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Mayor pardoned by Trump wins another term in Illinois town

Apr. 09, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

METTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Voters in a small Illinois town reelected a mayor who ran a write-in campaign after President Donald Trump pardoned him in a gambling investigation. Casey Urlacher, the brother of former Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher, defeated Jess Ray in...

Hyder hopes to build off career season moving to Seattle

Apr. 08, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The first time Kerry Hyder Jr. had what was considered to be a breakout season it was followed up by an injury that cost him an entire year. At this point of his career, and moving on to his fifth different team after signing with the Seattle Seahawks,...

Analytics shifting views on 40-yard dash, other matrixes

Apr. 08, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Every year the 40-yard dash is one of the most-watched segments of the NFL combine as well as at college pro days. NFL hopefuls prepare for the moment for months and have even employed speed coaches to help ensure they post a favorable result, knowing...

Lions sign ex-Bills S Dean Marlowe to bolster bad defense

Apr. 08, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed safety Dean Marlowe, hoping he can help a defense that was one of the worst in NFL history last season. Marlowe played in 15 games last year in his third season with the Buffalo Bills. He had a career-high two...

Former Pistons physician Benjamin Paolucci dies at age 84

Apr. 07, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Dr. Benjamin Paolucci, a longtime team physician for the Detroit Pistons who was with the franchise for each of its three NBA championships, has died. He was 84. The Pistons said Paolucci died Wednesday in Florida. Paolucci retired...

Virus pandemic slows renovations to Superdome in New Orleans

Apr. 07, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Plans for $450 million in upgrades to New Orleans' iconic Superdome have been disrupted because of financial troubles caused by the pandemic, the stadium's manager told state lawmakers during a budget hearing Wednesday. The coronavirus outbreak...

Titans hire Jim Schwartz as senior defensive assistant

Apr. 07, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have hired veteran defensive coordinator and former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as a senior defensive assistant. The Titans announced the move Wednesday. “He has a deep level of football knowledge...

After saying 'I'm Going to Disney World,' Brady did it again

Apr. 07, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had no problem taking a lightsaber to Star Wars’ Kylo Ren and a unit of storm troopers. A mask-wearing Brady visited the Star Wars-themed...

Cowboys add P Anger, TE Sprinkle for offseason competition

Apr. 07, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys signed punter Bryan Anger and tight end Jeremy Sprinkle on Wednesday, adding depth at both positions for offseason workouts. Anger figures to be competition for Hunter Niswander at training camp. Niswander punted the second half...

Dunlap got needed assurances before returning to Seattle

Apr. 07, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — During his brief separation from the Seahawks in a move to create salary cap space, Carlos Dunlap sought assurances from one player before he considered returning to Seattle on a new contract. Dunlap was paying attention to the drama surrounding Russell...