The Sports Xchange
The New England Patriots released offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson on Sunday to open a roster spot ahead of safety Nate Ebner returning to the team after competing for the U.S. Olympic rugby team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 27-year-old Ebner, entering his fifth NFL season, was placed on the reserve/did not report list last month so he could participate in the Olympics.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is out indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his ribs suffered in the preseason opener. Wentz, who could miss the rest of the preseason games, was injured during Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Eagles announced Saturday.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz sat out Saturday morning's practice with sore ribs suffered in the preseason opener. Wentz did not throw in practice but head coach Doug Pederson is not concerned about his health. Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick out of North Dakota State, was under pressure in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.
Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Lane Johnson criticized the NFL Players Association on Saturday as he faces a likely 10-game suspension for violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. According to multiple reports, Johnson has tested positive for PEDs for the second time in his career. He also tested positive in 2014 and was suspended for four games. "Every substance I've taken has been approved by the Aegis Shield app, which the NFLPA gives us (to check substances)," Johnson said Saturday. "That's the only thing the NFLPA gives us to test our products.
Kevin Durant is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. That probably isn't going to help him avoid a series of jeers and cat-calls on Feb. 11. The All-Star forward agreed to join the Golden State Warriors in July and will find himself back inside Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Arena for the first time as an opponent on Feb. 11 when the Warriors visit the Thunder. Durant's departure stunned the high-energy Thunder fans and his return to Oklahoma City is easily the highlight of the NBA schedule released on Thursday.
The ACC's athletic directors remained deadlocked Friday regarding the league's future conference scheduling requirements. The ADs held a conference call to discuss whether to remain at eight conference football games but play two non-ACC Power 5 teams or go to nine league games with one non-ACC Power 5 school, according to ESPN.com. Notre Dame is also required to play an average of five ACC teams annually. In exchange for creating the ACC Network, a new scheduling format is required by 2019 when the network launches.
Alabama has been in this position three times during Nick Saban's tenure. Coming off a national championship, the Crimson Tide has had to face being the hunted and fight complacency...
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky testified Friday during an appeals hearing seeking to have his 45-count conviction on child molestation charges thrown out or to receive a new trial. The 72-year-old Sandusky denied the charges as "disgusting and dirty" and testified that his original attorney misled him into giving an NBC interview on the eve of his 2012 trial.
Following the 22-0 preseason win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak would not commit on his starting quarterback for next week. Mark Sanchez made an opening argument for the job, throwing for 99 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter for the defending Super Bowl champions. He finished 10 of 13 for 99 yards with one interception. Sanchez's quarterback competitor, Trevor Siemian, completed seven of 12 passes for 88 yards. Rookie Paxton Lynch went 6-of-7 passing with 74 yards in his first NFL appearance.
The Big 12 plans to interview 17 schools about possible expansion into the league. According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will conduct video conferences with the schools that have contacted the league about being considered as expansion candidates. The schools that will make their presentations to the Big 12 include Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, South Florida, UCF, UConn, Memphis, Colorado State, Boise State, Tulane, Temple, East Carolina, SMU, New Mexico and Northern Illinois, according to ESPN sources.