Meet David Tepper, the outspoken billionaire buying the Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hedge fund manager David Tepper became a billionaire widely known to CNBC watchers by scoring on risky investments, especially during the financial crisis.

In recent years, he's added to his reputation by pouring his money into philanthropic efforts, sports teams and a "revenge house" in the Hamptons. His latest high-profile ...Read more

Eagles' Jay Ajayi reportedly sued for trashing mansion, shoving owner

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Jay Ajayi apparently loves to party hard.

Ajayi has been sued by the owner of a swanky Los Angeles mansion who says the Eagles running back and his friends wrecked his home.

That's according to TMZ, which has the details:

"The 24-year-old is being sued by the owner of a swanky 6,000-square-foot pad located above the famous Sunset Strip ... ...Read more

Browns coach Hue Jackson announces he'll make good on promise to jump into Lake Erie on June 1

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Hue Jackson sent out a save the date for his much-anticipated dip into Lake Erie.

The coach announced Monday in a video tweeted by the Browns that he will take the plunge June 1.

After the Browns went 1-15 in 2016, Jackson vowed to jump into the lake if they finished with the same record the next season. They proceeded to become just the ...Read more

NFL will ask Congress to put betting framework in place

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While it remains to be seen how Monday's historic Supreme Court decision allowing states to conduct legalized sports gambling will affect the NFL, the nation's No. 1 sports league is turning to Congress to help put a "regulatory framework" in place.

"The NFL's long-standing and unwavering commitment to protecting the integrity of our game ...Read more

Roquan Smith's intangibles leave strong first impression at Bears rookie minicamp

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Every event on the Bears calendar this year offers some type of first for Matt Nagy, who had never been a head coach before being hired in January. The learning experiences continue to come in quick succession, the latest being the three-day rookie minicamp that ended Sunday.

"The biggest thing is sometimes it can test your frustration because ...Read more

Legendary Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dies at age 86

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Chuck Knox, who led the Seahawks to their first playoff berth, a surprising run in 1983 to within a game of the Super Bowl in 1983 and is the second-winningest coach in franchise history, died Saturday at age 86, the team confirmed Sunday.

Knox, the only coach in the Seahawks' Ring of Honor, had battled dementia and was in hospice care.

Knox's...Read more

Cowboys' best offseason acquisition might be secondary coach Kris Richard

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli didn't mince words.

Considering what the Cowboys added in free agency and taking into account their nine 2018 draft picks, including top pick Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch whom he absolutely loves, Marinelli said it was an addition to the coaching staff that might...Read more

Golden Tate: 'Bunch of B.S.' allegation vs. Matt Patricia is news

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DETROIT -- Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn, president Rod Wood and owner Martha Firestone Ford came out united in their support of coach Matt Patricia when news of his 22-year-old arrest first surfaced this week. Now, one of the team's most prominent players said the locker room is standing by its coach as well.

"I don't know the full ...Read more

Dismissed assault case against Matt Patricia had at least 5 witnesses

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DETROIT -- The prosecution's witness list in the sexual assault case against Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia included a nurse, a doctor, a police detective, a police officer and a college friend of the alleged victim, according to court documents obtained by the Free Press.

The documents shed light on how police and prosecutors built their ...Read more

Chargers' Lynn finishes what he started

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LOS ANGELES--Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn didn't want an inspirational moment. It's not why he went back.

He just wanted an envelope with proof that he reached the finish line 25 years later. No fanfare -- just printed confirmation that he finally had finished something he started a lifetime ago.

"I don't think anybody even knew I ...Read more

Expectations are high for Cowboys top pick Vander Esch and there is no time to relax

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FRISCO, Texas -- Leighton Vander Esch officially signed a four-year, fully guaranteed $11.847 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys at the conclusion of Friday's first day of rookie minicamp.

He has no idea what he plans to purchase first. But that's far from his mind.

It's a wonder that the former Boise State linebacker had enough time to slow...Read more

After car burglary, Bears rookie c eager for his on-field NFL start

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Before his first practice as a Bear on Friday afternoon, Roquan Smith stood at a lectern in the Halas Hall media room with an opening statement. In the two weeks since he was drafted, Smith had gotten a taste of the intense spotlight that will follow him throughout his NFL career.

Last weekend, while back on the University of Georgia campus, ...Read more

Lions coach Matt Patricia on sex assault case: 'The truth is on my side'

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DETROIT -- Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia forcefully denied allegations that he committed sexual assault as a college student 22 years ago, saying in a seven-minute press conference Thursday "the truth is on my side."

"I'm here to defend my honor and clear my name," Patricia said. "Twenty-two years ago, I was falsely accused of something ...Read more

Matt Patricia's accuser couldn't face 'pressures or stress' of a trial

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DETROIT -- In the end, his accuser refused to testify.

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia was spared a trial on sexual assault charges decades ago because his accuser couldn't handle the "pressures or stress" of a trial, according to court records obtained by the Free Press.

Patricia, who has adamantly denied sexually assaulting a woman during ...Read more

How much would it cost for Cowboys to trade for Rob Gronkowski?

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Could the Cowboys fill the hole left by future Hall of Famer Jason Witten with another Canton-bound tight end?

Yep, we're talking about Gronk.

But how could Dallas actually end up with the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski?

Last spring, New England restructured a deal that, when it was signed in 2012, was a record for a tight end at $54 million over ...Read more

Lions coach Matt Patricia indicted, not prosecuted in '96 sex assault

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With the #MeToo movement still in full force, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia has landed in the middle of a scandal -- not for any recent actions, but for an alleged 1996 sex assault.

According to Texas court records, Patricia was charged in 1996 with aggravated sexual assault, but he was never prosecuted for it. The case was quickly ...Read more

Some of Roquan Smith's stolen property recovered; Bears iPad still missing

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Bears rookie Roquan Smith tweeted Wednesday morning that several University of Georgia jerseys and other items stolen from his apartment complex's parking garage near campus have been recovered.

That is, all but his Bears-issued iPad containing the team playbook, Athens-Clarke County Police public information officer Epifanio Rodriguez told the...Read more

Eagles sign running back Matt Jones to two-year contract

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The Eagles signed former Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts running back Matt Jones to a two-year contract on Wednesday, taking a chance on a rusher with starting experience who can add size to the Eagles' backfield while competing for a roster spot. Wide receiver Dom Williams was waived in a corresponding move.

Jones, 25, was a 2015 ...Read more

Jerry Jones believes a stress-free Ezekiel Elliott is primed for a big season

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GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is heading into the 2018 season footloose and stress-free.

A year ago Elliott had to endure an offseason filled with controversy and the weight of a year-long NFL investigation hanging over his head. He was then suspended in training camp for violating the NFL's personal conduct ...Read more

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