Falcons’ Freeman feeling strong, says football is fun again

Sports 05/23/19, 16:16

The highlight of the Atlanta Falcons' first week of organized team activities has been Devonta Freeman's return to the field."It's been a long time," said coach Dan Quinn.Freeman looked explosive in Thursday's practice, the first OTAs session open to reporters. Having Freeman again flash his dual-threat skills at running back ...

Contract extension in hand, Edelman can get down to business

Football 05/23/19, 13:51

On the day after his 33rd birthday, a newly enriched Julian Edelman was doing what he loves best: practicing with his fellow New England Patriots."We got something done," the veteran wide receiver said Thursday after the Patriots concluded an organized team activity on the practice field behind Gillette Stadium. "Business ...

Jaguars rookie Josh Allen out with bruised knee, signs deal

Football 05/23/19, 13:37

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie defensive end Josh Allen sat out practice Thursday after bruising his right knee during the team's first practice of organized team activities.Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement two days after Allen got hurt and said there's "zero" concern for his long-term health. But Marrone added that team ...

Jets’ Gase: Had no input on GM firing; excited about Bell

Sports 05/23/19, 09:58

New York Jets coach Adam Gase insists he had no input on the firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan and says he never asked team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson to make a change.Gase was conducting his first news conference Thursday since Maccagnan was fired by Johnson last Wednesday.On Monday, ...

Bruins hoping to win Stanley Cup, join Boston’s title parade

Sports 05/22/19, 18:31

It's been more than three months since the last championship parade in Boston, and the city is getting antsy.Sure, the Red Sox won the World Series last October. And the New England Patriots earned their sixth Super Bowl victory in February.But since then: Nothing.FILE - In this May 16, 2019, ...

Ex-NFL player to go on trial in death of girlfriend’s child

Football 05/22/19, 17:07

A former pro football player was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on murder and child abuse charges in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter soon after they moved into his Las Vegas apartment this year.A judge told former NFL and Canadian Football League running back Cierre Marcelle Wood, 28, ...

Coach: Not a big deal that Cam Newton isn’t throwing yet

Football 05/22/19, 12:35

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's not concerned that Cam Newton still isn't throwing a football nearly four months after his starting quarterback had surgery on his right shoulder.Rivera says Newton sitting out of passing drills is "a really big not-that-big-of-a-deal."Newton underwent an "arthroscopic procedure" Jan. 24 after struggling to ...

NFL committee to decide whether to tweak interference rule

Sports 05/22/19, 11:36

NFL owners have given the competition committee the go-ahead to decide whether to refine the new rule allowing replay challenges involving pass interference.The proposed tweak would take the decision on whether to review in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands of officials. Reviews in the ...

Buffalo Bill have player wearing OJ Simpson’s former No. 32

Sports 05/21/19, 23:43

For the first time in 42 years, the Bills have a player wearing O.J. Simpson's former No. 32.Running back Senorise Perry wore the jersey number at Buffalo's spring practices this week.Simpson, whose name remains on the Bills Wall of Fame, served nine years for armed robbery and assault after confronting ...

Josh Jones not in attendance at Packers’ OTAs

Football 05/21/19, 18:11

The Packers would love nothing better than to put an offseason of turmoil behind them.Not so fast: Safety Josh Jones reportedly wants a trade.With just about everyone on the 90-man roster present on Tuesday for the second day of the team's voluntary organized team activities, Jones was not in attendance.Green ...

Mariota’s approach to final year of contract: ‘Let it ride’

Football 05/21/19, 17:19

Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Marcus Mariota hasn't changed anything about how he prepares for this season.That includes no talk of holding out or public demands for a new contract. The Titans quarterback and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner prefers to show up and work hard during ...

Carr back for 6th year as Raiders QB after offseason rumors

Football 05/21/19, 17:12

Derek Carr acknowledged that all the speculation about whether the Oakland Raiders would draft a quarterback this offseason to replace him as starter got annoying, even if he was confident it wouldn't happen.The rumors were only fueled when coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock met with Kyler Murray ...

NFL owners to consider tweaking pass interference reviews

Sports 05/21/19, 16:48

NFL owners meeting Wednesday will consider a proposal to refine the new rule that allows challenges involving pass interference, and may also announce locations to host upcoming drafts.Owners voted in March to allow interference calls or non-calls to be challenged by coaches and reviewed via replay as a one-year experiment.The ...

Stafford endures ‘tough times’ after wife’s tumor surgery

Football 05/21/19, 16:46

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is juggling his job on the field and his role as a husband and father as his wife, Kelly, recovers from surgery to remove a brain tumor."There's been some long days and some tough times," Stafford said Tuesday after joining his teammates for a voluntary ...

Bruins will scrimmage to stay sharp for Stanley Cup Final

Hockey 05/21/19, 16:46

The Boston Bruins think they've found a way to stay sharp for the Stanley Cup Final while waiting a total of 10 days between games.The Eastern Conference champions will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and coach Bruce Cassidy said he'll try to maintain a regular game-day schedule ...

Wagner present, but not participating at Seahawks OTAs

Football 05/21/19, 16:44

Bobby Wagner will be present for the Seattle Seahawks' optional offseason activities.Just don't expect him to take part.That was the message from the All-Pro middle linebacker Tuesday as Seattle continued the first week of organized team activities. Wagner's contract is up after next season and he indicated there had been ...

Saints rookie Mack hopes hard lessons at Notre Dame pay off

Football 05/21/19, 16:40

Rookie tight end Alize Mack thinks playing with Drew Brees in New Orleans' prolific offense will help him fulfill the potential he never realized at Notre Dame."This offense really allows me to put my talents on display. And that's why I'm really excited. That's why I really wanted to come ...

Kraft trial postponed while prosecutors appeal video ruling

Sports 05/21/19, 16:16

A Florida judge has delayed the trial of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on a misdemeanor charge that he paid for sex at a massage parlor.Judge Leonard Hanser agreed Tuesday to postpone the trial indefinitely while prosecutors appeal his decision blocking their use of secretly shot video. The footage ...

Ngakoue rejoins Jaguars, vows to play even without new deal

Football 05/21/19, 14:56

Yannick Ngakoue grew tired of watching from the sideline as teammates participated in 11-on-11 drills. So he took a different approach to stand out Tuesday.The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end ran onto the field during a special teams play, scooped up a punt and started juking would-be tacklers."Just trying to show ...

Buccaneers moving on from 6-time Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy

Football 05/21/19, 14:17

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving on from Gerald McCoy.The team released the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, describing the move as a mutual agreement after nine seasons.McCoy, the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, was due to make $13 million next season, but none of it was ...

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