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Deflated balls latest in Belichick's reputation for guile

...other NFL personalities who are debating whether the issue affected the Pats-Colts matchup and the sport itself.Colts linebacker Erik Walden said on Twitter: "patriots motto 'if u ain't cheating then u ain't tryin'" before following up by saying...
NFL competition committee should have a busy off-season

...New England Patriots' boring romp over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game, Tom Brady was hit cleanly by a Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman after he released the ball late in the first half. The hit was well within the spirit of the rules. But...
Seattle's 2012 draft class providing difference for Seahawks

...derision.Outsiders were dismissive of linebacker Bobby Wagner, a former two-star recruit...fifth round the same year. A year later linebacker K.J. Wright was a fourth-round...while Wagner has become an elite inside linebacker and was first-team All-Pro this...
Unlikely players could shine in NFC, AFC battles

...players making the most money. Two prime examples in past conference championship games are cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. and linebacker A.J. Duhe.Manning intercepted Donovan McNabb three times in Carolina's 14-3 win over the Eagles in January 2004...
Today in sports history

...Francisco scores an NFL postseason-record five touchdowns as the 49ers beat the New York Giants 44-3.1995 - San Diego linebacker Dennis Gibson twice knocks down passes in the end zone - the last one on fourth down - to preserve the Chargers' biggest...
Buckeyes don't believe they're underdogs against Oregon

...Shocker. That's a shock that we're the underdogs again even after we beat the No. 1 team in the nation," said linebacker Darron Lee. "But, hey, whatever."Safety Tyvis Powell also bristles at the mention of the 'u' word."We still don't...
Playoff participants stack AP All-America team

...tackle Danny Shelton and linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, who leads...6-2, 339, Washington.Linebackers - Scooby Wright III, sophomore...sophomore, Mississippi.Linebackers - Eric Kendricks, senior...junior, Florida State.Linebackers - Denzel Perryman, senior...
Utah St shuts down UTEP

...the kid I grew up watching."The Aggies have one of the top-ranked defenses in the nation. The Vigils, a pair of linebackers who had combined for 551 career tackles to rank first at the FBS level among active brothers, helped hold UTEP to 149 rushing...
For Heisman, it's Oregon's Mariota

...acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing a long touchdown pass for the Oregon Ducks.The understated star quarterback became Oregon's first Heisman winner...
Seahawks' defense finding place in history

...playing really good ball right now and it's definitely going to be something to talk about later on in the years," Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said.According to STATS, only three teams in league history have led the league in yards allowed and points...


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