Former Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy speaks with U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, after a forum with House Democrats on head injuries in football Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Levy told members of Congress that most NFL players still don't understand the risk of chronic brain disease from the routine hits that occur on every play. (AP Photo/Ben Nuckols)
October 13, 2017 - 2:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents should be informed before they sign up their kids to play football that the sport can cause long-term neurological damage, even to players who don't have obvious concussion symptoms, NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson told a congressional panel on Friday. Carson, other former...
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Weekly Associated Press position rankings for the 2017 season
October 13, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders has been voted the top defensive end in the NFL by an Associated Press panel. Mack received seven first-place votes and a total of 101 points in the poll released Friday. He was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season and already has 34 sacks in only...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Garth Brooks, winner of the award for entertainer of the year, poses in the press room at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Fans at the first big concert at Atlanta’s gleaming new sports arena say a screeching sound made it impossible to hear Garth Brooks’ lyrics, even though they knew all the words to his songs. WSB-TV reports some fans left Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 show early. Others are asking for refunds. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
October 13, 2017 - 12:10 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Fans at the first big concert at Atlanta's gleaming new sports arena say a screeching sound made it impossible to hear country music star Garth Brooks' lyrics — even though they knew all the words to his songs. Some fans left Thursday night's show early, WSB-TV reported . Others are...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak to the 2017 Value Voters Summit, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 13, 2017 - 11:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump assured a high-profile gathering of Christian conservatives on Friday that his administration will defend religious organizations, promising a return to traditional American values while again subtly stoking the fire he helped ignite over NFL players...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley looks on from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor, in Waco, Texas. Lincoln Riley and Tom Herman haves stepped up their roles in the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
October 13, 2017 - 10:42 am
DALLAS (AP) — Before Maryland, or San Jose State, or Southern California, or Iowa State, or Kansas State, the Texas Longhorns had a countdown clock in their locker room. For the Oklahoma game. Tom Herman might be new to the rivalry as a head coach, but the former Texas assistant is acting like a...
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FILE - From left, in Aug. 16, 2017, file photos, University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, University of North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham, University of North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, University of North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora and University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell arrive at an NCAA hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Three people with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, that the NCAA infractions panel handling North Carolina’s multi-year academic case plans to release its report Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
October 13, 2017 - 9:55 am
North Carolina has avoided major penalties after an NCAA infractions committee panel "could not conclude" there were academic violations in the multi-year case focused on irregular courses. In a report released Friday morning, the panel said it found only two violations out of five charges the...
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October 13, 2017 - 7:40 am
Safety Rafael Bush joined Deke Bellavia for Thursday night's Saints Players Show at Hooters in Metairie. Bush started off by discussing the team's defensive improvements from their 0-2 start to their next two games, both victories. "It was just simplicity," Bush said, "making it easier. We've got a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) runs around Kansas State defensive back Denzel Goolsby (20) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Austin, Texas. With a tough running style that break tackles and drives defensive backs to the ground, Texas freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger is sending a message to rival Oklahoma: these Longhorns are tougher than Texas teams of recent past past. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
October 13, 2017 - 2:10 am
This weekend in college football could go a few ways. With no games pitting ranked teams, it is possible this could be a ho-hum couple of days. Or maybe it could be littered with upsets that reshape the College Football Playoff race. Plus, some games have intrigue no matter the records or the...
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Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) and Kawann Short (99) wear a #51 decal on their helmets as they warm up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The 51 is in honor of former Carolina Panthers linebacker and coach Sam Mills, who died of cancer. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
October 13, 2017 - 12:04 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly is back in the concussion protocol. And that could leave a big hole at the heart of the Panthers' defense. Kuechly left the Panthers' 28-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half Thursday night after taking a hit near...
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Philadelphia Eagles' Nelson Agholor (13) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Carolina Panthers with quarterback Carson Wentz (11) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
October 12, 2017 - 11:55 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carson Wentz said he saw some things from the Carolina Panthers he hadn't seen on film leading to three first-half sacks and plenty of pressure. It didn't bother the Philadelphia Eagles' second-year quarterback. Wentz came up big in a huge game, throwing for 222 yards and...
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