- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports4 hrs ago
The chase for Jadeveon Clowney is on.
The pass rusher out of South Carolina is one of the most exciting defensive players to enter the NFL draft in recent memory. The latest buzz involving Clowney was a report that said the Atlanta Falcons might trade up to get the chance to take him.
It makes perfect sense: there's little belief that a once-in-a-generation quarterback, offensive lineman, running back or receiver is available this year. Clowney, however, is thought to be a once-in-a-generation pass-disruptor. He has mauled quarterbacks since his first year of high school, and praise that would normally draw chuckles at this time of year – comparisons to Lawrence Taylor and Bruce Smith for instance – has been met with surprisingly little skepticism.
And while that means Clowney looms as the most obvious pick of the upcoming draft, he's also the most precarious. Because all that stunning talent has provided him with a shield against a normally discouraging worry.
For evidence, consider the man who coached Clowney most recently.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
BOSTON – This year, he made it all the way.
Last spring, Dick Ruhe ran almost the entire Boston Marathon at age 69, only to be blocked off with less than two miles to go when two bombs exploded at the finish line. He went to the Eliot Hotel and pleaded to call his wife Cathy, who had no idea where he was.
"I could not reach him," Cathy said, still sounding shaken from the memory.
Ruhe did not run this year, but he and Cathy returned here anyway, flying in from San Diego to walk together along the sidewalk on Boylston Street to the finish line. At 2:50 p.m., they stood right by the site of the first explosion, and they cried during a moment of silence held for the victims of last year's bombings. Then they walked away from the crowd, arm in arm, pausing to thank each police officer along the way.
This year, he made it back.
Returning to race: Response to Boston Marathon bombing creates emotional bond among victim, 3 othersEric Adelson at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
BOSTON – In the most terrifying of moments, she made a solemn promise. She made the promise in spite of her sudden fears and the sudden screams of a firefighter. She made the promise even though the woman in her arms was someone she didn't even know.
Through the horrifying minutes, depressing days and arduous months after that moment, she kept the promise. She's keeping it still.
She says it's the least and the most she can do.
To hear Lauren Blanda describe the Boston Marathon is to feel what it's like to run it. She talks about the beauty of the Wellesley campus and the college women blowing kisses. She talks about the rancor of Fenway, and how the pavement is sometimes sticky with leftover beer. She talks about Heartbreak Hill, and how the downhill parts can cause your quad muscles to scream more than any ascent.
And she talks about the thrill of the start of the final stretch: "When you turn that corner out in Newton, at this firehouse, and there are people on the hill screaming, and all the B.C. students. I've always remembered that area being fully lined, both sides." She gets goosebumps just talking about it.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
There's back pain, and then there's back surgery, and then there's the ordeal Linden Gaydosh endured.
Last August, the Carolina Panthers' defensive tackle underwent surgery for a herniated disc before he had a chance to make the team as a rookie. Doctors ordered him not to sit down after the operation.
For a month.
That meant no driving, no lounging on the couch, no chairs for eating meals. Gaydosh, who is 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, could only sit down in the bathroom.
"I limited those trips as much as I could," Gaydosh said Tuesday by phone. "Until I was pretty much bursting."
He had his meals standing up, and spent his training camp bus rides lying down in the aisle.
"Watching TV was kind of an issue," he says.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
TAMPA, Fla. – He laughed at the question.
“How many times have I been cut?” asked Dale Weise, Montreal’s rugged winger, in the dressing room after his overtime winner in Game 1 on Wednesday.
“Junior or pro?”
How about both?
“Total?” Weise said, “Two in junior, three in pro …
“Four in pro.”
You know it’s playoff hockey when a guy deemed unworthy of having a jersey by four organizations owns a moment in the spotlight. And there's no bigger moment than playoff overtime, and no better time for your first playoff goal. Weise, 25, was drafted 111th overall by the Rangers in 2008, and that was his third year eligible. On Wednesday he slammed a shot past Lightning goalie Anders Lindback late in the first overtime and turned a sloppy Montreal performance into a 5-4 postseason masterpiece. [Related: Daniel Briere shows off playoff savvy on OT winner]
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports13 days ago
The new Detroit Lions head coach is supposed to be far different from the old Lions head coach.
Time to see if that happens.
Jim Caldwell, on the first day he met with his players, found one superstar absent: Ndamukong Suh.
The defensive tackle's decision not to show up for this week's voluntary workouts isn't a red flag on its own. Voluntary workouts are just that, and it's not like Suh is ever out of shape. Suh is working on a new contract and he's not the first standout to sit out while business is done.
"From what I know it's a contract thing so that's the business side of stuff and we all go through it so everybody understands," running back Reggie Bush told reporters on Thursday. "Nobody's looking down on him. I'm sure as soon as he can be here he'll be here."
That defense, though commendable, is weakened by the fact that Suh usually doesn't show up to voluntary workouts – contract limbo or no contract limbo. And that leads to a bigger issue.
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports17 days ago
The union representing NFL players displayed a show of force over the weekend by launching an investigation into the Philadelphia Eagles' controversial release of DeSean Jackson.
The investigation echoes the show of force made by the NFLPA after then-Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman had his medical information leaked to the media last season.
That investigation, however, has so far turned out to be no show of force at all.
The alleged leak of Freeman's records to ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen happened in September 2013. Yahoo Sports reached out to the NFLPA for results of the investigation three times during the season and again in a media conference hosted by NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith during Super Bowl week. Smith said in February the investigation was "close" to being complete.
It's now April, and there's still no end to the investigation.
"[The] investigation is still not complete," NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said via email on Monday. "A couple of interviews have been postponed. Both parties hope to have the process complete in the next six weeks or so."
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports22 days ago
The question on the minds of many NFL fans over the past week is: Does Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson have gang ties?
The better question might be: What does "gang ties" mean, anyway? And even more, does this loose characterization threaten the contract status and livelihood of other players around the league?
One longtime sports agent, reached by Yahoo Sports Tuesday night, worried about a "DeSean Effect" where teams will cut ties with players rather than pay them or re-up them because of assumed gang ties. The Philadelphia Eagles, who have yet to publicly address their reasoning, released Jackson last Friday, hours after a report by NJ.com that the team was concerned with the receiver's gang connections. Jackson has since signed a three-year deal with the rival Washington Redskins.
"Teams will use this," predicted the agent, who asked not to be named for this story. "If you consider players from the inner city, 95 percent of them can be said to have gang ties."
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports28 days ago
ORLANDO, Fla. – A little bit of Gruden might do Robert Griffin III a lot of good.
New Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is likeable like his older brother, Jon. He's upbeat like the famous "Monday Night Football" commentator. But there's little of the fire and bluster, little of the tense edge that gave Jon Gruden his "Chucky" reputation.
That could be perfect for Washington's franchise quarterback.
"When the rush comes," the new coach said here Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, "I would never, ever stop him from running."
Gruden has spoken about trust in his public comments about Griffin so far, and it's clear trust was lacking between the quarterback and former coach Mike Shanahan. Both Griffin and Shanahan acted like they knew better – and were bent on proving it. Gruden, a former quarterback, may very well know better than RG3. He certainly doesn't come off that way. He wants Griffin to "relax and play."
"It's just his third year in the league," Gruden said. "He's not going to be perfect on every throw."
- Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports28 days ago
Those who are bothered by Wednesday's momentous ruling in favor of Northwestern football players' right to unionize have a place to direct their frustration.
The presidents of the universities.
It is the presidents of the universities who allowed coaches to become dictators and players to become employees rather than student-athletes.
It is the presidents who failed for years to do anything but empower coaches through salaries, palatial facilities, and general kowtowing.
It is the presidents who gave control of scholarships to the coaches, rather than keeping the power for themselves and the actual teachers.
The key passage of Wednesday's ruling of the National Labor Relations Board is a reflection of how much reign coaches have, and how far removed college sports are from the educational infrastructure: