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The NFL Logo is seen on the field before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mat Otero)

Report: NFL racial hiring up, women hires lagging

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NFL set an all-time high for its racial hiring practices, yet continues to struggle with diversity in gender hiring at the team level. The annual report released Wednesday by The […]

09/17/2014

Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy waves to fans as he arrives for an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Panthers remove DE Greg Hardy from active roster

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have removed Greg Hardy from the team’s active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end’s domestic violence case is resolved. Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said Hardy will continue […]

09/17/2014

FILE - In tis July 25, 2011, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right, accompanied by NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, left, speaks during a news conference at the NFL Players Association in Washington. The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week. Under the new rules announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month. And of more immediate impact — this weekend — the new performance-enhancing drug policy the […]

09/17/2014

FILE - In this July 26, 2014, file photo,Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, stretches during NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Vikings have reversed course and placed star  Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, the team announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

After making ‘mistake,’ Vikings bench RB Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team “made a mistake” in bringing back its superstar following his indictment on a […]

09/17/2014

The Anheuser-Busch St. Louis brewery. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)

Anheuser-Busch, Visa voice NFL disapproval

Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League’s recent actions but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising. Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that it has spoken with […]

09/16/2014

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) yells at teammate Julius Thomas during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

AP Pro32-Power Rankings

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 16, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point […]

09/16/2014

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon rests during practice at the NFL football team's training campin Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

DA: Josh Gordon gets probation in DWI case in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A prosecutor said Tuesday that suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina. Acting Wake […]

09/16/2014

FILE - This April 25, 2014 file photo shows singer Rihanna watching Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors in New York. CBS said Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna's voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts _ after the singer issued a profane tweet about it. A portion of Jay-Z's "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna was cut out of last Thursday's game because the network was covering the controversy over Rice's assault of his then-fiancee. CBS had planned to use the song Thursday and for the rest of the season, but Rihanna tweeted her objections. CBS issued a statement saying that it was "moving in a different direction" with different theme music. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

CBS: Rihanna out of NFL telecast

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL. The network said Tuesday it was permanently […]

09/16/2014

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens football player  Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay Palmer, as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. Banter by two "Fox & Friends" hosts about video showing Rice hitting his then future wife is under fire. The hosts, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocey, made their on-air comments Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, while discussing newly released elevator video showing Rice hitting Janay Palmer in February. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Program that accepted Rice rare in domestic cases

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice entered after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases — but whether that means […]

09/16/2014

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr runs with the ball in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

Raiders embarrassed after 0-2 start

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — After an offseason overhaul that brought on board veteran players with playoff pedigrees, the Oakland Raiders were optimistic for a turnaround after back-to-back four-win seasons. After just two games, that optimism […]

09/15/2014

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