• New England Patriots

    Rob Gronkowski admits he's sometimes scared of Tom Brady

    Tom Brady was apparently furious on more than one occasion during the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Jets in Week 6. During the first half when Brady and the Patriots fell into a 14-0 hole, the CBS broadcast caught a particularly unhappy Brady. You don’t have to be a talented lip reader to see Brady’s language wasn’t safe for the broadcast. “He gets mad — he’s in the game,” Rob Gronkowski said when asked about Brady’s emotions in a postgame press conference. “It gets you fired up, and sometimes you’re scared that you got him fired up. You don’t know. But you just go out there, you know he’s in the mood once the offense picked up. He’s our leader. It definitely goes through him.” After Brady’s outburst,

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  • Houston Astros

    Astros fans were not happy about The Post’s Kate Upton ad

    Astros fans gave the Houston equivalent of a Bronx cheer to The Post’s helpful half-page ad in their hometown newspaper — exposing the true baseball allegiance of their game-winning pitcher’s fetching fiancée, Kate Upton. “Hey Houston!” the Post’s ad blared above a 2013 snap of longtime Bombers diehard Upton proudly wearing a Yankee cap. “We know who she’s really rooting for,” taunts the ad, which ran in Saturday’s Houston Chronicle. ’Stros fans were less than amused by the sight of star hurler Justin Verlander’s squeeze sporting the enemy’s headgear. “It just looks like she’s rooting for whatever team she’s at,” complained Zeke Duncan of Beaumont, Texas. Duncan, who was waiting for the start

    New York Post
  • Chicago Bears

    10 thoughts on the Bears' 27-24 overtime win over the Ravens

    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears snapped a 10-game road losing streak to upset the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in overtime Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium. 1. For a couple of kids raised in Baltimore who grew up in a city where guys like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were larger-than-life icons, faces of a franchise for more than a decade, it had to be a thrill to return to Charm City for the first time as NFL players and have a chance to compete. Adrian Amos and Kyle Fuller have both been seeking a bit of redemption too whether they want to admit it or not. Amos was effectively demoted after two years as a starter when the club bucked up for journeyman Quintin Demps in free agency and then used a fourth-round draft pick on Alabama’s Eddie Jackson.

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  • News

    Why the 49ers released NaVorro Bowman instead of trading him

    The 49ers released veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Friday. It was a surprising move, because teams don’t often release three-time All-Pro players on the right side of 30 very often, but the move was actually exceedingly nice to Bowman, and something we don’t see often in the NFL. “NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. There were reports last week that the 49ers were trying to find a trade partner for Bowman, and on Sunday morning it emerged that the team actually had a deal in place with the Saints on the trade — but ultimately decided to cut their veteran instead.

    SB Nation
  • Oklahoma Sooners

    Oklahoma 29, Texas 24: 3 things we learned

    After falling behind 20-0 in the first half, the Texas Longhorns battled back against the Oklahoma Sooners, but couldn’t complete the comeback in the 29-24 loss in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Here’s three things we learned about the team from the performance. The USC game wasn’t a fluke — the effort is there In the last month, the team has proved one thing conclusively — it will compete with effort and it won’t give up. Against Kansas State that meant responding to first-half scores. Against Oklahoma, it was about the defense holding the Oklahoma offense to field goals in the first half when the game was threatening to get ugly. Cutting the deficit in half in the final several minutes of that

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  • Dallas Cowboys

    Four moves the Cowboys need to make to improve their post-bye level of play

    The Dallas Cowboys suffered through a pretty chaotic bye week, with players being released, players retiring, and players being suspended (or more accurately re-suspended). What the Cowboys really need is to get back on the football field, and when they do they need to up their game. The uneven 2-3 start is not going to cut it going forward. So here are four moves they need to make to help ensure success the rest of the way. Give more time to Brice Butler at the expense of Terrance Williams: Yes, the dropped pass that led to a pick-six for Green Bay is still on everybody’s mind. But that’s not the only reason the Cowboys should plug in more Brice Butler for Terrance Williams. Butler has been

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  • Washington Redskins

    Chris Thompson is absurd

    D.C. Sports Bog | Perspective Chris Thompson’s ridiculous five weeks, by the numbers. Well, by some numbers, anyhow. Maybe there are more. 340: Receiving yards Thompson has racked up through five games — more than 100 receiving yards better than anyone else on the Redskins. This is an absurd total for a running back. In fact, over the past 15 NFL seasons, only Matt Forte had more receiving yards through five games — and barely. (Forte had 345 receiving yards in the first five games of the 2011 season for the Bears.) 1088: Receiving yards Thompson is on pace for, which would make him Washington’s only 1000-yard receiver. It would also make him the NFL’s first running back to hit 1000 receiving

    Washington Post2 hours ago
  • Miami Dolphins

    Miami Dolphins suddenly with reasons for optimism

    By midafternoon Sunday, the Dolphins found themselves in a 17-0 hole, facing the embarrassing reality of having been outscored by an absurd 84-41 margin this season and wondering if they would ever climb out of their offensive abyss. By the time midnight struck, so much had changed: Miami (3-2) emerged from Week 6 as one of only six AFC teams with a winning record, tied for the fourth-best record in the conference and with a real chance to make this a meaningful, successful season after all. The 3-3 Baltimore Ravens (who host Miami on a Thursday night Oct. 26), the 2-4 Oakland Raiders and the 3-2 Denver Broncos — who all play the Dolphins over the next two months, with Oakland and Denver visiting South Florida — don’t look quite as strong as many figured they would be.

    Miami Herald2 hours ago
  • Golf

    Progress: Tiger posts video of driver swing

    Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior golf writer for ESPN.com Covered golf for more than 20 years Earned Evans Scholarship to attend Indiana University For the third time in eight days, Tiger Woods posted a video to Twitter of himself taking a golf swing -- in his Sunday red, no less. And hitting a driver. Woods, who had fusion surgery on his lower back in April, has not said if he has been cleared by doctors to resume full golf activity. He said two weeks ago at the Presidents Cup, where he was an assistant captain, that he was awaiting word after a six-month check-up. His agent, Mark Steinberg, could not be reached Sunday. It was at the Presidents Cup where Woods said, "I don't know what

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  • Golden State Warriors

    Book discloses the reason for Jerry West’s departure from Warriors

    An intriguing detail on Jerry West saying farewell to Golden State emerged this week. The former Warriors front office executive left for the L.A. Clippers over the offseason partly because of a pay cut, according to longtime NBA reporter Jack McCallum. Trimming the compensation of West may sound somewhat silly to some NBA fans since the Lakers legend followed his Hall of Fame playing career with a legendary arc as an executive — including helping the Warriors set up a team that won two of the last three NBA titles. However, McCallum reported as much in his new book Golden Days: West’s Lakers, Steph’s Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball (which will be released Oct.

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