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Raiders bring RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement

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A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Oakland Raiders have agreed to a two-year contract to bring running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement. More>>

Harbaugh gives pope a helmet, pair of Jordans

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Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and his wife have met the pope, give him helmet and sneakers. More>>

Pre-draft football: Prospects vs. kids at Shriners hospital

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The NFL draft is one day away. More>>

Attorney: Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death

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A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez says prison officials denied the former NFL star's request for a cellmate months before he hanged himself. More>>

T.J. Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother

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Fairly or not, T.J. Watt will draw comparisons to his big brother J.J. when he gets to the pros. More>>

Pick 6: 10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017

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Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look easy, but for most college football teams it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next. More>>

Saints, 32-year-old Adrian Peterson agree on 2-year contract

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Free-agent running back Adrian Peterson has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. More>>

DEFENSE, DEFENSE: This draft crop is loaded on that side

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Defense is going to be the area of concentration in this draft, in the first round and through much of the proceedings in Philadelphia. More>>

Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction dismissed

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Lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez are formally asking that his first-degree murder conviction be dismissed in Massachusetts now that he has died. More>>

NFL prospect denies rape report made to police; no charges

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An attorney for former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says the player denies an accusation made in a police report that he sexually assaulted a woman. More>>

Aaron Hernandez friends, family turn out for private funeral

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Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown is preparing for his funeral. More>>

Cowboys honor Ware, ponder need with post-Romo future secure

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Dallas owner Jerry Jones honored DeMarcus Ware with the announcement that the franchise sacks leader would retire as a Cowboy, then engaged in a draft discussion centered largely on finding the team's next dominant pass rusher. More>>

Dad of Florida State star dies after gun fires at strip club

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The father of former Florida State football star Travis Rudolph was killed when authorities say a gun accidentally went off at a Florida strip club. More>>

Michigan football team arrives in Italy

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The Michigan football team has arrived in Italy for its eight-day blitz of Rome. More>>

Hernandez's body brought to Connecticut funeral home

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Aaron Hernandez's family is planning a private funeral for the former NFL star in his Connecticut hometown. More>>

Philly set to welcome NFL draft in grand way

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When the NFL chose Philadelphia to host the 2017 draft, it quickly became clear one of the world's most famous movie locations would be the perfect site to hold the three-day extravaganza. More>>

Attorneys review applications for 'Las Vegas Raiders' name

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A handful of people paid up to $275 for the "Las Vegas Raiders" trademark when news of the team's potential move from Oakland surfaced in January 2016. More>>

Judge orders evidence preserved in Hernandez prison suicide

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The family of Aaron Hernandez is asking a judge to order Massachusetts prison officials to preserve evidence after the former New England Patriots player committed suicide while serving a life sentence for murder. More>>

Raiders want resolution on Marshawn Lynch before draft

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Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would like some resolution on whether running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement and be traded to the Raiders before the draft next week. More>>

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

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Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. More>>

Pat's Run shadow runs expand to 32 cities to honor Tillman

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Shadow runs allow runners to feel a connection to Pat's Run by running 4.2 miles at locations across the country. More>>

Rutgers tells NCAA 'violations occurred' in football

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Rutgers says "violations occurred" with football program, recommends self-imposed sanctions. More>>

Spoils for a champion: Patriots open season hosting Chiefs

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One of the spoils of being champion: The New England Patriots will kick off the NFL season on Sept. 7 by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. More>>

25 years for ex-Saint's killer in 'profoundly sad' case

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A Louisiana judge has sentenced a 29-year-old New Orleans man to 25 years in prison for killing former Saints star Will Smith and wounding Smith's wife after an April 2016 traffic crash. More>>

In final hours, Hernandez thought of family, not football

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Aaron Hernandez's death in prison _ just days after the former NFL star was cleared of additional murder charges _ remains shrouded in mystery. More>>

7 dead when electrical wire falls on Nigerian gathering

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7 dead when electrical wire falls on Nigerian gathering, police say; residents say toll higher. More>>

Widow of Saints star Will Smith upset at killer's 25 years

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The defense gets a chance to make its case for leniency in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. More>>

Sabres clean house by firing GM Murray and coach Bylsma

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The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the youthful team missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. More>>

Raiders exercise fifth-year option on star defender Mack

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Menacing pass rusher Khalil Mack had his fifth-year contract option exercised by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, presumably keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. More>>

Patriots hit back at New York Times over White House tweet

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The New England Patriots are taking issue with a New York Times photo comparison that suggested a smaller turnout for Wednesday's Super Bowl celebration at the White House with President Donald Trump than one two years ago with President Barack Obama. More>>

Former VCU basketball player agrees to NFL deal with Colts

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The agent for former VCU basketball forward Mo Alie-Cox says his client has agreed to terms with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. More>>

NFL draft prospects thumbnail scouting reports

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Deshaun Watson leads a quarterback class that has not wowed scouts, so Leonard Fournette could be the first offensive player off the board when the NFL drafts from April 27-29 in Philadelphia. More>>

NFL draft prospects thumbnail scouting reports

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Myles Garrett is the likely No. 1 overall pick in an NFL draft that probably will be dominated by defensive players in the first round. More>>

Trump congratulates Patriots, doesn't mention Hernandez Video included

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The Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots are visiting the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for another NFL title. More>>

Celebs, athletes compete in video game event for charity

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Some popular celebs and athletes will compete in a televised video game event to raise money for charity. More>>

Huge indeed: $107 million in donations for Trump's inaugural

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Powered by billionaires and corporations, President Donald Trump raised $107 million for his inaugural festivities, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. More>>

In court, strong emotions from coach, family of slain Saint

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Defense lawyers for the man who killed former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith have filed a motion for a new trial based on "new evidence.". More>>

Von Miller recovers his Super Bowl 50 helmet

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FBI agents deliver Von Miller's missing helmet to the Super Bowl 50 MVP. More>>

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in his prison cell

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Massachusetts prison officials say former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. More>>

Falcons look to move on after epic Super Bowl collapse

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MVP quarterback Matt Ryan admits he went to a "dark place"' after Atlanta's epic collapse in the Super Bowl. More>>

Browns zero in on No. 1 pick, trade for veteran QB unlikely

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The Cleveland Browns have received calls from other teams about the No. 1 pick in next week's NFL draft. More>>

The Latest: Coach Sean Payton says Will Smith 'was special'

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has taken a front row seat alongside the family and friends of his former player Will Smith to observe the sentencing of Smith's killer. More>>

The Latest: Hernandez pal can't believe he killed himself

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Massachusetts prison officials say former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and has been pronounced dead at a hospital. More>>

The Latest: Trump on Pats, 'No team has been good this long'

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The New England Patriot's Rob Gronkowski paid a surprise visit to the White House briefing room during Wednesday's televised briefing. More>>

Soprano Nadine Sierra wins 2017 Richard Tucker Award

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Soprano Nadine Sierra has won the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, dubbed the Heisman Trophy of opera. More>>

Obama, former players, friends say goodbye to Dan Rooney

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President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were among hundreds of dignitaries, family members and former NFL players on hand to say goodbye to former Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney. More>>

Road-rage confrontation: Killer of ex-Saint faces sentencing

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The man who killed former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in an argument following a traffic crash avoided a mandatory life sentence when a jury convicted him of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder. More>>

Tax increase yields $4.6M for Vegas stadium in first month

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Taxpayers contributed over $4.6 million for an NFL stadium in Las Vegas during March, when an increase on area hotel taxes went into effect to cover the state's share of the project. More>>

AP Exclusive: Umps may soon take to mic to explain replays

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Baseball fans might soon get to hear from umpires why replay decisions are made. More>>

Easy choice: Browns CB Haden wants Garrett with No. 1 pick

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Browns cornerback Joe Haden is hoping the team selects Texas A&M's Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick in next week's NFL draft. More>>

Roof construction delays Mercedes Benz Stadium opening

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The planned opening of the $1.5 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium has been delayed by ongoing roof construction. More>>

Luck offers no timetable for return from shoulder surgery

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Andrew Luck isn't sure when he'll start throwing again and won't set a timetable for his return from shoulder surgery. More>>

Panthers sign Pro Bowl DT Kawann Short to 5-year extension

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The Carolina Panthers have signed Kawann Short to a five-year contract extension, keeping the Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the team through the 2021 season. More>>

Judge dismisses rape charge against former 49er McDonald

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A Santa Clara County judge has dismissed a rape charge against former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald after prosecutors said the woman who made the allegation refused to testify. More>>

Ex-agent pleads guilty in multi-year UNC sports agent probe

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A former NFL agent has pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing thousands of dollars in improper benefits to three former Tar Heels football players to entice them into signing contracts with him. More>>

Ex-agent pleads guilty in multi-year UNC sports agent probe

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A former NFL agent has pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing thousands of dollars in improper benefits to three former Tar Heels football players to entice them into signing contracts with him. More>>

Anguish, sympathy for Heap after ex-NFL player's kid killed

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Condolences are pouring in for retired NFL player Todd Heap and his family after police say the former Pro Bowl tight end accidentally ran over his 3-year-old daughter with a truck, killing her. More>>

Rod Carew's new heart, kidney came from late NFL player

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Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew received a new heart and kidney from the late NFL player Konrad Reuland. More>>

Ex-NFL player driving truck that ran over, killed daughter

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Authorities say a former NFL player was driving a truck that struck and killed his 3-year-daughter in the driveway of their suburban Phoenix home. More>>

Crosby, Penguins edge Blue Jackets 4-1 for 2-0 series lead

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Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, Marc-Andre Fleury stayed sharp in his second straight playoff start and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away for a 4-1 victory over Columbus in Game 2. More>>

Ex-NFL star Hernandez, serving life, acquitted in 2 slayings Video included

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Jurors in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez have begun their sixth day of deliberations. More>>

NCAA adopts early signing period, 10th coach for football

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The NCAA has voted to allow high school football players to sign with colleges as early as December, make early official visits and put a two-year waiting period on Bowl Subdivision teams from hiring people close to a recruit. More>>

NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino resigns

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NFL officiating director Dean Blandino is leaving the NFL to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities. More>>

Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84

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Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, one of NFL's most influential and popular executives, dies at 84. More>>

Obama, others, react to death of Steelers' Rooney

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Reaction was swift from around the NFL and beyond following the death of Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney on Thursday. More>>

Fournette among 22 prospects attending NFL draft's 1st night

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The green room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will feature a heavy Louisiana State contingent, while the Pac-12 will be dominating with seven players scheduled to attend the first night of the NFL draft. More>>

Jury in ex-NFL player's trial ends 5th day without verdict

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The jury in the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial is set to begin its fifth day of deliberations. More>>

APNewsBreak: NHL adding iPads on benches for playoffs

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The Associated Press has learned that the NHL is adding iPads for coaches and officials starting in the Stanley Cup playoffs. More>>

Trump taps lawyer involved with Trump U case for federal job

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A former top aide to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi involved in her office's decision not to pursue legal action against Trump University has been chosen to serve as the top lawyer at the U.S. Department of Education. More>>

Romo basks in honorary day with Mavs before Nuggets' win

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Gary Harris scored 20 points and the Denver Nuggets beat Dallas 109-91 with the Mavericks honoring retiring Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as an honorary player. More>>

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