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Penn State, James Franklin agree to three-year extension worth $20 million – USA TODAY

CLOSE Penn State’s compensation committee approved a new contract for head coach James Franklin on Friday. Sources tell SI that Franklin’s new deal will be for six years at an average of $5.8 million per year. His buyout is $2 million this year. Time_Sports Penn State head coach James Franklin.(Photo: Patrick Gorski, USA TODAY Sports) Penn State and football coach James Franklin have agreed...

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Jaguars can’t keep Blake Bortles as QB1; Cutler set for big year? – NFL.com

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is Jay Cutler set to have a career season in Miami? » Why have joint practices become so invaluable to coaches But first, why the the Jaguars must address their quarterback situation immediately … * * * * * If...

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Injuries: Patriots rookie DE Derek Rivers tears ACL – NFL.com

The New England Patriots didn’t make a draft selection until the third round this spring when they snagged defensive end Derek Rivers. The Super Bowl champs will likely be without their top pick for the season. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported an initial MRI revealed Rivers tore his ACL and sprained his LCL, per a source informed of the situation. The rookie will...

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Before they were stars: The childhood favorites of MLB’s best

7:59 PM ET ESPN.com Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The Little League World Series gives us a chance to learn about young ballplayers, from their favorite players to their favorite memes, with every at-bat from Williamsport. That got us thinking: How would MLB’s biggest stars have answered the same questions posed to LLWS players when they were children? Well, we asked...

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The Red Sox make a stand and a Giant book club

8:46 AM ET Yaron Weitzman for REDEF sports + biz + culture + lifeGet REDEF delivered to your inbox rantnrave:// My goal for this morning was to lead with something fun. Maybe that camera guy who got drilled in the family jewels. But then Thursday happened. First, there were the quotes from new San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch describing national anthem protests...

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John Harbaugh on Ryan Mallett: ‘I think he’s doing OK’ – NFL.com

John Harbaugh continued his bland approval of backup quarterback Ryan Mallett following the Baltimore Ravens‘ 31-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. Last week, Harbaugh cited “winning football” in a preseason game to praise Mallett. This week the Ravens coach pointed out missing three offensive linemen when discussing the quarterback’s 13-for-22, 113 yards, one touchdown and two interception performance. “I thought he did...

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Even Winston’s ‘good’ won’t be good enough if Bucs keep missing kicks

11:36 PM ET Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has the makings of an MVP candidate, according to Super Bowl-winning coach and Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden. He looked the part early against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday night, leading a scoring drive on the opening possession for the second straight week and completing passes to nine different receivers. But Winston failed to follow...

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Doug Marrone: Jaguars’ quarterback job up for grabs – NFL.com

Are Blake Bortles‘ days as the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ starting quarterback numbered? After a second consecutive mediocre preseason outing from his franchise signal-caller on Thursday night, Jags coach Doug Marrone told reporters that Jacksonville has a quarterback competition on its hands. “It’s this simple: I’m looking for the best person to lead this offensem,” Marrone told reporters, per John Oehser of the team’s website. “[The...

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