October 23, 2011 |
at Carolina 33, Washington 20: Rex Grossman had 11 turnovers in five games; John Beck two in debut loss. Mathematical upgrade? at Cleveland 6, Seattle 3: Sad but true. Cleveland has a .500 record after six games for only the fourth time since 1999 expansion rebirth. Atlanta 23, at Detroit 16: Lions swear they aren't back to normal after second loss in row. Erratic Falcons hope they are back to normal. Denver 18, at Miami 15: Tim Tebow didn't pass very well, but the winless Dolphins are truly fantastic at finding ways to lose games.
April 20, 2002 |
Two-time all-pro linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, released two weeks ago by the Philadelphia Eagles, agreed to a seven-year, $36-million contract with the Washington Redskins. Trotter, who will receive a $7-million signing bonus, completes an all-pro linebacking corps for the Redskins. LaVar Arrington, Jessie Armstead and Trotter all played in the Pro Bowl last season.
January 4, 2007 |
One quarterback is hot, the other is not. As solid as Jeff Garcia's play has been down the stretch for the Philadelphia Eagles, Eli Manning has been that erratic for the New York Giants. The teams meet at Philadelphia in an NFC wild-card game Sunday. Last season, Manning took the NFL by storm, breaking free from older brother Peyton's shadow and leading the Giants into the playoffs. But this season, Manning has been knocked around and often plays with the look of a boy in need of his blanket.
August 9, 2013 |
Brian Banks, who is fighting for a job with the Atlanta Falcons, said his debut in a preaseason game on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals "was better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on. " Banks, a 28-year-old from Long Beach Poly High, should know about roller-coaster rides. He was a rising gridiron star before he was falsely accused of rape when he was 16, eventually being convicted and imprisoned for five years. He was released last year when his conviction was overturned after his accuser recanted her story.
February 6, 2014 |
Long Beach Poly, a 19-time Southern Section champion, introduced former NFL player Antonio Pierce as its new football coach on Thursday. Let's just say there's skeptics whether Pierce, who has no coaching experience, was the best choice for a program that's considered almost every season to be one of the teams to beat in the Pac-5 Division. For one, Pierce is going to continue as an ESPN analyst, which will take him to Bristol, Conn., on occasion. He's supposed to have assistant coaches run the program when he's gone.
December 4, 2006 |
Bill Parcells has never been crazy about kickers. Martin Gramatica may have changed the Dallas coach's opinion. Gramatica, signed last Monday after Parcells cut enigmatic Mike Vanderjagt, kicked a 46-yard field goal with a second left Sunday to give the Dallas Cowboys a 23-20 win over the New York Giants and a two-game lead in the NFC East. "I've got to thank the Cowboys for giving me a second chance," said Gramatica, once a top kicker who had just one field goal in three games since 2004.
December 5, 2008 |
LaDainian Tomlinson had 91 yards rushing and a three-yard scoring run and Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Vincent Jackson, to give the Sam Diego Chargers a 34-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night in San Diego. The Chargers (5-8) beat the Raiders (3-10) for the 11th time in a row. San Diego's Darren Sproles caught two touchdown passes.
October 8, 1999 |
1. Florida State (5-0): Warrick could be first to lose Heisman in a department store checkout line. 2. Penn State (5-0): If Rankman leaves now, he can get to Happy Valley in time for game against Michigan Nov. 13. 3. Michigan (5-0): Michigan players embarrassed they only ripped off a Kmart. 4. Nebraska (5-0): Mug shot of F. Solich finally removed from Lincoln post office wall. 5. Florida (4-1) Spurrier sends Florida State a list of great places to shop in Gainesville. 6.
December 24, 2001 |
The Pittsburgh Steelers are front-runners to get to the Super Bowl. That's about as improbable as suggesting a few months ago that Kordell Stewart would be one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. Stewart kept his remarkable comeback season going, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another, and the Steelers roughed up Detroit rookie quarterback Mike McMahon in a 47-14 romp Sunday. The Steelers, who last were 12-2 during their 1978 Super Bowl championship season, gained a first-round bye.
January 7, 2002 |
The Pittsburgh Steelers did have something to play for in an otherwise meaningless game--themselves. Troy Edwards scored on a 32-yard fumble return to start the second half and the Steelers, wrapping up their best regular season in 23 years, regained some pre-playoff momentum by beating the Cleveland Browns, 28-7, Sunday.