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Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher has always been a trailblazer

ST. LOUIS — Jeff Fisher has never been afraid to buck a trend, draft a troubled player or grant a second chance. The coach of the Rams stuck with Adam “Pacman” Jones and Kenny Britt when he was at Tenn-essee, despite their off-field problems. Britt …


Tony Dungy can’t deny true feelings for Michael Sam


RICK TELANDER: Tony Dungy is a kindly, soft-spoken man who is hard to dislike. In person, he’ll chat with you like a friend who really cares. And he does care.

40-year-old mom makes Saints cheerleading squad


She hadn’t done splits and high kicks since her cheerleading days in high school, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal: to try out for the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.

Bill Belichick’s text messages part of Aaron Hernandez case

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick were interviewed by police investigating a homicide in which former player Aaron Hernandez has been charged.

Wounded U.S. war veteran debuts film Thursday in Chicago


The story of Travis Mills is coming to Chicago. Mills, a retired United States Army Staff Sergeant of the Airborne, lost portions of both his arms and legs from an improvised explosive device (IED) while on 82nd patrol in Afghanistan in 2012. He has become …

Suspect in death of Adrian Peterson’s son arrested again

A man charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota last fall is facing charges in a new alleged incident.

Morrissey: Redskins nickname needs to go. Now!


RICK MORRISSEY: When are we going to get it through our heads? The only thing that matters is what Native Americans want. What a filthy rich owner of a sports team and its nostalgic fan base want is inconsequential.

Ex-Bears RB Marion Barber held for mental evaluation


Former NFL running back Marion Barber III was detained and taken for a mental health evaluation after police were called to a Dallas suburb.

Hernia sidelines Texans’ No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney


Houston Texans’ No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney will miss next week’s mandatory minicamp after sports hernia surgery, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters Friday that the defensive end underwent surgery Thursday to treat the …

Colin Kaepernick cleared in sexual assault claim


San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not faces charges in an incident involving a woman at a downtown hotel, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Michael Sam feels at home with the Rams


ST. LOUIS — Michael Sam is confident he’ll be judged on performance. The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL said Friday there have been no issues fitting in with his St. Louis Rams teammates, no awkward moments in the locker room and that …

Dan Marino joining concussion lawsuit against NFL


Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is among the latest group of NFL players to file a concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL.

Marino and 14 other former NFL players filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Pennsylvania May 28, joining more than 4,500 others …

Johnny Manziel is No. 1 in Clevelands’s heart


BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel held up his new brown No. 2 jersey and flashed a smile that beamed to Texas. With whirring cameras providing the soundtrack, he was welcomed to his NFL home. Johnny Football arrived. Cleveland may never be the same. Humble, confident …

Tampa Bay Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer dies at 85

Malcolm Glazer, the self-made billionaire who owned English Premier League club Manchester United and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has died. He was 85.

Tattoos could play role in Aaron Hernandez case


Investigators asked for help from tattoo artists who may have inked former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, saying they could help in the prosecution of a double murder Hernandez is charged with committing in 2012.

Assault charges dismissed against ex-Bear Henry Melton

Criminal charges have been dropped against Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton over a 2013 altercation at a Dallas-area bar.