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March 21, 2014 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
THE NFL HAS spent the last several years trying to make its game safer. For its next trick, it will attempt to make it more civil. "We have an element of respect that we have to bring back to the game," Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a longtime member of the league's competition committee, said last month at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. "It starts in the locker room and continues over onto the practice field and carries over onto the field on Sundays. "We have to take a hard look at taunting.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
NOW THAT the NFL has reached a settlement due to head injuries, perhaps the league should have its own head examined. According to the Hollywood Reporter , the NFL has been pursuing Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. in arbitration following her flipping the bird during her performance with Madonna during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. M.I.A. wasn't paid for her halftime show, the NFL custom, but the league still has spent two years seeking $1.5 million from her for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing the NFL's reputation.
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March 19, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS going to be interesting to see what kind of disciplinary actions, if any, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell takes against Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. On Sunday night, Irsay was arrested in suburban Indianapolis. Police said he was driving while intoxicated and was also in possession of numerous prescription drugs. Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. A hearing is scheduled for March 26. He was released from Hamilton County Jail after posting $22,500 bond.
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March 17, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Ben Tate signed a two-year, $7 million free-agent deal on Saturday with the Cleveland Browns, who have been desperate to find a quality every-down running back since trading Trent Richardson to Indianapolis early last season. The 25-year-old Tate, who spent the last four years with Houston, is excited to begin a new chapter with the Browns. "I feel like now that I've been given this opportunity that I can be one of the top backs in the league," he said in a teleconference. "I'm going to let my play speak for itself.
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March 13, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
HOPING TO MAKE a final impression before May's NFL draft, 12 Temple seniors, four former Owls and three other players held a Pro Day for scouts yesterday afternoon. Thirteen teams, including the Eagles, were represented, recording times, measurements and administering other physical tests. Offensive lineman Cody Booth said he was excited by the presence of NFL personnel, which included Eagles coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. "I had trouble sleeping last night just thinking about it," Booth said.
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March 6, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR A GUY who graduated with honors from Stanford University, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman can sure make himself appear foolish at times. The other day, Sherman responded negatively to the idea that the NFL's competition committee is going to discuss implementing a 15-yard penalty for players who use racial slurs on the field. "It's an atrocious idea," Sherman told the website themmqb.com. "It's almost racist to me. It's weird they're targeting one specific word.
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March 5, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NFL's proposal to ban the use of the N-word on the field has ignited a debate among players. This week, the NFL Competition Committee is in Naples, Fla., to discuss implementing a 15-yard penalty on players who use the word during games. Over the weekend, Peter King, of the website Monday Morning Quarterback, asked three active NFL players their thoughts. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he opposes the ban. "It's an atrocious idea," he told King. "It's almost racist to me. It's weird they're targeting one specific word.
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February 26, 2014 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
LOOK FOR Joe Banner's next job to be in the NFL office. The former Eagles president was fired earlier this month as the Cleveland Browns' chief executive officer after only 18 months on the job. His turbulent year-and-a-half with the team included a four-win season, a falling-out with Mike Lombardi, the general manager he had handpicked, the firing of his first head-coaching hire - Rob Chudzinski - after only 1 year, and another Keystone Kops-like...
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February 25, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Louisville played two Thursday night games this season. Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix watched on television, focusing on Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor. Clinton-Dix developed a respect for Pryor's ability, and the two met for the first time Sunday afternoon at the NFL combine. They will be linked often during the next three months, and maybe long thereafter. Although opinions differ about which one is better, Pryor and Clinton-Dix are the top two safety prospects in May's NFL draft.
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February 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - Despite all the talk you're hearing about an unprecedented abundance of talent in the upcoming NFL draft, if you look at assessments of the safeties - what Eagles fans seem to care most about these days - you'll find a steep dropoff after the first two names, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor. As in, most of them aren't considered potential NFL starters. "I don't think the safety class is as deep as some of these other classes," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said yesterday evening as he summed up the NFL Scouting Combine.
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