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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures to a teammate before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. A highlight of the opening weekend of the NFL season will have Brady's regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 — the first matchup of 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Brady's move to Tampa Bay posed late challenges for networks

May. 8, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

Tom Brady's move to Tampa Bay didn't just create ripples with fans. It caused networks to drastically rework their last-minute requests with the NFL scheduling office to make sure the Buccaneers got as many high-profile dates as possible. When the NFL's regular-season schedule was announced on Thursday night, all...

In this May 4, 2020, photo, the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court's third day of hearing arguments by telephone is its first chance at a high-profile case, this one involving the Affordable Care Act. The justices are hearing a dispute Wednesday about Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 6, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. SUPREME COURT TAKES UP OBAMACARE CASE The justices seem concerned about the sweep of Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. 2. NETANYAHU GETS...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2007, file photo, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula laughs during an interview at his home in Indian Creek, Fla. Shula, who won the most games of any NFL coach and led the Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in league history, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at his home in Indian Creek, Fla., the team said. He was 90.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Shula remembered by peers for "playing within the rules"

May. 4, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Don Shula often said he wanted to be remembered for playing within the rules, and that's what happened Monday. In the wake of his death at age 90, an outpouring of tributes from around the NFL saluted not only Shula's two Super Bowl championships and NFL-record 347 coaching victories, but also...

FILE - At left, in an April 23, 2020, file photo from video provided by the NFL, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow appears during the NFL football draft. At right, in an April 28, 2011, file photo, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton poses at the NFL Draft in New York. Burrow should be getting ready to report to rookie minicamp this month then joining the veterans on the Cincinnati Bengals for the rest of the offseason program. The best comparison to what the NFL is going through this offseason with no practices, in-person meetings or the usual bonding that happens each spring came back in 2011 when the owners locked out the players until July, and Cam Newton was the No. 1 pick at the draft. (AP Photo/File)

Virtual offseason impacts rookies, teams preparing for 2020

May. 1, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

Joe Burrow should be getting ready to report to rookie minicamp this month, then joining the veterans on the Cincinnati Bengals for the rest of the offseason program. But like everyone else around the NFL, Burrow is left on his own to prepare for the season with facilities shut down because of the COVID-19...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick works along the sideline in the first half of the team's NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. This could be the year Buffalo, Miami or the New York Jets end New England's reign at the top of the division after winning 17 titles in 19 years with Tom Brady as quarterback. But Bill Belichick is still running things for the Patriots. That has all of their AFC East rivals still wary and not quite ready to say the division is up for grabs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, FIle)

Big changes in AFC East, but Belichick the constant for Pats

Apr. 30, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This could be the year. You know, when Buffalo, Miami or the New York Jets (finally) step up and (finally) overtake New England for supremacy in the AFC East — something the Patriots have had for most of the last two decades. Tom Brady has brought his six Super Bowl rings to Tampa...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla. Pederson enters his fifth season with a Super Bowl victory, two NFC East crowns and three straight playoff appearances on his resume. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

NFC East has a new look but success may be slow to achieve

Apr. 30, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

The NFL’s worst division has plenty of new kids — and coaches — on the block. It still might not translate into much more success in 2020. After combining for only 24 wins last season, the NFC East got three new coaches: Mike McCarthy (Cowboys), Ron Rivera (Redskins) and Joe Judge (Giants). ...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots fullback James Develin look for a defender to block in the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Foxborough, Mass. Develin said in an Instagram message Monday, April 27, 2020, that he is retiring from the NFL because of complications from the neck injury that caused him to miss the final 14 games of the 2019 season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Pats FB Develin retiring because of neck injury

Apr. 27, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Patriots fullback James Develin is retiring from the NFL because of complications from the neck injury that caused him to miss the final 14 games of last season. Develin announced his decision in an Instagram message Monday. “I have decided it is my and my family's best interest to...

In a photo provided by ESPN Images, the draft board is seen before the start of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Bristol, Conn. (Allen Kee/ESPN Images via AP)

NFL draft averages record 8.4M viewers across 3 days

Apr. 26, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick takes notes on the sideline in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. The NFL Draft is April 23-25, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Patriots don't draft QB, but address several other needs

Apr. 25, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Patriots didn’t find a replacement for Tom Brady in the draft, if that was even possible. But they did address almost every other one of their needs. New England entered the draft with 12 picks and after making several trades over three days wound up selecting 10 players. Patriots...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020, file photo, Lenoir-Rhyne defensive back Kyle Dugger runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Dugger made Hickory, North Carolina, a must stop for NFL scouts last fall.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pats select safety Dugger, Michigan LB Uche in busy Day 2

Apr. 25, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — After trading out of the first round on Day 1 of the NFL draft, the Patriots went to Tobacco Road to make a little history on Day 2. New England selected safety Kyle Dugger out of Lenoir-Rhyne University 37th overall in the second round Friday night. The Patriots' pick marked the first time...