It is virtually impossible these days to watch a football or baseball game, turn on sports-talk radio, or download anything on a mobile device without being blitzed by ads for FanDuel and DraftKings.
The burgeoning daily fantasy sports companies have gone viral, grown at a dizzying pace, and are valued at $1 billion apiece. They have trampled ...Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Potentially standing between the 49ers and a fourth straight loss Sunday is Odell Beckham Jr.
The New York Giants' wide receiver didn't say that himself this week. But he did do enough trash talking -- and punching -- last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills to add another level to his reputation as a flamboyant star.
While Ravens coach John Harbaugh had said in a television interview last week that Steve Smith Sr. wouldn't play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and offensive coordinator Marc Trestman reiterated that Thursday, the veteran receiver was officially listed as doubtful for the game on the final injury report.
Players who are listed as doubtful ...Read more
Blue shoes are apparently a no-no.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford confirmed today that he was fined for wearing improper cleats in Monday night's 13-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Stafford said he was fined "the generic random amount" for a uniform violation, which is $5,787 according to the NFL's schedule of fines.
Stafford's ...Read more
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Denver Broncos rank last in the AFC in total offense and passing, and next to last in rushing. Yet, Peyton Manning and his crew bring a 4-0 record into Sunday's game in Oakland.
"They're a very successful offense," Raiders safety/cornerback TJ Carrie said, "so no matter what stats say, no matter what people say, they have...Read more
One quarter of the way into the NFL season, and six teams still have unblemished records.
Cincinnati, Green Bay, Atlanta, Denver and Carolina are 4-0. New England, which had last weekend off, is 3-0.
Compare that to last season, when nobody reached 4-0. Arizona and Cincinnati were 3-0 after the first month, but both lost their next games.
It ...Read more
New England coach Bill Belichick repeated a line earlier this week that has been said a countless number of times about the Dallas Cowboys this season.
"They're a good football team -- best offensive line in the league," Belichick said.
But is the offensive line playing like the best in the league through four games?
Some are wondering what's...Read more
Our 25th season of Friday NFL picks continued on the upbeat last week at a solid 12-3 overall and a marginally acceptable 8-7 against the spread. We bull's-eyed our Upset of the Week with Giants winning at Bills ("Aawwk!") and nailed another outright upset with Bears over Raiders. Also had Jaguars with points over Colts. We will only mention the...Read more
No Cure for Murder (Brier Hospital Series)Lawrence Gold
Death at Brier Hospital is routine, a perfect opportunity to murder and get away with it. Jacob Weizman, a physician, and his wife, Lola are octogenarians who take the fear out of getting old. After fifty-five years practicing medicine, Jacob isn’t surprised by several patients’ deaths, ...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks will not play in Sunday's game against the Giants following the death of his older sister, Brooks' agent, Gregory Williams, said Thursday.
The 49ers would not corroborate the report, saying only that Brooks' status is unknown. Still, it seems unlikely that Brooks, who currently is in ...Read more
Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has been fired; the organization has named Lou Anarumo his replacement.
Coyle is the second Dolphins coaching casualty this week, following head coach Joe Philbin out the door.
Anarumo spent the past four years working on Coyle's staff as the Dolphins' defensive backs coach.
Jeff Burris has ...Read more
Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery's ailing hamstring continues to limit him, and this Sunday he could miss his fourth consecutive game.
Jeffery did not fully participate in Thursday's practice, as the Bears continue to prepare for their trip to Kansas City to play the Chiefs. The team's No. 1 receiver has fully participated in only two ...Read more
Finally, there has been push back from the Cowboys regarding defensive end Greg Hardy's controversial comments about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's wife.
Coach Jason Garrett said the situation was addressed with Hardy immediately following his interview on Tuesday when he made the comments.
"Well we just addressed it immediately,...Read more
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Roddy White, the Falcons' all-time leading receiver, met with head coach Dan Quinn about his role in the offense.
"It's really not a controversy," White said on Thursday. "My role is what it is. I've talked to DQ and we've gotten past that. It's just certain things that just get out into the media and certain people just ...Read more
Something is amiss with the Detroit Lions offense right now, even opponents can tell.
Both Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and safety Tyrann Mathieu said in separate conference calls with Detroit reporters Wednesday that they're surprised the Lions haven't been better on offensive this year.
"Very, very, very surprised," Mathieu said. "...Read more
BEREA, Ohio -- Browns two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden defended himself Wednesday against critics who have ripped him for sitting out Sunday's 30-27 loss to the San Diego Chargers primarily because of a broken finger on his right hand.
Haden, who suffered the injury along with a rib contusion Sept. 27 in a loss to the Oakland Raiders, ...Read more
COLTS (2-2) at TEXANS (1-3)
Cote's pick: IND 24-17.
TV: 8:25 p.m. Thursday, CBS/NFL.
An arcane little piece of the Dolphins' Glory Days legacy is in play here. Miami in 1972-73 set the NFL record with 15 consecutive division wins, a mark Indy tied last week and would break by winning Thursday night. The Week 5 kick-starter was off...Read more
Colin Kaepernick insisted Wednesday he's not worried about his job security and that his confidence level is at maximum capacity.
But just to make sure, coach Jim Tomsula met with the 49ers' starting quarterback this week to gauge whether the bad memories from his four-interception outing against Arizona had caused him to play too tentatively ...Read more
The man who Antonio Gates initially would not name Wednesday -- "a former tight end for the Broncos," he called him -- retired with 46 more career receiving yards and 27 more career catches than the Chargers tight end has now. That same unnamed man used news of Gates' four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug ...Read more
Ryan Tannehill is livid with a National Football Post report that, in Tannehill's view, erroneously accused him of telling a scout team player to "enjoy your practice squad paycheck."
Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Tannehill held little back.
"Yeah, I'm upset," Tannehill said. "Honestly, it's slanderous to report things that I didn't say. ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The cross-ownership complications of St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke are over.
NFL owners Wednesday approved Kroenke's plan, which allows him to retain ownership of the Rams, and transfers ownership of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche to his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke. She is a Wal-Mart heiress who, according to Forbes, is ...Read more