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Tim Graham, left, a member of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's staff, confers with Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine, right, R-Emporia, outside the Senate chamber ahead of a debate on legalizing betting on sports events, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Pictured between them in the mirror is Michael Murray, Longbine's chief of staff. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas struggles with details of legalizing sports betting

Feb. 26, 2020 8:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers who want to legalize betting on sports events and allow online sales of lottery tickets are struggling to agree on the details and facing criticism that they're being too generous toward companies already managing casinos for the state. The state Senate voted 23-15 on...

Tebow will play for Philippines in World Baseball Classic

Feb. 26, 2020 6:39 PM EST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow is set to swing into action for a new team. The New York Mets minor league outfielder and former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will play for the Philippines next month in the World Baseball Classic. Tebow was born in the Philippines in 1987 when his parents were...

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott speaks Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, about the new college football bowl game to be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The LA Bowl will match opponents from the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences in December at the multibillion-dollar stadium, which is scheduled to open in July. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)

LA Bowl will welcome Pac-12, Mountain West to SoFi Stadium

Feb. 26, 2020 6:34 PM EST

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Pac-12 and the Mountain West believe football fans around their conferences will be eager to see what's inside SoFi Stadium. The conferences' commissioners formally announced the new LA Bowl on Wednesday at the under-construction stadium south of downtown Los Angeles. For at...

Castonzo informs Colts he wants to continue playing

Feb. 25, 2020 5:44 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts say longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo is expected to return next season after contemplating retirement for more than a month. General manager Chris Ballard said Tuesday at the NFL's annual scouting combine that the 31-year-old Castonzo contacted him recently...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Cleveland. On Friday, jan. 31, 2020, Mayfield, who struggled from the outset while the Browns had a disappointing 6-10 season, went face to face with one one of his biggest critics, former NFL coach Rex Ryan and current ESPN analyst, who called the former No. 1 overall pick “overrated as hell” and felt he regressed after a rocking first year when he broke the league rookie record for touchdown passes. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Columnist suspended for calling Browns' Mayfield "midget"

Feb. 25, 2020 3:03 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland sports talk radio personality has been suspended indefinitely for referring to Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield as a "midget." During a commercial break at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi didn't realize his microphone was still on when he...

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sideline after throwing an interception late in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. Nearly every one of the NFL's eight divisions has a team or teams with a quarterback quandary. With the exception of the NFC West it's easy to argue that there's a major hole behind center somewhere. Yep, after two decades of unmatched success, Tom Brady is without a contract. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

Determining All-Decade team for 2010s no easy chore

Feb. 25, 2020 1:55 PM EST

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is embarking on a difficult assignment: determining the All-Decade team of the 2010s. Yes, there are some slam dunks on both sides of the ball and on special teams. There also are some real tough decisions to be made. All-Decade teams are of value in assessing credentials for...

Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby (2) kicks a field goal during warm-ups in the NFL NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, Calif. The 49ers defeated the Packers 37-20. (Margaret Bowles via AP)

Packers re-sign longtime kicker Mason Crosby for 3 years

Feb. 24, 2020 2:48 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have signed longtime placekicker Mason Crosby to a three-year contract extension. Crosby, who turns 36 in September, has been with the Packers since being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He's appeared in every game since then. His string of 208...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay motions to his team beside defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, in Detroit. Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been fired by the Los Angeles Rams after three winning seasons. Phillips announced Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, on Twitter that the Rams are not renewing his contract. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

Big changes are coming to the NFL scouting combine this year

Feb. 24, 2020 2:21 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Big changes are coming to the NFL scouting combine this year. There will be more eyeballs on the league's annual gathering of top college talent but fewer assistant coaches watching those prospects run through drills that have been tailored by position and more accurately mimic what...

Dolphins assistant Karl Dorrell takes over at Colorado

Feb. 23, 2020 8:04 PM EST

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The University of Colorado has reached into the NFL ranks again to find their head football coach, luring Karl Dorrell back to Boulder from the Miami Dolphins. Athletic director Rich Geoge hired Dorrell on Sunday, two weeks after Mel Tucker bolted for Michigan State and 72 hours after...

Amendola reportedly returning to Lions on 1-year deal

Feb. 22, 2020 5:11 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Danny Amendola appears to be staying with the Detroit Lions. A writer, citing unidentified sources, reported Saturday on Twitter that Amendola was signing a one-year deal with the Lions. Erik Burkhardt, Amendola's agent, retweeted that report and congratulated Amendola on...