America has spoken, and it thinks the Patriots are lying cheaters.
That was the verdict from a nationwide poll this week of Americans who by a big margin don’t buy New England’s explanation for Deflategate and are now pulling for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.
Hours after a public face-to-face meeting and brief discussion during halftime of Tuesday night's Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. met privately for more than an hour to continue discussing terms for their proposed May 2 megafight.
They met inside Pacquiao's hotel suite and "it was very pleasant and very encouraging, and we give Floyd credit for coming over," Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz, who was present at the meeting, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. - Referenced Article
LeGarrette Blount was unceremoniously cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers in November, one day after the running back reportedly left the field early after being perturbed he didn't get any carries in a game.
Days later Blount was on the New England Patriots, plowing over defenders on his road to a Super Bowl appearance.
"You know things didn't work out as planned," he said during Tuesday's Media Day - Referenced Article
No record was at stake Sunday afternoon. Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski had already taken care of that, eclipsing Bob Knight’s mark for wins by an N.C.A.A. Division I men’s basketball coach, 902, in 2011 and chugging steadily onward.
Still, an announced crowd of 19,812 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday had the chance to see four little digits align to represent one big, round number — and with it, a breakthrough into another echelon of the sport. - Referenced Article
The NFL has found that 11 of 12 of the New England Patriots game balls were inflated significantly less than the NFL requires, league sources involved and familiar with the investigation of Sunday's AFC championship game told ESPN.
The investigation found the footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air less than what's required by NFL regulations during the Pats' 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, according to sources. - Referenced Article
In one of their first full squad meetings of the 2014 season, inside a meeting room at Anderson University in rural Indiana, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was blunt with his players about his expectations.
This was a season that should end in the Super Bowl, Pagano told them, admitting to his team that he knew a similar speech was taking place in 31 other NFL meeting rooms. - Referenced Article
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, fresh off leading the Buckeyes to victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game, announced Thursday afternoon that he would return to Ohio State instead of declaring for the N.F.L. draft.
Jones, who at one point was the team’s third-string quarterback, completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown as the Buckeyes upset Oregon, 42-20, on Monday night in Arlington, Tex. He also had 21 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. - Referenced Article
“Listen, not to go all totally out of conscious [I believe he meant ‘context’], but just think about this, Stephen A., honest to God,” Lewis said. “When we — the first time we created something called a tuck rule, it’s the only reason we know — I’m just being honest! — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule! There’s no such thing as a tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out, that’s a freaking fumble! […]
“They don’t go to that championship game — they don’t go to that championship game if that tuck rule, if that ball is not called a tuck! That’s a fumble!” Lewis shouted. “Charles Woodson made that man clearly fumble the ball and they named it the tuck rule, something that we’ve never heard in today’s game. So now you’ve got to ask yourself: When did the legacy really start?” - Referenced Article