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Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher has always been a trailblazer

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 …


CBS’ Phil Simms considers not using ‘Redskins’

CBS lead analyst Phil Simms is considering referring to the Redskins only as “Washington” when he broadcasts the team’s game against the Giants next month.

NFL Fantasy Football: 9 sleepers to draft


LADD BIRO: Who are this year’s hidden gems in NFL Fantasy Football? Let’s take a look at my Sleeper Picks of 2014, broken down by position.

NFL Fantasy football: 4 rookies to draft, 12 not to


LADD BIRO: Five rookies made impressive debuts last season, with four rookie running backs finishing the year among the top 20. So what are we to make of this year’s newcomers?

Rex Grossman signed by Browns

The Cleveland Browns have signed unrestricted free-agent quarterback Rex Grossman and waived quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

Giants rally to beat Bills in preseason Hall of Fame Game


CANTON, Ohio — With running back David Wilson out indefinitely, rookie Andre Williams showed glimpses he can provide the New York Giants’ ground game some fresh legs. The fourth-round draft pick and Heisman Trophy finalist out of Boston College had seven carries for 48 yards …

Tony Dungy can’t deny true feelings for Michael Sam


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.

40-year-old mom makes Saints cheerleading squad


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.

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.

Wounded U.S. war veteran debuts film Thursday in Chicago


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 …

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.

Morrissey: Redskins nickname needs to go. Now!


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.

Ex-Bears RB Marion Barber held for mental evaluation


Former NFL running back Marion Barber III was detained and taken for a mental health evaluation after police were called to a Dallas suburb.

Hernia sidelines Texans’ No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney


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 …

Colin Kaepernick cleared in sexual assault claim


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.

Michael Sam feels at home with the Rams


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 …