Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Falcons great Mike Kenn: Not just another wise guy ]]> Lead story image

The more time you spend talking to Mike Kenn, the more convinced you become that his common-sense approach can fix much of what ails the NFL. ‘‘Something they have to look at from a concussion standpoint is the players’ helmets don’t fit correctly anymore,’’ he said. ‘‘They wear them like baseball caps. These guys lose helmets with minimal contact. If a helmet fits properly, it’s not easy to take on and off. They’re not supposed to be comfortable.’’ Kenn is a legend in Atlanta, where he appeared in a franchise-record 251 games, including 94 straight, during a 17-year career as … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:39:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michael Sam released by Cowboys ]]> Lead story image

The Dallas Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:28:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Roethlisberger throws 2 TDs as Steelers rally past stunned Texans ]]> Lead story image

PITTSBURGH — One dizzying sequence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in complete control against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Monday night. Pittsburgh (4-3) needed just over a minute to turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point lead as the Texans self-destructed while losing their third straight. Roethlisberger finished with 265 yards passing. Le’Veon Bell racked up 145 yards of total … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:18:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Peyton Manning sets NFL record for TD passes, topping Brett Favre with 509 ]]> Lead story image

DENVER — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record for touchdown passes with his 509th. The record-breaker was an 8-yarder to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 left in the first half that gave Denver a 21-3 lead over San Francisco on Sunday night. Manning’s receivers played keep-away with the milestone memento before Manning got the ball and congratulations from his teammates. Favre sent along his congratulations via a scoreboard video he taped from his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Manning went into the game with 506 and needed just four drives to break Favre’s record. He threw a 3-yard TD pass to … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:23:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeMarco Murray sets NFL record, passes Jim Brown with 7th-straight 100-yard game ]]> Lead story image

ARLINGTON, Texas — DeMarco Murray is the first running back in NFL history to start a season with seven straight 100-yard games. The NFL rushing leader reached 100 yards on a 1-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter for the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants on Sunday. The fourth-year back from Oklahoma was tied with Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who hit the century mark in six straight games to start the 1958 season for Cleveland. Murray was on the verge of reaching 900 yards through seven games, on pace to surpass 2,000 yards two years after Adrian … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:28:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy football: Picks to start, sit in Week 7 ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 7 of the 2014 season. ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Brady throws 3 TD passes, Patriots block FG to beat Jets 27-25 ]]> Lead story image

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and the New England Patriots held off the New York Jets 27-25 when Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt was blocked on the last play Thursday night. The surprisingly competitive Jets suffered their sixth straight loss after taking a 19-17 lead with just under 9 minutes left in the third quarter on Chris Ivory’s 1-yard run. Stephen Gostkowski put the Patriots (5-2) ahead to stay with his second field goal, a 36-yarder with 4:10 to go in the third. Brady’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola gave them an eight-point lead … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy football: Time to cut bait on these 4 former starters ]]> Lead story image

JEFF AGREST: Patience is a virtue, but too much can be a detriment, even in fantasy football. If a player isn’t producing, you have to cut bait at some point. ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:17:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ 49ers rally to 31-17 win over Rams ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers answered St. Louis’ fast start with a big finish. Kaepernick threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, helping the 49ers erase an early 14-point deficit and beat the Rams 31-17 on Monday night. Brandon Lloyd, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree each caught a scoring pass for the 49ers (4-2), who have won three in a row. Ahmad Brooks and Dan Skuta had two sacks apiece for a stifling defense that sacked Austin Davis five times and permitted one first down on St. Louis’ first six possessions of the second … ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:15:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy Football: Some players just aren’t worth the headache ]]> Lead story image

Last season, I declared Cam Newton the “Most Frustrating Player in Fantasy Football.” Perhaps exasperating is the better term, but whatever words you use to describe him, they probably aren’t consistently flattering. Newton will drive you crazy because he can go for weeks at a time with mediocre performances, then he’ll put on a dazzling show as he did yesterday while sitting on your bench. Not my bench, mind you. I learned my lesson with Cam a couple years ago. But Newton has plenty of competition for the “MFP Award” this season. Percy Harvin, anyone? Of course, he has yet … ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:55:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Giants’ Victor Cruz tears patella tendon, carted off field with injury ]]> Lead story image

PHILADELPHIA — New York wide receiver Victor Cruz was carted off the field after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee in third quarter in the Giants’ 27-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Cruz went down after a leaping attempt at a fourth-and-6 pass with the Giants trailing 20-0. He immediately grabbed his knee and was crying with his hands on his face as he was taken off the field. Cruz was a Pro Bowl pick in 2012 and is known for his salsa dance after scoring touchdowns. The injury is expected to end his season. … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:18:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy Football: Who to start, sit in Week 6 ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 6 of the 2014 season. ]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:28:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL domestic violence policy could see many changes ]]> Lead story image

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he and the league’s owners spent about five hours at Wednesday’s fall meetings talking about domestic violence and that his job is to correct mistakes in how he handled the Ray Rice case and make sure they don’t happen again. Goodell and his league have become a focal point in a national conversation on domestic violence since video surfaced of Rice cold-cocking his future wife in a casino elevator. Former NFL player Joe Ehrmann thinks the harsh spotlight on the league lets the rest of the nation off the hook. “Right now everyone wants to … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:52:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Shelby suspended by Dolphins after nightclub arrest ]]> Lead story image

Miami Dolphins reserve defensive lineman Derrick Shelby was suspended indefinitely in the wake of his arrest on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and trespassing at a nightclub. ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tom Brady leaves no doubt ]]> Lead story image

The critics pounced after the second-worst loss in Tom Brady’s career. The New England Patriots just went back to work. Their focus resulted in a 43-17 rout of the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals just six days after the Patriots fell apart in a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ COUCH SLOUCH: It is possible to enjoy a Sunday without the NFL ]]> Lead story image

For the first time in a half-century, I willingly turned away from an NFL Sunday last weekend. Sure, life interrupts once in a while — births, deaths, the occasional flat tire, marriages, divorces. Otherwise, though, me and the NFL have been holding hands every Sunday since I started using Old Spice aftershave, which, curiously, came before I started to shave. (I remember going to a cousin’s wedding on an NFL Sunday in 1991. I have no recollection of any part of the ceremony — other than thinking, ‘‘Who gets married on an NFL Sunday?’’ — before discovering a television in … ]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:49:10 -0500