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Baseball to commemorate Jackie Robinson's 100th birthday

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The league will launch a series of initiatives in tribute to Robinson during February's Black History Month activities

LEGENDARY. Jackie Robinson is the first black Major League Baseball player in history. Photo from Wikicommons

Videogamer shoots 2 dead, kills self at 'Madden NFL 19' tournament

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

The suspect of the shooting has been identified as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland

US SHOOTING. Jacksonville Sheriff's officers investigate the shooting at Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/AFP

Eagles honor accidental hero Nick Foles after Super Bowl triumph

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Foles goes toe-to-toe with New England Patriots counterpart Tom Brady in a thrilling 41-33 upset victory for the Philadelphia Eagles at the US Bank Stadium

A SPECIAL PLAYER. Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with his daughter Lily Foles after his 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

NFL: Eagles upset Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl

Feb 05, 2018 - 11:25 AM

(UPDATED) The Philadelphia Eagles pull off an upset over the New England Patriots for their first ever Super Bowl

REJOICING. The Philadelphia Eagles celebrate defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Patriots, Brady eye records vs underdog Eagles in Super Bowl

Feb 04, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Tom Brady is the oldest recipient of the NFL's Player of the year award

MVP. Tom Brady bags his 3rd MVP award in the NFL at 40 years old. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

No underdogs in Super Bowls says Brady

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Brady will play his 8th Super Bowl with the New England Patriots

GOING FOR 6. Tom Brady is chasing his 6th Super Bowl crown on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

Patriots will defend Super Bowl crown against Eagles

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The Patriots could match Pittsburgh's record 6 Super Bowl triumphs on Sunday, February 4

TITLE DEFENSE. The Patriots are looking to defending the Super Bowl Crown against the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP

NFL: Justin Timberlake to headline Super Bowl halftime show

Oct 23, 2017 - 9:15 AM

It will be the third time that Timberlake performs in the halftime show of the league's championship spectacular

BACK AT THE SUPER BOWL. In this file photo, singer/actor Justin Timberlake attends the Hollywood Reporter's 5th Annual Nominees Night on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Valerie Macon/AFP

Wave of protests grip NFL after Trump urges fan boycott

Sep 25, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Trump ignites a firestorm of criticism after comments on Friday, September 22, in which he described NFL players who chose to take a knee through renditions of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as 'sons of bitches' who should be fired

IN PROTEST. Maurice Smith #27 and Julius Thomas #89 kneel with Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins during the National Anthem prior to an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

Any given Sunday: PAFL brings gridiron hard knocks to Makati

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Philippine American Football League kicks off its second season at Circuit Makati with 5 teams on September 10

SECOND DOWN. The Philippine American Football League kicks off its second season at a new venue, with old challenges to overcome. Photo from PAFL's Facebook

Brain damage found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players – study

Jul 26, 2017 - 11:01 AM

The NFL has faced growing scrutiny in recent years linked to the issue of concussions and head trauma

BRAIN DAMAGE. Researchers examining the brains of deceased NFL players have found that 99% of them showed signs of degenerative disease. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

NFL Commissioner Goodell says league won't soon approve marijuana use

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Goodell s comments Friday met with criticism from former NFL players who have argued in favor of relaxing marijuana rules

NFL: Patriots stun Falcons to win Super Bowl

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:22 PM

The New England Patriots overturn a 28 3 third quarter deficit to snatch a sensational victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Houston s NRG Stadium

CHAMPIONS! Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy as Head coach Bill Belichick (R) looks on after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Patriots, Falcons chase history at Super Bowl

Feb 05, 2017 - 1:01 PM

More than 100 million homes across the United States and millions more worldwide will tune in for the American football showpiece in Houston

MVP. Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, this season's Most Valuable Player, walks on the field during the Super Bowl LI team walk through at NRG Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Roethlisberger mulls future, hints at retirement

Jan 25, 2017 - 11:07 AM

With family and health concerns in mind Ben Roethlisberger is considering walking away from football

'Walking legend' Tom Brady seizes all-time win mark

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:53 PM

Tom Brady notches his 201st NFL triumph breaking the all time record for wins by a quarterback

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots looks on during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Former NFL star Tebow hits homer on baseball debut

Sep 29, 2016 - 1:10 PM

I feel like every day I m getting a little more comfortable says Tebow

NFL: Forte's 3 touchdowns lead Jets over Bills

Sep 16, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick also shines against his former team as the Jets improve to 1 1

Kaepernick booed after latest anthem boycott in San Diego

Sep 02, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Kaepernick triggered furious debate over his decision to sit during the playing of The Star Spangled Banner

SITTING STAND. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has polarized the sports world with his protest of race relations in America. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

NFL: Cowboys owner upset after star rookie visited marijuana store

Aug 27, 2016 - 12:38 PM

The 21 year old Elliot signed a 4 year deal with Dallas in May worth an estimated 24 9 million including a 16 3 million signing bonus

Colts quarterback Luck signs richest deal in NFL history

Jun 30, 2016 - 1:56 PM

Andrew Luck will remain in Indianapolis after signing a 6 year extension worth 140 million

Super Bowl 50: Dominant defense leads Broncos past Panthers

Feb 08, 2016 - 11:23 AM

UPDATED Denver is able to win the NFL title for the 3rd in the franchise s 8th Super Bowl appearance

SPORTSMANSHIP. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (R) and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (L) together after the end of the NFL's Super Bowl 50 between the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, USA, February 7, 2016. John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Super Bowl viewing party... in space

Feb 08, 2016 - 9:22 AM

Hosted Super Bowl party on the International Space Station but no one showed up I would have served nachos

SUPER BOWL IN SPACE. A photo taken by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly showing a broadcast of the Super Bowl 50 aboard the International Space Station, February 7, 2016. Scott Kelly/NASA

LIVE BLOG: Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers

Feb 07, 2016 - 10:51 PM

It s the best of the AFC taking on the best of the NFC

Gabe Norwood hopes brother Jordan will increase NFL popularity in Philippines

Jan 31, 2016 - 2:52 PM

Norwood plans on flying out to Santa Clara to watch his brother compete in Super Bowl 50

D-day looms for NFL teams eyeing LA move

Jan 12, 2016 - 2:09 PM

The St Louis Rams the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders all hope to persuade the 32 owners of the NFL to vote in favor of their applications to move to Los Angeles

NFL: 8 inducted into American Football Hall of Fame

Aug 09, 2015 - 1:46 PM

Sydney Seau daughter of the late Junior Seau gives a passionate speech during the ceremony

Patriots super duo Brady, Belichick far from done

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:51 AM

Brady and Belichick endures to become arguably the most successful coach quarterback pairing ever

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (L) and head coach Bill Belichick (R) talk on the field. CJ Gunther/EPA

NFL playoffs quick guide - Wild Card Round

Jan 03, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Excited for the NFL playoffs wild card round? Here s a quick guide for you

NFL playoffs open with Steelers' star rusher ruled out

Jan 03, 2015 - 9:23 AM

The team confirms star running back LeVeon Bell will be sidelined after hyperextending his right knee

NO BELL. The Steelers hoped to have LeVeon Bell (#26) – whose 1,361 rushing yards were second in the league – for Saturday's matchup with arch-rivals Baltimore. File Photo by Jared Wickerham/AFP

Former NFL star Sharper charged with rape

Feb 15, 2014 - 7:46 PM

Former National Football League star Darren Sharper was charged Friday with drugging and raping two women he met in a California nightclub accusations similar to those he faces in three other US states

IN COURT. Former American football player Darren Sharper appears in a Los Angeles court. Photo by Liz O. Baylen/EPA

NFL: Deaf Seattle rusher living dream in Super Bowl

Jan 29, 2014 - 12:29 PM

Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman has been deaf since he was three years old but determination and hearing aids have helped him live a dream by reaching Sunday s Super Bowl

SEAHAWK ATTACK. Fullback Derrick Coleman, shown during a game against New Orleans Saints in December, was born deaf. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images/AFP

Broncos lose injured cornerback Harris for playoff run

Jan 14, 2014 - 12:35 PM

The Denver Broncos will have to weather the playoffs sans a vital cog in their defensive unit as cornerback Chris Harris is ruled out due to a torn left knee ligament

OUT FOR THE PLAYOFFS. Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (right) won't be around to help the Broncos for the remainder of the playoffs due to a torn left knee ligament. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Fil-Am NFLer Doug Baldwin talks Yolanda, playoffs, lumpia

Jan 08, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Fil Am wide receiver Doug Baldwin of the NFL s Seattle Seahawks says his Tacloban City based family is all safe and accounted for following Typhoon Yolanda as he turns his attention to the New Orleans Saints this weekend

EYE ON THE PRIZE. With his Tacloban-based family safe, Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin looks to lead his team to a playoff win this weekend. Photo courtesy Seahawks official Twitter.

Jumping, screaming football fans cause minor quake

Dec 04, 2013 - 1:34 PM

Thousands of jumping and screaming sports fans at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle literally cause the earth to shake at a magnitude of between 1 and 2

THE PLAY THAT SHOOK SEATTLE. Defensive end Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for a touchdown after recovering a fumble against the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images/AFP

Makati-born Tebow steps up for Haiyan survivors

Nov 30, 2013 - 4:30 PM

Tim Tebow through his foundation launches an aid initiative to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

TEBOWING. Tim Tebows prays along sideline. Photo by CJ Gunther/EPA

NFL: Patriots cut quarterback Tebow

Sep 01, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Tim Tebow vowed to continue his pursuit of an NFL quarterback job as he was cut by the New England Patriots as part of their pre season roster reduction

SCUTTLED. Tebow's career was scuttled in New York. Photo from Tebow's Facebook page.

Jets waive Tebow after disappointing season

Apr 30, 2013 - 2:36 PM

After a disappointing season for both parties the New York Jets released Tim Tebow

SCUTTLED. Tebow's career was scuttled in New York. Photo from Tebow's Facebook page.

Super Bowl hero Flacco eyes new contract

Feb 05, 2013 - 9:26 AM

Joe Flacco has his Super Bowl MVP trophy and his first NFL championship ring and now the Baltimore Ravens quarterback says it is time to negotiate a new contract

Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Ravens won 34-31 against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Ravens survive 49ers' charge to win Super Bowl XLVII

Feb 04, 2013 - 11:51 AM

UPDATED The Baltimore Ravens fended off a second half onslaught by the San Francisco 49ers 34 31 to emerge as champions of Super Bowl XLVII

Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens holds aloft the Vince Lombardi Trophy following their 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Super Bowl resumes after power outage halts game

Feb 04, 2013 - 10:15 AM

UPDATED The Super Bowl America s iconic sporting spectacle resumed Sunday February 3 after being halted for 35 minutes by a power outage at the Louisiana Superdome the first such mishap in its history

STADIUM HALF-DARK. A power outage brings Super Bowl XLVII to a halt leaving the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers waiting for half the lights in the Louisiana Superdome to be restored February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Head injury risks in spotlight in US sport

Jan 24, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Concussion has become a major concern in American football and ice hockey as star players are sidelined and former players increasingly speak out about the long term health effects of head injuries

Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots gets tackled with his helmet by Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

Captivated by hoax, US learns about 'catfishing'

Jan 21, 2013 - 10:08 PM

A spectacular hoax involving a popular US sportsman s fake dead girlfriend has put a spotlight on a practice known as catfishing and raised fresh concerns about news media fact checking

Manti Te'o #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish warms up prior to playing against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

NFL prospect Te'o 'embarrassed' by girlfriend hoax

Jan 17, 2013 - 3:16 PM

Manti Te o a star linebacker at Notre Dame University who will be a top prospect in this year s NFL draft says he s embarrassed that he fell for a fabricated girlfriend

Manti Te'o #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish warms up prior to playing against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

NFL: Chiefs player Belcher dead in stadium suicide

Dec 02, 2012 - 7:31 AM

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot himself at the NFL team s Arrowhead Stadium Saturday December 1 after apparently shooting and killing his girlfriend

US college coach Sandusky jailed for life for child sex

Oct 10, 2012 - 7:45 AM

Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse in June after a trial in which he was found guilty of molesting 10 children over a 15 year period meeting them through a charity he founded for troubled youth

SENTENCED. Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in his child sex abuse case on October 9, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The 68-year-old Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years and not more that 60 years in prison for his conviction in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including while he was the defensive coordinator for the Penn State college football team. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP