February 2015


Patrick Daugherty ranks the league's 25 best coaches, and evaluates 2015's seven new hires.
(The Sports Xchange) - Mercurial linebacker Rolando McClain faces a four-game fine for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, sources told ESPN.com. McClain, a pending free agent after posting 81 tackles in 12 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season, is appealing the fine. The eighth overall pick in 2010 by the Oakland Raiders, McClain retired after the 2013 season. He changed his mind and signed with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason, but decided to retire again.
(The Sports Xchange) - Mercurial linebacker Rolando McClain faces a four-game fine for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, sources told ESPN.com. McClain, a pending free agent after posting 81 tackles in 12 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season, is appealing the fine. The eighth overall pick in 2010 by the Oakland Raiders, McClain retired after the 2013 season. He changed his mind and signed with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason, but decided to retire again.
Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark says he's retiring from the NFL after a 13-year career as a player. As expected, the 35-year-old old Clark is going to work as an NFL analyst for ESPN. He started his pro career with the New York Giants, won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers and had two stints with the Redskins, including last season.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have re-signed wide receiver Kevin Ogletree.
An Indianapolis Colts running back pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a marijuana possession charge after being stopped this month by state troopers on an interstate highway in western Ohio. Preble County court officials said a Dayton attorney filed the plea for Ahmad Bradshaw, who also played for the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Bradshaw, 28, was stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 70 on Feb. 5. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a small amount of marijuana and with following another vehicle too closely.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Former New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas is retiring after an NFL career shortened by three reconstructive surgeries on his right knee.
The New York Giants have signed Canadian center Brett Jones and waived 2012 first-round draft pick running back David Wilson, whose career was cut short by a neck injury. The Giants announced the moves Wednesday, a little more than a month before free agency opens. Jones, 6-foot-2 and 315 pounds, played the last two seasons for the Calgary Stampeders, winning the Grey Cup, the CFL's title, last season. J.D. Walton started at center for the Giants (6-10) in 2014.
Dave Goldberg always relished the chance to share his journalistic expertise and views with his peers. Goldberg, who retired from the AP in 2009 after a quarter-century as its lead NFL writer, died at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, from complications following hip surgery Jan. 24, his family said. One of the lead voices on the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee, Goldberg's insight and storytelling highlighted his writing, whether he was covering sports or politics. ''The NFL community has lost a good friend and highly respected professional,'' NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Giddy fans of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots chanted ''Brady! Brady!'' and clambered atop massive snowbanks for better views as players danced and waved their way through Boston in a Wednesday parade celebrating their fourth NFL title. Some fans defied police warnings and climbed on giant piles of snow left from last week's blizzard to get a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and other players as trucks blew plumes of confetti into the air. The crowd roared as a smiling Belichick and his players snapped selfies and took turns waving the Lombardi trophy earned in a hard fought 28-24 victory over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. ''Let's go!'' The convoy carrying players, their wives and girlfriends, the team mascot, cheerleaders and more rolled down Boylston Street on route to City Hall, crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where two bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others in 2013.

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