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Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan walks to the bus as the team arrive at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan walks to the bus as the team arrive at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    In enemy territory, nary a bad word about Falcons QB Ryan

    BOSTON (AP) — The enemies list is long in New England, and it grows with each tweet that dares to doubt Tom Brady’s supremacy or call coach Bill Belichick a cheater. But there’s one opponent who has escaped the fury of the Foxborough fans, and even has a considerable amount of goodwill in the heart […]
  • South squad quarterback Davis Webb of California (7) reacts to his team stopping the North squad from scoring a two point conversion allowing the South to hold on and win 16-15 during the second half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Webb, Reynolds have strong connection in Senior Bowl win

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Davis Webb looked for Josh Reynolds on his initial third-down play Saturday, found him again on his next pass and a third time for a long touchdown. It’s just like the California quarterback predicted the night before the Senior Bowl, when that connection with the Texas A&M wide receiver helped the […]
  • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2016 file photo, Baylor University Interim President Dr. David Garland watches play during an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA on  in Waco, Texas.  A former Baylor University student who says she was raped by two football players filed a federal lawsuit Friday, Jan 27, 2017 against the school that alleges there were dozens more assaults of women involving other players. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    New lawsuit against Baylor alleges 52 rapes in 4 years

    WACO, Texas (AP) — A former Baylor University student who says she was raped by two football players filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the school that alleges there were dozens more assaults of women involving other players. The lawsuit by the student, who is listed in the documents only as “Elizabeth Doe,” alleges at […]
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, Oxford High School student Kwon Alexander dons an LSU cap signifying his intent to attend and play football there during a news conference on national signing day at Oxford High School in Oxford, Ala. The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Now the relatively new phenomena of national signing day as a spectacle could be heading toward extinction with the likely introduction of early signing period. Wednesday’s signing day will mark the end of an era. (Tamika Moore/AL.com via AP, File)

    Recruiting reforms could bring end to signing day circus

    The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Schools use national signing day to excite their fans, market the program and impress future recruits with a flashy welcome. On one day, thousands of high school football players make their commitments to schools official. A few […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2015, file photo, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler speaks in Minneapolis. A university investigation called for punishing 10 players following an alleged sexual assault on campus last fall. Coach Tracy Claeys was fired in part because of his public support of his players differed with Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

    Hearings begin for suspended Minnesota football players

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ten Minnesota football players suspended for their alleged involvement in a sexual assault faced a panel of university employees on Thursday and Friday in an attempt to avoid expulsion and other punishments recommended by the school’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office. The players have denied any wrongdoing and remain enrolled. The […]
  • Inside linebacker Connor Harris of Lindenwood (16) follows the play to make a tackle during practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Small college guys battling for draft spots at Senior Bowl

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Connor Harris made more tackles in his Lindenwood career than any other NCAA football player. Cooper Kupp led the nation in receiving for Eastern Washington, and Tiffin’s Antonio Pipkin racked up more than 13,000 yards in total offense. Now, those small college stars are mingling on the field with players from […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty (32) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (87) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. McCourty is one of four former Rutgers players expected to start in the Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    Super Bowl is best thing to happen to Rutgers this season

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After failing to win a Big Ten Conference game in his first season, Rutgers coach Chris Ash suddenly has a major recruiting tool. It’s the Super Bowl. When the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons meet in Houston on Feb. 5, Rutgers will be on display. The Scarlet Knights are going […]
  • Michigan paying 3 on Harbaugh’s staff $1 million per year

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is committed to paying Jim Harbaugh’s top three assistants $1 million each per year. Defensive coordinator Don Brown and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno have been retained with contracts worth more than $10 million combined over the next five years. Passing coordinator Pep Hamilton was lured away from the Cleveland […]
  • FILE - In this April 4, 2016, file photo, Villanova players collapse on the court after they defeated North Carolina  77 in the championship game of the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Houston. The selection committee for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is getting into the bracketology business and borrowing an idea from the College Football Playoff, hoping it will get more fans thinking about March Madness in February. The NCAA and CBS Sports announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, that for the first time the committee will give a look at its top 16 seeds one month before the 68-team field locks in on March 12. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    Bracketology: NCAA hoops committee to give tournament peek

    NEW YORK (AP) — The selection committee for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is getting into the bracketology business and borrowing an idea from the College Football Playoff, hoping it will get more fans thinking about March Madness in February. The NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner announced Tuesday that for the first time the committee […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2015, file photo, then-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Manziel deleted his Twitter account after the Heisman Trophy winner sent expletive-laden messages telling President Donald Trump to ignore comments about him on the social media site. Before deleting the account and tweeting at Trump, the 24-year-old player said he's trying to be "a good person" and suggested he's stopped partying. He has indicated he wants to resume his NFL career. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    Manziel deletes Twitter account after advice to Trump

    DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel deleted his Twitter account after the Heisman Trophy winner sent expletive-laden messages telling President Donald Trump to ignore comments about him on the social media site. The former Cleveland quarterback whose career is in jeopardy after two tumultuous seasons with the Browns tweeted at Trump on Monday that “even I […]