Brazil’s Flamengo criticized for licensing issues after fire

Brazil's soccer club Flamengo came under mounting criticism for licensing issues at its training ground on Saturday, a day after a fire ripped through a dormitory and left 10 dead. Three teenagers are still in the hospital, including one in serious condition. Rio de Janeiro's city hall said in a statement Friday night the club was fined 30 times because of infractions at the Ninho do Urubu training ground, which had to be closed in October 2017. Read More

CB Alford signs with Cards after Falcons release

6:57 PM ETESPN It didn't take cornerback Robert Alford long to find a new NFL home. Alford signed a three-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, two days after being released by the Atlanta Falcons in a salary-cap move. Terms of his contract with Arizona were not disclosed. He joins a Cardinals secondary led by star cornerback Patrick Peterson. Vance Joseph is the team's new defensive coordinator on first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury's coaching staff. Because he .. Read More

Cam with a plan: ‘More dangerous’ after surgery

2:03 PM ETDavid NewtonESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Panthers, NFL for 11 years More than 25 years experience covering NFL, college football and NASCAR Joined ESPN in 2006CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says his comeback from the shoulder injury that wouldn't allow him to throw passes more than 30 yards late this past season will make him "even more dangerous.'' Newton detailed the Jan. 24 arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage and his mindset .. Read More

Source: Foles opts out after Eagles pick up option

2:32 AM ETTim McManusESPN Staff Writer ClosePHILADELPHIA -- Quarterback Nick Foles has informed the Eagles he is voiding his $20 million option for 2019, after the team notified him it would be picking up the option, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Foles must pay the Eagles $2 million to opt out. The move paves the way for the Eagles to place the franchise tag on Foles. They are expected to do so in an effort to then try to trade him, sources from other NFL teams who have been in touch .. Read More

Falcons cut starting CB Alford after 6 seasons

10:00 PM ETVaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Bears for seven seasons at Chicago Tribune Also worked at Chicago Sun-Times, Fresno Bee Honorable mention, Football Writers Association of America for enterprise writing, 2002The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday released starting cornerback Robert Alford after six seasons. "We thank Robert for all that he brought to the team during his six seasons in Atlanta," general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. "He was a significant contributor.. Read More

After disappointing Super Bowl, Rams QB Jared Goff has to prove he can bounce back again

4:15 AM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballATLANTA -- Calm. Cool. Collected. Throughout the Los Angeles Rams’ season, that is how coach Sean McVay and teammates routinely described quarterback Jared Goff. Goff’s ability to remain even keeled helped the Rams to a 13-3 regular season, a second consecutive division title and a come-from-behind victory over the New Orleans.. Read More

Chiefs fire DC Sutton after loss to Patriots

3:50 PM ETESPN The Kansas City Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on Tuesday, two days after his defense was unable to come up with a pivotal stop against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. One name to watch for the now-vacant position is former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sutton has worked as Kansas City's defensive coordinator since 2013, when the Chiefs b.. Read More

After another loss, Rams appear out of sync and headed the wrong direction

1:36 AM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballLOS ANGELES -- Jared Goff asserted himself as an MVP candidate, and the Los Angeles Rams made a prime-time statement that they were Super Bowl favorites. That was a month ago, in a thrilling victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. On Sunday, the Rams continued a downward trend in an uninspiring 30-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagl.. Read More

Tomlin backs Boswell after FG helps seal victory

10:30 PM ETJeremy FowlerESPN Staff Writer CloseESPN staff writer Previously a college football reporter for University of Florida graduatePITTSBURGH -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has his kicker's back, and it seems that will continue for the rest of the season. After practicing to keep his job late last week because of struggles all year, Chris Boswell helped seal Sunday's 17-10 victory over the New England Patriots with a 48-yarder in the final minutes. He had missed a 3.. Read More