Paul DePodesta has excelled is at harvesting the reams of information now available to coaches and scouts. Photograph:  Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

In 2002, Professor David Romer, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote an academic paper for the Journal of Political Economy (...)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson  breaks clear of the  New York Giants defence  at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Photograph: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings clinched their first playoff berth since 2012 on Sunday and set up an NFC North division title game next week following a blowou(...)

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham catches the game-tying touchdown  despite the coverage of Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman during the game  at MetLife Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Odell Beckham Jr wowed fans last year as he compiled a record-setting rookie season despite having missed the off-season and the first four games of t(...)