Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson Face Off on Monday Night Football

They’re under 26, have won M.V.P.s and they can seemingly do anything. On Monday night, the N.F.L. gets a boost from the latest installment of its best current rivalry.

#baltimore-ravens, #football, #jackson-lamar-1997, #kansas-city-chiefs, #mahomes-patrick-1995

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Joe Montana and Wife Confront Intruder Who Tried to Kidnap Their Grandchild

A woman entered the Malibu, Calif., home of the former N.F.L. star on Saturday afternoon and took the child from a playpen, officials said.

#football, #jennifer-montana, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #los-angeles-calif, #montana-joe, #san-francisco-49ers, #sodsai-dalzell

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Patriots Turn to Burkhead and the Run After Newton Falters Early

New England struggled to get its passing offense going against the Raiders but got timely dashes from running backs Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel.

#belichick-bill, #carr-derek, #football, #las-vegas-raiders, #mcdaniels-josh, #new-england-patriots, #newton-cameron-j, #rex-burkhead

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NFL Week 3 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

With a matchup between the Ravens and the Chiefs looming on Monday, the rest of the week feels like an appetizer.

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Gale Sayers’s Balletic Runs Obscure Football’s Brutal Endings

The Chicago Bears great was known for his effortless, slicing runs. Revealing his dementia diagnosis years after his retirement showed the toll of those dazzling performances.

#buoniconti-nick, #chicago-bears, #dementia, #dorsett-tony, #football, #national-football-league, #sayers-gale, #sports-injuries

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Gale Sayers, Elusive Hall of Fame Running Back, Is Dead at 77

Though his career was cut short by knee injuries, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest running backs in National Football League history.

#brians-song-movie, #chicago-bears, #deaths-obituaries, #football, #football-college, #national-football-league, #sayers-gale

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NFL Injuries Lead to Hand-Wringing, Finger-Pointing and Confusion

Conventional football wisdom suggests player health would benefit from either more — or less — preparation.

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With Kids in Sports Bubbles, These Parents Are Desperate for a Way In

Many parents are used to following their pro-athlete offspring from game to game. With the pandemic keeping them out of stadiums, some are getting creative.

#baseball, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #charlotte-hornets, #football, #hockey-ice, #new-york-mets, #olsen-greg-1985, #seattle-seahawks, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tuch-alex-1996, #united-states-military-academy, #vegas-golden-knights, #volleyball, #walker-kemba

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N.F.L. Embraces Sports Betting As Raiders Open Las Vegas Stadium

Monday night, the Las Vegas Raiders play their first game in a new $2 billion stadium, the physical manifestation of a long, slow embrace between the N.F.L. and legal sports wagering.

#casinos, #davis-mark-1954-55, #football, #gambling, #jones-jerry, #kraft-robert-k, #las-vegas-nev, #las-vegas-raiders, #national-football-league

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NFL Week 2: Recap, Top Performers and Highlights From Sunday’s Games

The Falcons collapsed as only the Falcons can, the Chargers nearly shocked the Chiefs, injuries were everywhere and the Ravens simply never lose (in the regular season).

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Week 2 NFL Recap: The Chargers Nearly Shocked Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs

Kansas City needed fourth-quarter heroics and a 58-yard field goal in overtime to push past rookie quarterback Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers.

#baltimore-ravens, #football, #jackson-lamar-1997, #jacksonville-jaguars, #kansas-city-chiefs, #kittle-george-1993, #minshew-gardner-1996, #samuel-deebo-1996, #san-francisco-49ers

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Live NFL Scores Tracker and Updates

After last week’s upsets, some contenders are licking their wounds while last week’s Cinderellas are looking to dance again.

#baltimore-ravens, #football, #jackson-lamar-1997, #jacksonville-jaguars, #kansas-city-chiefs, #kittle-george-1993, #minshew-gardner-1996, #samuel-deebo-1996, #san-francisco-49ers

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NFL Week 2 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

After an opening week filled with shocking upsets, the league’s expected contenders will try to return things to normalcy.

#football, #national-football-league

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Inside One N.F.L. Team’s Attempt to Turn Protest Into Action

The Falcons, who play in the home city of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., are making voting rights a priority this season.

#allen-ricardo-1991, #atlanta-ga, #atlanta-falcons, #black-people, #blank-arthur-1942, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #football, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #national-football-league, #ryan-matt-1985, #voting-and-voters

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N.F.L.’s Big Running Back Deals Will Lead to Sour Grapes

The Saints and the Vikings became the latest teams to invest in the run, signing Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook to five-year deals. They are likely to experience buyer’s remorse sooner rather than later.

#bell-leveon, #carolina-panthers, #cook-dalvin-1995, #dallas-cowboys, #elliott-ezekiel-1995, #football, #fournette-leonard-1995, #gurley-todd, #henry-derrick, #kamara-alvin, #mccaffrey-christian-1996, #minnesota-vikings, #new-orleans-saints, #new-york-jets, #tennessee-titans

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Tom Brady and Philip Rivers Led the N.F.L.’s Week 1 Flops

Some great football was played Sunday. This article is about the rest of it.

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Josh Allen Tops 300 Yards Passing as Bills Beat Jets in Opener

Fans often argue about which quarterback is better — the Jets’ Sam Darnold or the Bills’ Josh Allen. The season opener provided some answers.

#allen-josh-1996, #bell-leveon, #buffalo-bills, #crowder-jamison, #darnold-sam-1997, #football, #gase-adam-1978, #lift-every-voice-and-sing-song, #new-york-jets

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N.F.L. Week 1: Recap and Highlights From Sunday’s Games

Cam Newton looked terrific, Tom Brady looked fairly terrible, and there were upsets all over the place in a wild slate of games.

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N.F.L. Kicks Off Season With Nods to Unrest and Focus on Anthem

Several teams stayed in the locker room for the pregame playing of the national anthem, while some players knelt during it or wore decals and shirts against hate and racism.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #football, #kaepernick-colin, #national-football-league, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

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N.F.L. Week 1: Live Scores, Tracker and Updates

Some familiar faces joined new teams — looking at you, Tom Brady and Cam Newton — and young stars like Lamar Jackson are ready to pick up where they left off in a season unlike any other.

#arizona-cardinals, #brady-tom, #cleveland-browns, #dallas-cowboys, #football, #los-angeles-rams, #miami-dolphins, #national-football-league, #new-orleans-saints, #new-york-giants, #newton-cameron-j, #san-francisco-49ers, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

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What to Know About N.F.L. Week 1

Some familiar faces joined new teams — looking at you, Tom Brady and Cam Newton — and young stars like Lamar Jackson are ready to pick up where they left off in a season unlike any other.

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Chiefs Beat Texans, 34-20, in N.F.L. Opening Game

Kansas City’s fans are among the loudest in pro football. But the celebratory start to their season silenced game rituals and drew mixed opinions on players’ protests of racial injustice.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #houston-texans, #kansas-city-chiefs, #national-football-league

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N.F.L. Season Kicks Off With Protests

After an off-season of social turmoil, the Houston Texans chose not to be on the field for the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the league’s season opener in Kansas City, Mo.

#football, #houston-texans, #kansas-city-chiefs, #miami-dolphins, #national-anthems, #national-football-league, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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How the N.F.L. Started Football Season on Time in the Pandemic

The league stuck to plans to open its season Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans, even as pandemic spikes, player opt-outs and racial unrest forced alterations.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dallas-cowboys, #elliott-ezekiel-1995, #football, #jones-jerry, #kansas-city-chiefs, #lift-every-voice-and-sing-song, #national-football-league, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #thomas-michael-1993, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

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Lamar Jackson and the Ravens Are Breaking More Than NFL Records

Baltimore’s run-heavy offense broke long-held records and delivered Jackson the league’s M.V.P. Award in 2019. The team is doubling down to challenge the football orthodoxy.

#baltimore-ravens, #football, #jackson-lamar-1997

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What Will N.F.L. Games Sound Like Without Fans?

N.F.L. teams have spent years trying to create over-the-top entertainment for fans inside stadiums. This year, they’ll just be trying to cover up echoes from empty seats.

#daktronics-inc, #football, #miami-dolphins, #national-football-league, #noise, #stadiums-and-arenas

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N.F.L. Week 1 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

The Texans and the Chiefs will get things started on Thursday in a season that should look different from previous years, but will feature plenty of intriguing story lines.

#arizona-cardinals, #baltimore-ravens, #brady-tom, #brees-drew, #cleveland-browns, #dallas-cowboys, #football, #jackson-lamar-1997, #los-angeles-rams, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #new-orleans-saints, #san-francisco-49ers, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #watson-deshaun-1995

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Tom Brady Enters a New Career Phase as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer

After 20 years — and six Super Bowl wins — in New England, the most recognizable quarterback in the N.F.L. is working to rebrand his new home Tompa Bay.

#brady-tom, #football, #new-england-patriots, #ronde-barber, #tampa-fla, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

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2020 N.F.L. Season Preview: A Look at All 32 Teams

Mahomes and Lamar Jackson headline an exciting new era of the N.F.L., which is on track for an on-time return to the field, just as planned.

#baltimore-ravens, #barkley-saquon-1997, #becton-mekhi-1999, #brady-tom, #diggs-stefon-1993, #flores-brian-1981, #football, #garoppolo-jimmy-1991, #jackson-lamar-1997, #kansas-city-chiefs, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #new-england-patriots, #newton-cameron-j, #san-francisco-49ers, #seattle-seahawks, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #wilson-russell-1988

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Mustard raises $1.7M to improve athletic mechanics with AI

Athletic coaching is a massive, multi-billion-dollar industry. No surprise, really, given the massive revenue some top athletes are able to generate. Mustard is working to supplant — or at least augment — some of that pricey coaching with the launch of a new mobile app designed to analyze an athlete’s mechanics and offer corrective tips to help them improve.

The company was co-founded by Tom House, a former reliever whose coaching career has earned him the reputation as one the “father[s] of modern pitching mechanics.”

“Too many kids miss out on the power of play and the many physical and mental benefits of sports—studies show that 70% of kids stop playing sports by the age of 13 due to cost and lack of access to quality coaching. Mustard offers every kid access to the same coaching programs and extensive biomechanical analysis used by the best athletes in the world, and the same personalized training protocols that I use with the Hall of Famers I see in person,” House says in a release tied to the news. “We want to make elite personalized coaching accessible to all.”

Mustard announced this week that it has raised $1.7 million to improve its tool, led by Shasta Ventures and Intersect VC, along with a number of angel investors, including David Novak and Mike Dixon, and all-star athletes Nolan Ryan and Drew Brees. Ryan, in fact, has become one of the main faces of the company, gracing its home page, along with a color scheme that appears inspired by his days with the Astros.

The name isn’t great. It’s a reference to the phrase “put some mustard on it” — which refers to the act of adding a bit of an edge to a throw.

The app is opening up for a limited, free public beta, focused solely on baseball to start. “The product will be entirely free at first,” CEO Rocky Collins tells TechCrunch. “Over time, we will add premium features for a low monthly subscription. Even when premium features are added, we plan to continue to offer a free version of the app that offers tremendous value to users.”

The system relies on the smartphone’s camera and then uses proprietary AI algorithms to monitor the player’s motion and approximate human athletic coaching. For the baseball side of things, the company has employed engineers from Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM). Future sports will be added at some point down the road.

#apps, #artificial-intelligence, #baseball, #football, #intersect-vc, #pitching, #recent-funding, #shasta-ventures, #sports, #startups

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Can ‘Athletic Intelligence’ Be Measured?

Teams in the N.F.L. and other leagues believe performance on a tablet can predict success in a real game.

#draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football, #football-college, #national-football-league, #psychology-and-psychologists

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To Undo a Mess, the Jaguars Trust in the People Who Made It

Years of mismanagement have left Jacksonville with a thin roster and $44.8 million in dead cap space. The front office, however, remains intact.

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N.F.L. Takes Over Sexual Harassment Investigation of Washington Team

The law firm conducting the investigation into the claims of more than a dozen women will now answer to officials at league headquarters.

#football, #friel-lisa-m, #national-football-league, #sexual-harassment, #snyder-daniel-m, #washington-redskins, #wilkinson-walsh

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College Football’s Pandemic Playbook: Fewer Fans, No Tailgating, No Bands

About two dozen states plan to host college football games this season. With thousands of fans expected for many of them, organizers are trying to balance public health with tradition.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football, #football-college, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Buzz Bissinger: College Football Players Should Threaten to Boycott

The pandemic gives them an opportunity to demand what they deserve.

#big-12-conference, #big-ten-conference, #black-people, #boycotts, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #football-college, #national-college-players-assn, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #wages-and-salaries

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Black Former N.F.L. Players Say Racial Bias Skews Concussion Payouts

The players say doctors use two scales — one for Black athletes, one for white — to determine eligibility for dementia claims.

#black-people, #dementia, #disabilities, #football, #kevin-henry, #najeh-davenport, #national-football-league, #race-and-ethnicity, #zuckerman-spaeder

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Private Infighting Roils Owners of Washington N.F.L. Team

The team’s principal owner, Daniel Snyder, wanted to overhaul it this season, but, as court filings show, that task has been complicated by fractions between him and the franchise’s other shareholders.

#blair-mary-ellen, #coaches-and-managers, #dwight-schar, #fedex-corporation, #football, #media-entertainment-arts-worldwide, #names-organizational, #national-football-league, #rivera-ron, #sexual-harassment, #smith-frederick-w, #snyder-daniel-m, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #washington-redskins, #wright-jason-1982

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Washington Football Team Coach Ron Rivera Says He Has Cancer

In a year of franchise turmoil, Rivera will undergo treatment for early stage lymphoma while helping to lead organizational change.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #national-football-league, #rivera-ron, #snyder-daniel-m, #washington-redskins

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The N.F.L. is Playing With the Coronavirus

The virus is spiking in California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Missouri — states that host 13 of 32 teams.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #national-football-league

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C.F.L. Cancels Season as Pandemic Undermines League Finances

Canada’s biggest football league failed to receive government assistance.

#canadian-football-league, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football

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Washington Hires Former Player as N.F.L.’s First Black Team President

Jason Wright, 38, who played seven years in the league before becoming a business consultant, will join the Washington Football Team as it continues an overhaul and rebranding.

#football, #washington-redskins, #wright-jason-1982

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Carroll Hardy, Athlete With a Unique Distinction, Dies at 87

He was a college star in three sports and a successful N.F.L. executive. But he was better known as the only player who ever pinch-hit for Ted Williams.

#baseball, #boston-red-sox, #deaths-obituaries, #denver-broncos, #football, #hardy-carroll-1933-2020, #williams-ted-s

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Postponed College Football Games Could Disrupt $1 Billion in TV Ads

Fox and Disney, which owns ESPN and ABC, prepare to take another hit from a pandemic that has already affected them with shutdowns and delays.

#advertising-and-marketing, #big-ten-conference, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espn, #football, #football-college, #fox-broadcasting-co, #pacific-12-conference, #television, #walt-disney-company

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Why N.F.L. Players Opted Out of the 2020 Season

“I’m literally bear-hugging another creature on the other side of the ball every single play,” Leo Koloamatangi, a Jets offensive lineman, said. “If that guy has any symptoms, I’m going to get them.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denver-broncos, #football, #goodwin-marquise-1990, #koloamatangi-leo, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #new-york-jets, #peko-kyle, #philadelphia-eagles, #quarantines

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Gambling on College Football Almost Fixed My Dysfunctional Family

If Covid takes the football season away from us, we’re in danger of losing the bond we’ve taken so many years to build.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #football, #football-college, #gambling, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #parenting

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M.L.B.’s Botched Return Could Be a Warning for the N.F.L.

Baseball’s coronavirus outbreak is a cautionary tale for a league returning without sequestering players. It may be too late for the N.F.L. to change plans.

#chung-patrick-1987, #coronavirus-reopenings, #duvernay-tardif-laurent, #football, #hightower-donta, #major-league-baseball, #national-football-league

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As N.F.L. Fights Racism and Sexism, Team Owners Undercut the Message

The league has often focused its progressive efforts at employees, players and public displays. But the actions of team owners have undermined attempts at change.

#black-people, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #discrimination, #football, #johnson-woody, #minorities, #national-football-league, #new-york-jets, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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N.F.L. and Players Union Agree to Financial Terms for Regular Season

As training camps get underway, the two sides finalized plans to reduce the salary cap and scrap preseason games, an agreement that paves the way for the regular season to begin as scheduled on Sept. 10.

#collective-bargaining, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn

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N.F.L. Players Say #WeWantToPlay but Question Training Camp Safety

The team owners and the players’ union are deadlocked on several questions governing coronavirus protocols, even as players are scheduled to report this week.

#brees-drew, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #football, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #smith-demaurice, #watt-j-j-1989, #wilson-russell-1988

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A Stadium at Iowa State Says His Name: Jack Trice

Iowa State is the only major college football team to have named its stadium after a Black man, a player named Jack Trice who died from injuries sustained in a game in 1923 and whose story resonates amid today’s social justice movement.

#black-people, #football, #football-college, #iowa-state-university, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-organizational, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #sports-injuries, #trice-jack-1902-23

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