Revolutionary Saints owner Tom Benson dies at 90

NEW ORLEANS — Tom Benson, a successful auto dealer who brought the New Orleans Saints their only winning seasons and the “Benson Boogie,” has died. Benson, who has also owned the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans since 2012, was 90.The NFL and NBA teams announced Benson’s death Thursday. He had been

The NFL and ESPN can’t control each other — and it’s getting ugly

One task on James Pitaro’s to-do list should get a big circle.The newly named ESPN president must assume responsibility of the network’s longstanding relationship with the NFL, which has reached its nadir in recent months, according to a SportsBusiness Daily report, as negative NFL storylines have made their way into

NFL’s biggest villain now slapped with PED suspension

One of the NFL’s worst illegal-hit offenders has been suspended for a separate infraction.Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is set to serve a four-game ban to start the 2018 season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, ESPN reported Friday. The ruling is pending an appeal, for which a date has

Jets great breaks down pleading with Goodell for dementia help

Mark Gastineau is calling on Roger Goodell to live up to his word.The Jets great, who revealed last year that he’s dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, said this week he has yet to get any help from the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement.“I want the NFL to treat people right,”

Peyton Manning will say no to ESPN, Fox still possible

Peyton Manning may be ready for some football, but not on Monday Night.Manning has decided that if he becomes an NFL TV analyst, it will be on Fox’s new Thursday night package and not on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” sources told The Post. He is still undecided if he will

Top 30 NFL free agents include several Jets, Giants targets

Who will win the 2018 offseason?Who will land this year’s version of Calais Campbell, the former Cardinals defensive lineman whom the Jaguars signed and struck gold with en route to a surprise season that ended in the AFC Championship game?There were big winners in last year’s free-agency sweepstakes — the

Confessions of a WAG

As I’m nearing 30, I look back on my dating life and a pattern emerges: My significant others either loved sports or played sports (professionally).I’ve dated a few professional athletes, and no, I am not a gold digger, nor am I a cheerleader.I’m an educated woman with her own career

Friends feared struggling NFLer would drink himself to death

Aldon Smith’s struggles with substance abuse spiraled so far out of control, those close to the defensive end believe the alcohol dependency could have led to his demise.“I’m worried for him. I’m worried for his safety,” an insider told TMZ Sports. “He’s an alcoholic. It’s not about football anymore.”Smith, 28,

Breaking down the four favorites in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes

The Kirk Cousins sweepstakes is a week away from hitting high gear.Teams can officially negotiate with Cousins’ agent on Monday, and the Redskins quarterback can sign with a new team at 4 p.m. on March 14 — though Cousins is expected to visit teams, so this will last beyond the

The most famous and most hated NFL refs are retiring

Ed Hochuli is hanging up the biceps, and Jeff Triplette is saying goodbye to the critics.Hochuli, one of the most well-known NFL referees, has retired, as has the controversial Triplette, senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron announced Tuesday.The NFL won’t have to move on without a Hochuli, though. Riveron

Texans not interested in signing players who kneel: agents

The Texans are becoming the face of the anti-kneeling portion of the NFL.The Houston Chronicle spoke to two agents who said the team would not consider signing players who were seen kneeling during the national anthem. The report states that it’s not a directive from within the organization, but there

NFL mock draft: Giants and Jets take huge quarterback gambles

The Serby Mock 3.0, selections 1-20, operates on the theory that the Vikings will beat the Jets, Broncos and Cardinals to prospective $30 million man Kirk Cousins. This will be the last mock before the start of free agency. 1. Browns Sam Darnold, QB, USC Draft day. Can’t afford to pick a Bo Callahan. No

NFL admits it screwed over the Cowboys 3 years later

Dez Bryant could have been a hero, and the Cowboys might have actually ended their decade-long NFC Championship drought. The NFL opened the door to that possibility in hindsight after the competition committee ruled Tuesday that Bryant’s controversial catch in the Cowboys’ 2015 divisional game against the Packers should

Papa John’s stance ends in a mutual breakup with NFL

Papa John’s is going the way of its estranged founder and ending its recently stormy role as an official sponsor of the NFL. Officials at the pizza chain said Tuesday the two sides agreed to end the relationship, which became strained last year when ex-CEO John Schnatter criticized NFL

Roger Goodell’s revenge on Jerry Jones: millions

Roger Goodell is set on adding insult to injury in his running feud with Jerry Jones. The NFL commissioner is planning to exact $2 million from Jones in the weeks ahead, Goodell nonetheless received in December with the support of the majority of owners. Under the new incentive-laden deal, Goodell

Case of NFLer’s abandoned car filled with weed, bullets unsolved

A case involving a car owned by Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson, hollow-point bullets and marijuana is inactive, and Tampa police do not believe the NFL star is at fault, ESPN reported. A blue 2016 Chevy Silverado crashed into a tree and was found abandoned on Christmas Eve, according

NFL players will try working retail at the NBA store

Shoppers at the NBA store in Manhattan might be surprised on Tuesday to find six professional football players working the cash register, making custom jerseys and tidying up the store. Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard and the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs are among the players who will

The tragic Cowboys Super Bowl champ who keeps disappearing

Lincoln Coleman has been found safe, but that doesn’t mean he’s OK. The former Cowboys fullback, who earned a title ring for Dallas’ Super Bowl XXVIII victory over Buffalo, was located Tuesday after being reported missing Monday, the second time in the past year family and friends have turned to

Ex-Browns wide receiver reveals how he lost his left hand

The hands that made Mohamed Massaquoi millions and shaped who he was are no longer intact. The former Browns wide receiver revealed Monday that all that remains of his left hand is a thumb, as a palm that used to corral passes is now a prosthetic after an ATV

Josh McDaniels gets abandoned after “professional suicide’

After thinking deeper about his options, a person close to Josh McDaniels has reneged and abruptly gone in a different direction. Bob LaMonte, the agent for the Patriots’ offensive coordinator — who is not the Colts’ head coach — cut ties with his client a day after McDaniels cut

Wild Eagles player roasts columnist for Doug Pederson criticism

Don’t mess with the mastermind behind the Eagles’ historical moment. Center Jason Kelce, an Eagles lifer, grabbed the microphone during the parade through downtown Philadelphia Thursday in honor of their win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII and blasted any media personalities who had doubted coach Doug Pederson’s

Jimmy Garoppolo now NFL’s highest paid with monster deal

Call him Jimmy Gs. Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers agreed Thursday on a five-year, $137.5 million contract, his $27.5 million per year making him the highest paid player in football, NFL Network reported. The 26-year-old will get $74 million guaranteed, according to NBC in San Francisco. That sets the market

Al Michaels tries to save Cris Collinsworth from angry Eagles mob

Blame the rules, not my partner. That’s the message NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels had for Eagles fans, who blamed Cris Collinsworth for his analysis during two of their touchdowns that were subjected to instant replay during their 41-33 Super Bowl LII win over the Patriots. “It’s the interpretation of

Colts need few words to make Josh McDaniels anger clear

The phone call lasted five minutes. When Josh McDaniels called Colts general manager Chris Ballard on Tuesday night to tell him he was backing out of the verbal agreement they had for him to take over as the Indianapolis head coach, Ballard needed — and wanted — no explanation

Panthers put interim GM on leave over ex-wife’s harassment claim

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The interim general manager of the Panthers has been placed on paid administrative leave after his ex-wife accused him of harassment. Team spokesman Ryan Anderson confirmed on Tuesday that interim general manager Marty Hurney is under investigation by the NFL under its personal conduct policy. The Panthers

Josh McDaniels suddenly changes mind on Colts job

Josh McDaniels was hesitating for a reason. The newly announced Colts head coach withdrew from the position hours later Tuesday, formally announced as the Colts’ coach Tuesday morning. The Colts not only confirmed McDaniels’ addition on social media, they announced an introductory press conference to be held at 5