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FILE - At left, in a May 18, 2012, file photo, Vince McMahon is shown at the Republican state convention in Hartford, Conn. At right, in a Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck makes comments during a news conference in Arlington, Texas. The XFL has reached multiyear agreements with ESPN and Fox Sports to broadcast its games beginning in 2020. The league also announced Monday, May 6, 2019, that its season will start Feb. 8, the weekend after the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl. This is the second time Vince McMahon has launched a football league. (AP Photo/File)
May 09, 2019 - 11:46 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oliver Luck has noted that there is a graveyard full of tombstones for spring professional football leagues going back more than 40 years. That graveyard filled a plot two months ago when the Alliance of American Football folded eight weeks into its inaugural season, but the XFL...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, New Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper answers a question during a news conference at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The South Carolina Senate appears to be preparing for a key vote on whether to give the Carolina Panthers tax breaks and incentives to move their practice fields out of South Carolina. State Sen. Dick Harpootlian removed his objection on the bill Tuesday, May 7, 2019, so it could come to a vote. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
May 08, 2019 - 1:30 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With a proposal that would offer tax breaks to entice the Carolina Panthers to move their practice fields to South Carolina going down to the wire, owner David Tepper said he is fine with leaving them in North Carolina if he can't get any public help. Tepper said his idea to...
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Attorney Gene Locks, who represents many former NFL players, walks from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia after a hearing, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The NFL concussion fund has paid out $485 million since 2017, but some players lawyers, including Locks, told a federal judge in Philadelphia on Tuesday that there aren't enough doctors in the fund's network to diagnose dementia cases. They oppose a rule to require that players be evaluated by doctors within 150 miles of home to prevent "doctor shopping." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
May 07, 2019 - 1:01 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL concussion fund has paid out nearly $500 million in its first two years, but some players' lawyers say there aren't enough doctors in the approved network to evaluate dementia claims. They went to court Tuesday to oppose a rule to require retired players to be tested by...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Christian Dawkins arrives at federal court in New York. A jury began deliberating on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the trial of Dawkins, a business manager, and youth basketball coach Merl Code, both accused of secretly bribing assistant college basketball coaches. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 06, 2019 - 2:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury began deliberating on Monday at the trial of a business manager and another defendant accused of secretly bribing assistant college basketball coaches. The deliberations in federal court in Manhattan followed closing arguments by lawyers for Christian Dawkins and youth...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Christian Dawkins arrives at federal court in New York. A jury began deliberating on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the trial of Dawkins, a business manager, and youth basketball coach Merl Code, both accused of secretly bribing assistant college basketball coaches. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 01, 2019 - 2:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A former aspiring business manager for NBA players took the witness stand at a college basketball bribery trial Wednesday to deny charges that he paid off coaches at major programs to get their help in landing clients with potential for lucrative pro contracts. "I never paid a coach...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Duke forward Zion Williamson warms up before the start of an NCAA men's East Regional final college basketball game against Michigan State, in Washington. The player widely projected to be the NBA draft’s top overall pick came up at a college basketball corruption trial as jurors heard a recording of a Clemson coach who seemed eager for help recruiting him. The charismatic Zion Williamson played one year at Duke before entering the draft scheduled for June. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
April 25, 2019 - 2:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The player widely projected to be the NBA draft's top overall pick came up at a college basketball corruption trial Thursday as jurors heard a recording of a Clemson coach who seemed eager for help from an aspiring agent. The charismatic Zion Williamson played one year at Duke...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews smiles at a press conference in Toronto. Auston Matthews could soon wear the “C” as the long-term captain in Toronto. But he also got razzed by his Maple Leafs teammates for doing a stylish GQ fashion photo shoot. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
April 24, 2019 - 8:41 am
Connor McDavid is eager to shrug off personal stats, awards and achievements and put the focus on his team in Edmonton. Yet there he is on the cover of a video game or in a commercial for a bank. Auston Matthews is the face of the franchise in Toronto. But he also got razzed by his Maple Leafs...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Christian Dawkins arrives at federal court in New York. A prosecutor says greed led a fledgling manager of basketball players to bribe college coaches but defense lawyers say it was all an FBI setup. The characterizations came during opening statements Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in the second trial to result from a prosecution that has exposed a seedy side of college basketball recruitment. On trial are business manager Christian Dawkins and ex-amateur league director Merl Code. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
April 23, 2019 - 11:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A scandal in which college basketball coaches were bribed to steer NBA-bound players to favored agents and money managers was motivated by greed, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday — before defense lawyers criticized the case as an FBI-led setup. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eli Mark said...
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April 22, 2019 - 3:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury was selected Monday to hear evidence in the trial of an aspiring agent and a former amateur coach charged with bribing big-school coaches to boost their business prospects with amateur basketball players. Opening statements by lawyers were scheduled to occur Tuesday morning...
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Jake Sheehan, 9, wears an Akron RubberDucks cap as he watches a minor league baseball game between Akron and the Bowie Baysox, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. For Akron, whose history is intertwined with the rubber industry’s, “a tough, gritty duck that’s really got that blue-collar ethos to it” was an ideal choice to rebrand, for both adults and kids. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 22, 2019 - 7:37 am
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — On a spring evening in eastern Pennsylvania, upon a bluff overlooking the Lehigh Valley, a carnival of baseball and pork products is at hand. From loudspeakers, swine-like sounds reverberate. Vendors roam the stands in clothing festooned with outsized strips of bacon. And yes...
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