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LONDON The English Football Association will ask FIFA to investigate whether former players have dementia as a consequence of brain damage from playing the game.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:50

How Donald Trump took on the NFL

WASHINGTON More than 30 years ago, Donald Trump bought a franchise in the upstart United States Football League. He then led his fellow owners to sue the NFL in a high-stakes antitrust case.

The head-on challenge and his ownership of the New Jersey Generals was an early testing ground for the swashbuckling approach that the celebrity businessman-turned-Republican presidential candidate has brought to his 2016 campaign.

'Donald was the big, crazy-spending owner, and the NFL guys were scared to death of him,' said Bill Tatham Jr., an owner of the USFL's Arizona Outlaws who came to admire Trump's tactics.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:07

The Big Game's golden anniversary

Breaking down Super Bowl 50

Back in the fall, 32 NFL teams started their seasons with a singular goal win the Super Bowl. Over the course of the past few months, team after team saw their dreams of hoisting aloft the Lombardi Trophy fall by the wayside. Now, the lengthy battle of attrition has finally come to its end.

It's time for the Super Bowl.

This is the 50th edition of what has become the biggest event in American sports. Hundreds of millions of people both here and all around the world will be watching as the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers for the right to call themselves champions.

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By any measure, this past Divisional Round was one heck of a good weekend of playoff football. Every single game was extremely competitive and filled with late heroics and great plays and just the right amount of weirdness.

Even with all of the ups and downs, Stella and I managed identical 3-1 records. We were both validated in both of our Saturday picks. New England battled their way to a victory against the Chiefs, ending Kansas City's 11-game winning streak in the process. In the later game, we got to watch the wildly entertaining end to the Green Bay/Arizona match-up. Despite the best efforts of Aaron Rodgers and company, the Cardinals won it in overtime thanks to a huge game from Larry Fitzgerald.

Meanwhile, we split the games on Sunday. Stella's belief that Seattle could upset Carolina was mistaken, though not by nearly as much as it looked when the Panthers were up 31-0. Carolina made me sweat more than I anticipated, but they ultimately got me the win. My seemingly poor pick of the Steelers came closer to paying off than I ever would have guessed considering their injury issues. Still, Stella knew that Denver would come through on their home field and the Broncos wound up holding serve and getting the W.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:14

Black Bears football reaches season's end

Early exit doesn't diminish accomplishments

ORONO One of the best seasons in the history of the University of Maine football program has come to an all-too-early end.

Alfond Stadium welcomed its first-ever FCS football playoff game as the Black Bears seeded fifth overall played host to their arch-rival, the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. UNH was the only FCS team to beat UMaine during this magical season one which saw a Black Bears team rise from a preseason conference ranking of eighth all the way to the upper echelon of the FCS.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:54

Patriots Progress Report Third Quarter

We're at the three-quarter mark in the 2013 NFL season and it would seem that the New England Patriots have everything firmly under control.

The Pats sit atop the AFC East division with a record of 9-3, having won three of their last four games. Granted, there have been more than a few gnawed cuticles along the way; it seems like New England has made a habit in recent weeks of needing every last available second on the clock in order to eke out victories, but as far as the standings are concerned, wins are wins.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 10:18

Patriots 2013 Draft Review

New England focuses on depth in weak draft

The New England Patriots draft strategy in recent years has involved a lot of wheeling and dealing. Coach Bill Belichick seems to take particular delight in trading down and accumulating more and more future assets. While it certainly makes sense as a long-term strategy, in the short term it can feel a bit frustrating. We want to see the team take shots at top-level players, rather than being content with quantity over quality.

However, in a draft such as this one a draft that is viewed as a relatively weak one at the top the strategy of accumulating value makes a lot of sense. So it should have come as no surprise that New England traded out of the first round; they got a handful of picks from the Minnesota Vikings and fleshed out a draft in which they initially only had a few picks.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 13:04

Summerall remembered as Voice of the NFL'

PLANO, Texas - Veteran sportscaster Pat Summerall was remembered Saturday during a memorial service as 'the voice of the NFL' and a venerated figure who maintained a humble approach despite the praise his broadcast work received for decades.

Thousands gathered Saturday at a Baptist church just north of Dallas to pay tribute to a broadcaster who called some of the most memorable games in NFL history, and also was known for his coverage of Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the Masters golf tournament and other sporting events.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:22

Wes Welker walks away

New England says goodbye to fan favorite

One could accuse New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick of being a lot of things. Sentimental is not one of them.

Belichick recently continued a long and storied tradition of unapologetically cutting ties with veteran players, either through trades or outright releases. New England stalwarts and legends such as Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, Randy Moss, Deion Branch and Adam Vinatieri have all been given their walking papers, unceremoniously dismissed despite still being talented and useful players.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 10:21

Breaking down the Big Game

A look ahead at Super Bowl XLVII

The Super Bowl has arrived.

For the 47th time, hundreds of millions of people from around the globe will be focused on the game of football. This year's game will be played in the New Orleans Superdome, where the AFC's Baltimore Ravens and the NFC's San Francisco 49ers will vie to see which team gets to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as the champions of the NFL.

The overriding storyline behind this year's game revolves around the Harbaugh brothers. John and Jim Harbaugh, coaches of the Ravens and 49ers respectively, are the first brothers to coach against each other in the Super Bowl. This has led many in the media to refer to the game as the 'Harbaugh Bowl' or 'Har Bowl' or other variations on that theme.

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