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  • Players who need to finally show their worth in 2015

    Alshon Jeffery proved himself last year as a prime target in Chicago. Everson Griffen showed his stuff as a sackmaster in Minnesota. Both moved from the “show us what you’ve got” category to Pro Bowl…

  • Early retirement: players call it quits in prime of careers

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate…

  • Wednesday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL Major League Baseball OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL — Suspended New York Yankees RHPs Anderson Acevedo, Anthoniris Santana and Carlos Santana (DSL) 72 games each after positive tests for metabolites of Stanozolol in…

  • Wednesday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL Major League Baseball OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL — Suspended New York Yankees RHPs Anderson Acevedo, Anthoniris Santana and Carlos Santana (DSL) 72 games each after positive tests for metabolites of Stanozolol in…

  • Brady fights on, files lawsuit to stop suspension

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I…

  • GM Loomis: Saints equipped to overcome offseason setbacks

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis doesn’t buy the notion that the uncertainly surrounding his club at the opening of training camp this year has reached some unusual…

  • With new hip, Jerry Jones sees pep in step of his Cowboys

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Barely a week removed from hip replacement surgery, Jerry Jones eased into a chair for the training camp tradition he didn’t want to miss: the Dallas owner’s annual overview of the…

  • High expectations apparent as Buffalo Bills set to open camp

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams sensed a difference upon reporting for his 10th training camp. The Bills have a new brash and outspoken coach in Rex Ryan, deep-pocketed new owners…

  • Receiver Martavis Bryant eyeing bigger role for Steelers

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger looked to his left, turned to his right and sent a 50-yard rainbow down the sideline. Martavis Bryant — his No. 10 jersey a white blur — raced under…

  • Chicago Bears open first camp under Pace, Fox

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — For all the moves the Chicago Bears made after last season, hiring general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox, one change that stands out to Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long…

  • Redskins, LB Kerrigan agree to multi-year contract extension

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Now that he has a multiyear contract extension, Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan realizes he’ll be expected to take on more of a leadership role. Just not a loud one. “I…

  • Dolphins’ Parker, Jones on physically unable to perform list

    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have placed first-round draft pick DeVante Parker as well as safety Don Jones on the physically unable to perform list. The Dolphins also announced Wednesday they have placed tight…

  • The Latest: Brady and players’ union file lawsuit again NFL

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Tom Brady is asking a federal judge in Minnesota…

  • Browns motivated by lack of national respect

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Everywhere he’s looked, Browns coach Mike Pettine has seen his team picked to finish no higher than fourth in the brutal, four-team AFC North. “I saw one that had us fifth,”…

  • Jags place running back Johnson on non-football illness list

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed running back Storm Johnson on the active/non-football illness list, a potential setback to his chances of making the team. A seventh-round draft pick in 2014, Johnson…