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The Early Lead: February, 2012

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 02/28/2012

NFL season will open on Wednesday to avoid conflict with President Obama at Democratic Convention

The NFL announced its season opener will be moved up from the traditional Thursday opener because of President Obama’s speech at Democratic National Convention.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:01 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Matt Kenseth’s Daytona 500 win? But there was a fire...and Danica Patrick...

Matt Kenseth won a weird, surreal, rainy, fiery Daytona 500 but everybody’s talking about Juan Pablo Montoya’s crash and Danica Patrick’s first Sprint Cup race.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:36 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek to retire

After an illustrious 15-year career in Boston, Red Sox catcher and captain Jason Varitek will retire.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:53 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 02/28/2012

“Dancing with the Stars” 2012: Donald Driver, Martina Navratilova represent jockdom on the cast

Green Bay Packers quarterback says his wide receiver is a “guaranteed to be in the finals.” Gladys Knight, Jaleel White, Sherri Shepherd among other on the show.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:46 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Bobby Valentine, Ozzie Guillen address clubhouse rules for Red Sox, Marlins

New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has banned alcohol in the clubhouse while new Miami Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen will not stand for anyone being late for the National Anthem.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:16 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Bart Scott’s agent, Jets discuss linebacker’s future with team

The 2011 season was disappointing for the 8-8 team and for Scott, who had a diminished role on Rex Ryan’s defense.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:37 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Former Cal QB Joe Ayoob sets paper airplane world record (Video)

It turns out football was not former Cal quarterback Joe Ayoob’s true calling. Recently Ayoob set a new world record by using his big arm to chuck a John Collins design paper airplane 226 feet, 10 inches.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:55 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 02/28/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Where Kentucky, Syracuse and other top teams will play

A look at where several of the high seeds in the NCAA tournament are expected to play during the tournament’s first weekend

By Eric Prisbell  |  11:20 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Jeremy Lin: Ben & Jerry's apologizes for its ‘Taste the Lin-sanity’ flavor

Ice cream company sold flavor for a limited time at only one store, says it was ‘swept up in the nationwide Linsanity momentum.’

By Cindy Boren  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Danica Patrick’s first Daytona 500 is one to forget

Danica Patrick came to Daytona looking to make an impression to start her first season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Juan Pablo Montoya crash sets off a Daytona 500 fire and Brad Keselowski tweets (video)

Daytona 500, pushed to prime time Monday by two days of rain, will be mostly memorable for Montoya’s explosive collision with a truck carrying 200 gallons of jet fuel.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:35 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/27/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Will Kansas or Duke get the final No. 1 seed?

Kentucky, Syracuse and Michigan State are all in strong positions to earn a No. 1 seed. The battle for the final top seed likely involves Kansas and Duke.

By Eric Prisbell  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Daytona 500 start time moved to primetime due to weather

The “start your engines” call for the 54th running of the Daytona 500 is now scheduled for 7:02 p.m., as weather continues to wreak havoc on the season-opening race for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Kobe Bryant breaks career All-Star game scoring record after breaking nose

Kobe Bryant broke Michael Jordan’s career All-Star game scoring record, but not before Dwyane Wade broke his nose.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:13 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 02/26/2012

Daytona 500 postponed until Monday, averting collision with Oscars, NBA All-Star Game (updated)

Academy Awards and NBA already were scheduled to go head-to-head, but rain in Florida forced NASCAR scrube the race Sunday..

By Cindy Boren  |  02:56 PM ET, 02/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 02/26/2012

Jeremy Lin: A Ben & Jerry’s controversy, an offer from A-Rod

Ice cream maker changes fortune cookies to waffle cookies in frozen yogurt; Yankees third baseman offers his couch. Point guard has two points in Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:34 PM ET, 02/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Jeremy Lin rookie card sells for $21,580

A signed Jeremy Lin rookie card just sold for $21,580 in an eBay auction.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:56 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Danica Patrick back on track at Daytona after Thursday’s nasty crash

Driver, who will compete in her first NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, admits she closed her eyes during the impact, but says she feels fine.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Ryan Braun: “Today is about making sure that this never happens to anybody else who plays this game”

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, whose 50-game suspension was lifted, criticizes drug-testing process and says testers should be held to same “gulty-until-proven-standards” as players.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:44 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Lamar coach Pat Knight goes Bob Knight on his players after loss (Video)

After a frustrating loss to Stephen F. Austin on Thursday, Lamar University basketball coach Pat Knight, channelled his father, Bob Knight, in a lengthy rant about his underperforming team.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:02 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Jerry Sandusky: Federal investigation involving ex-coach, his charity and Penn State is underway

Investigation is separate from state’s prosecution over child sex-abuse charges and may stem from allegations by a victim that he was taken by former coach to Tampa and San Antonio bowl games.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/24/2012

LeBron James, Heat remind Knicks, Jeremy Lin who the top dogs in the NBA’s Eastern Conference are

While the Miami Heat’s 102-88 win was only worth a single game in the Eastern Conference standings, for the spectators who shelled out more than $600 per ticket and the millions watching around the globe, it certainly felt like much more than that.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/24/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

Coach Tom Izzo and Michigan State join Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke as top seeds in Eric Prisbell’s projected field of 68.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Ryan Braun: Suspension is overturned and Aaron Rodgers reacts, but issues remain for baseball

The reigning National League MVP will not face a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test and now tries to clear his name as Major League Baseball’s testing process comes under scrutiny.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:50 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Daytona 500: Danica Patrick crashes into wall during qualifying race (Video)

Danica Patrick crashed into an inside wall during Thursday’s qualifying race, but escaped without injury as anticipation for her Daytona 500 debut continues to build.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:16 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 02/23/2012

NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest loses Shumpert, Lin and couch

Until tendinitis flared up in his knee, New York Knicks player had “Linsane” trick involving teammate Jeremy Lin planned for Saturday night.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:50 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 02/23/2012

NFL Combine: Trent Richardson will not participate in drills after knee surgery

Alabama running back Trent Richardson underwent minor knee surgery and will not participate in on-field drills at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:09 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Jeremy Lin vs. LeBron James: Knicks-Heat rivalry gets some hype

Linsanity aside, there’s also a genuine rivalry between the teams, who tip off at 7 p.m. in a nationally televised game.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Report: Elijah Dukes tried to eat bag of marijuana after traffic stop

Former MLB player Elijah Dukes faces drug charges after reportedly trying to eat a bag of marijuana during a routine traffic stop in Tampa, Florida.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Royals Eric Hosmer doesn’t want bandwagon fans

The Kansas City Royals are on the rise in the American League Central, but young slugger Eric Hosmer has a message to fans: “If you were absent during our struggles don’t expect to be present during our success.”

By Matt Brooks  |  11:04 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Blake Griffin dunks on three Nuggets — including Timofey Mozgov (Video)

There’s something about having Timofey Mozgov on the court that makes Blake Griffin want to throw down. On Wednesday night, Mozgov and three Nuggets teammates were on the receiving end of another monster jam from Griffin.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:06 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Peyton Manning: Miami Dolphins fans start a recruiting campaign

Never mind that the quarterback is still tied to the Indianapolis Colts — for now — and is still recovering from neck surgeries. Dolphins fans put their message on a billboard and website.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:19 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 02/22/2012

If Steelers let Mike Wallace go, Patriots, 49ers could be good fits

Over the last two seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has emerged as one of the top big-play threats in the league. But coming off a second-straight 1,100-yard season and his first Pro Bowl selection, Wallace may be on his way out of the Steel City.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:21 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Vince Carter to host $30,000-a-person fundraiser for Obama

Dinner at the Dallas Maverick’s house in Orlando is expected to feature present and future NBA Hall of Famers expected to attend as All-Star Weekend begins.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:19 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Danica Patrick gears up for Daytona 500 debut

All eyes will be on Danica Patrick when she makes her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday at the Daytona 500.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:36 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 02/22/2012

ESPN editor fired for offensive Jeremy Lin headline calls it “honest mistake”

In apology, Anthony Federico says headline that appeared on mobile site early Saturday morning “was a lapse in judgment and not a racist pun. It was an awful editorial omission and it cost me my job.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:35 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Jason Campbell turns his attention to finding the perfect football match

Quarterback, who made headlines when he and his fiancee called off their wedding, looks to his future in the NFL, most likely as an unrestricted free agent when the market opens March 13.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:20 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Report: Dolphins will dump Chad Henne

Chad Henne’s days as the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback appear to be done.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:34 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Tiger Woods: Match Play opponent calls him ‘beatable’

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano offered praise and tugged on the cape of Superman — or the golfer who used to be Superman — just a little bit.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:26 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 02/22/2012

NFL Combine 2012: Andrew Luck may or may not throw

Top college players head for Indianapolis to be evaluated ahead of the NFL Draft on April 26. Robert Griffin III will be there, too, but doesn’t expect to throw.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:31 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Kansas State upsets No. 3 Missouri; Michigan outlasts Northwestern

Several desperate schools had prime opportunities to notch marquee wins on Tuesday night, and while a few took full advantage, others failed to seal the deal.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Brady Quinn apologizes for ripping Tim Tebow in GQ

Denver Broncos’ backup quarterback told magazine that luck had a lot to do with Tebow’s rise and credited fans’ campaign for decision to start him. Quinn also questioned Tebow’s public displays of faith.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:32 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Mike Wallace: Steelers ponder just what he’s worth

Pittsburgh is already over the salary cap and has until March 3 to place the franchise tag on him. One factor in their favor: depth at wide receiver.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:11 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Phillies ace Roy Halladay had an offseason anaconda adventure

As Philadelphia Phillies spring training gets underway, Roy Halladay’s story of how he helped rescue a fisherman who had been attacked by an anaconda in a Brazil river has become quite the tale.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:26 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Kobe Bryant stands up for Pau Gasol, then Lakers hold players-only meeting

Lakers star tells management to end the uncertainty about Gasol’s future with the team ahead of the March 15 trade deadline. General manager Mitch Kupchak declines to do so.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:44 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Jeremy Lin joins Facebook: Parsing the comments on his page

The Knicks star’s Facebook page has more than 72,000 followers.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:28 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeremy Lin, Basketball, Facebook

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Trail Blazers center Greg Oden out for the season after third microfracture knee surgery

Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden’s injury-riddled career took another downward turn on Monday when he underwent a third microfracture knee surgery, ending his season before it began.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:58 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Deron Williams gets best of Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony as reality meets Linsanity

New Jersey Nets guard admitted he was out for revenge and got it with a 38-point performance. The loss left the New York Knicks preparing to tweak their identity.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:57 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Manny Ramirez agrees to minor-league deal with A’s

Oakland, the “Moneyball” team, risks little money to find out if the slugger, who retired last April, can still hit — after serving his 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:41 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/20/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Northwestern, Texas among last teams in

If Selection Sunday were today, Northwestern and Texas would barely make the cut as at-large teams.

By Eric Prisbell  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  March Madness, Selection Sunday

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 02/20/2012

Jeremy Lin says ESPN’s offensive references were unintentional

Knicks’ point guard says you “have to learn to forgive” after sports network punishes two employes for ethnic slur.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:44 AM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/19/2012

ESPN fires employee for offensive Jeremy Lin headline; “SNL” weighs in (video)

Ethnic slur appeared in headline on network’s mobile site early Saturday morning. Sports network also suspends anchor for 30 days and promises, “we will be better in the future.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 02/18/2012

ESPN apologizes for offensive headline that appeared on Jeremy Lin, Knicks story

Racial slur appeared on mobile site briefly early Saturday morning after Lin had nine turnovers and New York’s seven-game winning streak ended.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:23 PM ET, 02/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 02/17/2012

LeBron James tells Miami Heat fans he isn’t going anywhere

Saying that he could envision returning to Cleveland and the Cavs one day doesn’t mean a “LeBron Watch” is on, but adds, “

By Cindy Boren  |  03:52 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/17/2012

J.R. Smith will join Knicks’ Linsanity; Carmelo Anthony doubtful

Knicks improve with signing for Anthony’s former Denver Nuggets teammate; perhaps they’ll all be ready in time for Sunday’s nationally televised game against Dallas.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Peyton Manning’s future: Colts owner says, “we both understand each other's issues”

Jim Irsay says he and Indianapolis’s quarterback continue to talk, but won’t address the March deadline for the $28 million bonus or Sports Illustrated’s report on manning’s health.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:52 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Dereck Chisora slaps Vitali Klitschko (video)

WBC champion chose not to retaliate ahead of their WBC heavyweight title fight Saturday night, saying, “I will hit back on Saturday.”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/17/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

Georgetown is still in line for a high seed in the NCAA tournament, while Virginia needs a win or two and George Mason re-enters the field.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Gary Carter dies: His final major-league at-bat was a classic (video)

Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Mets and Montreal Expos “helped us understand what it took to win,” Darryl Strawberry recalled.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:22 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 02/16/2012

LeBron James won’t rule out a return to Cavs

After leaving Cleveland to “take his talents to South Beach” and the Miami Heat, James now speaks fondly of a return engagement in his home state.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:12 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Jeremy Lin will go to NBA All-Star Weekend after all

Not that there was much doubt, but Commissioner David Stern added him to the shooting stars contest — which means he can help his Knicks teammate Iman Shumert in the slam dunk contest.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:12 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 02/16/2012

TCU drug arrests ‘a stain’ on football program

Four members of the Horned Frogs program described widespread drug use among players to undercover officers during the course of a six-month investigation.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:24 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Jeremy Lin: Will Carmelo Anthony end Linsanity?

Lin, the point guard who has sparked a frenzy, has 13 assists and 10 points as New York Knicks win their seventh straight game — and prepare for the return of their star forward.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Jeremy Lin: Linsanity trademark application is latest in a sports tradition

Pat Riley was ahead of the game, but the NCAA raised taking ownership of a name to great heights.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:33 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Report: Peyton Manning had a fourth surgery, could need more

Sports Illustrated reports that Indianapolis Colts quarterback may have bone spurs at site of spinal fusion and may need further fusion. The team faces a March 8 deadline for paying a $28 million bonus or releasing him.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:25 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Ron Jaworski is off ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” telecasts (updated)

ESPN will go with a two-man booth, featuring Mike Tirico on play-by-play and former coach Jon Gruden this fall.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:15 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Albert Haynesworth cut by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Three NFL teams since July have given up on the defensive lineman, who now becomes an unrestricted free agent

By Cindy Boren  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Is Allen Iverson broke after earning $154 million in NBA?

Former Philadelphia 76ers player had the big paychecks from his team and endorsements, but he also lived large. Very, very large.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Jeremy Lin hits a game-winner. Linsanity rages on. (Video)

Point guard who has become a bona fide phenomenonon hits a three-pointer as New York Knicks win their sixth game in a row.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:26 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Jeremy Lin: Linsanity continues; Amare Stoudemire returns

New York has been on a winning streak with the Harvard economics grad a veritable phenomenon. Just ask Stephen Colbert.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:24 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus will finish in a tie, according to Johnny Miller

Golf analyst thinks Woods’s attempt to break the Golden Bear’s record 18 major championships will fall short. At this point, without a win in 29 months, Woods might take that.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:03 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Kate Upton on Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit cover. Yes, there’s a swimsuit there.

Model takes a modern route to SI fame — using social media to help her vault to stardom. And skimpy swimsuits. Did we mention that?

By Cindy Boren  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Randy Moss wants to play again, but where? New England?

Former wide receiver never really cut his ties with Boston and the Patriots, but what team — if any — is likely to sign him, now that he wants to end his retirement?

By Cindy Boren  |  09:49 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Jeremy Lin: How long will Linsanity run on Broadway?

The Knicks were prepared to release Jeremy Lin. Now they should be willing to do whatever it takes to keep him for the long haul.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:35 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Lance Armstrong finishes second in triathlon — with a little controversy

Winner Bevan Docherty says seven-time Tour de France winner snubbed him at the finish line of running segment of Ironman 70.3 Panama.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:02 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Judge grants Jerry Sandusky permission to see grandchildren

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will be allowed to visit with his grandchildren, and his jury will consist of people living in and near State College, Pa.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Bulls’ Derrick Rose will see back specialist

Chicago point guard has missed the team’s last two games because of issues that have bothered him throughout a nine-game road trip.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:17 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Hockey goal of the year: Detroit Lakes High’s Alex Mason scores a wonder goal (Video)

Alex Mason, a high school hockey player from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, may have scored the goal of the year at any level.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:59 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Randy Moss says he’s returning to the NFL. Will an NFL team want him?

Wide receiver, who sat out the 2011 season after playing for three teams and retiring in 2010, makes the big announcement on a webcast on his 35th birthday.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:11 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Gilbert Arenas works out for Lakers, but no signing is in sight

Former Washington Wizards star was waived after one season with Orlando Magic and reportedly Kobe Bryant has approved his move to L.A. Will Lakers management concur?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:42 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo has Spartans poised for another Final Four run

Here are five things we learned during an important college basketball weekend:

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:36 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Phil Mickelson has Tiger Woods’s number. Bring on the majors.

In the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Mickelson gets the better of the world’s formerly No. 1 golfer, continuing a five-year trend. Now, how about the Masters?

By Cindy Boren  |  09:25 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 PM ET, 02/11/2012

Whitney Houston dies: Super Bowl national anthem was a classic (video)

Singer sang “Star-Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl XXV, just after the beginning of the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Her rendition was released as a single and became a hit.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:08 PM ET, 02/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 AM ET, 02/11/2012

Jeremy Lin vs. Kobe Bryant: Twitter reacts to 38-point performance from Knicks point guard

We collect reaction on Twitter to Jeremy Lin’s latest performance.

By Matt McFarland  |  12:25 AM ET, 02/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Lakers vs. Knicks: Jeremy Lin hosts Kobe Bryant & Co.

In seven days, Jeremy Lin has gone from an afterthought on the bench likely to be cut to the hot new sensation in the NBA with his own app. And on Friday night, the Lakers get their first taste of ‘Linsanity.’

By Matt Brooks  |  04:04 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Jerry Sandusky testifies, speaks to media; trial set for May 14

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky stated his request for loosened bail restrictions that would enable visits from his grandchildren during a Friday hearing in Centre County, Pa. His trial date was tentatively set for May 14.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Tiger Woods, Tony Romo team up

Tiger Woods and Tony Romo make the perfect pair for this weekend’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:41 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Luol Deng named first British NBA All-Star as reserves are announced

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is the first ever British player to be selected for the NBA All-Star game.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:16 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/10/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

The number of local teams projected to make the NCAA tournament is down to two: Georgetown and Virginia.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Knicks guard Jeremy Lin breaks the mold, re-energizes NBA's Asian fanbase

In the post-Yao Ming NBA, New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin just might be player to further the league’s growth in Asia, while continuing to inspire aspiring athletes to break the mold.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:22 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 02/09/2012

LeBron James: “I’m an easy target”

The moment LeBron James told the world he was “taking his talents to South Beach,” he became the most hated player in the NBA. Two years later, James admits: “I’m an easy target.”

By Matt Brooks  |  01:32 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Brandon Jacobs apologizes to Gisele Bundchen for “stay cute and shut up” comment

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs apologized for telling Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, to “stay cute and shut up” after she called out New England’s receivers for dropping passes in the final minutes of Super Bowl XLVI.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:01 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Jeremy Lin does it again as Knicks beat Wizards for third straight win

A homemade sign at last night’s Knicks-Wizards game announced New York point guard Jeremy Lin as “The Next Big Thing.” That may be the best way to describe the undrafted second-year player from Harvard who has taken the NBA by storm in a matter of days.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:01 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Josh Hamilton visits MLB doctors in wake of alcohol relapse

One week after his alcohol relapse, Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton visited MLB and players’ association doctors in New York, accompanied by a new team staff assistant whose job includes keeping tabs on Hamilton.

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

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Big East adds Memphis to fill out coast-to-coast conference

The University of Memphis is bound for the Big East. The school

By Matt Brooks  |  04:58 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Larry Bird would rather play with Kobe Bryant than LeBron James; Would you?

Kobe or LeBron?

By Matt Brooks  |  01:35 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Chauncey Billups out for the year with torn Achilles; Is his career over?

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups tore his left Achilles tendon on Monday night, ending his season and sparking discussion about whether his career could be finished.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:39 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Ricky Williams retirement ends enigmatic career

For all his individual accomplishments on the field, Ricky Williams’ unique 11-season NFL odyssey may be remembered more for his life off it.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:36 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/08/2012

North Carolina-Duke, Georgetown-Syracuse, Kansas-Baylor highlight must-see night of college basketball

This could be the best night of the college basketball regular season.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/08/2012

‘Post Sports Live’ talks Georgetown-Syracuse

LaVar Arrington, Cindy Boren and Tracee Hamilton talk about Wednesday night’s big Georgetown-Syracuse game.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  10:10 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Slimmed down Tim Lincecum ready to lead Giants rotation

Recently re-signed San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum says he dropped 22 pounds in the offseason after eliminating fast food from his diet.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:26 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Kobe Bryant passes Shaquille O’Neal on NBA’s all-time scoring list; longs for sixth title

Kobe Bryant passed former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal on the NBA’s career scoring on Monday night as the team suffered its seventh loss in 12 games.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:45 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Gisele Bundchen to Tom Brady: “You played the best game of your life”

Day 2 after the New England Patriots’ second Super Bowl loss to the New York giants isn’t getting any easier for the quarterback and his wife. Or, for Wes Welker.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:09 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Steelers name Todd Haley new offensive coordinator

The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley to be the team’s new offensive coordinator.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:41 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

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

Ricky Williams will retire from football (updated)

Baltimore Ravens running back retired once before, sitting out the 2004 season. He has said he plans a post-football career in “holistic healing.”

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

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Knowshon Moreno caught driving while ‘SAUCED’; Broncos RB faces DUI charge

Drinking and driving in a sparkly silver Bentley convertible with a license plate that reads “SAUCED” is a terrible idea.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:52 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Post Sports Live: The Super Bowl, Gisele and Hoyas

The Post Sports Live crew puts a bow on the Super Bowl, discusses Gisele’s comments, and previews Georgetown-Syracuse.

By Post Sports editors  |  01:19 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Clint Eastwood’s Super Bowl message? Only that proceeds went to charity.

Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” commercial featured the Oscar-winning actor in a pep talk that, he says, was not intended as a political endorsement of any sort.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:54 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is lighting up the Big Apple

An undrafted point guard from Harvard named Jeremy Lin has suddenly become the most productive player on an injury-plagued New York Knicks roster.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Eli Manning talks Peyton, elite status with David Letterman

New York Giants’ Super Bowl MVP says “everything’s good to go” with his brother’s neck and admits that of course he’s elite. “Um, it’s like someone asking you, ‘Are you an elite talk-show host?’ What would you say? I’m sure you think you’re pretty good at this.”

By Cindy Boren  |  09:54 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 02/07/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Blind resume comparison

Here is a blind NCAA tournament resume comparison. Which team should be seeded higher in the NCAA tournament?

By Eric Prisbell  |  09:29 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Big 12, ACC conference races among the most fascinating

With Baylor, Kansas and Missouri atop the standings, the Big 12 conference race is the nation’s most interesting. Here’s a look at what other races are worth watching as college basketball enters its stretch run.

By Eric Prisbell  |  02:11 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Wes Welker’s ‘100 times out of 100’ drop proves costly for Patriots

Wes Welker’s fourth-quarter drop cost New England a chance to put the Super Bowl out of reach. But was it really Welker’s fault, or should Tom Brady have made a better throw?

By Matt Brooks  |  12:59 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Tom Coughlin’s job security is a little better than it was after second loss to the Redskins

With two weeks left in the regular season, Giants were 7-7 and coming off another deafeat by the Redskins. They haven’t lost since.

By Mark Maske  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Alberto Contador stripped of 2010 Tour de France title, banned two years for doping

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador’s tainted meat claim, suspending the three-time Tour de France champion for two years and stripping him of his 2010 title for doping.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Gisele Bundchen blames Tom Brady’s wide receivers for Patriots’ loss

Supermodel defends her husband, throwing his teammates under a bus, when fan taunts her after Super Bowl XLVI. Naturally, there is video of this.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Eli Manning celebrates; where is Peyton Manning?

Each member of the Manning clan watched differently as the youngest son won his second championship with the New York Giants. As for a sibling rivalry, Eli says, “This isn’t about bragging rights. This is a lot bigger.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:04 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl halftime: NBC, NFL apologize for M.I.A.’s gesture, expletive

Delay failed, league saw no sign in rehearsals singer would make obscene gesture and curse.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:59 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Tom Brady passes Joe Montana

Patriots quarterback breaks consecutive-passes record of his boyhood idol, then pays tribute to Myra Kraft, late wife of team’s owner.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:59 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Giants tight end Travis Beckum tears ACL; Jake Ballard hurt (updated)

Giants were leading 9-3 and driving when Beckum suffered his knee injury. In second half, New York loses another TE to a knee injury.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:48 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Giants beat Patriots 21-17 in heartstopping repeat of 2008

The Giants drove 88 yards for what would be the winning touchdown, a series highlighted by an incredible pass and catch from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham that covered 38 yards.

By Steve Yanda  |  07:08 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl ads 2012: The game’s best commercials

For all of the viewers out there who only watch it for the commercials.

By Maura Judkis  |  06:25 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012 live: Chad Ochocinco goes for the gold — teeth

New England Patriots wide receiver, who hasn’t been much of a factor all season, sports the dental work he wore when he was a big deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:02 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Giants vs. Patriots Live

The New England Patriots and New York Giants take the field today for Super Bowl XLVI in a rematch of their epic title game in 2008. Follow all the action from the big game live, right here, with in-game updates.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  06:00 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012 injury report: Giants’ Mark Herzlich is inactive; Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, Chad Ochocinco are active

Heading into the big game, Giants’ Mark Herzlich is inactive; Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, Chad Ochocinco are active

By Mark Maske  |  05:37 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl XLVI: Via Twitter, Underwood wishes Pats good luck

Patriots cut WR the day before the Super Bowl, but the player still swear allegiance to Belichick & Co.

By Mark Maske  |  04:30 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Commissioner Roger Goodell says NFL might eliminate Pro Bowl

Commissioner Roger Goodell says in a radio interview that the league and players must find ways to improve the quality of play in the Pro Bowl or eliminating the game might be a consideration.

By Mark Maske  |  04:09 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012 kickoff time and other indispensible bits of information

The game will start at 6:30 p.m. EST or thereabouts. It’s on NBC and is being streamed live online. Yes, Cris Collinsworth will be there.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:57 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Giants website proclaims team “champions” on eve of big game

Team’s site accidentally does a Victor Cruz salsa dance on the New England Patriots just a little early. NFL explains that both teams customarily prep web pages in advance.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:39 PM ET, 02/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Giants, Pats on the defensive

Two of the league’s worst defenses found ways to clamp down in the playoffs on the way to the Super Bowl.

By Mark Maske  |  06:00 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Super Bowl ads 2012: the sexiest, sexist ads

Sex sells. Or does it?

By Maura Judkis  |  04:53 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Gronkowski listed as questionable

By Mark Maske  |  04:15 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Josh Hamilton apologizes for drinking relapse

Texas Rangers outfielder, who has battled addiction, says he had “three or four” drinks in “a weak moment” Monday night.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:58 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun taking indefinite leave of absence

University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will take an indefinite medical leave of absence, effective immediately, to address his worsening spinal stenosis.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Roger Goodell reveals Thursday night expansion

Each team will play at least one Thursday game, and each team will have at least one prime-time game in new schedule.

By Mark Maske  |  01:44 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Super Bowl Commercials 2012: 10 more ads to see before the big game

See these commercials that you might have missed.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:31 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Super Bowl, Super Bowl 2012

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Peyton Manning’s agent says, “Peyton’s not done”

The give-and-take between the Indianapolis Colts quarterback and owner continues to dominate Super Bowl XLVI, with agent saying QB “intends to return to play again.”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:23 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Hall of Fame, NFL award announcements to be unveiled Saturday evening

By Mark Maske  |  12:17 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 02/03/2012

NBA All-Star Game 2012: Blake Griffin one of four L.A.starters; will not enter dunk contest

Blake Griffin was one of four players from Los Angeles — along with Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Andrew Bynum — to be named a starter for the 2012 All-Star Game. But Griffin will not defend his slam dunk contest title.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:32 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Kansas-Missouri, Ohio State-Wisconsin highlight critical Saturday of college basketball showdowns

No less than six important matchups will occur on a monster Saturday in college basketball.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:13 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Belichick, Coughlin meet again

Former Bill Parcells assistants have nothing but flattery for each other.

By Mark Maske  |  09:50 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 02/03/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

As it stands now, only Georgetown and Virginia will represent the Washington area in the NCAA tournament.

By Eric Prisbell  |  09:49 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Report: Josh Hamilton had relapse; Rangers “aware of a situation”

Texas outfielder and 2010 American League MVP was suspended for more than three seasons for past issues.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:54 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Players union, NFL still talking about HGH blood tests

NFL players union chief DeMaurice Smith says players won’t be ‘bullied’ into accepting an unfair testing process

By Mark Maske  |  06:09 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 02/02/2012

NFL commits $200 million toward new 49ers stadium

$1 billion facility in Santa Clara, Calif. could open for 2014 season.

By Mark Maske  |  03:47 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Colts owner Jim Irsay: Peyton Manning decision could be pushed back

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said a decision regarding Peyton Manning’s future with the team likely will not be made until March.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Madonna says “there will be no wardrobe malfunction”

Singer, who will perform the halftime show on Sunday night, admits she’s “terribly nervous.”

By Cindy Boren  |  02:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Hall of Famer Gordie Howe is fighting mild dementia

Dementia is a disease Gordie Howe knows well.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 02/02/2012

With Fab Melo back, is Syracuse the favorite to win the national title?

Syracuse went 2-1 without its 7-foot sophomore center, who will return Saturday against St. John’s.

By Eric Prisbell  |  01:31 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Patriots and Giants owners Robert Kraft and John Mara were key to ending the NFL lockout

The Patriots and Giants owners helped end the NFL lockout and are reaping the rewards.

By Mark Maske  |  12:31 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Gisele Bundchen reportedly asks friends, family to pray for Tom Brady

Wife of New England Patriots quarterback made the request in an email obtained by the New York Post. Meanwhile, Brady’s teammates talk about his heated toilet seats and poor taste in sweaters. (Is it Sunday yet?)

By Cindy Boren  |  11:56 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Mark Cuban rips referees after Thunder beat Mavericks

Mark Cuban has been trying to bite his tongue this season, but after his Mavericks lost to the Western-Conference leading Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night in Dallas, Cuban went off on the officials yet again.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:38 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Giants’ Mark Herzlich hopes to inspire anyone diagnosed with cancer

Two years after he was told he might never walk again, linebacker will take the field for the Giants.

By Mark Maske  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/02/2012

College basketball roundup: Connecticut Huskies, Indiana Hoosiers, Memphis Tigers all suffer setbacks

As college basketball enters February, U-Conn., Indiana and Memphis are in precarious situations.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Super Bowl 2012: For once, Chad Ochocinco lets others do the talking

Happy to be contributing, minimally, to a winning team, the Patriots’ wide receiver isn’t making himself into a sideshow as he did in Cincinnati.

By Mark Maske  |  10:46 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Jim Tressel takes University of Akron administrative job

Former Ohio State coach named vice-president for strategic engagement, after assisting in the Zips’ hiring of Terry Bowden as football coach.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:41 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Angelo Dundee dies: Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard trainer remembered as legendary motivator

For boxing cornerman who made sure that “The Greatest” could back up his words, training was more complex than a Rubik’s Cube.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:35 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Little change this week for a Patriots’ coaching staff in flux

Offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien is headed to Penn State, and former coordinator Josh McDaniels is back. But nothing has changed is week.

By Mark Maske  |  03:57 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Report: Death toll rises in violence after Egyptian soccer match

Hundreds reportedly are injured as rioting erupts in Port Said. Soccer match in Cairo is halted as a precaution.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:20 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Floyd Mayweather to fight Miguel Cotto because Pacquiao is ‘ducking’ him

Everyone wants to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight Manny Pacquiao, but instead they’ll have to settle for Mayweather against Miguel Cotto in a just-announced Cinco de Mayo bout.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:15 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Officiating honor students get Super Bowl assignment

The highest-rated officials at each position work the championship game, if they have post-season experience.

By Mark Maske  |  02:22 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Osi Umenyiora fined for missing New York Giants’ media session (updated)

Skipping the chance to answer questions from the media will cost the Giants’ defensive end $20,000. He said he misunderstood the schedule.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:51 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Four-year-old New York Giants fan recites roster from memory (Video)

One four-year-old New York Giants fan has been studying up, just in case NBC’s producers decide to let the fans do the player introductions at Super Bowl XLVI.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:57 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Don Cornelius dies: Magic Johnson discusses owning, dancing on “Soul Train”

The Los Angeles Lakers’ former star salutes TV show host, who died Wednesday, as “a pioneer & trailblazer.”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:55 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Patriots’ Wes Welker, Giants’ Victor Cruz were undrafted free agents

Patriots’ and Giants’ star receivers made their way to the top after no pro team would take a chance on them

By Mark Maske  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Blake Griffin’s dunk fuels budding Clippers-Lakers rivalry

The Clippers have the Pacific Division edge and are the hotter ticket, but the Lakers are still the glittering franchise — any chance that’s changing?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:57 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Super Bowl ads 2012: Volkswagen, Star Wars team up again in ‘The Dog Strikes Back’

One year after ‘The Force’ captivated audiences, VW hopes to roll out another winner with a new Star Wars themed ad — this one, featuring man’s best friend.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:49 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/01/2012

National Signing Day 2012: Dorial Green-Beckham picks Missouri

National Signing Day is underway, and Hillcrest High School wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham surprised many by choosing his hometown Missouri Tigers over Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:25 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, Matt Light are improving; Tom Brady bashes Buffalo

New England’s injured and ill players are “day-to-day,” which is exactly what everyone expected Bill Belichick to say before the game against the New York Giants.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:12 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Sidney Crosby had neck injury in addition to concussion

Over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Penguins revealed that captain Sidney Crosby suffered a neck injury in addition to his concussion last winter — a discovery that made by independent specialists beyond the team’s medical staff.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:35 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Former Syracuse ball boy says Laurie Fine had sex with players in affidavit

In an affidavit, former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis says Laurie Fine, the wife of fired assistant coach Bernie Fine, had sex with players on the school’s men’s basketball team.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:51 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Peyton Manning “encouraged that I’ll be cleared and ready to go”

Colts quarterback tells ESPN that he feels good, that his recovery from cervical fusion surgery is “on target.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:34 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Rob Gronkowski is Belichick-ian about injured ankle

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says his injured ankle could be 100 percent or 2 percent by Super Bowl Sunday.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:04 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Blake Griffin dunks on Kendrick Perkins (Video): Where does it rank among the best ever?

Blake Griffin’s monster jam over Kendrick Perkins was the highlight of the night on Monday, but where does it rank among the best posterizations ever?

By Matt Brooks  |  11:57 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Super Bowl ads 2012: Toyota is reinventing the world (and the Camry)

Not only has Toyota reinvented the Camry, but they’ve also created the first DMV arcade, the first blender that plays Lionel Richie, the first scantily-clad-human couch and the first baby time machine.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:41 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Blake Griffin’s Dunk of the Year turns Kendrick Perkins into Timofey Mozgov (video)

The Los Angeles Clippers’ forward turns in a highlight play that has LeBron James tweeting, “I guess I’m #2 now.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:26 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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