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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014, file photo, Portland head coach Eric Reveno instructs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. “We're looking for opportunities to make changes that will last,” said Reveno, now the Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach who sparked the movement to give college athletes a day off to vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election, even those who are right in the middle of their seasons. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

Column: Beyond kneeling, T-shirts, sports push major changes

Aug. 7, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Kneeling is a powerful gesture. T-shirts send a meaningful message. Locking arms is a mighty symbol of unity in these troubled times. It doesn't stop there. If you look even deeper across the gamut of sports, a truly inspiring movement is emerging from the nation's social upheaval, sparked...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Calvin Ridley, left, and Julio Jones work on a drill during a team strength and conditioning NFL football workout in Flowery Branch, Ga. It would be easy to overlook Calvin Ridley, being a receiver who plays on the same team as Julio Jones. Ridley, though, has other ideas. Heading into his third year with the Atlanta Falcons, he's planning on a breakout season and making sure everybody knows his name, too. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Falcons WR Ridley eager to step out of Julio's large shadow

Aug. 6, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — When you're a receiver on the same team with Julio Jones, it's easy to get overlooked. Calvin Ridley is hoping to change that in 2020. Heading into his third season with the Atlanta Falcons, the former first-round pick out of Alabama — hey, that sounds familiar —...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, in Indianapolis. Christian McCaffrey has been one of the most used - and most productive -- running backs in the league over the last few years. Now that he has a big contract, he doesn't expect a letdown in usage. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

McCaffrey: I should be No. 1 pick in Fantasy Football drafts

Aug. 6, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey has left no doubt as to who he thinks should be the No. 1 pick in this year’s fantasy football drafts. “I’d take myself, yeah,” the Panthers All-Pro running back said confidently Thursday before breaking into a wide smile. “I...

Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley wears a protective face covering between drills during a strength and conditioning NFL football workout Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool)

Gurley celebrates 26th birthday as Falcons' new lead back

Aug. 3, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Todd Gurley had good reason to celebrate. Monday was his first day on the Atlanta Falcons' practice fields, and he was upbeat about adjusting to new teammates, new coaches and his new playbook for the start of training camp. Gurley also was happy to be close to his friends from...

In this photo made Thursday, July 23, 2020, an upper deck view of the new Texas Rangers home baseball stadium named Globe Life Field is seen in Arlington, Texas. The Texas Rangers' new stadium isn't retro and designers wanted the first next-generation ballpark. There is the full-panel retractable roof, the split seating levels offering full views of the ballpark with plenty of natural light. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Latest: Duke says 25 returning athletes test positive

Jul. 31, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Duke says that 25 athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary practice, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school announced the results Friday...

Falcons coach and GM could be on hot seat this season

Jul. 20, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9) CAMP SITE: Flowery Branch, Georgia LAST YEAR: Atlanta won its last four games to save jobs of coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Second straight losing season adds pressure to make playoffs in 2020. Overhaul of roster began with cuts of running back Devonta Freeman and...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone speaks with members of the media after the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Jacksonville, Fla. When the coronavirus pandemic forced everyone indoors — away from their everyday environments — creativity was the key. Marrone held weekly contests for his team, including a cooking competition last month with judging based solely on appearance and presentation. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

NFL teams went high-tech for team bonding this offseason

Jun. 20, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL players and coaches went home in March and stayed there for the next few months, along with most of the world. Football pads were replaced by iPads. Handshakes and high-fives gave way to emojis and video chats. When the coronavirus pandemic forced everyone indoors — away from...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow walks the sideline in an NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Waco, Texas. Carolina Panthers new defensive coordinator Phil Snow has a monumental task ahead of him, returning the once proud Carolina defense to among the best in the league without retired linebacker Luke Kuechly. Carolina's defense is coming off a season in which they allowed 29.4 points per game, the second-most in the league.  (AP Photo/Jerry Larson, File)

Snow faces huge task restoring once-proud Panthers defense

Jun. 17, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers new defensive coordinator Phil Snow is well aware of the big challenge ahead. The energetic 64-year-old Snow is tasked with rebuilding a once-proud defense that sustained an enormous falloff last year allowing 29.4 points per game — second most in the NFL....

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference in Irving, Texas. The NFL, which has raised $44 million in donations through its Inspire Change program, announced the additional $206 million commitment Thursday, June 11, 2020, targeting what it calls “systemic racism” and supporting “the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African Americans.” (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

NFL commissioner Goodell encourages team to sign Kaepernick

Jun. 16, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

Roger Goodell would like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL this season. The NFL commissioner said during ESPN's “The Return of Sports” special on Monday that he is encouraging teams to sign the 32-year old quarterback, who hasn't played the past three seasons. Kaepernick was with the San...