July 28, 2014

NFL: Raiders, Steelers among AFC front offices under pressure this offseason


  (PhatzRadio / AP)    —   As my colleague Andrew Brandt has often pointed out, the NFL’s long offseason is when a team’s players and even coaches step to the background and the front office takes center stage, attempting to distinguish itself in the business of football. The multifaceted roster-building portion of the NFL year is [...]

NCAA College Football: Tajh Boyd, Clemson out to snap losing streak against South Carolina


Gus Malzahn’s offense nearly stunned ‘Bama in ’09. Can it help the Tigers top the Crimson Tide in ’13? (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) (PhatzRadio / SI) — The more adventurous Gus Malzahn gets in his first Iron Bowl as Auburn’s head coach, the more vanilla Alabama’s Nick Saban plans to be. “The number one thing that [...]

NFL: Richie Incognito defends his actions toward Jonathan Martin in FOX interview


Richie Incognito (left) claims that his actions toward Jonathan Martin were a byproduct of locker-room culture. (Lynne Sladky/AP) (PhatzRadio / SI Wire) — In his first interview since he was suspended indefinitely by his team, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito told Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that his treatment of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was a [...]

NFL: Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson lead the Audibles All-Disappointment Team


This might be it for Brandon Weeden. (Diamond Images/Getty Images) (PhatzRadio / SI Wire) — To categorize a player’s career as a disappointment is a slippery slope. Some players come into the NFL and find themselves in the wrong circumstance for whatever reason. They catch on with second or third teams, and the light goes [...]

NFL Monday Night: With Rodgers sidelined, Bears beat Packers 27-20

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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers lays on the ground after being sacked by Chicago Bears’ Shea McClellin during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For the better part of two decades now, the Green Bay Packers backup [...]

NFL: Dolphins suspend Richie Incognito as NFL investigates Jonathan Martin case


Richie Incognito is being investigated for his role in the bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin. (David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images) (PhatzRadio / AP) — The Miami Dolphins have suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito indefinitely, as an investigation into the developing Jonathan Martin situation unfolds. NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington was the first to report the news Sunday [...]

NCAA College Football: Michigan State’s defense looking to put the clamps on Michigan


Darqueze Dennard and Michigan State boast the nation’s top-ranked total defense. (Mike Carter/USA Today Sports) (PhatzRadio / SI Wire) — The success of Michigan State’s defense in 2013 shouldn’t come as a surprise. Coming off last year’s seven-win campaign, in which the Spartans boasted the nation’s fourth-ranked total defense and allowed just 16.3 points per [...]

NFL: Previewing Broncos-Colts, Eagles-Cowboys, more Week 7 games


Peyton Manning (left) and Andrew Luck face off for the first time Sunday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP; Andy Lyons/Getty Images) (PhatzRadio / SI Wire) — Chris Burke and Doug Farrar get you ready for the weekend with The Playbook, a detailed weekly preview that gives you everything you need to know about the upcoming slate of games. [...]

NCAA College Football: UCF rallies to upset No. 8 Louisville, 38-35


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Blake Bortles and Central Florida had one last rally left, and it was enough to topple Teddy Bridgewater and No. 8 Louisville. Bortles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds remaining and the Knights stunned the Cardinals with a 38-35 victory on Friday night, ending Louisville’s perfect [...]

Week 8 Review: Can Missouri extend its hot start against Florida?

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Freshman Maty Mauk has thrown only six career passes, but he gets the start Saturday. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) (PhatzRadio / SI Wire) — At the midway point of the college football season, only two SEC teams have emerged with unbeaten records. There’s 6-0 Alabama, which has won three of the last four BCS titles. [...]