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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Pittsburgh. Conner stressed he's not concerned about his future as he enters the final year of his contract. The team declined to offer him an extension following three seasons in which he has struggled to stay healthy. "That's the game," Conner said.(AP Photo/Don Wright, File)
June 02, 2020 - 7:01 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner didn't treat the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as an obstacle, but an opportunity. While the shutdown forced the Pittsburgh Steelers running back to cancel a couple of planned vacations, it also gave him time — a lot of time — to filter out the noise...
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June 02, 2020 - 1:21 pm
Call it support. Call it pressure. However you describe it, the NFL is going to get it regarding playing games on schedule. And barring a setback in the reopening of America during the coronavirus pandemic, the show will go on. Wisely, the NFL has taken baby steps toward some sort of normalcy. It...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren addresses the media in Indianapolis after it was announced that the remainder of the Big Ten Conference men's basketball tournament had been canceled. Warren, the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference, is creating a coalition to give the league's athletes a platform to voice their concerns about racism. Warren announced Monday, June 1, 2020, the formation of the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, with athletes, coaches, athletic director and university chancellors and presidents. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
June 01, 2020 - 10:12 pm
The Big Ten's Kevin Warren, the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference, is creating a coalition to give the league's athletes a platform to voice their concerns about racism. Warren announced Monday the formation of the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, with athletes,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2016, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs fans line up to enter Arrowhead Stadium before their NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Kansas City, Mo. The crippling coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world — including the sports world — to a standstill, and it shows no sign of going away anytime soon. That has left fans, stadium workers, team owners, sponsors and yes, even players, wondering what life will be like when games finally resume. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)
May 31, 2020 - 12:44 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The smell of barbecue wafts through the parking lots hours before kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium, and when the first salvo of fireworks explode overhead, thousands of Chiefs fans begin to march en masse toward the entrance gates. That's how things normally are on an NFL game...
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Protesters hold signs before they march during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Chicago, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Floyd died after being taken into custody and restrained by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
May 30, 2020 - 9:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says “there remains an urgent need for action” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests around the country that have followed. From New York to Los Angeles and several cities in between, thousands protested Floyd’s death and...
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Ted Foxworthy, right, hugs his son Jacob Foxworthy as they walked off the track where he received his Speedway High School diploma during a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 30, 2020. The ceremony was held at the track to allow for social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Ted Foxworthy was diagnosed with cancer, he set two goals: Celebrating his youngest child's 18th birthday and seeing him graduate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 30, 2020 - 7:36 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jacob Foxworthy and his parents waited patiently as their car crawled through pit road at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on this most unusual of graduation days. When his turn came, the Speedway High School senior climbed out and walked across the race track's iconic yard of bricks...
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May 30, 2020 - 3:51 pm
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little, who starred in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a former Syracuse Orange teammate who has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for treatment costs. Pat Killorin, a center for Syracuse in the mid...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2015, file photo, Oakland Raiders' Aldon Smith cools off during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Oakland, Calif. Dallas Cowboys defensive end Smith had already been suspended from the NFL several years when his ailing grandmother implored him to change his life before she died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. That conversation, and her death in 2019, were catalysts for Smith trying to get a handle on issues with alcohol, getting in shape and ultimately earning reinstatement nearly five years after he was banished over multiple legal problems. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
May 29, 2020 - 6:39 pm
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith had already been suspended from the NFL several years when his ailing grandmother implored him to change his life before she died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. That conversation, and her death last year, were catalysts for Smith trying to get a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Titans' Rashad Johnson, center, and Kevin Byard (31) try to control an onside kick by Cleveland Browns' Cody Parkey (3) during the second half of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The Browns recovered the ball on the play. The NFL desperately is seeking ways to eliminate the more dangerous plays, and the onside kick has been deemed one. It occurs rarely, and in recent years with alterations to alignments and run-ups, the probably of it succeeding has plummeted. So Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie suggested giving teams an alternative. They could still try the onside kick, or they could opt for a fourth-and-15 play from the kicking team's 25-yard line. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
May 29, 2020 - 2:04 am
For a league that took so many years to find a catch rule that makes sense — we think the current one does that — it can't be a surprise that the somewhat radical proposal of an alternative to the onside kick has been tabled. No, fourth-and-15 is not a dead issue, and very likely will be revisited...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passes against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Carson, Calif. The Indianapolis Colts bet big on 38-year-old Philip Rivers. They're hoping the $25 million investment in a new starting quarterback pays off with a playoff appearance and perhaps Super Bowl run. Colts coach Frank Reich insists he's seen no physical decline in the eight-time Pro Bowler. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 29, 2020 - 2:02 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich jumped right into research mode when he knew Philip Rivers would hit free agency. The Indianapolis Colts coach studied tapes of Rivers' throws from an uncharacteristically poor 2019 season to compare with those he made earlier in his career. Reich saw no difference...
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