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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019 file photo, Oakland Raiders' Antonio Brown smiles before stretching during NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif. Brown was released by the Raiders, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 08, 2019 - 9:37 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders once again head into a season opener having just cut ties with their most talented player. A year after dealing star pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago a week before the opener, the Raiders released disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown two days before...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019 file photo, Oakland Raiders' Antonio Brown smiles before stretching during NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif. Brown was released by the Raiders, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 07, 2019 - 5:36 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Randy Moss. Josh Gordon. And now Antonio Brown. A dozen years after Bill Belichick took a chance on Moss when the talented but troubled diva had worn out his welcome in Oakland, the Patriots picked up Brown on Saturday hours after he was released by the Raiders without ever...
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Cleveland Indians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 07, 2019 - 4:13 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 60 games on Saturday for taking a diuretic, a big blow to the rotation of a first-place team heading toward the postseason. Major League Baseball said Pineda tested positive for the banned substance and the penalty takes...
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FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs after a catch during their NFL training camp football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. For Julio Jones, it's just business as usual _ even as he closes in on a huge new contract with the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
September 07, 2019 - 1:47 pm
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — One day before the season opener, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones finally got his long-awaited contract extension Saturday, agreeing to a three-year, $66 million deal. The extension is nearly fully guaranteed when he signs. It locks in Jones through the 2023 season...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, photo, 10-year-old twin brothers Ryan left, and Jack Ykoruk, play in the Lincoln Financial Field sensory room before a preseason NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
September 07, 2019 - 9:42 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If the chorus of "Fly! Eagles! Fly!" or "E-A-G-L-E-S" chants become too overwhelming for fans with sensory needs at Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Eagles took a big step to make sure those fans don't have to leave the event. The Eagles partnered with Children's...
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi, right, holds the award of UEFA Champions League forward of the season 2018/19 as he poses with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 07, 2019 - 6:53 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's club president has confirmed that Lionel Messi would have the right to leave the club at the end of this season, as stipulated in his contract. Spanish newspaper El País reported Thursday that Messi's current contract with Barcelona includes the option for the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders' Antonio Brown walks off the field after NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif. Coach Jon Gruden says star receiver Antonio Brown is back with the team and is expected to play the season opener on Monday, after a run-in with general manager Mike Mayock put him in jeopardy of being suspended. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 06, 2019 - 8:23 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Star receiver Antonio Brown returned to the Oakland Raiders on Friday after a one-day absence and is set to play the season opener after apologizing following a run-in with general manager Mike Mayock that had put him in jeopardy of being suspended. "I'm excited to be out...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Skaggs died from a toxic mix of the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in an accidental overdose, a medical examiner in Texas ruled in a report released Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
September 06, 2019 - 4:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' association will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series...
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) looks on from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Washington. Thornton is coming back for another season at age 40, signing a one-year, $2 million contract with the Sharks on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, after briefly contemplating retirement at the end of this past season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 06, 2019 - 1:58 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton is coming back for another season at age 40, signing a one-year, $2 million contract with the San Jose Sharks on Friday after briefly contemplating retirement at the end of last season. Thornton decided in the offseason that he wasn't ready to hang it up after...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay, as they arrive at the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games after he was charged with third-degree aggravated assault for hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator in Atlantic City. The couple married a month later. Rice was cut by the Ravens in September 2014 after a video emerged showing him knocking her unconscious and dragging her from the elevator. Goodell then suspended Rice indefinitely and the league implemented its new policy. Rice pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and applied to a program for first-time offenders. A neutral arbitrator vacated Rice's suspension in November but the three-time Pro Bowl pick hasn't played in the league again. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
September 06, 2019 - 1:20 pm
The NFL got tougher on players charged with domestic violence after mishandling Ray Rice's case five years ago. Still, some don't think the league is tough enough considering a disturbing wave of incidents since Rice's domestic abuse case motivated the league to institute new discipline policies...
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