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  • Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty in New Orleans to drugging women

    Former NFL player Darren Sharper, accused of drugging and raping women in four states, pleaded guilty on Friday to related federal charges in New Orleans, prosecutors said. Sharper, 39, already had pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a…

    Reuters
  • Atlanta NFL team waives player after alleged dog killing

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Atlanta Falcons released Prince Shembo on Friday after the football player was charged with aggravated animal cruelty in the killing of his girlfriend's dog, the team said. The Yorkie died after Shembo, 23, an outside linebacker drafted by the Falcons in…

    Reuters
  • Byron Maxwell guarantees Super Bowl 50 appearance for Eagles

    “I’ve been there before. Knowing what it’s like if we go that far. Because we’re gonna go that far this year—meaning the playoffs and the Super Bowl.”

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  • Gino Gradkowski the anchor of Denver's revamped O-line

    Peyton Manning will have four new offensive linemen working in front of him in 2015. With Ryan Clady (knee) going on IR Friday, right guard Louis Vasquez is Denver's only starter returning to a position he played last season. As it stands now, the anchor of this reconstructed offensive line is a…

    The Associated Press
  • Tebow makes his Philly debut

    A slimmer Tim Tebow threw passes in shorts while a horde of reporters critiqued his mechanics and analyzed his arm motion. Tebow praised coach Chip Kelly and teammates, explained his new appreciation for football after being out of the NFL for two years and emphasized his role is quarterback. ''I…

    The Associated Press
  • 49ers Bowman confident he'll return to top form post-injury

    NaVorro Bowman intercepted a pass in the end zone by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and even in a late May practice it meant plenty. Did it look good?'' a grinning Bowman said Friday. It felt good.'' After spending the entire 2014 season rehabilitating a gruesome injury from the NFC championship…

    The Associated Press
  • AP Source: Brady's deflate appeal will be June 23

    A person familiar with the situation says Tom Brady's appeal of his suspension in the deflated footballs scandal will be heard on June 23. The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended four games after an NFL investigation found that he was ''at least generally aware'' of an illegal scheme to…

    The Associated Press
  • Falcons drop linebacker after dog killing charge

    The Atlanta Falcons, already burned by animal cruelty from a standout player, released linebacker Prince Shembo after he was charged Friday with aggravated animal cruelty in his girlfriend's dog's death. "We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo," the team said in a…

    AFP
  • Bills shuffle quarterbacks: Claim Matt Simms; cut Jeff Tuel

    The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their depth at quarterback by claiming Matt Simms and waiving Jeff Tuel. The Bills were awarded Simms on Friday, a day after he was cut by the New York Jets. Tuel's two-year tenure is over in Buffalo.

    The Associated Press
  • Browns waive long snapper Yount

    The Browns waived veteran long snapper Christian Yount. The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL's steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing the Browns to sign Charley Hughlett off Kansas City's practice squad a few days…

    The Associated Press
  • Allen looking to regroup in new-look Steelers secondary

    The Pittsburgh Steelers paid Cortez Allen last fall to take over the shutdown cornerback role that Ike Taylor handled for the better part of a decade. The Steelers hardly got their money's worth, and Allen knows it. A 2014 that began with a five-year, $25 million contract ended with Allen on…

    The Associated Press
  • Panthers expect offseason additions will free up WR Benjamin

    Help has arrived for Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Coach Ron Rivera is excited about the overall depth and competition at wide receiver, saying it is ''much better'' than it was a year ago when Carolina was in the midst of a major overhaul after cutting ties with its top four wideouts.…

    The Associated Press
  • Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge

    The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Shembo was charged after his then-girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma last month. The Falcons moved quickly to cut ties with…

    The Associated Press
  • Stanford, San Jose St. to host Super Bowl practices

    The two Super Bowl teams will practice for next year's game in the Bay Area on the campuses of Stanford and San Jose State. Stanford said Friday that the NFC champion will practice on its campus, as well as using the field house, weight room and conference rooms to prepare for the game on Feb. 7,…

    The Associated Press
  • Broncos LB Brandon Marshall recovering from foot surgery

    Brandon Marshall is putting his foot down - only not the right one, since there are two screws holding it together. Good thing, too, because watching from the sideline this week at voluntary practice has been tough, especially since the Broncos are installing a new defense under defensive…

    The Associated Press
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    Winning pro coaches given the boot (17 photos)

    So much for the cliché, "Winning cures all." Tom Thibodeau is the latest coach to find out that winning – whether in the form of regularly reaching the playoffs or even winning titles – isn't always enough to create a peaceful and lasting existence with a franchise.

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  • Titans strength coach returned to work a day after having 3 surgeries

    Football strength coaches often have a reputation for being a little crazy.

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  • Rams running back Trey Watts suspended for 4 games by NFL

    St. Louis Rams reserve running back Trey Watts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Watts, a two-year veteran, will be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 5. The 24-year-old Watts appeared in 14 games last…

    The Associated Press