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The Early Lead: August, 2012

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 08/30/2012

U.S. Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashes out in Round 2; American teen Jack Sock advances

The fifth-seeded Frenchman is the first single-digit seed to fall on the men’s side, while 19-year-old Jack Sock cruised in his second-round match.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:37 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Barcelona’s Iniesta named UEFA’s best player in Europe

Spanish midfielder is surprise winner after edging teammate Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:17 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Too much Tebow? “You can never have too much,” says Jets owner.

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson still likes the trade that brought Tim Tebow from Denver.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:59 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Notre Dame coach baffled by Allen Pinkett’s “bad citizens” comments

Broadcaster’s view that the Irish need “a few bad citizens” doesn’t go over well at team practice in Dublin.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:06 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Mathias Kiwanuka fires back at Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

Just whose backside is going to be whupped in the season opener between the Giants and Cowboys will be determined Wednesday.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:49 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Report: Maurice Jones-Drew will not be traded

For now, Maurice Jones-Drew’s holdout will continue, with the Jacksonville Jaguars general manager saying simply “no” when asked if there would be a trade.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:04 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Rays, Texas Rangers are ‘smartest spenders’ in sports; Redskins rank 29th in NFL

The Washington Redskins rank 29th in the NFL while the Nationals (14th) and Capitals (7th) each ranked in the top half of their respective sports.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:43 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 08/30/2012

NFL replacement refs struggle in Giants-Patriots game (video)

Replacement referees will work the NFL’s regular-season openers as the labor dispute continues...in spite of the gaffe in the Giants-Patriots game.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:28 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 08/29/2012

NFL to teams: Replacement referees will work Week 1

The NFL notified all 32 teams that the much-maligned replacement officials will start the regular season while labor negotiations with the full-time men in stripes remains “deadlocked.”

By Matt Brooks  |  04:40 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Michael Vick’s flak jacket guaranteed to keep him injury-free, maker says

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will wear a custom flak jacket that, according to his manufacturer, will keep him from getting hurt.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:41 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Tim Tebow: “I’m a quarterback”

Despite his struggles throwing the ball this preseason, the New York Jets’ second-string signal-caller would rather not become a full-time running back.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:03 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Nolan Ryan on Roger Clemens: Job offer isn’t likely

Roger Clemens hasn’t indicated when he’ll pitch again, but if he has a major-league comeback, it’s still more likely to be with the Houston Astros.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:26 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Matt Kemp’s knee injury could damage Dodgers’ NL West title hopes

The all-star center fielder’s absence will test the team’s trade acquisitions as Los Angeles struggles to catch the Giants.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:17 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 08/29/2012

U.S. Open: Caroline Wozniacki ousted in first round again

The No. 8 seed and 2009 finalist is hindered by her ailing knee in a first-round upset loss to Irina-Camelia Begu.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:52 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Chris Cooley hires an agent; where will he land?

After being released by the Washington Redskins, tight end Chris Cooley has plenty of options as he considers his next move.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:56 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Jose Bautista will undergo wrist surgery, miss remainder of season

Toronto’s three-time all-star slugger should be fully healed and ready for the start of the 2013 season.

By Matt Brooks  |  06:04 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Brian Westbrook will retire with Eagles

The longtime dual-threat running back ends his career as Philadelphia’s all-time leader in total yards from scrimmage.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:44 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Aaron Hernandez extension further clouds Wes Welker’s future with Patriots

New England locked up its talented young tight ends, but that could spell trouble for leading receiver Wes Welker’s long-term prospects with the team.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:44 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Roger Clemens curbs comeback talk — for now

The 50-year-old Rocket tossed 3 1/3 shutout innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters on Saturday night but said he has no plans to make another appearance — at least not yet.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:38 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Mike Wallace rejoins Pittsburgh Steelers

After an extremely lengthy holdout, wide receiver Mike Wallace is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Or at least he’s in their building.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:07 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Ferguson bans young Manchester United players from free Chevrolet sports-car perk

Only players older than 23 will be permitted to accept free Corvettes as part of the club’s new multi-million-dollar sponsorship deal with General Motors... because Sir Alex Ferguson said so.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:50 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Terrell Owens gets a recommendation from Pete Carroll but no job

Wide receiver Terrell Owens didn’t make it past the Seattle Seahawks’ first round of cuts. Now, will another team sign him?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:31 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Jets ship Wayne Hunter to Rams for Jason Smith

New York Jets and St. Louis Rams have underperforming right tackles, so they do the sensible thing and swap them.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:39 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 08/27/2012

NFL coaches, players bash replacement officials as regular season looms

Roger Goodell may be content to start the season with replacement refs, but he’s in the minority.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:20 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 08/27/2012

David Ortiz, back on disabled list, hopes to return this season

David Ortiz is back on the disabled list, where he has spent most of the second half of the season. He hopes PRP treatment will allow him to play again this year for the Red Sox.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:31 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Penn State drops “Sweet Caroline” at games

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, Penn State won’t play “Sweet Caroline” at Beaver Stadium.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:00 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Cowboys give Dez Bryant individual rules to curtail off-field trouble

Third-year receiver now has a curfew and a constant security presence as part of team’s concerted effort to keep him in line.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:15 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Jerry Jones: Cowboys owner, pizza lover, hip hop artist

Dallas owner busts out the rhymes in new Papa Johns ad.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:07 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 08/27/2012

German sports official dies after errant javelin throw strikes his throat

An official at a youth athletics competition in Dusseldorf died one day after a 15-year-old’s javelin throw impaled the man’s throat.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:41 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Terrell Suggs placed on PUP list by Ravens

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs would be able to play Oct. 21st, at the earliest, after having Achilles’ tendon surgery this spring.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:11 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Matthew Stafford has broken blood vessel, expected to play in opener

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford hurts non-throwing hand in preseason game, but should be ready for Week 1.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:16 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Seahawks name rookie Russell Wilson starting QB

Third-round draft pick beats out high-priced free agent acquisition Matt Flynn as first-year quarterbacks continue to emerge.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:43 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Isaac forces Saints to make emergency plans

With Tropical Storm Isaac possibly headed for New Orleans, the Saints tell players to evacuate their families and prepare for a hurricane.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:23 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Lance Armstrong moves on with a bike race

Lance Armstrong spends his first weekend after giving up his fight against doping charges by going biking in Aspen.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:55 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 08/24/2012

Colts trade rumor heats up after Jim Irsay’s tweets

The relentless tweets of irrepressible owner Jim Irsay indicate that the Colts are ready to wheel and deal, possibly making a move at cornerback or offensive lineman.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:58 AM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 08/24/2012

Poll: Is Lance Armstrong guilty of doping?

Do you think Lance Armstrong’s cycling wins were aided by banned substances?

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:05 AM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 08/24/2012

Lance Armstrong: Judgment day arrives

After Lance Armstrong gives up his fight of doping allegations and moves on with his life, rendering judgment is complex.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:33 AM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Rory McIlroy takes a playful jab at ... Tiger Woods (updated, video)

Rory McIlroy said he’d love to kick Woods’s backside in Ryder Cup. He was kidding. We think.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:01 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Report: Sacramento Kings eyeing move to Virginia Beach

After a new stadium proposal fell through in Sacramento this spring, the Maloof family has been shopping its NBA franchise. But a move to Virginia Beach? Really?

By Matt Brooks  |  01:44 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Albert Pujols will have MRI on sore right calf

Angels slugger Albert Pujols pulled up at third after straining his right calf, says ”it’s pretty sore.”

By Cindy Boren  |  01:41 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Jets bench embattled right tackle Wayne Hunter

New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan moves beleaguered Wayne Hunter into a sixth-man role, giving Austin Howard a chance to start.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:51 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Report: Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel subject of expanding NCAA inquiry

NCAA enforcement officials visited Wildcats freshman center’s prep school to inquire about how he paid for unofficial recruiting visits.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:43 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Ryan Lochte races Prince Harry, ponders ‘Bachelor’ offer

Swimming star eyes the small screen as reality TV sharks swirl.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:08 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Derek Jeter says maybe Skip Bayless “should be tested”

ESPN host Skip Bayless suggested that the stellar year New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is having at 38 might be connected to performance-enhancing drugs.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:37 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Andrew Luck steers clear of hyped matchup with Robert Griffin III

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 pick in the draft, and the No. 2 pick, Robert Griffin III, will play in a game this weekend. It’s no big deal to Luck.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:42 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games for testosterone use

Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, attempting a comeback at 39, is the second player to fail a drug test in the last week. Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:55 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Russell Wilson will start for Seahawks, a calculated gamble for Pete Carroll

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll will give Russell Wilson a chance to become the latest rookie quarterback to start in the NFL.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:32 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 08/22/2012

U.S. Open tennis umpire arrested for murder of husband with mug

Los Angeles woman, who had worked U.S. Open matches involving Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jimmy Conners, has been charged with killing her husband with a coffee mug.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Report: Maurice Jones-Drew open to trade

After a breakout season, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been holding out for a new contract and there’s no sign that he’ll get his wish.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 08/22/2012

If Michael Strahan joins “Live!” with Kelly Ripa, he will keep Fox job, too

Michael Strahan, reportedly in line to succeed Regis Philbin, reportedly wouldn’t leave the “Fox NFL Sunday” crew.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:07 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Tests on Michael Vick’s injured ribs come back negative

Philadelphia’s talented but fragile QB should be ready for team’s season opener against Cleveland.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:33 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Jacksonville Jaguars: London’s new NFL team

The NFL South cellar dwellers will play one home game per season across the pond for four years starting in 2013.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:14 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Mike Wallace could return to Steelers this weekend

Pittsburgh’s Pro Bowl receiver is expected to end his holdout according to a Post-Gazette report.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:11 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Roger Clemens returns, but don’t call it a comeback. Yet.

He hasn’t pitched in five years, but Roger Clemens, 50, will head back to the mound Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:55 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Diana Nyad ends swim from Cuba to Florida (updated)

Open-water swimmer has to abandon latest attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida because of jellyfish stings and other physical problems.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:49 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Adrian Peterson won’t play in last two preseason games

Minnesota Vikings won’t risk running back Adrian Peterson, who had reconstructive knee surgery 7 1/2 months ago, in the last two preseason games.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:16 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Fantasy Football QB preview: Beyond Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees

In today’s NFL, a top-flight quarterback can win you your league. But if you miss out on Rodgers, Brady and Brees, there is still value to be had on draft day.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:39 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 08/21/2012

Jon Gruden says he’ll return to coaching...if he gets “the right opportunity”

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden would leave “Monday Night Football,” saying: “If the right opportunity presents itself, I will come back.”

By Cindy Boren  |  11:42 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 08/21/2012

Michael Vick hurt again, will have MRI on ribs

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick gets hurt again in second preseason game, prompting the question of just how long he’ll last in the regular season.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:22 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:46 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Ryan Tannehill, Jake Locker named starters for Dolphins, Titans

All seven quarterbacks chosen in the first-round of the 2011 and 2012 drafts are slated to start in Week 1.

By Matt Brooks  |  08:46 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Boswell: Condoleezza Rice’s Augusta National tour guide

One of the first two women to sport the green jacket has a Post columnist to thank for introducing her to the host of the Masters.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:07 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Lance Armstrong’s lawsuit dismissed by federal judge

United State Anti-Doping Agency’s case against Lance Armstrong will proceed, with Armstrong now considering his next move.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:55 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Report: Roger Clemens to pitch for Sugar Land Skeeters

The 50-year-old Rocket will see what’s left in the tank when he takes the mound for an independent league game Saturday.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:25 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Reports: Melky Cabrera under investigation for attempted plot to avoid suspension

All-star outfielder used fake Web site in attempt to avoid suspension after testing positive for banned substance, according to report.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:06 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Augusta National: It was about time to admit female members

Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore will be the first women admitted as members of Augusta National Golf Club.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:52 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 08/20/2012

Shawne Merriman released by Buffalo Bills

Shawne Merriman, who was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2005, has been bothered by injuries in recent years and played in only five games with Buffalo last season.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:17 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 08/20/2012

Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien will start for Wisconsin

The former ACC Rookie of the Year will lead the Badgers in their season opener against Northern Iowa.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:24 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Rafael Nadal out indefinitely; could limit future schedule to prolong career

While his world ranking continues to slip, the former world No. 1 is focused on resting his ailing left knee.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:11 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Olympian Jeff Demps picks Patriots

U.S. relay silver medalist could give New England an immediate boost in the return game.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:12 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Peyton Manning is the same passer he used to be, John Elway says

Peyton Manning “has never been the Nolan Ryan of quarterbacks,” John Elway says.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:26 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Terrell Owens is ‘ready to go’ for Seahawks-Broncos

Veteran wide receiver will return to the field for the first time since 2010 season when Seattle visits Denver on Saturday night.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:13 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 08/17/2012

Fan sues Cowboys, Jerry Jones over burned buttocks

A Texas fan alleges that she suffered third-degree burns to her backside when she sat on a hot bench at Cowboys Stadim.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:15 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 08/17/2012

Matt Kemp, Dodgers leave Pittsburgh fuming

Los Angeles heads to Atlanta furious and clinging to a half-game lead in the National League West.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:46 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 08/17/2012

Tyrann Mathieu is in rehab center, his father says (video)

Tyrann Mathieu, LSU’s Honey Badger, is in a Houston rehab center and being mentored by John Lucas. Mathieu was kicked off the team last week.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:10 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Suspended Melky Cabrera could still win NL batting title

Would Major League Baseball allow a suspended player to take home a batting title? We may soon find out.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:26 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Report: Sam Bradford could need ankle surgery after season

St. Louis Rams will manage Sam Bradford’s ankle injury, but quarterback admits that he hasn’t fully recovered from last season’s injury.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:02 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley donates $60,000 to cover school budget cuts

In an offseason marred by NFL player arrests, Pittsburgh’s Pro Bowl linebacker provided a refreshing reminder of how athletes can give back to their communities.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:37 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Jason Witten has a “very serious injury”

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten won’t be rushed as he recovers from a lacerated spleen. He’ll miss the rest of preseason and perhaps the Sept. 5 opener.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:36 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Reggie Bush finally returns Heisman Trophy

Nearly two years after he announced he would forfeit the award, the former USC star running back has returned his trophy to the Heisman Trust.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:03 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 08/16/2012

R.A. Dickey loses his bracelets, then the game

In his 24th start, New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey was told that the bracelets he has worn all season had to go.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:32 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Olympic runner Jeff Demps close to signing with NFL team

Former Florida running back is back from London and looking to find a home on an NFL roster.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:27 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Robin van Persie is leaving Arsenal for Manchester United

Try as he might, Arsene Wenger couldn’t keep his team’s top striker in London.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:57 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Melky Cabrera apologizes after being suspended for 50 games

San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera says, “My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:24 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Joe Paterno “sobbed uncontrollably” after firing, new book says

Excerpt of biography about the late Joe Paterno describes his realization that his career at Penn State was over, his legacy likely tarnished forever.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:35 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Rafael Nadal pulls out of U.S. Open

After missing the Olympics, Rafal Nadal will skip the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2012 because of knee problems.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:32 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Dustin Pedroia denies reported rift between Red Sox, Bobby Valentine

Red Sox second basemen says he did not ask for first-year manager’s ouster.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:30 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Reports: Cowboys’ Jason Witten to miss preseason with spleen injury (updated)

Cowboys’ tight end will miss the remainder of the preseason and could miss regular season time due to internal bleeding.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:01 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 08/15/2012

James Harrison undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery (updated)

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:30 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Greg Ryan denies Hope Solo allegation that he shoved her at 2007 World Cup

In a new memoir, U.S. goalkeeper alleges the former national team coach shoved her during a meeting at the 2007 World Cup.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:54 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Report: Jerry Sandusky is writing a book in prison

As he awaits sentencing on his child sex-abuse conviction, Jerry Sandusky reportedly is working with his wife, Dottie, on his second book.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:48 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Chad Johnson: Dolphins release makes for tough, emotional “Hard Knocks”

On Tuesday, Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce from Chad Johnson, who issued an apology for the domestic dispute. And “Hard Knocks” showed the moment his career with the Miami Dolphins ended.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:08 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Report: Andrew Bynum to have precautionary plasma treatment on knee

New Sixers center to undergo platelet-rich plasma treatment in Germany in early September.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:01 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Giants’ injuries are mounting, with Shaun Rogers out for the season (updated)

The New York Giants are beset with injuries, losing Shaun Rogers for the season. They’re battling back injuries, too, and blame their beds.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:39 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Reports: Tyrann Mathieu to announce transfer destination Wednesday

The Honey Badger is expected to transfer to an FCS school after his dismissal from the LSU football team.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:13 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Brian Urlacher undergoes knee surgery

The Bears’ eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, putting his status for Week 1 in doubt.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:23 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Evelyn Lozada says Chad Johnson needs help

Reality TV star Evelyn Lozada issues statement on domestic incident that resulted in the arrest of her husband, Chad Johnson.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:08 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Johnny Pesky: Red Sox react to beloved icon’s death

In his 92 years, Boston Red Sox player, manager and broadcaster left an indelible mark on the franchise and its fans.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:27 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Report: NFL may open season with replacement referees

The NFL lockout of game officials may extend into the season. After the first week of preseason games, this might not be a good thing.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:46 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Chad Johnson domestic-violence incident revealed in 911 call

Chad Johnson was arrested after neighbor called 911 and described injury Evelyn Lozada suffered in the alleged attack.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:29 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Chad Johnson: Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin based decision on “body of evidence”

Chad Johnson had to be cut, Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin said, for a number of reasons. VH1 agrees, canceling Johnson’s reality show.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:35 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Yankees add Derek Lowe to bullpen

With C.C. Sabathia on the disabled list, the New York Yankees moved to bolster their pitching staff by adding 39-year-old Derek Lowe.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:55 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Tim Tebow begins super-secret Wildcat practice with Jets. Shhh.

For the first time in practice today, the New York Jets used variations of the Wildcat formation. Which means Tim Tebow was at quarterback. But no one is allowed to talk about it.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:50 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Reports: Tyrann Mathieu wants to stay at LSU, but that isn’t an option

LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who was kicked off the team last week, reportedly would like to remain at the school and sit out the 2012 season.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:46 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Tiger Woods: “I was too relaxed” in PGA

For Tiger Woods, there won’t be a victory in any of the 2012 major tournaments and his relaxed approach over the weekend doomed him in the PGA Championship.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:04 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Chad Johnson’s arrest and release by Dolphins puts NFL future in doubt (updated)

Chad Johnson, diva wide receiver, finds that the Miami Dolphins have no patience for his antics. He may not get another chance in the NFL.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:27 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 08/10/2012

Dwight Howard traded to the Lakers; will an NBA title follow? (updated)

After endless talk and speculation, Dwight Howard is traded to the Lakers, who have made offseason moves to keep pace with Oklahoma City, Miami.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:12 PM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 08/10/2012

Tyrann Mathieu dismissed by LSU; will another school want the Honey Badger?

It’s a steep fall from Heisman finalist to a man without a team for cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, an integral part of the national championship runners-up.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:49 PM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Peyton Manning: Broncos debut “a big step for me”

Playing for the first time in 19 months, Peyton Manning’s performance is a relief for him, if not a roaring success.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:44 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Report: Magic may send Dwight Howard to Lakers in four-team deal

Dwight Howard may end up with Lakers yet, with Yahoo reporting that four teams are discussing a blockbuster deal.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:43 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Peyton Manning likely to play one or two series, John Elway says

Peyton Manning’s neck isn’t an issue, the Denver Broncos say, and he’s likely to play one or two series in his debut with the team.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:10 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Chris Johnson likes his chances of beating Usain Bolt

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson says he thinks he could beat Usain Bolt. But Bolt is more interested in Manchester United than the NFL.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Terrell Owens says he’s humble and ready to show how he’s changed

Terrell Owens makes a fresh start in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. Right now, he’s all about football.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:04 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 08/09/2012

PGA Championship: Tiger Woods takes aim at last major of 2012

For Tiger Woods, winning a major tournament in 2012 is the goal. Catching Jack Nicklaus and his record for major victories will “take a career.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:19 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Trent Richardson heads for second opinion, may need minor cleanup on knee

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in the draft, is seeing Dr. James Andrews and may require a cleanup in his knee.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:16 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Pete Carroll on Terrell Owens: “I don't care what happened before”

Wide receiver Terrell Owens gets a fresh start with the Seattle Seahawks and Coach Pete Carroll says he isn’t at all interested in the baggage T.O. always brings.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:31 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Jeremy Lin Skypes with sad 5-year-old Knicks fan (video)

Jeremy Lin tries to cheer up an inconsolable 5-year-old Knicks fan, devastated that Lin is going to play for the Houston Rockets, in a Skype chat.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:32 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Andy Reid: “I'm a humble man standing before you” (updated)

Andy Reid rejoins the Philadelphia Eagles, a day after the funeral of his son, Garrett.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Andy Reid likely to return to Eagles soon

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid could coach as soon as Thusday’s preseason opener. The funeral for his son was held today.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:13 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Jets scrap again; Tebow doesn’t take Esiason’s bait (updated)

While the New York Jets stay chippy in practice, Tim Tebow isn’t letting Boomer Esiason get inside his head.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:02 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 08/07/2012

Terrell Owens signs a one-year deal with Seahawks; can he come back?

Terrell Owens gets another chance in the NFL, signing a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:56 AM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Tom Brady hits 35 — and goes to work on his game

New England Patriots quarterback is 35 and, as he ponders playing until he’s 42, focuses on mechanics with his quarterback guru.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:18 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Jets players brawl on sideline, much to dismay of Mark Sanchez

Running back Joe McKnight and D’Anton Lynn, son of the running backs coach, skirmish at New York Jets training camp. Mark Sanchez disapproves.

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

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 08/06/2012

Woman will officiate NFL game for first time Thursday

With regular referees locked out in a labor dispute with the NFL, a woman replacement ref will work a game for the first time Thursday night.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:26 AM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 08/06/2012

Terrell Owens gets a tryout with Seattle Seahawks

Wide receiver Terrell Owens, who hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season, will try out for a spot with the Seattle Seahawks.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:54 AM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 08/03/2012

Rex Ryan won’t take bait on Obama’s comments

President Obama suggests the New York Jets might have a problem with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow on the team and fails to get a rise out of Rex Ryan.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:23 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 08/03/2012

Floyd Mayweather Jr. released from jail; what’s his next move?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is free to decide what his next move will be in the boxing ring.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:21 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 08/03/2012

Roger Goodell says NFL won’t be selling ads on uniforms

Although the NBA is likely to sport small ads on uniforms, the NFL is not going to go down that road, Commissioner Roger Goodell says.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:26 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 08/03/2012

Cal Ripken Jr. says his mother is doing “pretty well,” asks public for info on kidnapping (updated)

With little information about who abducted his mother or why, Cal Ripken publicly asks the public for help, says Vi Ripken is recovering from “traumatic ordeal.”

By Cindy Boren  |  10:50 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Intern ejected from minor-league game for playing “Three Blind Mice” (video)

Daytona Cubs intern plays “Three Blind Mice” and quickly finds himself ejected by a perhaps overly sensitive umpire.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:14 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Michael Irvin has a silly idea about the Lombardi Trophy and Bill Belichick

Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin would rename the Lombardi Trophy the “Lombardi/Belichick Trophy.” Probably not gonna happen.

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

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Tiger Woods is game for Olympics in 2016 — if he qualifies

Tiger Woods would love to play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio — “if I could get in.”

By Cindy Boren  |  10:29 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Montee Ball suffered concussion, facial injuries in attack

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball recovering from concussion, facial injuries suffered in attack Wednesday morning.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:16 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Roethlisberger isn’t worried about his “little torn rotator cuff”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reveals that his should injury is rotator-cuff tear that “”we just have to hope it doesn't tear the rest of the way.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:43 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Jerry Sandusky “extremely distraught” over Penn State penalties

Jerry Sandusky writes his accounts of events as he awaits sentencing on charges of child sex abuse. His lawyer he was upset by NCAA punishment handed Penn State.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:24 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball victim of “unprovoked assault”

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, a Heisman finalist in 2011, was beaten by five men early Wednesday in Madison.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:55 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Brett Favre finds a fun career as a football coach

His NFL playing days really and truly behind him, Brett Favre is an unpaid assistant coach at a southern Mississippi high school. And loving it.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:25 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Silas Redd decision expected; will he move from Penn State to USC?

Penn State running back Silas Redd reportedly is leaning toward transferring to USC. Will he leave the Nittany Lions?

By Cindy Boren  |  02:26 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Jerry Jones kicks off Cowboys’ camp with trash talk about Giants

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones invites fans to come to Dallas to watch the Cowboys kick the New York Giants’ backside.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:01 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 07/31/2012

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson has a scary allergic reaction to seafood

Running back Adrian Peterson is rushed to Minnesota hospital after having a scary allergic reaction to seafood. He should stick with beer. Or chicken.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:48 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 07/31/2012

Terrell Thomas re-injures knee

Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, trying to return after two ACL injuries, faces arthroscopic procedure to determine damage after injury Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:07 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 07/31/2012

O.J. Murdock’s apparent suicide shocks Titans, coaches, family

Wide receiver O.J. Murdock, who apparently committed suicide Monday, is remembered by Tennessee Titans teammates as “an awesome dude.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:52 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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