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  • 2017 NFL training camp reporting dates NFL-AFC-CHAMPIONSHIP-NEW-ENGLAND-PATRIOTS-AT-79146838(PhaztRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    NFL training camp reporting dates for rookies and veterans: AFC Baltimore Ravens: Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md. (rookies: July 19; veterans: July 26) Buffalo Bills: St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, N.Y. (both July 26) Cincinnati Bengals: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati (July 25; July 27) Cleveland Browns: Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio ...
  • 10 most shocking developments from NFL offseason New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, talks to New offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / Fox Sports)   —-   The NFL offseason is always full of surprises, but this past spring seemed to be a bit more shock-inducing than others in recent memory. The New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI yet somehow got significantly stronger. The New York Jets flushed all their top veteran talent out ...
  • NFL: Pope meets with NFL delegation, urges ‘culture of encounter’ Pope Francis is presented with a drawing by a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with an NFL Hall of Fame delegation and urged them to translate values of teamwork and fair play from the football field to the broader community and help build a “culture of encounter.” Speaking Wednesday during a special audience, Francis said such values help “combat the exaggerated individualism, ...
  • NFL: One of these 5 NFL teams will win Super Bowl LII New England Patriots' James White scores the winning touchdown during overtime of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)The NFL is known for its parity, but it’s been a while since preseason dark horse came out of nowhere to win it all. The list of teams that have a realistic shot at winning the Super Bowl is relatively short headed into the 2017 season.  We’ve cut down the entire league into a group of five ...
  • NFL: Justices say law on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016 file photo, a Washington Redskins helmet is seen on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. The Supreme Court on Monday, June 19, 2017, struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name. The justices were unanimous in saying that the 71-year-old ...
  • NFL: Where some teams and players stand FILE- In this Tuesday, June 6, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during an NFL football team practice in Foxborough, Mass. New England went 14-2 last season, including four games without Tom Brady, but looks even stronger now. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    It’s mid-June, which means for the next month or so, NFL teams basically hibernate. Yes, even those 24/7, sleep-in-the-office, watch-film-around-the-clock coaches take some sort of a break. It’s also a good time to look at key developments of the offseason, and where some teams stand heading to training camp at the end ...
  • College football fanbases most cool with their coach FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, photo, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates the team's 37-34 win over Florida State in an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla. Not many college football fans outside of Alabama and Ohio State are totally content with their coach. And contentment can be fleeting as Michigan State fans are finding out now. These days Clemson fans are crazy about Swinney and Stanford supporters are cool with David Shaw. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    Let’s go back to Sept. 18, 2016, the day after Michigan State defeated Notre Dame and the high point of what turned out to be the worst season for the Spartans in coach Mark Dantonio’s 10-year tenure. On that Sunday, though, life was good for Spartans fans. Michigan State was ranked ...
  • NFL News and Notes: Texans’ Bill O’Brien confident (so far) Deshaun Watson will be ready in 2017 Quarterback Doug Williams played for Washington from 1987-89 and won Super Bowl XXII.(Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)HOUSTON — There are flashes, such as the pass Deshaun Watson threaded to tight end Evan Baylis in Tuesday’s minicamp practice, that can make people believe the Houston Texans rookie quarterback will be ready for NFL action sooner rather than later. And even in Watson’s not-so-pro-ready moments, Texans coach Bill O’Brien says, there’s been nothing about the ...
  • NFL News and Notes: Julian Edelman, Patriots agree to multiyear contract extension Julian Edelman agreed to a contract extension with the New England Patriots on Thursday.(Photo: Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Julian Edelman won’t be hitting the open market after this season. The New England Patriots agreed to a multiyear contract extension Thursday with their leading wide receiver, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal ...
  • NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy found dead at age 48 FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, file photo, former NFL player Cortez Kennedy poses with a bust of himself during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. The Orlando Police Department confirmed that Kennedy was found dead Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Orlando. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Cortez Kennedy was a hulking force at defensive tackle, the cornerstone of a franchise that had little to cheer about for most of his playing career. And yet what Kennedy accomplished as a player with the Seattle Seahawks — which was good enough for induction into the Pro Football Hall of ...
  • College Football: Gary, Evans, Sweat are defenders set to rise in ’17 FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 file photo, Iowa running back Akrum Wadley (25) tries to get away from Michigan defender Rashan Gary (3) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Iowa City, Iowa. Gary was a contributor to last season's excellent Michigan defense, making 27 tackles and five for loss. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   In his first season as a starter, Malik Hooker blossomed into one of the best defensive players in college football. The Ohio State safety had mostly played on special teams before stepping into a major role in his third season for the Buckeyes and turned into an All-American and first-round NFL ...
  • NFL should readopt sudden death overtime instead of reducing it five minutes New England Patriots' James White scores the winning touchdown during overtime of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   CHICAGO — This isn’t your father’s NFL. I get it. You can now watch contests on your phone. Players miss weeks while recovering from concussions (sometimes anyway). The crucial play might just be reversed with an instant replay review from the league’s Manhattan nerve center. It’s the evolution of a brand ...
  • College Football: Kelly, Rodriguez, Mora in need of improvement in ’17 FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, center, watches as his players run off the field during an NCAA college football game against Texas in Austin, Texas. Kelly enters 2017 in need of a big turnaround, with a revamped coaching staff (new defensive, offensive and special teams coordinators) and new starting quarterback (Brandon Wimbush). (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Mark Helfrich went into last season with a 33-8 record in three years as Oregon coach and an appearance in the national championship game. He then went 4-8 and was fired. Point is, just about every coach outside of Nick Saban and Urban Meyer can be considered on the hot seat. For ...
  • NFL News and Notes: WR Josh Gordon’s reinstatement denied by NFL FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs the ball during practice before an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, in Cleveland. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been denied reinstatement by the NFL. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced publicly, says Gordon can reapply for reinstatement in the fall. Gordon has been suspended several times by the league, including the current ban for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon won’t be back in the NFL anytime soon. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Browns wide receiver has been denied reinstatement by the NFL. The person, speaking Thursday on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced publicly, says Gordon can ...
  • NFL: Alberto Riveron named NFL senior VP of officiating FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2011, file photo, referee Alberto Riveron makes a call in the second quarter of an NFL football preseason game between the Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn. The NFL has promoted Riveron to its head of officiating. Riveron was the senior director of officiating under Dean Blandino, who left the NFL last month. A nine-year game official and former referee, Riveron was born in Cuba. (AP Photo/Frederick Breedon, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / NFL)   —-    The NFL has a new team atop their officiating department. Alberto Riveron was named the senior vice president of officiating, the league announced Wednesday morning, filling the role vacated by former officiating head Dean Blandino. Russell Yurk, an NFL replay veteran of seven years and a former NCAA and high school referee, ...
  • How the Internet graded every team’s 2017 NFL draft haul Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) talk after an NFL football game in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Chicago won 20-10. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)(PhatzRadio Sports / WAPO)    —-    The 2017 NFL draft started with a flurry of trades and some surprising selections in Round 1, but after three days, seven rounds and 253 new players in the league, it’s finally over. Now, the analysis can begin. You may think it is unfair to make snap judgments this early, but that has never, and will ...
  • NFL: Why wouldn’t Washington go with Doug Williams as GM? Quarterback Doug Williams played for Washington from 1987-89 and won Super Bowl XXII.(Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)     —-    If there was ever a time for Doug Williams to fulfill his vision and become an NFL general manager, that time is now. If not yesterday. Williams, 61, who became the first African-American quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl with an MVP performance for Washington in ...
  • NFLPA resistance to certain rookie contract provisions could slow signings -NFL-Carolina-Panthers-Rookie-Minicamp(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-   As NFL teams begin the usually smooth process of signing their draft picks, some are running into resistance from the players’ union, which urged agents in a memo last month to reject provisions it says are prohibited from rookie contracts under the collective bargaining agreement. The NFL Players Association ...
  • Notre Dame relaunch: Confident Kelly unfazed by hot seat Texas players jubilate past dejected Notre Dame players after Texas scored a touchdown in a second overtime of an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 50-47. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The “new” version of Brian Kelly is fitter, more connected to his team, less connected to his offense, not as likely to unload on a player at practice and — for the first time in his career — entering a season in real danger of losing his job. Notre Dame football ...
  • NFL / USA TODAY POWER RANKINGS (Published On: 2017-05-03) Tom Brady Champ MVP RANK TEAM RECORD CHANGE HI/LOW NOTES 1 New England Patriots 14-2 1 / 3 Picks were sparse, but the Patriots’ true haul included WR Brandin Cooks, DE Kony Ealy, TE Dwayne Allen and RB Mike Gillislee. There’s no shortage of young talent for the champs. 2 Atlanta Falcons 11-5 2 / 29 The Super Bowl hangover looms, but DE Takkarist McKinley could boost a young defense on the upswing. New coordinator Steve ...
  • College Football: James, Rosen could make big impact after injuries FILE - This Oct. 8, 2016 file photo shows UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen warming up prior to an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. Rosen will try to lead a turnaround for the Bruins. Rosen has the type of talent that championship teams are built around, but the Bruins haven't provided him much stability. A breakthrough season by Rosen could make UCLA one of the top turnaround teams in the country, give job security to coach Jim Mora and turn Rosen into a top-five pick in next year's NFL draft. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Royce Freeman hardly looked like himself last season. An injured knee in the first month of the season caused Oregon’s dynamic running back to miss a game. Then he took a shot to the chest that further limited his hard-charging style. Freeman finished the season with 945 yards rushing, a little more ...
  • 2018 NFL draft: Top 10 players to watch next season USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) sets up to pass the football in the second half against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.(Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports)Making predictions about the NFL draft even a few days prior to the event can be a difficult endeavor. Attempting to look a year in advance is essentially a fool’s errand. For example: Miami (Fla.) quarterback Brad Kaaya was a favorite of mock drafts at this time last year, but he had to wait until the sixth round ...
  • 2017 NFL draft team grades: Who had best, worst classes? -draft-illo-042817-v2-SHEETPHILADELPHIA (AP) — With 253 selections over three days, and a couple hundred thousand people on hand, the NFL draft seems as complex an operation as exists. Don’t believe it, at least not for the teams. All the hard work had been done in the previous months. This weekend, the objective was very simple: improve. Filling holes ...
  • 2017 NFL draft class team-by-team breakdown FILE - This Dec. 30, 2016, file photo shows Michigan safety Delano Hill, right, attempting to stop Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, left, during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The NFL Draft will be held April 27-29, 2017, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)Here’s a look at all 32 teams’ classes for the 2017 NFL draft. Arizona Cardinals 1 (13) Haason Reddick, lb, Temple 2 (36) Budda Baker, s, Washington 3 (98) Chad Williams, wr, Grambling State 4 (115) Dorian Johnson, g, Pittsburgh 5 (157) Will Holden, ot, Vanderbilt 5 (179) T.J. Logan, rb, North Carolina 6 (208) Rudy Ford, s, Auburn Atlanta Falcons 1 (26) Takkarist McKinley, ...
  • NFL draft tracker 2017: Recapping every pick from all seven rounds -mock-draft-illo-042317-v2(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)     —–    The 2017 NFL draft is all wrapped up. Take a look back at all 253 picks, as well as our analysis on the top players. We also provided a look at all 32 teams’ draft classes. ROUND 1 1. Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: After robust rumors and heavy smoke ...

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