NFL season starts tonight...All-American women's semis at US Open...Ex-Yankee Gene Michael dies

September 07, 2017 - 3:32 pm
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The NFL season opens tonight in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with Tom Brady and the Patriots hosting Kansas City. Before the game, the Patriots will raise their Super Bowl championship banner in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (AP) — The NFL will be able to know the speed, location and even the rotation of the league's footballs this season under new technology being used with the ball itself. Radio Frequency Identification tags will be in footballs used in every NFL game this season after being tested last season during the preseason and in Thursday night games. For fans, that means more statistics than ever before.

NEW YORK (AP) — The first all-American women's semifinals at the U.S. Open since 1981 are on tap tonight at Flushing Meadows. No. 9 Venus Williams plays unseeded Sloane Stephens, and No. 15 Madison Keys faces No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe (VAN'-duh-way).

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Yankees shortstop, manager and executive Gene Michael has died. The team says the 79-year-old had a heart attack. After his playing career ended in 1976, Michael joined the Yankees' front office and served as manager and general manager under owner George Steinbrenner. He helped put together the Derek Jeter-led teams that won World Series titles in 1996 and from 1998 to 2000. He then remained a key adviser to current general manager Brian Cashman.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has appointed former enforcer George Parros to run its department of player safety. The Princeton University graduate played nine seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens. Despite being a fighter with 1,092 penalty minutes, Parros was never fined or suspended in the NHL.

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