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The Raiders’ irrepressible punter snitched on a snitch

When a fella’s gotta dance, he’s gotta dance. The Oakland (for now) Raiders’ player, who puts the fun in punting, felt the urge to pick up the penalty flag, tossed when he was roughed by a member of the Buffalo Bills, and do a little dance of some sort with it. Marquette King is the […]

With Jeff Brohm, Purdue hopes to pass its way out of the doldrums

Purdue is set to hire Jeff Brohm as its new football coach, according to multiple reports, reportedly offering him more than $3 million annually over six seasons to leave Western Kentucky for the greener pastures of the Big Ten. Darrell Hazell, who led the Boilermakers to only nine wins over the past four seasons before […]

Rajon Rondo suspended one game, reportedly for outburst with Bulls assistant

Rajon Rondo has been suspended for one game by the Chicago Bulls for conduct detrimental to the team. The Bulls guard will miss Monday night’s game against Portland in Chicago’s United Center after what Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported was a “heated exchange” with an assistant coach during the Bulls’ loss to the Mavericks on Saturday […]

NBA journeyman Matt Barnes sought after allegedly choking a woman in NYC nightclub

Matt Barnes of the Sacramento Kings is being sought by New York City police after an incident in which he allegedly choked a woman during a stop at a nightclub with what appears to be star teammate DeMarcus Cousins. The incident allegedly occurred after the Kings’ 106-98 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday […]

Coach Mike Zimmer will be back on the Vikings’ sideline for Jaguars game

Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer had surgery to repair a detached retina last week and missed Thursday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. After the news broke shortly before last week’s game, some wondered if Zimmer would be back for the Vikings’ following game, Dec. 11 in Jacksonville. Recovery from such surgery can be a trying […]

Sepp Blatter’s six-year FIFA ban upheld by sports court

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the six-year ban handed down by FIFA to former president Sepp Blatter over an unethical $2 million payment to one of his former lieutenants. In a statement, Blatter said he has accepted the decision because “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected.” According […]

Two Texas high school football players transfer over teammates’ alleged racial slurs

BREAKING: After alleged slurs that ranged from bananas in cages and slavery, Jarreth and Josh Sterns have "had… — Midlothian Mirror (@midlomirror) December 2, 2016 Two Texas high school football players have changed...Show More Summary

As Cowboys are first to clinch a berth, NFL playoff picture begins to takes shape

It’s that time of year again. One team — the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys — has clinched an NFL playoff berth. Here’s a look at where the races stand with Week 13 mostly in the books. 1. Cowboys 11-1 Dallas is ensured of at least a wild-card berth. They can clinch the NFC East with a […]

Cam Newton says he was benched for not wearing a tie while traveling

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, a man known for marching to the beat of his own drummer when it comes to fashion, was nowhere on the field for the Panthers’ first offensive series Sunday night — a shocking development for the NFL’s reigning MVP and a national TV audience. It was immediately evident that he […]

Seahawks’ Earl Thomas suffers broken leg, ponders retirement

The Seahawks romped past the Panthers on Sunday, 40-7, but the win came at a high price: Free safety Earl Thomas, a three-time first-team all-pro and arguably the best player in the NFL at his position, suffered a broken leg. The injury occurred during the second quarter, and while the game was still going on, […]

Russell Westbrook has fifth straight triple-double, most since Michael Jordan in 1989

Russell Westbrook has been stuffing the stat sheet, and now he’s making history. The Thunder guard posted his fifth straight triple-double Sunday, becoming the first NBA player to do so since Michael Jordan in 1989. Jordan notched seven straight that season, which tied him with Oscar Robertson (1961) for the NBA’s second-longest triple-double streak. Wilt Chamberlain […]

Panthers bench Cam Newton for first series vs. Seahawks for disciplinary reasons

Derek Anderson has filled in at quarterback for Cam Newton before, but only when the latter was injured. So when Monday night’s Panthers-Seahawks game began, it was a shock to see Anderson take the first snap, while a healthy Newton stood on the sideline. The Panthers’ radio team and the Charlotte Observer reported that Newton was benched […]

Raiders punter Marquette King danced with a penalty flag for roughing the punter

Even by the standards of Marquette King, this was out there. The Raiders’ flamboyant punter drew a key penalty late in a game Sunday against the Bills for roughing, then picked up the yellow flag and danced with it — earning himself a penalty in the process. Marquette King is LIT! ???? — History […]

Colin Kaepernick sets NFL record for quarterback futility in loss to Bears

Colin Kaepernick might want to rethink that whole opting-out-of-his-contract thing. The 49ers quarterback, who had been playing well since taking over from Blaine Gabbert in Week 6, found himself back on the bench Sunday after setting an NFL record for quarterbacking futility. In a 26-6 loss to the Bears, Kaepernick became the first quarterback in league history […]

Jeff Fisher simply couldn’t figure out which pocket he’d put the challenge flag

Sunday was a good news, bad news kind of day for Jeff Fisher. The Rams coach received a contract extension at the start of the day, but then he proceeded to have an embarrassing moment while his team got swatted aside by the Patriots, 26-10. Fisher wanted to challenge an officials’ ruling that Los Angeles […]

Tom Brady, now the NFL’s all-time winningest quarterback, just wants more

Tom Brady likes to pretend that he is immune to the passage of time, but he couldn’t help but be made aware of it when the members of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXVI team, Brady’s first, were celebrated this weekend. There were so many players whose careers ended so long ago, but Brady […]

Eric Berry leads Chiefs to emotional win in the city in which he beat cancer

For the first time as an NFL player, Eric Berry returned to his home town of Atlanta, the place where he successfully underwent cancer treatment two years ago, and helped deliver an emotional victory for the Kansas City Chiefs. Among his contributions: eight very key points. The Falcons had taken a 28-27 lead on the Chiefs […]

Rob Gronkowski jokes about the dance floor as he takes first steps after back surgery

Rob Gronkowski seemed a long way from twerking again, but the day after surgery for a herniated disk the New England Patriots star tight end at least was up and about and, on Sunday, he spoke of getting his “core extra strong and looking super fresh.” The Patriots, who underwent the season-ending surgery Sunday, shared […]

Washington made the College Football Playoff but its coach still complained about ESPN

Washington football coach Chris Petersen probably had a good idea who his Huskies would play when the College Football Playoff bracket was announced Sunday — if his team got in at all — but that didn’t make the waiting for the official reveal on ESPN any easier. And he was only too happy to let […]

Cincinnati football coach Tommy Tuberville quits after 4-8 season

Tommy Tuberville resigned as the Cincinnati Bearcats coach after a 4-8 season that led to speculation that he would be fired this week. Tuberville’s buyout with the school decreases from $2.4 million to $1.5 million on Wednesday, according to ESPN, further fueling speculation that a firing could be imminent. Show More Summary

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