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FILE - This May 5, 2016 file photo shows Tony Sparano of the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team. Sparano has died at the age of 56. The Vikings say he died early Sunday, July 22, 2018 but did not give a cause of death. He had been the Vikings' offensive line coach since 2016. Sparano began his NFL coaching career in 1999 and had stints as a head coach with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. (AP Photo)
July 22, 2018 - 2:20 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Tony Sparano once beat Bill Belichick with the single wing, but wasn't as old as that made him sound. Sparano was only 56 when he died unexpectedly Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings announced his death in a statement that did not provide a cause. He had been the Vikings' offensive line...
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Steve Geller
July 21, 2018 - 7:29 pm
The Saints placed running back Daniel Lasco on the physically unable to perform list on after he passed through waivers unclaimed. It comes just a day after the Saints waived Lasco with a failed physical designation to make room for running back Shane Vereen, who was signed to a contract. Lasco, a...
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Singer Taylor Swift performs during her Reputation tour at MetLife Stadium on Friday, July 20, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
July 21, 2018 - 12:16 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Swift brought her explosive Reputation Tour to the MetLife Stadium on Friday and will make history as the first female artist to play three consecutive shows at the venue when she performs Saturday and Sunday. Swift was energetic and excited during her two-hour-...
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President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Friday, July 20, 2018, en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 20, 2018 - 5:41 pm
The Latest on the NFL's national anthem policy (all times local): 6:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is once again inserting himself into the culture war over protests by NFL athletes during the national anthem. Trump tweeted on Friday that he "can't believe" the debate has reignited after The...
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Steve Geller
July 20, 2018 - 8:39 am
There is already one championship football team in New Orleans this year. A local squad called Fighting Cancer won the American Flag Football League championship, defeating Godspeed 26-6. They take home $1 million dollars after being the last group left standing out of 127 other teams. QB/DB...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017 file photo, from left, Miami Dolphins' Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem this season could be suspended for up to four games under a new team policy issued to players this week. The policy obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, July 19, 2018 classifies anthem protests as conduct detrimental to the club, punishable by suspension without pay, a fine or both. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)
July 20, 2018 - 12:11 am
The Latest on the Miami Dolphins anthem policy (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The NFL and National Football League Players Association released a joint statement, saying: "The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017 file photo, from left, Miami Dolphins' Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem this season could be suspended for up to four games under a new team policy issued to players this week. The policy obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, July 19, 2018 classifies anthem protests as conduct detrimental to the club, punishable by suspension without pay, a fine or both. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)
July 19, 2018 - 10:46 pm
The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution. The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2015, file photo, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, left, gets on a player during Clemson's NCAA college football spring game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Clemson has made a second major statement this year about how much they want to hold onto defensive coordinator Brent Venables. After upping his salary to $2 million a year in February, the school extended the deal to five seasons through 2022 and added retention bonuses that make the package worth $11.6 million. (Mark Crammer/Anderson Independent-Mail via AP, File)
July 19, 2018 - 3:19 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has made a second major statement this year about how much they want to hold onto defensive coordinator Brent Venables. After upping his salary to $2 million a year in February, the school extended the deal to five seasons through 2022 and added retention bonuses that...
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NCAA college football wide receiver Deebo Samuel of South Carolina is interviewed during the Southeastern Conference Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Thursday, July 19, 2018. (AP Photo/John Amis)
July 19, 2018 - 1:21 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on SEC Media Days (all times local): 2 p.m. The final session of SEC Media Days turned into a bit of a fashion show. Auburn's Deshaun Davis sported stylish sunglasses and an orange bow tie. Vanderbilt's LaDarius Wiley countered with a shiny red vest that matched his bow...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones walks off the field after an NFL football game between the Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Atlanta. A person familiar with the discussions says the Atlanta Falcons won't renegotiate Julio Jones' contract this season, casting doubts on whether the star receiver will be in training camp next week. The person, speaking on condition of anomity because the contract talks have not been made public, said Thursday, July 19, 2018, that the Falcons informed Jones a few weeks ago that they didn't have room under the salary cap to offer him a new deal. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
July 19, 2018 - 12:18 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Atlanta Falcons won't renegotiate Julio Jones' contract this season, casting doubts on whether the star receiver will be in training camp next week. The Falcons informed Jones several weeks ago that they didn't have room under the salary...
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