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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017 file photo, from left, Miami Dolphins' Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem this season could be suspended for up to four games under a new team policy issued to players this week. The policy obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, July 19, 2018 classifies anthem protests as conduct detrimental to the club, punishable by suspension without pay, a fine or both. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)
July 20, 2018 - 1:11 am
The Latest on the Miami Dolphins anthem policy (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The NFL and National Football League Players Association released a joint statement, saying: "The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017 file photo, from left, Miami Dolphins' Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem this season could be suspended for up to four games under a new team policy issued to players this week. The policy obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, July 19, 2018 classifies anthem protests as conduct detrimental to the club, punishable by suspension without pay, a fine or both. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)
July 19, 2018 - 11:46 pm
The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution. The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones walks off the field after an NFL football game between the Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the discussions says the Atlanta Falcons won't renegotiate Julio Jones' contract this season, casting doubts on whether the star receiver will be in training camp next week. The person, speaking on condition of anomity because the contract talks have not been made public, said Thursday, July 19, 2018, that the Falcons informed Jones a few weeks ago that they didn't have room under the salary cap to offer him a new deal. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
July 19, 2018 - 1:18 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Atlanta Falcons won't renegotiate Julio Jones' contract this season, casting doubts on whether the star receiver will be in training camp next week. The Falcons informed Jones several weeks ago that they didn't have room under the salary...
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Former gymnast Sarah Klein, former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Aly Raisman, from left in front, and others who suffered sexual abuse accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)
July 19, 2018 - 6:48 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 140 survivors of sexual abuse by a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University joined hands on stage to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs. The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together...
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FILE - This Aug. 9, 2014 file photo shows an NFL logo on a goal post pad before a preseason NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field in Detroit. A federal judge Wednesday, July 18, 2018 denied a request from the NFL to appoint a special investigator to look into what the league says is extensive fraudulent claims on the $1 billion concussion settlement. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)
July 18, 2018 - 5:51 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers representing former NFL players estimated Wednesday that payouts from the concussion settlement with the league will top $1.4 billion, a $400 million jump because of thousands more players filing claims. The number of players who filed to be a part of the settlement is...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2015, file photo, New York Jets' Darrelle Revis speaks to the media after a Jets practice in Florham Park, N.J. Revis, a star cornerback with the New York Jets and a Super Bowl winner with their archrivals, the Patriots, has retired. Revis announced Wednesday, July 18, 2018, on Twitter that he was ending an 11-season career that included four All-Pro selections. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
July 18, 2018 - 4:21 pm
Revis Island is closed for business. Darrelle Revis, a star cornerback with the New York Jets and a Super Bowl winner with their archrivals, the New England Patriots, has retired. Revis announced Wednesday on social media that he was ending an 11-season career that included four All-Pro selections...
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July 16, 2018 - 8:58 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio has approved legislation creating a day to honor the first documented, black professional football player, known by the nickname "The Black Cyclone." Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) signed the legislation designating Feb. 3 as Charles Follis Day. The...
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Former New Jersey Sen. Raymond Lesniak holds up a ticket after he casted the very first bet at the Meadowlands Racetrack, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. Meadowlands Racetrack is the fourth sports betting outlet in New Jersey following the state's U.S. Supreme Court victory in a case that cleared the way for all 50 states to legalize sports betting. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
July 14, 2018 - 12:36 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey horse racing track has brought legal sports betting to New York City's doorstep. The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford began taking sports bets on Saturday morning. The track is located in the sports complex where the NFL's New York Giants...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) loses his grip on the football after crossing the goal line on a pass play against the New England Patriots in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. The NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions. The committee cited overturned receptions by tight ends James and Zach Miller last season among the dozens of plays they reviewed "dozens of times," according to committee chairman Rick McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)
July 13, 2018 - 7:59 pm
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Walt Coleman doesn't see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they've already been calling catches the new way. If anything, Coleman figures there will be fewer reviews of their rulings. "Most of the calls that...
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July 12, 2018 - 7:55 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been charged with raping an unconscious teenager 15 years ago. Authorities say the 17-year-old girl was assaulted in 2003 in San Diego County. Other details haven't been released. Winslow hasn't entered a plea yet. The charge was added...
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