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    June 21-27 — Rookie symposium, Aurora, Ohio Aug. 8 — Hall of Fame inductions, Canton, Ohio Aug. 9 — Hall of Fame game, Canton, Ohio: Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh Sept. 10 — Regular season begins, Pittsburgh…

  • Friday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL American League HOUSTON ASTROS — Placed RHP Scott Feldman on the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Michael Feliz from Corpus Christi (Texas). MINNESOTA TWINS — Activated RHP Casey Fien from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP…

  • Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Shembo was charged after his then-girlfriend’s dog…

  • 49ers Bowman confident he’ll return to top form post-injury

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — NaVorro Bowman intercepted a pass in the end zone by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and even in a late May practice it meant plenty. Even with his speed not quite the…

  • Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of…

  • Friday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL American League HOUSTON ASTROS — Placed RHP Scott Feldman on the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Michael Feliz from Corpus Christi (Texas). MINNESOTA TWINS — Activated RHP Casey Fien from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP…

  • Browns waive long snapper Yount

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns waived veteran long snapper Christian Yount. The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL’s steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing…

  • Bills shuffle quarterbacks: Claim Matt Simms; cut Jeff Tuel

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their depth at quarterback by claiming Matt Simms and waiving Jeff Tuel. The Bills were awarded Simms on Friday, a day after he was cut…

  • Gino Gradkowski the anchor of Denver’s revamped O-line

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning will have four new offensive linemen working in front of him in 2015. With Ryan Clady (knee) going on IR Friday, right guard Louis Vasquez is Denver’s only starter…

  • Rams running back Trey Watts suspended for 4 games by NFL

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams reserve running back Trey Watts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Watts, a two-year veteran,…

  • Judge keeps court closed in Saints, Pelicans ownership row

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge denied a motion by media outlets who sought to open court for next week’s trial involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged heirs. Judge…

  • Matthews happy getting time at inside linebacker spot

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Clay Matthews said he’s happy with continuing to spend at least part of his time at inside linebacker. Whether the Green Bay Packers’ five-time Pro Bowl linebacker really likes the…

  • Adrian Peterson vents on Twitter about honoring contract

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson took to Twitter on Thursday to express his frustration over criticism he is receiving while staying away from the voluntary portion of Minnesota Vikings’ offseason. The former NFL MVP has…

  • Broncos LB Brandon Marshall recovering from foot surgery

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Brandon Marshall is putting his foot down — only not the right one, since there are two screws holding it together. That starting spot at inside linebacker for the Denver Broncos?…

  • Saints getting a first look at their defensive overhaul

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — An autograph-covered football commemorating the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl triumph last season now sits in cornerback Brandon Browner’s locker at the headquarters of his new NFL team, the New Orleans…