National Football League

College football star comes out, could be first openly gay player in NFL

University of Missouri's Michael Sam. Photo: Reuters

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.

Monday, 10 February, 2014, 10:50am

Hundreds of thousands greet Super Bowl heroes in Seattle

Seattle Seahawks players and coaches celebrate as confetti falls at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Photo: AP

Hundreds of thousands of notoriously loud Seahawks fans cranked up the volume Wednesday, cheering, chanting and going berserk during a parade to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory in the history of the franchise.

6 Feb 2014 - 10:48am

Seahawks, Patriots one step closer to Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate celebrates with fans. Photo: EPA

LeGarrette Blount ran the New England Patriots into their third straight American Football Conference championship game, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks won their National Football Conference playoff.

12 Jan 2014 - 2:48pm

Wild NFL finish looms as teams chase final play-off spots

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will be hoping to lead Philadelphia to victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Photo: AFP

One of the wildest and most unpredictable regular seasons ever in the National Football League will conclude in gripping “what next?” fashion on Sunday with 10 teams still in the hunt for the last four play-off spots.

27 Dec 2013 - 11:19am

Sport Digest, February 4, 2013

Stephen Gallacher shows off his Dubai trophy. Photo: EPA

Briton Stephen Gallacher ended his nine-year wait for a second European Tour golf title in stunning fashion with a three-shot victory at the Dubai Desert Classic yesterday. 

6 May 2015 - 4:25pm

Short Sport, February 3, 2013

Coline Mattel

The Japanese Olympic Committee says it will investigate the alleged abuse of elite female judo competitors by former national coach Ryuji Sonoda, and broaden the investigation to other sports. 

3 Feb 2013 - 4:00am

Right field: Te'o has no one to blame but himself

Manti Te'o

For those of you who don't have electricity, Te'o has either been ensnared in or has perpetuated one of the most bizarre hoaxes in the history of sports.

27 Jan 2013 - 4:44am 1 comment

Thriller in Denver as Ravens beat Broncos

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco celebrates his 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos. Photo: MCT

Welcome to NFL immortality, Joe Flacco.

Somewhere up there in the all-time play-off archives near the "Hail Mary" by Roger Staubach and the "Immaculate Reception" by Franco Harris now lives the "Flacco Fling" by the Baltimore Ravens quarterback.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:37am

Junior Seau's brain showed signs of disease

New England Patriots Junior Seau. Photo: Reuters

When he ended his life last year by shooting himself in the chest, Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease often linked with repeated blows to the head.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:19am

Alabama win back-to-back title 42-14 over Notre Dame

Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon scores against Notre Dame in their NCAA national championship game. Photo: Reuters

At some point, this much success should have brought joy, or at the very least, a deep sense of satisfaction. It's only made Nick Saban chase each win more relentlessly than the last. If nothing else, it will be interesting to see him try to top this one.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Russell Wilson can lead Seattle Seahawks to Super Bowl

Robert Griffin III of Washington embraces Seattle's Russell Wilson after the Seahawks beat the Redskins in their play-off game. Photo: AFP

This was always going to be one of those once-in-a-decade quarterback classes, even before Russell Wilson announced his arrival from what is arguably the loneliest outpost in the NFL.

8 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

New Jersey sport betting should be a certainty

Gambling is only legal at race tracks outside Vegas. Photo: AFP

The bookies in this gambling city are grumbling a bit, which is always good news for those inclined to wager a few dollars on their favourite NFL team. Profits are down this season, thanks to some top teams that fans couldn't stop putting money on.

7 Jan 2013 - 3:10am

Green Bay Packers cruise past Minnesota to set up San Francisco test

Deep on offence and scary-good on defence, the Green Bay Packers were way too much for the Minnesota Vikings. Maybe everyone else in the NFC, too.

Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson and the Packers reminded everyone of how dangerous they can be when they're at full strength, overwhelming the Vikings 24-10 in an NFC wild-card game that was never really close.

7 Jan 2013 - 3:10am

Wild-cards Redskins and Colts look for strong play-off run

Ray Lewis

With the NFL's regular season done and dusted, it's time for the play-offs, and history shows that a team from the wild-card weekend usually makes a deep run.

The fourth-seeded Washington Redskins in the NFC and fifth-seeded Indianapolis Colts in the AFC are two of eight teams in action this weekend trying to crash the Super Bowl party.

5 Jan 2013 - 3:09am

Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys to win NFC East title

Washington running back Alfred Morris rushes through the Dallas defence in the Redskins victory, which sealed the NFC East title. Photo: AFP

With quarterback Robert Griffin III and fellow rookie Alfred Morris leading the way, the Washington Redskins beat Dallas 28-18 to capture the last NFL play-off berth.

In the final game of the regular season, Morris rushed for a career-best 200 yards and three touchdowns to help the Redskins claim the NFC East division crown in a must-win game against their bitter division rivals.

1 Jan 2013 - 5:58am