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  • Saints lead Bears 24-8 in 4th quarter

    December 15, 2014 9:11 PM

    CHICAGO - Still in control of their own playoff destiny, the New Orleans Saints played strong against the Chicago Bears Monday night, taking a 24-8 advantage into the fourth quarter. Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes, and the Saints defense forced two turnovers to take command of the game... more »
  • Panthers move into NFC South 1st place with 19-17 win over Tampa Bay

    December 14, 2014 6:25 PM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Derek Anderson threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, Graham Gano kicked four field goals and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-17 on Sunday to remain alive in the NFC South playoff race. The win, coupled with Atlanta's loss to Pittsburgh, leaves the... more »
  • Steelers top Falcons, knock dirty birds out of NFC South 1st place

    December 14, 2014 6:17 PM

    ATLANTA (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards, William Gay returned an interception for a touchdown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-20 Sunday. The Steelers (9-5) remained a half-game behind Cincinnati in the AFC North with their second straight win. The Falcons (5-9) ensured themselves of... more »
  • LSU's La'el Collins dominates award season Play Video

    December 12, 2014 12:01 AM

    When offensive tackle La'el Collins made the decision to stay for his senior year, he was going against the recent trends at LSU. In the past two years alone, 17 Tigers have declared early for the NFL draft. Well it looks like his patience will pay off, literally. ... more »
  • Source: Saints tell WR Morgan he's been cut

    December 9, 2014 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A person familiar with the situation says the Saints have told receiver Joe Morgan that he has been released. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the roster move has not been announced. Morgan, whose release was first reported by... more »
  • Lacy, Packers hold off Falcons rally for 43-37 win

    December 9, 2014 4:20 AM

    GREEN BAY, WI - Eddie Lacy ran for a touchdown and caught one of Aaron Rodgers' three TD passes, and the Green Bay Packers built a 24-point lead before holding off the Atlanta Falcons for a 43-37 victory Monday night. The Packers (10-3) earned their fifth consecutive victory to stay... more »
  • Olsen to play for Panthers vs. Saints

    December 7, 2014 11:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who has been dealing with knee soreness, is available to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Olsen had been listed as questionable on Friday's injury report after missing last Wednesday's practice and then participating on a limited basis later in... more »
  • Saints running back Robinson back at practice

    December 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    METAIRIE - New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson, who has missed the past six games with a forearm injury, has returned to practice on a limited basis. Coach Sean Payton says Robinson is using a brace and that everything looked good in Wednesday's practice, though the team still wants... more »
  • Dolphins rally, beat Jets 16-13 on late field goal

    December 2, 2014 5:42 AM

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Miami Dolphins kept their playoff hopes intact by rallying for a 16-13 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night when Caleb Sturgis made a 26-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining. Miami (7-5) rallied in an old-fashioned - some might say dull - slugfest... more »
  • St. Louis police group criticizes Rams players

    December 1, 2014 10:36 AM

    ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Police Officers Association says the five Rams players who stood with their hands raised before Sunday's game should be disciplined and the NFL should publicly apologize. Some witnesses said Michael Brown, who was black, had his hands up before being fatally shot by white... more »
  • Rice wins appeal, 'suspension vacated'

    November 28, 2014 2:30 PM

    The NFL players' union says Ray Rice has won his appeal of his indefinite suspension. An association spokesman says the suspension has been "vacated, effective immediately." The appeal was heard earlier this month by a former federal judge. She was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority when it modified... more »
  • Johnson shines in Detroit's 34-17 win over Chicago

    November 27, 2014 2:59 PM

    DETROIT - Calvin Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns, and the Detroit Lions boosted their postseason hopes with a 34-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday. After losing at Arizona and New England and falling out of first place in the NFC... more »
  • Rare Monday night doubleheader for NFL

    November 24, 2014 10:51 AM

    UNDATED - The NFL has a rare two-game schedule for Monday night football tonight. The Ravens-Saints game in New Orleans was scheduled, but the Bills-Jets game is a late addition. The later game had to be moved from Buffalo to Detroit after areas of western New York were buried under... more »
  • Beckham Jr.'s spectacular catch not enough as Giants fall to Cowboys 31-28

    November 23, 2014 11:36 PM

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - LSU fans might be used to seeing such plays, but on Sunday night, Odell Beckham Junior made a catch that will go down as one of the greatest in NFL history, although his New York Giants still lost to Dallas 31-28 on Sunday night. In... more »
  • NFL to relocate Bills home game against Jets

    November 20, 2014 3:51 PM

    BUFFALO, NY - A league spokesman says a severe lake-effect snowstorm hitting Buffalo has led the NFL to relocate the Bills home game against the New York Jets on Sunday. Michael Signora said Thursday that the NFL has yet to determine where the game will be played. The decision comes... more »
  • Saints without Cooks, Bush during stretch run

    November 17, 2014 3:32 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints will have to continue their chase for an NFC South title without a pair of starters: receiver Brandin Cooks and safety Rafael Bush. Agent Jeff Sperbeck says Cooks had surgery on Monday on his broken thumb and that his recovery time is expected to... more »
  • Patriots apologize after thanking racist tweeter

    November 14, 2014 10:00 AM

    FOXBOROUGH, MA - The New England Patriots are apologizing after sending out a tweet to thank a "fan" with a racist Twitter handle. The Patriots were holding a promotion to celebrate becoming the first NFL team with 1 million Twitter followers. The team asked fans to retweet a message about... more »
  • Tannehill, former Tiger Landry lead Dolphins over Bills

    November 14, 2014 6:10 AM

    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - Ryan Tannehill shook off five sacks and a third-quarter deficit, throwing for two late touchdowns to help the Miami Dolphins break a streak of three consecutive losses to Buffalo with a 22-9 win Thursday. Tannehill went 26 for 34 for 240 yards and threw touchdown... more »
  • In college, field goals aren't a sure thing

    November 12, 2014 4:05 PM

    Whenever an NFL kicker attempts a field goal from inside 50 yards these days, success seems inevitable. That isn't the case in college. Just two weeks ago, Duke beat Pittsburgh 51-48 in overtime after Chris Blewitt missed a 26-yard field goal that would have won the game for the Panthers.... more »
  • Sproles helps lift Eagles to 45-21 win over Carolina

    November 10, 2014 11:18 PM

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Darren Sproles had two touchdowns, Sanchez threw for two scores and the defense sacked Cam Newton nine times to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 45-21 Monday night. Filling in for an injured Nick Foles, Sanchez had 332 yards passing in his first start since... more »
  • Union files grievance vs. NFL in Peterson case

    November 10, 2014 5:12 PM

    EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance with the NFL to reinstate Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The NFLPA cited Monday "explicit language in a signed agreement" from Sept. 18, when Peterson was placed on a special commissioner's exempt list following his indictment on... more »
  • Rodgers throws 6 TDs, Packers rout Bears 55-14

    November 10, 2014 1:59 AM

    GREEN BAY, WI - Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes to tie the Green Bay game record and match the NFL record for a half, and the Packers routed the reeling Chicago Bears 55-14 on Sunday night. Rodgers was 18 of 27 for 315 yards, throwing scoring passes of 73... more »
  • Cowboys owner would like to see a team in London

    November 6, 2014 11:48 AM

    LONDON - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would like to see the NFL put a team in London. Jones, one of the most outspoken owners in professional sports, is in Britain to watch his team face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. "On a personal basis, and speaking... more »
  • Saints embracing timely 3-game 'dome' stand

    November 5, 2014 6:00 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints coach Sean Payton sounds conflicted when the topic turns to his extraordinary success in the Superdome in recent years. Payton is pleased to remind Saints fans that they can create an advantage for their team by being excruciatingly loud at the right moments. He's less comfortable playing... more »
  • Saints put FB Johnson on IR

    November 4, 2014 10:30 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have placed fullback Austin Johnson on injured reserve, ending his season. Johnson, whose knee injury shelved him for New Orleans' previous game at Carolina, played in seven games this season with one start. The Saints needed Johnson to play a regular role... more »
  • Luck throws for 4 TDs, Indy routs Giants 40-24

    November 4, 2014 1:59 AM

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Andrew Luck threw for four touchdowns and the Colts' defense kept Eli Manning and the Giants off balance in Indianapolis' 40-24 romp on Monday night. With his franchise-record seventh consecutive 300-yard game, Luck led the Colts (6-3) to a lopsided win one week after a 51-34... more »
  • Roethlisberger, Steelers dominate Ravens 43-23

    November 3, 2014 1:58 AM

    PITTSBURGH, PA - Ben Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and six scores to set an NFL record for most touchdown passes in consecutive games, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 43-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. A week after passing for a franchise-record six touchdowns against Indianapolis,... more »
  • Tigers in the NFL: Week 9

    November 2, 2014 10:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jeremy Hill headlined a big week for former LSU Tigers in the NFL, as the Cincinnati Bengals rookie ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns to help the Bengals beat Jacksonville 33-23. Fellow rookie Jarvis Landry caught a touchdown pass for Miami on Sunday, helping the... more »
  • Redskins: No injuries to team in bus accident

    November 2, 2014 11:22 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS - Two buses transporting the Washington Redskins to their game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday collided on a highway exit ramp while driving to TCF Stadium. The Redskins tweeted that the team had arrived safely at the stadium and team spokesman Tony Wyllie said that the accident will... more »
  • Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed

    October 31, 2014 3:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five Native Americans are asking a Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed after the group successfully challenged the team's name, arguing it is offensive. Lawyers for both sides are expected in federal court in Alexandria on Friday, where a judge is scheduled to... more »
  • NFL seeks to dismiss ex-players' painkillers suit

    October 30, 2014 3:10 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The National Football League is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health. NFL lawyers on Thursday are expected to urge a... more »
  • Redskins end Cowboys' 6-game streak, 20-17 in OT

    October 28, 2014 1:44 AM

    ARLINGTON, TX - Colt McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath's 40-yard field goal in overtime and Dallas was unable to answer after Tony Romo returned from an apparent injury, sending the Redskins to a 20-17 victory on Monday night that snapped the Cowboys' six-game winning streak. McCoy, the former Texas... more »
  • Saints win big over Packers 44-23

    October 26, 2014 11:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees completed 27 of 32 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints ended the Green Bay Packers' four-game winning streak, 44-23 on Sunday night. Rookie receiver Brandin Cooks had a 50-yard touchdown catch and a 4-yard scoring run, and tight... more »
  • Titans: Rookie Zach Mettenberger will start at QB

    October 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans will start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday... more »
  • Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers 35-21

    October 24, 2014 1:53 AM

    DENVER, CO - Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory... more »
  • Johnson still a doubt for Lions game in London

    October 23, 2014 9:17 AM

    BAGSHOT, England - Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a doubt for Detroit's game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in London. Johnson has missed the last two games, both wins, for the Lions (5-2) with a right ankle injury. He made the trip to England, but said Thursday... more »
  • Beckham's star on the rise

    October 21, 2014 1:56 PM

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The first-round draft pick has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants' No. 1... more »
  • Saints look for silver lining after losing to Lions

    October 20, 2014 10:52 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton is starting this week by emphasizing the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss. With his players mystified by their inability to close out close games, Payton is steering clear of the kind of criticism that could shatter the... more »
  • Lions rally late for 24-23 win over Saints

    October 19, 2014 5:12 PM

    DETROIT - Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:38, including the winner to Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining, and the Detroit Lions rallied for a 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints (2-4) were in control late in the fourth quarter when Stafford... more »
  • Landry gets 1st NFL td catch, Miami loses late to Green Bay

    October 12, 2014 7:34 PM

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with 3 seconds left Sunday, and the Green Bay Packers rallied past the Miami Dolphins 27-24. Former LSU Tiger Jarvis Landry scored the first touchdown of his pro career with an 11 yard touchdown... more »
  • LaFell's 2 TDs help lift New England to win over Buffalo 37-22

    October 12, 2014 6:33 PM

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and posted his 60th career 300-yard game to lead the New England Patriots to a 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Brandon LaFell had two touchdown catches, including a 56-yarder, and the Patriots' defense forced three turnovers... more »
  • Judge: NFL concussion opt-outs due by Tuesday

    October 11, 2014 11:14 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - Tuesday remains the deadline to opt out of the NFL's settlement of concussion claims after a judge in Philadelphia denied an extension request. Lawyers for some retired players want the deadline delayed until after a Nov. 19 fairness hearing on the settlement. But Senior U.S. District Judge Anita... more »
  • Colts hold on for 33-28 win over Texans

    October 10, 2014 9:14 AM

    HOUSTON, TX - Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts had a great first quarter and did just enough the rest of the way to hold on for a 33-28 victory over the Houston Texans on Thursday night. The Colts (4-2) raced to a 24-0 lead after one quarter, but allowed... more »
  • NFL owners' meetings focus on personal conduct

    October 8, 2014 3:58 PM

    NEW YORK - There hasn't been much football talk at the NFL owners' meetings Wednesday. Instead, the focus has been on the personal conduct policy, and on educating everyone involved in the league about domestic violence. After approving the sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula in... more »
  • Saints add another tight end to the roster

    October 7, 2014 11:04 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - With Jimmy Graham nursing a shoulder injury, the New Orleans Saints have signed tight end Tom Crabtree. The 28-year-old Crabtree, who has played three seasons with Green Bay and one season with Tampa Bay, signed on Tuesday. In a corresponding move, the Saints placed injured safety... more »
  • Wilson leads penalty-prone Seahawks by Skins 27-17

    October 7, 2014 3:08 AM

    LANDOVER, MD - Russell Wilson rushed for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown Monday night, and the Seattle Seahawks overcame more than a dozen penalties - including three that wiped out apparent touchdowns by Percy Harvin - in a 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins. Wilson completed 18 of... more »
  • Seattle takes down Washington 27-17 on Monday Night Football

    October 6, 2014 11:14 PM

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Russell Wilson rushed for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown Monday night, and the Seattle Seahawks overcame more than a dozen penalties - including three that wiped out apparent touchdowns by Percy Harvin - in a 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins. Wilson completed 18... more »
  • Aeneas Williams honored by Southern at homecoming Play Video

    October 5, 2014 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What a year it's been for Aeneas Williams. In August, the former safety for the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals was inducted into the NFL hall of fame. Then on Saturday, he was honored by his alma mater, Southern, at homecoming. The school, celebrating... more »
  • 2 former LSU Tigers score for NY Giants in win over Falcons

    October 5, 2014 9:54 PM

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - First-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. made his NFL debut a memorable one, catching a go-ahead 15-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with 10:02 left to lead the New York Giants to a 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Fellow rookie Andre Williams... more »
  • Manning passes 500 td milestone with Broncos win over Cardinals

    October 5, 2014 9:48 PM

    DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning has thrown his 500th career touchdown pass, joining Brett Favre as the only members of the exclusive club. Manning threw a 7-yard dart to tight end Julius Thomas to give Denver a 7-3 lead over Arizona in the first quarter Sunday. Thomas has caught six... more »
  • Saints defeat Buccaneers 37-31 in OT

    October 5, 2014 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Saints locked up their second win of the season with a touchdown 5 minutes and 36 seconds into overtime. The win puts the Saints (2-3) tied for second in the NFC South with Atlanta and 1 game behind Carolina for the division lead. The Saints... more »
  • Saints safety Byrd has season-ending knee surgery

    October 3, 2014 2:02 PM

    METARIE - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says starting free safety Jairus Byrd has had season-ending knee surgery. Payton said Friday the three-time Pro Bowler injured his lateral meniscus Thursday during a workout. Payton, who doesn't normally announce injuries, says Byrd had informed his father, Gil, an assistant with... more »
  • Cowboys' Spillman subject of reported sex assault

    October 2, 2014 1:58 AM

    GRAPEVINE, TX - Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Wednesday night that the alleged incident took place early the... more »
  • FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'

    September 30, 2014 6:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Tuesday that the commission "will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we'll be responding accordingly." A... more »
  • FCC spikes sports blackout rule

    September 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts. The Federal Communications Commission has voted to spike a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV. The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted... more »
  • NFL says mistake made in player prayer penalty

    September 30, 2014 9:15 AM

    KANSAS CITY, MO - The NFL says Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for dropping to his knees in prayer in the end zone after an interception. NFL spokesman Michael Signora writes in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that "the officiating mechanic... more »
  • Chiefs offense hums in 41-14 rout of Patriots

    September 30, 2014 7:20 AM

    KANSAS CITY, MO - Perhaps the Kansas City Chiefs gave their neighbors across the parking lot a little bit of inspiration with their impassioned performance against New England. Jamaal Charles returned from an ankle injury to score three touchdowns, Alex Smith threw for 248 yards and three scores, and the... more »
  • Colts' Landry suspended four games

    September 29, 2014 11:04 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts safety LaRon Landry has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy. Landry has started all four games for the Colts (2-2) and had 18 tackles. He cannot return to the team until after Indy's Oct. 26 game against Pittsburgh. The... more »
  • Saints humbled, but not hopeless after 1-3 start

    September 29, 2014 6:15 PM

    METAIRIE - New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette says he and his teammates "have to be realistic and know" that they're not as good as they thought they were. Galette says the Saints need to improve drastically during their final 12 games, and there doesn't seem to be a... more »
  • Cowboys DB Claiborne done for season

    September 29, 2014 3:42 PM

    IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys cornerback and former LSU Tiger Morris Claiborne will have season-ending surgery after tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee. Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Claiborne will have surgery in the next couple of days and be put on injured reserve. Claiborne got... more »
  • ESPN suspends Simmons 3 weeks for NFL comments

    September 25, 2014 8:37 AM

    ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after he repeatedly called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar during a profane tirade on a podcast. ESPN announced the suspension Wednesday. "Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN's journalistic... more »
  • Saints taking critical look at first win

    September 22, 2014 5:56 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints are taking a critical look at their first victory of the season. While they're relieved they've finally won after a pair of close loses to open the season, they're not entirely happy with how they played in their home opener against Minnesota. New Orleans,... more »
  • Owner: 'No misinformation' by Ravens on Rice

    September 22, 2014 3:23 PM

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has criticized a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator. Bisciotti spoke Monday after... more »
  • Roethlisberger, Steelers top Panthers 37-19

    September 22, 2014 2:09 AM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ben Roethlisberger threw two 7-yard touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell ran for 147 yards and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Carolina Panthers 37-19 on Sunday night. The Steelers had gone eight quarters without a touchdown before Roethlisberger's two scoring strikes in the third. They were... more »
  • Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

    September 19, 2014 3:51 PM

    NEW YORK - Commissioner Roger Goodell says that "over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong; that starts with me." At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players... more »
  • NFL to partner with violence hotline

    September 19, 2014 10:45 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL is partnering with a domestic violence hotline and a sexual violence resource center. Responding to increasing criticism that the league has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning domestic abuse cases involving players, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to the clubs late Thursday announcing... more »
  • Black women's group criticizes NFL

    September 17, 2014 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A leading black women's group says the NFL's decision not to include any African-American women as consultants on domestic violence is "unacceptable." The Black Women's Roundtable is made up of leaders who represent black women and girls. They say the NFL should have included black women when it... more »
  • NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

    September 17, 2014 10:50 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL says it has reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing. The league said Wednesday that under the new rules, three previously suspended players - the Broncos' Wes Welker, Cowboys' Orlando... more »
  • Vikings bar Peterson from team activities

    September 17, 2014 10:30 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS - Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says the team "made a mistake" by bringing back Adrian Peterson following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. The Vikings had benched Peterson for last Sunday's loss to New England. But the next day, the team said they would bring him... more »
  • Anheuser-Busch 'disappointed' in NFL

    September 16, 2014 5:26 PM

    Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL's biggest sponsors, says it isn't happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league. The beer giant issued a statement on Tuesday saying it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned" by recent incidents and was not yet satisfied with the league's response. It said it... more »
  • Where's the tape? America responds to video

    September 13, 2014 10:36 AM

    We only respond if there's video. That's one lesson that can be drawn from the belated reaction to football player Ray Rice knocking out his fiancee in an elevator. Rice was arrested back in February, and in July was suspended for two games. But once video of the actual punch... more »
  • Ravens overcome a week of distraction with win

    September 12, 2014 2:04 AM

    BALTIMORE, MD - Playing three days after running back Ray Rice was released, the Ravens got a pair of touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and rolled past the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night. Rice was reaching the end of a two-game suspension for domestic violence when a video... more »
  • Source says Rice video sent to NFL

    September 10, 2014 4:15 PM

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from... more »
  • Rice dropped by Nike, Madden 15 after firing

    September 9, 2014 12:06 PM

    NEW YORK - Both Nike and Electronic Arts severed business ties with Ray Rice a day after he was let go by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL, following the release of a video showing him striking his then-fiancee in February. Nike Inc. confirmed via email... more »
  • Longer Rice video shows obscenities, spitting Play Video

    September 9, 2014 7:10 AM

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Ray Rice and Janay Palmer can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and she appears to spit in the face of the three-time Pro Bowl running back right before he throws a brutal punch in a video shown to The Associated Press by a law... more »
  • Saints aim to correct fundamental errors

    September 8, 2014 5:50 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he and his teammates have to get back to the lessons they learned in Pop Warner football. The Saints say poor fundamentals, mainly in the area of tackling, were costly in their 37-34 overtime loss at Atlanta to open the regular season. Before... more »
  • Video of punch leads to Rice suspension, firing

    September 8, 2014 2:06 PM

    OWNING MILLS, Md. - The NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice hours after a video surfaced Monday of Rice punching his then-fiance in the face. The Ravens announced they had also terminated Rice before the NFL suspension was handed down. The video shows Rice and Janay Palmer,... more »
  • Ryan, Bryant lead Falcons past Saints 37-34 in OT

    September 7, 2014 3:42 PM

    ATLANTA - Matt Bryant kicked a 51-yarder field goal on the final play of regulation, then booted a 52-yarder in overtime to give the Atlanta Falcons a 37-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints. In another thriller between the NFC South rivals Sunday, Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448... more »
  • Goodell: NFL closely watching McDonald case

    September 4, 2014 8:24 AM

    RENTON, WA - Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is closely watching San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald's case after the institution of the league's new policy on domestic violence. Goodell spoke after attending a youth event Wednesday night. Goodell said the league is still waiting to get all... more »
  • Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games

    September 3, 2014 8:18 AM

    ENGLEWOOD, CO - Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports. ESPN reported the violation had to do with amphetamines. The Broncos didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press requesting comment Tuesday. NFL Media reported Welker was notified... more »
  • Rams cut Sam, 1st drafted openly gay player

    August 30, 2014 3:19 PM

    ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and... more »
  • Saints wait anxiously to learn roster moves

    August 29, 2014 6:07 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints rookie linebacker Ronald Powell said he felt as if he was waiting for a call-back after a job interview. With the final preseason game over, young players such as Powell, receiver Nick Toon, and safety Pierre Warren have little to do but wait and see if they'll... more »
  • 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

    August 29, 2014 3:19 PM

    SANTA CLARA, CA - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won't be eligible to return... more »
  • Saints fall to Ravens in preseason finale 22-13

    August 28, 2014 11:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Justin Tucker hit five field goals and the Baltimore Ravens wrapped up a perfect preseason with a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. Baltimore (4-0) found the end zone only once on Tyrod Taylor's 8-yard pass to Deonte Thompson, but that was... more »
  • NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

    August 28, 2014 2:39 PM

    NEW YORK - NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell. In a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners Thursday, and obtained by... more »
  • Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

    August 28, 2014 2:44 AM

    A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason. Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure... more »
  • Houston stadium will enforce bag policy on LSU fans

    August 27, 2014 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU fans will be met by stricter security enforcing a new bag law implemented this year by the NFL at all NFL-affiliated stadiums. Those attending the season opener against Wisconsin will be must follow tighter rules concerning what they can bring into the Houston Texans' NRG... more »
  • Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

    August 27, 2014 3:25 AM

    NASHVILLE, TN - Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test, meanwhile, means Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss a full year. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say... more »
  • Saints trim preseason roster to 75 players

    August 26, 2014 5:14 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints outside linebacker Victor Butler, who was seen as a key free agent acquisition in 2013, has been included among eight cuts made by New Orleans as the club prepares to close out the preseason with a roster of 75 players. New Orleans brought in Butler from Dallas,... more »

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