How Aussie rugby league ‘wrecking ball’ Jordan Mailata went from operating table to $86m NFL dream

He likened it to being blindfolded, chasing a dream career in a sport that may as well have been a foreign language.

It is what makes Mailata’s rapid rise – a self-described “Hollywood movie” – all the more remarkable.

Earlier this month he was sharing the field with Tom Brady, who at 44 years old, is still breaking records and still redefining the quarterback age curve.

Mailata is doing some redefining of his own, shedding the rugby league identity of his past and forging a new one.

NFL player Phillip Adams killed five, then himself

Adams had been treated by the doctor, who lived near his parents' home in Rock Hill, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorised to speak publicly. He said Adams killed himself after midnight with a .45-caliber weapon.

The York County Sheriff's Office said they had searched for hours after Wednesday's mass shooting before finding the suspected gunman, whom they did not identify, in a nearby home.

From rugby league royalty to a jail cell: Jarryd Hayne

The dual Dally M Medallist, NSW State of Origin and Australian test star on Monday became a convicted rapist. Stints representing state and country, flying high in the NFL or chasing an Olympics rugby sevens dream in Fijian paradise faded from view.

A Sydney jury found the 33-year-old guilty of sexual intercourse without consent of a woman in her Newcastle home in 2018. It was the same night as the NRL grand final and Hayne had been at a buck's party.

He denied any criminality, but said he regretted what happened between the pair.

NFL star and three-time Super Bowl winner re-joins USA Sevens side ahead of Tokyo Olympics

The 32-year-old currently plays as a safety and special teamer for the New York Giants and won three Super Bowls during his seven-year spell with the New England Patriots between 2012 and 2019.

It was also during his time with the Patriots, where he lined up alongside the legendary Tom Brady, when he dabbled with rugby, a sport he had previously represented the United States in at U19 and U20 levels.

Former NFL standout Vincent Jackson found dead in hotel room

A cause of death has not yet been determined, but the sheriff's office said there were no signs of trauma.

News of the death of the former player, who turned 38 last month, hit hard in the Tampa area, where he was known for his off-the field works as well as his performances on the field, as well as San Diego, where he also played.

"We are all mourning the loss of our beloved Vincent," Allison Stokes Gorrell, a Jackson family spokesperson, told the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennifer King: NFL history for first black female full-time coach

Her promotion to assistant running backs coach was confirmed on Tuesday by Washington Football Team.

She spent the 2020 season as an intern under Washington head coach Ron Rivera, and running backs coach Randy Jordan.

"Coach King is well deserving of the promotion," said Rivera. "She earned this opportunity with her hard work. The sky is truly the limit for her."

NFL teams cancel training after positive Covid-19 tests

The Chicago Bears pushed back training from morning to the afternoon. Initial testing had revealed that nine players and staff members had tested positive but the results later turned out to be false positives, and the team put off training until the afternoon "out of an abundance of caution", the Chicago Tribune reported.

The NFL said the clubs were taking precautionary measures while working to either confirm or rule out the positive tests.

An NFL-style combine set to re-start Australia's new domestic competition

It’s been almost two months since professional rugby was last played in Australia when Super Rugby was suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but a revised domestic competition is scheduled to get back underway on July 4.

Senior players within Australia want to introduce a new concept a week before the new competition’s start date in a move that could give rugby a surge of interest in a country where engagement in the sport has been badly waning in recent times.

Tom Brady leaves Patriots

Brady will not be a New England Patriot when he starts his 21st NFL season, but where he lands in free agency remains unclear.

The Tennessee Titans are ruled out after re-signing Ryan Tannehill while the Las Vegas Raiders' reported acquisition of Marcus Mariota means Sin City is unlikely to be Brady's next destination.

So where is his most likely landing spot? We assess the options.


A sporting icon moving to the City of Stars late in his career? See LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers for evidence that can happen.

Beckham frustrated by Browns' form

The Browns are 2-3 for the year and they face a tough schedule in the coming weeks, with the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos their next three games.

Having been backed for a good season, Beckham is not enjoying Cleveland's struggles and would also like to be contributing more himself.

The 26-year-old has four catches for 47 yards over his past two games, which is his lowest output in that span during his six-year NFL career.