Baltimore put most of its offseason resources into a defense that was the best in the NFL for the first 13 weeks of 2016.

Meanwhile, on a sad note, longtime Chargers equipment manager Bob Wick was fired toward the end of the preseason. He had been working on the team’s uniforms and equipment for 38 years. The Chiefs never wore the Flywire collar, but they’ve nonetheless upgraded to the new jersey template, as indicated by the telltale triangular badge […]

Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio were able to coax some improvement out of the defense last season

Officials called three 15-yard penalties on Burfict in a game against the Buffalo Bills, but he only received a $7,875 fine for a facemask on running back Fred Jackson. Burfict earned another $21,000 fine about a month later when he speared New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill with his helmet. It upped his 2013 […]

FIBA made a shortsighted change that could doom global basketball

Two years ago, international basketball governing body FIBA switched up how nations reached the World Cup and Olympics. Instead of qualifying through summertime tournaments, there would be three soccer-style windows in November, February, and June/July for round-robin qualification games. FIBA’s stated intent was to ensure basketball fans in every nation could see the best players […]

Wizards sign Otto Porter after matching Nets’ 4-year, $106 million offer sheet

The Washington Wizards have matched the Brooklyn Nets offer sheet on restricted free agent Otto Porter, according to The Washington Post’s Candace Buckner. He will remain with the Wizards on a four-year deal worth $106 million, a contract the Nets structured to include a 15-percent trade kicker and 50 percent of each season’s salary due […]