santonio Holmes: LaDainian Tomlinson says “you’ve got to lead by example”

Running back discusses benching of wide receiver in loss that ended New York Jets’ season and plunged the team into controversy. Again.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:34 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:16 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Report: Rams will fire coach, general manager

Owner Stan Kroenke is expected to relieve Steve Spagnuolo, 10-38 in three seasons as coach, and Billy Devaney of duties as early as Monday.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:16 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 01/01/2012

Report: Robert Griffin III will enter NFL draft

Baylor quarterback’s father tells ESPN his son is talking to agents and says, “the decision is not a hard decision.” The deadline for declaring is Jan. 15.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:52 PM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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