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FILE - In this March 20, 2010, file photo, a ball flicks through the net in front of the NCAA logo on the marquis during an NCAA college basketball practice in Pittsburgh. Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday, Sept. 30, that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
October 02, 2019 - 4:52 pm
A new California state law could force the NCAA to make a big change to its rules for amateurism. How is that going to work? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast presented by Regions Bank, Andy Staples joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the ramifications of the Fair Pay to Play Act...
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October 02, 2019 - 2:39 pm
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — William V. Bidwill, who owned the NFL’s Cardinals franchise in three cities, has died. He was 88. The team announced that Bidwill passed away Wednesday. A cause of death wasn’t immediately given. Reviled by fans at times for what they perceived to be his penny-pinching ways,...
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. The Saints won 12-10. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
October 01, 2019 - 5:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first week of the fall season had NBC feeling like must-see TV again. The network that dominated prime time in the 1980s and 1990s won the week in total viewers for the first time in 18 years with an average evening audience of 7.5 million. NBC won on the back of the NFL,...
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Mason Rudolph during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Tom Puskar)
September 30, 2019 - 11:18 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mason Rudolph threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns to pick up his first victory while filling in for Ben Roethlisberger as the Pittsburgh Steelers easily handled the Cincinnati Bengals 27-3 on Monday night. Rudolph completed 24 of 28 passes, most of them quick hitters that...
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Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) speaks with Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) after his helmet-to-helmet hit on Doyle during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Burfict has been suspended for the rest of the season for the hit. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
September 30, 2019 - 7:13 pm
Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended Monday for the rest of the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle that is the most severe punishment in NFL history for an on-field infraction. Burfict will miss the final 12 games of the season and any...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, center, and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) grab each other during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens wants more consistent NFL officiating after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was choked during Sunday’s game. Beckham got into a skirmish with Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who pinned the three-time Pro Bowler and had his hands around his neck before being pulled away. Both players were assessed personal fouls, but neither was ejected. Kitchens said he planned to reach out to the league about that situation in particular and officiating evenness in general. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 30, 2019 - 6:41 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has Odell Beckham's back. He's more worried the NFL protecting the star's neck. Kitchens said Monday that he wishes the league's officials were more consistent calling penalties in the aftermath of Beckham being choked by Ravens cornerback Marlon...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2013, file photo, an athlete jumps near the NCAA logo during practice for a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Austin, Texas. Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday, Sept. 30, that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
September 30, 2019 - 5:45 pm
The NCAA and the billion-dollar enterprise that is big-time college sports have been facing targeted attacks on amateurism rules for more than a decade. Each one threatened to bring down the governing body and fundamentally change college sports forever. The NCAA has lost court cases, made...
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New Orleans Saints strong safety Vonn Bell (24) celebrates a fumble recovery in the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
September 30, 2019 - 2:55 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Marcus Williams came down with an interception to seal the Saints' triumph over previously unbeaten Dallas, injured quarterback Drew Brees ran to rookie C.J. Gardner-Johnson to offer a congratulatory hug and tap on the helmet for the defensive back's role in rushing Dak...
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Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo (4) celebrates with teammate holder Logan Cooke (9) after making a game-winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
September 29, 2019 - 10:28 pm
DENVER (AP) — Neither Leonard Fournette's lingering frustration or Jacksonville's long drought without a 100-yard rusher showed any sign of abating Sunday when the Jaguars fell behind Denver by two touchdowns and Von Miller was celebrating his 100th career sack. Fournette never lost faith and...
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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) scrambles away from Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) during the half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
September 29, 2019 - 9:54 pm
Only four weeks into the regular season and it's already been a rough time health-wise for several NFL starting quarterbacks. The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow injury. The Saints' Drew Brees is out several weeks with a thumb injury. The Panthers' Cam Newton has a...
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