Hidden inside Terrance Knighton's gargantuan body listed generously at 330 pounds is a former tight end who dreams of playing offense.
Colin Kaepernick hit Michael Crabtree for a 3-yard touchdown pass following a blocked punt, and the San Francisco 49ers led the Chicago Bears 10-0 after one quarter Sunday night.
Philip Rivers has been throwing passes to Antonio Gates for nine seasons now, so games like Sunday's are bound to happen.
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson's booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided for not responding strongly enough to acts of domestic...
The face of the franchise was nowhere to be found as the Minnesota Vikings flailed away against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and it's not clear when, if ever, Adrian Peterson will rejoin them.
By The Associated Press After a tough week off the field, the NFL got back to playing - and the focus turned to big-name players who were injured all over the league.
The New England Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson's absence, though he might not have made much of a difference.
Cam Newton showed he has no intention of changing the way he plays the game.
Robert Griffin III hobbled through the Washington Redskins' locker room on crutches, the kind of scene that has become so familiar.
Mike Pettine received a Gatorade bath and looked forward to smoking a cigar. Brian Hoyer wanted to hold onto the feeling as long as possible.
Robert Griffin III's season is in jeopardy after he dislocated his left ankle in the first quarter of the Washington Redskins' win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera had a change of heart Sunday, benching defensive end Greg Hardy before the team's 24-7 win against the Detroit Lions.
The Dallas Cowboys avoided an 0-2 start by bouncing back in a big way thanks to a dominating performance from DeMarco Murray and their beleaguered defense.
By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer This has been the NFL's worst week.
By JOHN MARSHALL AP College Football Writer Breaking down the ballots for the AP Top 25 and wrapping up college football's third weekend.
Johnny Manziel has made his NFL regular-season debut, coming off the bench for the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter Sunday against New Orleans.
By JOHN MARSHALL AP College Football Writer South Carolina's win over Georgia vaulted the Gamecocks 10 spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference...
Fans wearing red bandannas stormed the field in a raucous celebration of Boston College's first victory over a top 10 team in a decade.
Solid ground isn't always a certainty. Sinkholes can lurk anywhere, beneath suburban homes, city streets or even football stadiums and museums.
No. 24 South Carolina's defense showed it's not nearly as bad as it looked two weeks ago - and maybe that No. 6 Georgia isn't the runaway favorite in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division.
No. 12 UCLA got the ball to start both halves Saturday night after Texas botched the opening coin toss.
Ray Rice attended a football game at his high school in a New York City suburb Saturday, his first public appearance since a video surfaced showing him punching the woman who became his wife.
By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker won't be suiting up on Sunday.
By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer It's an enduring fact of life in the NFL: If a player has talent, a team will find a place for him, no matter how bad his off-the-field profile might be.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he supports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, stating he "has always had the best interests of football at heart" and "we are fortunate to have him."
The last time anyone saw this much of Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti he was celebrating the 2012 Super Bowl victory, clutching the Vince Lombardi Trophy and sharing the moment with coaches, players and fans.
Hours after the players' union voted Friday to accept an NFL proposal on drug policy changes that included HGH testing, the league says it is not a done deal.
Authorities in Texas issued an arrest warrant Friday for star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on a charge of child abuse for using a branch to spank his son. He was swiftly benched by...
Wes Welker has passed concussion protocol and could be back on the field as soon as Sunday if the NFL signs off on a new drug policy approved by the players' union.
Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's locker is still filled with his belongings, his orange helmet hanging on a hook while he's been kept away from the team.
By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer During a week filled with a hideous hodgepodge of racism, domestic violence and homicide, sports offered little escape and even less accountability.
By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer Roger Goodell's imperious enforcement of the NFL's personal conduct policy made him a feared adversary of 300-pound linemen, established him as the most powerful -...
The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population.
Television executives say they want minimize replays of video showing Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee with one punch. In practice, it has proved hard to resist.
You think fall weddings are inconvenient for college football fans? Imagine being a coach with a daughter who has her heart set on a Saturday in late September.
By MAE ANDERSON and TOM MURPHY AP Business Writers Major brand sponsors are watching closely to make sure the National Football League doesn't fumble the investigation into how its executives handled...
Johnny Manziel felt as if he was watching himself.
Many wondered if the Baltimore Ravens were resilient enough to overcome the distraction of losing Ray Rice and the emotional stress caused by his release from the team.
By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Sixth-ranked Georgia can stamp itself the favorite in the SEC East when it visits No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday in this week's only Top 25 matchup.
The dismissal of Ray Rice wasn't a distraction for the Baltimore Ravens.
Music blared from the purple bus, and Baltimore Ravens fan Racquel Bailey stood with drink in hand amid her usual tailgate buddies while making a bold fashion statement: a black, rhinestone-decorated jersey with the white...
At least six television networks said Thursday they plan to stop or minimize airings of video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious, footage that has called...
The debut of CBS' "Thursday Night Football" broadcast was revised because of controversy surrounding the video of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said.
The two NFL owners overseeing the investigation into how the league pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case pledged Thursday to make the findings of the probe public, and said their goal was "to...
By SEAN CARLIN Associated Press New Jersey law advises that those who commit violent crimes should "generally be rejected" from the program Ray Rice was allowed into instead of potentially facing jail...
Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy returned to practice Thursday, one day after being excused from work to meet with his attorney.
The two NFL team owners overseeing the investigation of the league's pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice case say the findings will be made public.
Sixteen female senators from both parties called on the National Football League Thursday to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence.
By The Associated Press Associated Press Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and...
NBA star Paul George defended Ray Rice on Twitter, then backtracked less than an hour later by deleting the posts and apologizing to women and victims of domestic violence.
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A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted the league didn't see the violent images until...
The San Francisco 49ers suspended veteran broadcaster Ted Robinson on Wednesday night for the next two games following comments this week on a San Francisco radio station about the Ray Rice domestic violence case that were...
The NFL says former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Members of Congress from both parties on Wednesday questioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence and is still playing. Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers also remains active while he is being investigated for...
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Outside linebacker John Abraham has left the Arizona Cardinals and is considering retiring from the game.
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.
When the football schedule came out for Rutgers' inaugural Big Ten Conference season, Eric LeGrand and Adam Taliaferro came up with something special for the Penn State game.
The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the Washington Redskins nickname is "offensive and derogatory."
Four days after opening the season by losing to a division foe at home, the Baltimore Ravens face their most-hated rival in a pivotal game Thursday night.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a memo to the 32 teams reiterating that the NFL never saw until Monday the video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee that led to Rice's indefinite suspension and release by the...
Video game publisher Electronic Arts is removing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice from its recently released Madden NFL 15 title, the latest company to pull its support for the player.
By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Consider what No. 24 South Carolina is facing Saturday when it plays No. 6 Georgia.
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said Tuesday that he will let "due process take its course" before deciding whether to discipline Ray McDonald after the defensive tackle was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer The Seattle Seahawks didn't need a "Fail Mary" to beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 1.
The 2014 Fashion Rocks was all about booing and booty.
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The 2014 Fashion Rocks was all about booing and booty.
As questions arose about how the NFL investigated domestic violence allegations against Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, video showing the ex-Ravens running back...
The 32 player representatives to the union have delayed a vote on the NFL's proposal for changes to the drug policy that potentially could implement HGH testing.
Contestants from Florida and Ohio won the first night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant on a night that saw one of the contestants collapse onstage.
Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula took a highly aggressive approach by bidding an NFL-record $1.4 billion to get the Buffalo Bills and keep them in western New York.
At Penn State, bowl games and packed stadiums under Joe Paterno yielded to scandal, suffering and sanctions at the abuses of Jerry Sandusky.
Welcome to Baltimore - no longer the football home of Ray Rice.
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation.
NBC is certainly ready for some football, given how the NFL's return enabled the network to flatten its competition last week.
By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Ray Rice's indefinite suspension from the NFL for domestic violence will cost him income from endorsements in addition to his $4 million in salary.
San Diego's defense held up well when the offense sputtered.
By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Football is a fraternity, and NFL players rarely criticize each other publicly, especially when it comes to matters of discipline.
The formal bids to buy the Buffalo Bills have been submitted, and a prospective ownership candidate could be selected as early as Tuesday.
Malcom Floyd caught a 6-yard touchdown pass and San Diego set up another score by forcing a fumble on the next drive, helping the Chargers to a 17-6 lead over the Arizona Cardinals after three quarters on Monday night.
Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.
Matthew Stafford was at his best when improvising - and that alone may be a sign of improvement.
President Barack Obama is speaking out against domestic violence in the wake of Ray Rice's termination by the Baltimore Ravens.
Robert Mathis likely won't get a chance to defend his NFL sacks title.
By RALPH D. RUSSO and MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Penn State football got out from under the most severe on-field sanctions imposed on it two years ago over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal,...
Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans, will be out 4-6 weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday.
The Pac-12 Conference reprimanded and fined Southern California athletic director Pat Haden $25,000 on Monday for coming down to the field at Stanford Stadium and confronting game officials.
By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer Johnny Manziel did not throw a pass.
By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Baylor didn't need quarterback Bryce Petty to score.
Cam Newton will be back under center for the Carolina Panthers' home opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Serena Williams is building a new house, complete with a karaoke room and a purse room for her "bag problem."
One week in, the AFC East has a decidedly different look than usual.
After riding shotgun to Peyton Manning's high-octane offense all of last year, Denver's defense had the five-time MVP's back for once.
Joplo Bartu recovered the crucial fumble. Matt Ryan threw for some impressive records.
Andrew Luck nearly spoiled the party at Peyton's place.
Chip Kelly's halftime message to his team was simple: Execute.
Da Coach has weighed in on Da Campaign for Illinois governor.
Johnny Manziel's time is coming. For now, the most famous backup quarterback in football is merely a student.
Joe Philbin prefers simple messages. Not even trailing New England by 10 points at halftime of the season opener could get the Miami coach to change his tone.
Matt Ryan has turned in plenty of impressive performances for the Atlanta Falcons.
The Cincinnati Bengals had given away a 15-point lead, were still in search of their first touchdown and seemed poised to absorb another devastating defeat in their personal House of Pain.
The St. Louis Rams were determined not to let Adrian Peterson embarrass them again. The Minnesota Vikings found another way to catch them with their pants down.
By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Breaking down the ballots for the AP Top 25 and wrapping up college football's second weekend.
Steve Spurrier has learned a bit more about No. 24 South Carolina - and likes what he's discovering.
The Carolina Panthers opened the season Sunday with Cam Newton on the sideline.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner was talking about his team being shut out for the first time in 30 years.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn had several reasons for leaving quarterback Nick Marshall on the field through the third quarter of a blowout victory.
A small group of people are protesting the name of the Washington Redksins outside the stadium before the team's game against Houston.
By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The NFL has spiced up the end of the regular season with a steady diet of division matchups. It hasn't done a bad job of juicing the opening weekend with just...
Urban Meyer knows that if things don't get better soon his Ohio State Buckeyes might just face more defeats down the road like the one they were handed in front of the biggest home crowd ever.
Everett Golson and Notre Dame said so long to Michigan with a devastating parting shot. When it was over, the Fighting Irish celebrated their most lopsided victory in the history of the series - and the only thing playing...
Anthony Jennings to Travin Dural. Get used to it.
Trailing Michigan State 27-18 in the third quarter and facing a third-and-10, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota found himself confronting a decision while on the run: Either pitch the ball to freshman Royce Freeman, or try...
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had no problem getting the ball to just about everyone.
New Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian smiled, pumped his fist and threw his arms in the air as his players jumped around the sideline at Stanford Stadium.
Oregon is known for its nimble spread offense, while Michigan State is known for its stout 4-3 defense.
For about a quarter, it looked as if Kansas State was going to get run out of Ames.
Desperation brought out the best in Ameer Abdullah.
Alabama's quarterbacks both got auditions for the starting job, but it's not clear yet who will win the role.
The players' union says the NFL has asked for the right to immediately suspend players who are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer If history is any guide, Michael Sam should be getting ready for his first NFL game.
Maybe only a coincidence, but the Browns put rookie Johnny Manziel's locker in a corner near the equipment room, next to an NFL-issued poster that says: "Your Off-Field Conduct Matters."
Andrew Luck has always tried to deflect the spotlight.
The coaches have changed, and so have the players. The drama has remained the same.
One of the nation's largest newspapers says it will no longer use the name Redskins when writing about Washington's NFL team.
The NCAA and 11 conferences that have played major college football in recent years have filed a motion to dismiss two antitrust lawsuits that accuse the association of illegally capping compensation to athletes.
The ceremony was brief, lasting less than 10 minutes. The Seattle Seahawks celebrated the accomplishment of winning their first Super Bowl title last season, unveiling the championship banner and giving their fans one more...
Russell Wilson made sure everyone knew Percy Harvin was healthy. Marshawn Lynch bullied his way to another 100-yard rushing performance.
Before the defending Super Bowl champions Seahawks took on the Green Bay Packers, another Seattle favorite played.
An attorney said Florida State is investigating the sexual assault case involving Jameis Winston in an effort to determine if the Seminoles quarterback violated the student code of conduct policy.
Tom Brady is nursing a calf injury that forced him to miss practice for New England's opener Sunday at Miami.
The Panthers are sounding less and less optimistic that Cam Newton will be ready for the team's regular season opener Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is closely watching San Francisco defensive lineman Ray McDonald's case after the institution of a new policy on domestic violence.
In a week that should be filled with talk about another Super Bowl run and the pomp and circumstance of finally playing the much-hyped season opener, the San Francisco 49ers once again find themselves dealing with...
A group campaigning for the Washington Redskins to change their name is sending a letter to broadcasters requesting that Redskins not be uttered on the public airwaves.
By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Fail Mary.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen was working the sideline of a preseason NFL game last month as an unaffiliated neurological consultant when a team's position coach asked him to take a look at a player who was showing signs of a...
Pat Narduzzi will have enough to worry about when Michigan State takes on Oregon this weekend, so the talkative defensive coordinator dismissed the idea that jet lag or the heat might play a significant role in the outcome.
Carlie Irsay-Gordon spent the early part of Colts practice chatting with general manager Ryan Grigson, taking notes and re-acclimating herself to a task she now knows well: Filling in for her father.
Michael Sam waded through a crowd of reporters and was settling in front of yet another bank of cameras when someone asked if this was what it was like in St. Louis.
More people were interested in watching a celebration of television's recent past than in seeing anything new on television last week.
The family of Junior Seau has opted out of a proposed NFL legal settlement with former players over concussion-related injuries.
Wes Welker. Robert Mathis. Aldon Smith. Josh Gordon.
By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Your fantasy draft is over and now you're left with a bunch of players, waiting and wondering if they'll make good on your predictions.
The Denver Broncos will be without Wes Welker for the first four games of the season after the NFL said the receiver violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
True innovation in the NFL can be tough. Successful schemes breed imitations and force opponents to adjust. Eventually, even for the soundest of systems, the code is bound to be cracked.
By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, though he won't play right away.
J.J. Watt couldn't sleep on Monday night after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Houston Texans.
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have made it clear they have zero tolerance for domestic violence and consider defensive tackle Ray McDonald's arrest a serious matter.
Just call him Kenny Trill.
This story involves a rookie quarterback, a banker turned NFL replacement official, a touchdown that should not have been and actor Cary Elwes.
By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer The Seattle Seahawks are still on top. Soon, they'll have to start proving it again.
The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded...
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer The Big Ten has been fighting a perception for the last few years that it has fallen a step behind the rest of the major college football world, and Michigan State...
Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler missed part of practice Tuesday to undergo a procedure on one of his toes.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated Tuesday that the team will not tolerate domestic violence.
Texas A&M makes a big jump in the AP Top 25 after the most impressive performance of the opening weekend of college football. Florida State and Alabama lost some support in the first poll of the regular season after...
San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.
Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season.
Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday.
By KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone.
Cam Newton is back in pads - dramatically oversized pads.
Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor's first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium.
RG3 in bronze and boats on the water at Baylor.
When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise.
Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation.
Michael Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a few hours after clearing waivers.
Looking for a way to calm a jittery first-time starting quarterback, No. 2 Alabama broke out the no-huddle offense for a while against West Virginia.
Jameis Winston and No. 1 Florida State might have to play better for a return trip to the stadium where the next national title will be decided.