| Mar 29, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Football is a game of misdirection, bluffing and disguise.
That goes double for the NFL draft, which takes place April 30 to May 2 in Chicago, the first time it has been held outside New York City since 1965.
Much will change during the next month...
| Feb 9, 2015
And so Johnny Manziel is in rehab.
Let's hope the Tampa Bay Bucs are taking notes.
Manziel's totally predictable freefall gives the Bucs a cautionary Buyer Beware warning regarding FSU quarterback Jameis Winston.
Common sense should tell them to...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 9:41 PM
The San Diego Chargers can hear the clock ticking, and they don't have the luxury of time.
With the St. Louis Rams mulling a relocation to Southern California, the Chargers are turning up the heat on the city of San Diego to determine whether they can...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 7:56 AM
The NFL's image has taken a beating in recent years with the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, ongoing questions about player head injuries, its stance toward domestic violence and, of course, "Deflategate."
And now Ryan Leaf is calling the league...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 5:49 PM
The era of character has arrived.
The next group of prospective NFL Draft prospects and veteran free agents will be the most heavily scrutinized athletes ever.
Character and personal issues will take on a foremost role in making draft decisions. The...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 8:09 AM
Ryan Leaf, the No. 2 overall draft pick in the 1998 NFL draft behind Peyton Manning, was released Wednesday from a Montana prison after serving more than two years for felony drug possession and burglary.
In 2012, Leaf, who was already on probation in...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 5:25 PM
Hartford has been home to big-time gymnastics before — in 2010 and 2013 — but this one is really special because it will be an Olympic year. The men's P&G championship will be at the XL Center in June 2016, and that will decide who makes the...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 8:23 PM
Former pro quarterback Ryan Leaf, still remembered as one of the NFL's biggest busts, was released on parole from a Montana prison on Wednesday, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
Leaf served about half of his five-year sentence on drug and burglary...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 9:15 PM
First in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Running backs.
If Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III live up to their grades, the 2012 draft will be remembered as one of the best ever for quarterbacks. The last time two quarterbacks were...
| Dec 3, 2011
| 9:14 PM
Sports sections today read like the business section of the newspaper, or even worse the crime beat section.
Since I have spent almost 40 years advocating the concept of athletes serving as role models and triggering imitative behavior, it is...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 8:29 PM
Consider the curious case of Ryan Braun, 2011 National League Most Valuable Player.
He was found to have violated Major League Baseball's drug policy by testing positive for high levels of testosterone last year. The league disciplined him by...