Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez found to have advanced CTE

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Hernandez had stage 3 CTE, with stage 4 being the most severe form of the disease, researchers say. The illness is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.

HEAD TRAUMA. Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison in April 2015 for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose bloodied body was found less than a mile from Hernandez's luxury Massachusetts home in 2013. Hernandez was appealing the conviction at the time of his suicide. File photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

Kaepernick will eventually be signed by a team, NFL commish Goodell believes

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:04 AM

Pressed on whether he felt Kaepernick was good enough to earn a place on an NFL roster Goodell replied: I m not a football expert

BLACKLISTED. Colin Kaepernick's failure to find a team when several less talented players have managed to win contracts has led to speculation that Kaepernick is paying the price for his activism. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

NFL player Bennett alleges police brutality after Mayweather-McGregor

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:22 AM

The Seattle Seahawks star player claims he was targeted by law enforcement because of his ethnicity

HAWK DOWN. Michael Bennett says he had a guns drawn on him by Las Vegas police for 'nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.' Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images/AFP

Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED Millions have been raised across the US sports world for Harvey relief

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 player Whitehead says his dog was stolen and is being held for ransom

Jul 18, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Dallas Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead says his pitbull has been stolen and that a 10 000 ransom has been demanded for its return

STOLEN POOCH. Lucky Whitehead says he has agreed to pay the ransom but has not heard back from the thieves about his dog Blitz. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

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

Aaron Hernandez's brain to be studied for signs of trauma

Apr 21, 2017 - 10:15 AM

With his death officially ruled a suicide the family of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wants to find out if he had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

STUDY. The family of Aaron Hernandez wants to release his brain to Boston University as part of their research into the effects of concussions. File photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

Disgraced ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison

Apr 19, 2017 - 7:26 PM

The 27 year old Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell after he used a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window

THE END. Aaron Hernandez, seen during  a 2013 court hearing, had beat two murder counts but was already serving life without parole for a previous conviction. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

Trump leads Twitter praise of 'amazing' Patriots

Feb 06, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Personalities congratulate Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for their Super Bowl 51 victory

A general view of the field following the Patriots 34-28 win over the Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Brady hails mental toughness after Patriots miracle win

Feb 06, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Tom Brady 39 insisted his team had never given up even after falling 28 3 behind in the third quarter

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots looks to pass late in the game against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/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

Lady Gaga promises Super Bowl message of inclusion

Feb 03, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The only statements I ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I have been consistently making throughout my career says Lady Gaga

GAGA FOR FOOTBALL. Lady Gaga, seen showing off her throwing arm at a Super Bowl press event, will occupy a prominent podium in Houston during halftime. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback ever?

Feb 03, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Former NFL coaches and players believe Brady will be in a class of his own with another Super Bowl victory

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

Tom Brady baffled by Donald Trump questions

Jan 24, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Why does everybody make such a big deal? Brady asks I don t understand it

BAFFLED. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots asks 'why does everybody make such a big deal' out of his friendship with US President Donald Trump? Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Falcons, Patriots to clash in Super Bowl showpiece

Jan 23, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Tom Brady 39 will now be chasing a record equaling fifth Super Bowl crown in Houston on February 5

SUPER BOWL-BOUND.Tom Brady of the New England Patriots attempts a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Packers boot top-seeded Cowboys in NFL thriller

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:54 PM

A 51 yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining sends the Dallas Cowboys home and the Green Bay Packers into the NFC Championship game

PACKED IN. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will play the Atlanta Falcons for the right to play in the Super Bowl. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP

Ryan shines as Falcons advance to NFC title game

Jan 15, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Ryan throws three touchdowns to record another playoff victory against the Seahawks

Seahawks, Texans advance in NFL playoffs

Jan 08, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Seattle books a showdown with the Atlanta Falcons while Houston will meet either the New England Patriots or Kansas City Chiefs

ON TO THE NEXT. Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks marched past the Detroit Lions. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Packers, Lions reach NFL playoffs as Chiefs, Falcons earn byes

Jan 02, 2017 - 1:44 PM

The playoff picture takes form after the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions

CHEESE NATION. Aaron Rodgers threw 4 touchdowns in a playoff-clinching victory. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Dallas Cowboys equal franchise record with 13th win

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:37 PM

The Cowboys rout the Detroit Lions 42 21 to prevent the Lions from clinching their own NFL playoff berth

HOW BOUT THEM BOYS. Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys equalled the franchise's record for wins in an NFL season with one more game to be played. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Giants, Texans, Falcons reach NFL playoffs while Raiders lose Carr

Dec 25, 2016 - 6:52 PM

The NFL playoff picture takes shape with just one week left in the regular season

RAIDERS OF THE LOST QB. The Raiders took a major hit to their title hopes when quarterback Derek Carr was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter. He'll have surgery on his fractured fibula and be replaced by the unheralded Matt McGloin. Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images/AFP

Former Ravens, Jets player dead at 29 after aneurysm

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:54 AM

The 29 year old died on Monday just over two weeks after an operation on November 28

PASSED AWAY. Konrad Reuland #88 of the New York Jets, seen here making a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles on August 29, 2013, has passed away at 29 years old. File Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

NFL: Giants, only team to beat Cowboys this season, do it again

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:03 PM

An Odell Beckham touchdown in the third quarter snaps the Cowboys 11 game winning streak and keeps the Giants playoff hopes alive

HOW BOUT THEM GIANTS. Odell Beckham says plans for the Cowboys to celebrate clinching the NFC West title at Giants Stadium motivated the team. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

'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

NFL: Manning tosses 3 TDs as gambling Giants beat Bengals

Nov 15, 2016 - 4:46 PM

The Giants moved to 6 3 after a risky gamble late pays off at home

CLOSE WIN. The New York Giants held on to win following a risky fourth down touchdown pass late in the game. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron fears NFL losing fun as NBA, MLB ratings surge

Nov 08, 2016 - 6:52 PM

James notes how several top NFL players have said the NFL is more and more becoming the No Fun League

LeBron James (R) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during a campaign rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium on November 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

NFL player Poyer suffers lacerated kidney injury after blindside hit

Oct 17, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Cleveland Browns safety Jordan Poyer is sent to the hospital for further evaluation of possible concussion and an abdominal injury

MAN DOWN. Cleveland Browns safety Jordan Poyer was injured by a blindside hit in Sunday's loss. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images/AFP

Controversial Kaepernick set for first NFL start this season

Oct 12, 2016 - 3:12 AM

Colin Kaepernick the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has polarized audiences by protesting the US national anthem will start against the Buffalo Bills

STARTING QB. Colin Kaepernick will get his chance to make his statement on the field against the Bills. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Former NFL bad boy Greg Hardy now pursuing MMA career

Oct 12, 2016 - 2:58 AM

After repeated brushes with the law damaged his reputation in the NFL Greg Hardy is looking towards a career in mixed martial arts

GRIDIRON TO THE CAGE. Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has found a new outlet to express himself. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Tom Brady makes NFL return with a vengeance

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:37 PM

Brady makes his return from a 4 game Deflategate suspension throwing for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns

PATRIOT MISSILES. The Patriots entered at 3-1 by the time Tom Brady made his return from suspension, and Brady made sure they were 4-1 after. Photo by Jason Miller/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: Newton makes T-shirt protest after Charlotte shooting

Sep 26, 2016 - 2:03 PM

Cam Newton wears a T shirt bearing a famous Martin Luther King Jr quote during warmup before the Carolina Panthers game versus the Minnesota Vikings

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers makes a call at the line against the Minnesota Vikings. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

NFL: Kaepernick says he received death threats over anthem protest

Sep 21, 2016 - 8:43 AM

The 49ers quarterback says his protest of the US national anthem has led to death threats he says

Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images/AFP

NFL: Ravens mourn cancer death of assistant coach Brooks

Sep 18, 2016 - 1:27 PM

Clarence Brooks passes away at age 65 of esophageal and stomach cancer

R.I.P. Baltimore Ravens assistant coach Clarence Brooks passes away. Photo from the Ravens Twitter account

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

NFL players protest anthem on 15th anniversary of 9/11

Sep 12, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Several NFL players join San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick s controversial protest against racial inequality on the 15th anniversary of the 9 11 attacks

An overall view of CenturyLink Field during the playing of the National Anthem at an NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins on September 11, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images/AFP

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

Tim Tebow's baseball tryout draws mixed reviews

Sep 01, 2016 - 2:03 PM

Tebow s workout draws 46 scouts from 28 major league teams with one saying he was better than I expected

NFL star Kaepernick explains decision to protest US national anthem

Aug 29, 2016 - 3:56 PM

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has angered some by refusing to stand for the national anthem

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

Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at age 67

Jul 23, 2016 - 3:39 AM

Green who coached the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals dies after suffering a heart attack

GRID IRON MENTOR. Dennis Green made 8 playoff appearances during his 10 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the NFC Championship game in 1998 and 2000. Photo by Marcos Delgado/EPA

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

Ex-NFL star charged with raping developmentally disabled woman

May 04, 2016 - 1:42 PM

Former San Francisco 49ers player Dana Stubblefield angrily denies the charges with his lawyer calling it a money grab

CHARGED. Former San Francisco 49ers player claims the encounter was consensual. Photo from

WATCH: NFL draft pick celebrates by jumping in pool

May 02, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Scooby Wright celebrates being drafted by the Cleveland Browns by hopping a fence and landing in a pool fully clothed

BIG PLUNGE. Scooby Wright takes a dip after getting picked. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter stung by stall in user growth

Apr 27, 2016 - 3:05 PM

The number of monthly active users on Twitter is 310 million up only 3 from a year ago

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 11, 2013 shows the logo of social networking website 'Twitter' is displayed on a computer screen in London. Twitter shares nosedived April 26, 2016 after a quarterly update showed little change in its user base and the messaging platform delivered weaker-than-expected revenue growth. The company posted a loss for the first quarter of 2016 of $80 million, compared with a loss of $162 million in the same period a year ago. Revenues meanwhile jumped 36 percent year-over-year to $595 million.  / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

Sports world mourns music legend Prince

Apr 22, 2016 - 2:14 PM

The music legend has had a deep relationship with sports including what many consider to be the greatest Super Bowl halftime performance in history

SUPER PERFORMANCE. Prince brought down the house at the Super Bowl in 2007. Photo by Jeff Haynes/AFP

NFL studying possibility of China game

Mar 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM

A possible game in Germany is also being considered

NFL IN CHINA? The NFL is studying the possibility of staging a regular season game in China. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP