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Former U.S. soldier says his friendly-fire shots might have killed Tillman

Football - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 23:50
(Reuters) - A former U.S. Army Ranger who was in the same platoon as ex-NFL player Pat Tillman has stated in a television interview that he believes he might have fired the shots that killed Tillman in a 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan. Steven Elliott, 33, told ESPN program "Outside the Lines" in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday that he regrets joining other soldiers in firing on the spot where Tillman had taken position during a chaotic incident in a mountainous area. Tillman gave up a multimillion dollar career as a defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals football team to enlist in the military in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks and served in the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, becoming one of the U.S. military's most high-profile service members.
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Man arrested in connection with ex-NFL star's murder trial

Football - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:54

Aaron Hernandez, former player for the NFL's New England Patriots football team, attends a pre-trial hearing at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverA man in Florida has been charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice in a gun-trafficking case linked to the murder trial of ex-National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, authorities said on Thursday. Oscar Hernandez, who is not related to former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, was arrested on Wednesday and will be brought to Massachusetts to face the charges, the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said in a statement. Aaron Hernandez has been in jail since June on charges he and two associates fatally shot semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd near his home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Authorities investigating Lloyd's murder found three guns that they determined were bought in Florida in April 2013.


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Atlanta awarded Major League Soccer expansion team

Football - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 17:15

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank in the NFL NFC Championship football game in AtlantaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Atlanta has landed a Major League Soccer expansion team that will play beginning in 2017 in the city's new open-air stadium downtown, officials announced on Wednesday. Arthur Blank, owner of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons team and a co-founder of Home Depot Inc. purchased the new franchise, which will be the league's 22nd team, he told reporters. "This is an exciting day for Atlanta," Blank said. It's been a dream of ours." The Georgia Dome, Atlanta's current downtown football stadium, is scheduled to be torn down and replaced in 2017 with a $1 billion open-air facility with a retractable roof.


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Factbox: Buildings under control of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine

Football - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:34
(Reuters) - The following buildings and strategic facilities under control of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine as of 1000 GMT on Monday April 14. ...
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49ers Smith detained at Los Angeles airport

Football - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:50

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, pictured in California on September 22, 2013, has been detained at an LA airport after he allegedly told police he had a bombSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been detained at a Los Angles airport after he allegedly told police he had a bomb, the US media reported. Police said in a statement Sunday that Smith was "being uncooperative with security personnel and stating he had a bomb." The 24-year-old was apparently then transported to the booking area of the airport, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The Mercury News said Smith was going through security screening when he was randomly chosen for a more thorough search which caused him to become "belligerent" with the airport officials.


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NFL player Aldon Smith arrested at Los Angeles airport

Football - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:28

Defensive end Aldon Smith of University of Missouri with NFL Commissioner Goodell after being selected seventh overall pick by 49ers in 2011 NFL football Draft in New York(Reuters) - Police at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday arrested a National Football League player from the San Francisco 49ers for making a false bomb threat to screeners, officials said. Aldon Smith, 24, had been randomly selected for a secondary screening at the airport by a Transportation Security Administration agent, airport police Sergeant Karla Ortiz said. When police talked to Smith at the gate he again became uncooperative and was taken into custody, Ortiz said. He was taken to the Los Angeles Police Department and booked on a charge of making a false report of a bomb threat, she said.


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A Minute With: Football's Arian Foster on acting and NFL draft

Football - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:35

Houston Texans running back Foster celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter of their NFL AFC wildcard playoff football game in HoustonBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Houston Texans running back Arian Foster tests his Hollywood acting skills on the big screen as a college football player waiting for his name to be called at the annual NFL draft in the film "Draft Day," which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. Foster, 27, a three-time Pro Bowl selection in his five-year pro career, is one of the sport's noted underdog success stories, having been passed over in the 2009 draft after playing at the University of Tennessee. Foster spoke with Reuters alongside his "Draft Day" co-star, Terry Crews, who played briefly in the NFL before turning to acting. Together they talked about the career transition for NFL players once they leave the game, the draft and their beefs with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, now facing pressure from athletes wanting to unionize.


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Two friends of ex-NFL star Hernandez charged with murder

Football - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:59
Two associates of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who is in jail awaiting trial on murder and weapons charges, have also been charged with murder in the case, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. A grand jury indicted Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace on Friday in connection with the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was shot five times at close range, in North Attleboro. Hernandez, a former star tight end for the New England Patriots, was arrested at his North Attleboro mansion days after Lloyd's murder on June 17, and was quickly cut from the National Football League team. Prosecutors say that Hernandez, Ortiz, and Wallace shot Lloyd after driving him to an industrial park near Hernandez's home.
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Quarterback Kaepernick responds to reports of police probe

Football - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:28

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers throws the ball on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, WashingtonSan Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick responded Friday to reports that he was being investigated by Miami police, saying celebrity website TMZ got the story "completely wrong". A Miami police report regarding an incident at a hotel in the city last week links Kaepernick and two other NFL players with a woman who said she woke up in a hospital bed after spending time with the players and doesn't remember how she got there. TMZ.com reported Thursday that Kaepernick was being investigated for a possible sexual assault, although the police report does not mention any assault. Kaepernick, meanwhile, used his Twitter account on Friday to slam the reports that surfaced on Thursday.


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Ten dead in crash between truck and students bus in California: police

Football - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:14
(Reuters) - A 10th person has died after a tractor-trailer slammed into a tour bus with college hopefuls heading to a campus tour in northern California on Thursday, California police said on Friday. The crash took place near the community of Orland, 95 miles north of Sacramento. A California Highway Patrol spokeswoman confirmed the 10th death but provided no additional information. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Paul Thomasch)
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UN expert says NFL's Redskins name offensive

Football - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:55

The Special Relator of the United Nations on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, James Anaya, speaks during a press conference in Lima on December 13, 2012The Washington Redskins team name is a symbol of centuries of abuse faced by Native Americans, a United Nations human rights expert said Friday, without calling formally for it to be axed. James Anaya, a University of Arizona law professor who oversees global rights of indigenous peoples at the UN, said that the National Football League team's name was deeply wrongheaded. "While I am aware that there are some divergent views on this issue, I urge the team owners to consider that the term 'redskin' for many is inextricably linked to a history of suffering and dispossession," Anaya said in a statement. "It is understood to be a pejorative and disparaging term that fails to respect and honour the historical and cultural legacy of the Native Americans in the US," he said.


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A Minute With: Football's Arian Foster on acting and NFL draft

Football - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:09

Houston Texans running back Foster celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter of their NFL AFC wildcard playoff football game in HoustonBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Houston Texans running back Arian Foster tests his Hollywood acting skills on the big screen as a college football player waiting for his name to be called at the annual NFL draft in the film "Draft Day," which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. Foster, 27, a three-time Pro Bowl selection in his five-year pro career, is one of the sport's noted underdog success stories, having been passed over in the 2009 draft after playing at the University of Tennessee. Foster spoke with Reuters alongside his "Draft Day" co-star, Terry Crews, who played briefly in the NFL before turning to acting. Together they talked about the career transition for NFL players once they leave the game, the draft and their beefs with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, now facing pressure from athletes wanting to unionize.


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NY Giants quarterback Manning has ankle surgery

Football - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:41

 Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants(Reuters) - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has undergone left ankle surgery, the team has announced. The Giants say Manning had the arthroscopic procedure in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday. He sprained the joint in the regular-season finale in late December. "I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain," Manning said in a statement. "I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation, and after consultation, we felt the right thing was to have Dr. (Robert) Anderson clean out the ankle. ...


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Police investigating NFL quarterback Kaepernick after complaint by woman

Football - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:09

 NFC Championship-San Francisco 49ers at Seattle SeahawksBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami police said on Thursday that they are investigating San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after a woman filed a police report claiming that she had drinks with him and two other football players and awoke in a hospital with no memory of the night. According to the police report obtained by Reuters, the woman told police that on April 1 she went to the apartment of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette at the Viceroy Hotel in downtown Miami. Kaepernick and San Francisco 49er wide receiver Quinton Patton were also present, according to the police report filed April 3.


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Northwestern University appeals decision granting football team union vote

Football - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 15:31
Northwestern University formally asked a U.S. labor agency on Wednesday to review a decision by one of its regional directors that the school's football players are effectively employees and can therefore vote on whether to unionize. The "unprecedented decision" could "alter the underlying premise on which collegiate varsity sports is based," the university's attorneys said in a brief filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. A union election at the Chicago-area school in Evanston, Illinois, is scheduled for April 25. The five-member NLRB could decide to postpone that vote while it considers the university's appeal. "While we respect the NLRB process, we disagree strongly with the regional director's opinion," Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage said in a statement.
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Pro Bowl shifting to Arizona for 2015

Football - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:12
(Reuters) - The National Football League's 2015 Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona before returning to Hawaii in 2016, the league said on Wednesday in the latest tweak to its all-star game. University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale is slated to host the game on January 25, 2015, one week before the Super Bowl for the 2014 season is played at the same venue. In 2016, the Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii's Aloha Stadium, where it has been contested in 33 of the last 34 years. The NFL has an agreement with Hawaii to play the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium following the 2016 season but final confirmation of the game will be made at a later date.
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'Draft Day' film tackles the NFL with insider minutiae, family drama

Football - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 19:03

Cast member Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner pose at the premiere of "Draft Day" in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the NFL readies for its annual draft of college football players, new film "Draft Day" pulls back the curtain on the high stakes of the offseason that has helped turn the United States' most popular sport into a year-round addiction. The film, which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday ahead of the NFL's three-day draft from May 8-10, stars Kevin Costner and dramatizes the backroom wheeling and dealing of football's general managers as they jockey for the best players and try to fleece one another while trading draft picks. But in an age of 24-hour sports networks like ESPN and HBO's behind-the-scenes NFL reality show "Hard Knocks," Costner said authenticity is crucial to hook a viewer who has seen countless locker-room speeches and front-office interviews. People take it really personally," said the 59-year-old Oscar winner, who built his heartland reputation with baseball films "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," and golf comedy "Tin Cup." Costner plays fictional Cleveland Browns team general manager Sonny Weaver Jr, who has to manage upheaval in his personal life and the dueling pressures of which player to draft from the team's owner and its coach.


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'Draft Day' film tackles the NFL with insider minutiae, family drama

Football - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:29

Cast members Terry Crews, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner and Denis Leary pose at a news conference for the film "Draft Day" in New YorkBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the NFL readies for its annual draft of college football players, new film "Draft Day" pulls back the curtain on the high stakes of the offseason that has helped turn the United States' most popular sport into a year-round addiction. The film, which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday ahead of the NFL's three-day draft from May 8-10, stars Kevin Costner and dramatizes the backroom wheeling and dealing of football's general managers as they jockey for the best players and try to fleece one another while trading draft picks. But in an age of 24-hour sports networks like ESPN and HBO's behind-the-scenes NFL reality show "Hard Knocks," Costner said authenticity is crucial to hook a viewer who has seen countless locker-room speeches and front-office interviews. People take it really personally," said the 59-year-old Oscar winner, who built his heartland reputation with baseball films "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," and golf comedy "Tin Cup." Costner plays fictional Cleveland Browns team general manager Sonny Weaver Jr, who has to manage upheaval in his personal life and the dueling pressures of which player to draft from the team's owner and its coach.


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Super Bowl-winning Seahawks extend coach Carroll's contract

Football - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:23

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll waves to fans during the NFL team's Super Bowl victory parade in Seattle(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has been rewarded with a contract extension after leading the team to their first Super Bowl title earlier this year, the Seahawks said on Friday. The extension adds two more years to Carroll's previous deal, which had one season remaining, and will keep him with the team through the 2016 National Football League season. Carroll, who was named Seattle's head coach in early 2010, took over a team that was coming off a 5-11 season and turned them into Super Bowl champions four years later. It's about what you're going to do now," Carroll, 62, said during a news conference to announce his contract extension.


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Ukraine in emergency talks with EU neighbors on gas imports

Football - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:50
By Pavel Polityuk and Henning Gloystein KIEV/LONDON (Reuters) - Ukraine is in emergency talks with European Union neighbors on the possibility of importing natural gas from the West, following a leap in the price it pays for Russian supplies, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday. The urgency of securing affordable supplies has grown since Moscow - which annexed Crimea from Ukraine last month - raised its discounted gas tariff for Kiev twice this week, almost doubling it in three days. Yatseniuk told reporters that one possibility was "reverse flows", in which EU countries would send gas back down pipelines normally used in the transit of Russian supplies through Ukraine to the West.
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