Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided: Five days after being acquitted of two additional murders, Aaron Hernandez was found dead by hanging in his prison cell. After the acquittal, Hernandez was returned to prison to continue serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. According to Massachusetts law, Hernandez will be considered as having died an innocent man; under a legal principle, as he had not exhausted legal appeals, the conviction will be voided.
Brighton and Hove Albion promote to EPL: Brighton and Hove Albion will become the 48th club to play in the Premier League after it clinched promotion Monday with a 2-1 win over Wigan. It will be the first time in 34 years that BHA will play in England's top flight.
Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup: National League (fifth-tier) side Lincoln City's run to the FA Cup's quarterfinals is a sign the FA Cup is not dead, says its manager.
Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year': Cleveland Browns' owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam apologized in a letter sent to season ticket holders after the club's 1-15 season. The letter also was posted on the team's website.
Hope Solo takes leave of absence: Hope Solo, who was suspended from the U.S. Women's National Team after the Olympics, has been granted a leave of absence from the NWSL's Seattle Reign.
Eagles fire Chip Kelly: Three days after the Philadelphia Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention, owner Jeffrey Lurie fired third-year head coach Chip Kelly.
Strahan, Brooks lead NFL Hall of Fame class: Michael Strahan and Derrick Brooks led a group of seven players who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Marvin Harrison, however, was not elected. Brooks will enter as a first-ballot HOFer, and punt Ray Guy finally gets in through the veterans' committee.
Govt. shutdown halts sports at military academies: The Department of Defense has suspended athletic events at the military academies due to the government shutdown.
Lower-level clubs oust 5 EPL sides in FA Cup: With apologies for posting one of my articles, the Premier League took a bit of a hit, and almost near-annihilation, by lower-level clubs in the FA Cup's fourth round.
Jets fire GM, but Ryan will return: Mike Tannenbaum was fired as the Jets' general manager after a 6-10 season, but the club announced head coach Rex Ryan will return next season.
Josh Harding diagnosed with muscular dystrophy: Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding said he will continue to play as an inspiration to others with the disease.
NFL, referees reach agreement: Staff referees will be on the field this weekend as negotiators for the NFL and referees' union have reached a tentative agreement on an eight-year contract.
Court vacates Saints' suspensions: A federal court Friday vacated the suspensions of four New Orleans Saints players; the NFL reinstated them several minutes later.
Mets offering freebies: How bad is life at Citi Field? The New York Mets are offering free tickets for this opening weekend's games against Atlanta.
Saints' bounty system via Taiwanese animation: It's had cool productions about Tiger Woods' fight with his wife and the 2010 Tea Party candidates, but NMA of Taiwan has reached a high with this animation about the New Orleans Saints' bounty system and some hypocrisy within the NFL.
Yankee PA announcer dies: The longtime public address announcer of the New York Yankees, Bob Sheppard, dies at age 99.
Falcons want stadium: The president of the Atlanta Falcons said the franchise wants a new open-air stadium by the middle of the decade. Their current home, the Georgia Dome, opened in 1992.
Jets-Pats tape lawsuit rejected: In a follow-up to an earlier post, a federal appeals court upholds the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking damages for claims the New England Patriots' secret taping of New York Jets' signals affected game outcomes.
Ernie Harwell dies: Longtime Detroit Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at age 92 after battling cancer.
Jets-Pats tape lawsuit: Two attorneys who are suing the New England Patriots from when they taped New York Jet coaches' signals.
Five from Kentucky declare for NBA draft: Four freshmen and one junior express their interest in entering the NBA draft.
Butler heads to Final Four: Another reason to love the NCAA basketball tournaments.
Admissions exemptions benefit athletes: We've always thought this, but AP reports an NCAA study shows most schools give some additional weight to athletes who may not meet a school's academic standards for admission.
Iverson to retire: ESPN reports Allen Iverson will retire from the NBA.