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May 12, 2015

Ex-NFL great Bell earns diploma

Most people in the University of Minnesota’s college of education and human development class of 2015 will be pondering their futures. Bobby Bell’s lifelong goal will be reached by walking across the stage. The Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker will graduate Thursday from ...

NFL sacks Brady with four-game ban; Patriots fined

May 12, 2015

NFL sacks Brady with four-game ban; Patriots fined

The NFL came down hard on its biggest star and its championship team, telling Tom Brady and the Patriots that no one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game. The league suspended the Super Bowl MVP Monday for the first four ...

Brady says ball scandal doesn't impact Super Bowl win

May 8, 2015

Brady says ball scandal doesn't impact Super Bowl win

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday night the scandal surrounding his use of deflated footballs during the NFL playoffs last season hasn’t detracted in any way from his Super Bowl title. “Absolutely not,” Brady told a friendly university crowd in his first ...

NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls

May 7, 2015

NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls

Tom Brady: Unbelievable. The 243-report on “Deflategate” came out Wednesday and stopped barely short of calling the Patriots star quarterback a cheater. It did, however, call some of his claims “implausible” and left little doubt that he had a role in having footballs deflated ...

May 6, 2015

New bowls push bowl season to 42 games

The NCAA certified three new bowls to push the total number of postseason games in major college football to new high of 42. Debuting this season will be the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, and as yet unnamed games in Tucson, Arizona, and Austin, ...

Buccaneers take QB Winston with top pick in NFL Draft

May 1, 2015

Buccaneers take QB Winston with top pick in NFL Draft

Even with significant off-field baggage, Jameis Winston was the first pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night. With no such issues, Marcus Mariota went second. You don’t pass up a potential franchise quarterback in today’s pass-happy NFL. So Florida State’s Winston is headed ...

Apr 30, 2015

Smith confident Jets remain 'my team'

Not long ago, Geno Smith was the exciting new quarterback, the young guy with the big arm who was the future of the Jets. Two years after New York drafted him in the second round, Smith’s status is uncertain. The Jets hold the No. ...

NFL suspends Hardy for 10 games over assault

Apr 23, 2015

NFL suspends Hardy for 10 games over assault

The NFL suspended defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games without pay Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the league after concluding there was “credible evidence” he roughed up his ex-girlfriend nearly a year ago when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers. Hardy, ...

Patriots to open against Steelers

Apr 22, 2015

Patriots to open against Steelers

Among the Patriots’ rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener. The opposition this year is another team with championship pedigree: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England and Pittsburgh will begin the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 10, with a game ...

Eagles to add Tebow on one-year contract

Apr 20, 2015

Eagles to add Tebow on one-year contract

It’s Tebow Time in the City of Brotherly Love. Tim Tebow was expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because ...