Sanu keeping focus on football
Atlanta Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu is playing in the biggest football game of his life on Sunday. But not very many people want to ask about his 59-catch regular season leading into the Super Bowl LI matchup with the New England Patriots.
In the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order that puts a temporary travel ban in place against seven Muslim-majority countries, Sanu is suddenly a player in demand and it has nothing to do with his football skills.
It is because he is a Muslim playing in the big game on the heels of a controversial executive order.
"It's a very tough situation and I just pray that us as a country and a world can be united as one," Sanu told reporters in Houston. "It's really hard for me to talk about this right now. It would take a lot of time so I just want to focus on the game and focus on football."
Sanu's reception total was the best of his five-year career and he also had 653 yards and four touchdowns. He added two more scoring receptions in the postseason and Patriots coach Bill Belichick can't stop raving about his skills.
Raiders deal in peril
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson withdrew from the proposed Raiders' stadium deal, presenting the franchise's relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas with a significant financial roadblock.
The 83-year-old billionaire had committed $650 million to the $1.9 billion stadium project, but backed out after saying he wasn't included in the creation of a lease document presented to the Clark County Stadium Authority.
Goldman Sachs, a prominent investment bank, is also reevaluating its involvement in the project. Adelson has a longtime business relationship with Goldman Sachs.
Ryan doing TV work
Don't expect to see Rex Ryan crawling back to the NFL for any old job.
The former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets coach told the New York Daily News that he won't accept a position as a defensive coordinator and would only consider another head coaching job.
Ryan joined ESPN on Monday as an analyst for its Super Bowl LI coverage.