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Jesse Jackson went on WWE ‘Raw’ to cheer on ‘Slater Gator’ and a man in a bunny suit

29 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

What WWE ‘Raw’ lacks in interesting story lines, it’s certainly making up for in absurdest comedy — at least judging from Monday night’s episode. For instance, take this set of facts: Instead of reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar showing up, Jesse Jackson did. Yes, that Jesse Jackson — the Reverend Jesse Jackson. The Jesse Jackson who […]

Royals fans are celebrating like it’s 1985, and the playoffs haven’t even begun yet

52 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

The Kansas City Royals have made the playoffs for the first time since 1985, ending Major League Baseball’s longest postseason drought. They’ll host the Oakland Athletics in the one-game American League wild-card playoff on Tuesday night (8:07 p.m. EDT, TBS). Kansas City’s fans, as you might expect, are pretty excited about this. Let us count […]

Lions’ Joseph Fauria injured while trying to stop his dog from urinating in his house

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Pro athletes have cited a number of weird reasons for injuries that caused them to miss some time. Baseball players Sammy Sosa and Matt Latos both missed games because of overzealous sneezing. Rickey Henderson left an ice pack on his foot for too long, leading to frostbite. Former NBA player Lionel Simmons got wrist tendonitis […]

Pro sports leagues, NCAA again file petition to stop sports gambling in New Jersey

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

In a move designed to circumvent the federal law that prohibits state-sanctioned sports gambling in all but four states, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a directive earlier this month that would allow fans to wager on sporting events in New Jersey, so long as the gambling was not regulated by the state. On Monday, […]

NFL penalizes Muslin player for praying after Chiefs touchdown

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

When Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah intercepted a Tom Brady pass and returned it for a touchdown Monday night, he did what so many other NFL players do to celebrate a big play: He paused to make a religious gesture of thanks. But Abdullah, a devout Muslim, found that his religious display was met […]

Tom Brady isn’t the New England Patriots’ biggest problem (but he’s up there)

4 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

It wasn’t difficult to know exactly what Tom Brady was feeling Monday night after another poor performance in a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. His body language, as he sat alone on the bench staring into the night sky, gave it all away. The New England Patriots are a mess. Brady is playing […]

Michigan issues 1 a.m. statement saying it bungled its handling of Shane Morris’s concussion

4 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Michigan Coach Brady Hoke said a lot of things during his weekly news conference on Monday afternoon. He said he did not see the hit by Minnesota’s Theiren Cockran on Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris on Saturday, which caused Morris to stumble about the field for a moment. He said that, “based on everything I know,” […]

Coach Dennis Allen fired by Oakland Raiders after 0-4 start

4 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

After an 0-4 start in which they were rarely competitive, the Oakland Raiders fired Coach Dennis Allen late Monday night, hours after the team returned from London, where they were run out of Wembley Stadium in a 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Allen compiled an 8-28 record in two-plus season as coach […]

Michigan’s Brady Hoke defends himself, saying doctors cleared Shane Morris

20 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Embattled Michigan Coach Brady Hoke came out fighting Monday afternoon, defending the way in which he handled the injury to quarterback Shane Morris. Hoke, who is on an increasingly hot seat after a historic loss to Minnesota on Saturday, said that there was no sign of a concussion with Morris. “If our trainer says one […]

Vikings ‘hopeful’ Teddy Bridgewater can play Thursday

20 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

One of the most electrifying performances of the weekend came from Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings’ rookie quarterback who threw for 317 yards against the Atlanta Falconsin his first career start. Bridgewater also had one of the more frightening moments, when he twisted his ankle and was carted off the field. On Monday, there was […]

With DeAngelo Williams hurt, the Panthers are basically out of running backs

21 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams suffered a foot injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s 38-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, leaving the Panthers bereft at running back. Williams was expected to carry much of the rushing load for Carolina with Jonathan Stewart (sprained knee), Mike Tolberg (broken leg) and Fozzy Whittaker (quad). But […]

Rajon Rondo swears he broke his hand when he slipped in the shower

21 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Despite a number of intriguing reports over the weekend, the story of how Rajon Rondo broke his hand is a simple one. Rondo, who is expected to be out six-to-eight weeks after having surgery Friday, said he simply slipped in the shower. “I actually almost caught myself,” he told Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe […]

Jovan Belcher likely had CTE, a study of his brain shows

21 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

A post-mortem examination of the brain of Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs player who shot his girlfriend to death and then committed suicide in December 2012, showed that the linebacker was likely suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Belcher, 25, killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, on the morning of Dec. 1, 2012, then drove to […]

Minnesota Twins fire Manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons

21 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The Minnesota Twins will part ways with Manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons, the club announced Monday. The #MNTwins announced today that they will replace Ron Gardenhire as manager in 2015. — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) September 29, 2014 Gardenhire, who had one year remaining on his contract and said he wanted to return, led the […]

SMU reportedly considering Mack Brown to coach football team

22 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Southern Methodist may be turning to a familiar face in the state of Texas as it searches for its next football coach. Here’s Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman: A wildcard name to keep an eye on with the SMU vacancy is former Texas coach Mack Brown, now an ESPN broadcaster. Word is, some well-connected SMU brass […]

There was never a panel discussion on domestic violence planned for ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ pregame show

23 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” will not be featuring a discussion in which an all-male panel discusses domestic violence. In fact, the telecast of the game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs will feature just a regular pregame show. There was never, the network says, a panel discussion about the topic planned for […]

In wake of suspension, will Bill Simmons leave ESPN when his contract is up?

On Friday, Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand wrote a thorough tick-tock about ESPN’s decision to suspend columnist Bill Simmons without pay after he called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar in a podcast. Noteworthy for its behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process in Bristol, Ourand ends his story with a bit of informed speculation about […]

Tony Stewart says he doesn’t know if ‘it’ll ever be normal again’ after Kevin Ward Jr.’s death

A subdued Tony Stewart softly answered questions from reporters Monday for the first time since the death of Kevin Ward Jr. in early August, saying that the incident was “100 percent an accident.” Stewart, who was cleared by a grand jury last week in connection with the incident in which he struck and ran over […]

As Michigan rumors swirl, Jim Harbaugh may be losing the 49ers’ locker room

Just how likely is it that a Harbaugh would be named coach at Michigan, in the event that Brady Hoke is fired? Well, one Harbaugh may be looking for a job fairly soon, but the other presently is happy where he is. Jim Harbaugh, whose San Francisco 49ers averted a 1-3 start with a victory […]

Everyone’s lining up to pay Charlie Weis not to coach football

Kansas’s 23-0 loss to Texas on Saturday was the final straw for Jayhawks Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, who fired Coach Charlie Weis after the game. Weis, who was 6-22 in two-plus seasons in Lawrence (only one of those wins was over a major-conference opponent), still had two-plus seasons remaining on the five-year contract he signed in […]

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