Apr 14, 2015

Ex-NFL back Phillips suspected of murder

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday. Phillips’ cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a ...

Thomas breaks barrier with hiring

Apr 9, 2015

Thomas breaks barrier with hiring

Sarah Thomas saw the New York City area code pop up on her phone and started praying it was the NFL calling to say she had been hired as a full-time game official. Not because that would make her the first woman to hold ...

Apr 4, 2015

Thomas to be first full-time female ref

The NFL will make Sarah Thomas its first female permanent official for regular-season games, media reported on Friday. The NFL did not immediately confirm reports in the Baltimore Sun and Los Angeles Times that the league had tabbed Thomas, a former official for the ...

Sharper takes plea deal in drugging, rape cases

Mar 24, 2015

Sharper takes plea deal in drugging, rape cases

Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years. In two separate ...

Fans want NFL return

Feb 4, 2015

Fans want NFL return

by Kaz Nagatsuka

It was a Monday night, not a Super Sunday, but an estimated 100 people had assembled for a viewing party for Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on massive screens at a public viewing event in Tokyo. There was ...

NFL postseason taking shape

Dec 20, 2014

NFL postseason taking shape

The Seattle Seahawks fly into Arizona on a four-game winning streak, looking very much like the Super Bowl championship team of a season ago. The Arizona Cardinals, already assured of a playoff berth, send a quarterback who wasn’t around a month ago against a ...

Peterson loses appeal

Dec 13, 2014

Peterson loses appeal

The NFL’s hard line on Adrian Peterson held up. The league-appointed arbitrator for Peterson’s appeal affirmed the unpaid suspension until at least next spring, the final result of the child-abuse case that kept the Minnesota running back out of all but one game this ...

Brown praises players for protests

Dec 13, 2014

Brown praises players for protests

Jim Brown stood alongside Muhammad Ali in the 1960s when the boxing champion protested going to Vietnam. An activist for 50 years, the Hall of Fame running back has never shied away from fighting for anything he’s believed in. On Friday, the 78-year-old Cleveland ...

Peterson out for rest of '14

Nov 19, 2014

Peterson out for rest of '14

Adrian Peterson’s dispute with the NFL reached another level when the league suspended Minnesota’s star running back without pay for at least the rest of the season. As his representatives initiated an appeal, Peterson remained at the center of an escalating argument between the ...

Nov 17, 2014

DEA raids NFL medical staffs

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two visiting NFL teams’ medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs. There were no arrests, Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman Rusty Payne said Sunday. ...