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Saints RB Adrian Peterson says assuming he’s not still elite is crazy

METAIRIE, La. — Adrian Peterson suggests it is “crazy” to assume he isn’t still one of the best running backs in the NFL just because he’s 32 years old and has had two knee surgeries. In a few days, the new Saints running back gets his chance to demonstrate his point against the team that […]

Packers, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Dial up ‘Bama connection

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Quinton Dial had been cut from the San Francisco 49ers when he received a text from an old college teammate from Alabama. Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had figured out that Green Bay was interested in bringing Dial in for a visit. The scheme that the Packers run was similar to […]

Bennett brothers reunite when Seahawks, Packers meet

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers tight end Martellus Bennett plans to give his older brother, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, a hug when he sees him this weekend. Recent events off the field make the high-profile season opener Sunday between Green Bay and Seattle seem trivial by comparison. Martellus Bennett, who went to high […]

Watt’s Up: Former Badger T.J. Watt jumps into starting gig for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — T.J. Watt is a quick study. Growing up in a household with two older brothers, he didn’t really have a choice. Adapt or get left behind. Quickly. Those childhood habits die hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker. His mother Connie taught her boys about organization. Older brother Derek espoused the virtue of […]

Super letdown: Patriots routed in 2nd half, Chiefs win 42-27

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There were big plays all over the field. The Chiefs, not the Patriots, were making them. Rookie Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times and set an NFL mark to help Kansas City stun New England 42-27 on Thursday night in the season opener. Hunt’s 239 yards […]

Red Sox Used Apple Watch to Steal Yankees Signs

BOSTON — Looking for any edge in an age-old rivalry, the Boston Red Sox got called out in a high-tech sign-stealing scheme they ran on the New York Yankees. The first-place Red Sox admitted to Major League Baseball that they used an Apple Watch to relay signals from opposing catchers to Boston players, The New […]

Active Packers getting new faces acclimated quickly to team

GREEN BAY, Wis. — So many new veterans for the Green Bay Packers. At their core, the Packers still build through the draft. But general manager Ted Thompson has been more active than usual this year in signing veteran free agents. “Well, I think you have to realize that any time you acquire a player, […]

Watt continues fundraising; ready to return after injury

HOUSTON — J.J. Watt was ready to discuss his preparations for the Houston Texans’ opener — and his return from a back injury that sidelined him for most of last season. But first he took a few moments Tuesday to receive yet another donation — the biggest one yet — to a fundraising effort he […]

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 […]

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