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November 12, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Houston Texans released nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and put running back Arian Foster on injured reserve Tuesday, the latest blows in a disaster of a season. Reed missed the first two games after hip surgery and was recently relegated to a backup role. On Friday, he expressed his displeasure at not starting. On Sunday, after Houston's seventh straight loss, he publicly criticized the team and said it had been outplayed and outcoached in the team's first full game without Coach Gary Kubiak, who is recovering from a mini-stroke.
November 3, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Houston Coach Gary Kubiak has been transported by ambulance to a  hospital after collapsing on the field as he made his way toward the locker room at halftime of Sunday night's game between the Texans and Indianapolis Colts. Kubiak, 52, dropped to his knees and fell over. He was promptly surrounded by medical personnel and eventually placed on a backboard and taken to a waiting ambulance. NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who was on the field at the time, said Kubiak had his eyes closed and appeared to be in pain, but talked to medical staff while he was being placed on a backboard and wheeled off the field.
November 2, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Is a taunt worth a touchdown? The NFL might think so. Dean Blandino, the league's head of officiating, said on the NFL Network this week that he believes the competition committee will weigh the merits of changing the taunting rules so that an offender might nullify a touchdown with a taunt. If a player commits a taunting penalty on a touchdown in college football, the score is taken off the board and a 15-yard penalty is enforced from the spot of the taunt. In the pros, taunting is a dead-ball foul, meaning the play counts and the penalty is assessed on the next play.
October 11, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Sometimes, our expectations zig and the NFL zags. Like a LeSean McCoy cutback, the league has taken some surprising turns in the first five weeks, with San Francisco stumbling (then regaining its footing), Atlanta doing a face plant, and Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis seamlessly transitioning from Chuckstrong - last season's mantra in honor of ill Coach Chuck Pagano - to Luckstrong. Because it's Week 6, here are six eyebrow-raising developments so far: Hello, Cleveland When they traded running back Trent Richardson and gave the starting quarterback job to Brian Hoyer, the Browns looked like they were waving the white flag.
October 7, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Football won the night for NBC among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds Sunday night. But overruns from an explosive game between the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys helped CBS score a victory in total viewership.  On NBC, the contest between the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans drew about 14.4-million viewers and a rating of 5.7 in prime time in the 18-to-49 demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The preliminary numbers for live football are not adjusted for time zones, so they are likely to change when the real stats come out later in the day.  Still, if the numbers hold, it looks like NBC won in the key 18-to-49 demo, with a rating of 4.9, for which a ratings point equals about 1.3-million viewers.
October 7, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Matt Schaub is the greatest starting quarterback the Houston Texans have ever had. Of course, that's not saying a whole lot since the 2002 expansion team has really had only one other regular starting quarterback -- David Carr, the guy Schaub was brought in to replace in 2007. And Schaub has had a good run with the Texans, helping the franchise reach the playoffs for the first time in his injury-shortened 2011 season and again last year. The 2012 Pro Bowler has also been quite solid at quarterback, throwing for 122 touchdowns and 73 interceptions with a completion percentage of 64.3.
September 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Denver Broncos star Von Miller can't seem to stay out of trouble. The Pro Bowl linebacker, serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, was stopped by law enforcement last week and cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license, according to a report by CBS4 in Denver. Miller, who set a franchise record with 18 1/2 sacks last season, reportedly was stopped near his home in Arapahoe County. He had been arrested in August after failing to appear in court on misdemeanor traffic violations.
September 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Needing a victory to virtually assure itself of a berth in next summer's World Cup in Brazil, the U.S. battled a desperate Mexico team through a scoreless first half in a World Cup qualifier at  sold-out Columbus Crew Stadium on Tuesday. A win over Mexico, combined with a win or draw by Honduras in its late game with Panama, would lock up a World Cup invitation for the Americans. But a win alone would leave Panama with only a remote mathematical chance of denying the Americans one of CONCACAF's three guaranteed slots in Brazil next June.
September 10, 2013 | By David Wharton
As expected, International Olympic Committee members elected Thomas Bach of Germany as their new president. Bach had been considered the favorite going into Tuesday's vote at the IOC session in Buenos Aires. "Thank you very much to all of you," Bach said. "Let us, this great universal orchestra of IOC members, play together in harmony towards a bright future for the Olympic Movement. " Bach replaces Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year tenure ends at the close of the session. The IOC elects its president by secret ballot, handing him an eight-year term followed by the possibility of a four-year term.
September 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
COLUMBUS, Ohio  - Landon Donovan's 58th goal for the U.S. national team in the 78th minute doubled the Americans' lead over Mexico to 2-0 and moved the team a big step closer to next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Eddie Johnson's goal early in the second half, off a perfect service from Donovan, accounted for the first U.S. goal. A victory over Mexico, combined with a win or draw by Honduras in its late game with Panama, would lock up a World Cup invitation for the Americans.
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