Falcons president and de-facto general manager Rich McKay has said more than once that he isn't inclined to trade Matt Ryan or Julio Jones for draft picks before the Nov. 3 deadline. McKay and team owner Arthur Blank are framing that choice as allowing the next GM and coach to shape the roster. What they aren't explicitly saying is McKay couldn't make those trades even if wanted to because ...

SEATTLE — Short memories. They are a staple of the sports world. Athletes will say they are paramount to their confidence. Go 0 for 4 in the batter's box? Delete it from your mind. Get beat on a go route? Act as though it never happened. But sometimes short memories can work against those in sports. Sometimes all the previous success one has had can be deemed irrelevant if he or she doesn't ...

PITTSBURGH — Coach Mike Tomlin said it's "cool" to be involved in the biggest game in the league for the third week in a row when the unbeaten Steelers (6-0) play the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC North showdown on Sunday. After beating the Cleveland Browns (4-1) and Tennessee Titans (5-0) — two of the top teams in the AFC — in back-to-back weeks, the Steelers will try to match their best start ...

Imagine ESPN's "College GameDay" set overlooking Ike's Pond and the ninth green at Augusta National's par-3 course, Kirk Herbstreit breaking down the Michigan-Wisconsin game just a Bryson DeChambeau mid-iron from the stately antebellum clubhouse. No, don't picture Billy Payne in the background painted in UGA red and black, mugging for the cameras and holding up a "I Won't Buy Insurance From ...

Falcons president and de-facto general manager Rich McKay has said more than once that he isn't inclined to trade Matt Ryan or Julio Jones for draft picks before the Nov. 3 deadline. McKay and team owner Arthur Blank are framing that choice as allowing the next GM and coach to shape the roster. What they aren't explicitly saying is McKay couldn't make those trades even if wanted to because ...

After nearly a quarter-century of coaching, rivalries are hardly new to Mel Tucker. And the one he's now fully immersed in — Michigan State and Michigan — is not foreign, either. Tucker's first coaching gig was as a graduate assistant for the Spartans under Nick Saban back in 1997 and '98, and there was never any question as to how important that game was to the former MSU and current Alabama ...