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New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's now infamous middle finger apparently was the reaction after much heckling from fans.

FORT LAUDERDALE - Rex Ryan won't kiss anyone's rings and he apparently won't allow anyone to spit at him, either. According to Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer, Ryan flipped the now infamous middle finger at a Miami fan on Saturday night only aft...

Dementia Risk Seen in Players in N.F.L. Study

ALAN SCHWARZ The New York Times 29.09.2009
New England Patriots' linebacker Ted Johnson, left, listens to coach Pepper Johnson during an afternoon training camp in 2001.

A study commissioned by the National Football League reports that Alzheimer’s disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league’s former players vastly more often than in the national population — including a r...

Giants Win at Last Second, Spoiling Stadium Debut

JOE LAPOINTE The New York Times 20.09.2009
The Cowboys went ahead 31-30 on a touchdown run by Felix Jones with 3:40 left, but a field goal by kicker Lawrence Tynes, right, sealed the victory for the Giants at the last second.

This game had a little bit of everything and a lot of people to see it. The crowd of 105,121 was a regular-season record for the N.F.L. on a night of celebration for Texas football culture.

American Airlines Opens New Doors at Cowboys Stadium

American Airlines, the official airline of the Dallas Cowboys, is celebrating the team's move into the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, by kicking off its "Co-Owner for a Week" promotion and officially opening up the doors to the American ...

UCLA freshman quarterback Richard Brehaut has short wait time

Chris Foster Los Angeles Times 15.09.2009
UCLA freshman quarterback Richard Brehaut has short wait time

The 18-year-old, who enrolled early at UCLA so he could take part in spring practice, is expected to get the start against Kansas State as Kevin Prince is sidelined because of a fractured jaw.

At Rutgers, It’s a Not-So-Grand Opening

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The New York Times 07.09.2009
An expansion of Rutgers’s football stadium meant a crowd of 53,737 saw Mardy Gilyard’s 5-yard catch in the second quarter, one of six Cincinnati touchdowns.

Tony Pike threw for a career-high 362 yards and 3 touchdowns, and visiting Cincinnati used its high-speed, no-huddle offense to hurry past Rutgers, 47-15, on Monday.

The Dolphins Acquire Some Glamour

JUDY BATTISTA The New York Times 20.08.2009
Marc Anthony and his wife, Jennifer Lopez, at a press conference on July 21.

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins of last season were so devoid of star power that their promotional billboards featured an unsmiling image of a rookie head coach and the graying countenance of a front-office executive. During training camp earlier...

Leagues See Bloggers in the Bleachers as a Threat

KEN BELSON and TIM ARANGO The New York Times 19.08.2009
Tim Tebow, shaking hands, led Florida to a national title last season. Florida has scores of Web sites following its program.

Camera phones, hand-held video cameras and social networking sites like Twitter have turned sports fans with Web sites into instant reporters and broadcasters. But one of the nation’s leading college leagues is drawing a line in the turf.

In a Surprise, Vick Signs With the Eagles

JUDY BATTISTA The New York Times 13.08.2009
Michael Vick has not played professional football since 2006.

Michael Vick, exiled from football for two seasons, finally has a new team, and it is not one anyone expected. The Philadelphia Eagles, who have Donovan McNabb as their starting quarterback, sent a shock wave through the preseason Thursday night b...

Yankees and Sabathia Keep Cruising on the Road

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 13.08.2009
Hideki Matsui hits a two-run homer, one of two he hit on the night.

As Manager Joe Girardi stepped into the Yankees’ dugout at Safeco Field before batting practice Thursday, Ken Griffey Jr. spotted him and asked the first question at the news briefing.

Giants Hope Depth Keeps Defense Fresh

JOE LAPOINTE The New York Times 03.08.2009
Justin Tuck, far left, sat out with a sore left foot. He and Mathias Kiwanuka (94) face competition on a restocked defensive line.

Justin Tuck, a Pro Bowl defensive end, missed the first practice of training camp Monday morning with a sore left foot, but Giants fans should not be concerned.

NFL reinstates Vick, but stigma to dog him

Bob Cohn The Washington Times 27.07.2009
NFL reinstates Vick, but stigma to dog him

Michael Vick did his time, spending 20 months in federal custody after a dogfighting conviction.

Broncos star isn't a mile high about city

Mark Medina Los Angeles Times 01.07.2009
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall recently asked for a trade.Mark Duncan / Associated Press

Police report emerges in which Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall is said to tell police two years ago during DUI arrest: 'I hate Denver. I hope to get traded.'

Soldiers inspire Jerry Glanville back into service

Jerry Crowe Los Angeles Times 21.06.2009
Portland State Coach Jerry Glanville runs the Vikings through a spring practice last week.

A trip to Iraq pushes the coach back into football, first as an assistant at Hawaii and now as the coach at Portland State.

Favre targets Vikings return

Sky Sport 17.06.2009
Favre targets Vikings return

Brett Favre has finally spoken out on his latest 'will-he, won't he' retirement saga, after confirming he has had arm surgery and is interested in playing with the Minnesota Vikings next season.

Sergei Gonchar's return saved Penguins' playoff run

Helene Elliott Los Angeles Times 03.06.2009
Sergei Gonchar's return to the ice has been a lift for the Penguins.

The defenseman's shoulder injury nearly derailed Pittsburgh's season. Now the Penguins are one victory away from pulling even with Detroit in the Stanley Cup finals.

Thrash pondering whether to retire

David Elfin The Washington Times 03.06.2009
Thrash pondering whether to retire

Washington Redskins receiver James Thrash is considering whether to undergo surgery on his injured neck and attempt to play again this season or decline the surgery and retire from football.

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, left, had a close relationship with former offensive coordinator Tom Moore. While the front office tries determine how retired assistants Howard Mudd and Moore will fit into this season's coaching plans, Manning, who usually totes the company line, would like a better understanding of what to expect.

All Peyton Manning wants from the Indianapolis Colts is a game plan. It may take the team a little longer to satisfy the three-time MVP.

Inside Lineman's Helmet, Doubts and Depression

JERÉ LONGMAN The New York Times 13.05.2009
Shawn Andrews, 230 pounds at age 12, said he felt he was forced into football more because of his size than his love for the sport.

As reporters gathered earlier this month, Shawn Andrews, a two-time Eagles Pro Bowl offensive lineman who has battled depression, was told that he seemed again to be his familiar cheery self. He did seem playful. He wore a rust-colored cockscomb h...

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