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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pro Football

A coach’s query about a prospect’s sexual orientation has drawn the attention of Eric T. Schneiderman, New York State attorney general.

Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Says His Hand Is Improving

The defensive end said that an off-season operation had improved the function of his right hand and that he did not plan to use the wrapping he needed last season.

N.F.L. Roundup

League Suspends Steelers’ Martavis Bryant for a Year

Bryant, a wide receiver, was viewed as a key piece in Pittsburgh’s attempt to return to the Super Bowl. Now he will sit after running afoul of the league’s substance-abuse policy again.

Matt Forte Undeterred by Jets’ Questions at Quarterback

Forte, a running back who signed a three-year deal with the Jets last week, said he hoped that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would return to the team.

N.F.L. Official Affirms Link Between Playing Football and C.T.E.

The N.F.L.’s top health and safety official admitted Monday that there was a link between the sport and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Bill Wade, Star Quarterback Who Led Bears to the N.F.L. Title, Dies at 85

Wade was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1952 and played 13 seasons in the N.F.L. with the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams.

Cleveland Browns Release Johnny Manziel After Two Troubled Seasons

Manziel, drafted No. 22 over all by the Browns two years ago, was cut in the wake of problems both on and off the field.

Jets, Lacking Fitzpatrick, Meet With Robert Griffin III

With negotiations with Ryan Fitzpatrick at an impasse, New York hosted Griffin, the former No. 2 overall pick whose promising career in Washington foundered.

The Rams Can Go Home Again, to the 93-Year-Old Los Angeles Coliseum

The Rams played in the classic stadium from 1946 to 1979, but it lacks many comforts of a modern N.F.L. pleasure palace.

Gary Jeter, 61, Giants Draftee Who Starred as Rams Lineman

A promising rookie who did not immediately live up to expectations, Jeter later thrived, particularly after a trade to the Rams.

Mark Sanchez Gets Shot at Replacing Peyton Manning

The former Eagles and Jets quarterback was acquired by the Broncos for a conditional 2017 draft pick.

N.F.L. Free Agency: What’s Happened and What’s to Come

The big stories and surprises so far as the N.F.L. free agency period gets underway.

Broncos’ Anderson Signs Offer Sheet With the Dolphins

C.J. Anderson, a restricted free agent, signed an $18 million, four-year offer sheet, with the Dolphins, according to multiple reports.

Super Bowl 50
Complete Super Bowl 50 Coverage

Coverage of Super Bowl 50 by the New York Times sports reporters and editors.

Super Bowl: From Size I to Size L

Ticket prices, passing yards and the size of linemen have all ballooned. Wherever you look, from jet packs to Stephen Colbert, the N.F.L. and the Super Bowl have come a long way.

On the Road to Super Bowl 50

Take a drive down Highway 101 from San Francisco to Santa Clara to experience the sights between the City and the Super Bowl.

An Illustrated Look at Super Bowl 50

The illustrator Bob Eckstein once again took in the big game with pen in hand.

Interactive Quiz
Catch. No Catch. You Make the Call

Here are seven times this season that fans were baffled by a ruling. See if you can make the right call.

Editors' Picks
Sports of The Times

For Peyton Manning, the Setting Is Perfect for a Curtain Call

Imagine this: Manning, who this season has been coy about whether he will retire, acknowledges that 18 seasons of being an N.F.L. quarterback are more than enough.

Willie Wood Made the Most Memorable Play of Super Bowl I. He Has No Recollection.

Wood’s interception of a pass by Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson helped the Packers win the title. In the five decades since, Wood’s and Dawson’s lives have taken divergent paths.

Ken Stabler, a Magnetic N.F.L. Star, Was Sapped of Spirit by C.T.E.

Stabler, a former Raiders quarterback known for his charisma, had high Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he died at 69 in July, researchers said.

The Town of Colma, Where San Francisco’s Dead Live

The town has 1,600 living residents and about 1.5 million dead ones — many of whom, like the 49ers, left San Francisco for greener pastures to the south.

Sports of The Times

For Filmmaker, Game’s Danger Trumps Thrill

Bob Carmichael, 68, once thought he’d rather die than not play football. Then he became one of the earliest voices to question the game’s place in America.

Ex-Prosecutor’s Job: Flag N.F.L. Players

When players are accused of crimes, Lisa Friel, who worked in the Manhattan district attorney’s office for 28 years, investigates potential code-of-conduct violations for the league.

At Blinn College, Cam Newton Plotted a Return to the Big Time

Newton, the Panthers’ Super Bowl quarterback, transferred to Blinn College, in Brenham, Tex., to keep his football career going after leaving the University of Florida.

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