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September 20, 2018 8:01 AM Shiites across Mideast mark Ashoura, mourning saint's death

TEHRAN, Iran – Shiites across the Middle East on Thursday marked Ashoura, an annual commemoration mourning the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints. For Shiites, who represent over 10 percent of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims, the remembrance of Hussein is an emotional event that sees many believers 76

September 17, 2018 7:29 PM Martin Gramatica to LeBron, Back Off Zane Gonzalez!

Kicker sympathy is real ... with ex-NFL star Martin Gramatica says he feels Zane Gonzalez's pain and calls for huge stars like LeBron James to be NICER to the guy. Of course, Gonzalez was fired by the Cleveland Browns on Monday after missing several key kicks during Sunday's loss to the Saints. LeBron made a video going off about Zane's terrible play and warning 61

September 17, 2018 2:18 PM Browns expected to change kicker after Zane Gonzalez misses

The Cleveland Browns are expected to change kickers this week after Zane Gonzalez missed four attempts that cost the team eight points in a three-point loss Sunday, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gonzalez missed two field goals and two extra points in the 21-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints. "It's on me 100 percent," Gonzalez said after 56

September 17, 2018 2:20 AM Week 2 takeaways in the NFL: Concern for Eagles, Steelers?

Concern grew for a few teams with Super Bowl hopes in the second week of the 2018 NFL season. The Patriots, Eagles and Steelers all fell, the Vikings and Packers settled for a tie (yes, another one!) and the Saints just slipped by for a close win. Here are all of the biggest takeaways from Week 2 (through Sunday's afternoon games). Daniel Carlson misses 47

September 16, 2018 9:29 PM Zane Gonzalez's kicking woes cost Browns in close loss to Saints

NEW ORLEANS -- Add Sunday in the Superdome to the list of excruciating losses in a series of excruciating Cleveland Browns losses. This 21-18 defeat came down to two missed extra points and two missed field goals by Zane Gonzalez. The latter missed field goal was from 52 yards, snapped with 8 seconds left as the Browns frantically tried to send the game to overtime 64

September 15, 2018 6:30 PM Bucs WR DeSean Jackson to be cleared from concussion protocol

Jackson caught five passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 48-40 win over the New Orleans Saints but left the game with a concussion and also suffered a shoulder injury. Jackson missed Wednesday's padded practice, but he took part Thursday and Friday while still in the protocol. If a player is far enough along in the protocol, he is permitted 62

September 12, 2018 9:59 PM Drew Brees heaps praise on Browns rookie Baker Mayfield

"I think he can be a lot better than me," Brees said on a conference call Wednesday. The statement came from a quarterback headed to the Hall of Fame and was made about a guy who began the season as the backup to Tyrod Taylor. Mayfield was the first overall pick in the draft, but he has yet to throw an NFL pass. Brees, meanwhile, has thrown for 70,884 yards 49

September 9, 2018 7:35 PM Week 1 takeaways in the NFL: Saints D, Cowboys O flop

The NFL returned this weekend with an exciting slate of games. Cleveland almost ended its winless streak, a handful of contenders struggled and a number of teams got their first looks at new players at prime positions. Here are all of the biggest takeaways from Week 1 (through afternoon games). Ravens WR Michael Crabtree brings down a Joe Flacco pass and somehow 49

August 20, 2018 9:36 PM Redskins to sign RB Peterson

After losing one of the youngest running backs in the NFL for the season, the Washington Redskins are turning to one of the oldest ones. Washington has signed veteran running back Adrian Peterson, the team announced Monday. The team hosted Peterson for a workout earlier in the day. Financial terms were not disclosed, but multiple outlets reported it is a one-year 55

August 20, 2018 7:00 PM Adrian Peterson Down to 'Mentor,' But Clearly Wants Playing Time

Adrian Peterson believes he's a hell of a mentor -- and proved that in New Orleans -- but it's obvious he wants a shot at real playing time in Washington. The 33-year-old veteran just signed a deal with the Redskins -- where Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine were carrying the load at running back. We spoke with Peterson back in March and asked him if he'd really 40