Archive for September, 2014

Raiders name Sparano interim coach (AFP)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Alameda (United States) (AFP) - Tony Sparano has been named interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing Dennis Allen who was fired just four games into the season.

Steelers defense looking for consistency (The Associated Press)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- James Harrison expected his body to be sore while working his way back into football shape following a nine-month break.

FCC considering ban on Redskins nickname, punishment for announcers (Shutdown Corner)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission, an independent government agency that regulates radio and television broadcasts, is considering whether to fine and punish broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins nickname, per CNBC . John Banzhaf III, a George Washington University law professor, has sent the FCC a petition asking regulators to strip Washington D.C. radio station WWXX-FM (ESPN) of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name Redskins, which Banzhaf deems to be "akin to broadcasting obscenity." [ Join's $1.5 million Week 5 fantasy league: $25 to enter; $150,000 to first ] FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said yesterday that the petition is under consideration. "We'll be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we'll be responding accordingly," Wheeler said Tuesday. "There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today. And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those." If the word "Redskins" is deemed to be indecent — and some do consider it a slur against Native Americans — the FCC could impose a de facto ban on the word being used on television and radio. Broadcasters who then use the word would be subject to fine and/or possible suspension. Despite mounting political pressure, Redskins team owner Daniel Snyder has thus far refused to consider changing the name. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

Kraft suffered along with fans in rout of Patriots (The Associated Press)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Robert Kraft looked down from his seat high above the field and watched his New England Patriots fall apart.

Chiefs place RB McKnight on injured reserve (The Associated Press)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of right tackle Donald Stephenson by placing running back Joe McKnight on injured reserve.

Quebec extreme skier killed in Chilean avalanche

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Skier Jean-Philippe Auclair, 37, dead in avalanche

Quebec extreme skier Jean-Philippe Auclair was found dead after an avalanche on Mt. San Lorenzo in the Andes.

Vikings hopeful, noncommittal with Bridgewater (The Associated Press)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have not committed to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater playing at Green Bay on his sprained left ankle.

2015 Women s World Cup ticket sales brisk

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Ticket sales have started well and organizers of the 2015 Womens World Cup of soccer have plenty of good stories to tell. But thanks to the ongoing controversy of playing the Canadian tournament on artificial turf, not many of those storylines have got through yet.


FCC considering move to ban NFL Redskins team name (Reuters)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday. The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist John Banzhaf III, asking that regulators strip local radio station WWXX-FM of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name "Redskins. ...

Officials were wrong to penalize Abdullah for praying (AFP)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Kansas City (AFP) - Kansas City player Husain Abdullah was wrongly penalized for kneeling in prayer to celebrate his score in the Chiefs 41-14 win over New England on Monday night, the NFL announced Tuesday.