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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns reacts on the sideline after a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla. The Chicago Bears and cornerback Artie Burns agreed to a one-year contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Saturday, March 21, 2020.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
May 22, 2020 - 9:03 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ College football national champion LSU announced it will resume voluntary workouts for players on June 8 in accordance with a decision Friday by the Southeastern Conference. “We believe our student-athletes can...
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In this Dec. 8, 2019, photo, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald waits to run onto the field for an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Los Angeles. Donald is not thrilled about the prospect of playing football without fans. The Rams' superstar defensive lineman doesn’t see how the NFL could play a season in front of empty seats, saying it "wouldn't be fun to me." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
May 21, 2020 - 7:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Donald is not thrilled about the prospect of playing football without fans. The Los Angeles Rams’ superstar defensive lineman doesn’t like the idea of playing an NFL season in front of empty seats, saying it “wouldn't be fun to me." “I feel like you need fans to play the...
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May 21, 2020 - 3:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An NFL player is suing United Airlines, saying he was harassed and sexually assaulted by an intoxicated female passenger on a red-eye flight in February. The player said in a lawsuit that soon after boarding the cross-country flight, a woman sitting in the same row confronted him...
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The Westgate retail district is closed off Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. Police say one person is in critical condition and two others were injured in a shooting Wednesday evening near the shopping and entertainment district west of Phoenix. A Glendale police spokeswoman said Wednesday that the suspect was taken into custody safely. (AP Photo/Matt York)
May 21, 2020 - 3:06 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in a Phoenix suburb on Thursday identified a 20-year-old man as the suspect in a shooting at a recently reopened shopping and entertainment district that injured three people and sent panicked people running for cover. Armando Hernandez, Jr. was detained after he was...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019 file photo Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker kicks an onside kick during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The NFL is considering adding a “booth umpire” and a senior technology advisor to the referee to assist the officiating crew. The league also is looking at other rules changes, including an alternative to the onside kick. NFL clubs received a list of potential rules changes on Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman, file)
May 21, 2020 - 1:52 pm
The NFL is considering adding a “booth umpire” and a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating crew. The league also is looking at other rules changes, including an alternative to the onside kick. NFL clubs received a list of potential rules changes on Thursday. Owners will...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats he was a part of. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
May 21, 2020 - 1:49 pm
Tom Brady's journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released next year. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady's perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl...
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May 21, 2020 - 6:56 am
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Three people were injured, one of them critically, in a shooting Wednesday near a popular shopping and entertainment district west of Phoenix, police said. The suspect was taken into custody safely, Glendale Officer Tiffany Ngalula said in a televised briefing. The most...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
May 20, 2020 - 8:54 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland. Tretter never expected his first days in office would include the sports world being shut down by a global pandemic. But Tretter said he’s committed to the health of players and focused on battling a “contact disease.” Tretter said the NFL has the luxury of time before the season starts to make sure every precaution is taken because “this virus isn’t going to kneel down to almighty football.” (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
May 19, 2020 - 6:22 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns center JC Tretter is cautiously optimistic the NFL season — at least some version of it — will take place in 2020. He's just not certain when it will start. The newly elected president of the NFL Players Association, Tretter said Tuesday that the COVID-19 virus outbreak has...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a season ticket member fan forum before practice at the Cleveland Browns NFL football team's training camp facility in Berea, Ohio. Several NFL teams are reopening their training facilities Tuesday, May 19, 2020, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as state and local municipalities allow them. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
May 19, 2020 - 4:20 pm
Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed Tuesday by NFL owners. They include addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity in the league. “We feel the package of steps...
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