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Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, now part of an ownership group in the Arena Football League, speaking at a news conference Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Atlantic City, N.J., about the new expansion team that will play there beginning in April. The Arena League and the Alliance of American Football are among football leagues drawing action from sports bettors this year. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
February 21, 2019 - 3:41 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The National Football League is king when it comes to legal sports bets, but other professional gridiron leagues are looking to embrace and profit from it, too. Casino sportsbooks are already taking action on the Alliance of American Football, a new spring league. And the...
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Duke's Zion Williamson sits on the floor following a injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina, in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake. All because of a freak injury to arguably the most exciting player in college basketball. As his Nike shoe blew out, Williamson sprained his right knee on the first possession of what became top-ranked Duke's 88-72 loss to No. 8 North Carolina.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
February 21, 2019 - 3:38 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Soon after Zion Williamson's shoe ripped apart, Nike's stock price took a hit. The freak injury during one of the college basketball season's marquee games immediately sparked debates about everything from the shoe manufacturer to insurance issues and whether the likely NBA...
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February 21, 2019 - 1:19 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has received preliminary approval of his license application for a medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Detroit. Michigan's Medical Marihuana Licensing Board voted 4-0 Thursday in favor of the application. The board...
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February 20, 2019 - 2:58 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le'Veon Bell is free to go. Antonio Brown, maybe not so much. The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to place a transition tag on Bell, allowing the star running back to reach the open market when free agency begins next month. And while the team will explore moving Brown, general...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo talks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J. The Kansas City Chiefs have turned to Spagnuolo to shore up their soft defense, and the former Rams and Giants head coach knows that it will be a process. But he also said Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, that there are pieces in place for a rapid turnaround. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
February 20, 2019 - 2:30 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Steve Spagnuolo spent much of his year out of coaching making the 45-minute drive from his home in Philadelphia to the headquarters of NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Spagnuolo had finished a tour as the interim coach of the New York Giants and missed out on the full-...
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February 20, 2019 - 11:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading advocates for retired NFL players have teamed up in pushing for increased pension benefits for pre-1993 retirees. The Pro Football Retired Players Association, a nonprofit chaired by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, donated $100,000 to Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, then-Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado celebrates his two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series, in Los Angeles. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 19, 2019 - 8:18 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With their city's long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal. A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, left, smiles as he is introduced by Steelers President Art Rooney II for a news conference about Brown's contract extension at the NFL football team's headquarters, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has ended his lengthy standoff with the team by meeting with president Art Rooney II, though any shot at reconciliation between the two sides appears to be out of the question. Brown, who has asked to be traded, posted a picture on various social media accounts on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, that showed him arm in arm with Rooney at the Palm Beach International Airport. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
February 19, 2019 - 3:30 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has ended his lengthy standoff with the team by meeting with president Art Rooney II, though any shot at reconciliation between the two sides appears to be out of the question. Brown, who has asked to be traded, posted a picture on...
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February 19, 2019 - 12:47 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will get to play at home when he gets another shot on the PGA Tour. Romo, now the lead NFL analyst for CBS, has accepted a sponsor's exception to play in the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club in May. He is a member...
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Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Kyler Murray, right, smiles during the Davey O'Brien Award news conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Murray accepted the award in his first public appearance since he announced his plan to pursue an NFL football career rather than report to spring training as a first-round pick of the Oakland A's. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
February 18, 2019 - 9:24 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Now that Kyler Murray has decided to play in the NFL instead of reporting to spring training as a first-round draft pick by baseball's Oakland Athletics, the questions can shift to the Heisman Trophy winner's height. The former Oklahoma star says everyone will get their...
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