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NFL Draft: second and third round good for state collegians

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The second and third rounds of of the NFL Draft on Friday night saw plenty of action for players from Florida universities. It took two rounds and 41 picks, but Dalvin Cook has finally found an NFL home. The Minnesota Vikings traded up with the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire Florida State’s all-time leading rusher. “We started making some calls once we knew he was sliding into the second day,” said Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman. “We felt he was just…

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Israel fumbles goodwill visit of NFL players

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It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel. But in an embarrassing fumble by the Israeli government, only five of 11 NFL players in the delegation showed up after being blitzed by Palestinian activists opposed to the visit. Israel’s ministry for strategic affairs and public diplomacy issued a press release after the Super Bowl boasting that the visit would bring “influencers” who would serve as “goodwill…

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Jaguars latest loss fuels rumors of a Tom Coughlin encore

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It is hard to imagine one team holding another to 206 yards of total offense, yet still lose the game. Somehow the Jacksonville Jaguars were able to pull off that improbability, losing to the Denver Broncos 20-10 on Sunday at EverBank Field. Denver could manage only 102 passing yards and 104 yards rushing, but found ways to score enough to take the victory. Jaguars’ Quarterback Blake Bortles tossed two interceptions, one of which was a 51-yard return for a “pick-six”…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.9.16 — Will we see more NFL protests on 9/11?

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Good morning, and welcome to the upcoming 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, which will be observed in America at the same time the National Football League kicks off its regular season on Sunday. Technically the season began last night, with a rematch of Super Bowl 50 in Denver, where the Broncos defeated Cam Newton‘s Carolina Panthers, 21-20. Incidentally, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt in protest during the national anthem, following the lead of his college teammate Colin Kaepernick, whose refusal…

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Kelvin Benjamin makes his return to the NFL

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The NFL returns Thursday night with a rematch of Super Bowl 50 as the Carolina Panthers head to Denver to take on the Broncos. Players are pleased training camp and the exhibition season are over, but none more than Kelvin Benjamin. The former Florida State standout has not played in a regular-season game in nearly 20 months, but that will end tonight. Benjamin missed all of last season after tearing his ACL during training camp. Panthers’ fans can savor the…

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Fall of Sports Authority reignites fight over Mile High name

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The demise of Sports Authority has reignited a fight in Colorado over the future of the Denver Broncos’ stadium, a place long tied to the city’s identity. It’s been over a decade since the team’s first home was demolished, but its Mile High name has lived on, in smaller letters, on its sleek, modern successor after a failed grassroots campaign to stop corporate sponsorship. First it was Invesco Field at Mile High. After the mutual funds company faltered, Sports Authority…

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Super Bowl rematch: Panthers-Broncos opens season

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Super Bowl rematch. Minus Peyton Manning, of course. The NFL season will begin the way the last one ended, with the Denver Broncos playing the Carolina Panthers. Denver beat Carolina 24-10 in February in the Super Bowl, Manning’s final game. The rematch will be on Thursday night, Sept. 8 in Denver. “We’re glad that it’s out,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said. “We knew who we were going to play and now we know when we’re…

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