AP Sports Writer
Luke Akerstrom woke up around 5 a.m. Thursday, not out of the ordinary for a 6-year-old boy who needs around-the-clock care.
This was different, though.
He didn't ask for dad to stretch out his left arm. Or his left leg. Or help him out of bed.
This time, Luke was ready to start his day, his very special day.
"He said, 'Dad, you know we have to be there at 10:30,'" said Magnus Akerstrom, a former collegiate...Read Full Story
Tra Thomas took a few steps into the drizzling rain, looked up at the gray sky and nearly jumped out of his cleats when lightning crackled overhead."That's it for me," Thomas said as he dashed for cover.The Jacksonville Jaguars might want to consider keeping Thomas well out of harm's way. After all, the 6-foot-7, 316-pound veteran has become the team's biggest bargaining chip in negotiations with first-round draft pick Eugene Monroe. If Monroe's holdout stretches deep into training camp...Read Full Story
Titans coach Jeff Fisher says he just wanted to finish the game against Jacksonville, though some Jaguars fans seem to think otherwise.Chris Johnson ran on fourth down after Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called two timeouts in the final two minutes of a game already out of reach. Johnson scored on a 35-yard scamper for the 30-3 win Monday night.Why Del Rio called the timeouts remains unknown, and he wasn't available to reporters Tuesday. Fisher says officials alerted him at the two-minute...Read Full Story
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Kassim Osgood leapt out a second-floor window to escape a gun-wielding man who attacked him and a 19-year-old woman.According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the armed intruder exchanged gunfire with his ex-girlfriend, Mackenzie Rae Putnal, after putting a gun to her head on Monday night.Police say Osgood, 30, sustained some minor bruises during the attack and while fleeing.Coach Jack Del Rio says, "He's fine. I'm aware of it. I really can't comment on that...Read Full Story
AP Sports Writer
Brad Meester hopes to be at midfield for Sunday's coin toss. The Jacksonville Jaguars center wants a close-up view of what's sure to be a memorable moment.
Meester's buddy, 6-year-old Luke Akerstrom, will walk — maybe even run — to the middle of the field and serve as an honorary captain against the Cincinnati Bengals. No matter how he gets there, it will be the latest step in a journey that has been far from ordinary.
Luke...Read Full Story