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NFL inisists on indefinite suspension at Watson hearing

NFL inisists on indefinite suspension at Watson hearing

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Posted June 29 - 5:21 p.m.

The NFL and Deshaun Watson's legal team presented their arguments before a disciplinary officer for a second day with both sides holding firm as the hearing is scheduled to continue in Delaware on Thursday. The league is insisting on an indefinite suspension and Watson's side is arguing there's no basis for a punishment that significant, two people in attendance told The Associated Press.  Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players' Association, is tasked with determining whether Watson violated the NFL's personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.
After parade, work begins for Avs in bid to repeat as champs

After parade, work begins for Avs in bid to repeat as champs

Pat Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted June 29 - 3:01 p.m.

The city will celebrate the Colorado Avalanche's Stanley Cup title with a parade through the streets of downtown Denver. It may be the last time a few of these Avalanche players assemble with several about to become unrestricted free agents. The list includes big contributors such as Nazem Kadri, Darcy Kuemper, Andrew Cogliano, Andre Burakovsky, Josh Manson and Valeri Nichushkin. Some tough decisions now loom for general manager Joe Sakic in the wake of their title-clinching win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. First, the parade. One final memory in what's been an epic season.
Pegula almost didn't go to Wimbledon; now she eyes 3rd round

Pegula almost didn't go to Wimbledon; now she eyes 3rd round

Howard Fendrich, Associated Press  |  Posted June 29 - 1:28 p.m.

American tennis player Jessica Pegula almost did not go to Wimbledon this year. That's because her mother went into the hospital recently. But with Mom's health progressing, Pegula decided it was OK to make the trip to England. And now she will be trying to get to the third round at the All England Club for the first time. Pegula won her postponed first-round match Wednesday against Donna Vekic in straight sets. Next up is a match against Britain's Harriet Dart. Pegula is coming off a run to the singles quarterfinals and doubles final at the French Open earlier this month. Her parents own the NFL's Buffalo Bills and NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
AP sources: NFL insists on indefinite suspension for Watson

AP sources: NFL insists on indefinite suspension for Watson

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Updated June 28 - 7:01 p.m.

The NFL insisted on an indefinite suspension while Deshaun Watson's legal team argued there's no basis for that punishment as both sides presented their cases in front of a retired judge in Delaware on Tuesday, two people in attendance told The Associated Press. The hearing will continue on Wednesday and Watson is scheduled to be there for the duration, according to the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the hearing isn't public. Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players' Association, will determine whether Watson violated the NFL's personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.
AP sources: Commanders, McLaurin agree on 3-year extension

AP sources: Commanders, McLaurin agree on 3-year extension

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted June 28 - 3:11 p.m.

Two people with knowledge of the move tell The Associated Press the Washington Commanders have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with star wide receiver Terry McLaurin. One person confirmed the new deal is worth up to $71 million with roughly $53 million guaranteed and a $28 million signing bonus. McLaurin had one year left on his rookie contract and skipped offseason workouts while negotiations were ongoing. A third-round pick in 2019, McLaurin has become Washington's best player since breaking into the NFL. Coach Ron Rivera had said it was a matter of time until the team got a deal done with McLaurin's camp.
Baker Mayfield 'ready to move on' from Browns

Baker Mayfield 'ready to move on' from Browns

Cliff Brunt, Associated Press  |  Updated June 28 - 12:51 p.m.

Baker Mayfield said the Cleveland Browns have work ahead if they want him to help them through their situation with Deshaun Watson. Mayfield, speaking at his football camp near the University of Oklahoma's campus, didn't entirely close the door on stepping in if needed. "No, I think for that to happen, there would have to be some reaching out," Mayfield said. "But we're ready to move on, I think, on both sides."
Marlin Briscoe, 1st Black starting QB in AFL, dies at 76

Marlin Briscoe, 1st Black starting QB in AFL, dies at 76

Cliff Brunt, Associated Press  |  Posted June 27 - 1:28 p.m.

Marlin Briscoe, the first Black starting quarterback in the American Football League, died Monday. His daughter, Angela Marriott, told The Associated Press that Briscoe, 76, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, California. He had been hospitalized with circulation issues in his legs. Briscoe was a star quarterback at Omaha University before the Denver Broncos drafted him as a cornerback in the 14th round in 1968. He told the team he wanted a tryout at quarterback. Denver agreed to an audition, and the 5-foot-10 dynamo nicknamed "The Magician" made the starting lineup on October 6.
Ex-Panthers star Luke Kuechly joining radio broadcast team

Ex-Panthers star Luke Kuechly joining radio broadcast team

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 27 - 8:46 a.m.

Five-time All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly is returning to the Carolina Panthers as a member of its radio broadcast team. A seven-time Pro Bowler who retired in 2020, Kuechly will be joining play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff and either Jordan Gross or Jake Delhomme for seven games this season. Kuechly will be in the booth for six home games against the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers and one road game at the Cincinnati Bengals. Jim Szoke will continue to act as the third man in the booth for the games Kuechly doesn't do.
Joe Sakic joins fellow Denver icon John Elway as dual champ

Joe Sakic joins fellow Denver icon John Elway as dual champ

Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press  |  Posted June 27 - 12:26 a.m.

The Colorado Avalanche dethroned the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning behind a fast, deep roster built by general manager Joe Sakic. This is the franchise's third crown and Sakic has been the driving force in all of them. The Avalanche won titles in 1996 and 2001 during Sakic's Hall of Fame playing career. Sakic joined the team's front office in 2013 four years after his retirement. After some up and down seasons and heartbreaking earlier-than-expected playoff exits the Avalanche recaptured the Cup this year with four clinching road wins, a first.
Lyles edges Knighton for the national title in the 200

Lyles edges Knighton for the national title in the 200

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 26 - 3:38 p.m.

Noah Lyles pulled in front of teenage sensation Erriyon Knighton at the finish to win the 200 meters at the U.S. track and field championships on Sunday. Lyles, who cheekily pointed to Knighton as he hit the tape in 19.67 seconds. Both will represent the United States at next month's world championships in Eugene. Sha'Carri Richardson, who memorably won the 100 meters at last year's Olympic trials but tested positive for marijuana, did not advance to the finals in either the 100 or 200.
AP sources: Watson to meet with NFL disciplinary officer

AP sources: Watson to meet with NFL disciplinary officer

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted June 25 - 5:46 p.m.

Three people familiar with the meeting tell AP that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will have a hearing with NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson next week. Watson is facing a potential suspension from the league stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct by massage therapists in Texas. He will meet with Robinson on Tuesday, said the persons who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the hearing have not been disclosed publicly. ESPN earlier reported Watson's meeting with Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and NFL Players Association. This is the first case the former federal judge has heard. Earlier this week, Watson reached undisclosed financial settlements in civil lawsuits filed by 20 of his 24 accusers.
Bears sign second-round pick Gordon to 4-year contract

Bears sign second-round pick Gordon to 4-year contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 25 - 12:32 p.m.

The Chicago Bears have signed second-round draft pick Kyler Gordon to a four-year contract. The cornerback from Washington became the Bears' first selection when they took him with the No. 39 overall pick. The Bears got a potential starter opposite Jaylon Johnson by taking the athletic and hard-hitting Gordon. A first-team, All-Pac-12 pick, he had 46 tackles and two interceptions to go with a team-high seven pass breakups in 12 starts last season. With Gordon under contract, the Bears' only remaining unsigned draft pick is Jaquan Brisker. The safety from Penn State was taken in the second round at No. 48 overall.
Richardson fails to make 100 final at the U.S. championships

Richardson fails to make 100 final at the U.S. championships

Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Updated June 23 - 7:25 p.m.

Sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson appeared to have both her speed and swagger back for the U.S. track and field championships. But she failed to qualify for the 100 meters on Thursday night at Hayward Field. If she can place in the top three in the 200, she'll still earn a spot on the U.S. team for the world outdoor championships, the sport's highest-profile event outside of the Olympics. Richardson missed out on the Tokyo Games because of a failed drug test.
Pats ink deal with Strange, 2 others to complete '22 class

Pats ink deal with Strange, 2 others to complete '22 class

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 23 - 4:19 p.m.

The Patriots have completed signing their 2022 draft class, inking contracts with first-round pick Cole Strange, second-round pick Tyquan Thornton and fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe. Terms of the deals were not released. New England previously reached agreements with the other seven members of its class. Strange was a five-year starter on the offensive line for Chattanooga. He was taken 29th overall and is expected to have a chance start as a rookie this upcoming season following the offseason trade of Shaq Mason and free agency departure of Ted Karras.
Chairman says former TN governor perfect steward for Preds

Chairman says former TN governor perfect steward for Preds

Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press  |  Posted June 23 - 2:37 p.m.

Herb Fritch wanted to start a transition away from his role as chairman of the Nashville Predators. He sees former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam as the perfect person to take over as majority owner. News broke a week ago Haslam will start buying Fritch's shares in a deal that won't be finalized until this fall and will be phased over three years before the former governor becomes the majority owner. Haslam says his answer was a quick yes for a franchise he sees as a cool part of Nashville. Financial terms of the deal havn't been disclosed.
Hall of Fame NFL running back Hugh McElhenny dies at 93

Hall of Fame NFL running back Hugh McElhenny dies at 93

The Associated Press  |  Updated June 23 - 1:49 p.m.

NFL Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny, an elusive running back from the 1950s has died. He was 93. The Pro Football Hall of Fame said in a release that McEhlenny died of natural causes on June 17 at his home in Nevada, and that son-in-law Chris Permann confirmed the death. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970. McElhenny was one of the NFL's top players of the 1950s due to his thrilling runs and all-around skills as a runner, receiver and kick returner. He made two All-Pro teams, six Pro Bowls and the NFL's All-Decade squad of the 1950s. He retired in 1964 and was one of three players to have gained more than 11,000 all-purpose yards.
Sound off! Trumpet is 1st bloodhound to win Westminster show

Sound off! Trumpet is 1st bloodhound to win Westminster show

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Updated June 23 - 6:09 a.m.

A bloodhound named Trumpet has won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Trumpet bested six other finalists Wednesday night to snare U.S. dogdom's most coveted best in show prize. Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take the trophy. Trumpet became the first bloodhound to win Westminster. The competition drew more than 3,000 purebred dogs, ranging from affenpinschers to Yorkshire terriers. The goal is to crown the dog that most represents the ideal for its breed.
Congress alleges 'shadow' probe by Commanders owner Snyder

Congress alleges 'shadow' probe by Commanders owner Snyder

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Updated June 22 - 8:22 p.m.

A U.S. House committee says Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder conducted a "shadow investigation" that sought to discredit former employees making accusations of workplace sexual harassment. The committee released a memo ahead of a hearing Wednesday. The Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the Commanders' workplace culture following accusations of pervasive sexual harassment by team executives of women employees. Snyder declined to testify at the hearing, but the committee plans to issue a subpoena to compel a deposition. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the committee that Snyder "has been held accountable."
Tony Siragusa, who helped Ravens win Super Bowl, dies at 55

Tony Siragusa, who helped Ravens win Super Bowl, dies at 55

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Updated June 22 - 6:02 p.m.

Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, died Wednesday. He was 55. Siragusa's broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately available. The man known as "the Goose" played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. Baltimore's 2000 team won the Super Bowl behind a defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams. Siragusa was popular with fans because of his fun-loving personality, which also helped him transition to broadcasting after his playing career.
Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson dies at age 26

Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson dies at age 26

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Updated June 22 - 5:23 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at age 26. Police said the cause of death is still to be determined but that no foul play is suspected at this time. Ferguson played three NFL seasons. All were with Baltimore. Ferguson set the college Football Bowl Subdivision career sacks record with 45 when he played at Louisiana Tech, and he was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019. He played in 38 games as a pro and had 4 1/2 sacks. Ferguson was born Dec. 14, 1995, in St. Francisville, Louisiana. He played high school football and basketball at West Feliciana.
NFL seeks arbitration for Flores' racial discrimination suit

NFL seeks arbitration for Flores' racial discrimination suit

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted June 22 - 11:54 a.m.

despite its claims to the contrary.
Westminster dog show gets 4 finalists, and one has NFL ties

Westminster dog show gets 4 finalists, and one has NFL ties

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Updated June 21 - 9:24 p.m.

A bloodhound, a French bulldog, a German shepherd and a Maltese have been chosen to advance to the final round of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Trumpet the bloodhound, Hollywood the Maltese, Winston the French bulldog and River the German shepherd were selected Tuesday night. One of Winston's owners is NFL defensive lineman Morgan Fox, who was signed last month by the Los Angeles Chargers after six seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers. Three more finalists will be selected Wednesday night, when all seven will face off for the coveted best in show prize.
Ryan Fitzpatrick joins Amazon Prime Video as studio analyst

Ryan Fitzpatrick joins Amazon Prime Video as studio analyst

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 21 - 3:36 p.m.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is taking his magic touch to the broadcast booth. Amazon Prime Video says Fitzpatrick is joining the streaming service as an analyst for its first season as the exclusive home of "Thursday Night Football." Fitzpatrick will be part of Amazon's pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. The 39-year-old journeyman quarterback recently retired after a 17-year career in which he started for a record nine teams, earning the nickname "FitzMagic." Fitzpatrick joins Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman as studio analysts. Al Michaels will be the play-by-play announcer with Kirk Herbstreit as his booth partner.
Deshaun Watson settles 20 civil suits, faces NFL suspension

Deshaun Watson settles 20 civil suits, faces NFL suspension

Juan A. Lozano And Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Updated June 21 - 2:36 p.m.

A person familiar with the NFL's investigation tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson's decision to settle 20 of 24 civil lawsuits filed against him for sexual misconduct may not dissuade the NFL from giving him a lengthy suspension. Watson has been accused by massage therapists of harassing or assaulting them during appointments when he played for Houston. The attorney for all 24 women said paperwork has been filed to close 20 of the cases. However, he still faces discipline from the league. An official told AP "settling doesn't give someone a pass" and indicated a lengthy suspension remains in order. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation hasn't concluded.
Rob Gronkowski retires, won't join Tom Brady for 3rd season

Rob Gronkowski retires, won't join Tom Brady for 3rd season

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Updated June 21 - 1:55 p.m.

Four-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced he is retiring and won't join Tom Brady for a third season in Tampa Bay. The jovial four-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots and Buccaneers thanked his teammates and coaches over the years in a post on Instagram and said he's going back to "chilling out." The 33-year-old retired in 2019 after nine seasons with the Patriots. He returned in 2020 when Brady went to Tampa and the close friends teamed up to help the Buccaneers win a Super Bowl in 2021. Gronkowski had 621 catches for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns in the regular season and 98 receptions for 1,389 yards and 15 TDs in the postseason.
AP source: Commanders fined for excessive practice contact

AP source: Commanders fined for excessive practice contact

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated June 17 - 2:59 p.m.

A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the NFL has fined the Washington Commanders $100,000 and stripped the team of two offseason workouts next year because of excessive contact in practice among players. The fine applies to coach Ron Rivera. One particular hit in organized team activities incensed Rivera to the point he stopped practice to lecture his team. The fine is the latest off-field development for the Commanders after assistant Jack Del Rio was fined for downplaying the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and a lawyer for Dan Snyder told Congress the team's owner would not testify at a hearing next week.
Former Tennessee governor buying majority share of Predators

Former Tennessee governor buying majority share of Predators

Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press  |  Posted June 17 - 2:51 p.m.

The chairman of the Nashville Predators has agreed to sell the majority of his stake in the NHL team to former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The Predators announced the agreement Friday. No details of the purchase price were disclosed for a franchise valued recently at $680 million by Sportico. Haslam's brother owns the NFL's Cleveland Browns and the MLS' Columbus Crew. The former governor will buy a majority of chairman Herb Fritch's share in what the Predators described as a "multi-phased purchase transaction" that will make Haslam the team's majority owner over the "next few years."
Giants LB Justin Hilliard suspended 2 games for using PEDs

Giants LB Justin Hilliard suspended 2 games for using PEDs

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 17 - 2:47 p.m.

The NFL has suspended New York Giants linebacker Justin Hilliard without pay for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The league announced the decision on Friday. Hilliard will be eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the Giants' active roster on Sept. 19, following the team's game against Carolina. The former Ohio State player was awarded to the Giants on waivers in 2021. He played in two games.
FIFA picks 2026 World Cup cities, predicts US `No 1 sport'

FIFA picks 2026 World Cup cities, predicts US `No 1 sport'

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated June 17 - 5:19 a.m.

Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia and Seattle and Kansas City, Missouri, were the newcomers among the 11 U.S. sites picked to host games at the 2026 World Cup, while Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Tennessee, and Orlando, Florida, were left out. Arlington, Texas; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Inglewood and Santa Clara, California, were the holdovers. Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, which hosted the 1970 and '86 finals and will become the first stadium in three World Cups, was selected along with Guadalajara's Estadio Akron and Monterrey's Estadio BBVA. Toronto's BMO Field and Vancouver, British Columbia's B.C. Place were picked while Edmonton, Alberta's Commonwealth Stadium was dropped.
The 16 venues picked to host World Cup matches in 2026

The 16 venues picked to host World Cup matches in 2026

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 16 - 8:22 p.m.

There are 16 venues bidding to host soccer matches at the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Eleven are in the United States _ all homes of NFL teams _ three in Mexico and two in Canada and three are in Mexico. Estadio Azteca in Mexico City hosted the 1970 and 1986 World Cup finals. Pelé was on the winning team in 1970 with Brazil and Diego Maradona became champion with Argentina in 1986.
Excitement and disappointment as World Cup 2026 cities named

Excitement and disappointment as World Cup 2026 cities named

Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Posted June 16 - 7:15 p.m.

Cheers and sighs met FIFA's announcement of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup. The winners included sites like Los Angeles, Mexico City and Toronto. But the big announcement was a disappointment for cities that were on the bubble. The crowd at a watch party in Washington D.C., was sullen when the last of the cities was announced. It was just the third time that a nation's capital has not been included as a host city.  A similar scene played out in Denver. That was in contrast to the cheers in Kansas City.
Jets QB Wilson 'doesn't need to be Brady' in Year 2 progress

Jets QB Wilson 'doesn't need to be Brady' in Year 2 progress

Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted June 16 - 3:40 p.m.

Zach Wilson represents the latest hope for a New York Jets team looking to end a lengthy playoff drought. The No. 2 overall pick a year ago struggled through a down-and-up rookie season marked by early struggles, a knee injury and a promising finish. All eyes are again on Wilson to make the next step in his development and make the franchise believe it has the right guy under center for years to come. Coach Robert Saleh said Wilson doesn't need to be Tom Brady this year but the second-year QB needs to be a lot better especially with an improved cast on offense around him.
Levy set to be inducted into CFL Hall of Fame

Levy set to be inducted into CFL Hall of Fame

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 16 - 3:24 p.m.

Marv Levy is poised to join a very select pro football group. On Friday night, the former Buffalo Bills and Montreal Alouettes head coach will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He'll become just the third person to be in both the Canadian and Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining former Minnesota Vikings and Winnipeg head coach Bud Grant and quarterback Warren Moon, who began his illustrious career in the CFL with Edmonton. Moon played most of his NFL career with the Houston Oilers and also played with Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City.
Lamar Jackson acknowledges a 'conversation' about contract

Lamar Jackson acknowledges a 'conversation' about contract

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted June 16 - 3:11 p.m.

and gave some variation of that answer to several follow-up questions about the issue. Jackson did say he expects to play the rest of his career in Baltimore.
All eyes on the NFL's pending decision on Deshaun Watson

All eyes on the NFL's pending decision on Deshaun Watson

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Posted June 16 - 10:56 a.m.

The Cleveland Browns and football fans everywhere are waiting for the NFL to determine an appropriate penalty for star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is accused of sexual misconduct by 24 women. A person familiar with the league's investigation told The Associated Press a decision is expected before training camp. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing. Once it concludes, former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson will review the league's findings to decide whether Watson violated the personal conduct policy and whether to discipline him. Robinson was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players' Association.
The 23 venues bidding to host World Cup matches in 2026

The 23 venues bidding to host World Cup matches in 2026

The Associated Press  |  Updated June 16 - 8:04 a.m.

There are 23 venues bidding to host soccer matches at the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Most are in the United States but three are in Canada and three are in Mexico. Two of the stadiums have hosted World Cup finals in the past. The Estadio Azteca in Mexico City hosted the 1970 and 1986 World Cup finals. Pelé was on the winning team in 1970 with Brazil and Diego Maradona became champion with Argentina in 1986. Brazil won its fourth World Cup title at the Rose Bowl in California in 1994. FIFA has said 16 venues will be chosen for the final tournament.
NFL, NFL Films agree to donate footage to The HistoryMakers

NFL, NFL Films agree to donate footage to The HistoryMakers

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 15 - 5:45 p.m.

The NFL and NFL Films will donate footage to The HistoryMakers, which has grown to become the nation's largest African American video oral history archive. Under terms of the agreement announced Wednesday, the NFL will provide two years of funding to The HistoryMakers along with hundreds of hours of footage from interviews with NFL African American players, including dozens of Pro Football Hall of Famers. NFL Films will provide production services to interview prominent players for inclusion to The HistoryMakers archives which is housed permanently at the Library of Congress.
Chargers' Herbert on working vacation until training camp

Chargers' Herbert on working vacation until training camp

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted June 15 - 5:34 p.m.

Justin Herbert's summer vacation began Wednesday afternoon when the Los Angeles Chargers ended their offseason program. Even though the Chargers have the next six weeks off before reporting for training camp, Herbert will use that time as more of a working vacation. While the defense spent the past couple of months getting new players acclimated, Herbert and the offense didn't have as many challenges. First-round pick Zion Johnson was the unit's biggest offseason addition as he is expected to start at right guard when the season opens on Sept. 11 against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Commanders' Snyder won't testify before US House committee

Commanders' Snyder won't testify before US House committee

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated June 15 - 5:25 p.m.

A lawyer representing Dan Snyder told Congress the Washington Commanders owner will not testify at a hearing next week as part of an investigation into the team's workplace conduct. Attorney Karen Patton Seymour sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform explaining the reasons why Snyder was declining the invitation to appear at the June 22 hearing. Among the reasons given were a lack of assurance about the scope of questioning and a scheduling conflict. A spokeswoman for the committee says it intends to move forward with the hearing as scheduled. An NFL spokesman says Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to testify virtually.
Saints pass rusher Davenport healing from pinky amputation

Saints pass rusher Davenport healing from pinky amputation

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted June 15 - 5:24 p.m.

New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport will enter his fifth NFL season with just four fingers on his left hand. Davenport says an infection that occurred during the course of multiple surgeries led him to have much of his left pinky amputated. The 2018 first-round draft choice still hopes to be fully recovered from both the amputation and right shoulder surgery by the time the 2022 season starts. Davenport is in the final year of his current contract. Last season he had a career-best nine sacks despite injuries that limited him to 11 games. He also had three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Browns learn of 'forgotten' players at Hall of Fame tour

Browns learn of 'forgotten' players at Hall of Fame tour

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted June 15 - 3:16 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns went on a field trip to dig deep into their rich football roots, including some deep ones nearly forgotten. Hoping to connect his team to its storied past, Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski took minicamp on the road with a trip south to Canton for a light practice along with a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Once inside, the Browns learned about the "Forgotten First," four Black players who helped break the NFL's color barrier in the 1940s. Two of them were Browns Hall of Famers: Bill Willis and Marion Motley.
States offer tax breaks, funds for chance to host World Cup

States offer tax breaks, funds for chance to host World Cup

Summer Ballentine And Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Posted June 15 - 3:03 p.m.

U.S. cities and states have lined up with tax breaks and millions of dollars in both public and private investments for a chance at hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup. U.S. host cities are set to be announced Thursday. The prize is a share of what FIFA expects to be more than $5 billion in economic activity generated throughout North America from the tournament. In hopes of scoring a deal, state lawmakers and city leaders are cutting sales taxes on tickets and pumping millions of dollars into stadium renovations.
Falcons rookie QB Ridder impresses Smith as a quick learner

Falcons rookie QB Ridder impresses Smith as a quick learner

Charles Odum, Associated Press  |  Posted June 15 - 2:03 p.m.

with his ability to quickly absorb the Atlanta Falcons' playbook. Ridder is still considered the challenger to veteran Marcus Mariota in the Falcons' quarterback competition. Ridder, the third-round draft pick from Cincinnati, could gain ground quickly. Smith handed Ridder praise when he said "He's light years ahead of most other young quarterbacks from the neck up." Mariota is expected to open the season as the starter. The Falcons signed Mariota on the same day they traded Matt Ryan to Indianapolis. Mariota has served as a mentor for Ridder.
Chiefs' Thornhill seeks to fill Honey Badger's void

Chiefs' Thornhill seeks to fill Honey Badger's void

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted June 15 - 1:34 p.m.

The popular narrative was that the Kansas City Chiefs signed Justin Reid in free agency to replace Tyrann Mathieu. But in reality, Mathieu's replacement might have already been on the team in the form of Juan Thornhill, who has been an in-and-out of the lineup starter his first three seasons in the league. With the departure of Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen in free agency, Thornhill is the only safety on the roster with much experience in coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's defense. And that could make him the linchpin for the secondary by the time the season rolls around.
Painful playoff loss provides extra motivation for Packers

Painful playoff loss provides extra motivation for Packers

Steve Megargee, Associated Press  |  Posted June 15 - 1:08 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers head into this upcoming season motivated by the stunning and sudden finish to their most recent playoff run. The circumstances surrounding their 13-10 NFC divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers made it particularly tough to get over. Green Bay lost despite having the ball and a 10-3 lead with just over six minutes left. Outside linebacker Rashan Gary and center Josh Myers say they've watched video of the game about 20 times. Tight end Marcedes Lewis and cornerback Jaire Alexander say plays that went wrong in that game have provided incentive throughout the offseason.
Steelers sign star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to 5-year deal

Steelers sign star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to 5-year deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 15 - 11:57 a.m.

Minkah Fitzpatrick is staying in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have signed their star safety to a new five-year contract. NFL Network reported the deal is worth $73.6 million, which would make Fitzpatrick the highest-paid safety in the league. The 25-year-old Fitzpatrick was ready to enter the final year of his rookie contract. He has been spectacular at times since arriving in Pittsburgh in a trade with Miami in September 2019 and was selected to the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro team in each of his first two seasons with the Steelers. Fitzpatrick called the signing "just the beginning" of what he hopes is a long and successful stay in the city.
Deshaun Watson again denies sexual misconduct claims

Deshaun Watson again denies sexual misconduct claims

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Updated June 14 - 8:27 p.m.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson says he's determined to keep fighting to clear his name and insists he never committed sexual misconduct. He stood by previous comments proclaiming his innocence. Watson is facing civil lawsuits from 24 massage therapists in Texas accusing him of sexual assault and harassment. But Watson says he never assaulted, harassed or disrespected anyone. Watson was speaking publicly for the first time since March 25, a week after the Browns signed him to a fully guaranteed $230 million contract despite his complex legal situation. Since then, his legal entanglements have grown with two more women filing lawsuits.
Lamar Jackson back at practice for start of Ravens' minicamp

Lamar Jackson back at practice for start of Ravens' minicamp

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 5:45 p.m.

Lamar Jackson is back at practice for the Baltimore Ravens. As expected, the star quarterback was present Tuesday when the Ravens began mandatory minicamp. He'd been absent during voluntary OTAs. Jackson is expected to talk to reporters Thursday. That's when he'll surely be asked about his absence from previous practices and his still-uncertain contract situation. Jackson hasn't signed an extension with Baltimore as he enters his fifth-year option season. General manager Eric DeCosta has said the Ravens were working at Jackson's pace. There hasn't been too much drama about it, but a star quarterback's decision to skip OTAs is always noteworthy.
Murray still waiting on long-term contract with Cardinals

Murray still waiting on long-term contract with Cardinals

John Marshall, Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 4:52 p.m.

Kyler Murray whipped passes around the practice field, showed off quickness dancing around cones, shared a few laughs with teammates. Arizona's quarterback still doesn't have the long-term contract extension he's seeking, but was a full-go for one of the Cardinals' final mandatory offseason workouts. Murray is set to earn $5.5 million this season and $29.7 million next year after his fifth-year option was picked up. He's looking to the future, thought, seeking a long-term deal in the neighborhood of Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen's $254 million pact signed last offseason. Progress toward signing it has been slow, leading to a bit of tension in the desert.
Henry insists foot is healthy, open to extension from Titans

Henry insists foot is healthy, open to extension from Titans

Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 4:19 p.m.

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry has let his hair down this offseason, prompting lots of questions about the new 'do. Not nearly as many as the current state of his right foot. Henry said Tuesday the foot is good and he feels good. A broken right foot cost Henry nine games last season. He returned for the Titans' playoff loss to Cincinnati and ran for 62 yards. Henry is among the veterans back for the Titans' mandatory minicamp. Henry says he enjoys working out on his own in the offseason. He also made clear he's open to an extension, noting it's always good to get a promotion.
Healthy again, Bengals' Burrow embraces 'normal' offseason

Healthy again, Bengals' Burrow embraces 'normal' offseason

Mitch Stacy, Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 3:54 p.m.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is not taking his relatively normal offseason for granted. The pandemic delayed preparation for his rookie year. Then he suffered a knee injury that had him continuing to rehab into last season, when he led Cincinnati to its first Super Bowl berth in 33 years. The 25-year-old Burrow is healthy for offseason team workouts for the first time, shedding the brace he wore on his repaired left knee all of last season.
Chiefs' new-look offense misses pieces in mandatory minicamp

Chiefs' new-look offense misses pieces in mandatory minicamp

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 1:57 p.m.

Patrick Mahomes walked onto the field for the start of the Kansas City Chiefs' mandatory three-day minicamp with his right tackle standing off to the side in a bucket hat and his Pro Bowl left tackle nowhere to be found. Lucas Niang was present but didn't work out as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Missing entirely was Orlando Brown Jr., who has yet to sign his franchise tender. The Chiefs and the Pro Bowler are working on a long-term deal and both sides are optimistic that it will get done before the July 15th deadline.
Rivera: Del Rio apologized to Commanders players for remarks

Rivera: Del Rio apologized to Commanders players for remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 11:11 a.m.

Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera says defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio addressed the team to apologize for his comments about protests in the summer of 2020 and the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Rivera said Del Rio met individually with some players to discuss his remarks. The team fined Del Rio $100,000 last week for downplaying the deadly insurrection by calling it a dust-up. He apologized hours afterward for using that wording. Rivera said he and the team wanted to move on from the comments now to focus on football.
Bills, Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula treated for health issues

Bills, Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula treated for health issues

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 9:10 a.m.

Buffalo Bills and Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula is receiving medical care for what her family described as being "some unexpected health issues." The family's statement says they are grateful for the progress she has made over the past few days. The statement didn't detail what type of medical issues and asked media to respect the family's need for privacy. Pegula celebrated her 53rd birthday last week, and is the wife of Terry Pegula, who turned his natural gas fortune into a Buffalo sports empire.
AP source: Poyer will report for Bills' mandatory practices

AP source: Poyer will report for Bills' mandatory practices

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted June 13 - 11:31 a.m.

A person with direct knowledge of Jordan Poyer's decision tells The Associated Press the Bills' starting safety will report for mandatory practices this week after sitting out all of Buffalo's voluntary spring sessions because of a contract issue. The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because Poyer's decision is private. The Bills are scheduled to hold three mandatory practices from Tuesday through Thursday. By switching agents in hiring Drew Rosenhaus in April, Poyer informed the Bills he is seeking to extend his contract, which expires after this upcoming season.
Ruggs' lawyers bid to block Vegas fatal crash blood evidence

Ruggs' lawyers bid to block Vegas fatal crash blood evidence

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Updated June 10 - 4:56 p.m.

Ex-Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs' lawyers are asking a judge to throw out evidence that prosecutors say shows Ruggs had a blood-alcohol level twice legal limit while speeding before a fiery crash that killed a woman last November. Ruggs' defense team argues in court documents that police didn't have a legal reason to seek a warrant to obtain Ruggs' blood. A Las Vegas judge pushed back to Sept. 7 the date of a preliminary hearing to determine whether Ruggs should stand trial in state court on felony DUI and reckless driving charges. She scheduled a July 12 hearing on the evidence question.
Don Perkins, 6-time Pro Bowl RB with Cowboys, dies at 84

Don Perkins, 6-time Pro Bowl RB with Cowboys, dies at 84

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 10 - 4:36 p.m.

Don Perkins, a six-time Pro Bowl running back with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, has died. He was 84. The NFL team and the University of New Mexico, where Perkins was a standout player before going to the pros, said Perkins died Thursday. Perkins rushed for 6,217 yards in 107 games while with the Cowboys from 1961-68. He is fourth on the team's career list behind NFL career rusher leader Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett and Ezekiel Elliott. Perkins is fifth in team history with his 42 rushing touchdowns.
Panthers owner sued by York County over practice facility

Panthers owner sued by York County over practice facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 10 - 11:49 a.m.

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper's companies and the City of Rock Hill are being sued by South Carolina's York County for at least $21 million over the failed completion of the team's proposed $800 million practice facility and headquarters. The structure remains half-built in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with no plans of being finished. Tepper's real estate company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware on June 2 after having invested more than $175 million into the facility. It's located about 25 miles south of the team's current downtown stadium and headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Raiders agree to 2-year extension with Hunter Renfrow

Raiders agree to 2-year extension with Hunter Renfrow

Josh Dubow, Associated Press  |  Updated June 10 - 11:05 a.m.

The Las Vegas Raiders have locked up another key player with a new contract, agreeing to a two-year, $32 million extension with Pro Bowl slot receiver Hunter Renfrow. NFL Network first reported the deal and said it includes $21 million in guarantees. Renfrow was entering the final season of his rookie contract after being a fifth-round pick in 2019 and he got a big pay raise based on his breakthrough 2021 season. Renfrow had 103 catches for 1,038 yards and nine TDs as he became quarterback Derek Carr's most reliable target.
Real Madrid, Barcelona to meet in Las Vegas during US tour

Real Madrid, Barcelona to meet in Las Vegas during US tour

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Posted June 10 - 9:02 a.m.

Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet in an exhibition July 23 in Las Vegas in just the second edition of the El Clásico rivalry on U.S. soil. The Spanish superpowers will visit Allegiant Stadium, the 2-year-old home of the NFL's Raiders just off the Las Vegas Strip, as part of a summer tour also featuring Juventus and Mexican powers Chivas and Club América across five U.S. cities. Barcelona and Juventus will meet at Dallas' Cotton Bowl Stadium on July 26, while UEFA Champions League winners Real will face Juventus at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on July 30.