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1hBill Barnwell

Football's dumbest unwritten rules

"You have to take the points here." "Don't go for two until you have to." "Run the ball here because if you don't go anywhere you can just run out the clock." It's time for unwritten rules to go.

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Vikings, Childress deny claim of bounty system

Former Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks claimed in a book about Brett Favre that Minnesota had a bounty system in 2008-09, a claim that the team and then-coach Brad Childress denied.

2hJohn Barr

Ex-U.S. gymnast claims abuse by doc, Karolyis

A former U.S. women's gymnastics team member says a team doctor sexually assaulted her, and former coaches, Bela and Marta Karolyi, engaged in their own pattern of physical and emotional abuse.

Things get heated when Max defends Sixers for tanking (2:12)

Singer: 76ers pulled me from anthem over jersey

Sevyn Streeter, who was scheduled to sing the national anthem before Wednesday's Sixers season opener, said she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

Is Cam Newton the Shaq of the NFL? (1:50)
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49mMatthew Berry

Berry: Love, Hate and goodbye, Arian Foster

Matthew Berry offers the players he loves and hates for Week 8 and remembers a very special bond he had with Arian Foster, a shared hatred that transcended fantasy.

Finebaum doesn't agree with Harbaugh being highest paid coach (1:22)
NFL 60-second preview for Week 8 (1:06)
Jalen & Jacoby: Young Jeezy on Cam Newton's struggles (2:43)
5hVincent Verhei

Will Ezekiel Elliott maintain his torrid pace?

Only one other rookie in the past 30 years has rushed for more yards than Ezekiel Elliott in his first six games. What does it mean for his short-term and long-term future?

Did the Chip Kelly era soften Eagles fans? (1:29)
Soccer-style gum juggling act (0:22)


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Matthews said his hamstring injury isn't as bad as when it kept him out in Week 3 against Detroit, but the biggest issue might be the long, 10-game stretch without a bye or weekend off that the Packers face to close the regular season.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman says he feels much better than he did Wednesday as he recovers from his concussion. And his incentive to play Sunday stems from possibly facing Bengals receiver A.J. Green.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Those words, "World Series," painted on the dugout at Wrigley Field. It's been a while!

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Brandin Cooks said he wasn't going to make any comments on Twitter about the memes going around with him racing ahead of Usain Bolt in full uniform on a track. He joked that he didn't want to see Bolt coming back and challenging him to a race.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Asked if he will play Sunday, Russell Wilson said, "That's the plan." Wilson suffered a right pectoral injury during Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He said his ankle is no longer an issue but Wilson is still dealing with a left knee (MCL) injury. Wednesday was the first time in Wilson's career that he was listed as a limited practice participant.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Murphy's Bleachers, the most famous Wrigleyville bar, has announced that, unlike others, there will be no cover charge during WS games.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon on the magnitude of the first World Series game at Wrigley in 71 years: "It's not lost on me whatsoever. It's going to be an absolute blast. And I know the people who have been waiting for this for a long time are going to savor it"

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says he hasn't talked to anyone re Schwarber just yet. Said if we see him taking fly balls today then they're giving it a shot. If not, it's probably off. Source says he will be out there.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon says he doesn't have a medical update yet on whether Kyle Schwarber has the OK to play the outfield. "If you see him out there taking fly balls, you'll know we got the go-ahead to try it."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time this season Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo took part in a practice with him officially listed as limited on Thursday. Romo did not take any 11 on 11 snaps but he was in a jersey and helmet during the open portion of practice to the media.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

DeAndre Hopkins said its "motivating" when he was briefly on pace to break Calvin Johnson's single-season receiving record last year. He didn't break it, obviously, but he said you can't help but notice when you're getting close to it.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who spent much of his NFL career as a player and coach with the Chicago Bears, flew his W banner after the Cubs won last night. Said he sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field in 2004.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said tight end Jordan Reed and corner Josh Norman have been cleared to make the trip to London. The Redskins will monitor their symptoms. It's now up to the Redskins doctors as to whether or not they'll play. It has not yet been determined.

Paul Lukas ESPN.com 

Tonight's Jaguars-Titans game will feature the same solid-colored uniforms that the teams wore when facing each other in a Thursday-night game last November: light blue for the Titans, mustard for the Jags.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis, when asked if his 50-point performance last night has sunk in: "I don't even care what I did, we lost. That doesn't really matter. We lost."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Given the knee injury to Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, the fantasy value of rookie Devontae Booker is obviously going to rise. Booker is a good fit for the Broncos zone schemes, he hits the hole with speed and his finishing power really shows up on the tape. Owners should have confidence that Booker can step into the No.1 role and handle the increase in carries. With the very favorable upcoming matchups on the Broncos schedule, expect Booker to produce numbers.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos do not yet know what C.J. Anderson's recovery time will be since today's arthroscopic surgery on his right knee will help determine if Anderson has a full or partial tear of the meniscus in the knee.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Robert McClain just sold this piece of art he painted to quarterback Cam Newton. McClain was asking $140 and the NFL MVP gave him $200. Pays to bring your hobby to the locker room.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

If you thought Panthers cornerback Robert McClain just painted shoes, think again. Here are two of his paintings.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan said Thursday, "I don't think there's any doubt there's long-term concerns" with Aaron Williams' neck injury, the result of the Bills safety taking an illegal hit from Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry. Asked if Williams will miss several weeks, Ryan said, "I think you guys can figure that out. I think we all know the answer to that one."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on LeSean McCoy, who missed practice Thursday: "Not sure. Probably similar to last week. We'll see how he progresses the next couple of days."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose sums the Knicks season opener up: "I think there were times when we looked great. I think there were times when we looked s-----y."

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hue Jackson on Josh McCown starting Sunday vs. the Jets: "All signs are pointing in that direction. ... We're really trending that way now."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (33) is practicing for the first time since opening the season on the PUP list.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Little surprising: Bartolo Colon is not one of the three National League pitcher finalists for Gold Glove. The candidates are Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke and Adam Wainwright.