Raiders Lose 9th Straight; 15th Overall

The Oakland Raiders led 10-6 until the Denver Broncos scored 35 unanswered points on their way to to a 41-17 victory on Nov.8.
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OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders remained winless this season as they fell to the visiting Denver Broncos 41-17 at O.co Coliseum on Sunday. Peyton Manning was 31-for-44 for 340 yards and five touchdowns for Denver (7-2, 4-0 AFC West). David Carr was 30-for-47 for 192 yards and two TDs for the inept Raiders (0-9, 0-2). […]

Raiders Fall To Blazing Broncos, Manning Sets Two NFL Milestones

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrell Pryor talks to the press after the team lost 34-14 to the Denver Broncos.
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OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders organization honored their Super Bowl 18 champions at O.co Coliseum on Dec. 29. But it was basically Peyton Manning Day as he and the Denver Broncos routed the inept Raiders 34-14 to end the regular season. With the victory, Denver (13-3) advances to the playoffs with a bye and the […]

Deacon Jones of Famed Fearsome Foursome Dead at 74

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WASHINGTION – David “Deacon” Jones, the original sackmaster, has died. The Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night. “Deacon Jones was one of the […]

The Obvious—and Not-so Obvious—Storylines of Super Bowl XLVII

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NEW ORLEANS – With just days left before Super Bowl XLVII, we’re all waiting to see Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis play his final game before riding off into the sunset, concluding an amazing 17-year career in Baltimore. Nearly every sports publication in the nation has commented on Lewis’ chance to cap off his career […]

NFL Players React to Obama’s Opinions on Football

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NEW ORLEANS — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs respects and understands President Barack Obama’s opinion about the dangers of football — and hesitation about having a child play. The hard-hitting 2011 Defensive Player of the Year also says that no matter how violent the sport, his 4-year-old son will be allowed to take it up […]

Jerome Bettis, Kevin Greene and Aeneas Williams Among Finalists for NFL Hall

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ST. LOUIS – This year’s finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame have been announced and include a handful of former St. Louis Rams. Larry Allen, Jonathon Ogden, Warren Sapp, and Michael Strahan will be considered along with eight other modern-era players, a coach, two contributors, and two senior candidates. The group includes former […]

Fans To Join Beyonce Onstage at Super Bowl

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NEW YORK  — All the single ladies — and fellas — will have a chance to join Beyonce onstage at the upcoming Super Bowl. Pepsi announced Friday that 100 fans will hit the stage when the Grammy-winning diva performs on Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. A contest that kicks off Saturday […]

NFL Adds New Post-Career Training Programs

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NEW YORK — NFL players can attend training sessions on culinary management, restaurant franchising, social entrepreneurship and sports communications this offseason. The league is adding four programs to its offerings to prepare players for their post-football careers. With the longer offseason under the current collective bargaining agreement, there are now 10 such workshops. Kansas City […]

RGIII: Unlike Any QB Ever Seen

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WASHINGTON – “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody in the history of football with the combined skills and talents that RGIII has. He’s the total package!” Those were the words legendary Howard University Sports Information Director Ed Hill Jr. used to describe the impact of Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. In fact, […]

Regular Refs Back to Work After Agreement

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NEW YORK – The NFL’s regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn’t have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans. After two days of marathon negotiations – and mounting frustration across the league and among its fans – the NFL and the officials’ union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year […]