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FILE - This Sept. 12, 2010, file photo shows Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis before the start of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Landover, Md. Ten former NFL players have been charged with defrauding the league’s healthcare benefit program. They include five who played on the Washington Redskins, including Clinton Portis and Carlos Rogers. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
December 12, 2019 - 2:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league’s health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said Thursday. The players were charged in two...
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December 12, 2019 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department charges 10 former NFL players with defrauding the league’s health care benefit program.
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December 12, 2019 - 9:43 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A one-time NFL player was charged with murder in what authorities described as a drug-related killing in Louisiana in 2013. Devin Holland, 31, was arrested Wednesday in the shooting death of Timothy Pena during an apparent drug deal six years ago, Baton Rogue police said...
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2019, file photo, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman speaks at a news conference after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, in Landover, Md. Veteran defensive backs and team leaders Richard Sherman of San Francisco and Malcolm Jenkins of Philadelphia are among 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 12, 2019 - 9:39 am
Veteran defensive backs and team leaders Richard Sherman of San Francisco and Malcolm Jenkins of Philadelphia are among 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The award, now in its 50th year — it was named after the late Hall of Fame running back in 1999 — will be handed out...
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Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) celebrates a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
December 12, 2019 - 3:37 am
The best running teams are winning far more often this season and the most prolific passing teams are losing much more. Baltimore (11-2), San Francisco (11-2), Seattle (10-3), Minnesota (9-4) and Buffalo (9-4) are ranked Nos. 1-5 in average yards rushing per game. Their combined record is 50-15...
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works in the pocket against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 12, 2019 - 3:30 am
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — To Matt Ryan, that's still his little cousin. Never mind that Mike McGlinchey is a 6-foot-8, 310-pound offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers. “He's a kid to me,” Ryan quipped, “but he's out there playing like a grown man.” The first cousins will be on opposite...
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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (49) prepares for the snap against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Ferrell and Felicia Edmunds can't lose. Nor can they be prouder when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night, Dec. 15. It's a game that will feature all three of the Edmunds' sons _ the Steelers' Terrell and Trey Edmunds and the Bills' Tremaine _ facing off against each other. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)
December 11, 2019 - 7:52 pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Felicia Edmunds would rouse her three preteen boys from bed hours before school — and even on vacation — to put them through a rigorous daily workout of long runs and suicide sprints. If Trey, Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds aspired to one day play in the NFL, Felicia's phys-...
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December 11, 2019 - 5:46 pm
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Amid the concern and controversy over coaches challenges and video reviews of pass interference, the NFL plans a hard look at the rules adjustment instituted this season. The change was for the 2019 season only and the 32 team owners would have to ratify it again — on a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2002, file photo, Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden greets fans in the "Black Hole" after the Raiders beat the New York Jets 38-24 during the AFC Wildcard playoff NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. The Raiders' final scheduled game in Oakland on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, will be an emotional one for players and coaches, as well as fans. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
December 11, 2019 - 5:41 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Let the outsiders mock the dirt infield, flooding locker rooms and antiquated facilities. For coach Jon Gruden and many of the players who have called the Oakland Coliseum home during the team's 41 seasons there, it was a special and unique venue that had no match across the...
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Graphic shows NFL team matchups and predicts the winners in Week 15 action; 3c x 4 1/2 inches; 146 mm x 114 mm;
December 11, 2019 - 5:39 pm
Remember the Titans? You'd better do so. The Tennessee Titans suddenly look like world beaters. Or, at least, a solid choice to win the AFC South. They have won four straight and six of seven to climb into a tie for the division lead with the Texans. Houston comes off a monumental crash after its...
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