Retooled Clemson D has strong spring as it moves forward

Football 04/06/19, 17:34

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons accepts that many are concerned over the Tigers changing defense from its latest national championship. He's not among them.The 6-foot-4 junior is supremely confident Clemson will excel despite losing seven starters — including its NFL-ready defensive line — from its historic 15-0 title season a year ...

Former Air Force receiver hoping NFL is a dream delayed

Sports 04/05/19, 21:16

Two years after the U.S. Defense Department thwarted his plans of going straight from the Air Force Academy to the NFL, Falcons all-time leading receiver Jalen Robinette is determined to turn that detour into a dream delayed, not dashed.Close to fulfilling his two-year active-duty commitment, Robinette recently competed in Ohio ...

sources: Cowboys, Lawrence agree on $105 million contract

Football 04/05/19, 18:38

Two people with direct knowledge of the deal say the Dallas Cowboys have agreed on a $105 million, five-year contract with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.The agreement will include $65 million in guaranteed money, the people told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal hasn't been announced.Lawrence ...

Art of the D: This Final Four, defense wins championships

Sports 04/05/19, 15:41

A short year ago, it not only felt inevitable, it was already happening.America's favorite spectator sports had become video games in which 3-pointers and Steph Curry wannabes ruled basketball, quick touchdowns and high-powered offenses ruled football and the days of slow, boring games, the likes of which your grandfather might ...

Former sports radio co-host Carton gets 3½ years in prison

Sports 04/05/19, 13:15

Sports radio personality Craig Carton has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for a ticket reselling scam that ended his decade-long broadcast partnership with ex-NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason.Carton was convicted in November of conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud.The 50-year-old Manhattan resident blamed his crime on a gambling addiction ...

Browns sign former Steelers S Burnett, ex-AAF QB Gilbert

Football 04/05/19, 12:06

Discarded by Pittsburgh, veteran safety Morgan Burnett has landed in Cleveland.The Browns addressed one of their open starting safety spots on Friday by signing Morgan, who was released earlier this week by the Steelers following a disappointing 2018 season.Cleveland also signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who was out of a job ...

Fans get 1st look at stadium for Final Four team practices

Football 04/05/19, 11:09

Basketball fans have lined up early for the first entry into U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Final Four teams hold open-to-the-public workouts.Auburn takes the court first, followed by Virginia, Texas Tech and Michigan State. There's no charge to attend the practices. The games, of course, come at a cost. According ...

Jets latest NFL team to tackle meticulous rebranding process

Sports 04/05/19, 01:56

New colors, a tweaked logo, flashy uniforms and fired-up fans and players.The New York Jets are the latest NFL franchise to switch up their playbooks and call for a major rebranding, with the team's revamped look unveiled Thursday night during a launch party at a midtown Manhattan ballroom."It's just a ...

Jets unveil new uniforms, tweaked logo

Football 04/04/19, 22:35

The New York Jets have unveiled new uniforms and a tweaked team logo at an event in midtown Manhattan.It's the first time the franchise has rebranded its uniforms, apparel and merchandise since 1998.The uniforms will feature combinations of a unique shade of green called Gotham green and spotlight white, along ...

Nelson leads Islanders over Panthers, 2-1 in shootout

Sports 04/04/19, 21:17

Brock Nelson scored in the second period and then got the winner in the fourth round of the shootout to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.Thomas Greiss finished with 28 saves through overtime and thwarted all four Florida attempts in the ...

Tebow goes 0 for 4 in Triple-A debut for NY Mets farm team

Football 04/04/19, 17:01

Tim Tebow has gone hitless in his Triple-A debut for the Syracuse Mets.The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner was 0 for 4 on Thursday for the top minor league affiliate of the New York Mets. He struck out twice and grounded out twice against the Pawtucket Red Sox.The ...

FINAL FOUR: 3 newcomers, one standby arrive in Minneapolis

Sports 04/04/19, 15:52

Tom Izzo certainly knows his way around the Final Four, even if the longtime Michigan State coach had never toured U.S. Bank Stadium until the Spartans arrived for practice Thursday.The rest of his coaching compatriots? They could probably use a road map.It's not just getting around that is challenging, though ...

Mets prospect Tim Tebow makes Triple-A debut for Syracuse

Sports 04/04/19, 02:27

Tim Tebow is one step away from the Big Show. He's still in no rush."I enjoy the process every day, enjoy every opportunity I get," Tebow said as he prepared for Thursday's International League opener with the Syracuse Mets. "That's one thing I take a lot of pride in — ...

Minor leaguers seek investors, donations to make ends meet

Sports 04/04/19, 02:24

Jeremy Wolf loved being a professional baseball player. The New York Mets were his favorite team as a child, and it was a dream fulfilled when they selected him in the 31st round in 2016.The reality was something else. From first pitch to the final out was a blast, but ...

Tigers’ Boyd carves up Yankees, who lose Tulo to calf strain

Sports 04/03/19, 17:56

Matthew Boyd junk-balled his way to a career-high 13 strikeouts, Gordon Beckham hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the hobbled New York Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday.The Yankees struck out 18 times overall, a team record for a nine-inning game.A year after winning ...

Column: Predictably, another gamble lost in AAF failure

Sports 04/03/19, 16:49

Charlie Ebersol was sure his new football league was different, even as it ventured into the dark hole that had swallowed up ventures like his before.I talked to him in November, before uniforms had even been ordered and one game had aired. The Alliance of American Football league was well ...

McCarthy: Firing ‘couldn’t have been handled any worse’

Football 04/03/19, 14:35

Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says he was "stunned" at the timing of his firing last December and that his dismissal "couldn't have been handled any worse."McCarthy told ESPN in a story posted Wednesday he knew it might be time for him to go if the Packers missed ...

Wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has brain tumor

Football 04/03/19, 13:18

Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, plans to have surgery to remove a brain tumor. Stafford shared the details Wednesday on her Instagram account. She says an MRI showed the tumor on cranial nerves after she had vertigo spells within the last year.Kelly and the Matthew Stafford ...

Light-filled stadium creates complex Final Four conversion

Football 04/03/19, 01:31

The losses taken last weekend by Duke, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Purdue pulled the curtains on their seasons, one painful game short of the Final Four. Those teams that made it to Minneapolis ? The guys from Michigan State, Texas Tech, Auburn and Virginia will be greeted, literally, by giant drapes ...

Update: Polian disappointed as AAF operations suspended

Football 04/02/19, 16:26

The Latest on the future of the Alliance of American Football (all times EDT):5:15 p.m.Alliance of American Football co-founder Bill Polian says he's been told football operations have been suspended and that virtually everyone involved will be terminated within 24 to 48 hours. He declined to say who told him ...

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