February 20, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - A scant three weeks into the off-season, the NFL is dealing with three public relations infernos, two involving current players. There's the Miami Dolphins bullying saga, chronicled in a just-released investigation that pulled back the curtain on the team's toxic locker room culture. The Dolphins have fired their offensive line coach and longtime trainer, and player suspensions could be in the works. There's the arrest of retired Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper, most recently an NFL Network analyst, on charges that he drugged and raped two women.
February 22, 2013 |
Matt Birk is going out on top. The six-time Pro Bowl center announced his retirement Friday after 15 years in the NFL, the last four of which were spent with the Baltimore Ravens. Which means that his last time on the football field as a pro player was earlier this month, when he and the rest of the Ravens nation were celebrating a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. "I guess I'll always come back to just after that game, on the field, with teammates and with my family," Birk said.
May 2, 1988 |
Softball. Fun game. Saturday morning, grab a bunch of friends, head for the park and play a little softball. Something to keep the kids busy--here, take this glove and bat and go play softball. A lot of fun. Nothing too serious. Hold on. Anyone with those perceptions of the game of softball obviously hasn't met Rae Rice, 14, a freshman at Fountain Valley High School. To Rice, softball is, while a lot of fun, also a serious business.
October 31, 2006 |
Rutgers running back Ray Rice said the left ankle he injured late in Sunday night's 24-13 win over Connecticut is fine, a pronouncement that was probably a relief for the Scarlet Knights. "It's just a little sore. I'm ready to go," Rice said Monday, a little more than 12 hours after the No. 15 Scarlet Knights improved to 8-0 by holding off the Huskies in one of their least impressive wins of the season. The schedule will aid in Rice's recovery: Rutgers has 10 days before it plays host to No.
June 11, 2013 |
Vonta Leach was released Tuesday by the Baltimore Ravens, who failed to agree on a restructured contract with the All-Pro fullback. Leach was an integral part of a running game that helped the Ravens become Super Bowl champions last season. Paving the way for standout halfback Ray Rice, Leach made the Pro Bowl in each of his two seasons with Baltimore and was a key figure in the locker room. After negotiations reached a standstill, both sides agreed it would be best to terminate Leach's contract.
March 2, 2013 |
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco have reportedly agreed to terms on a six-year contract worth more than $120 million. But is the fifth-year quarterback worth more than the Saints' Drew Brees, the NFL's highest-paid player at $20 million a season? Or the Patriots' Tom Brady? Or the Packers' Aaron Rodgers or the Broncos' Peyton Manning? They are all Super Bowl winners, and last season Flacco, 28 and entering his prime, joined 49ers legend Joe Montana atop the playoff record book by throwing 11 touchdowns without having a pass intercepted.