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ON FOOTBALL: More fun coming to NFL this season?

NEW YORK — Troy Vincent has heard, far too often, the No Fun League reference to his sport. While he finds it a totally inaccurate description, Vincent is confident the NFL will be even more entertaining in 2017. Why? “Two topics that I have spent most of the offseason on: pace of play and celebration,” […]

Packers to donate $100,000 to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief campaign

GREEN BAY, Wis. —  The Green Bay Packers are donating $100,000 to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fund. The Wisconsin native and current Houston Texan has raised $10 million for victims of the unprecedented flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The Packers are also inviting fans to contribute to either the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief […]

No. 9 Wisconsin hosts Utah State in season opener

MADISON, Wis. — Something is different about quarterback Alex Hornibrook at No. 9 Wisconsin. He’s a little calmer and more confident in the huddle going into his sophomore season. There are more two-way conversations about what Hornibrook saw on defense compared to his wideouts. All good signs for the offense in training camp. The key […]

Jim Leonhard looks at home as coordinator at No. 9 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — At Wisconsin practices, Jim Leonhard can often be found standing by himself about 15 or 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage, bent over at the waist with hands on knees while surveying the defense. It was as if he was playing safety again in the NFL, getting ready to defend against […]

NFL 2017: Rodgers, Packers rule anew the NFC North

The Minnesota Vikings renovated an offensive line that sputtered through last season, seeking better balance with their potentially dominant defense. The Detroit Lions brought in new blockers, too, aiming to revive a dormant ground game and give franchise cornerstone Matthew Stafford more support. The Chicago Bears traded up for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the second […]

Did Packers miss out on CB Haden or Steelers pay too much?

PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden needed a job, a change of scenery and a chance at a Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers were more than happy to give the longtime Cleveland Browns cornerback a shot at all three. The Steelers signed Haden to a three-year contract on Wednesday night just hours after the Browns granted Haden […]

Packers looking for depth behind Matthews, Perry at OLB

GREEN BAY, Wis. — With Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, the Green Bay Packers feel great about their starting outside linebackers. The depth hasn’t quite developed, though, which is why the team hosted free agent Ahmad Brooks on Tuesday. Brooks, a two-time second-team All-Pro, was released by the San Francisco 49ers last week. Brooks is […]

J.J. Watt gets wish: Cowboys-Texans game funds going to recovery

FRISCO, Texas — While J.J. Watt still thinks the Houston-Dallas preseason game shouldn’t be played because of catastrophic flooding in Houston, the star defensive end for the Texans is getting his wish that money generated by the exhibition finale will go to Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Watt, who started a fundraising page that reached $4 […]

Joe Nathan retiring, to be honored by Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Six-time All-Star Joe Nathan, who is eighth on the all-time list with 377 saves, has decided at age 42 to retire. The Minnesota Twins, where Nathan spent eight years, announced their plan to host a retirement news conference Friday for Nathan. He will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the game against […]

NFL teams have 90-man rosters for preseason finales

Out with the cringe and in with the fringe. The final slate of preseason games Thursday night will feature fewer key players at risk and more aspiring bubble busters getting one last chance to make their team with the 75-man roster cut down eliminated. Some 1,200 players will flood the market this weekend as teams […]

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