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Manning having more fun at training camp

Aug 13, 2014

Manning having more fun at training camp

Peyton Manning seems to be having a lot more fun this summer. He’s still grinding through training camp like always but he’s also showing a loosey-goosey side that he rarely flashed in Indy or in his first two seasons in Denver. One morning, he’s ...

Manziel makes solid debut for Browns

Aug 10, 2014

Manziel makes solid debut for Browns

Johnny Manziel took off up the middle, slipping between a couple defensive linemen and racing through the open field. Then — perhaps most importantly — he finished the 16-yard run with a smooth, feet-first slide across the turf at Ford Field. “The times I ...

Several NFL standouts targeting big comebacks after injuries

Aug 10, 2014

Several NFL standouts targeting big comebacks after injuries

Broken bones. Torn ligaments. Subpar performances. They all combined to sideline some of the NFL’s biggest stars a year ago, a lost season for several players who spent most of the year in the trainers’ room. Rob Gronkowski, Percy Harvin, Julio Jones, Robert Griffin ...

Bortles leads Jags past Bucs

Aug 9, 2014

Bortles leads Jags past Bucs

Blake Bortles was solid in his preseason debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10 on Friday. The third overall pick in this year’s draft completed 7 ...

Denver tops Seattle in sloppy affair

Aug 8, 2014

Denver tops Seattle in sloppy affair

The Super Bowl teams slogged through a preseason opener delayed by lightning and a flurry of flags Thursday night before linebacker Steven Jackson’s end zone interception of Terrelle Pryor’s pass sealed the Denver Broncos’ 21-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks. In between a 46-minute ...

Harbaughs come together for 49ers-Ravens tilt

Aug 7, 2014

Harbaughs come together for 49ers-Ravens tilt

They are NFL coaches on opposite ends of the country, so it isn’t often that the Harbaugh brothers have a get-together in August. The exception to the rule will occur this week. Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers will face John Harbaugh and ...

Browns wear boxing gloves

Aug 6, 2014

Browns wear boxing gloves

The Browns are ready to rumble. To prepare for the NFL’s crackdown on defensive holding this season, the team is making its cornerbacks and safeties wear boxing gloves during training camp practices. The smaller, mittenlike gloves — used by kickboxers and in mixed martial ...

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 ...