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Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as "sexual in nature."...

Former players: NFL teams 'conspired' to push painkillers
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players - often illegally - as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health....

Judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice

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MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) -- A judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator last year....

What happened at NFL meetings and what it means

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- NFL owners concluded an especially hectic spring meetings by setting up what figures to be a very busy summer and fall....

Goodell mentions Germany, Mexico for possible games
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A future regular-season NFL game in Mexico or Germany was discussed by NFL owners Wednesday....

Column: In the end, the NFL cartel is what matters most

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Tom Brady is on his own, cast off by an owner who figured out that being in the club that practically prints money is a lot more important than being loyal to one of his employees....

Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday it's his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case....

NFL to change extra-point kicks to longer distance

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers....

Players' union asks Goodell to recuse self from Brady appeal
The players' union has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the appeal hearing for Tom Brady in the deflated footballs case....

Raiders owner Mark Davis still considers Oakland top option

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Raiders owner Mark Davis walked into a makeshift Black Hole outside The Ritz-Carlton joining a throng of protesters, and vowed to do all he can to keep his team in Oakland. Even as he and Chargers owner Dean Spanos moved ahead on plans for a stadium project in Southern California....