Steelers' leaders make sense of 'circus' surrounding team

When team president Art Rooney II met with local reporters last month, one of his first questions, and rightfully so, was about the perception that his team is a "circus." Rooney didn't agree, calling the notion "nonsense" as far as he's concerned. The Steelers' locker room is filled with mostly exemplary, hard-working players. But the […]

Why John Elway is entering his most important offseason with the Broncos

Now flip the calendar to 2019. Elway again has hired an experienced coach with a defensive background, 60-year-old Vic Fangio. He's traded for a former Super Bowl MVP in quarterback Joe Flacco. But the Broncos are in a historical funk -- with back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since the early 1970s and the […]

Patriots' Super Bowl LIII trip is a Bill Belichick masterpiece for the ages

This was Human Bill, never to be confused with Workplace Bill. Belichick wheeled his bags past some Ryder moving trucks and then disappeared into a night and a plane ride that would surely include a little studying of the Los Angeles Rams some 17 years after he launched his epic career with a Super Bowl […]

Robert Kraft reflects on 25th anniversary of becoming Patriots owner

“In life, I think it’s important to dream big. My dream was to be able to own the NFL franchise that I adored and was passionate about. I wanted the privilege of trying to run it in my own hometown. [That day] a lot of things came together,” he said. “It’s unbelievable to me; I […]

Steelers brace for 'tough' reality of losing top talent

No need to tell Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II about the difficulties of finding transcendent talents. He has seen three absurdly good players -- linebacker Ryan Shazier, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell -- lead his team to victories only to leave the lineup, potentially for good. "That's one reason why […]

How Saints' Benjamin Watson lasted 15 years in the NFL

If one were to encounter the Watsons and their five children at the airport, one would see a family that operates like a well-oiled machine. The Watsons have made five cross-country moves over the 15 years of Ben's pro football career, so there aren't many things that could throw them for a loop. Ben attributes […]

Son Heung-min's South Korea overcame China, but Team Dragon still have Wu Lei to call on

South Korea have Son Heung-min, and China have Wu Lei. The two may not be at the same level in terms of talent or renown, but the Chinese attacker is as important to Marcello Lippi's side as Son is to Paulo Bento's. This was made all the more clear on Wednesday when the teams met […]

Thierry Henry's Monaco draws Patrick Vieira's Nice in clash of ex-teammates

Thierry Henry's Monaco stretched their winless run in Ligue 1 to four games as they drew 1-1 with Patrick Vieira's Nice on Wednesday as two Arsenal legends did battle in the dugout. Former France internationals Henry and Vieira played 313 games together at Arsenal, under the Premier League club's former boss Arsene Wenger, and with […]

DJ LeMahieu agrees to join Yankees on two-year, $24M contract

DJ LeMahieu has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees on a two-year, $24 million deal, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. LeMahieu will join the Yankees after seven impressive seasons with the Colorado Rockies that included two All-Star selections, three Gold Glove Awards and the 2016 National League batting title. The 30-year-old ranked […]

Former Yankees pitcher and coach Mel Stottlemyre dies at 77

Mel Stottlemyre, who pitched for the New York Yankees for 11 seasons and won five World Series titles as a pitching coach for the Yankees and the Mets, died Sunday in Seattle after battling cancer for almost 20 years. He was 77. Stottlemyre's wife, Jean, told the New York Times that he died as a […]