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NFL owners vote down potential onside kick change

PHOENIX (AP) — Roger Goodell laid down the law, and the owners readily changed NFL rules on reviewing pass interference, whether flagged or not. As the league concluded its spring meeting one day early, the owners passed by a shockingly overwhelming 31-1 margin that interference can be challenged by coaches and reviewed by officials next season. Owners voted on a ...

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Patriots’ Kraft now wants jury trial on prostitution charge

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft now says he wants his misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution charge tried by a jury, not a judge. Kraft’s attorneys filed a court notice Tuesday also waiving his arraignment, which had been scheduled for Thursday. His lawyers also reiterated his not guilty plea, which he made last month. Kraft ...

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Honoring rivalries: Packers at Bears to open 2019 schedule

PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5. Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. ...

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AFL all-time leading rusher Clem Daniels dies at age 83

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Oakland Raiders running back and AFL all-time leading rusher Clem Daniels has died at age 83. The team announced Daniels’ death late Monday night but did not give a cause. Daniels played nine seasons of pro football starting with the Dallas Texans of the AFL in 1960. He spent his next seven seasons with the ...

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Bills hope for happy returns after signing cornerback Gaines

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Cornerback E.J. Gaines is counting on a second chance with the Buffalo Bills to kick-start his career following an injury-shortened season. “It was really a no-brainer,” Gaines said during a conference call Monday after signing a one-year contract with the Bills. “I already know the game plan and everything like that, so I definitely feel I ...

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Honoring rivalries: Packers at Bears to open 2019 schedule

PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5. Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. ...

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Jets owner jokingly envisions self wearing Lombardi Trophy

PHOENIX (AP) — Picture this: New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson parading around next winter with a certain Super Bowl bauble on his head. Sure, Johnson was dreaming about something his franchise hasn’t achieved since 1969: an NFL championship. But in March, optimism flows through everyone in pro football. “If we win the Lombardi Trophy,” Johnson said Sunday before the ...

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Giants owner: Trading Beckham came with ‘reluctant approval’

PHOENIX (AP) — For all the off-field shenanigans, verbal discord and injuries, Odell Beckham Jr. still is a special player. Giants owner John Mara recognizes that in the wake of the team trading the standout wide receiver to Cleveland earlier this month. “They made an offer that Dave (Gettleman, the Giants’ general manager) and Pat (Shurmur, the coach) found compelling, ...

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Gronk unleashed: Gronkowski sets course for retirement fun

Rob Gronkowski the football player is finished . Yeah, but what about Gronk? Well, the party is about to go bazooka . Look out for Gronk gone wild, Gronk unhinged, Gronk unleashed. Without football strings attached, Gronkowski is suddenly a hot free agent year-round, his talents pitched to far more than 32 suitors, from Hollywood to endorsements to, well, whatever ...

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