Jaguars apologize to military for protest during anthem in London

October 17th, 2017

Protests during the national anthem that began last season and flared to league-wide levels in the wake of President Trump’s condemnation have drawn widespread condemnation from fans. The Jacksonville Jaguars have sent a letter to Bill Spann, director of Jacksonville’s military affairs and veterans department, apologizing for the team’s demonstration. The team, including owner Shad Khan, locked arms during the anthem, with several players kneeling.

Fifth Circuit court denies NFLPA motion, Ezekiel Elliott remains suspended

October 17th, 2017

Ezekiel Elliott remains suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s domestic violence policy. (AP) There is another loss for Ezekiel Elliott in his legal fight against commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has

Chiefs aim to run AFC West win streak to 13 in Oakland

October 17th, 2017

The Kansas City Chiefs have played nearly a season's worth of games against the AFC West without a loss, dominating one of the toughest divisions in football with ruthless efficiency. ''I wish I could tell you,'' Smith said, when asked about the string of 12 straight division wins, which the Chiefs hope to push to 13 when they visit Oakland on Thursday night. The Chiefs have won five straight and seven of their last eight against Oakland, and those five most recent haven't been particularly close.

Leicester City fires manager Craig Shakespeare

October 17th, 2017
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Leicester City has fired manager Craig Shakespeare with the club in the English Premier League relegation zone after eight games. Shakespeare was in permanent charge of the surprise 2015-16 champions for just four months.

Fmr. Detroit Lions LB: I would give anything to shake Colin Kaepernick’s hand

October 17th, 2017

NFL players kneeling during the national anthem before games has become a hotly debated issue since last season. Now some players are participating in the NFL owners’ annual fall meeting to discuss the issue. Caleb Campbell, former Army ranger and former

Suspended Elliott’s attorneys cite tight NFL roster deadline

October 17th, 2017

Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott are asking for an emergency hearing in federal court in New York on the belief that the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations would be in place for at least a week without further legal intervention by Tuesday. Elliott's legal team and NFL lawyers were set for a hearing Tuesday afternoon in the Southern District of New York, about two hours before what Elliott's attorneys believed was a deadline for active rosters to be set for the Cowboys' game Sunday at San Francisco. The NFL placed Elliott on the suspended list Friday, a day after a federal appeals court overturned a Texas court's injunction that had allowed him to play this season.

Jaguars apologize to local military for anthem demonstration

October 17th, 2017

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apologized to local military leaders for demonstrating during the national anthem in London last month. Jaguars President Mark Lamping sent a letter to the director of military affairs and veterans in Jacksonville saying the team was ''remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country.'' The letter was forwarded to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Monday and available via his public email.

Monday Night Football ratings down last night, season still up over 2016

October 17th, 2017

AFC South games routinely generate the NFL’s lowest television ratings, and last night was no exception. The Titans’ win over the Colts drew a 6.1 overnight rating for ESPN on Monday night, which according to Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily is the third-lowest overnight ESPN has had for a Monday night game since it acquired the Monday night rights in 2006. The two lowest ratings in the history of Monday Night Football both came last year, with the lowest ever coming opposite a presidential debate and the second-lowest coming late in the season when the Colts played the Jets with both teams out of the playoff race.

Roethlisberger: Martavis Bryant told me he doesn’t want to go anywhere

October 17th, 2017

Sunday brought a report that Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant requested a trade, which was followed by Bryant tweeting that he’s happy in Pittsburgh and his girlfriend apparently confirming the report. Roethlisberger was asked about the report during a Tuesday appearance on “Cook and Poni” on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh and said his conversations with Bryant haven’t left him thinking Bryant wants out. “Martavis, I talked to him, he doesn’t want to go anywhere,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Rafael Nadal cites knee injury for latest loss to Federer

October 17th, 2017
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Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Swiss Indoors next week, denying fans a possible final against Roger Federer.