Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher has always been a trailblazer ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS — Jeff Fisher has never been afraid to buck a trend, draft a troubled player or grant a second chance. The coach of the Rams stuck with Adam “Pacman” Jones and Kenny Britt when he was at Tenn-essee, despite their off-field problems. Britt is now reunited with Fisher in St. Louis. Fisher recently rehired Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator who was given a one-year suspension by the league for the bounty scandal with the Saints. It was not a surprise that it was Fisher who helped Michael Sam make history as the first openly gay player drafted by … ]]> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:56:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tony Dungy can’t deny true feelings for Michael Sam ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Tony Dungy is a kindly, soft-spoken man who is hard to dislike. In person, he’ll chat with you like a friend who really cares. And he does care. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 40-year-old mom makes Saints cheerleading squad ]]> Lead story image

She hadn’t done splits and high kicks since her cheerleading days in high school, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal: to try out for the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bill Belichick’s text messages part of Aaron Hernandez case ]]>

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick were interviewed by police investigating a homicide in which former player Aaron Hernandez has been charged. ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wounded U.S. war veteran debuts film Thursday in Chicago ]]> Lead story image

The story of Travis Mills is coming to Chicago. Mills, a retired United States Army Staff Sergeant of the Airborne, lost portions of both his arms and legs from an improvised explosive device (IED) while on 82nd patrol in Afghanistan in 2012. He has become one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive. Mills’ story became the centerpiece for an award-winning documentary entitled “Travis: A Soldier’s Story,” featuring reenactments of the injury and interviews with people close to the injury itself. The film will debut at AMC River East 21 on Thursday, July … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:16:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Suspect in death of Adrian Peterson’s son arrested again ]]>

A man charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota last fall is facing charges in a new alleged incident. ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Morrissey: Redskins nickname needs to go. Now! ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: When are we going to get it through our heads? The only thing that matters is what Native Americans want. What a filthy rich owner of a sports team and its nostalgic fan base want is inconsequential. ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:45:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-Bears RB Marion Barber held for mental evaluation ]]> Lead story image

Former NFL running back Marion Barber III was detained and taken for a mental health evaluation after police were called to a Dallas suburb. ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hernia sidelines Texans’ No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney ]]> Lead story image

Houston Texans’ No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney will miss next week’s mandatory minicamp after sports hernia surgery, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters Friday that the defensive end underwent surgery Thursday to treat the issue, rather than to wait for it to heal on its own. “We just looked at it as, let’s take care of it now, and he’ll be ready for training camp like I said,” O’Brien said. “And we’re looking forward to seeing him in training camp.” After Clowney missed organized team activities Thursday and Friday, … ]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:50:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Colin Kaepernick cleared in sexual assault claim ]]> Lead story image

San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not faces charges in an incident involving a woman at a downtown hotel, prosecutors announced Thursday. ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michael Sam feels at home with the Rams ]]> Lead story image

ST. LOUIS — Michael Sam is confident he’ll be judged on performance. The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL said Friday there have been no issues fitting in with his St. Louis Rams teammates, no awkward moments in the locker room and that he was accepted right away. “They respect me as a human being,” he said. “And as a football player.” Being a bit of a cut-up helps cut the ice, too. Sam skipped all of the media days last season at Missouri while saving his announcement for February, but teammates will tell you he has quite … ]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:02:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dan Marino joining concussion lawsuit against NFL ]]> Lead story image

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is among the latest group of NFL players to file a concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL. Marino and 14 other former NFL players filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Pennsylvania May 28, joining more than 4,500 others who had previously accused the NFL of misleading players about the long-term dangers of concussions. The NFL and the plaintiffs agreed on a $765 million settlement last August, but the settlement was rejected by a federal judge in January. The suit filed by Marino and others is similar in nature to hundreds of earlier lawsuits, … ]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:31:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Johnny Manziel is No. 1 in Clevelands’s heart ]]> Lead story image

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel held up his new brown No. 2 jersey and flashed a smile that beamed to Texas. With whirring cameras providing the soundtrack, he was welcomed to his NFL home. Johnny Football arrived. Cleveland may never be the same. Humble, confident and charmingly comfortable in handling any question, Manziel was introduced Friday by the Browns, who positioned themselves perfectly in the first round of the draft to select the polarizing Texas A&M quarterback with equal amounts of skill and swag. Sitting alongside fellow first-round pick Justin Gilbert, a cornerback from Oklahoma State taken 14 picks ahead … ]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 15:34:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tampa Bay Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer dies at 85 ]]>

Malcolm Glazer, the self-made billionaire who owned English Premier League club Manchester United and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has died. He was 85. ]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tattoos could play role in Aaron Hernandez case ]]> Lead story image

Investigators asked for help from tattoo artists who may have inked former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, saying they could help in the prosecution of a double murder Hernandez is charged with committing in 2012. ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Assault charges dismissed against ex-Bear Henry Melton ]]>

Criminal charges have been dropped against Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton over a 2013 altercation at a Dallas-area bar. ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:53:15 -0500