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Football’s decline has some high schools disbanding teams

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On a cool and rainy afternoon during the first week of classes at Centennial High School in this well-to-do Baltimore suburb, about 50 members of the boys’ cross-country team sauntered across the parking lot for their after-school run.

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Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

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Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.

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New York man charged with stealing $3.5 million from city of Miami Beach to buy sports tickets

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A New York man with a history of identity theft stole $3.5 million from a Florida city to buy sports tickets and resell them online, federal prosecutors allege. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says David J. Miller, 44, of Syracuse, stole money from Miami Beach between last July and October using a stolen identity and bank information to buy season and individual game tickets to National Football League games and other sporting events and then resell them. The Miami Herald reports…

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Joe Henderson: When NFL suddenly needed a Super host, it knew who to call

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It wasn’t luck that Tampa was selected Tuesday to host its fifth Super Bowl. When the National Football League learned the new stadium being built in Los Angeles won’t be ready in time for the game in 2021, it had to find a city not only ready to step in on short notice, but one with a proven record of excellence. Tampa checks all the boxes, and that’s because the team Rob Higgins has assembled at the Tampa Bay Sports…

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Fans can look forward to some major changes in NFL games

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Time to celebrate? NFL fans could see an enhanced flow of play and fewer restrictions on how demonstrative players can be in their jubilation after big plays. At the busy league meetings Tuesday, owners passed several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and improve player safety. They also put off until their May gathering in Chicago potentially allowing a bit more creativity in player celebrations. Commissioner Roger Goodell asked that any adjustments in the rules be…

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Florida State sign pair of running backs in recruiting class

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With Dalvin Cook leaving Florida State early for the NFL draft, coach Jimbo Fisher signed two guys that could be his replacement. Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn are both five-star recruits that both could see playing time next season. Akers, an early enrollee, is regarded as the nation’s top running back prospect and Laborn is more of an all-purpose back. Fisher thinks there will be plenty of room for both. “Backs realize that if there are different roles you can…

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Impact of NFL’s new injury rules is ‘questionable’

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The National Football League has made things interesting for bookmakers and fantasy football players. Earlier this week, the league revised the manner in which teams report their injuries. For years, injury reports have listed players as “probable,” “questionable,” “doubtful,” and “out.” Beginning this season, the “probable” designation will go away. Why the change? The NFL concluded “95 percent of the players who were listed as ‘probable’ in prior years actually did in fact play in the game.” New England Patriots’…

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