American Football

Dramatic late ending sees Miami end losing streak

The Miami Dolphins celebrate after their last-gasp win. Photo: AFP

Miami snapped a four-game losing streak in dramatic fashion when Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake sacked Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton in the end zone to secure a 22-20 overtime home victory with a safety.

Friday, 1 November, 2013, 1:42pm

Broncos and Chiefs flying high in NFL

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leads New England to a thrilling 30-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Photo: AFP

The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs were left as the only undefeated teams in the National Football League after Tom Brady handed New Orleans Saints their first loss on Sunday.

14 Oct 2013 - 12:21pm

Broncos edge Cowboys in explosive encounter

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning lets fly against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo: AFP

One mistake by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo cost the Cowboys dear against Denver on Sunday as Peyton Manning led the Broncos to their fifth straight win.

7 Oct 2013 - 11:36am 1 comment

49ers’ Harbaugh takes aim at Packers’ Matthews

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (left). Photo: AP

Jim Harbaugh offered a parting shot at Packers linebacker Clay Matthews: Slapping is not the tough-guy way.

Harbaugh said on Monday that Matthews threw one punch and slapped 49ers left tackle Joe Staley when they tussled following Matthews’ late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter of San Francisco’s 34-28 season-opening win against Green Bay on Sunday.

10 Sep 2013 - 10:32am

Sandusky blasts Penn State victim settlements

Former Penn State American football coach Jerry Sandusky (right) was convicted in 2012 of abusing boys at the college. Photo: AP

Disgraced former Pennsylvania State University assistant American football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of sexually abusing boys in 2012, lashed out at the school’s legal settlements with his victims in a letter from prison.

30 Aug 2013 - 2:31pm

Was NFL concussion settlement a win-win deal? Just about ...

Former NFL running back Kevin Turner

The court-appointed mediator who brokered a proposed US$765 million deal between the National Football League and 4,500 former players characterised it as a "win-win". So did the league and the players' lead attorney.

31 Aug 2013 - 3:28am

Ex-ball player denied bail in US murder case

Aaron Hernandez. Photo: AP

Former professional football player Aaron Hernandez, charged with murder for what prosecutors say was the execution-style killing of a friend near his house, was denied bail on Thursday.

Hernandez’s lawyer argued that his celebrity status means even if he wanted to flee he couldn’t and that the case against him is circumstantial.

28 Jun 2013 - 10:04am

Patriots unsure what they will do with Tebow

Tim Tebow has a very brief encounter with reporters. Photos: Reuters

Tim Tebow and Tom Brady took turns, zipping passes over the middle and lofting tosses toward the corner of the end zone. On his first day with the Patriots, the New England newcomer was just a backup quarterback, No. 5 on his helmet and number three on the depth chart.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:52am

The greatest Brown of them all finally returns to Cleveland

Jim Brown picks up a trophy presented by the members of Cleveland's 1964 championship team in 2004. Photo: AP

As outspoken, unapologetic and intimidating as ever - even at age 77 - Jim Brown has reunited with the Cleveland Browns.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:55am

Players present the bare facts of US 'lingerie league'

Angela Rypien (left), Natalie Jahnke (centre), and Liz Gorman. Photo: Jonathan Wong

If the old saying "love is blind" is true, then why is looking at women in sexy lingerie popular? Whatever your sentiment on the issue, it's this popularity that has helped the women's Legends Football League become a huge hit since it began in 2009.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Dallas quarterback Romo inks US$108m deal

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Photo: MCT

Good Friday turned into a great Friday for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Romo would have been in the final year of his contract in 2013. His new deal, which would keep him with the Cowboys to the 2019 season, was worth US$108 million with US$55 million guaranteed, sources said.

31 Mar 2013 - 4:56am

Deep-pocketed firms do battle with adverts on the air and in cyberspace

A car TV commercial for the big game. Photo: MCT

For the more than 30 brands - from luxury cars to laundry detergent - forking out as much as US$3.8 million for 30 seconds of airtime during the Super Bowl showdown, it's an advertising showcase like no other.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:57am

49ers' Culliver apologises for anti-gay comments

Chris Culliver

He also apologised to the city of San Francisco and added he would welcome a gay teammate to the 49ers, a reversal of his remarks to comedian Artie Lange two days ago. San Francisco and the Bay Area are home to a large gay community.

1 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

US judge rejects Sandusky’s bid for new abuse trial

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Photo: AP

Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial on Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict on child sex abuse charges.

31 Jan 2013 - 8:54am

Lewis to leave powerful legacy, despite his flaws

Ravens' Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis has made 13 Pro Bowls and been named All-Pro seven times. He is a two-time defensive player of the year, and he won Super Bowl MVP honours in the Baltimore Ravens' only championship season.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:26am