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Patriots owner Robert Kraft denies charges of soliciting prostitute

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is denying misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute. But police in Jupiter, Florida, say Kraft was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping center massage parlor. Police have not released details about the charges, filed as part of a six-month investigation of spas. Kraft, a 77-year-old billionaire, could face trouble with the National Football League. The NFL says it’s aware of the case and is monitoring.
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Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievances with NFL

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 11:24 p.m.

It remains unclear if the NFL admitted wrongdoing or how much money Reid, Kaepernick or others may have received. Considering the lost salary both players claimed and legal costs, the settlement could have climbed into the tens of millions of dollars.

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AP Source: Broncos to acquire Joe Flacco from Ravens

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 12:40 p.m.

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to trade veteran quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft. Flacco became expendable with the emergence of rookie Lamar Jackson in Baltimore. The Broncos are moving on from Case Keenum in their long quest to find a worthy successor to Peyton Manning.
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How many Kyler Murrays are out there in specialization era?

Kyler Murray has chosen football over baseball, at least for now. The Oakland Athletics selected Murray ninth overall in the Major League Baseball draft last June. He then went out and won the Heisman Trophy in his only year as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, declared for the NFL draft last month and picked the NFL over baseball this week. Few athletes have positioned themselves to have such dynamic options. And in this age of youth sports specialization, it may become rarer still.
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AP Source: Antonio Brown asks Steelers for trade

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 1:11 p.m.

Antonio Brown wants out of Pittsburgh. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver has asked the Steelers for a trade. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because any trade involving Brown cannot be completed until after the new league starts in March. Brown appeared to make his decision official in a social media post released on Instagram on Tuesday in which wrote it was “time to move on”
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AAF kicks off without kickoffs, but with SkyJudge

The new Alliance of American Football will kick off this weekend without kickoffs. There will be plenty of other differences between the latest football spring league and the NFL, including a SkyJudge who can instantly correct “obvious and egregious” officiating errors, like the one that marred the NFC Championship Game.
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Sean McVay, Jared Goff begin shaking off Rams’ loss, focusing on future

The Los Angeles Rams have plenty of offseason work to do in a short timeframe thanks to their run to the Super Bowl. Head coach Sean McVay must replace quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor. The NFC champions must make several tough decisions about the future of free agents including Ndamukong Suh, Dante Fowler and Lamarcus Joyner.
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Can Zac Taylor take long-suffering Bengals the next step?

Zac Taylor convinced the Bengals that he’s ready to be their head coach at a young age with little NFL coaching experience. Now he has to face another question: Can the 35-year-old coach take the Bengals to a place that his predecessors failed to reach? In the last 28 years, the Bengals have managed only seven winning seasons and no playoff victory.
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New coordinator, same offense for Marcus Mariota and Titans

Arthur Smith has worked for several head coaches, including four with the Tennessee Titans. He knows as well as anyone just how much turnover quarterback Marcus Mariota has dealt with in the NFL. Mariota will be working with his fourth offensive coordinator and fifth play-caller in his fifth NFL season. So Tennessee’s offense is staying the same to keep Mariota and his teammates from having to learn new terminology for plays and protections.
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What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title. A party atmosphere enveloped the city as fans clad in team garb packed sidewalks in the mild weather and stood on tiptoe for a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the team. Officials say Tuesday’s parade drew more than 1 million people.
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Arnie Stapleton: No love for the defense in Super Bowl 53

In a Super Bowl snoozer featuring a single touchdown by victorious New England and the high-scoring, newfangled, all-the-rage Los Angeles Rams managing a measly three points, the MVP trophy went to Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. Where’s the love for the defense?
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Bill Belichick/Tom Brady-led Patriots: Professional sports’ greatest dynasty?

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

The Patriots earned their sixth Super Bowl ring in 18 seasons on Sunday, extending a brilliant run that started in 2001 with head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as the team’s starting quarterback. To be this good for this long in a league with a salary cap is a remarkable accomplishment, one that certainly warrants the use of the word “dynasty.” It’s also appropriate to call the Belichick/Brady era one of the best sports dynasties of all time, regardless of league
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With wait over, Zac Taylor and Brian Flores become head coaches

After 16 years without a playoff win under Marvin Lewis, the Bengals decided to try something different. But they had to wait more than a month before hiring Zac Taylor as their next coach in hopes of ending a long streak of futility. Taylor’s already been in town enough to know the history.