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The Early Lead: December, 2013

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Anderson Silva wants to fight again, can train in six months

UFC fighter, who broke his leg in gruesome fashion Saturday, will likely be able to train in six months.

By Kelyn Soong  |  02:21 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  anderson silva

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Peyton Manning’s passing-yardage record is under review, report says

If pass is ruled a lateral, Broncos QB would fall one yard short of Drew Brees’s single-season mark.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:06 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, Peyton Manning

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Michael Schumacher shows slight improvement, situation still “fragile”

Former Formula One driver underwent second procedure after suffering brain injury in skiing fall.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:46 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Tim Tebow hired by ESPN as SEC Network analyst

First, he’ll work the BCS Championship game Jan. 6.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:36 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Football, ESPN, Tim Tebow

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 12/30/2013

NFL Black Monday sees five coaches fired

Five NFL coaches are let go in the past 24 hours, leaving six head coaching vacancies to be filled.

By Kelyn Soong  |  04:17 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/30/2013

BCS bowl game results and TV schedule

Just a week of BCS bowl games remain before the national championship between Florida State and Auburn.

By Kelyn Soong  |  12:59 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BCS Championship

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Lions fire Jim Schwartz

With abundant talent, Detroit underperformed again this season, finishing 7-9.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Detroit Lions, Jim Schwartz, NFL

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/30/2013

NFL admits officiating error on Chiefs’ field-goal attempt

Different outcome in game would have put Steelers, not Chargers, in the playoffs.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:08 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Jerry Jones still committed to Jason Garrett. Also to GM Jerry Jones.

Cowboys coach will be back next season, despite missing out on playoffs again.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:05 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, NFL

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Vikings fire Leslie Frazier

A disappointing season followed a playoff appearance last January.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:34 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Minnesota Vikings, NFL

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 12/30/2013

NFL playoff schedule: TV times, matchups for wild-card weekend

The NFL playoffs begin Jan. 4 with the Kansas City Chiefs playing the Indianapolis Colts.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:38 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Michael Schumacher “fighting for his life,” doctor says (updated)

Legendary former Formula One driver is in medically induced coma after suffering head injury in skiing accident.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:08 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Auto racing

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 12/29/2013

NFL wild-card matchups: Chargers-Bengals, Chiefs-Colts, 49ers-Packers, Saints-Eagles

Seattle, Carolina clinch NFC byes; Denver, New England get AFC byes.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:32 PM ET, 12/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL playoffs

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 12/29/2013

Peyton Manning sets NFL record for passing yards in a season

Denver Broncos quarterback broke Tom Brady’s single-season touchdown record a week ago.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:50 PM ET, 12/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, NFL, Peyton Manning

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 12/29/2013

Michael Schumacher in critical condition after skiing accident

Formula One legend suffered “severe brain trauma,” Grenoble hospital says.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:06 PM ET, 12/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Formula One, Michael Schumacher

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/29/2013

Anderson Silva suffers gruesome leg injury in UFC loss to Chris Weidman (video)

Injury casts doubt MMA star’s future; Ronda Rousey beats Miesha Tate.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  UFC

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013

NFL playoff picture: A guide to what each teams needs to do (updated)

On Week 17, four division titles -- all in the NFC -- remain up for grabs.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, NFL playoffs

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 12/26/2013

Aaron Rodgers will start Sunday against Bears (updated)

Packers quarterback cleared to play with NFC North title on the line in Chicago.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:41 PM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 12/26/2013

Blake Griffin: Warriors played ‘cowardly basketball’

Griffin was ejected in the Clippers’ 105-103 loss to the Warriors.

By Kelyn Soong  |  02:25 PM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Blake Griffin, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 12/26/2013

Tony Romo misses practice; Cowboys still mum on whether he’ll play

Quarterback has yet to be cleared by doctors for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:23 PM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 12/26/2013

Jon Kitna to donate Cowboys paycheck to high school

Quarterback is backing up Kyle Orton with Tony Romo’s status presently uncertain.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:39 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, Jon Kitna, NFL

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 12/26/2013

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade deliver Christmas dunks (video)

There was less star power for the Lakers with Kobe Bryant out, but more firepower from the Heat.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:42 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 12/24/2013

NBA Christmas Day TV schedule, games preview

The five games played on Christmas include the defending NBA champion Heat and runner-up Spurs.

By Kelyn Soong  |  02:07 PM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/24/2013

LeBron James dunk posterizes Paul Millsap (video)

Afterward, Millsap jokes “don’t be in the wrong place at the wrong time.“

By Cindy Boren  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Carmelo Anthony sprains ankle, hopes to face Thunder on Christmas Day

Knicks’ Raymond Felton also suffers an injury ahead of the NBA’s big day of hoops.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:46 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Carmelo Anthony, NBA, New York Knicks

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Tony Romo injury update: Jerry Jones says he might be cleared to play

Cowboys owner disputes report that quarterback is out the rest of the season.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:15 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, NFL, Tony Romo

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Tony Romo out rest of season with back injury, report says; Jason Garrett denies that (updated)

Kyle Orton stands ready for Dallas Cowboys against Philadelphia Eagles.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:33 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, NFL, Tony Romo

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 12/23/2013

NFL coaches on the hot seat: Jim Schwartz doesn’t like the boos

Detroit Lions coach denies cursing at fans as team headed into overtime of yet another game it lost.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:53 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Detroit Lions, Jim Schwartz, NFL

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/23/2013

College football bowl game results and TV schedule

There are 31 bowl games left, including the national championship on Jan. 6.

By Kelyn Soong  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BCS Championship

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Proposal to overhaul NBA draft would eliminate tanking, report says

New proposal would take a team’s win-loss record out of the equation and plot draft picks 30 years in adance.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:57 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA, NBA Draft, NBA draft lottery

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Candlestick Park: Joe Montana won’t attend finale but Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice will

The old place, scene of “The Catch” and other iconic moments, will host its final regular-season game tonight.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:04 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Candlestick Park, NFL, San Francisco 49ers

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Von Miller to have MRI on injured knee

Denver Broncos hope for good news on linebacker’s injury with playoffs looming.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:48 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, NFL, Von Miller

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Aaron Rodgers pulls off Christmas photobomb

Green Bay Packers quarterback managed to top his Thanksgiving Day photobomb of his willing teammates.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, NFL

Posted at 07:27 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Tom Brady fails (again) at the high five

New England players leave their quarterback hanging once again Sunday in Baltimore.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:27 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New England Patriots, NFL, Tom Brady

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 12/22/2013

NFC East division title comes down to Philadelphia at Dallas

Chip Kelly plans to play starters against Chicago Bears, although the Week 17 game is the one that matters.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:42 PM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, NFC East, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 12/22/2013

Peyton Manning breaks Tom Brady’s touchdown record (video)

Denver Broncos quarterback has 51 TD passes -- with one regular-season game still left.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:46 PM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 12/22/2013

Rex Ryan tells Jets he believes he’ll be fired, report says

Maybe it was just his version of a pep talk with the team at 6-8 with two games left.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:34 PM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New York Jets, NFL, Rex Ryan

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 12/22/2013

Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union engaged; Miami Heat get Masters-like jackets

Actress, as you would expect, got the better part of the deal at the team’s holiday party.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:48 AM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Different World Cup ranking systems give divergent predictions

Group E could be particularly exciting to watch.

By Max Ehrenfreund  |  03:15 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Dennis Rodman holds basketball tryouts in North Korea (video)

“It’s all love here,” Hall of Famer says of Kim Jong Un’s country as he tries to arrange NBA exhibition game.

By Max Ehrenfreund  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dennis Rodman, NBA

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 12/20/2013

AFC playoff scenarios: Can Baltimore continue to roll?

The team with the dimmest hopes is the Pittsburgh Steelers, with only two weeks left in the regular season.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:21 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AFC playoff picture, NFL

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 12/20/2013

“Leroy Jetson?” Charles Barkley got a little confused (video)

The “NBA on TNT” studio crew meets a new cartoon character.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:38 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles Barkley, NBA

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 12/20/2013

NFC playoff scenarios: Week 16 clarity for New Orleans, Dallas, Green Bay, Detroit

Division titles remain open with only two regular-season games left.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:10 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFC playoff picture, NFL

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 12/20/2013

College football bowl games TV schedule

The BCS bowl season kicks off this Saturday with four games.

By Kelyn Soong  |  10:55 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BCS Championship

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Wes Welker likely out until playoffs, report says

Denver Broncos wide receiver has not been cleared to play after suffering his second concussion Dec. 8.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:12 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, NFL, Wes Welker

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Kobe Bryant says “only an idiot” would doubt he’ll return

Still, knee injury signals that the end of Lakers star’s career is approaching rapidly.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:16 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Kobe Bryant will miss six weeks with injured knee

Lakers guard will miss six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

By Missy Rosenberg  |  04:42 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Brian Boitano announces he is gay ahead of Sochi Olympics

U.S. delegation will have three openly gay athletes, including Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Boitano, Sochi Olympics

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Super Bowl XLVIII: NFL could reschedule game

The league has a plan to make money off bad weather, too.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:26 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, Super Bowl XLVIII

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 12/19/2013

ESPN’s BCS “Megacast” will show Florida State-Auburn six different ways

One channel will offer a telecast without announcers, the others will have different camera angles and stats. Lots of stats.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:57 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BCS Championship, College Football, ESPN

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 12/19/2013

#NBASimpsons: Is Roy “Dr.” Hibbert the best? Sideshow Bob Cousy?

Basketball players and the Fox show’s characters are a natural fit. Who knew?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:36 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA, The Simpsons

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 12/19/2013

LeBron James loses temper with Mario Chalmers as Heat beat Pacers (video)

By Cindy Boren  |  09:33 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Michael Jordan’s wife expecting identical twin girls

Michael Jordan’s wife expecting identical twin girls

By Cindy Boren  |  04:09 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Jordan, NBA

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 12/18/2013

49ers fans plan to taunt Seahawks with billboard

The war between the fan bases is escalating after a flyover 10 days ago.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:19 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Novak Djokovic hires Boris Becker as his coach

The second-ranked Serb is turning to the former world No. 1 to lead his team in 2014.

By Kelyn Soong  |  02:36 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boris becker, Novak Djokovic

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Southern Illinois coach goes on epic rant (video)

Barry Hinson invokes mama’s boys, his wife, house training a puppy dog and snipers.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:02 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barry Hinson, College basketball

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Ray Allen will wear “Jesus Shuttlesworth” jersey, Spike Lee says

Yes, it’s a marketing ploy in which NBA players will wear nicknames on their jerseys. Yes, it’s great.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Miami Heat, NBA, Ray Allen

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Miami Heat hosts Indiana Pacers in matchup of East’s top teams

LeBron James will be a game-time decision when Miami looks to avenge its early December loss to Indiana.

By Kelyn Soong  |  12:03 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, NBA

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Obama names openly gay athletes to Sochi Olympic delegation

Billie Jean King, Caitlin Cahow will be in a U.S. delegation missing the president, vice-president and first lady.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:14 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Sochi Olympics

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Hit on Bengals punter was illegal, NFL says (updated)

Kevin Huber, who has broken jaw and vertebra, is out for the season. Terence Garvin can expect a fine.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:03 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cincinnati Bengals, Kevin Huber, NFL

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 12/17/2013

With Knicks a mess, Amar’e Stoudemire will be out a while

Injuries -- and a poor coaching decision Monday -- complicate Mike Woodson’s future.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:13 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amare Stoudemire, Mike Woodson, NBA

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013

LeBron James questionable for Wednesday’s game with ankle sprain

The Heat star injured his ankle Monday against the Jazz and could miss Wednesday’s matchup with the Pacers.

By Kelyn Soong  |  01:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LeBron James, NBA

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker becomes a fantasy darling

Baltimore beats Detroit with 18-16 with six field goals--which plays less interestingly in reality.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baltimore Ravens, Justin Tucker, NFL

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Paul McCartney fails to catch free T-shirt at Nets game (video)

By Cindy Boren  |  10:35 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Michael Jordan mansion fails to sell at auction

The price on the Highland Park, Ill., estate has come down to $13 million.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:09 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Jordan, NBA

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Brian Roberts agrees to one-year deal with Yankees

Second baseman will get $2 million to replace Robinson Cano.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:42 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baseball, Brian Roberts, New York Yankees

Posted at 07:27 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Vitali Klitschko quits boxing to run for president of Ukraine

Fighter vacates WBC title for a chance at a bigger job in 2015.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:27 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boxing, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Bengals punter has broken jaw, cracked vertebrae

Helmet of Steelers’ Terence Gavin hit Kevin Huber squarely in the chin.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:48 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cincinnati Bengals, Kevin Huber, NFL

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Dez Bryant exit: “I was wrong” to leave Cowboys’ loss to Packers

Coach Jason Garrett agrees that Bryant “needs to stay out on the field.“

By Cindy Boren  |  02:30 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, NFL, Tony Romo

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Five reasons why the Redskins should pursue Bill O’Brien

If the Washington job opens up, the Penn State coach might be the right man to replace Mike Shanahan.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Brien, NFL, Washington Redskins

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 12/16/2013

“Sports Illustrated” names Peyton Manning Sportsman of the Year

David Ortiz, Mariano Rivera were also near the top of the list of contenders

By Cindy Boren  |  09:23 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys epitomize NFC East mess

Not a single team in the division can manage to win Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:38 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, NFC East, NFL, Tony Romo

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/15/2013

Bill O’Brien back to NFL? Texans, Vikings interested, report says

Penn State coach was a successful assistant under Bill Belichick in New England.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:16 PM ET, 12/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill O'Brien, NFL, Penn State

Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 12/14/2013

Mack Brown to step down as Texas football coach

After days of uncertainty, Brown made it official on Saturday night.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  07:58 PM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mack Brown

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 12/14/2013

Nick Saban stays at Alabama, blasts reports that he’d replace Mack Brown at Texas

Crimson Tide coach said, “I never considered going to Texas.“

By Cindy Boren  |  02:21 PM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, College Football, Nick Saban

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 12/14/2013

Heisman Trophy ceremony: Jameis Winston seen as front-runner to win

Winston, the Heisman favorite, says ‘I knew I did nothing wrong,’ in response to questions about his involvement in the sexual assault allegation.

By Kelyn Soong  |  12:04 PM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heisman Trophy

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Multiple stabbings in parking lot after Broncos-Chargers game (video)

One victim is in critical condition and a suspect are in custody in Denver.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:54 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, NFL, San Diego Chargers

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 12/12/2013

A.J. McCarron: Nick Saban “told me he’s not leaving” Alabama

Crimson Tide quarterback says Saban’s wife Terry won’t let him leave Tuscaloosa.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:51 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A.J. McCarron, College Football, Nick Saban

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Doc Rivers’s Clippers get win in his emotional return to Boston (video)

The Celtics display a video tribute to the coach that led them to the 2008 NBA title.

By Kelyn Soong  |  02:01 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Doc Rivers

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Michael Jordan’s “flu game” shoes sold for over $100,000

Bulls star gave shoes to Jazz ballboy after Game 5 of 1997 NBA Finals.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:34 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michael Jordan, NBA

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Texas Rangers take Russell Wilson in MLB draft. THAT Russell Wilson.

Seahawks star won’t play baseball; he’ll just address the Rangers at spring training.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, Russell Wilson

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Will MLB action on home-plate collisions change game’s culture?

Baseball ponders just how to work a rule that will make the game safer for catchers.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baseball, home-plate collisions

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Austin Dillon to drive Dale Earnhardt No. 3 car

Son of famed racer, who was killed in a 2001 Daytona 500 crash, supports return of the number to racing.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:34 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Austin Dillon, Auto racing, NASCAR

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 12/12/2013

George W. Bush sends note to Alabama kicker

From one “43” to another, former president tells Cade Foster, “You will be a stronger human with time.“

By Cindy Boren  |  08:43 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Cade Foster, College Football, George W. Bush

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Oregon’s Pharaoh Brown suspended for role in snowball fight (video)

Video of incident went viral over the weekend.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:17 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Football, Oregon, Pharaoh Brown

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Nick Saban to Texas? “No chance,” Kirk Herbstreit says

Technically, Mack Brown still has the Longhorns’ job.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:17 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, College Football, Nick Saban, Texas

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Paul George leads Pacers past Heat in Round 1

Indiana has the NBA’s best record with Round 2 next week.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:56 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Indiana Pacers, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA, Paul George

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Danica Patrick dresses like showgirl at American Country Awards (video)

NASCAR driver vamps it up, all right.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:06 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Mack Brown’s future at Texas to be decided soon; coach denies he’ll quit (updated)

In an 8-4 season, fate of longtime coach has been a topic of speculation all fall.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:06 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Football, Mack Brown, Texas

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel among the six Heisman finalists

Winston, the quarterback for the top-ranked Florida State, is the prohibitive favorite to win the Heisman.

By Kelyn Soong  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heisman Trophy

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Heisman Trophy finder: Sometimes, they get stolen

The trophy’s significant heft hasn’t kept a few of them from being burgled.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  02:36 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heisman Trophy

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Brett Favre: Winning high school title “pretty close” to Super Bowl

The ol’ gunslinger learned a few things about himself while helping coach Oak Grove High in Mississippi.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brett Favre, High school football

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Heisman Trophy finder: Eat chicken wings, see the award

Some of the trophies are on display in dining establishments.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  12:20 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heisman Trophy

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Lamar Odom plea deal results in three years’ probation

For now, the former L.A. star remains an NBA free agent.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 12/10/2013

O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy: Where is it now?

It’s still around, but out of sight

By Matt Bonesteel  |  09:45 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Heisman Trophy

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Olympic champion Evan Lysacek drops out of Sochi Olympics

Hip injury will sideline U.S. figure skater who won gold in Vancouver.

By Liz Clarke  |  09:42 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  figure skating, Winter Olypics

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Super Bowl XLVIII: No tailgating allowed

Fans will be allowed to sit and drink in their cars, taking up only one parking space.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:54 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, Super Bowl XLVIII

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Florida State and Auburn will play for BCS national title

Auburn beat Missouri in the SEC championship to leap Ohio State in the final BCS standings.

By Kelyn Soong  |  03:30 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BCS championship game, bcs standings

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Matt Prater sets NFL record with 64-yard field goal (video)

One of the league’s most enduring marks, first set by Tom Dempsey, falls after 43 years.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, Matt Prater, NFL, Tom Dempsey

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Three of the game’s greatest managers will be enshrined next July.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baseball, Bobby Cox, Hall of Fame, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Peyton Manning: Critics can “shove [it] where the sun don’t shine”

Broncos passed for 397 yards and four touchdowns, not bad for Ron Burgundy’s “succulent baby lamb.“

By Cindy Boren  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, NFL, Peyton Manning

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Mike Shanahan: Houston Texans won’t pursue him, reports say

After firing Gary Kubiak, owner Bob McNair reportedly wants a “calmer” coach...say, Lovie Smith.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:28 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Houston Texans, Mike Shanahan, NFL

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Kobe Bryant gives himself an F in return with Lakers

L.A. star played for the first time in eight months and was bummed by his turnovers in loss.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:50 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Rob Gronkowski has torn ACL, report says

New England Patriots lost tight end on a low, legal hit by Browns’ T.J. Ward.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:42 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New England Patriots, NFL, Rob Gronkowski

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Rob Gronkowski carted off

Patriots tight end was hit low by T.J. Ward, much to the dismay of Bill Belichick.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:05 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New England Patriots, NFL, Rob Gronkowski

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Adrian Peterson carted off with ankle injury

Minnesota Vikings running back taken for X-rays in game against Baltimore Ravens.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:37 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, NFL

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Snow games steal the show in NFL

In Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington and Green Bay, winter weather is doing its thing.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:24 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Jon Gruden won’t coach in 2014, report says

He’ll remain with “Monday Night Football,” according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Laughter at Jameis Winston press conference struck wrong note (video)

Florida State quarterback won’t be charged in sexual assault case.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:51 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Football, Jameis Winston

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Jameis Winston will not be charged

Florida State quarterback, a Heisman contender, had been under investigation for sexual assault.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:56 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Football, Florida State, Jameis Winston

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Derrick Rose says “I’m not done yet”

Bulls star is undaunted by prospect of rehabbing after second reconstructive knee surgery.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:38 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, NBA

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Portland Trail Blazers beats Oklahoma City Thunder to become top Western Conference team

Behind 38 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers top the Thunder to take first place in the Western Conference.

By Kelyn Soong  |  12:34 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Decision on Jameis Winston case expected Thursday

Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful has been the focus of a sexual-assault investigation.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:22 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Football, Florida State, Jameis Winston

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Kobe Bryant’s new Nike shoe has stitches

Lakers star, who had Achilles’ surgery in April, said of the shoe, “You want them to have an emotional reaction as soon as they see it.“

By Cindy Boren  |  10:22 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 12/05/2013

President Obama wants to host “SportsCenter” when he’s out of office

Specifically, he has his eye on the Top 10 list.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:04 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ESPN, President Obama

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Smoke causes NBA game to be postponed (video)

Spurs, Timberwolves can’t play after generator malfunctions in Mexico City arena.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:01 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, San Antonio Spurs

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 12/04/2013

2014 Formula One calendar trimmed to 19 races

Grand Prix races at New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea are not included in the revised calendar.

By Kelyn Soong  |  06:25 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Formula One

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 12/04/2013

An NFL game at 9:30 a.m. ET? Get ready for it.

An NFL game at 9:30 a.m. ET? Get ready for it.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:09 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, NFL

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Jerry Jones on Tony Romo: What people remember “is what you do in December”

It’s that time of year for the Dallas Cowboys and their quarterback.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:04 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jerry Jones, NFL, Tony Romo

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Mike Tomlin fined $100,000 by NFL for sideline incident (updated)

Steelers coach stepped onto the field and impeded Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return on Thanksgiving night.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Tomlin, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees strike deal

Red Sox center fielder moves on to the Bronx as New York opens its wallet. Again.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:33 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baseball, Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Mike Tomlin calls sideline move “embarrassing, inexcusable, illegal”

Soon enough, it is also likely to be expensive for the Pittsburgh Steelers coach.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:47 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Tomlin, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Joe Nathan, Doug Fister, A.J. Pierzynski moving to new teams

Nationals, Red Sox and Tigers begin to make roster moves one month into the MLB offseason.

By Kelyn Soong  |  06:30 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLB

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Mike Tomlin says it’s “crazy” to think he’d step onto field intentionally

Pittsburgh Steelers coach awaits possible punishment by the NFL.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:23 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Tomlin, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Russell Wilson beats Drew Brees at his own game

Seattle Seahawks assert their NFC dominance with a win over the New Orleans Saints.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:28 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Alabama-Auburn aftermath: Cremated remains on the field and a deadly shooting

It is unclear whether the remains are human and police continue to investigate the motive behind a Birmingham murder.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:28 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Auburn, College Football

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Alabama’s loss shakes up BCS standings; Florida State, Ohio State take top two spots

The Crimson Tide drops to fourth in the BCS standings, while Florida State moves into the top spot and Ohio State rises to No. 2.

By Kelyn Soong  |  06:17 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Auburn, bcs standings

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Mike Tomlin awaits punishment by NFL as new video surfaces

There’s a new angle on sideline gaffe by Pittsburgh Steelers coach, who is likely to be fined.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:41 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Tomlin, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Paul Pierce to miss 2-4 weeks with fractured hand

Nets, struggling with only five victories, at least have Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez back.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston Celtics, NBA, Paul Pierce

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Tom Brady dismisses Antonio Smith’s spying accusation

Texans defensive end said of New England adjustments that “either teams are spying on us or something’s going on.“

By Cindy Boren  |  11:54 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Antonio Smith, Bill Belichick, NFL, Tom Brady

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Tom Daley: Olympic diver reveals he’s in relationship with a man (video)

A bronze medalist in London, Daley says, “I still fancy girls” in YouTube video.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay athletes, Olympics, Tom Daley

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Alabama-Auburn: Death threats for kicker after a classic Iron Bowl (video)

Chris Davis’s TD return of field-goal attempt brings chaos to the college football scene and scary messages for Crimson Tide’s Cade Foster.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Auburn, College Football

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Man dies after fight at Arrowhead Stadium during Chiefs-Broncos game (video)

Police say fight occurred after man was discovered in the parking lot in a car he did not own.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:56 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 12/01/2013

Mike Tomlin, Steelers may be hit with six-figure fine, reports say

Coach impeded Baltimore Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones as he ran down the sideline on Thanksgiving.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:36 PM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Tomlin, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted at 08:37 PM ET, 11/30/2013

Auburn stuns Alabama in Iron Bowl on Chris Davis TD (video)

Missed field goal with 1 second left is returned for a touchdown to topple the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  08:37 PM ET, 11/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Football, Iron Bowl

 

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