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Players head to court as NFL labor talks break off

WASHINGTON – Unable to decide how to divvy up $9 billion a year, NFL owners and players put the country’s most popular sport in limbo Friday by breaking off labor …


NFL players Fitzgerald, Hester, Keller turn to journalism

From jock to journalist. No, Larry Fitzgerald, Devin Hester and Dustin Keller haven’t been standing with other reporters outside the mediator’s office in Washington, trying to chronicle the NFL negotiations. …


Court of law likely to decide NFL’s dysfunction

The NFL’s modern-day gold rush now will be mined in a courtroom. Goodbye, lush playing fields, Vegas sports books, fantasy football websites and all-important television ratings. The NFL Players Association …


Trail Blazers cruise past struggling Miami Heat

NBA: Shortly after LeBron James called LaMarcus Aldridge one of the top All-Star “snubs” in NBA history, he scored 26 points and led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-96 …


NFL players don’t stand a chance against owners

To: DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director From: Couch Slouch, NFL executive viewer


NFL sets up as fight between billionaires and millionaires

It’s getting harder for sanity to win in NFL talks. As the clock strikes midnight tonight on the NFL’s labor contract, it’s probably safe to say the same fans who …


No. 20 Kentucky defeats No. 21 Vanderbilt

Men’s basketball: Brandon Knight scored 17 points and No. 20 Kentucky finally found a way to win a close game, edging No. 21 Vanderbilt 68-66 on Tuesday night in Lexington, …


NFL, players union attend fourth day of mediation

WASHINGTON – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch emerged with a smile and a positive outlook Monday after attending a fourth consecutive day of federally mediated negotiations between the NFL and …


Duerson’s family to donate brain for research

NEW YORK – Mike Ditka remembers seeing Dave Duerson at a reunion of the ’85 Bears just a few months ago, and everything seemed fine. Yes, Duerson’s business had failed, …


NFL files unfair labor practice charge against players’ union

The NFL filed an unfair labor practice charge against its players’ union with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday. The league’s filing says the union “consistently has failed to …


Newsmakers

Tagged The New England Patriots have reportedly placed the franchise tag on All-Pro offensive lineman Logan Mankins, who held out the first seven games of the 2010 season in a …


Super Bowl a big Texas bust in many ways

Roads froze and airports closed. Falling ice sent six people to the hospital. Finally, seats to the big game vanished hours before kickoff. Super Bowl week in Texas was not …


Packers’ Rodgers now a champion in his own right

ARLINGTON, Texas – Absolutely no need to bring up Ol’ What’s His Name ever again. Aaron Rodgers is a Super Bowl championship quarterback in his own right. And he’s the …


Packers reign again

ARLINGTON, Texas – Someday they’ll be comparing the next Packers quarterback to Aaron Rodgers. Whoever it is, he’ll have big shoes to fill. Rodgers now can cement his name alongside …


Super Bowl features franchises that shine beyond sport itself

ARLINGTON, Texas – NFL commissioners can’t root, so Roger Goodell will just sit back and smile as he watches this Super Bowl. A season that saw pro football claim boffo …


Packers fans know better than scheduling funerals during Super Bowl

MILWAUKEE – Lifelong Packers fans understand. Nothing much gets in the way of a game, and that includes death, or at least discretionary times for funeral observances.


NFL commissioner wants to get deal done with players soon

DALLAS – Roger Goodell recognized the questioner, even kidded him. Chad Ochocinco was in no joking mood.


Super Bowl will be filled with replacement players

DALLAS – Coming out of college two years ago, Ramon Foster wasn’t good enough to be drafted by an NFL team. Around the middle of this season, Erik Walden wasn’t …


Sam Bradford wins NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award

Top draft choice, top rookie. St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford won the Associated Press 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award on Friday.


Pittsburgh’s Ward, Green Bay’s Driver act as mentors for young receivers

DALLAS – Hines Ward – soon to be all of 35 – stroked his whiskers and pondered the suggestion. Yes, he liked being called a mentor. Donald Driver, who just …


Patriots quarterback Brady runs away with AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year award

DALLAS – Tom Brady tore up the NFL with his precision passing and dynamic guidance of the New England Patriots’ offense. That was in 2007, when he ran away with …


Super Bowl offers prime example of how NFL players have expanded

ARLINGTON, Texas – Casey Hampton is listed at 325 pounds. The way his jersey stretches tautly across his biceps (and belly) suggests the real number is north of that. Asked …


Steelers’ Polamalu wins defensive player of year

Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu has won the Associated Press 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, edging Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews. Polamalu received 17 votes from a nationwide …


Anyone, anything can pick a Super Bowl winner

FORT WORTH, Texas – I always looked at the eyes. I would stare into the eyes of the Super Bowl participants, measure their responses to our weeklong inquiries, and by …


NFC builds big lead, holds on to win sloppy Pro Bowl

HONOLULU – A tropical rainstorm moved in from the Pacific and cleared just before the Pro Bowl began on Sunday. What followed was a sloppy show that was not exactly …


Chicago Bears VP McCaskey dies

CHICAGO – Tim McCaskey, the Chicago Bears’ vice president and the second-oldest of team matriarch Virginia and Ed McCaskey’s 11 children, has died. The Bears announced his death Sunday night. …


Steelers’ patchwork offensive line gets job done

PITTSBURGH – Some of Ben Roethlisberger’s first words after winning his most recent Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers were to pay tribute to his offensive line. “Who’s laughing now, …


NFC builds big lead, hangs on to win Pro Bowl

A tropical rainstorm moved in from the Pacific and cleared just before the Pro Bowl began on Sunday. What followed was a sloppy show that was not exactly riveting entertainment …


Super Bowl’s stage magnifies glaring mistakes

They are members of a fraternity they never wanted to join, united in their misery. Their initiation was the result of misfortune, incompetence or a combination of both. They have …


Green Bay’s defense focuses on wrapping up Roethlisberger

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Linebacker Desmond Bishop says the Packers began preparing for Ben Roethlisberger by watching video of how not to bring down the Steelers’ big quarterback. The lowlight …