Professional football

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden reacts during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
August 11, 2018 - 2:57 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden jawed at the officials, worked closely with the quarterbacks and was once again adored by the Oakland Raiders fans. It was as if he had never left the Coliseum. Jon Gruden was a winner in his return to the sideline for Oakland when the Raiders got a touchdown pass...
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
August 11, 2018 - 12:31 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold jogged onto the field for his NFL debut and was greeted by butterflies in his stomach and cheers in the stands. The anxiety quickly faded. The buzz only got louder. Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut and made a strong initial case to win the Jets' starting...
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Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem, before the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
August 10, 2018 - 11:10 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While the NFL continues discussions with the players' union regarding a national anthem policy, players who demonstrate are emphasizing they are protesting social injustice, racial inequality and systematic oppression. They are not against the country, military, flag or "The...
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August 10, 2018 - 11:03 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem. Lynch declined to stand for the anthem before the exhibition opener against the Detroit Lions on Friday night. Lynch also sat for the anthem all of last season but never gave a reason for his decision...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2017, file photo, Alabama's Bo Scarbrough is looked at after being hurt during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson in Tampa, Fla. Player privacy laws currently stand in the way of regular in-depth NCAA football injury reports. Yet a mandated reporting system has been proposed. The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the legalization of sports gambling up to the states sparked the idea. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
August 10, 2018 - 3:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana safety Jonathan Crawford is very clear about what he thinks of colleges releasing information on player injuries. "No," he said. "Especially if I have no say in it, I wouldn't want my personal business out there." The U.S. Supreme Court's decision that allows states to...
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August 10, 2018 - 10:54 am
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is once again lashing out at football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. Trump claimed on Twitter Friday that "most of them are unable to define" what they're demonstrating against. Instead, Trump tweets players should "Be happy, be...
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Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem, before the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
August 10, 2018 - 10:14 am
NFL players demonstrated during the national anthem at several preseason games Thursday night, protests that again drew a rebuke from President Donald Trump. Writing on Twitter from his New Jersey golf resort, Trump said Friday players "make a fortune doing what they love," and those who refuse to...
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) passes through the defense of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Rasheem Green during the first half of an NFL football preseason game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
August 10, 2018 - 2:25 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Andrew Luck could feel the pressure building as he prepared for his first game action with Indianapolis since the final week of the 2016 season. When he let go of trying to contain his excitement, the pressure was released. "I really enjoyed it. I didn't quite know I'd have this much...
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New York Giants' Saquon Barkley (26) rushes past Cleveland Browns' Denzel Ward (21) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
August 10, 2018 - 12:04 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — If first indications are accurate, the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants hit it right in taking Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley with the top two picks in the NFL draft. Mayfield threw two touchdowns in two-plus quarters and Barkley ripped off a dazzling 39-yard run...
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, center, gives a pep talk to his team before taking the field prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
August 09, 2018 - 10:35 pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin's feud with former teammate Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continued before and during Carolina's preseason-opening 28-23 win against Buffalo on Thursday night. First, the two exchanged words on the field about 90 minutes before kickoff...
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