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Longtime Lions stalwart Charlie Sanders dies at age 68
FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007 file photo, former Detroit Lions tight end Charlie Sanders stands with his bronze bust during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Sanders played 10 seasons in the NFL. The Detroit Lions say Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders has died at age 68, Thursday, July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

Updated: 10:19 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders epitomized Detroit's blue-collar roots. Fans adored his gritty work ethic. Teammates embraced his leadership. Coaches found him to be a prized pupil and a talented teacher. And when Detroit's booming economy became the American standard, Sanders was rewriting football history with a trend-setting ...
Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended 1st 4 games of season
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain is shown on the sidelines during the fist half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos in Arlington, Texas. Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The league said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2015, that McClain would be suspended without pay and eligible to return for Dallas' Week 5 game against New England. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

Updated: 3:55 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, putting two key Dallas defenders on the sideline to start the season with pass rusher Greg Hardy's 10-game ban. The league said in a statement Thursday that McClain would be suspended ...
WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

Updated: 10:38 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring. The Stamford-based company, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Monday, argues the wrestlers' claims are ...
Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage
FILE- In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders cheerleaders hold pink pom-poms for breast cancer awareness before an NFL football game between the Raiders and the San Diego Chargers in Oakland, Calif. California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday, June 29, 2015, would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. AB202 says they would have to be paid for overtime and sick leave, the same as other employees. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Updated: 4:06 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015

They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage. California legislation believed to be the first of its kind ...
Worker injured at Falcons stadium construction site

Updated: 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Authorities say a construction worker has been injured by a falling piece of scaffolding at the Atlanta Falcons stadium construction site. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones told WSB-TV that the worker suffered a severe head injury Wednesday morning. Details on what caused the scaffolding to fall and the worker's condition ...
Rae Carruth's son to mark slain mother's 40th birthday in Charleston

Updated: 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday would have been Cherica Adams’ 40th birthday. The pregnant mother was killed in a murder plot orchestrated by former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth in 1999. >> Read more trending stories  Prosecutors argued that Cherica Adams was killed because Carruth wanted her to abort their son, something Carruth ...
California bill seeks to make cheerleaders team employees

Updated: 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015

California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. AB202 says ...
Michael Sam, 1st openly gay NFL draftee, rejoins CFL team
Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to reporters after returning to practice with the Canadian Football League team Monday, June 29, 2015, in Montreal. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team,  could not make the roster of the St. Louis Rams and signed with Montreal. He left the Alouettes for what he said were personal reasons, but returned to the team this week. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

Updated: 6:21 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015

In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career. The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, Sam returned to practice ...
Hyundai replaces General Motors as NFL auto sponsor

Updated: 10:55 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2015

The National Football League is getting a new official automotive sponsor: Hyundai. The Korean automaker announced the sponsorship deal Monday, replacing General Motors Co. The deal gives Hyundai the ability to use NFL trademarks in its marketing and access to big events year-round such as the Super Bowl, playoffs and ...
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston: 'I'm just moving forward'
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, right, throws a football during a passing drill at the NFL Rookies Symposium in Berea, Ohio, Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Updated: 3:03 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015

Jameis Winston knows there are always eyes on him — watching, dissecting and waiting for him to make a mistake. The spotlight doesn't leave, and Winston wants to shine in it. "It's about my actions," the Tampa Buccaneers rookie said while attending a youth football clinic. "I got to be ...
Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery

Updated: 8:28 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2015

Authorities in Las Vegas have charged Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada. The criminal complaint filed Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court ...
NFL players union complains about Pats disciplining Butler

Updated: 4:35 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2015

The NFL Players Association has complained to the league about whether the Patriots improperly disciplined cornerback Malcolm Butler during voluntary workouts. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement consistently. The Patriots are accused of holding Butler ...
NFL concussion awards on hold amid appeals through this fall
FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, co-lead players' lawyer Christopher Seeger, center right, and client former NFL player Shawn Wooden, center left, speak with members of the media after a hearing on the proposed NFL concussion settlement outside of the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. Retired NFL players seeking payouts from the potential $1 billion NFL concussion settlement could be waiting until next year based on appeals being weighed this fall.  Dozens of ex-players are appealing the final settlement approved this year by a federal judge in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Updated: 10:04 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Retired NFL players seeking payouts from the potential $1 billion NFL concussion settlement could be waiting until next year based on appeals being weighed this fall. About 90 former players are appealing the final settlement approved this year by a federal judge in Philadelphia. The settlement covers about 21,000 NFL ...
Brady waiting for Goodell decision after 10-hour hearing
Attorney Jeff Kessler, left, representing New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady, arrives to NFL headquarters in New York, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Brady and representatives from the players' union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Updated: 6:02 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's back to the waiting game for Tom Brady. After making his case in a 10-hour hearing, Brady's fate is in the hands of Roger Goodell. Just when the NFL commissioner will announce his decision to uphold, reduce or eliminate Brady's four-game suspension in "Deflategate" is uncertain. "I think that's ...
First World Cup, now also F1 for Qatar?
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany crosses the finish line to win the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, southern Austria, Sunday, June 21, 2015. (Valdrin Xemay, Pool Photo via AP)

Updated: 1:47 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Not content with hosting the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is now also exploring the idea of buying Formula One, another big step in its use of the global appeal of sports to put itself firmly on the map. The purchase, if concluded, could see a Qatari investment fund that already ...
Life's playbook: NFL schools rookies on being a professional
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota explains a football drill to students during the NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea, Ohio, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Updated: 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To prepare rookies for life as professionals, the NFL is again providing a crash course filled with seminars, testimonials and advice on how to navigate the pitfalls of fame and fortune. All the league really had to do was have the new players look at Commissioner Roger Goodell's appointment book ...
250-300 people kicked out of Kenny Chesney concert

Updated: 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Police say as many as 300 people were kicked out of country music stars Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean's concert at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin. Press-Gazette Media (http://gbpg.net/1ByenkU ) reports that between 250 and 300 people were tossed from Saturday's concert, compared to the average of 25 ejections during Green ...
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