March 21, 2012 |
The NFL has dropped the hammer on the New Orleans Saints in the wake of a three-year investigation of the team's "pay-for-performance" bounty system. The league has suspended Saints Coach Sean Payton without pay for the entire 2012 season; Saints GM Mickey Loomis for the first eight games of the upcoming season; and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams -- now with the St. Louis Rams -- indefinitely. The Saints, who have been fined $500,000, also must forfeit their second-round picks in both the 2012 and 2013 drafts.
March 1, 2012 |
The St. Louis Rams on Thursday rejected the city's initial proposal to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome and intend to submit their own proposal by May 1. That's sure to spark further speculation that the Rams are positioning themselves for an eventual return to Los Angeles, a market they left after the 1994 season. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission has offered $124 million in improvements to the dome in hopes of keeping the Rams. The franchise can break its lease after the 2014 season if its stadium is not deemed to be among the top eight in the league.
January 23, 2012 |
The Dodgers received "more than 10" opening bids for the team by Monday's deadline, according to a person familiar with the sale but not authorized to discuss it. As the bankers handling the sale evaluate the bids, prospective buyers can evaluate whether to join forces. In addition, because the bankers can waive the deadline at their discretion, new bidders could emerge. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has explored whether to bid for the Dodgers, two people familiar with the sale process said Monday.
October 1, 2011 |
Untold dozens of well-wishers did something last weekend that St. Louis couldn't. They shut down Baltimore receiver Torrey Smith. After catching three touchdowns in 37-7 roasting of the Rams, Smith received so many texts and emails that his cellphone quit on him. "It was a record number," he told reporters last week. "I had a few hundred text messages. My Twitter page, my app had a bunch of zeros" indicating it had crashed, "and everything was kind of jammed up. " Smith scored on each of his first three catches of the game, and finished with five receptions for 152 yards.
April 22, 2010 |
1. With the first pick in the 2010 NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams select, as expected, Sam Bradford , quarterback from Oklahoma. Bradford, 6 feet 4, 218 pounds and the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, started all 31 games in which he appeared for the Sooners, setting school records by completing 67.64% of his passes (604-of-893) for 8,403 yards and 88 touchdowns. Considering Blake Griffin is also from Oklahoma, it marks the second time both the NFL and NBA top picks come from the same school.
February 12, 2010 |
Rumors that the St. Louis Rams were being sold have been rampant the last couple of years, raising concerns that the franchise would end its recent sad-sack run with a move out of town. The Rams announced Thursday that their majority owners have indeed agreed to sell their stake, but to a potential buyer within driving distance -- and one who doesn't want to relocate the once-proud franchise. If they receive approval by a 75% vote of NFL owners, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez , the children of the late Rams owner Georgia Frontiere , will sell their 60% stake to Shahid Khan , the 55-year-old president of an auto parts manufacturer, Flex-N-Gate, in Urbana, Ill. "Today is a tremendously exciting day, I think, for the organization," said Kevin Demoff , the Rams' executive vice president of football operations and chief operating officer.