The Titans dropped a 22-17 decision to the visiting Saints on Sunday, but a couple of Tennessee players said there was some funny business originating from the New Orleans sideline.

Offensive linemen Jake Scott and Michael Roos said they heard a whistle coming from the Saints sideline late in the game, and a producer for "Titans All Access" has proof after capturing it with a microphone that was on Roos.

Remember when the Bruins were routinely written off as a distant fourth in the popularity race among Boston teams? Some would even joke in the days of Dave Lewis (2006-07 season) that they had fallen behind the Revolution.

Not anymore.



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The Giants and Cowboys have been engaging in a war of words leading up to Sunday night's game. On Wednesday, Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins called trash-talking Giants running back Brandon Jacobs "a bully." The 6-foot-4, 264-pound Jacobs said he didn't mind the accusation, bragging, "I am a bully."

Added Jacobs Thursday: "I think people who call out bullies are afraid of bullies. If you call me a bully, that's how I see it. They're just sitting back there waiting for us to come there, and we're going to come in there ready to play football."

Senators forward Chris Neil had a rough night Wednesday. During his team's 5-3 loss to the Capitals, Neil delivered a hard check to Caps star Alex Ovechkin. As the pair skated up ice, Ovechkin appeared to spear Neil in the midsection, sending Neil to the ice in pain. Even worse, Neil was assessed a two-minute penalty for diving because no on-ice official saw the well-hidden jab.

After the game, Ovechkin insisted he didn't try to spear Neil, saying, "I'm not that kind of player."

Former Patriots running back Heath Evans related a story to a Miami radio station that does not paint a flattering picture of University of Alabama coach Nick Saban. Evans was in Dolphins training camp in 2005 when Saban was in his first year as Dolphins coach. Evans said teammate Jeno James collapsed after a practice, "vomiting all kids of stuff that would make a billy goat puke, eyes rolled in the back of his head." As Evans and teammates attended to James, Saban walked by, stepped over the convulsing player, and, without a word, continued on and headed upstairs.

ESPN fired NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby after his second brush with the law this year. Early Monday morning, Barnaby was arrested in upstate New York after allegedly driving his Porsche Cayenne on its front rim while missing a tire, causing sparks. He failed several field sobriety tests and refused a breath test.

Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was not happy with Brian Price when the defensive tackle incurred a personal foul penalty in the third quarter of Sunday's 38-19 loss to the Panthers. Price's penalty came after a Tampa Bay sack that would have pinned the Panthers at their 16-yard line with a third-and-13. Instead, Carolina got a first down and went on to score a touchdown that essentially put the game out of reach, 38-12. Morris, frustrated with his oft-penalized team, ended Price's afternoon early.

The joke around the Patriots media work room a couple of weeks ago was whether football writers would be allowed to vote for a player as NFL MVP without that player having taken a snap in a game this season.



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Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Thursday after allegedly firing a gun during a fight Wednesday night in Decatur, Ala., his hometown. McCain, 22, is accused of holding a gun next to a man's head and, after the man begged McClain not to shoot him, firing it by his ear. He faces charges of assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and firing a gun inside city limits. The alleged victim also said McClain punched him in the face, as did one of McClain's friends. He told police he went to the hospital with a broken nose, swollen eye and concussion.

The Syracuse Post-Standard and ESPN have come under fire for failing to publish stories about the Bernie Fine accusations when they were first contacted by former ball boy Bobby Davis in 2003. In Wednesday's Post-Standard, executive editor Michael J. Connor explains why the paper passed the first time, even after Davis taped a phone call with Laurie Fine in which she makes some statements that appear to corroborate Davis' story.