Professional football - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Professional football Battery complaint dropped against Browns draftee Brantley GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor battery complaint against Cleveland Browns sixth-round pick Caleb Brantley, a defensive tackle from Florida, citing insufficient evidence. "It is apparent that there is no reliable evidence upon which an arrest or prosecution would be warranted or legally justified," the office of State Attorney William Cervone sai... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:12:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:12:00Z Gisele Bundchen: Tom Brady had a concussion last year BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady played through a concussion last year on his way to a fifth Super Bowl title, according to his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The injury, which was not reported by the team, left her worried about how long he should continue to play football. Asked if she wanted the New England Patriots quarterback to retire, Bundchen expressed ... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:53:00Z LeGarrette Blount joins the Eagles on 1-year contract PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeGarrette Blount is bringing his power running to Philadelphia. The Eagles and Blount agreed on a one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a bruising back to complement their group of smaller, speedy runners. Blount led the NFL with 18 touchdowns rushing in 2016 while helping the New England Patriots win the Sup... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:37:00Z Bon Jovi surprises grads, guests with commencement show EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Bon Jovi entertained graduates and guests at Fairleigh Dickinson University's commencement exercises Tuesday by putting on a surprise performance. Fairleigh Dickinson won a nationwide contest to bring the New Jersey-based rock band to play their graduation by generating the most interest on social media. Jon... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:03:00Z No problems reported in minute before deadly jet crash MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) — A plane that crashed near a small airport outside New York City, killing two crew members, didn't report any problems to air traffic controllers a minute before it nosedived, a federal investigator said Tuesday. The Learjet crash Monday afternoon in an industrial area near Teterboro Airport caused a fire that damaged two buildings a... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:32:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:32:00Z Fiancee says Aaron Hernandez denied rumors he was gay BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez said rumors that he was gay or bisexual were not true, his former fiancee said in an interview on the "Dr. Phil" show that aired Tuesday. Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez made the remark during the second part of a two-part interview with host Dr. Phillip McGraw. The first part aired on Monday. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:13:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:13:00Z Redskins sign Bob Marley's grandson after minicamp tryout ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have signed Nico Marley, grandson of legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley. The 5-foot-8 linebacker out of Tulane was at the Redskins' rookie minicamp over the weekend on a tryout. They added him to the roster Tuesday. Marley was a four-year starter in college, becoming Tulane's all-time lead... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:02:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:02:00Z Cardinals QB Palmer to ease way up on offseason throwing TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have five quarterbacks. One of them, Carson Palmer, only stood and watched as the team went through its first offseason workout Tuesday. At age 37, Palmer will greatly curtail his offseason throwing in hopes of preserving arm strength for his 15th NFL season. Palmer has thrown 6,040 passes in th... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:21:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:21:00Z Cincinnati Bengals' 'Pacman' Jones pleads guilty to 1 charge CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single misdemeanor charge from an altercation earlier this year, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran. Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory dismissed misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct at the prosecutor's re... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:05:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:05:00Z Peyton Manning to host ESPY Awards in July LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peyton Manning will take the stage to host the ESPY Awards. The retired two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will preside over the July 12 show honoring the past year's best athletes and sports moments. The show will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Manning says the show's 25th anniversar... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:17:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:17:00Z ESPN's Mowins set to be 1st woman to call NFL game since '87 BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN has tapped Beth Mowins to call the second part of a season-opening "Monday Night Football" doubleheader in September, making her the first woman do play-by-play duties on an NFL game in 30 years. The network says Mowins will team with former NFL Coach Rex Ryan when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Denver Broncos on Sept. 11. M... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:40:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:40:00Z Conan jokes may have killed, but he stands accused of theft LOS ANGELES (AP) — What do Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument have in common? They're all subjects of punchlines Conan O'Brien is accused of ripping off — and that's no joke. O'Brien lost an effort to toss out a federal copyright infringement lawsuit in San Diego last week, potentially setting up a novel trial over comic creativity and the value of laughte... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:37:00 GMT 2017-05-16T07:37:00Z Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan calls the energetic back-and-forth on the Pittsburgh Penguins bench "a man's argument." If his players have something to say, Sullivan wants them to get it out. Enter Phil Kessel, the mercurial forward with the blistering shot and occasionally blistering tongue. Frustrated by an inability to get anything ... Tue, 16 May 2017 04:18:00 GMT 2017-05-16T04:18:00Z No laughing matter: Writer claims Conan O'Brien stole jokes LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the best jokes are stolen, the best comedians don't think it's funny when they're accused of ripping off material. That's why Conan O'Brien is vigorously defending himself from copyright infringement allegations by a writer who said he plagiarized punchlines about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument. Tue, 16 May 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-05-16T01:07:00Z Aaron Hernandez's fiancee: I don't think death was a suicide BOSTON (AP) — The fiancee of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez said in an interview that she didn't initially believe he had died in his prison cell and doesn't think his death was a suicide. The first part of a two-part interview with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez aired Monday on the "Dr. Phil " show. The second part is set to air Tuesday. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:09:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:09:00Z Sheriff: Chiefs top draft pick Mahomes unharmed in robbery KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rookie Kansas Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes escaped injury after being robbed outside a Texas home after attending a college baseball game, authorities said Monday in describing the holdup as random. Mahomes and the three other people were stepping from a vehicle on a home's driveway outside Tyler on Friday night when a suspec... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:43:00 GMT 2017-05-15T20:43:00Z Former Ravens LB O.J. Brigance hits 10-year mark with ALS BALTIMORE (AP) — O.J. Brigance will hold a celebration Tuesday on the 10th anniversary of a day that forever changed his life. On May 16, 2007, the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. There is no known cure for the motor neuron disease commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, and the life expectancy after being diagnosed is u... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:08:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:08:00Z Josh Norman's brother Marrio gets Redskins rookie camp cameo ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Hidden among the draft picks, undrafted free agents and tryout hopefuls at Washington Redskins minicamp was a player wearing No. 24 with "Norman" on the back. It wasn't starting cornerback Josh Norman. It was his older brother Marrio. There on a tryout on Josh's recommendation, Marrio Norman is a 30-year-old safety w... Sun, 14 May 2017 17:14:00 GMT 2017-05-14T17:14:00Z Browns' top pick Garrett gets sacked by Hall of Famer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — A physical specimen, consensus best player in the draft and No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett came to Cleveland with few noticeable flaws. Hall of Famer Bruce Smith found one. After he and Smith watched video together of his college games at Texas A&M, Garrett said the former defensive great was blunt in his assessment of the rookie's game. ... Sat, 13 May 2017 22:04:00 GMT 2017-05-13T22:04:00Z Butt out to prove he's the best tight end in '17 draft class ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jake Butt has no regrets and one thing to prove. The former Michigan star and Denver Broncos rookie wants to show he's the best tight end of the 2017 NFL draft class even though six were selected ahead of him, including three in the first round. Butt was considered a first-rounder, too, until blowing out his righ... Sat, 13 May 2017 20:45:00 GMT 2017-05-13T20:45:00Z Hall of Famer Yale Lary, won 3 titles with Lions, dies at 86 DETROIT (AP) — Yale Lary, a Hall of Fame safety who helped the Detroit Lions win three NFL titles during the 1950s, has died. He was 86. The Pro Football Hall of Fame confirmed his death, citing information from the nine-time Pro Bowler's family. The Lions said Lary died Friday at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. "Yale Lary was a true Ame... Sat, 13 May 2017 01:01:00 GMT 2017-05-13T01:01:00Z Browns rookie Peppers defends reputation after diluted test BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jabrill Peppers only defended his reputation on the first day of the Cleveland Browns' rookie mini-camp Covering wide receivers will happen soon enough. Under scrutiny after being placed in the NFL's drug program for a diluted urine sample taken at the scouting combine, Peppers said he has no history using illegal recreational drugs and that Cleveland does... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:37:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:37:00Z Undefeated '72 Dolphins player cites concussions in assault MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A player on the Miami Dolphins' undefeated 1972 team cited neurological problems he says he has from concussions during his career as he pleaded guilty Friday to punching a man in the face in New Jersey. In entering the plea, Henry Stuckey told the judge that concussions he suffered during a five-year career as a defensive back w... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:22:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:22:00Z AP Explains: Why ex-NFL star's murder conviction was erased BOSTON (AP) — The ruling this week by a Massachusetts judge erasing the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who took his life in prison, has angered the victim's family and roiled prosecutors. It has also raised questions about how the legal principle on which the ruling was based is applied in Massachusetts and el... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:37:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:37:00Z Bears QB Mitch Trubisky makes solid impression as camp opens LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Mitch Trubisky showed off some skills at the first day of rookie camp with the Chicago Bears and they had nothing to do with performance on the field. The Bears traded up to draft Trubisky second overall, less than two months after signing Mike Glennon as a free agent to be their starter for the departed Jay Cutler. When Trubisky was draf... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:18:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:18:00Z Rudolph trying to overcame father's death, make Giants team EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A Florida State wide receiver who warmed hearts by sitting with an autistic school child at lunch last year is attempting to overcome his own adversity and make the New York Giants. It's not going to be easy for Travis Rudolph. His father was fatally shot in a freak accident at work in mid-April. The following weekend the juni... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:44:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:44:00Z Tom Brady the latest star on Madden game cover Now, Tom Brady truly has reached the pinnacle. At least in the eyes of his video game-loving son. To the joy of 9-year-old Jack Brady, the five-time Super Bowl champion will be the cover athlete for Madden 18 , following his Patriots teammate and buddy Rob Gronkowski. "I think it is very cool," Brady said. "I grew up not far from the he... Fri, 12 May 2017 14:12:00 GMT 2017-05-12T14:12:00Z Fiancee: Aaron Hernandez thought he was going to be freed BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez sounded as if he thought he would soon be freed in his last conversation with his fiancee before he killed himself. Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez says in an interview on "Dr. Phil" scheduled to air next week that he said "Daddy's going to be home ... I can't wait to hold you and love you" in a telephone conversation hours before h... Fri, 12 May 2017 13:11:00 GMT 2017-05-12T13:11:00Z NFL owners want to see Vegas stadium lease at May meetings LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and the public entity that oversees their proposed stadium in Las Vegas have a little over a week to agree on a conditional lease to avoid any delays on the team's relocation. Raiders President Marc Badain on Thursday said the lease agreement is on the agenda of the NFL league owners' meetings scheduled to begin later ... Fri, 12 May 2017 01:50:00 GMT 2017-05-12T01:50:00Z AP Source: WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement denied by NFL CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon won't be back in the NFL anytime soon. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Browns wide receiver has been denied reinstatement by the NFL. The person, speaking Thursday on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced publicly, says Gordon can reapply for reinstatement in the f... 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