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Eagles to sign Tebow in latest move of frenzied offseason

Eagles to sign Tebow in latest move of frenzied offseason

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Tim Tebow is back in the NFL. And Chip Kelly’s offseason just got juicier.

The Philadelphia Eagles plan to bring in quarterback Tim Tebow and sign him Monday as they begin their offseason program, FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer reports. Multiple outlets later confirmed the report.

The Eagles are looking for a fourth quarterback for their offseason program. After spending time with Tebow’s quarterbacks coach Tom House, the Eagles are convinced he’s improved a lot, Glazer reports.

Tebow, who hasn’t played in an NFL regular season game since 2012, was brought in for a workout for the Eagles last month.

“I’ve always been a fan of Tim,” Kelly told NFL Network last month. “We bring in a lot of players for private workouts, it’s just he’s the one that everyone keeps talking about. We brought in Terrelle Pryor for a workout and Thad Lewis in for a workout. When players are available for you to work them out, it’s the same thing of going to the veteran combine or going to the super regional combine.

“It’s getting an exposure to a player so that when you have to make a decision and say, ‘Hey, what are we going to do now?’ you say, ‘I don’t know anything about these players. Let’s bring them in and work them out,’ and it may be too late at that point in time. So all we’re doing is just doing our homework.”

The Eagles traded for quarterback Sam Bradford earlier this offseason and signed Mark Sanchez to an extension. Matt Barkley currently sits third on the depth chart.

Tebow hasn’t played in the NFL since he was with the New York Jets in 2012. He was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN.

Despite being out of the league, the 27-year-old Tebow remained one of the most popular players around. He has a legion of fans who follow him because of his strong Christian beliefs.

The former Heisman Trophy winner led Florida to two national titles and was a first-round pick by Denver in 2010. He started 16 games during two seasons with the Broncos, including a playoff victory over Pittsburgh in January 2012. Tebow was traded to the Jets after Denver signed Peyton Manning.

Tebow had some success in Denver, but his inaccurate passing and lack of pocket presence was an issue. His strength has been running the ball or improvising. Tebow has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has 989 yards rushing, a 5.0 average yards per carry and 12 TDs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kentucky Fans Light Fires in the Street After Final Four Loss to Wisconsin

Kentucky Fans Light Fires in the Street After Final Four Loss to Wisconsin

ESPN: 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were under-inflated

ESPN: 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were under-inflated

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The NFL had no comment Tuesday night on an ESPN report that the New England Patriots had “11 of their 12 allotted game footballs under-inflated by 2 pounds of air (PSI) as required by NFL regulations.”

ESPN cited “league sources either involved or familiar with the investigation of Sunday’s AFC championship game when the Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 to advance to their sixth Super Bowl.”

The ESPN report said the NFL is also investigating how the balls became under-inflated after being inspected and approved by referee Walt Anderson before kickoff.
“No alteration of footballs is allowed once they are approved, under league rules and regulations,” according to the ESPN report.

A reporter from Indianapolis was first to report the news of a story that was quickly dubbed “deflate-gate.” In a series of tweetsBob Kravitz of WTHR.com said, “A league source tells me the NFL is investigating the possibility the Patriots deflated footballs Sunday night. More to come.”

During his Monday morning radio appearance with Dennis & Callahan on WEEI, quarterback Tom Brady called the claim ridiculous.

“I think I’ve heard it all at this point,” Brady said, adding it was the last of his worries.

“I don’t even respond to stuff like this,” Brady said.

Deflating a football makes it easier to throw and catch, especially in the rain, which was falling in buckets for portions of the second half.

According to the NFL rulebook, the home team is required to send 12 official game balls to referees more than two hours prior to kick off. The balls are tested for pressure. The rulebook also says the balls then remain under a referee’s supervision until they are delivered to a ball attendant just before kickoff.

Here’s the actual rule from the NFL rulebook: The home club shall have 36 balls for outdoor games and 24 for indoor games available for testing with a pressure gauge by the referee two hours prior to the starting time of the game to meet with League requirements. Twelve (12) new footballs, sealed in a special box and shipped by the manufacturer, will be opened in the officials’ locker room two hours prior to the starting time of the game. These balls are to be specially marked with the letter “k” and used exclusively for the kicking game.

The game operations manual also notes that people who alter footballs or allow an unapproved football to be used in a game can be disciplined with fines or other punishments.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick says the team will cooperate fully with the NFL’s investigation.

The Patriots will play Seattle for the NFL title on Feb. 1.

Penn State gets wins restored, Joe Paterno again winningest coach

Penn State gets wins restored, Joe Paterno again winningest coach

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Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State’s football team is getting back 112 wins wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and the late Joe Paterno has been restored as the winningest coach in major college football history.

The NCAA announced the new settlement with the school weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the 2012 consent decree it will replace.

The new deal also directs a $60 million fine to address child abuse be spent within Pennsylvania and resolves that lawsuit.

The NCAA board of governors approved the settlement, said association spokesman Bob Williams. The Penn State board was discussing the deal Friday afternoon.

The announcement follows the NCAA’s decision last year to reinstate the school’s full complement of football scholarship and let Penn State participate in post-season play, and comes just days after a federal judge declined to rule on the consent decree’s constitutionality.

The NCAA said continuing the litigation would only delay the distribution of funds to sex abuse survivors.

“While others will focus on the return of wins, our top priority is on protecting, educating and nurturing young people,” said Harris Pastides, University of South Carolina president and member of the NCAA board.

The consent decree sprung from the scandal that erupted when Sandusky, a retired football assistant coach, was accused of sexually abusing boys, some of them on Penn State’s campus.

It had eliminated all wins from 1998 – when police investigated a mother’s complaint that Sandusky had showered with her son – through 2011, Paterno’s final season as head coach after six decades with the team and the year Sandusky was charged.

In September, the NCAA announced it was ending the school’s ban on post-season play and restored its full complement of football scholarships earlier than scheduled.

The restored wins include 111 under Paterno, who died in 2012, and the final victory of 2011, when the team was coached by defensive coach Tom Bradley. It returns Paterno’s record to 409-136-3.

Paterno led five Penn State teams to undefeated seasons. Of the five, only the 1986 team was awarded a national championship. The Nittany Lions also won a championship in 1982.

The consent decree had also called for Penn State to provide $60 million to fight child abuse and combat its effects. The lawsuit scheduled for trial next month began as an effort by two state officials to enforce a state law that required the money to remain in Pennsylvania.

Under the settlement, the money will remain in Pennsylvania.

As part of the new proposal, Penn State acknowledges the NCAA acted in good faith.

“We acted in good faith in addressing the failures and subsequent improvements on Penn State’s campus,” said Kirk Schulz, chair of the NCAA board of governors. “We must acknowledge the continued progress of the university while also maintaining our commitment to supporting the survivors of child sexual abuse.”

The 2012 consent decree was signed by Penn State’s then-president, Rodney Erickson, a month after a jury convicted Sandusky and shortly after former FBI director Louis Freeh released the scathing results of a university-commissioned investigation into the Sandusky matter.

Its unprecedented penalties drew heated and sustained opposition by Penn State alumni and fans who argued the Freeh report was factually incorrect, defended Paterno’s handling of the Sandusky scandal, noted it punished people who had nothing to do with Sandusky and said that the school’s athletics program had been considered a national model.

In recent months, emails and other documents have been attached to court filings by the NCAA and the plaintiffs, state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord.

In one, an NCAA official described its pursuit of the penalties as “a bluff” and said asserting jurisdiction would be “a stretch.” Other records documented that Penn State narrowly avoided a multi-year “death penalty” which would have suspended the college football powerhouse from playing at all.

Corman signed off on the proposal, the senator said at a news conference in Harrisburg.

“The fact of the matter was, an evil predator operated in our community for years and everyone missed it,” Corman said. “The NCAA has surrendered. The agreement we reached represents a complete victory for the issue at hand.”

Corman said that there was a lack of due process and the NCAA came in “with a heavy hand” to manipulate the process. “Clearly there was a rush to judgment,” he said.

McCord supports the agreement in principle, but he “intends to carry out a careful review of the details and language before he signs off,” said his spokesman Gary Tuma.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts and he is now serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. He maintains his innocence.

Paterno’s surviving family members and others had been pursuing another lawsuit over the consent decree. That lawsuit was narrowed by the judge so that it now includes the family, former assistant coaches Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney, and former trustee Al Clemens. Former players, faculty and trustees were removed as plaintiffs.

In a statement, Paterno’s family called the announcement of a potential settlement “a great victory for everyone who has fought for the truth in the Sandusky tragedy.”

They said: “This case should always have been about the pursuit of the truth, not the unjust vilification of the culture of a great institution and the scapegoating of coaches, players and administrators who were never given a chance to defend themselves.”

Tim Tebow, Sports Commentators Read Hate Mail On Camera, Funny Responses

Tim Tebow, Sports Commentators Read Hate Mail On Camera, Funny Responses


There is a certain variety of people who feel emboldened to say things over the Internet that they’d be too scared to say face to face – we call them things like Internet trolls and keyboard warriors. In an attempt to expose these hurtful people for what they are, all the while providing a little comedy, Jimmy Kimmel records celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves.

Proving just the kind of guy he is, when it was Tim Tebow’s turn, he had an incredible response.

Former NFL player swims nine miles to shore after falling out of boat

Former NFL player swims nine miles to shore after falling out of boat


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Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad high-steps into the end zone as he scores against the Carolina Panthers in the second half in this Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001 file photo taken in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

A former NFL player was treated for hypothermia at a Florida hospital Thursday after he was forced to swim nine miles to shore after falling out of his fishing boat.

WPBF reported that Rob Konrad had gone on a deep-sea fishing trip in the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday and was attempting to land a catch when he fell out of his 36-foot vessel. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Mark Barney told the Palm Beach Post that the boat was set on autopilot and drifted away from Konrad as he tried to get back on board.

Konrad’s friends contacted the Coast Guard when he failed to return from his excursion and a helicopter crew was dispatched in a fruitless effort to locate him. At around 4:30 a.m. local time, Thursday, Barney told the paper, the Coast Guard was preparing another search when they were contacted by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies, who told them that Konrad had been located.

WPBF reported that Konrad had managed to swim to shore in Palm Beach and had flagged down a police officer. The station reported that Konrad was barefoot and clad in only his underwear. The former Miami Dolphins fullback later told police that he had seen the lights of the Coast Guard helicopter overahead, but the crew had not spotted him.

Konrad played college football at Syracuse University, where he was the last player to wear the No. 44 previously worn by Syracuse greats Ernie Davis, Jim Brown, and Floyd Little. He later played six seasons in the NFL, all with the Dolphins before retiring after the 2004 season. He currently runs a financial consulting business.

ESPN’s Stuart Scott dies after lengthy battle with cancer

ESPN’s Stuart Scott dies after lengthy battle with cancer

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Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor and reporter whose catchphrases became part of the American popular sports language for the past two decades, died Sunday at the age of 49 after a lengthy battle with cancer. VPC


Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor and reporter whose catchphrases became part of the American popular sports vernacular for the past two decades, died Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 49.

“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set?

“His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”

Scott, who received a standing ovation during his acceptance of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2014 ESPY Awards in July, addressed his uncertain future at the time.

“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott told the audience. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

Scott joined ESPN in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2, quickly moving up the ranks as one of the network’s main SportsCenter anchors thanks to his rapid-fire delivery and unique phrasing to describe highlights. While Scott might not have invented the term “Boo-yah,” he certainly popularized.

By 2008, Scott was ubiquitous among the network’s programming. He anchored late-night SportsCenter shows, hosted Monday Night Countdown on location during the NFL season, served as the lead host for NBA on ESPN and ABC and interviewed Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

It was a workload he’d do his best to maintain during several recurrences of cancer, a diagnosis which first appeared during an emergency appendectomy in 2007. The disease reappeared in 2011, when Scott announced on Twitter that he was undergoing chemotherapy. He never revealed what kind of cancer he was fighting, and told the New York Times in March that it was not colon cancer.

By the time the illness reemerged in December 2012, Scott began to share more public details about his plight. In January 2013, he told USA TODAY about his routine at the time, which included only missing his ESPN work days for chemotherapy treatments every other Monday, after which he’d go train at a mixed-martial arts gym.

“I can take this,” he said at the time. “Deal with it easier than some people I see. So I think for the ones who can’t punch a heavy bag, can’t spar, who can’t do any of that. I’ll do it for you.”

Scott’s determination was well known to executives at ESPN long before his diagnosis. In 2002, Scott missed several months of work after his left eye was damaged by a football while he was working out with the New York Jets for an upcoming story. Due to previous problems with both eyes, including a right detached retina, Scott had to retrain his right eye to be his dominant eye, a task that presented a challenge when having to read from a teleprompter.

Scott is survived by his two daughters, Taelor, 19,and Sydni, 15, the latter of whom joined him onstage at the end of his ESPYs speech after he asked her to “come up here and give dad a hug because I need one.”

While Scott thanked his bosses at ESPN during that memorable oration, he made it clear that there was no career moment that could ever surpass what he considered his life’s best highlight.

“The best thing I have ever done, the best thing I will ever do,” Scott said. “Is be a dad to Taelor and Sydni.”

“Taelor and Sydni, I love you guys more than I will ever be able to express. You two are my heartbeat. I am standing here on this stage tonight because of you.”

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Stuart Scott, shown accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award onstage during the 2014 ESPYS, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 49.

NFL star Cam Newton taken to hospital after car crash

NFL star Cam Newton taken to hospital after car crash

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is placed on a stretcher after an auto accident in Charlotte. WBTV
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is placed on a stretcher after an auto accident in Charlotte. WBTV

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers say quarterback Cam Newton suffered fractures to his lower back in a car crash in Charlotte on Tuesday.

Newton will spend the night in the hospital after being involved in a two-vehicle crash not far from the team’s stadium in Charlotte, the team said.

Television footage showed Newton on a stretcher being placed in an ambulance. CBS affiliate WBTV in Charlotte captured images of Newton’s black pick-up truck overturned with extensive damage.

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A towing-operator works to upright the damaged truck driven by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after the quarterback was involved in an accident, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. AP PHOTO/SKIP FOREMAN


Television footage showed Newton on a stretcher being placed in an ambulance. The Panthers said he was in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center where he will remain overnight for observation.

Photos from The Charlotte Observer showed the 25-year-old Newton smiling as he was attended to by an officer on the ground.

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A black pickup truck that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Robert Tufano said Newton was driving was overturned on the roadway with debris scattered all over the street. The roof was caved in and a tow truck later was hauling it away. Another car that appeared to be involved in the crash had front end damage.

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Police were investigating how the crash happened on a bridge that crosses busy I-277 in the shadow of Bank of America Stadium, where the Panthers play.

Newton has 2,800 yards passing this season with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has rushed for 425 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 4-8-1 record.

An Atlanta native, Newton led the Auburn Tigers to a national championship in 2010.

As word of the accident spread online, NFL players started sending good wishes on social media. “Praying for CameronNewton,” Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck tweeted.

Newton threw three touchdown passes in Carolina’s 41-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, his best game in nearly a month-and-a-half. He also broke a string of eight straight games with an interception.

The win put the Panthers back in the playoff hunt, one-half game behind the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints (both 5-8).

Newton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft and was the franchise’s starter right away. He has only missed one game this season, the opener at Tampa Bay. Newton has one year left on his rookie contract after the Panthers picked up a $15 million option for 2015.

The Panthers have repeatedly said Newton is a guy they view as their franchise quarterback moving forward.

Bu it has been a rough year the two-time Pro Bowler.

After the Panthers fell at home to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoffs in January, Newton had ankle surgery in March that sidelined him for all but one of the team’s spring practices.

He returned for the start of the training camp, but then suffered another setback when he fractured his ribs during a preseason game against the New England Patriots.

The injuries forced Newton to miss Carolina’s season opener.

He has said he’s not been close to 100 percent all season.

Newton is 23-31-1 as an NFL starter in the regular season and 0-1 in the playoffs.

Derek Anderson is the team’s backup quarterback and would be first in line to replace Newton if he is unable to play Sunday against Tampa Bay (2-10). Anderson started and led Carolina to a season-opening victory against the Bucs.

St. Louis Cops Want NFL To Discipline ‘Hands Up’ Rams Players

St. Louis Cops Want NFL To Discipline ‘Hands Up’ Rams Players

The St. Louis Police Officer’s Association wants the NFL to discipline the St. Louis Rams players involved in “hands up, don’t shoot” displays at Sunday’s game. The group calls the displays “tasteless, offensive, and inflammatory.”

“Five members of the Rams entered the field today exhibiting the ‘hands-up-don’t-shoot’ pose that has been adopted by protestors who accused Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson of murdering Michael Brown,” the group explained in a statement. “The gesture has become synonymous with assertions that Michael Brown was innocent of any wrongdoing and attempting to surrender peacefully when Wilson, according to some now-discredited witnesses, gunned him down in cold blood.”

The group wants the NFL to discipline the players, which included Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, and Tavon Austin, all members of St. Louis’s receiving corps who made the gesture during pregame introductions, and Tre Mason, a rookie running back who struck the “hands up” pose after scoring a touchdown.

The Rams destroyed the Oakland Raiders 52-0 at the Edward Jones Dome in the heart of St. Louis on Sunday afternoon. The team denies any foreknowledge of the on-field demonstrations.

Last week, a grand jury declined to indict Wilson for the killing of Brown, a teenager involved in a convenience-store robbery immediately prior to his death. The decision prefaced riots, looting, and violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Wilson resigned from the Ferguson police force over the weekend.

“Our officers have been working 12 hour shifts for over a week,” the SLPOA’s Jeff Roorda noted. “[T]hey had days off including Thanksgiving cancelled so that they could defend this community from those on the streets that perpetuate this myth that Michael Brown was executed by a brother police officer and then, as the players and their fans sit safely in their dome under the watchful protection of hundreds of St. Louis’s finest, they take to the turf to call a now-exonerated officer a murderer, that is way out-of-bounds, to put it in football parlance.”