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Criticism mounting for Vikings, Adrian Peterson

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and marketable stars in the NFL, an approachable superstar with an inspirational comeback story that made him an endorser's dream....

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night....

Warner, Seau among 113 Hall nominees

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Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame....

Jackson rips NFL for lack of diversity in advisers
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson criticized the NFL on Tuesday for not including any African-American women when it brought on three domestic violence experts as consultants....

Broncos, Seahawks top AP Pro32 before rematch

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos finished last season as the top two teams in the league....

Tomlin not worried as Steelers pile up penalties

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Mike Tomlin's list of issues with the Steelers is lengthy....

Anheuser-Busch 'disappointed' in NFL
Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL's biggest sponsors, says it isn't happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league....

DA: Josh Gordon gets probation in DWI case in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A prosecutor said Tuesday that suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina....

Senator ties NFL tax status to Redskins name

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington's nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league's others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-"Redskins" movement took its cause to Capitol Hill....

Diving QBs playing off instinct instead of safety

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- When his quarterback takes off running, Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt only worries if he picked up the first down and what play to call next. Kansas City coach Andy Reid wants the quarterback on the ground as soon as possible. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll doesn't want Russell Wilson hit but sees his quarterback running away from defenders when not in the pocket....