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Method vs. Message: How sports can start a movement

Colin Kaepernick’s first two ”protests” drew scant attention. He sat on the bench, out of uniform, virtually unnoticed. His third got some buzz after a reporter tweeted a picture of the 49ers bench that had nothing to do with the quarterback but caught him in the frame, sitting during the national anthem. Meanwhile, the killing of a 12-year-old boy by ...

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Cris Carter reveals why Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will stay in Foxborough and win more Super Bowls for Pats

CRIS CARTER: I think this is a non-issue. I think there’s 0% chance that this is their last game. You said, well, if Bill Belichick want it, but he doesn’t want to. I don’t believe what you said that there’s endless options, because there’s not owners that would just give him Carte Blanche. There’s not teams that he could just ...

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McNabb’s disputed puke upstaged T.O. in previous matchup

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) One of the biggest mysteries in Super Bowl history occurred the previous time the Philadelphia Eagles met the New England Patriots 13 years ago. Did Donovan McNabb vomit during Philadelphia’s comeback attempt in the fourth quarter? He denies it. Teammates have said otherwise. Article continues below … It’s worthy of a documentary. No puking, er, kidding. The ...

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Gronkowski cleared to play in Super Bowl after concussion

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gronkowski participated fully in practice on Thursday. Defensive lineman Deatrich Wise also practiced after being cleared from the concussion protocol. Malcolm Butler (illness) and Brandon King (knee) also participated in the workout. Gronk ...

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Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan misses practice again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Philadelphia Eagles starting defensive tackle Tim Jernigan missed his second straight practice Thursday because of an illness. Coach Doug Pederson said he expects Jernigan to play against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday, even if he doesn’t practice the rest of the week. ”Because of the position and he’s one of our veteran guys, ...

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McDaniels capitalizes on second stint with Brady, Belichick

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) Josh McDaniels didn’t know what he didn’t know. In 2009, he was the baby-faced 32-year-old prodigy plucked out of Bill Belichick’s roost and Tom Brady’s shadow to serve as Mike Shanahan’s replacement in Denver, holding down two jobs he’d never had: head coach and de facto general manager. He’d trade away his starting quarterback, draft Tim Tebow ...

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2 Patriots delivered 2 of biggest Super Bowl defensive plays

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) James Harrison and Malcolm Butler can probably trade notes when it comes to Super Bowl-changing defensive plays. The two New England Patriots teammates are the authors of perhaps the two most memorable from the first 51 Super Bowls. One a game-sealing interception and the other a 100-yard return that provided a 14-point swing. ”They’re both all-time great ...

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Only on AP: For NFL players, racial profiling often personal

A son who saw a police officer hold a gun to his father’s head. A husband whose wife was pulled over driving a Bentley. These unsettling scenes are among the stories from some of the NFL’s marquee players, multi-millionaires sharing tales of racial profiling by law enforcement. It is a troubling concern for people of color that has been at ...

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