Football

6:17am

Fri September 6, 2013

Manning's Record Night Routs Ravens

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That was certainly an impressive way to open the NFL season wasn't it? Sending an NFL record 7 touchdowns through the air, Peyton Manning and the Broncos beat the defending champion Baltimore Ravens 49-27. Manning was 27-of-42 for 462 yards for the night.
Source: Denverpost
Did Manning exact revenge against the Ravens for the city of Denver? Not completely. There was no tomorrow when the Ravens rallied to beat the Broncos 38-35 in double overtime during a frigid January playoff game in Denver. There are essentially 15 more tomorrows in this 16-game NFL season.

12:15am

Wed September 4, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Why Keep Athletes Eligible But Uneducated?

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 2:31 pm

Ersin Kisacik iStockphoto.com

Each football season brings exciting plays and game heroes, but Frank Deford says the real heroes are often overlooked.

As another school year and college football season gets underway, Deford looks at the frustrations and challenges facing educators to keep student athletes eligible.

Click on the audio link above to hear Deford's take on this issue.

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11:28am

Thu August 29, 2013
Sports

NFL, Retirees Reach $765M Settlement On Concussions Suits

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 12:45 pm

Junior Seau sustained many concussions during his career and was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself in May 2012.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

The NFL and more than 4,500 retired players have reached an agreement calling for the league to contribute $765 million to a fund that will pay "medical and other benefits, as well as compensation" to those who suffered concussions and related injuries during their careers.

Details of the agreement, which would settle concussion-related lawsuits by former players and still needs a judge's OK, were released by the league early Thursday afternoon.

According to that statement:

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10:38am

Sat August 17, 2013
Sports

Alabama Tops Associated Press' Preseason Football Poll

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 6:31 pm

Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after defeating LSU 21-0 in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans.
Gerald Herbert Associated Press

Alabama has snagged the top spot in The Associated Press preseason college football poll as the team sets its sights on a third-straight national title.

The AP writes:

"The [Crimson] Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.

The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.

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8:16am

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Moving On, And Up: Brian Banks, 27, Plays As NFL Rookie

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:23 am

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks made his NFL debut in a preseason game Thursday night, more than 10 years after he was sent to prison for a crime of which he was later exonerated.
John Bazemore AP

"You're up next."

Those three words are what any athlete longs to hear. For linebacker Brian Banks, it took more than 10 years for that sentence to be addressed to him by an NFL coach. When he heard it in a preseason game Thursday night, Banks got a taste of the life he once dreamed of — before he became a convicted felon and lost his chance to go to college, and was finally exonerated.

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