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Former Packers RB Green pleads not guilty to child abuse

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges. The 40-year-old Green is accused of striking his teenage daughter in the head in a dispute over household chores in June at his Green Bay area home. He entered his not guilty plea Thursday in […]

RT Bryan Bulaga out for Packers at Denver with ankle injury

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Bryan Bulaga, the Green Bay Packers’ veteran right tackle, is cautiously optimistic that he will be ready to go for Week 1 after injuring right ankle at practice. “I’m not too concerned about it,” Bulaga said Thursday while on the way to treatment. “I’m able to walk and it feels better […]

Ousted Minnesota FB coach Claeys defends self in op-ed

MINNEAPOLIS — Former University of Minnesota football coach Tracy Claeys is defending himself after an outside review blamed “weak leadership” by the coaching staff for a threat by players to boycott the Holiday Bowl. The review released last week found the university followed law and policy properly when it suspended 10 players last year following […]

Supporters want Colin Kaepernick signed by NFL season start

NEW YORK — Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks, showed their solidarity with him and his cause at a rally outside National Football League headquarters on Wednesday, demanding that he be signed by the start of the regular […]

Jaguars bench Bortles, turn to Henne for next preseason game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Chad Henne will start Jacksonville’s preseason game against Carolina, a change that could signal the end of Blake Bortles’ career with the Jaguars. Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Wednesday, a day before the exhibition and nearly a week after he created a quarterback competition in Jacksonville for the first time since […]

McGregor has boxing skill, but enough to beat Mayweather?

LAS VEGAS — Before Conor McGregor had even heard of mixed martial arts, he wanted to be a boxer. He first stepped into Crumlin Boxing Club nearly 20 years ago in muddy football boots and started punching a heavy bag. McGregor returned constantly for the next seven years, determined to become tough enough to dissuade […]

On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade

MIAMI — It’s not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair. All the other parts, they will tell the story. There are many ways to claim victory in the deal made Tuesday night . Kyrie Irving wanted his own […]

Boston bound: Cavs trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas, more

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving was tired of being teammates with LeBron James. Now he has to figure out how to beat him. Cleveland’s All-Star guard, who asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics for fellow All-Star Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and […]

50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties. The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could […]

Union president Winston says NFL can’t afford a lockout

CINCINNATI — Players union President Eric Winston said the NFL can’t afford another lockout when the collective bargaining agreement expires in 2021, even though he thinks it’s inevitable. The Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman tweeted on Tuesday that if the league locks out players as it did in 2011, or overlooks the health risks to players, […]

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