Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ What’s up with: Evanston-native, Falcons-great Mike Kenn ]]> 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 … ]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:13:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fantasy Football: Starters, benchwarmers in Week 10 ]]> Lead story image

Wondering whether or not to start Drew Brees and Jordy Nelson, or to bench Maurice Jones-Drew and Brandon Lloyd? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on. Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 10 of the 2014 season. ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 23:32:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ Adrian Peterson avoids jail in plea agreement ]]> Lead story image

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement in his child abuse case. ]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:38:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ More than 200 former players opt out of NFL concussion settlement ]]> Lead story image

PHILADELPHIA — More than 200 former players or their families have opted out of the proposed settlement of NFL concussion claims, fewer than 1 percent of the retirees covered by the deal, according to court documents filed Monday. Retired players who opted out of the proposed class-action settlement have the option of suing the NFL individually, but they presumably would have to show their brain injuries resulted from concussions suffered while they were playing for the league. The NFL has agreed to pay at least $765 million, and more if needed, to address claims the NFL hid known concussion risks … ]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:01:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ Tom Brady outduels Peyton Manning in 43-21 Patriots’ win ]]> Lead story image

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The chant began midway through the fourth quarter with the latest matchup between the all-time great quarterbacks long ago decided: “Brady’s Better.” On this day, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots certainly were the superior team, routing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-21 on Sunday to grab the best record in the AFC. Brady outdueled Manning in the 16th installment of their rivalry and is 11-5 against Manning. He threw for four touchdowns and Julian Edelman returned a punt 84 yards for a score. In his 200th career start, Brady passed for 333 yards. He … ]]> Sun, 02 Nov 2014 23:04:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ NFL fantasy football: Name players don’t always get you the points ]]> Lead story image

JEFF AGREST: A wise man once told me points are points. It doesn’t matter where they come from, as long as you have them. ]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:59:44 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ex-Texas QB Colt McCoy leads Redskins past Cowboys in Arlington ]]> Lead story image

ARLINGTON, Texas — Colt McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath’s 40-yard field goal in overtime and Dallas was unable to answer after Tony Romo returned from an apparent injury, sending the Redskins to a 20-17 victory on Monday night that snapped the Cowboys’ six-game winning streak. McCoy, the former Texas star playing at the home of the Cowboys for the first time since his final college game in his home state, calmly drove the Redskins (3-5) to the winning points. The Cowboys (6-2) had one last chance, but didn’t get a first down. Romo’s final pass on fourth down was … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:59:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ Peyton Manning throws 3 more TDs in 35-21 win over Chargers ]]> Lead story image

DENVER — Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. With the Chargers’ banged-up secondary double-teaming red-hot receiver Demaryius Thomas, Sanders caught TD throws of 2, 31 and 3 yards. The last one followed Chris Harris Jr.’s interception of a flustered Philip Rivers. Rookie running back Juwan Thompson added two TD runs as the Broncos (6-1) … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:50:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy football: 4 RBs to consider ... or not ]]> Lead story image

JEFF AGREST: Torches are being passed in NFL backfields, some by design, some by necessity. ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:11:57 -0600 <![CDATA[ Arbiter rules Roger Goodell should testify in Ray Rice’s appeal ]]> Lead story image

A person familiar with the case has told The Associated Press that an arbiter has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify in Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the appeal have not been made public. The arbiter, former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, informed the parties of her decision Wednesday. Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly. Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:20:56 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600