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Jake LaMotta, boxer who inspired 'Raging Bull,' dies at 95
Jake LaMotta, an iron-fisted battler who brawled his way to a middleweight title and was later memorialized by Robert De Niro in the film "Raging Bull," has died. He was 95....

DeMaurice Smith re-elected as head of NFL players' union
DeMaurice Smith has been re-elected as executive director of the players' union in a special committee vote....

NHL hoping to make inroads in China with preseason games
SHANGHAI (AP) -- As the Vancouver Canucks held their first practice in Shanghai before their exhibition game with the Los Angeles Kings, a dense fog settled over the ice. The humidity in the arena was high and the players could barely see the puck....

FBS sees huge spike in targeting penalty enforcement so far
College football's Bowl Subdivision has seen a 73 percent increase in the number of targeting penalties enforced through the first three weeks of the season compared with the same point in 2016....

Clemson, Virginia Tech off to strong starts with new QBs
BOSTON (AP) -- Not every school can be like No. 2 Clemson, which is going for a second straight national championship despite replacing two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson at quarterback....

Road favorites all over the board in Week 3
Texans coach Bill O'Brien says "you can't hide in the NFL."...

College Football Picks: Conference plays starts, upsets loom
Familiarity often leads to volatility....

30-year-old kicker from Australia shining for Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Don't address the 30-year-old freshman kicker from Australia as "Sir." It makes him feel old....

Hot seats not cooling for SEC coaches like Sumlin, Malzahn
The Southeastern Conference coaches who entered the season facing questions about their job security haven't done much to quiet them....

Vikings QB uncertainty: Bradford says knee is 'better'
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford says his left knee is feeling better this week, raising the possibility he'll return from injury after only a one-game absence....

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