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Bruce Miller not taking part in 49ers offseason program following March arrest

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Fullback Bruce Miller, arrested last month on suspicion of spousal abuse, is not participating in the 49ers' voluntary offseason program, general manager Trent Baalke said Friday.

"We sat down with Bruce and felt it was important to handle this situation, and once it's handled, we'll move on from there," Baalke said.

Miller was arrested on ...Read more

Manziel issues statement apologizing to Browns, fans

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Johnny Manziel apologized to the Browns and their fans, and laid out his mission to regain their trust in a statement issued through the team Friday. The statement was made about a week after the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M was discharged from an inpatient rehabilitation facility in which he spent more than 10 weeks ...Read more

Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson reinstated by NFL

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Adrian Peterson's suspension is over.

The Minnesota Vikings star running back was informed Thursday that, effective Friday, the NFL has reinstated him as an active player and that he may participate in all team activities.

Peterson, the league's most valuable player in 2012, was suspended without pay Nov. 18 and for the remainder of the 2014 ...Read more

Former Vikings player Stu Voigt charged with fraud, accused of swindling millions

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Less than a year after settling a $1 million fraud lawsuit against an ex-teammate, former Vikings tight end Stu Voigt was charged Wednesday with using a real estate scheme to swindle millions from investors by diverting funds into new accounts.

Voigt, 66, of Apple Valley, Minn., and Twin Cities real estate developer Jeff Gardner, 61, were both ...Read more

Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder, sentenced to life without parole

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FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, a Bristol, Conn., high school prodigy turned NFL All-Pro, was convicted by a jury Wednesday of first-degree murder, and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2013 killing of a man who dated his fiancee's sister.

Hernandez, 25, seemed upbeat throughout his ...Read more

Gambling on risky players is an NFL reality

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Heading into the 2010 draft, NFL scouts took a long look at Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, and the red flags were undeniable.

He had first-round talent but also a reputation for frequent marijuana use, a hot temper and an unsavory group of hometown friends who made regular trips to Gainesville, Fla., to visit him.

Hernandez was expected by...Read more

Lions trade DE George Johnson to Buccaneers

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George Johnson is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, but not the way that anyone expected.

The Detroit Lions traded Johnson, a restricted free-agent defensive end, to Tampa Bay on Wednesday for a swap of late-round draft picks, ending a saga that began with a dispute over his free-agent status and included the Lions contesting the three-year, $9 million ...Read more

Aaron Hernandez jurors reached guilty verdict 'for different reasons'

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FALL RIVER, Mass. -- After returning the verdict Wednesday, Aaron Hernandez's jurors stood shoulder to shoulder and discussed the evidence that led them to find the former New England Patriots tight end guilty of first-degree murder by extreme atrocity and cruelty.

"The shots. There were six of them. That's extreme," said Rosalie Oliver, of ...Read more

Gambling on risky players is an NFL reality

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Heading into the 2010 draft, NFL scouts took a long look at Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, and the red flags were undeniable.

He had first-round talent but also a reputation for frequent marijuana use, a hot temper and an unsavory group of hometown friends who made regular trips to Gainesville, Fla., to visit him.

Hernandez was summed up ...Read more

Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder; sentenced to life without parole

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FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Once among the most promising young players in the NFL, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating his fiancee's sister.

Hernandez, 25, appeared upbeat for most of his trial, but his demeanor changed as the jury announced ...Read more