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Peyton Manning: 'I do throw ducks'

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws "ducks." And Thursday, had …

Why Peyton Manning's Pass Protection Will Decide Outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII

Super Bowl XLVIII will be between the No. 1 scoring offense and No. 1 scoring defense, but break that down into individual units, and there is quite a bit of discrepancy. The Denver Broncos have an average rushing attack, and the Seattle Seahawks have a good run defense—neither one was ranked in …

NFL

Super Bowl MVP odds: Peyton Manning is the betting favorite

The Broncos quarterback was arguably the best player in the regular season, can he capture the Super Bowl MVP award against the league's best defense? Vegas thinks he's the best bet to do so.<p>There is still a fair amount of time before Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off, but the teams and players are set, …

Silencing Hank: The Peyton Manning Edition

Who here didn't see this one coming?<p>While my Brandon Spikes Edition of my "Silencing Hank" series came as a total surprise, this week's installment …

Peyton Manning Is The Story Of The NFL Playoffs

On paper, this coming weekend’s AFC and NFC conference championship games are the best in recent NFL playoff memory. The teams seem like the right ones—the best two, over the course of the season, in each respective conference. But what will get people most excited, of course, are the quarterback …

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How Idiotic Instagram Selfies Earned a 19-Year-Old Criminal 142 Felony Counts

This was NOT a good week for moronic criminals with access to Instagram. After posting a bunch of ill-advised selfies on the photo sharing site, a …

Jim Buss on Kobe extension: 'This was a Buss family decision'

Lakers exec says Bryant's extension was about loyalty.<p>As you've no doubt heard by now, the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant agreed to a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension on Monday. Lakers executive vice-president of player personnel Jim Buss said that it was an easy decision, one …

Peyton Manning chasing 2007 Tom Brady

USA TODAY Sports<p>Can Peyton Manning reach Tom Brady's record of 50 passing touchdowns in a season?Through the first 10 games of the season, Denver's …

The US And Afghanistan Inked A Deal To Keep The War Going Through 2024

The U.S. and Afghan governments have agreed to a final draft in a bilateral agreement that lays out the relationship between the two nations and the end to the war in Afghanistan, this according to Richard Engel with NBC News.<p>According to a draft copy of the resolution obtained by NBC News, the …

Drew Brees' Long Neck Leads to One of the Best GIFs of the NFL Season

The New Orleans Saints defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 23-20, in Week 11, and NFL fans were buzzing about the pivotal, game-changing personal-foul call on 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks' sack that caused Saints quarterback Drew Brees to fumble.<p>During Brooks' big hit, it looked like Brees' neck was …

Football (U.S.)

Kobe Bryant Returns to Lakers Practice for First Time Since Achilles Injury

Kobe Bryant is one giant step closer to getting back on the court in a game situation, as the Los Angeles Lakers superstar returned to practice on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:<p>The Lakers later confirmed the report, per Mike Trudell of Lakers.com:<p>Bryant was cleared to …

Basketball

Ray Lewis Offers to Pay Half of Potential Fine for Ahmad Brooks' Hit vs. Saints

On Sunday, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was flagged for roughing the passer on what will probably go down as one of the most controversial calls of the 2013 NFL season.<p>While it probably won't make Brooks feel any better, former Ravens great Ray Lewis is prepared to soften the blow …

Football (U.S.)

BreakupText App Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

Worried you might be heartless? There's now a simple test to find out: If you download and use BreakupText — the new iOS app for the truly, deeply …

Kobe Bryant Gets A $24 Million Check Today Because Of A Quirk In His Contract

The Los Angeles Lakers star will receive 80% of his $30.5 million salary today in one lump sum payment today, Eric Pincus of the LA Times reports.<p>That means he'll get a check for $24,363,044.<p>NBA players typically get paid bi-weekly during the season, but they have the right to negotiate a different …

Kobe Bryant says 'born a Laker,' looks 'forward to dying one'

Kobe Bryant is in the final year of his contract, but he certainly sounds like a player looking to re-sign and finish his career with the Lakers.<p>"I was born a Laker, so I look forward to dying one," Bryant tells Kevin Frazier on Wednesday night's "Connected With .. Kobe Bryant."<p>In the show …

Golden State Warriors

Are the Los Angeles Lakers Better Than We Thought?

Let's get one thing straight: the Los Angeles Lakers are <i>not</i> going to win more games than the Los Angeles Clippers this year, despite what the former's 116-103 win over the latter would suggest. The Purple and Gold aren't going to enjoy the privilege of playing at home every night, nor can they be …

Basketball

Broncos know they must improve protection for Peyton Manning

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The only feeling that might be as bad for Julius Thomas as whiffing on a block that gets his quarterback, Peyton Manning, hit was having to re-watch the error over and over and over on a projector screen in a Denver Broncos meeting room.<p>"It's hard to say it's worse because in the …

Lakers Won't Allow Kobe Bryant to Become Free Agent for Financial Flexibility

Superstar Kobe Bryant is set to become a free agent after the upcoming season, but, after reports saying otherwise, Jim Buss won't allow Bryant to hit the market at all.<p><b>UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 p.m. ET</b><p>ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has the latest:<p>"I want to put an end to any speculation that we …

Orange County

Grambling St. players refuse to travel

Grambling State on Friday canceled its football game against Jackson State after Grambling's disgruntled players refused to travel to Jackson for the …

Grambling State football collapsing, players choose to miss game

The university is in a financial mess, and football players appear to be fed up.<p><i>UPDATE: Grambling State confirmed on Friday evening that the football team will not travel to play Jackson State. The game will not be made up, but Jackson State will hold an open scrimmage and offer a ticket …

ESPN Ranks Kobe Bryant as No. 25 Best NBA Player: Too High or Too Low?

There are not currently 24 players in the NBA who are better than Kobe Bryant.<p>ESPN's NBA Player Rankings say otherwise, designating the Black Mamba the Association's 25th-best player. But that's simply not accurate. It's not even close to accurate.<p>The folks who participated in the rankings are no …

Basketball

Rob Ryan's reaction sums up Tom Brady's game-winning TD drive

Rob Ryan's defense stopped Tom Brady twice. It needed to stop him three times.<p>The New Orleans Saints' defense did everything right in the closing minutes against the Patriots. Well, almost everything.<p>Up 24-23, the Saints forced a turnover on downs. Up 27-23, Keenan Lewis picked off a Tom Brady …

Kobe Bryant injury: Lakers guard jogging, shooting set shots

Kobe Bryant has been making small strides toward returning and on Wednesday took the court by himself.<p>There's still no timetable for Kobe Bryant's return, but every small progression toward one after he tore his Achilles tendon will have the Los Angeles Lakers' attention. On Wednesday, Bryant took …

Peyton Manning's Hot Start Makes Him Front-Runner for 5th NFL MVP

After just one month, it looks like Peyton Manning has this MVP thing wrapped up.<p>After missing the entire 2011 season, the September AFC Player of the Month spent 2012 regaining his health, throwing velocity and familiarity with the live speed of the NFL game. His new squad started 2-3 as a result …

NFL

Dallas not scared of Peyton Manning

IRVING, Texas -- All due respect to Peyton Manning, but some Dallas Cowboys defenders would rather not participate in all the raving about the Denver …

Kobe Bryant in Germany for blood platelet therapy

A Kobe Bryant mystery was born on Thursday afternoon, when the Los Angeles Lakers announced that their aging star had gone overseas for a medical procedure that was unrelated to the Achilles tendon tear he suffered in April.<p>But a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that, as was the …

Michael Jordan says he'd beat LeBron James in one-on-one

In his prime, Michael Jordan thinks he would have defeated LeBron James and other NBA legends in a game of one-on-one. But there’s one matchup Jordan wasn’t sure about.<p>Jordan was interviewed by Ahmad Rashad for an upcoming promo video for NBA 2K14. He said he’d like to have played games against …

Gucci Mane Apologizes for Twitter Rant, Admits Addiction to Lean - Rap-Up

Gucci Mane caused a firestorm on social media with his tweets earlier this month. Following his rant, an apologetic Guwop returned to Twitter to make …

Peyton Manning's Fantasy Value Won't Drop After Ryan Clady's Injury

Peyton Manning will still put up jaw-dropping fantasy football numbers this season, despite the fact that the Denver Broncos lost Ryan Clady for the season.<p>Clady was the team's starting left tackle before he was placed on season-ending IR with a foot injury, as noted by Mike Klis of the Denver Post:<p>…

Football (U.S.)