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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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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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Dolphins escape Buffalo with 34-31 OT victory

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It turned out closer than it should have, but the Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in overtime on Saturday in upstate New York. Andrew Franks tied the game at the end of regulation with a 55-yard field goal and won it with only 55 seconds left in the extra period. With the victory, the Dolphins moved to 10-5, the first time they have won that many games since 2008. That is also the last time Miami qualified for…

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Will the Lane Kiffin-FAU marriage lead to more wins?

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Lane Kiffin is a head coach again. The new Florida Atlantic coach takes over a program anxious to climb the ladder to respectability. His last stint as a head coach ended on a Los Angeles tarmac in 2013, where he was fired by then-Southern California Athletic Director Pat Haden. The Trojans had just given up 62 points to Arizona State. Kiffin will, of course, be expected to win, but the pressure will be far less than in previous stops. He…

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AP: FAU pursuing Lane Kiffin to coach

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Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is being pursued by Florida Atlantic to become the Owls’ next head coach, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday night. Kiffin and the Owls have had dialogue, said both people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has spoken publicly about the matter. Kiffin has been the coordinator at Alabama for the last three seasons, helping the Crimson Tide win last season’s national championship and get…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.31.16 — Tampa Bay Bucs owner bets big on Donald Trump

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Edward Glazer, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman and part-owner, has donated the maximum individual allowable contribution of $5,400 to the campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this year. However, if one were to guess who he really supports, it should be noted Glazer also has contributed $50,000 to the Trump Victory joint fundraising committee. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) also reports that Glazer’s wife, Shari, also gave $50,000 to the Trump Victory joint fundraising committee. Speaking of the Bucs, let’s flash forward to yesterday, where I attended the Bucs-Raiders…

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Oakland Raiders take up residence in Tampa Bay

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It appears the Oakland Raiders will be moving from their home on the east side of San Francisco Bay in the not-too-distant future. While Las Vegas is the final destination, pending NFL approval, the Raiders are establishing a temporary residence in the Tampa Bay area this week. After Oakland’s 33-16 romp over the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Coach Jack Del Rio and his team flew to Sarasota instead of home to Oakland to spend the week. With a game on Sunday…

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