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Vick: Goodell doesn't deserve to lose his job
New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick, who was on the receiving end of Roger Goodell's justice seven years ago, defended the embattled NFL commissioner, saying Thursday that Goodell doesn't deserve to lose his job.

Anheuser-Busch contract includes out clause
If Anheuser-Busch wanted to drop its sponsorship of the NFL, it potentially could without penalty.

Coach K refutes Team USA gig benefits Duke
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the notion that coaching USA Basketball gives him a recruiting advantage is "utterly ridiculous."

FIFA tells officials to return $26,800 gift watches

White, Martin inactive for Bucs-Falcons tilt
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and running back Doug Martin were inactive for Thursday night's game in Atlanta.

Dwyer on reserve non-injury list; Rainey cut
The Arizona Cardinals put running back Jonathan Dwyer on reserve non-injury list

Hester sets NFL record with 20th return TD
Devin Hester of the Atlanta Falcons set an NFL record with the 20th touchdown return of his career when he brought back a second-quarter punt 62 yards for a TD against Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Shanahan: Using Manziel 'always an option'
The Cleveland Browns will always have a set of plays ready for Johnny Manziel to run, but whether they use play is decided during the game, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Bengals' Still thanks Payton for generosity
Devon Still and Sean Payton chatted for the first time Thursday morning on ESPN's Mike & Mike radio show since the Saints coach purchased 100 of the Bengals defensive tackle's jersey from the team's website, proceeds of which to pediatric cancer research.

Verizon stands by NFL, says time to educate
Verizon, the NFL's largest sponsor, will continue its endorsement of the league despite the surge in high-profile domestic violence incidents involving players.

Royal & Ancient to allow women as members
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews has voted overwhelmingly to admit female members for the first time.

Sherman: Not worried about 'little Chargers'
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman criticizes Chargers players who called him out after Sunday's game.

Peterson's mom: 'Not about abuse, but love'
The mother of Adrian Peterson came to his defense Wednesday in her first public comments since the running back's indictment for child abuse, saying he has six kids and "wants to be a good father to them all."

Texas QB Ash to end career after tough year
Longhorns quarterback David Ash has elected to end his football career after struggling with concussion symptoms for the past year.

Sources: Whitehead suspended for disrespect
Safety Jermaine Whitehead will not play for No. 5 Auburn on Thursday at No. 20 Kansas State due to a violation of team rules, according to reports.

FSU to bench Winston for half after obscenity
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after he was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus Tuesday.

Kaepernick to appeal $11K-plus language fine
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick maintained his stance Wednesday that he "didn't say anything" to warrant an unsportsmanlike penalty for inappropriate language in Sunday night's 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Wilson, Angels blank M's, claim AL West title
C.J. Wilson pitched seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer, and the Los Angeles Angels shut out the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Wednesday night and clinched the AL West title when the A's lost to the Rangers 6-1 an hour later.

Jeter ends 0-for-28 slump in win over Rays
Derek Jeter ended an 0-for-28 slump that was the second-worst of his career, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night.

Panthers' Hardy also placed on exempt list
Carolina Panthers star defensive end Greg Hardy has agreed to be placed on the NFL's exempt list.

Brees, Watt: Not all NFL players are brutes
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said Wednesday that NFL players shouldn't be negatively stereotyped in in the wake of recent scandals that have engulfed the league.

Vikings admit 'mistake' as Peterson barred
Admitting they "made a mistake," the Minnesota Vikings changed course Wednesday as running back Adrian Peterson was placed on the NFL's exempt list, barring him from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved.

Ex-Raven donates kidney to bro, ex-Steeler
Ma'ake and Chris Kemoeatu share a lifelong love of football, an alma mater and now, a pair of kidneys.

Welker feels great, is 'excited' to be back
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker said Wednesday he feels great physically and "excited, just really excited,'' to be back with the team.

Jackson: Injury or not, I'll play vs. Eagles
DeSean Jackson made it clear at the end of his press conference. Bad shoulder or not, the Washington Redskins receiver plans on playing Sunday's game against his former team at Philadelphia.

'NBA 2K15' edition drafts 3D face mapping
"NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game.

Longhorns, Wolverines to play in 2024, '27
With the matchup between college football's top two all-time wins leaders is on hold for the foreseeable future, the Michigan Wolverines have moved on to the next closest option.

MLB suspends umpire who grabbed Papelbon
Veteran umpire Joe West has been suspended one game without pay for grabbing Jonathan Papelbon's jersey during an altercation Sunday with the Philadelphia Phillies closer.

Arrest made in theft from Pacers star George
Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George.

NFL, union OK new PED policy, HGH testing
The NFL and its union announced agreement on "improvements" to the policy on performance enhancing drugs that includes testing for human growth hormone, neutral arbitration for appeals and will return three previously suspended players back to the field.

Nike suspends Peterson's endorsement deal
Nike has suspended its contract with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, announcing the decision Wednesday as part of a statement which also addressed the company's role as a partner with the NFL.

Colts' collapse costs bettor $100K payday
A $5 bet was poised to turn into a $100,000 payday before the Indianapolis Colts melted down Monday night.

Warner, Seau among 1st-year HOF nominees
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Girardi livid at Rays: Yanks 'not pincushions'
Following a loss that saw three New York Yankees ejected and the benches clear, a "pissed" Joe Girardi accused the Tampa Bay Rays of pitching inside incompetently.

LeBron unveils new shoe as Cavs camp nears
LeBron James had some business to take care of before rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp.

Browns' Gordon pleads guilty to DWI charge
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday.

DA sends Tony Stewart case to grand jury
A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR star Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of Kevin Ward Jr., a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

Source: NFL eyeing Kaepernick flag for talk
The NFL will determine whether San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was justifiably penalized for directing inappropriate language toward a Chicago Bears opponent in the team's Sunday night loss, according to a league source.

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