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  • Iowa DB Malik Rucker to leave program

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Malik Rucker is leaving the program. The Hawkeyes announced Tuesday that they have honored Rucker’s request to be released from his scholarship so he can transfer to…

  • Cactus Bowl to move back to Phoenix’s Chase Field

    PHOENIX (AP) — Due to construction work at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, the Cactus Bowl will be played for the next three years at Chase Field in Phoenix, home of baseball’s Arizona…

  • Harvard pass rusher moves to head of Colts’ free agent class

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Colts have signed 15 undrafted rookies, including Harvard linebacker Zachary Hodges, the 2013 Ivy League defensive player of the year. The other signees, announced Monday, are Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett;…

  • Clemson quarterback Watson on track for full recovery

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson believes he won’t miss a beat despite sitting out all spring after knee ligament surgery. And the Tigers most dynamic player insists he’ll return at full speed…

  • No bluffing: Cowboys stick with defense as draft closes

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn’t bluffing when he said getting a running back wouldn’t be a top priority in the draft, even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing…

  • 49ers fortify offense on third day of draft

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — After addressing defense during the first two days of the NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers turned to offense Saturday. The 49ers used six of their seven picks on the…

  • Auburn dismisses defensive end Elijah Daniel after arrest

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has dismissed defensive end Elijah Daniel from the team, three days after the player’s arrest. Malzahn announced the decision Saturday in a brief statement. Auburn police arrested…

  • Broncos stick with theme of toughness, athleticism

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Grouching that the Denver Broncos hadn’t gone out “kicking and screaming” in the playoffs the last three seasons, John Elway set out to toughen up a team that featured 11 Pro…

  • Coach Quinn believes 1st NFL draft with Falcons a success

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — General manager Thomas Dimitroff and new coach Dan Quinn say the Atlanta Falcons got exactly what they were looking for on the last day of the NFL draft. “We stayed…

  • Saints take 3 more defensive players on draft’s last day

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season. The Saints,…

  • New Falcons defensive tackle Jarrett escapes house fire

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — New Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had a major scare while he waited for his name to be called in the NFL draft Friday night. Jarrett, picked by Atlanta in…

  • Giants gamble on depth and insurance with final draft picks

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Though Mykkele Thompson, Geremy Davis, and Bobby Hart aren’t high-profile players, the Giants’ final three draft choices fit their initial goals of getting bigger, faster, and stronger, according to general…

  • Steelers go heavy on defense in final day of NFL draft

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North last season almost in spite of a defense that couldn’t get to the quarterback or the ball with any regularity. Rather than splurge in free…

  • Bucs use 6 of 7 draft picks to bolster sputtering offense

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Once the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided they were comfortable with Jameis Winston becoming their quarterback, the rest of the NFL draft was about improving his chances of being successful. Even the…

  • Bears focus on help for Cutler despite needs on defense

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — With four offensive players out of six picks, this hardly seemed like a draft by the Monsters of the Midway. Still, no one can accuse new Chicago Bears general manager…