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  • Bowles: Jets’ QB competition is on, but it’s Smith’s to lose

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets will have a quarterback competition, after all. Well, sort of. After some headline-making comments by offensive coordinator Chan Gailey caused some confusion and controversy last week,…

  • Coach says Peterson can play for Vikings or not play at all

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson has spent the last five months sending vague and sometimes ambiguous messages about his desire or lack thereof to remain with the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Mike Zimmer cut…

  • For Bears chairman, plenty to second guess in McDonald case

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said Wednesday he has repeatedly second-guessed his decision to approve the Ray McDonald signing and asked himself what he could have done differently. McDonald was…

  • Bills GM tells AP he’s had initial talks to re-sign Dareus

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills general manager Doug Whaley says re-signing Marcell Dareus is his team’s top priority, and he’s already had preliminary contract talks in a bid to lock up the two-time Pro…

  • “Hard Knocks” coming to Houston

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans will be the stars of this season of “Hard Knocks.” The popular HBO reality series picks one team each season to follow during training camp. This year, viewers will…

  • Indianapolis signs 1st-round draft pick Phillip Dorsett

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Colts have signed their top draft pick, receiver Phillip Dorsett of Miami. Team officials did not announce terms. But in the rookie cap’s slotting process, Dorsett’s four-year deal should fit between…

  • Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on Deflategate

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Robert Kraft made his first public remarks in eight days, but said nothing about the Patriots deflated footballs scandal. The club owner spoke for 80 seconds Wednesday at a ceremony to…

  • Veteran back Williams ready for next act with Steelers

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — DeAngelo Williams wants to get something straight. Yes, the longtime running back came to Pittsburgh in the offseason to give the Steelers a much-needed influx of depth behind All-Pro Le’Veon Bell. Just…

  • McClain joins Bryant on offseason missing list for Cowboys

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Receiver Dez Bryant hasn’t been part of the offseason with the Cowboys as expected because of his contract situation. Now linebacker Rolando McClain could miss most of spring workouts recovering from…

  • Antonio Smith absent from Broncos OTAs amid criminal probe

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Defensive end Antonio Smith is absent from the Denver Broncos’ organized team activities while prosecutors in Texas investigate a criminal sexual complaint against him. Smith met with general manager John Elway,…

  • Before arrest, 911 caller says NFL player Ray McDonald drunk

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 911 caller says NFL defensive end Ray McDonald is drunk in a recording that led to his arrest on suspicion of assaulting a woman holding the couple’s baby at his…

  • Better than ever, LeBron leads Cavaliers into NBA Finals

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Escorted by family members and friends, LeBron James walked out of Quicken Loans Arena cradling his sleepy youngest son with his left arm while clutching an expensive bottle of champagne in his…

  • Redskins start anew on Day 1 of OTAs

    ASHBURN, Va. — The Redskins began their first session of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday without some key pieces. Those missing included linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (knee surgery), offensive tackle Trent Williams and cornerback Tracy Porter (flight issues),…

  • 49ers QB Kaepernick apologizes for Houston storm post

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15. Kaepernick had posted on Twitter…

  • QB Christian Ponder makes most of opportunity with Raiders

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — After spending last season mired on the bench in Minnesota, Christian Ponder is happy for any chance he gets to work with the first-team offense. Even if that chance only comes…