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17 April, 2018

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Wentz on Mend, Not About to Change Style

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz took another step forward in his recovery from knee surgery when he began his running program. Wentz said Tuesday that he does not have a definitive timetable for his rehab but "the goal" remains to be under center for Week 1, according to NJ.com.
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RB Howard Told he's Staying with Bears

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Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard apparently is no longer on the trade market. Howard said his agent, Adisa Bakari, was told by the Bears that he will be staying in the Windy City, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.
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More Fuel, Biometric Gloves for F1 Next Season

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More fuel and biometric gloves for drivers were two of the changes agreed by Formula One's ruling body the FIA on Tuesday for the 2019 season. The new gloves are designed to improve safety and give medical staff a better picture of a driver's condition after accidents.
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Ravens S Weddle Lobbying for Dez

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Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle threw his hat in the ring in a bid to recruit free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant. Weddle told reporters on Tuesday that he reached out to Bryant, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys last week.
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Landry: Beckham Jr. Staying with Giants

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Odell Beckham Jr. will remain with the New York Giants for at least another season, according to fellow wide receiver and former LSU roommate Jarvis Landry. Landry reportedly lobbied his new team, the Cleveland Browns, to pursue Beckham when the Giants were listening to trade offers on the three-time Pro Bowl selection.
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Reports: Bucs Pick Up Fifth-year Option on Winston

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jameis Winston for the 2019 season, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday. Winston, who was the top overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, will earn $20.922 million. The deadline for teams to declare the fifth-year option for players in that draft class is…
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Report: Rodgers Irked by Packers' Lack of Communication

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has grown frustrated with the organization over a lack of communication following a pair of offseason personnel moves, according to a published report. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that Rodgers was not in favor of the team replacing quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and releasing wide receiver Jordy Nelson.…
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WR Bryant on Playing with Giants: "That'd be Crazy"

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Wide receiver Dez Bryant made his intentions known that he'd like to play in the NFC East shortly after being released by the Dallas Cowboys last week. Well, the New York Giants play in that division, and Bryant was asked about that club during an interview with Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "The…
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Seven-time Pro Bowl C Mangold to Retire with Jets

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Nick Mangold has played his last snap in the NFL. A seven-time Pro Bowl center, Mangold announced on Tuesday that he'll sign a one-day contract with the New York Jets next week so he can retire as a member of the organization. "I DECLARE RETIREMENNNTTTTTTT!" Mangold wrote on Twitter. "... Thank you to all! J! E!…
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Japan Hails School Clerk who Won Boston Marathon

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Japan on Tuesday hailed local school clerk Yuki Kawauchi, the surprise winner of the Boston Marathon, who called work after his victory to ask for an extra day off to celebrate. When Kawauchi ploughed across the finish line on Monday, despite the coldest start in 30 years and steady rain, he became the first Japanese runner…
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Avalanche Bury Predators in Game 3

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Nathan MacKinnon scored twice as Colorado hit back to beat Nashville 5-3 in game three of their Stanley Cup playoff series on Monday. The Avalanche were desperate for victory after the Predators won the first two games of the series to raise the prospect of a sweep. Colorado had endured a 12-game losing streak to last…
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Durant, Thompson Star as Warriors Sink Spurs

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Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson produced 30-point games as the Golden State Warriors took a stranglehold on their Western Conference playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs with a 116-101 victory on Monday. The Warriors moved into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after overcoming a determined Spurs team determined to bounce back after being…
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Wade on Fire as Heat Burn 76ers

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Dwyane Wade rolled back the years with a vintage performance as the Miami Heat ended Philadelphia's 17-game winning streak to level their Eastern Conference playoff series on Monday. The 36-year-old Wade scored 28 points in 25 minutes from the bench as Miami stunned the 76ers' home crowd into silence with a 113-103 victory. It was a…
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26 March, 2018

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Zeke Upshaw Dies Following In-game Collapse

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Zeke Upshaw, a player with the NBA's G League team the Grand Rapids Drive, died Monday after collapsing during a game over the weekend. He was 26. "After continued efforts from the medical team at Spectrum Health, Zeke made his transition at 11:16 am.
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WR Nelson Considered Pay Cut to Stay with Packers

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Jordy Nelson confirmed during a radio interview on Monday that he considered taking a significant pay cut to remain with the Green Bay Packers. During an appearance on the "Wilde & Tausch Show" on ESPN Milwaukee radio, he considered the reduction in salary until he met with Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst.
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Reports: Cowboys WR Williams Recovering from Broken Foot

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams suffered a broken foot, according to multiple media outlets on Monday, and he could miss a portion of offseason activities next month. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters at the owner's meetings in Orlando, Fla., that Williams was injured but did not disclose the nature of the injury.
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Odds Favor Villanova-Michigan Title Game

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The 2018 NCAA Tournament will come down to three of the nation’s top-ranked teams and one of the most memorable Cinderella stories in March Madness history. No.1 Villanova, No.1 Kansas, No.3 Michigan and No.11 Loyola-Chicago will compete in the Final Four for college basketball’s top prize.
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Report: Eagles DE Long Commits to Playing in 2018

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Defensive end Chris Long is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles after spending part of the offseason contemplating retirement. According to a tweet by Adam Caplan of SiriusXM on Monday, Long informed the Eagles he plans on returning for the 2018 season.
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Beckham Will Not Play Without Contract Extension

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The contentious relationship between the New York Giants and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continued Monday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Beckham would not suit up for the Giants or anyone else until he gets the contract he feels he deserves. "Odell Beckham is not going to set foot on the field without a new…
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Cowboys Bolster Offensive Line with Two Signings

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The Dallas Cowboys added two offensive linemen on Monday, when they announced the signing of free-agent tackle Cameron Fleming and the re-signing of Joe Looney to a two-year contract. Fleming has spent the past four seasons with the Patriots since the team selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Stanford. The…
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Giants, Beckham may be Headed to Standoff

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The New York Giants and wide receiver Odell Beckham could be headed to a standoff. Beckham, in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, "will not set foot on a field without a new contract," according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday morning. This comes a day after co-owner John…
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Sister Jean Is Sending Up Prayers for Her Team's Success

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She's 98 years old. And this spunky nun has become the face of college basketball, as The Guardian put it: "And the sport is probably all the better for it." Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt is chaplain for the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers, a team that has now made it into the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament…
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Iranian MP Blasts Soccer Player who Played Against 'Zionists'

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A lawmaker in Iran on Sunday slammed the local sports federation for allowing star soccer player Masoud Shojaei to return to the international squad despite appearing against an Israeli team last year, AFP reported. Shojaei, the 33-year-old national team captain, and teammate Ehsan Haji Safi were criticized in Iran after they appeared for their Greek club…
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Children with Disabilities Play Football with NFL Players

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On Sunday, a group of football players from the US National Football League (NFL), came for a special visit to Shalva in Jerusalem. The delegation consisted of some 30 leading football players, past and present, including several who wore Super Bowl rings. Included were Tyson Alualu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Don Carey of the Jacksonville…
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Stung Mercedes Vows to Bounce Back After 'One that got Away'

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Mercedes have vowed to bounce back in Bahrain next month after throwing away Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix to Ferrari, with team boss Toto Wolff admitting it was tough to take. Sebastian Vettel got the jump on world champion Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes blundered their calculations on the Ferrari ace's pit stop under Virtual Safety Car…
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Celtics, Rozier Take Aim at Suns

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PHOENIX -- With Kyrie Irving expected to miss at least three weeks, Boston needed someone to step up. Terry Rozier, come on down. Rozier, who has made six starts in place of Irving, had the best game of his career on Sunday when he scored 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting and made eight 3-pointers -- one…
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