Other colleges had picked up the idea before the end of the 19th century.

The first Thanksgiving rivalry game was Princeton vs. Yale, which was played on the holiday from 1876 to 1881, when the game was changed to become a “national” championship game. Considering the 1879, 1880 and 1881 Princeton-Yale games had all been for the same national championship — and all ended in scoreless ties — there …

I credit Glen for executing their offense against our defense.

That’s when Garoppolo left his mark. San Francisco got the ball back with 5:27 to play, then dialed up a balanced game plan of runs and passes that played to its new starter’s strengths. He drove the 49ers back into the red zone as the two-minute warning hit, then allowed his running backs to grind …

The win gives the Saints a little breathing room heading into a couple of tough tests to wrap up the season.

New Orleans has to turn around and face the Falcons in Atlanta on Thursday Night Football. It’s especially challenging for the Saints to have to travel and get ready to play Atlanta just four days after playing in a late afternoon game. If the answer’s yes, then I’ll be wrong and I’ll admit I’m wrong.The …

Jared Goff has the NFL’s best audibles, even if no one knows what they mean

And Obama? That’s easy. The PBS series Finding Your Roots found that Obama is Bacon’s 12th cousin, three times removed. If Goff throws out a Bacon audible this week, then we’ll know we’ve cracked the code. That former player’s identity, confirmed by his family, is Fred McNeill. He played linebacker for the Vikings and retired …

Ozzie Smith is the Hall of Fame and you’d be idiot to reference him just by Ozzie baseball circles.

So yeah, the Ravens’ flaws are well-documented at this point. A painfully horizontal offense, combined with a quarterback in obvious decline, means that they probably won’t last long in January. There’s no way this is a good long-term strategy, and at some point they gotta get serious about finding Flacco’s successor (he’s not getting less …

With 33 sacks in seven games, Jacksonville is on pace to finish with a record 75 sacks in 2017.

Veteran free agent Calais Campbell appears to have tied everything together this season. Campbell had just 8.0 sacks last year but has 10 already this season, and his presence seems to have influenced former first-round pick Dante Fowler, both on and off the field. With 5.5 sacks, Fowler has already topped his sack total from …

Judge to rule Monday night on suspension of Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s hearing in a New York City court before U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla has concluded, and Judge Failla said she will issue a ruling Monday night on Elliott’s request for a preliminary injunction of his six-game suspension handed down by the NFL. The second-year running back had been …

No. 25 UCF routs Cincinnati 51-23 in rain-shortened game

The only thing that could stop UCF was a storm. McKenzie Milton threw a career-high five touchdown passes — four in the first half. Tre’Quan Smith caught three touchdown passes and ran for another score . And No. 25 UCF scored every time it had the ball until the storms move in Saturday night and …

Kucherov scores in OT, Lightning beat Capitals 4-3

The Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the NHL’s top scorer and rallied from a two-goal deficit for a quality win. Brayden Point scored on a power play in overtime, Tampa Bay held high-scoring Alex Ovechkin pointless and the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Monday night. “The team that deserved to win won tonight,” …

That’s what those young guys are going to have to come and help us with.

“That’s our top two guys gone,” Senators coach Guy Boucher told Postmedia on Monday. “The adversity comes from the fact that you’re asking guys to do things that they’re not used to doing and for many minutes. We need those young defensemen to come and log minutes, not change, come here and make a gigantic …