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Column: Officiating helps determine Super Bowl teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl. On Sunday, the league might have made enough errors to determine both teams that will play in the championship game in two weeks....

 

Hall of Fame members threaten boycott of inductions

A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers led by Eric Dickerson is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies. In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,...

 
 By BARRY WILNER    Sports    April 26, 2018

North Texas forecast: Drafty. And no one knows what's next

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Anyone who thinks the draft pundits and even some team general managers have no clue what will happen in Thursday's opening round of the draft should talk to the guys likely to get selected early. You won't get much clarity....

 
 By BARRY WILNER    Sports    April 22, 2018

4 QBs likely to go high, 6 could be picked in 1st round

Four quarterbacks are certain to go in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, all of them early. Five might be off the board midway through the top 32 picks. And, who knows given the desperation pro teams are displaying about finding that...

 
 By BARRY WILNER    Sports    March 28, 2018

It's a catch: NFL owners approve simplified catch language

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Maybe it's too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears. No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions....

 

AP source: Fox gets Thursday night football for 5 years, $3B

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games. Those games previously were televised by CBS and NBC, two of the league's other network partners. Fox announced Wednesday that it will...

 

Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy

NEW YORK (AP) — In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wedn...

 

NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive." A group of 11 owners and more than a dozen...

 

NFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm. The issues have been "overtaken by political forces," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump's...

 

Marc Buoniconti tells AP it's time to ban youth football

NEW YORK (AP) — A victim himself of the sport, Marc Buoniconti wants youth football banned. He hasn't always felt that way. Now, as his Buoniconti Fund and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis also researches head trauma, the former college...

 

NFL making $40 million available for medical research

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after the NFL pledged $100 million in support of independent medical research and engineering advancements, a huge chunk of that soon will be awarded to such research, primarily dedicated to neuroscience. A Scientific...

 
 By BARRY WILNER    Sports    August 25, 2017

Revolutionary shoulder pads catching on in NFL

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) — NFL players stare in disbelief as Bob Broderick sticks his hand between a pair of XRD foam pads, then full-force slams down a helmet. He doesn't even wince, then takes his hand and shakes that of each player. That scene...

 

Surface tablets for officiating reviews takes hold in NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Alberto Riveron sounds genuinely excited about the NFL's decision to use Microsoft Surface tablets for referees to watch replay. That procedure began in earnest with last week's Hall of Fame game between Dallas and Arizona. The tech...

 

Sports study: High school athletes not being fully protected

NEW YORK (AP) — A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    June 16, 2017

1st 2 claims in NFL concussion settlement total $9 million

The first two claims in the NFL's billion-dollar concussion settlement were announced Thursday, a total of $9 million in benefits. The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overseeing the process was notified Thursday through a...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    June 2, 2017

Heads Up! New helmet getting tryout at NFL minicamps

Except when a big star doesn't show up or gets injured, it's rare that NFL minicamps make many headlines. That could change this month. NFL teams will be trying out a new helmet, the VICIS Zero 1 , that the league and the players' union hope will be...

 

Play 60: Battling youth obesity and lack of fitness

When the NFL launched Play 60 a decade ago as a way to get American youth active, the league had no idea what reach the program would have. Ten years later, millions of youngsters and 73,000 schools have become involved. Affiliations with such...

 

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