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  • NFL mock draft: Out final projections at who goes where in the first round -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)   —-   NFL draft day has finally arrived. Round 1 of the league’s annual “player selection meeting” begins Thursday night in Philadelphia. Rounds 2 and 3 follow on Friday, and the event wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. That still leaves us time for one more first-round ...
  • NFL Draft 2017: NFL draft top 35 rankings -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Compiling a big board can be one of the NFL draft’s most difficult tasks, but USA TODAY Sports put together our ranking of the top 35 players available in this year’s class. Keep in mind these rankings are an indication of projected long-term value rather than an estimation of ...
  • NFL mock draft 7.1: Latest buzz on first-round outlook -mock-draft-illo-042317-v2(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   NFL draft week has finally arrived. Round 1 of the league’s annual “player selection meeting” begins Thursday night in Philadelphia. Rounds 2 and 3 follow on Friday, and the event wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. That still leaves us time for one more first-round prognostication, which ...
  • College Football – Pick 6: 10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017 FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2016, file photo, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watches players get ready for an NCAA college football game against Maryland in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines were a few plays away from making the playoff in Harbaugh's second season, with one of the most experienced teams in the country. The NFL is the next stop for most of the best players from that squad. Michigan has the fewest returning starters in the country. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)     —-   Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look so easy, but for most programs, it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next. Twenty-five FBS teams won at least 10 games last season, including the Crimson Tide for ...
  • NFL mock draft 7.0: First-round outlook comes into focus -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   NFL draft week has finally arrived. Round 1 of the league’s annual “player selection meeting” begins Thursday night in Philadelphia. Rounds 2 and 3 follow on Friday, and the event wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. But that still leaves us time for one more first-round prognostication, which will ...
  • NFL Draft 2017: NFL draft capsules for AFC teams / NFL draft capsules for NFC teams -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET1, 12. CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-15) LAST SEASON: Following 0-14 start under first-year coach Hue Jackson, Browns barely avoided becoming only second team to lose all 16 games. Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam vowed to be patient with new front office and coaching staff and were mostly true to word as team underwent minimal offseason changes. Cleveland’s ...
  • 2017 NFL draft: Evaluating ex-top recruits who didn’t match hype FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, LSU wide receiver Malachi Dupre (15) tries to break through the tackle of Southern Mississippi defensive back Curtis Mikell (19) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La. Former college receivers Malachi Dupre of LSU and Travis Rudolph of Florida State are examples of pro prospects who left high school as elite national recruits and now enter the NFL draft trying to overcome a perceived lack of production in college.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Receivers Malachi Dupre of LSU and Travis Rudolph of Florida State are prime examples of pro prospects who left high school as five-star recruits and now enter the NFL draft trying to overcome perceptions that they never fulfilled their promise in college. For NFL teams, the challenge is figuring out why ...
  • NFL: 25 years for ex-Saint’s killer in ‘profoundly sad’ case FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Prosecutors will have to present witnesses against the man accused of killing retired New Orleans Saints player Will Smith at a hearing Thursday, April 28, 2016 unless a grand jury indicts him first. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Calling it a “profoundly sad and tragic” case, a judge 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. Thursday’s sentencing by Louisiana Judge Camille Buras was the culmination of a case that ...
  • Is this the year there’s a first-round run on tight ends in the NFL draft? -NCAA-Football-Alabama-at-MississippiTypically, when the time comes for NFL teams to build through the draft, tight ends tend to be low-end commodities on the priority spectrum. Over the past 20 drafts, exactly 20 of them have been picked in the first round — with none going in the top five. Since 2011, only two (Tyler Eifert in 2013 ...
  • College Football: Toughest nonconference schedules in Power 5 in 2017 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)    —-    September could get very ugly for Fresno State. On consecutive September Saturdays, the Bulldogs play at Alabama and at Washington. Mercifully, Fresno State has the next week off before starting Mountain West play. The Bulldogs’ final nonconference game comes in November when BYU comes to the San Joaquin Valley. The Bulldogs, coming off ...
  • NFL Draft 2017: NFL teams weigh when to draft replacements for veterans FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Texas A&M's Myles Garrett (15) tries to get around Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz during the second half of the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game in Houston. Garrett is among the top prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derrick Johnson has always been a company man, willing to do whatever it takes to help the Kansas City Chiefs win playoff games and someday end their long Super Bowl drought. Restructure his contract? OK. Tutor young linebackers? Sure thing. The point where Johnson draws the line is in telling the Chiefs ...
  • Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell In this still image from video, Aaron Hernandez, center, is hugged by defense attorney Ronald Sullivan Friday, April 14, 2017, in court in Boston, after being found not guilty of murder in the 2012 shootings of two men in a drive-by shooting in Boston. (WHDH-TV via AP, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said. Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center ...
  • Ex-NFL star Hernandez, serving life, acquitted in 2 slayings In this still image from video, Aaron Hernandez, center, is hugged by defense attorney Ronald Sullivan Friday, April 14, 2017, in court in Boston, after being found not guilty of murder in the 2012 shootings of two men in a drive-by shooting in Boston. (WHDH-TV via AP, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub. The former New England Patriots tight end choked back tears as the verdicts were read in court. ...
  • NCAA adopts early signing period, 10th coach for football 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)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA endorsed a football recruiting rules overhaul on Friday that will allow high school football players to sign with colleges as early as December and put a two-year waiting period on Bowl Subdivision teams from hiring people close to a recruit. If the package is approved by the Board of Governors on ...
  • NFL mock draft 6.0: Working with the Salary Cap / How trades could shake up the first round FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2000 file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (4) looks to pass in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. When the Green Bay Packers decided to give Favre the NFL's first $100 million contract in 2001, well, first "$100 million contract," because, like so many deals in the league, it wasn't ultimately worth the advertised amount _ the team structured it to create extra space under the salary cap for other signings. (AP Photo/Rick Havner, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)   —-    When the Packers gave Brett Favre the NFL’s first $100 million contract in 2001 — well, first “$100 million contract,” because, like so many deals in the league, it wasn’t ultimately worth the advertised amount — the team structured it to create extra space under the ...
  • NFL draft shake-up: Five teams that could surprise with bold moves -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEETIn the days leading up to the 2017 NFL draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a closer look at the burning questions that will shape the event. To kick off the series, we highlighted five teams that could make surprise moves that would defy mock drafts and reverberate throughout the first round. Cleveland Browns Even if Texas ...
  • NFL: Sherman trade talks have occurred / NFL free agents still available FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2016, file photo, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) covers Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, in Tampa, Fla. Seahawks general manager John Schneider acknowledged the team has listened to trade offers regarding cornerback Richard Sherman, but downplayed that a deal may actually happen. Schneider made his comments in an interview with KIRO-AM on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Wednesday the team has listened to trade offers regarding cornerback Richard Sherman, but downplayed that a deal may actually happen. Schneider made his comments in an interview with KIRO-AM . Schneider said, “What you’ve seen lately in the news is real. That’s on both sides,” in ...
  • AP source: Cowboys’ Romo retiring, headed to broadcast booth FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2016, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo takes to reporters at the end of practice in Oxnard, Calif. A person with knowledge of the decision says Romo is retiring rather than trying to chase a Super Bowl with another team after losing his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys. The all-time passing leader for the storied franchise is headed to the broadcast booth after considering those offers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, April 4, 2017, because Romo's decision hasn't been announced. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)DALLAS (AP) — Tony Romo is retiring rather than trying to chase a Super Bowl with another team after losing his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The all-time passing leader for the storied franchise is headed to the broadcast booth after spending ...
  • On Football: A look at what got done at NFL meetings Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook (89) catches a pass along the sideline during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 34-31. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners got plenty done in their meetings, including approving the Raiders’ relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, and addressing a variety of rules changes. So what does it all mean? VIVA LAS VEGAS The Raiders’ move to America’s gambling capital was a slam dunk once Bank of America came aboard with a $650 million ...
  • NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones arrives at the NFL football annual meetings, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners got busy Tuesday passing several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety, and perhaps even allow for more personality in player celebrations. One day after approving the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, the owners sped up discussions on dozens of subjects. That led to ...
  • 2017 NFL draft first-round order terrell payor(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Terrelle Pryor’s 1,007 receiving yards ranked 22nd in the NFL last season, and his 77 catches were 27th, stats accumulated despite playing with five quarterbacks on a team that went 1-15. Still just 27, and coming off his first year as a full-time wideout, Pryor appears to be a player on ...
  • Penn State Scandal: Jury fails to reach verdict in Penn State ex-president trial Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and his wife Sandra, arrives for the fourth day of his trial at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa. Spanier is charged with conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. Prosecutors say he and two other Penn State administrators failed to act on a report of sexual abuse by former football coach Jerry Sandusky. (Dan Gleiter /PennLive.com via AP)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jurors in the criminal trial of former Penn State University president Graham Spanier spent more than six hours deliberating Thursday without reaching a verdict regarding the child endangerment and conspiracy charges he faces in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The panel got the case after Spanier’s attorneys declined to call any ...
  • NFL mock draft 4.0: How has free agency altered outlook? -mock-draft-illo-022817-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   With few exceptions, most of the NFL’s prominent free agents have now found new homes or returned to their original ones. With team needs across the league more clearly defined as the draft approaches, here’s mock draft 4.0 for 2017: 1. Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: Free ...
  • Prosecutor: Not reporting Jerry Sandusky let evil ‘run wild’ ADDS THAT SCHULTZ HAS ALSO PLEADED GUILTY - FILE - This file combination photo shows former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, left, former Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley, right, and former Penn State President Graham Spanier, center, in Harrisburg, Pa. Curley and Schultz each pleaded guilty Monday, March 13, 2017, to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge for his role in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case, more than five years after the scandal broke. Spanier, who was also charged in the case, was not in the Harrisburg courtroom Monday morning, though his attorneys were. (AP Photos/File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The failure of Penn State’s former president to report child molestation accusations against Jerry Sandusky allowed evil “to run wild,” prosecutors said Tuesday at the start of Graham Spanier’s trial. A defense attorney accused prosecutors of trying to “criminalize a judgment call.” Opening statements got underway in the long-delayed criminal trial against ...
  • 2017 NFL Free Agency: Free agent Hightower leaves without deal after visiting Jets NEW YORK (AP) — Dont’a Hightower visited an AFC East rival — and left without a deal. The New York Jets announced Monday that they met with the free agent linebacker, one of the most-coveted players available this offseason. Hightower, who has helped the New England Patriots win two Super Bowls in his five NFL seasons, met ...

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