NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two. Everyone involved ''tried quite hard'' to reach a deal in the controversy that has hung over professional football since New England easily won the AFC title game in January, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said in federal court in Manhattan.
The Washington Redskins have made a quarterback change: Kirk Cousins will be the starter this season, not Robert Griffin III. ''We feel like at this time, Kirk Cousins gives us the best chance to win,'' coach Jay Gruden said, unseating Griffin, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year. Although Gruden said that it's Cousins' job for the season, not just the Sept. 13 opener against Miami, the quarterback is not overconfident.
After being released by the Buffalo Bills, running Fred Jackson is looking for an opportunity to reunite with former teammate Marshawn Lynch in Seattle. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jackson was traveling to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks in a bid to sign with the team. Jackson and Lynch have been close friends since 2007, when both broke into the NFL with the Bills.
After playing coy for the past couple weeks, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher ended the suspense on Monday of who will be his starting quarterback by announcing Everett Golson had earned the job. Golson, a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, beat out junior Sean Maguire. ''He came in, related to our players well and showed what kind of player he was,'' Fisher said of Golson.
Even before Serena Williams set foot in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, her path through the U.S. Open to complete a true Grand Slam became a lot easier thanks to losses by other top women. Williams was out there for only 27 minutes and took 32 of the 37 points that were played. ''It was definitely different and bizarre,'' Williams said.
A.J. Ellis drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 14th inning before the Los Angeles Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs. With slugger Adrian Gonzalez at the plate, the slow-footed Ellis knew he would have to hustle to score. Gonzalez singled to deep left field, driving in Ellis for a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants early Tuesday in the opener of a crucial series between the NL West's top two teams.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who goes by the nickname ''T-Mobile,'' got the call to be the Buffalo Bills' season-opening starter. ''It came down to basically that explosiveness that Tyrod brings to us,'' Ryan said. Taylor won the job over former Bills starter and 2013 first-round draft pick EJ Manuel, and Matt Cassel, a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota.
The list of key players the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to do without early in the 2015 season keeps growing. Add second-year wide receiver Martavis Bryant. The NFL suspended Bryant for four games after Bryant violated the league's substance abuse policy.
With less than a week to go before the season opener, No. 9 Georgia finally has a starting quarterback. Coach Mark Richt announced Monday that Greyson Lambert, a transfer who started nine games for Virginia last season, had won the starting job over sophomore Brice Ramsey and junior Faton Bauta. Lambert, a junior in terms of eligibility, will start Saturday's opener against Louisiana-Monroe at Sanford Stadium.
On the night when Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel became the American League's first 16-game winner, rookie Carlos Correa hit his 16th home run. After an 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night, Correa was asked if he thought Keuchel would get to 20 wins before he reached 20 home runs. ''For him to get four more wins in (a) month is going to be tough,'' Correa said.