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A look at the first decade of the NFL, the 1920s

Sep. 20, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

A look at the NFL's first decade, the 1920s: FRANCHISES: The first season, 1920, the American Professional Football Association had 14 teams, including two Tigers (Cleveland and Chicago). The Akron Pros, Decatur Staleys (later the Chicago Bears), Buffalo All-Americans, Chicago Cardinals, Rock Island Independents,...

NFL bans on-field pyrotechnics, reviewing Titans incident

Sep. 20, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has banned any on-field pyrotechnics and "flame effects" at any league or team events, including games, in the wake of an incident at last Sunday's game at Nissan Stadium. A league spokesman said the matter was being reviewed and the prohibition would last at least through the...

Nike drops Patriots' Brown amid 2d sexual misconduct charge

Sep. 20, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

Nike has cut ties with Antonio Brown, and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is through answering questions about his embattled receiver. Belichick cut short his regular media availability Friday, a day after a second woman accused the Patriots receiver of sexual misconduct. The coach said the team is...

'Hopalong' Cassady, Ohio State Heisman winner, dies at 85

Sep. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, the 1955 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State and running back for the Detroit Lions, died Friday. He was 85. He died in Tampa, Florida, his longtime home, the university said. "We've lost not only a legendary Buckeye, but also a wonderful person in Hop...

Baylor gets history lesson before playing old SWC rival Rice

Sep. 20, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Baylor and Rice spent eight decades together in the old Southwest Conference, though their meetings have become much more sporadic since the end of that league. The Big 12's Bears (2-0) wrap up non-conference play Saturday with only their third trip to historic Rice Stadium in the past 24...

Von Miller still searching for season's first sack

Sep. 20, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller has dealt with sack droughts before, but never this early in the season. "I always get them at the end of the year," Miller told The Associated Press following his unusually somber weekly appearance at the podium Wednesday. "I guess it bothers you a little bit more at the...

Syracuse aims to get back on track vs Western Michigan

Sep. 20, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

There's usually no looking back in football, but for Syracuse a second straight lopsided loss can tend to linger, especially because the opponent was top-ranked Clemson. "We put it behind us, but it's something that's always going to be there," Orange sophomore defensive back Trill Williams said. "We just don't...

Ramsey 'rocking' with Jags D, just not sure how much longer

Sep. 20, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The defensive shutdown complete, Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey shared a hug and private words with A.J. Bouye, D.J. Hayden and a few other members of a Jacksonville defense that won the day in a 20-7 victory Thursday night over the Tennessee Titans. Hugs of celebration or hugs...

Minshew, defense shine as Jaguars thump Titans 20-7

Sep. 20, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Minshew Mania is gaining momentum. Gardner Minshew threw two touchdown passes and should have had a third, Calais Campbell spearheaded another defensive gem and the Jacksonville Jaguars handled the Tennessee Titans 20-7 in sloppy conditions Thursday night. Jacksonville (1-2) ended...

Major injuries already testing Chargers' secondary depth

Sep. 19, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A promising regular season is immediately threatened by injuries. Roster depth gradually erodes while far too many key players end up watching from the sidelines. Give this description to Chargers fans, and they would have to ask you to specify the year. The Bolts have lived this...