Ryan Newman is replacing Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as part of NASCAR'S penalties against Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the outcome of last weekend's race at Richmond.
A day after firing his defensive coordinator just two games into the season, Texas coach Mack Brown spent Monday trying to calm fan fears the program is in panic mode and teetering on the brink of a repeat of the losing season of 2010.
New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith is heading north this week to face the New England Patriots, hoping for a 2-0 start, and former starter Mark Sanchez is heading south to have his injured throwing shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews.
The NFL downgraded referee Bill Leavy, whose crew gave the San Francisco 49ers two third-down plays in the first half of their victory over the Green Bay Packers, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Wide receiver Roddy White played in his 129th consecutive game Sunday but conceded after the Atlanta Falcons' 23-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints that his sprained ankle is worse than he and the team has advertised.
A strained knee ligament has left Braxton Miller's status uncertain for Saturday's game at California, and Urban Meyer isn't ready to make a decision about the availability of Ohio State's junior quarterback.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is facing discipline from the NFL for diving at the knees of an opposing player during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, a league official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Brandon Carr returned an interception 49 yards for a clinching touchdown, and the Dallas Cowboys beat Eli Manning for the first time at their fancy $1.2 billion stadium with six takeaways in a 36-31 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Frank Gore scored a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown with 5:47 remaining, Colin Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns, with 13 completions to Anquan Boldin, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 34-28 on Sunday.