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Peterson eager to test grasp of elite Saints offense

METAIRIE, La. — Adrian Peterson sounds far more concerned with his ability to pick up the Saints’ dynamic offense than whether he can still run over and through would-be tacklers. After getting a day off from practice on Saturday, Peterson dismissed the idea that he would need to play in a preseason game to demonstrate […]

Aaron Rodgers looks way down field and hopes to play at 40

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Tom Brady turned 40 on Thursday. At 39, he guided the biggest Super Bowl comeback to win his fifth NFL championship. Where will Aaron Rodgers be when he turns 40 on Dec. 2, 2023? “Hopefully, right here,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback said Thursday. #Packers QB @AaronRodgers12 wants to play for […]

NFL commissioner: Kaepernick isn’t being blackballed

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says teams aren’t blackballing Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem last year. “No, teams make decisions (based) on what’s in the best interest of their team … and they make those decisions individually,” Goodell said Thursday following his appearance at a forum with about 200 fans […]

Jack Cichy and Wisconsin linebackers get offensive look on D

MADISON, Wis. — Over his career at Wisconsin, fifth-year senior Jack Cichy has had two head coaches and three defensive coordinators while also playing multiple positions. So many different voices have offered direction to Cichy, and yet Bob Bostad may be his most unique position coach yet. Bostad, a coaching lifer, returned to Wisconsin this […]

Bucks take next step forward, open new practice facility

MILWAUKEE — Recruiting and retaining players in the NBA means more than just offering top-dollar contracts. Money, of course, helps. But a shiny new practice facility, complete with a state-of-the-art weight room and even its own barber shop, can help build a case, too. Consider the Milwaukee Bucks’ new downtown training center another step forward […]

Packers’ Mike Daniels brings energy to D – and love of anime

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels traded in his green-and-gold uniform in July for a white robe, a championship belt and a blonde wig that had to be taped to his head. He’s a tough-as-nails defender on the football field, and a huge fan of Japanese animation off of it. […]

Ravens owner, in pondering signing Kaepernick: “So pray for us.”

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Joe Flacco’s health. The salary cap. And of course, potential negative fan reaction. The Baltimore Raves are weighing all these factors — and then some — as they continue to wrestle with the decision whether to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Bisciotti on Kap reax: “We’re sensitive to it, we’re […]

Don’t look for Dak, Zeke, Carson or other stars for HOF game

CANTON, Ohio — Don’t look for too many stars on the field Thursday night when the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals kick off the NFL preseason in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game. Don’t look for many starters, either. For those who believe four preseason games are too many, seeing their team play in […]

JORDAN: “I don’t think (Lavar Ball) could beat me if I was one-legged.”

Michael Jordan finally issued his response to LaVar Ball’s bravado. Ball, the outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, previously said he would beat Jordan in a game of 1-on-1 back in his prime. Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and considered by many the greatest player ever, had held his tongue on a […]

‘Cousin Ness’: Brad Nessler slips into Lundquist’s CBS seat

NEW YORK — In many ways, the only thing changing for Brad Nessler is the blazer he will be wearing in the booth. Nessler is preparing for his first season as the voice of the SEC on CBS, filling the seat held for 17 years by friend Verne Lundquist and returning to the network where […]

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