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Sharper's attorneys to question Arizona evidence

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will return to a Phoenix courtroom Thursday to question the evidence being used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women.

3 hours ago

Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a deal.

14 hours ago

Manning holds on to heartache of Super Bowl

DENVER (AP) — Broncos fans may want to move on from Denver's Super Bowl debacle. Not Peyton Manning. He's holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire.

18 hours ago

Sharper challenges his no-bail status in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Phoenix will hold a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will challenge the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on sexual-assault charges in Arizona.

April 16, 2014 1:53 am

Hearing postponed in ex-NFL player's rape case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in Los Angeles has postponed a hearing on rape charges against former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper to await the results of an upcoming bail hearing in Arizona.

April 15, 2014 12:03 pm

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested at airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

April 13, 2014 7:24 pm

Offenses struggle to score in Purdue spring game

WEST LAFAYETTE | Danny Etling is the Purdue football team's returning starting quarterback. Fellow sophomore Austin Appleby has been pushing him this spring during practice. And freshman David Blough threw the only touchdown pass during Satur…

April 12, 2014 7:00 pm

Roberson leads Cream past Crimson

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. | Tre Roberson watched Nate Sudfeld dazzle Indiana's coaches all spring.

April 12, 2014 5:29 pm

Zaire serves notice of QB race in ND spring game

Zaire serves notice of QB race in ND spring game

SOUTH BEND | Malik Zaire made a statement that he plans to challenge Everett Golson for the starting quarterback job at Notre Dame.

April 12, 2014 4:10 pm Photos

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Golson eager to return to field for spring game

Golson eager to return to field for spring game

SOUTH BEND | Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson admits to being jittery at the first spring practice last month after being suspended from school last fall for academic impropriety. Returning to the field was a big moment for him.

April 11, 2014 11:00 pm

Illini won't name QB, but eyes are on Lunt

Illini won't name QB, but eyes are on Lunt

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. | Illinois coach Tim Beckman is in no hurry to name a starting quarterback, insisting that the competition to succeed Nathan Scheelhaase is wide open.

April 11, 2014 5:07 pm

Browns match offer sheet for center Mack

Browns match offer sheet for center Mack

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have matched Jacksonville's offer sheet for Pro Bowl center Alex Mack and will keep one of their top players.

April 11, 2014 3:34 pm

Colin Kaepernick defends reputation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is defending his reputation.

April 11, 2014 1:39 pm

John Urschel's diary: Road to the NFL draft

John Urschel's diary: Road to the NFL draft

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel will routinely provide a look at his journey leading to the NFL draft on May 8 in a series of diary entries. The all-Big Ten, third-team AP All-American has a Master's degree…

April 11, 2014 11:28 am Photos

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Eli Manning to have surgery on left ankle

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going to have surgery on his left ankle.

April 10, 2014 1:53 pm

Northwestern QB says union push was rushed, wrong

Northwestern's Trevor Siemian said Wednesday it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.

April 09, 2014 4:42 pm

Saints agree to terms with Champ Bailey

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Veteran defensive back Champ Bailey has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.

April 04, 2014 3:51 pm

Seattle locks up coach Pete Carroll with extension

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have locked up coach Pete Carroll with a three-year contract extension after he led the franchise to its first Super Bowl title.

April 04, 2014 12:38 pm

Titans tell Chris Johnson he'll be released today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have told Chris Johnson they are releasing him after six seasons to avoid paying the $8 million the running back is due in pay in 2014, and the final three seasons left on the $53.5 million contrac…

April 04, 2014 11:55 am

Report: Seahawks reach extension with Carroll

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have called a news conference for Friday morning amid a report they have reached a contract extension with coach Pete Carroll.

April 03, 2014 10:56 pm

Major ramifications come with Northwestern union decision

VALPARAISO | The National Labor Relations Board delivered a decision last week that could dramatically alter the landscape for collegiate athletics across the country.

April 03, 2014 5:42 pm

Ralph Wilson's widow takes team control

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Mary Wilson is taking over as the Buffalo Bills' controlling owner after the death last week of her husband, Ralph Wilson.

April 03, 2014 2:30 pm

Grossman, who directed 10 Super Bowls, dies at 78

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandy Grossman, who directed a record 10 Super Bowl broadcasts, has died. He was 78.

April 03, 2014 11:46 am

Bears' newly-signed Jared Allen: I'm still the best at what I do

Bears' newly-signed Jared Allen: I'm still the best at what I do

LAKE FOREST | New Bear Jared Allen, a farm boy at heart who owns three rodeo bulls, appeared at his Monday afternoon press conference wearing cowboy boots and a big shiny belt buckle.

March 31, 2014 6:45 pm

Andrean's Barajas commits to play football at Penn State

Andrean's Barajas commits to play football at Penn State

Andrean junior football player Josh Barajas had some concerns, some misgivings, about playing football at Penn State.

March 30, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Police: Colts owner had $29K in cash when arrested

Police: Colts owner had $29K in cash when arrested

CARMEL, Ind. | Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving and other charges, according to the arrest report.

March 27, 2014 2:27 pm

Risky IPO seeks new way to trade star athletes

Risky IPO seeks new way to trade star athletes

SAN FRANCISCO | Professional athletes frequently get traded to other teams, but San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is about to be the first ever to be traded like a stock.

March 25, 2014 6:00 pm

AL HAMNIK: Highland's Grigson steering Indy team through stormy seas

AL HAMNIK: Highland's Grigson steering Indy team through stormy seas

Ryan Grigson loves his job as general manager of the Colts, with its suffocating pressure, long hours and incredible demands.

March 25, 2014 5:45 pm

Whiting’s Dabertin commits to Valparaiso

Whiting’s Dabertin commits to Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Dave Cecchini knew finding a blocking tight end would be integral to the success of Valparaiso’s Class of 2014 recruiting class. The first-year coach didn’t have to look very far.

March 21, 2014 5:00 pm

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Former NFL star Streets coaching at Harvey school

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Former NFL star Streets coaching at Harvey school

Tai Streets and his fellow Thornton High School alums wear the pride of their school not only on their sleeves, but on their faces.

March 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Bears, Tillman agree on one-year contract

Bears, Tillman agree on one-year contract

Charles Tillman said he wanted to retire as a Bear and the veteran cornerback may now get his wish.

March 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Revis, Sproles, Smith, Harrison, Tuck on move

Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison look for new NFL homes.

March 13, 2014 6:28 pm

Bears agree to deals with Young, Hixon

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Willie Young and a one-year deal with receiver Domenik Hixon on Thursday.

March 13, 2014 5:01 pm

Bears terminate Peppers' contract

Bears terminate Peppers' contract

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers on Tuesday, one of several moves they made to reshape their struggling defense.

March 11, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Free agency begins Tuesday, cap at $133 million

NEW YORK | Let the bidding binges begin.

March 09, 2014 9:00 pm

Lansing Lions change look, league for 2014 season

Lansing Lions change look, league for 2014 season

LANSING | Let's face it, only Calvin "Megatron" Johnson looks good in a Detroit Lions uniform.

March 07, 2014 5:00 pm

Bears confirm Devin Hester won't return

Bears confirm Devin Hester won't return

LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago.

March 06, 2014 12:10 pm

Big Ten's Delany addresses union issue

Big Ten's Delany addresses union issue

CHICAGO | Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday that the league is not looking to schedule more Friday football games, except on Thanksgiving and Labor Day weekends.

February 27, 2014 5:51 pm

JIM PETERS: Old friends stay in touch through friendly all-star game wagers

JIM PETERS: Old friends stay in touch through friendly all-star game wagers

HOBART | It started as a friendly hallway wager between students.

February 26, 2014 5:00 pm

AL HAMNIK: Grigson's Super Bowl train chugging along

AL HAMNIK: Grigson's Super Bowl train chugging along

Is Trent Richardson a bust?

February 22, 2014 5:00 pm

Study: Concussions less prevalent in young players

INDIANAPOLIS | A new study shows youth football players are diagnosed with fewer concussions than other injuries.

February 19, 2014 6:30 pm

HAMNIK.COLUMN: Kawann Short feeling the love of his Carolina brothers

HAMNIK.COLUMN: Kawann Short feeling the love of his Carolina brothers

EAST CHICAGO | Second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers, productive backup at defensive tackle, a Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie selection.

February 15, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Inquiry says Incognito, 2 others harassed Martin

An investigation into the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying scandal detailed widespread harassment in the team's locker room that extended beyond the two players at the center of the probe.

February 14, 2014 12:00 am

AL HAMNIK: Mike Sam wastes no time winning the NFL's trust

AL HAMNIK: Mike Sam wastes no time winning the NFL's trust

In describing Hall of Fame middle linebacker Dick Butkus, former Bears' teammate Doug Buffone noted the Neanderthal gene is extremely rare.

February 10, 2014 6:45 pm

Cecchini announces his first Valparaiso football recruiting class

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso football coach Dave Cecchini has canvassed most of the country looking for recruits, and the first-year coach isn’t done yet.

February 05, 2014 10:00 pm

Signing Day gets snowed out, but several area football players move on

Signing Day gets snowed out, but several area football players move on

The weather postponed a lot of parties at area high schools on Wednesday, the NCAA's National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Instead of pomp and circumstance, most got a parking lot full of snow instead.

February 05, 2014 6:05 pm Photos

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Crete's Nyles Morgan signs with Notre Dame

Crete's Nyles Morgan signs with Notre Dame

CRETE | For the graduating seniors of the Crete-Monee football team, it has been quite a ride.

February 05, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Several locals ink with Division I schools

Several locals ink with Division I schools

Enoch Smith Jr. has never been shy, especially when introducing himself to opposing ball carriers as a defensive tackle for Mount Carmel..

February 05, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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5 Things to Know: College Football Signing Day

5 Things to Know: College Football Signing Day

Officially, national signing day allows high school football players to start signing a letter of intent with the college of their choice.

February 04, 2014 3:41 pm

Seahawks ready to start work on Super Bowl defense

Seahawks ready to start work on Super Bowl defense

NEW YORK | Less than 12 hours after winning the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll already was talking about getting started on next season.

February 03, 2014 6:30 pm
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