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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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Officials tell fans how to spot fake Super Bowl tickets

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NFL and law enforcement officials say fans can tell if they are buying real Super Bowl tickets by checking for the heat-sensitive logos. On the front of each ticket is a full polymer graphic that is raised and the back features a true color security label with Houston’s skyline and the Super Bowl logo. The final security feature is a graphic on the lower portion of the back of each ticket which is printed with thermochromic ink. The HTX logo…

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Charleston Southern coach: No ‘pity party’ for suspensions

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Charleston Southern was without 14 players, including 10 starters, at No. 3 Florida State on Saturday because of one-game suspensions for an NCAA violation. Despite the depleted roster, coach Jamey Chadwell said after his team’s 52-8 loss that he “didn’t want it to be a pity party. Don’t feel sorry for us.” The players were suspended for violating NCAA rules by using financial aid meant for books to purchase other items. The suspensions among the starters included four senior running…

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