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Paul Zeise: Antonio Brown is the entertainment gift that keeps giving, but it's so sad to watch

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I'll admit it: Every time I see the words "Antonio Brown" in a headline, it is must-read, no matter what it is. It is almost always a great mix of entertainment, bizzaro-world behavior and something that makes you say to yourself, "This is not what I expected to read."

Brown's adventurous ride as the owner of the Albany Empire, an arena ...Read more

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Self-awareness of Kayvon Thibodeaux, Evan Neal is a great sign for Giants

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Giants second-year right tackle Evan Neal, the No. 7 overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, purposefully spent time this offseason making changes to his foundation: his stance.

“With anything,” Neal said after practice last week, “you want to refine it to the point where you get better results out of it.”

Second-year edge rusher Kayvon ...Read more

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Brian Wacker: What a new offense and new receivers means for Ravens star tight end Mark Andrews

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The NFL offseason is a lot of things, depending on the team. For the Ravens, it’s been a roller coaster.

There were notable departures (left guard Ben Powers, defensive end Calais Campbell), significant additions (wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., offensive coordinator Todd Monken) and, of course, the drama that swirled around Lamar Jackson ...Read more

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Kansas City Chiefs visit White House for first time to celebrate Super Bowl victory

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Kansas City Chiefs are building a dynasty as he welcomed them on Monday to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Joking that it was good First Lady Jill Biden, a die hard Eagles fan, wasn’t there to witness the ceremony, Biden talked about the unity and ...Read more

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New OT Cedric Ogbuehi believes Dolphins have 'something special going'

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — New Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi hasn’t been counted on as a consistent starter for years since his early time with the Cincinnati Bengals after they took him in the first round of the 2015 draft.

But after starting five games for the New York Jets in 2022, the most he has had in a season since 2017, ...Read more

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Gene Collier: Le'Veon Bell wants to retire as a Steeler? Well, that's nice.

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PITTSBURGH — Again this week someone asked how I was enjoying retirement, and while that's always a good reminder that these columns aren't exactly required reading across the tri-state area, it's getting harder and harder not to respond with, "Well, that's a question better directed to a retired person."

Instead I just say, "Not at all ...Read more

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Norma Hunt, wife of longtime Chiefs owner & only woman to attend every Super Bowl, dies at 85

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Norma Knobel Hunt, the wife of longtime Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar, has died, the team announced Sunday. She was 85.

Norma, who is the only woman to attend all 57 Super Bowls, also is the mother of current Chiefs owner Clark Hunt.

The Hunt family released a statement about Norma’s death Sunday night.

“She was a wonderful mother and an...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: With Chiefs up next, meaning of White House visit still resonates with past KC honorees

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When the phone call came around 6:30 in the morning after Mario’s Miracle propelled Kansas to the 2008 NCAA title, KU coach Bill Self and his wife, Cindy, had just returned to their San Antonio hotel room.

Somewhere between over-served and wiped out, a groggy Self answered. On the other end, he heard either someone ...Read more

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Pat Leonard's NFL notes: Bengals' AFC North prominence suddenly has rivals chasing

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NEW YORK — For football fans of a certain age, it may seem unthinkable that the entire AFC North division is now playing catch-up with the Cincinnati Bengals.

This is a franchise that did not appear in a single playoff game from 1991 through 2004. They lost in the AFC’s wild-card round five straight years from 2011 through 2015.

They ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: The 49ers mere mocked for drafting a kicker in the third round, but they'll get the last laugh

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — If the Warriors or Sharks had their leading scorer in each of the past six seasons leave the team, it would be a pretty big deal.

But when that exact thing happened to the 49ers this offseason with kicker Robbie Gould’s exit, more attention was paid to when the team drafted his replacement.

Kickers get no respect — ...Read more

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Bears listen to proposal from Naperville for stadium site. Arlington Heights 'no longer our singular focus,' team says.

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Chicago Bears officials met with Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli on Friday to discuss the possibility of abandoning their plans for a new stadium development in Arlington Heights in favor of building it in the large western suburb.

In a move that could be used as bargaining leverage, the team said in a statement Friday that plans to build “the ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Bill McGovern spent a short time coaching with the Eagles and a long time coaching the right way.

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PHILADELPHIA — When Bill McGovern died Tuesday, it would have been understandable if a ripple of recognition, and nothing more, swept over those Eagles fans who happened to notice the news. McGovern spent three years with the team — the entirety of Chip Kelly’s tenure, from 2013 through 2015 — as its outside linebackers coach. In fact, ...Read more

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Bob Condotta: Does Seahawks' salary cap situation make it possible for another big move?

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SEATTLE — When the Seahawks restructured the contract of receiver Tyler Lockett in early May, they might have also raised the expectation that a big move was on the horizon.

Lockett's restructure — in which his 2023 base salary of $8.53 million was turned into a bonus, allowing it to be spread out over the final three years of his deal for ...Read more

Matt Calkins: Kenneth Walker III might not have been top rookie, but he could be better in Year 2

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The question was about his pass-catching, but few actually heard the answer. Not as Seahawks running back coach Chad Morton was walking by.

Running back Kenneth Walker III was fielding questions Thursday during his first news conference since the end of last season, when Morton screamed out: “They stole that rookie of the year! It should have...Read more

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Raiders coach Josh McDaniels says he has 'no anxiety' about Jimmy Garoppolo

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LAS VEGAS — Raiders coach Josh McDaniels painted a positive picture of the health status of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Thursday.

Garoppolo has yet to pass a physical because of a foot injury he suffered last season with the 49ers, which resulted in him signing a heavily team-protected contract that provides an out for the Raiders if he ...Read more

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Tom Brady insists he's done playing football. Can't imagine why no one believes him.

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Tom Brady is done.

Really, he is.

No more playing in the NFL for that guy.

How many times does ol’ TB12 have to say it?

“I’m certain I’m not playing again,” the seven-time Super Bowl champion told Sports Illustrated on Thursday. “So I’ve tried to make that clear and I hate to continue to profess that, cause I’ve already told ...Read more

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Brian Wacker: Do the Ravens need star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins? It's a complicated question.

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BALTIMORE — If in quarterback Lamar Jackson’s view “running can only take you so far” in the modern NFL, how far would signing three-time All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins take the Ravens?

With the Arizona Cardinals releasing Hopkins on Friday, it’s a question worth asking. It’s also a complicated one.

Hopkins said on the “I ...Read more

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With Rams' Matthew Stafford back in form, Tutu Atwell finally appears to be catching on

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LOS ANGELES — On a Rams team that features nearly 40 new players, it does not take much to qualify as a seasoned veteran.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford is preparing for his 15th NFL season but many of the players who will be counted on this season are second- and third-year pros.

Observations from an organized-team activity workout on ...Read more

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Aaron Rodgers limited during Wednesday's practice, Jets optimistic he can return later this week

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NEW YORK — Last week during the first OTA practice made available to the media, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers strained his calf.

Eight days later, Rodgers was limited during Wednesday’s practice, but Jets coach Robert Saleh said he expects the 39-year-old quarterback to fully participate later this week.

“He’s fine,” Saleh said. “...Read more

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Jets don't appear interested in signing free agent DeAndre Hopkins: 'We love our current group'

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NEW YORK — After their pursuit of Odell Beckham Jr. earlier this, there was thought that the Jets would be interested in free-agent receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

However, if coach Robert Saleh’s comments on Wednesday are any indication, it doesn’t appear Gang Green is interested in the 30-year-old receiver.

“We love our current group,” ...Read more