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O’Brien says Texans have discussed signing Kaepernick

HOUSTON — Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien says he and general manager Rick Smith have discussed signing Colin Kaepernick in the wake of last week’s season-ending injury to Deshaun Watson. When asked about Kaepernick on Monday, a day after Tom Savage struggled in a 20-14 loss to the Colts, O’Brien said: “We talk about the […]

AP Top 25: Notre Dame, Clemson rise; Ohio St, Penn St. tumble

Notre Dame and Clemson climbed while Ohio State and Penn State tumbled out of the top 10, leaving the latest Associated Press college football poll looking a lot like the College Football Playoff rankings — with one big difference. Alabama remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday , as it has been […]

Elliott freed to play by court, senses ‘burst of adrenalin’

NEW YORK — Ezekiel Elliott felt a “burst of adrenalin” surge through the Dallas Cowboys locker room after a court freed him to play Sunday rather than begin a six-game suspension. He also blasted the claims against him, saying: “I’m not an abuser.” “My energy level is high like the rest of this team,” the […]

Stephen Curry puzzled over mention in GOP tax talking points

SAN ANTONIO — Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry doesn’t know how he became the only person named in the House Republicans’ tax plan. “It was weird, that’s about it,” Curry said following Golden State’s 112-92 win over San Antonio Thursday night. “There’s a lot of people wondering why I was called out, whatever the […]

Assembly eliminates Wisconsin’s minimum hunting age

MADISON, Wis. — Residents of any age, even toddlers, could legally hunt in Wisconsin under a bill the Assembly passed that eliminates the state’s minimum hunting age. Currently, a resident must be at least 12 years old to purchase a hunting license or hunt with a gun unless they’re participating in a mentored hunt. Children […]

Recovering Rodgers helps Packers’ Hundley get settled at QB

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers is back at Lambeau Field, his surgically repaired right collarbone feeling well enough that Green Bay teammates say he is walking around without a sling. The two-time NFL MVP is weeks away from being able to return to Packers practice — if he returns at all. But just the […]

Colts’ Andrew Luck goes on injured reserve

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck will spend a second offseason recovering from shoulder surgery. The Indianapolis Colts put Luck on injured reserve Thursday, marking the end of his season and the beginning of a different rehab program that team officials believe will get their star quarterback on the field next fall. Colts general manager Chris Ballard […]

NFL sidelined pizza sales? Papa John’s says yes, others (Pizza Hut) say no

NEW YORK — The CEO of Papa John’s slammed the NFL’s leadership and blamed protests by football players for pizza sales going cold. A day later, rival Pizza Hut said it saw no such impact. So what’s going on? Papa John’s is closely associated with the NFL, due to its sponsorship of the league. But […]

NFL: Ezekiel Elliott appeal has no chance of success

NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has no chance with his latest attempt to delay a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence, NFL lawyers said Thursday. The attorneys told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that it should not interfere with Elliott beginning his suspension Sunday when the Cowboys […]

Texans QB DeShaun Watson out for season with ACL tear

HOUSTON — Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury in practice on Thursday, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The rookie suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees and will go on the injured reserve. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the […]

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