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Bill Belichick compares Ndamukong Suh to J.J. Watt

Bill Belichick hailed Ndamukong Suh as one of the best defensive players in the NFL by comparing him to J.J. Watt ahead of the New England Patriots’ showdown Sunday with the Miami Dolphins. Belichick cited Suh’s ability to take up blockers and disrupt the line of scrimmage as reasons he remains a player who can wreak havoc despite the defensive lineman’s statistically sub-par...
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Roethlisberger sent home ill ahead of Wednesday’s practice

With the Pittsburgh Steelers facing a must-win game Sunday simply to preserve their hopes of reaching the playoffs, the team was dealt a disappointing-but-not-devastating blow when Ben Roethlisberger went home sick on Wednesday. NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that the Steelers quarterback was sent home due to his illness before the start of Wednesday’s practice, a session...
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Eagle: Players ‘almost universally despised’ Chip Kelly

The fallout of the sudden and arguably surprising dismissal of Chip Kelly continues with a former Philadelphia Eagles player saying that the locker room “almost universally despised” the third-year coach. The former player spoke on the condition of anonymity when discussing how details emerging from behind-the-scenes provided ample evidence that Kelly had little to no support...
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Hanks sends touching letter to idol Ken Stabler’s family

Tom Hanks was a huge fan of Ken Stabler while spending his teen years growing up in the Bay Area in the 1970s. And the fact the actor idolized the great Oakland Raiders quarterback so set into a motion a sequence of events that led to him sending a touching letter to the NFL icon’s daughters just before Christmas. When Stabler passed away last summer at the age of 69 due to complications...
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Rams’ William Hayes doesn’t believe dinosaurs ever existed

Williams Hayes helped lead the St. Louis Rams to a 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday with a dominant performance that included nine tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss and five quarterback hits. But what defensive end had to say recently regarding his insistence that dinosaurs never roamed Earth might garner much more — if not unwanted — attention than...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Drew Brees: Cam Newton ‘absolutely deserving’ of MVP

Despite being division rivals for going on years now, Drew Brees endorsed Cam Newton as the player who most deserves being named MVP at season’s end. The New Orleans Saints veteran quarterback was making an appearance on NFL Network when he was asked if the Carolina Panthers signal-caller, who has led his team to a 14-1 record, has earned the MVP award. “I absolutely do. I think...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Arians doesn’t plan on sitting players against Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians stressed without even being asked that he has no plans of resting any players during the team’s regular-season finale against the division rival Seattle Seahawks. “We will approach this game as if it were Game 1 of the season and treat it like that every game,” he said, via azcentral.com. “We don’t want to set a pattern of different behavior...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Jones on Brandon Weeden’s success: ‘I’m proud of him’

Jerry Jones insists he’s happy for Brandon Weeden over how the quarterback is enjoying success with the Houston Texans after the Dallas Cowboys cut him loose following an unsuccessful stint serving as the replacement for the injured Tony Romo earlier this season. In fact, the owner even pointed out that his original glowing endorsement of Weeden’s talent arguably was spot-on, despite...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMarcus Cousins could face suspension over tirade, ejection

Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac conceded that star player DeMarcus Cousins could be suspended for his on-court conduct leading up to and after his ejection from Monday’s 122-103 loss to the Golden State Nuggets. Divac said he spoke to Cousins after the game and indicated the superstar center has the organization’s support despite the meltdown and he won’t be disciplined...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Weeden: Jerry Jones will watch playoffs from his couch

Brandon Weeden is enjoying a new lease on his NFL career thanks to the Houston Texans picking him up after the Dallas Cowboys waived him following an unsuccessful and unproductive stint as a replacement for the injured Tony Romo. In light of how Jerry Jones expressed regret over his decision to take a flier on Weeden after excessively lauding his talent at the onset, the quarterback...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

LeBron James discusses not being home on Christmas again

For the 10th time in his 13-year NBA career, LeBron James will be showcased in the NBA’s slate of Christmas Day games when his Cleveland Cavaliers head west for an NBA Finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors. Since James routinely is not at home — and often not even the same town — with his family, he was asked at Wednesday morning’s team shootaround if any alternative...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony angry Knicks aren’t playing on Christmas

Outside of All-Star Weekend, the five-game slate of Christmas Day games arguably is the marquee event of the long NBA regular season. And the fact that the New York Knicks aren’t among the 10 teams tabbed to play in the daylong holiday showcase annoys Carmelo Anthony to no end. With the Knicks’ opponent on Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers, receiving top billing with the...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Osweiler to start vs. Bengals, Manning to be inactive

Brock Osweiler reportedly will hold on to the Denver Broncos starting quarterback job for at least one more week. The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck reports that Osweiler will receive the starting nod in Monday night's showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals and that Peyton Manning likely once again will be declared inactive, evidently because his injured left foot still needs more...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Redskins praise Robert Griffin III for how he’s handled situation

Several members of the Washington Redskins praised Robert Griffin III — including head coach Jay Gruden — for how he’s handled an inordinately tough situation after being benched before the start of the season and replaced by Kirk Cousins. Further complicating issues was the perceived disconnect between Gruden and the team’s onetime franchise quarterback. But Gruden went out of...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Zamboni driver charged with impaired driving after rink crash

A driver of a Zamboni has been arrested and charged with impaired driving and resisting arrest after he crashed the machine into the boards while treating the ice surface between periods of a hockey game, reports the CBC. The incident occurred in Ste. Anne, Manitoba, during the second intermission of a game involving the Seine River Snipers, a bantam team comprised of 13-14-year...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Kyrie Irving done watching footage of his NBA Finals injury

Kyrie Irving’s first appearance in the NBA Finals — and arguably the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bid for a title — came to a screeching and disappointing halt when he suffered a fractured left kneecap during overtime in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors. With the Cavaliers set for a rematch against the Warriors in an eagerly anticipated Christmas Day showdown — following a tilt...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Jets bring in wide receiver who held sign looking for NFL work

The New York Jets on Tuesday signed Joe Anderson, 27, to the team’s practice squad, a little over a month after the out-of-work wide receiver received national attention for posting a photo of himself on Instagram holding up a sign in an effort to find an NFL job. Anderson’s unconventional bid to land another job in professional football featured him holding a sign outside the...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

George RR Martin: Blame Josh Norman for Odell Beckham Jr.’s conduct

George R.R. Martin, the author behind the beloved “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga that inspired the television mega-hit, “Game of Thrones,” took to his personal blog this week to weigh in on the Josh Norman-Odell Beckham Jr. fiasco. And in Martin’s esteemed opinion, the Carolina Panthers cornerback deserves some semblance of blame for how the New York Giants wide receiver went into...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pete Carroll: Staying the course was key to overcoming early struggles

When the Seattle Seahawks stumbled out of the gate to a 2-4 records, many opined it signaled the death knell of the team’s run of recent excellence. Epic collapses in the fourth quarter, a troubling ineffectiveness out of the usually reliable Russell Wilson and a defense that wasn’t dominating as expected — partly attributable to Kam Chancellor’s contract holdout — were major sources...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Could DeMarco Murray be deactivated for Sunday’s game?

Between his dwindling lack of touches and a need to deal with some pressing roster needs on the defensive side of the ball, the speculation out the City of Brotherly Love is that the Philadelphia Eagles may have no choice but to deactivate DeMarco Murray for Sunday’s critical showdown with the Washington Redskins. NJ Advance Media’s Eliot Shorr-Parks writes that Chip Kelly’s back...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Wilson clearly not a big proponent of sleep science

Despite an abundance of empirical evidence to the contrary, Seattle Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson downplayed the notion that a person needs to get plenty of sleep to function at a high level, saying he only requires between five and six hours of rest each night. “Do you think I pay attention to the sleep hours? No, I don’t pay attention,” he said, via ESPN. “That’s definitely...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

JPP: Refs did ‘great job’ handling Norman-Beckham melee

Amid myriad conflicting reports, accusations and outright conjecture in the aftermath of the incidents involving Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr., one group has received near-universal criticism for its role in what transpired: Referee Terry McAulay and his officiating crew. That is until Jason Pierre-Paul weighed in on how he felt the crew went about its business. Many have...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford’s wife under fire for selling her Lions tickets

After several social media run-ins with disgruntled fans — as well as the media — during a disappointing season for the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford’s wife has once again run afoul of the team’s passionate fan base by offering up tickets to the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night via StubHub. Kelly Stafford took to Instagram ahead of the Lions’ visit...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Campbell no fan of ‘having the taste of crap’ in his mouth

Say one thing for Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell: Even if he came up short in getting the underachieving team turned around after replacing Joe Philbin earlier this season, he is certainly a lot more eminently quotable than his predecessor. Campbell, known for his fiery and competitive personality, led the team to consecutive victories upon taking over before the...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Gregg Popovich on Tony Hill’s new blonde hairdo: ‘I love it’ (vid)

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, as curmudgeonly and old-school as they come, surprisingly stated that he is a big fan of the new blonde hairdo sported by Tony Hill. “I love it,” he said after the Spurs’ 106-92 victory over Hill’s Indiana Pacers, via ESPN. “I wish I had the guts he has. That could really turn some heads.” Popovich was spotted saying something to Hill...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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