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Bears' Ray McDonald arrested on domestic violence charge

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Ray McDonald's second chance with the Chicago Bears went only 62 days before he landed in police custody again Monday morning. Now, McDonald's third arrest in the last nine months leaves his status with the team in jeopardy and forces the new regime to contend with an unreciprocated trust in McDonald's vow to end his legal troubles.

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John Madden discusses safety and trends in today's NFL; a question and answer

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SAN FRANCISCO -- John Madden says three different generations know him by three different names.

To those who remember him leading the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, he's Coach.

To those who best remember him as a broadcaster, he's John.

To the millions who play his football video game, he's Madden.

Regardless, at 79, the Hall of...Read more

Tim Jennings wants a role in Bears secondary, not a secondary role

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Tim Jennings gasped and bent forward, a series of post-practice sprints leaving him spent. The Bears' voluntary April minicamp had just finished and the 31-year-old cornerback was intent on getting in some extra conditioning.

Just outside Halas Hall, Jennings caught his breath and admitted it all felt pretty good. The work. The fatigue. The ...Read more

Defenses will have tough choices to make vs. Seahawks with Graham in tow

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The Jimmy Graham factor is real, and by adding him in a trade two months ago the Seahawks are daring teams to make a choice.

Graham is one of the NFL's elite tight ends, and he is a matchup nightmare for safeties who aren't big enough to hang with him or linebackers who aren't fast enough to run with him. But one of Graham's subtler effects is ...Read more

Cities scramble in race to build stadium in LA area

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LOS ANGELES -- The four-page letter to California's Department of Finance is crammed with enough legal jargon and land-use minutiae to make a second-year law student blanch.

Phrases such as "pursuant to the OPA ... to the JPA in violation of Section 34177.3..." fill the missive alleging "financial irregularities" connected to Carson's proposed ...Read more

Cowboys cornerback Scandrick gets contract extension

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All is well between cornerback Orlando Scandrick and the Dallas Cowboys after the two sides came to terms on a contract extension and a bump in pay on Friday.

Scandrick, who boycotted the first four weeks of the offseason program unhappy about his contract, returned on Monday with the promise of a new deal.

The Cowboys held their end of the ...Read more

Vikings rookie Danielle Hunter learns to use his size, speed

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Danielle Hunter can only shrug his shoulders when asked why exactly he was running down a boy on roller skates about a decade ago.

"That's just what we were doing," he said.

When you're young and bored and fast, you create challenges with friends that years later might seem a little, well, goofy. All that matters today is that Hunter caught ...Read more

Raiders QB Carr should be ready to throw before camp

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Derek Carr is expected to be throwing well before training camp begins in July and may take the field before the end of organized team activities, a source close to the Raiders' quarterback said Thursday.

Carr missed Tuesday's OTA workout, with Raiders coach Jack Del Rio declining comment as a matter of team policy on player ...Read more

Panthers' WR Kelvin Benjamin nursing hamstring injury

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The Panthers will enter the next phase of organized team activities next week but not at full health.

Second-year receiver Kelvin Benjamin strained his hamstring last week, a team spokesman confirmed. As a precaution he likely won't participate in next week's OTAS, though he has been with the team on the field and in the locker room recently.

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Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty in witness intimidation case

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BOSTON -- Ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez plead not guilty Thursday to a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting Alexander Bradley in the face.

Prosecutors say Hernandez shot Bradley in 2013 in Florida after the man made a remark about a 2012 double slaying in Boston. In that case, ...Read more

Ray Rice domestic violence case dismissed by judge

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A domestic violence charge against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been dismissed following his completion of a pretrial intervention program.

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio told ABC News in an email Thursday that he received a dismissal order from the prosecutor handling Rice's case. Donio later signed the ...Read more

Minneapolis police begin Super Bowl security preparations

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The Minneapolis Police Department has been quietly meeting for months with other local and federal law enforcement agencies to discuss security preparations for Super Bowl LII, which promises to be the biggest test in the history of the department.

With the opening kickoff still nearly three years away, Minneapolis officials have been assessing...Read more

LA could get 2020 Super Bowl if team, stadium are in place by 2018

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The NFL has a 2020 vision for Los Angeles.

The league is eyeing the nation's second-largest market as a possible host for Super Bowl LIV at the end of the 2019 season, but only if there is a relocated team (or teams) playing in a new L.A. stadium by the 2018 season.

That would require a nearly frictionless process for the ...Read more

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: I'll talk to Tom Brady

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SAN FRANCISCO -- On Wednesday, Roger Goodell sounded like a man intent on hearing Tom Brady out himself. The NFL commissioner didn't sound interested in letting an independent arbitrator handle the quarterback's appeal of his four-game suspension for his likely involvement for footballs having been under-inflated in the AFC championship game.

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Randy Gregory signs a four-year, $3.8 million deal with Cowboys

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The Cowboys signed second-round pick Randy Gregory, leaving them with only three draft choices left to sign.

The defensive end's four-year, $3.8 million deal includes a $1.034 million signing bonus.

First-round choice Byron Jones, third-rounder Chaz Green and fourth-rounder Damien Wilson are the only remaining unsigned draft picks. Fifth-...Read more

Super Bowl bidding: Atlanta's stadium vs. others' legacy

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Atlanta brings a key advantage to the bidding to host the Super Bowl in 2019 or 2020 -- a new stadium -- but will have to stave off three competitors that have hosted the NFL's prized event a combined 24 times.

The NFL, at league meetings in San Francisco this week, named Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans and Tampa, Fla., the "finalists" to bid for ...Read more

Panthers' Thomas Davis takes 180-mph spin with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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After stepping into a custom fire suit, pulling on his helmet and climbing awkwardly into Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Chevrolet, there was only one thing left for Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis to do before riding shotgun next to one of NASCAR's biggest stars at 180 mph.

Get out his cell phone camera.

Earnhardt took the NFL's ...Read more

Davis: Oakland must act

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Davis couldn't ignore the chant, which was yelled from the sidewalk in front of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Tuesday but was loud enough to echo throughout the lobby.

"Stay in Oak-land. Stay in Oak-land," a cluster of Raiders fans bellowed in that familiar sing-song rhythm.

Eventually, after speaking to reporters, the team's...Read more

NFL pushes back extra-point attempts to 15-yard line

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The NFL loves ceremonies.

The NFL does not love ceremonial plays.

To that end, the NFL is giving up its biggest "gimme" play, the 99 percent effective extra-point kick. By a 30-2 vote Tuesday, the league's owners approved moving the line of scrimmage on PATs to the 15-yard line -- making the kick 13 yards longer -- and adding ...Read more

Land deal finalized for proposed California NFL stadium

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The complex land deal for the proposed stadium shared by the Chargers and Raiders in Carson, Calif., closed Tuesday morning after months of closed-door negotiations.

The deed for 157 acres adjacent to the 405 freeway transferred from Carson Marketplace, which had previously planned to build a mixed-use development on the site, to a joint powers...Read more