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Watt striving to turn Texans around after dismal season

Aug 5, 2014

Watt striving to turn Texans around after dismal season

Houston’s J.J. Watt knows it’s cliche to say “we’re working hard every day” and he’s “just trying to be a good teammate.” That doesn’t stop the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year from using phrases like that often, saying those comments encapsulate what he’s ...

Aug 5, 2014

Packers to honor former star Favre

Brett Favre is returning to Titletown. The quarterback, estranged from the franchise he helped resurrect during his 16-year career, will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired next July 18. Favre’s No. 4 will be unveiled ...

Rookies spark Giants in Hall of Fame Game triumph

Aug 4, 2014

Rookies spark Giants in Hall of Fame Game triumph

Andre Williams ran up some big numbers at Boston College. The fourth-round draft pick is showing glimpses that can do it for the New York Giants, too. Williams had seven carries for 48 yards and scored on a 3-yard run in a 17-13 victory ...

Reed, Strahan lead Hall class

Aug 3, 2014

Reed, Strahan lead Hall class

Receiver Andre Reed delivered the emotion and managed to hook up for one more catch from quarterback Jim Kelly on the Pro Football Hall of Fame stage. And leave it to Michael Strahan and his familiar gap-toothed grin for bringing the laughs in closing ...

Goodell defends NFL's punishment of Rice

Aug 2, 2014

Goodell defends NFL's punishment of Rice

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended himself Friday against criticism that he was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his “horrible mistake.” “We just can’t make up the discipline,” Goodell said. “It has to be consistent with other cases. And it was ...

Strahan ready for emotions

Aug 2, 2014

Strahan ready for emotions

Michael Strahan is pleased to know he is scheduled to go last during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. That means the former New York Giants star pass-rusher won’t be the first to break down in tears once the 2014 seven-member class ...

Ravens running back Rice says actions 'totally inexcusable'

Aug 1, 2014

Ravens running back Rice says actions 'totally inexcusable'

Ray Rice stepped to the microphone, took a deep breath and spoke for 17 minutes about what he called “the biggest mistake of his life.” His arrest for domestic violence against his then-fiancee last February is something Rice figures will haunt him long after ...

Manziel taking lumps in first camp

Aug 1, 2014

Manziel taking lumps in first camp

Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over. Less than a week into his first NFL training camp with the Browns, Manziel is going through the typical growing pains of any rookie quarterback. He’s doing all ...

Jets feel good about season

Jul 30, 2014

Jets feel good about season

Welcome to Camp Confidence, where bold proclamations are among the annual rites of summer for the New York Jets. Yes, they’re talking again. And maybe even a little more than before. Oh, and guess what? Rex Ryan doesn’t mind one bit, even though he ...

Lions postpone negotiations with Suh until after season

Jul 29, 2014

Lions postpone negotiations with Suh until after season

The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season. Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice Monday that negotiations are being ...

Peterson proclaims self NFL's best cornerback

Jul 28, 2014

Peterson proclaims self NFL's best cornerback

Patrick Peterson says the debate over who is the best cornerback in the NFL will go on and on and his opinion will never change: He is the best. “As a man, I can’t fathom putting another guy in front of me,” he said. ...

Big Ben willing to wait for new deal from Steelers

Jul 27, 2014

Big Ben willing to wait for new deal from Steelers

There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks. And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it ...