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VIDEO: Seahawks DL Bennett says he feared death by Las Vegas police

LAS VEGAS — Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett accused Las Vegas police on Wednesday of racially motivated excessive force, saying he was threatened at gunpoint and handcuffed following a report of gunshots at an after-hours club at a casino-hotel. {youtube}ggNikMTIgL8{/youtube} Bennett said on a Twitter message titled “Dear World,” that police “singled me out and […]

Super Bowl host Vikings seeking turnaround

MINNEAPOLIS — As if the Minnesota Vikings needed any more motivation for a turnaround, they’re hosting the Super Bowl this season. What better way for this star-crossed franchise to win its first championship than to bask in the confetti that will flutter inside U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4? “If you look at the way […]

America’s Team: Cowboys tickets most in demand

America’s Team? When it comes to ticket demand, the Dallas Cowboys certainly are. According to StubHub’s data heading into the 2017 season, which kicks off Thursday night, the Cowboys easily have maintained their top spot, doubling the popularity of games involving New England. The Patriots, who open the schedule against Kansas City in that kickoff […]

Cowboys’ Elliott has 6-game ban upheld, but will play Week 1

SHERMAN, Texas — An arbitrator denied Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal of a six-game suspension in a domestic violence case Tuesday, but the 2016 NFL rushing champion will play in the opener because of the timing of the decision. Elliott attorney Jeffrey Kessler told the judge near the end of a nearly 2 1/2-hour […]

Young QBs already rising stars in NFL

When Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and other older, elite quarterbacks move on from the NFL, the position will remain in good hands. The Young Guns are already taking over. Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz headline a crop of talented signal callers who quickly developed into rising stars. […]

LB Ahmad Brooks gets started on the edge with Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are hoping veteran linebacker Ahmad Brooks will improve depth on the edge beyond starters Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. Brooks, who took part in his first practice with his new team Monday, is part of a last-minute renovation for the Packers at outside linebacker ahead of the […]

Rodgers anchors offense, but D key again for Packers’ hopes

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Expectations will always be high for the Green Bay Packers’ offense with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Perennial hopes to return to the Super Bowl might rest on whether the Packers can successfully answer familiar issues on the other side of the line of scrimmage.  It’s all about defense again. Pass coverage […]

NFL seeks dismissal of Elliott’s challenge to 6-game ban

DALLAS — The NFL is asking a federal court to toss a request from Ezekiel Elliott’s legal team for a temporary restraining order that would prevent the league from enforcing a suspension of the Dallas running back over a domestic violence case. The filing Monday night said the request on Elliott’s behalf was invalid because […]

Hundley shines in Packers preseason finale

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Approaching the goal line near the end of a 13-yard run, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley lowered his right shoulder into a defender and bounced across the goal line for a touchdown. If he had to do it all over again, the right-handed Hundley might have avoided contact. But adrenaline […]

Cayleb Jones had nine catches for 127 in Vikings preseason finale

MINNEAPOLIS — Cayleb Jones had nine catches for 127 yards and a touchdown as Minnesota Vikings lost in its preseason finale. Caledonia, Minn., native Issac Fruechte had one catch for nine yards, as the Vikings lost 30-9 to the Miami Dolphins. Minnesota backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw a touchdown, but was underwhelming in his two […]

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