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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. What began more than a year ago with a lone NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms, their reasons for demonstrating as varied as their methods. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
September 26, 2017 - 7:12 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his team's decision to kneel together before the national anthem and stand during the song with the flag displayed could be "a template going forward in the NFL." Speaking on his radio show Tuesday, Jones said he told his players to trust...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with quarterback Russell Wilson in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn. Almost all of the 200 players who took part in protests during Sunday's NFL games were doing so for the first time, but not just because President Donald Trump suggested team owners should "fire 'em." Seattle coach Carroll and linebackers Von Miller and Lorenzo Alexander discussed, in their own words, how they became "woke." (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
September 26, 2017 - 5:54 pm
Football coaches warn players not to say anything that could wind up on the opposing team's bulletin board. When he set out to challenge NFL protesters, Donald Trump took the opposite tack. He put up a billboard. The president essentially called out-of-work quarterback Colin Kaepernick "an SOB" for...
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September 26, 2017 - 4:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about NFL ratings, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the 16.04 million average viewership for NFL games this year took only Sunday afternoon games into account. In fact, the figure is a measurement of all games that were shown to a national audience...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
September 22, 2017 - 11:18 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump says National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest. In an extended riff during a freewheeling rally speech in Alabama Friday night, Trump also bemoaned...
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Weekly Associated Press position rankings for the 2017 season
September 22, 2017 - 10:56 pm
DENVER (AP) — With his Cardinals preparing to face the Cowboys this weekend, Arizona coach Bruce Arians was asked what he might take away from the Denver Broncos' bashing of Ezekiel Elliott. "Well, if I could have Von Miller," Arians deadpanned, "I'd be happy." Wouldn't anyone. His exceptional...
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September 22, 2017 - 5:27 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has set oral arguments for Oct. 2 in the NFL's bid to reinstate Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over a domestic case in Ohio, meaning the star Dallas Cowboys running back will play at least two more games. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2017 file photo, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reacts to his double murder acquittal after the sixth day of jury deliberations at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez's lawyer said Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, the former New England Patriots tight end's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool, File)
September 22, 2017 - 4:04 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Former football star Aaron Hernandez' brain was riddled with damage from a degenerative brain disease linked with head blows, but that doesn't necessarily explain the troubles that plagued his young life. The diagnosis comes from a Boston University researcher who has studied...
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September 19, 2017 - 2:13 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The NFL's highest paid player has the Detroit Lions rolling into early showdown against the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. How big can a game really be in Week 3? Well, there are only three undefeated teams left in the NFC: the Lions, the Falcons and the...
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September 19, 2017 - 12:27 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction. Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-...
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September 19, 2017 - 12:24 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge overseeing the NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement with former players says she's concerned they're being targeted by claims service providers, lenders and other groups seeking a share of the money. At a hearing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge...
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