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How improved cornerback play 'can do wonders' for Lions linebackers

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — We’re still a couple of months away from learning whether Detroit Lions Cornerback Rebuild 2.0 will work out, but the team committed enough resources to the position that one could reasonably see it becoming a position of strength at some point in the next year or two.

Topping the list of those who stand to gain from ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Vikings' season could depend on CB, not QB

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MINNEAPOLIS — Competitive rebuild.

Those have always been the two most important words regarding the tenure of Minnesota Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O'Connell.

Like "kick-ass offense" and "Randy Ratio," a phrase like "competitive rebuild" can haunt its creators, especially if the Vikings fail to either ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Is Jevon Holland a foundational player for Dolphins? And at what price point?

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MIAMI — Jevon Holland has had a solid start to his NFL career, but the Miami Dolphins’ young, promising safety will be the first to admit he hasn’t accomplished anything major thus far.

No playoff wins.

No Pro Bowl spots earned.

No All-Pro accolades.

“Last year I was having success and I ended up getting hurt,” Holland said, ...Read more

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Vikings rookie Khyree Jackson, 2 other former college football players die in Maryland car crash

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BALTIMORE — Minnesota Vikings rookie Khyree Jackson and two other former college football players died in a car crash in Upper Marlboro early Saturday morning, Maryland State Police said.

Jackson, 24, from Waldorf, and Isaiah Hazel, 23, from Upper Marlboro, were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services, while Anthony Lytton Jr., 24,...Read more

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Chris Perkins: I'd love to see Tua deliver some Tkachuk-, Butler-style magic for the Dolphins

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There’s one thing I’d love to see from Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa this season above all else. And I can sum it up in one all-encompassing word.

Magic.

One of the final frontiers for Tua is delivering some of that mountain-moving magic that Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes possesses — or Buffalo’s Josh Allen or Baltimore’s ...Read more

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Broncos CB Pat Surtain II embraces being face of defense heading into Year 4: 'His voice goes a long way on the team'

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DENVER — After an offseason of change within the Broncos’ roster, cornerback Pat Surtain II understands that his fourth season in the NFL comes with more responsibilities outside of defending the league’s top wide receivers.

With the departure of key players, including All-Pro safety and veteran voice Justin Simmons, the former Alabama ...Read more

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Former Raiders standout Darren Waller opens up about short marriage to Kelsey Plum

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LAS VEGAS — A reflective Darren Waller took a blunt look at himself after his short marriage to Aces star Kelsey Plum ended in divorce in April.

Waller, a former Raiders standout tight end, spoke openly about his learning experiences in the past year during an interview with Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” in New York.

The recently ...Read more

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Neal Justin: Netflix's 'Receiver' opens a window into the private life of Justin Jefferson

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MINNEAPOLIS — It doesn't take long for a Minnesota Vikings favorite to pop up in "Receiver," Netflix's latest attempt to prove to sports fans that it's just as necessary as ESPN.

In the opening minutes of this tribute to five current wide receivers, Randy Moss pops up to gripe about how those in his old position don't get the same amount of ...Read more

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Troy Renck: Alex Singleton's no-nonsense goal for Broncos defense early on next fall? Don't stink

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DENVER — Alex Singleton forged his professional career in Canada, but his story belongs in an American novel.

He is the player who couldn’t take a hint. He has been cut more times than his hands have fingers. He refused to go away and would go anywhere to play from Montana State to the Calgary Stampeders and Philadelphia Eagles.

It wasn’...Read more

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott explains why he's wearing walking boot 3 weeks before camp

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A photo of quarterback Dak Prescott wearing a walking boot making the rounds on social media has caused a frenzy among Dallas Cowboys fans on Independence Day, less than three weeks before the start of training camp.

According to Prescott, you can officially unsound the alarm.

In a text to the Star-Telegram, Prescott said...Read more

Do Bank of America Stadium renovations bring Charlotte closer to hosting a Super Bowl?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Renovations to Bank of America Stadium are on the way.

Does that mean a Super Bowl in Charlotte is on the way, too?

The short answer: The stadium upgrades certainly don’t hurt the cause.

The City Council and Tepper Sports and Entertainment unveiled plans earlier this month for the largest and most expensive renovation ...Read more

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ESPN responds to backlash over Prince Harry's Pat Tillman sports award

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NEW YORK — ESPN is on the defensive over its decision to honor Prince Harry with an award that has been given to veterans, paralympic athletes and essential workers.

The Duke of Sussex is set to receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2024 ESPY Awards on July 11.

Named in honor of late NFL star Pat Tillman, who enlisted in the Army ...Read more

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NFL suspends former 49ers safety Tashaun Gipson for PEDs

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Tashaun Gipson, the San Francisco 49ers’ starting safety for the past two seasons, has drawn a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing substances, according to a league spokesman.

The 49ers had no official comment as Gipson became an unrestricted free agent in March.

Gipson�...Read more

How Lions' Jack Campbell has 'exceeded' expectations entering Year 2

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions linebackers coach Kelvin Sheppard doesn’t always speak in hyperbole, but he often does when he’s talking about second-year linebacker Jack Campbell.

“Jack is one of the most coachable players I’ve ever been around in my life — and I’m talking as a player or coaching” Sheppard said at the end of ...Read more

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ESPN to honor Prince Harry with Pat Tillman award, even though late soldier's mom disagrees

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LOS ANGELES — ESPN is standing by its decision to honor Prince Harry with its Pat Tillman Award for Service at next week’s ESPYs after the choice was publicly criticized by Tillman’s mother, network personality Pat McAfee and others.

“ESPN, with the support of the Tillman Foundation, is honoring Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, ...Read more

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Years before Zach Allen and John Franklin-Myers became Broncos teammates, they connected on social media

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DENVER — Zach Allen saw a pathway to success for himself even from 2,500 miles away.

In early October 2021, Allen was in the midst of his third season with the Arizona Cardinals. He had two career sacks to his name after injuries plagued each of his first two seasons. And only recently had he come under the tutelage of future Hall of Famer J....Read more

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Omar Kelly: Which South Florida team is positioned to bring this city its ninth championship?

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In classic South Florida style, the Florida Panthers took the team’s championship celebration to the beach.

The Miami Heat used Biscayne Boulevard and then convened at the arena the team won all three of its championships in.

The Miami Marlins used the Intercoastal and Riverwalk in Las Olas, Fla., then took the celebration to the stadium ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Not extending Hill's contract would be a mistake Dolphins can't afford

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MIAMI — Tua Tagovailoa’s contract situation is clearly the Miami Dolphins most pressing financial matter.

The Dolphins have until the start of the regular season to figure out how to follow through with their promise to lock up the NFL’s leading passer, a 2024 Pro Bowler, to a multi-year deal that provides his financial security, and ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: If Dolphins can't get a deal done with Tua Tagovailoa, what's Plan B?

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MIAMI — We’re far from the point of no return in Tua Tagovailoa and his camp’s ongoing negotiations with the Miami Dolphins for a multiyear extension.

Both sides are working to find a compromise, and the first real deadline is the July 24 start of training camp. And even that soft deadline can be pushed to the Sept. 9 start of the regular...Read more

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Former Jets WR Randall Cobb and family narrowly escape horrifying house fire

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NEW YORK — Former Jets wide receiver Randall Cobb and his family, including their dog, narrowly escaped a frightening fire at their home in Tennessee.

“First and foremost, we are all safe and healthy,” the 33-year-old Tennessee native said in a family statement posted to Instagram Wednesday night. “We got out of the house and I was able...Read more