Football

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Neiko Thorpe is one of the reasons why NFL scouting departments keep digging. Thorpe was signed by the Raiders essentially as an afterthought as a “future” signing in January. Thorpe, who spent time in the CFL after getting cut by the Chiefs last...

CINCINNATI — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has gone from low-risk investment to being the heart of the Cincinnati Bengals defense in only two years. The coaching staff thinks so much of the Pro Bowl linebacker that it’s molding one of the league’s best defenses around him in...

VONTAZE BURFICT IS not in the room. He isn't one week away from his first trip to the Pro Bowl. He isn't stretched out on a white leather sectional couch at his girlfriend's parents' house. He doesn't have a Chihuahua asleep on his thigh. And...