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In this July 28, 2017, photo, Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus talks with members of the media during the team's media day in Madison, Wisc. Cephus says he’s taking a leave of absence from the team because he believes prosecutors intend to file criminal charges against him for an incident in April involving what he calls a “consensual relationship.” In a tweet late Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, Cephus didn’t specify what he is accused of but denied any wrongdoing and said he has been wrongfully accused. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 5:37 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus was charged with felony sexual assault on Monday, accused of misconduct involving two women at his apartment last April. Cephus, a 20-year-old junior from Macon, Georgia, was suspended by the team shortly after he was charged with third-...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) celebrates his touchdown during overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia, in Atlanta. The AP preseason Top 25 is out, and for the third straight year Alabama is No. 1. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
August 20, 2018 - 5:14 pm
Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat. The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes. No. 2 Clemson...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017 file photo Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) watches at the sideline during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Ariz. The Washington Redskins have signed Peterson. The team announced the deal Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 after meeting with him. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, file)
August 20, 2018 - 4:37 pm
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have signed four-time All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. The team announced the deal Monday after meeting with Peterson. Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa also visited the Redskins the past two days after several injuries at the position, with the team...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer stands along the sideline during the first half of the team's Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis. The investigation of how Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his contractual obligation to report violations of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy. It’s a type of specificity becoming increasingly common in college athletic contracts, especially for highly paid coaches who are standard-bearers for their universities. Sports law experts say such provisions clarify expectations for those employees and can make it easier for schools to fire them without compensation if they fall short. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
August 20, 2018 - 2:52 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State trustees set a private meeting for Wednesday to talk about the future of coach Urban Meyer as the university seeks to quickly move past a scandal that has consumed the football program for nearly a month. Meyer has been the subject of an investigation into the...
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In this Sept. 16, 2016, photo, then-McDonogh high school football lineman Jordan McNair watches from the sideline during a game in McDonogh, Md. Members of the Maryland football team will wear a helmet sticker with No. 79 to honor former teammate Jordan McNair, who collapsed during a practice session in May and subsequently died. In an announcement Monday morning, Aug. 20, 2018, the school said no player will wear his number for the next three years — the time during which he would have been eligible to play. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 1:20 pm
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Members of the Maryland football team will wear a helmet sticker with No. 79 to honor former teammate Jordan McNair, who collapsed during a practice session in May and subsequently died. In an announcement Monday morning, the school said no player will wear his number for...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer stands along the sideline during the first half of the team's Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Indianapolis. The investigation of how Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his contractual obligation to report violations of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy. It’s a type of specificity becoming increasingly common in college athletic contracts, especially for highly paid coaches who are standard-bearers for their universities. Sports law experts say such provisions clarify expectations for those employees and can make it easier for schools to fire them without compensation if they fall short. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
August 20, 2018 - 9:32 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The investigation of how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his obligation to report violations of Ohio State's sexual misconduct policy — a type of specificity becoming increasingly common in college...
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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) talks with quarterback Josh McCown (15) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, in East Rutherford, N.J. McCown is still No. 1 on the New York Jets' quarterbacks depth chart. At this point, though, he might as well be No. 100. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
August 19, 2018 - 6:14 pm
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Josh McCown is still No. 1 on the New York Jets' quarterback depth chart. At this point, though, he might as well be No. 100. With each practice, it appears increasingly likely that rookie Sam Darnold will be the starter when the regular season kicks off in three weeks...
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August 19, 2018 - 5:32 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys received the good news they expected after a preseason knee injury to Zack Martin, the highest-paid guard in the NFL. Two people with knowledge of the diagnosis said Sunday that Martin has no structural damage in his hyperextended left knee and should be...
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FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel answers questions during a news conference after a practice at NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn. The NFL tapped Vrabel to narrate a video detailing the new lowering the head to initiate contact rule, hoping the man who played 14 years as a linebacker in the league could more easily explain how players should adapt. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
August 19, 2018 - 4:21 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NFL tapped Titans coach Mike Vrabel to narrate a video detailing the new rule on lowering the head to initiate contact, hoping the man who played 14 years as a linebacker in the league could more easily explain how players should adapt. Now Vrabel's own Titans (0-2) find...
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Zach Strief
August 19, 2018 - 11:20 am
The preseason makes it almost impossible to predict what type of team you have. There are rampant stories of teams who were successful in the preseason and went on to have abysmal years. One year ago, the Cleveland Browns went 4-0 (including a win vs. the Saints) before completing the second 0-16...
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