SDSU defends handling of investigation into Araiza gang rape allegations

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State football coach Brady Hoke said Monday he was unaware that star bettor Matt Araiza had been charged with participating in the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus party in October until a civil lawsuit was filed last week. Hoke boss, athletic director John David Wicker, … Read more

Jimmy Garoppolo agrees to restructured contract, will stay with San Francisco 49ers this season

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After an offseason in which a divorce seemed all but certain, the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo stay together one more season. Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday that Garoppolo and the Niners have agreed to a restructured one-year contract worth $6.5 million in fully guaranteed base salary. … Read more

Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera says RB Brian Robinson could play this year after being shot

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Commanders did not rule out going back Brian Robinsonis back this season after the rookie was shot twice in the lower body on Sunday. Robinson remained hospitalized on Monday, but there is a chance he will be released in the afternoon. Robinson posted a story on her Instagram page saying … Read more

Buffalo Bills release punter Matt Araiza following gang rape trial

8:03 PM ET Alaina GetzenbergESPN ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Buffalo Tickets released the bettor –Matt Araiza two days after filing a civil lawsuit alleging that he and two other former and current San Diego State football players raped a minor. Araiza was not in training on Saturday after being ruled out of Friday’s pre-season … Read more

Brawl ends joint training for Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals

5:01 PM ET well baby close ESPN Writer ESPN Writer Previously a college football writer for The Dallas Morning News Graduated from the University of North Texas Sarah Barshop close ESPN Writer Covered the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee Graduated from Marquette University CINCINNATI — A fight between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams forced … Read more

Bryce Hall’s starting hopes hit as Jets rally to Falcons

Bryce Hall, at least nominally, has been in contention for a starting cornerback position for a few weeks. It’s fair to say, though, that the competition is likely over after the Jets’ 24-16 preseason victory on Monday night over the Falcons at MetLife Stadium. If it wasn’t Hall’s play that revealed it, it was his … Read more

How Baker Mayfield won Carolina’s starting QB job

Mayfield: David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports; Campbell: Kirthmon F. Dozier/USA TODAY Network; Thibodeaux: Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Network Training camp is, for the most part, over – the veterans are out of the hotel, the teams are moving to more regular practice times and their openers are three weeks away. That’s why we’re going to start … Read more

Tom Brady returns to Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 11-day break from training camp

TAMPA, Florida. — Tom Brady returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, ending what was described as a pre-arranged 11-day break from training camp for personal reasons. The seven-time Super Bowl champion did not address the media after practice. Teammates and coach Todd Bowles said the 45-year-old quarterback was snappy throwing the ball and basically … Read more

Carolina Panthers name Baker Mayfield starting QB for Week 1 vs. Cleveland Browns

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Mayfield Baker insists it’s not a ‘redemption year’, but he’ll be making his first start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers against the team that abandoned him. The Panthers on Monday named Mayfield the starter for the Sept. 11 opener against the Cleveland Brownswho rose from the first pick in the … Read more