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Were you ready for some football? Like it or not, Hank Williams Jr. is back on ‘Monday Night Football’

Six years after he and ESPN parted over his comparison of then-president Barack Obama to Hitler, Hank Williams Jr. was back on “Monday Night Football.” Ready or not, the network decided that it was time to resurrect the “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” tune that, at its core, has always been synonymous […]

ESPN’s Sergio Dipp says he ‘meant no disrespect’ in his highly mocked ‘MNF’ report

During Monday’s Broncos-Chargers game, Beth Mowins made history as the first woman in 30 years to do play-by-play for an NFL regular season game. At her side was Rex Ryan, making his much-anticipated transition from chatty football coach to TV football analyst. In addition, the game featured, for the first time, two African Americans making their […]

Colts rule out Andrew Luck for Week 2, weigh options with Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett

Another week has passed and Andrew Luck — still — appears no closer to returning to quarterback the Indianapolis C0lts. Luck, who underwent shoulder surgery nine months ago, seems unlikely to practice this week, which means that the Colts’ options at the position are Scott Tolzien or Jacoby Brissett, who was recently acquired from the […]

Little-used Adrian Peterson has words for Sean Payton in Saints-Vikings game

Monday night’s Saints-Vikings game had enormous significance for Adrian Peterson. Not only was the 2012 NFL MVP making his debut for New Orleans, he was doing so in Minnesota, where he spent the first 10 seasons of his career. Thus Peterson probably would have liked to have gotten a teensy bit more playing time than […]

Alexi Lalas calls out USMNT’s ‘soft, underperforming, tattooed millionaires’

During a break in Sunday’s broadcast of the MLS game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders, former player and Fox Sports analyst Alexi Lalas took the U.S. men’s national soccer team squad to task, and he wasn’t afraid to name names during a minute-long rant. “It’s dark days, indeed, but this is a time for […]

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield apologizes for planting Sooners flag at Ohio State

After Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns to lead then-No. 5 Oklahoma to a 31-16 upset win at then-No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday, the Sooners quarterback grabbed a crimson “OU” flag and attempted to plant it in the artificial turf at Ohio Stadium’s 50-yard line. The celebration, which rubbed some the wrong […]

‘I love Marty for doing that’: Aaron Rodgers had no problem when Martellus Bennett was flagged

The penalty seemed needless and silly, coming as it did late in the Green Bay Packers’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks. But, for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, tight end Martellus Bennett’s shove of linebacker K.J. Wright after his collision with Rodgers as he ran for a first down, was highly symbolic. “Those are moments you […]

‘I’m not dying today’: A Canadian teen whose mother died in a bear attack encounters a bear

Léa McCroy admits that she did everything you’re not supposed to do when confronting a bear. She was alone. She had no bear spray. And, when she met up with the grizzly while out for a run in southwestern Canada, she suddenly flashed back to her mother’s fatal mauling by a bear and she sprinted […]

Even an awkward Phil Simms exchange couldn’t stop Tony Romo from acing his NFL opener for CBS

After one national telecast, the verdict is in: Tony Romo has found his new calling. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, who agonized as he weighed his desire to continue to play despite serious back injuries with the sweet offer of a job as CBS’s top NFL analyst, made the right call, at least according to […]

Jaguars lose wide receiver Allen Robinson for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ joy at winning their season opener against the Houston Texans was tempered by the news that wide receiver Allen Robinson had suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Robinson was hurt on a seemingly benign play. After hauling in a 17-yard pass on third down from Blake Bortles, […]

Cowboys’ Cole Beasley makes an early bid for NFL’s catch of the year

The season premiere of “Sunday Night Football” on NBC was mostly trash, with the Dallas Cowboys dominating a lackluster New York Giants squad that looked as if it spent the night running in wet cement on offense. But for about four seconds in the fourth quarter, the divisional matchup became worthwhile. See, the Cowboys have this wide […]

Texans’ quarterback switch pays off in a Deshaun Watson touchdown

So perhaps Deshaun Watson was the enlightened choice at quarterback after all. After one desultory half in which he was under constant pressure, Tom Savage was benched by Houston Texans Coach Bill O’Brien. In came Watson, the team’s first-round draft pick, and he promptly led the team to a touchdown and infused NRG Stadium with […]

Browns reportedly will make a pregame statement about racial inequality

The Cleveland Browns have come up with an original and effective way to get their concerns about social injustice and racial inequality across. The team plans to show a 30-second video in which players discuss the issues that have led players to protest during the national anthem since Colin Kaepernick began doing so last summer. […]

The wackiest blooper play in college football somehow winds up in third-and-93

3rd & 93 upcoming…#HailState — MSU Football (@HailStateFB) September 10, 2017 Third-and-93. How on earth does a football team face a third-and-93 situation? Very entertainingly, it turns out. Trailing 57-14 early in the fourth quarter, Louisiana Tech was facing second-and-goal at the Mississippi State 6 when a play was drawn up that only the […]

J.J. Watt makes an emotional return for the Houston Texans — and for all Texans

The NFL season hasn’t even started and already J.J. Watt is the league’s most valuable player. He probably will not win the actual MVP award, but he has accomplished something far beyond the game of football. Watt, in the two weeks since Hurricane Harvey inundated the Houston area, has raised over $31 million for its […]

Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. is a game-time decision vs. Cowboys, reportedly is in doubt to play

Odell Beckham Jr. looked pretty spry when he danced in the New York Giants’ locker room last week, but on Sunday, there was still uncertainty over whether the first Sunday night prime-time game would have the presence of the prime-time wide receiver. Beckham and the Giants have been closely guarding his status since he sprained […]

Indians’ 17th straight win has them barreling toward the record book

A Major League Baseball season buoyed by a raft of video game numbers rolls toward the finish, with the focus now pointed directly at the city of Cleveland. It’s there that the Indians won their 17th consecutive game on Saturday, a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, making them just the second team since 1961 […]

Canadian chess player accuses tournament organizer of bullying him over his shorts

Anton Kovalyov forfeits round 3.1 of #FIDEWorldCup2017. Full story on ChessBase: by @amrutamokal — ChessBase India (@ChessbaseIndia) September 9, 2017 Canadian chess grandmaster...Show More Summary

NCAA grants waiver to Houston so university can donate supplies to Harvey victims

Sorting through today's delivery of boxes#HoustonStrong — Houston Men's Hoops (@UHCougarMBK) September 8, 2017 NCAA rules are strict when it comes to regulating what university athletic programs can give potential...Show More Summary

U.S. Open doubles champion wears wardrobe inspired by Charlottesville

Jean-Julien Rojer used his wardrobe to make a political statement at the U.S. Open on Friday, when he and tennis partner Horia Tecau beat Feliciano López and Marc López, 6-4, 6-3, to earn the men’s doubles title. The 36-year-old Dutchman, wearing a neon yellow shirt superimposed with the face of the Statue of Liberty, told […]

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