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Mark Menard
July 16, 2018 - 7:20 pm
Football season is less than two months away, and you can check off another marker on the road to the college game’s opening weekend with SEC Media Days getting underway Monday in Atlanta. LSU was front and center on day 1 with Coach Ed Orgeron spending nearly a half-hour offering up answers to the...
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July 16, 2018 - 4:27 pm
(AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron is looking for a starting quarterback. He has kept open the option of allowing the competition to carry into the season. Ohio State graduate transfer Joe Burrow will compete with junior Justin McMillan, sophomore Myles Brennan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse for the...
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New Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman speaks at an introductory press conference in East Lansing, Mich., Monday, July 16, 2018. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)
July 16, 2018 - 3:15 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The new athletic director at Michigan State faces issues beyond just trying to win games and compete for championships. That much is obvious, and Bill Beekman acknowledged it. "The last several years have been among the darkest in our history," Beekman said. "Among the...
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Kristian Garic
July 16, 2018 - 10:56 am
In another sign the college football season is just around the corner, SEC Media Days kick off Monday in Atlanta. LSU Coach Ed Orgeron will speak to the media Monday at 3pm CT. LSU is projected by odds makers to finish fourth in the SEC West, and the over/under win total is set at seven. The Tigers...
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July 16, 2018 - 7:58 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio has approved legislation creating a day to honor the first documented, black professional football player, known by the nickname "The Black Cyclone." Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) signed the legislation designating Feb. 3 as Charles Follis Day. The...
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Former New Jersey Sen. Raymond Lesniak holds up a ticket after he casted the very first bet at the Meadowlands Racetrack, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. Meadowlands Racetrack is the fourth sports betting outlet in New Jersey following the state's U.S. Supreme Court victory in a case that cleared the way for all 50 states to legalize sports betting. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
July 14, 2018 - 11:36 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey horse racing track has brought legal sports betting to New York City's doorstep. The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford began taking sports bets on Saturday morning. The track is located in the sports complex where the NFL's New York Giants...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) loses his grip on the football after crossing the goal line on a pass play against the New England Patriots in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. The NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions. The committee cited overturned receptions by tight ends James and Zach Miller last season among the dozens of plays they reviewed "dozens of times," according to committee chairman Rick McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)
July 13, 2018 - 6:59 pm
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Walt Coleman doesn't see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they've already been calling catches the new way. If anything, Coleman figures there will be fewer reviews of their rulings. "Most of the calls that...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) dives over Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman (23) to score a touchdown on a 6-yard pass reception in the first half of an NFL football game, in Nashville, Tenn. DeMarco Murray is retiring from the NFL. The 2014 Offensive Player of the Year made the announcement on ESPN on Friday, July 13, 2018, four months after being released by the Titans.(AP Photo/Weston Kenney, File)
July 13, 2018 - 2:49 pm
DeMarco Murray is retiring from the NFL. The 2014 Offensive Player of the Year made the announcement on ESPN on Friday, four months after being released by the Tennessee Titans. Murray, 30, lost his job to Derrick Henry last season and was due to make $6.25 million in 2018 when the Titans let him...
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Newell Normand
July 12, 2018 - 8:05 pm
Do you think the NFL's national anthem policy '”infringes on the players rights?” Well, that's what the NFL Players Association is contending, so they've filed a grievance challenging the policy. The NFLPA says the league issued the policy without consulting them, which is “inconsistent with the...
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July 12, 2018 - 6:55 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been charged with raping an unconscious teenager 15 years ago. Authorities say the 17-year-old girl was assaulted in 2003 in San Diego County. Other details haven't been released. Winslow hasn't entered a plea yet. The charge was added...
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