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Saints’ Jordan aims to disappoint his dad’s old fans

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — As much as Saints All-Pro Cam Jordan admires his father, Steve, and effusively praises the former Minnesota Vikings tight end, he hasn’t been able to resist the urge to be his own man. Cam Jordan never wanted to play tight end, and acknowledged on Thursday that he doesn’t always follow his […]

The case for Keenum: Vikings QB keeps on disproving doubters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Minnesota’s offense huddled for the first time that mid-September afternoon in Pittsburgh, Case Keenum’s energy and confidence quickly filled the circle. The Vikings were forced to turn to their backup quarterback to start the second game of the season after Sam Bradford’s knee acted up, an ominous development that can doom […]

DraftKings hiring about 300 new workers and opening new HQ

BOSTON (AP) — The daily fantasy sports company DraftKings is expanding. The Boston-based company said Thursday it’ll hire about 300 new workers by mid-2019, bringing its total staff from 425 workers to more than 700. At least 600 of the positions will be based in Boston. DraftKings is also moving from offices near South Station […]

Browns add Packers execs Wolf, Highsmith to front office

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns’ roster still needs major work. Their front office is starting to shape up. New general manager John Dorsey tapped into his NFL connections to improve the winless Browns, adding former Green Bay executives Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith on Wednesday in the club’s first major moves in a significant […]

Jaguars QB Bortles says criticism will ‘probably never stop’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles’ first postseason victory came with a hefty dose of criticism, maybe even more than ever before. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback handled it as well as he did Buffalo’s pass rush. “It’ll probably never stop,” Bortles said Wednesday. “There’s people that think LeBron James sucks, so if that happens, I’m […]

USA Volleyball coach Rick Butler banned for life for abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — The governing body of USA Volleyball has banned coach Rick Butler for life. The decision announced Wednesday follows reports by the Chicago Sun-Times which laid out sexual abuse allegations against Butler. The Aurora, Illinois-based club he built, Sports Performance Volleyball, boasts four Olympic medalists and nearly 100 national championships. In announcing Butler’s […]

Baseball agent fired after report he placed camera in shower

ATLANTA (AP) — A baseball agent has been fired after an accusation he used a camera to surreptitiously record clients in a shower. CSE Talent, the agency headed by Lonnie Cooper, said in a statement Wednesday that it had fired Jason Wood, who had headed its baseball division since last April. FanRag Sports reported a […]

Bills GM says Incognito ‘weak racist’ comments may have been misunderstood

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills general manager Brandon Beane said there may have been a misunderstanding during an on-field exchange that led to Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue accusing Buffalo guard Richie Incognito of using “weak racist slurs.” Beane said the Bills have spoken to Incognito and understand their player’s side of the […]

Badgers late run falls short in loss to Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — James Palmer, Jr. had 18 points and Nebraska opened up a double-digit lead early in the second half then held off three Wisconsin surges to take a 63-59 win Tuesday night. “That’s the way it’s going to be against Wisconsin right now,” said Nebraska coach Tim Miles. […]

Report: 18 states may introduce sports betting bills in 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new report predicts 18 states will introduce bills to regulate sports betting this year, with 11 having a good chance of passing legislation. Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, which tracks gambling legislation nationwide, says that’s just the minimum; the firm predicts more than 30 states could introduce sports betting bills. […]

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