After trading Beckham, Giants made sure Shepard stays

Football 04/12/19, 16:06

After shipping superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in a stunning trade, the New York Giants made sure Eli Manning had his second-favorite target locked up for years to come.The Giants on Friday signed Sterling Shepard to a four-year contract extension that will pay him roughly ...

Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts taking changes in stride

Football 04/12/19, 14:11

New Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts learned at a basketball game just how much Sooners fans already had embraced him.The week Oklahoma announced that Hurts was transferring from Alabama, he was watching halftime festivities during the Sooners' game against Vanderbilt. Seemingly out of nowhere, a long line of admirers developed. He ...

NFL, union encouraged by helmet safety improvements

Football 04/12/19, 14:02

Improvements that an NFL and NFLPA study found in helmets didn't help Tom Brady.The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will have to discard his longtime brand as one of 11 helmets banned by the league and players' union for 2019.Brady was one of 32 players wearing helmets last season under ...

Forrest Gregg, lineman for mighty Packers teams, dies at 85

Sports 04/12/19, 09:36

The Pro Football Hall of Fame says Green Bay Packers great Forrest Gregg has died at 85.The Hall did not disclose details in its statement Friday.Gregg starred at tackle and guard for the mighty Packers teams of the 1960s. Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi called him the "best player I ...

Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant finds new home at Missouri

Football 04/12/19, 01:12

By the end of last season, Missouri fans were enjoying quarterback Drew Lock's final days running the Tigers' offense and wondering who would take over this fall.The answer came in a Twitter post the night of Dec. 4 when Kelly Bryant announced he was transferring to Missouri. The former Clemson ...

Kentucky needs to replace 8 starters off dominant defense

Football 04/12/19, 01:09

Kash Daniel could handle stepping on Kentucky's practice field knowing some familiar and formidable faces on defense wouldn't be there.The Wildcats' initial team meeting this spring was another matter. Gone were pass-rushing standout Josh Allen and seven other starters who had moved on from a stingy unit on which Daniel, ...

Jags’ Fournette arrested for driving with suspended license

Football 04/11/19, 15:27

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was arrested Thursday for driving with a suspended license and released a short time later.Fournette paid a $1,508 bond and was freed after spending less than 30 minutes in the Duval County Jail, according to jail records.His license was suspended last month after he ...

The humble Hupmobile lends support in start of NFL

Sports 04/11/19, 14:47

So there they were, 15 men ready to launch the 10 charter teams of the National Football League in 1920. They gathered in Ralph Hay's car showroom in Canton, Ohio , and got down to business.Except for one problem: There weren't enough chairs for everyone.A few of the future owners ...

Panthers coach visits SC capitol as incentives considered

Football 04/11/19, 13:10

South Carolina lawmakers take time to honor their sports heroes almost daily, but Thursday's welcome to the Carolina Panthers carried higher stakes: Some legislators are trying to entice the North Carolina team to move its practice facility and headquarters across state lines.Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters he enjoyed the ...

SC senator questions benefits analysis of Panthers HQ move

Football 04/10/19, 16:19

A state senator said Wednesday he still isn't convinced an economic incentive bill meant to lure the NFL's Carolina Panthers practice fields and team headquarters to South Carolina is a worthwhile deal for taxpayers.Democratic state Sen. Dick Harpootlian of Columbia retained his own economist to analyze the state's examination of ...

Brain scans may reveal concussion damage in living athletes

Football 04/10/19, 16:03

Researchers may be closing in on a way to check athletes while they're alive for signs of a degenerative brain disease that's been linked to frequent head blows. Experimental scans found higher levels of an abnormal protein tied to the disease in a study of former National Football League players ...

Man charged with shining laser at Patriots QB Tom Brady

Sports 04/10/19, 12:39

A citation has been issued against a Missouri man accused of flashing a laser at New England quarterback Tom Brady during the Patriots' AFC championship game victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.Prosecutors said Tuesday that 64-year-old Dwyan Morgan, of Lee's Summit, faces a single count of disturbing the peace, a ...

Murray, Bosa among 23 prospects to attend NFL draft

Football 04/09/19, 23:13

Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa are among the 23 prospects who plan to attend the NFL draft this month in Nashville, Tennessee.Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, could be selected No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Bosa, a defensive end from Ohio State, also is expected to be ...

Justin Herbert gives Ducks some continuity amid new faces

Football 04/09/19, 18:34

As a soon-to-be senior, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert knows this about spring football: It's a process and it's rarely smooth."We've just got to keep climbing. Definitely we've made a lot of mistakes this spring. But we're learning from them and that's what it's all about," he said. "So we'll get ...

Red Sox stumble again, beaten in home opener by Toronto 7-5

Baseball 04/09/19, 17:30

Chris Sale let a Toronto runner steal home, Mookie Betts fanned with two on for the final out and the champion Boston Red Sox stumbled again, losing to the Blue Jays 7-5 Tuesday in their home opener.After getting their World Series rings that had 185 diamonds, rubies and sapphires during ...

Cowboys’ Lawrence signs $105 million deal; Prescott next?

Football 04/09/19, 17:00

DeMarcus Lawrence may not be the highest-paid Dallas Cowboys player in history for long. It doesn't mean the club's best defensive end can't enjoy the distinction while it lasts.The 26-year-old Lawrence signed a $105 million, five-year contract Tuesday. He then was asked repeatedly to try to reflect on what it ...

Iowa tight ends’ competition continues into NFL

Football 04/09/19, 16:24

Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson spent their three years at Iowa trying to one-up each other in a friendly but fierce competition. So, why should the NFL draft be any different?The latest members of the Hawkeyes' long pipeline to the pros are expected to become the first tight end duo ...

Dodging draft talk, Cardinals players show support for Rosen

Football 04/09/19, 14:26

Arizona Cardinals players are trying to ignore all the talk surrounding who the team will choose with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.They're also praising the leadership of current quarterback Josh Rosen.The Cardinals could select 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who according to several reports ...

Tough calls prove again that sports aren’t perfectly fair

Sports 04/08/19, 09:40

The toilet paper was already flying at Toomer's Corner, the spot where the biggest celebrations go down when Auburn's sports teams win big.Then, the whistle blew.A foul. Three free throws.FILE - In this April 6, 2019, file photo, Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) shoots the last free throw to defeat Auburn ...

Virginia, Texas Tech get defensive to move to title game

Sports 04/06/19, 22:51

Slap the floor, bend those knees and get both hands up.This national championship game is going to be a clinic on defense.Virginia and Texas Tech are the last two teams alive in the NCAA Tournament, and they're here because they barely let their opponents breathe when possessing the ball.Texas Tech's ...

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