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  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Redskins' stadium bid could be blocked over team name
    By The Sports Xchange

    A bid for a new NFL stadium in Washington could be blocked unless the franchise is willing to change the team name from Redskins.

    • The Washington Post reported that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told the Washington, D.C. mayor that the National Park Service, which owns the land beneath RFK Stadium, was unlikely to allow construction of a new stadium unless the team changed its name.

      President Barack Obama has objected to the team name and questioned claims that the longtime use of Redskins is not offensive.

      “I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team – even if it had a storied history – that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” Obama said last year.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Bills sign OT Hunter
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Buffalo Bills signed free agent offensive tackle Wayne Hunter on Wednesday.

    • The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Hawaii product originally entered the league in 2003 as a third-round NFL Draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks.

      Hunter has appeared in 77 games (25 starts) with the bulk of his experience coming with the New York Jets from 2008 to 2011. He last played with the St. Louis Rams in the 2012 season.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Former WR Goodman sues NFLPA
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former NFL wide receiver Richard Goodman is suing the NFL Players Association, accusing the union of negligence for failing to ensure his former agent was certified.

    • The NFLPA regulates those who represent players in their individual contract negotiations.

      Goodman, who played with the San Diego Chargers from 2010 to 2012, is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 in a civil suit that was filed Tuesday night in Broward (Fla.) County Court.

      The 30-page lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by FOX Sports, accuses the NFLPA of "negligence, gross negligence and breach of fiduciary duty." The complaint stems from about $61,000 that Goodman was forced to pay when a $25,000 loan in 2010 was taken out in his name by agent James Burnoski. Goodman claims Burnoski forged his signature to receive the loan and then defaulted.

      Goodman, 27, claims he never would have continued to use Burnoski as his agent had it been known that his NFLPA certification and mandatory liability insurance had lapsed when he failed to pay for both.

      Goodman signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State in 2010. He appeared in 26 games, mostly on kickoff returns. He caught one pass for 25 yards and was released in the 2013 preseason.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Redskins WR Jackson accuses Eagles of 'smear campaign'
    By The Sports Xchange

    Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has unloaded on his former team, accusing the Philadelphia Eagles of launching a "smear campaign" against him.

    • Jackson said the Eagles "tried to blow me up" after he was released by the team in 2014 after six seasons.

      Jackson made the comments on Tuesday's debut episode of his new reality TV show, "DeSean Jackson Home Team" on BET.

      "I was at the top of the top. And then I got released," Jackson said on the show. "It was a smear campaign. Things media said about me, I bet you could say that about the majority of people in the NFL. I got a second chance to play in the NFL and I'm proving I'm one of the best receivers in the game.

      "When I was released by the Eagles, I feel they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn't true. It was a slap in the face, coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL.

      "The Eagles tried to blow me up. That's cold how they did it. ... That's why I think they fired me. Have I went to jail? ... I ain't done none of that."

      In his last season with the Eagles in 2013, Jackson caught 82 passes for 1,332 and nine touchdowns in 16 games.

      In 2014, his first season with the Redskins, the 28-year-old Jackson caught 56 passes for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games. He also had an NFL-best 13 catches for 40-plus yards.

      "I had an awesome year and I'm going to have another awesome year," Jackson said on the BET show. "End of the day, I play football at a high level so I don't care too less anything about nothing. Go look up the No. 1 receiver in the NFL. I'm the No. 1 receiver. So I'm not getting caught up. I know what I can do."

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    DT Pendleton returns to Colts
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton on Tuesday to undisclosed terms.

    • The 6-foot-2, 323-pound Pendleton spent the 2014 season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in the first preseason game.

      Pendleton was with the Colts in 2013 when he split time between the practice squad and active roster and had four tackles in one regular-season games. He also partcipated in two playoff games.

      Before joining the Colts, Pendleton was drafted in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 and played in four games as a rookie, making one tackle before he was released on May 22, 2013.

      Pendleton was with the Dallas Cowboys during training camp before the 2013 season but was released in August 2013 and signed with the Colts' practice squad on Dec. 3, 2013.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Favre: 'I could still play'
    By The Sports Xchange

    Brett Favre's confidence might be getting better with age, even if his throwing arm is not.

    • The 45-year-old retired quarterback, who last played in 2011 after two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and a brilliant career with the Green Bay Packers before that, told Sports Illustrated he still has it.

      “I think I could play,” Favre said. “As far as throwing. Of course, we're not trying to start some he's-coming-out-of-retirement deal. Do I think I could play and lead a team? Look, no. But I could play. I could make all the throws I made before, I just couldn't throw it near as far, but that never matters anyway.”

      Favre said he can throw the football 50 yards. At the peak of his prime, he was slinging the pigskin between 75-80 yards.

      ESPN reported in 2013 that the St. Louis Rams phoned Favre to gauge his interest and conditioning level when Sam Bradford was lost for the season to the first of two severe knee injuries.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    NFL notebook: Seahawks' Bennett may hold out
    By The Sports Xchange

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is seeking an upgraded contract and says he might hold out of training camp in an effort to get it.

    • Bennett is entering the second year of a four-year, $28.5 million contract that guaranteed him $16 million and will pay him $6 million this year and $5 million in 2016.

      He told NFL Media on Monday that a holdout is "definitely possible" despite the threat of fines for missing training camp practices.

      Bennett, 29, said his agent has talked to the Seahawks, but the team apparently has not said whether it would be willing to rework his deal.

      --The Philadelphia Eagles announced the signing of unretired guard John Moffitt to a one-year contract.

      The team, which previously cut Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, released undrafted rookie guard Cole Manhart to make room.

      Moffitt, who abruptly retired from the NFL in 2013 at age 27, recently said he is planning to make a comeback after battling drug issues.

      The Denver Broncos, who still owned his rights, waived Moffitt from the reserve/retired list on June 17.

      --Hyundai is now the official automotive sponsor of the NFL, replacing General Motors.

      The NFL and Hyundai announced a four-year sponsorship deal worth a reported $50 million. It will be launched in connection with the NFL Kickoff activities to open the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 10.

      --Terrelle Pryor of the Cleveland Browns, let go by four teams as a quarterback, is looking forward to showcasing his ability as a wide receiver.

      After the Cincinnati Bengals released Pryor on June 18, the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Pryor decided to switch to wide receiver in an attempt to salvage his NFL career. The Browns claimed Pryor off waivers several days later.

      "I'm going to give this slash-player deal a chance," Pryor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Seahawks DE Bennett says he might hold out
    By The Sports Xchange

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is seeking an upgraded contract and says he might hold out of training camp in an effort to get it.

    • Bennett is entering the second year of a four-year, $28.5 million contract that guaranteed him $16 million and will pay him $6 million this year and $5 million in 2016.

      He told NFL Media on Monday that a holdout is "definitely possible" despite the threat of fines for missing training camp practices.

      "I know a lot of people disagree because I don't put up all the numbers; but, if you watch the games, I'm doing good things," he said. "They want me to play five positions but pay me for one."

      Bennett, 29, said his agent has talked to the Seahawks, but the team apparently has not said whether it would be willing to rework his deal.

      On Saturday, the Hawaii resident told Honolulu TV station KHON, "Of course, I think I've outplayed the contract that they gave me. It's one of those things where you have to let your agent do the talking with the team and hopefully something good comes out of it. It never hurts to try."

      As for the possible holdout, he told KHON, "Hawaii's weather is great, so I'll just keep it at that. ... I don't mind staying home for a little while."

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Eagles sign unretired OG Moffitt
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday announced the signing of unretired guard John Moffitt to a one-year contract.

    • The team, which previously cut Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, released undrafted rookie guard Cole Manhart to make room.

      Moffitt, who abruptly retired from the NFL in 2013 at age 27, recently said he is planning to make a comeback after battling drug issues.

      The Denver Broncos, who still owned his rights, waived Moffitt from the reserve/retired list on June 17.

      Moffitt, drafted in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, started 15 games for the Seahawks before being traded to the Broncos in August 2013. He played in two games for Denver before suddenly retiring.

      In March 2014, Moffitt was charged with assault and possession of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy while at a Chicago nightclub. While with the Seahawks, Moffitt had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after being accused of urinating in public and criminal trespass.

      Moffitt had been training with FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, who operates an MMA-style facility in Los Angeles.

      "I have never been so proud of a guy I've trained than I am of John Moffitt," Glazer wrote on Twitter on June 17. "Retired two years ago (because) he knew he had drug issues, took time to go to rehab, clean up his life, beat his demons and he has taken his life back! Guy inspires us every day. He came to me three months ago to train to take his career back. He's become the favorite of every player in our gym. He officially unretired today. Free agent starting guard. So proud of him to get here."

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Browns' Pryor embraces new role as receiver
    By The Sports Xchange

    Terrelle Pryor of the Cleveland Browns, let go by four teams as a quarterback, is looking forward to showcasing his ability as a wide receiver.

    • After the Cincinnati Bengals waived Pryor on June 19, the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Pryor decided to switch to wide receiver in an attempt to salvage his NFL career. The Browns claimed Pryor off waivers on June 22.

      "I'm going to give this slash-player deal a chance," Pryor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

      The Browns are the 26-year-old Pryor's fifth team. He was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Seattle Seahawks in April 2014, was released by the Seahawks during the preseason and was with the Kansas City Chiefs for four months earlier this year. The Chiefs released him May 5, and the Bengals signed him May 10 after he tried out for them during their rookie minicamp.

      "The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said last week of playing receiver. "What I've got to work on is the specifics, cutting in and out of the breaks. Athletically, I believe I can do anything on the field. When I get on the field, I may not be the best, but I always feel like I am. I bring that mindset. I work my hardest to be the best I can at that position."

      While playing at Ohio State, the athletically gifted Pryor caught two touchdown passes and displayed exceptional speed.

      The Raiders drafted Pryor with a third-round pick in the supplemental draft in 2011. He played in 15 games (10 starts) for the Raiders over the 2011-13 seasons, including 11 games and nine starts in 2013. He has passed for 1,953 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions while rushing for 627 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Hyundai scores NFL sponsorship to replace GM
    By The Sports Xchange

    Hyundai is now the official automotive sponsor of the NFL, replacing General Motors.

    • The NFL and Hyundai announced a four-year sponsorship deal Monday that will be launched in connection with the NFL Kickoff activities to open the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 10.

      "We are huge football fans at Hyundai and feel there is no better venue to reach consumers, increase consideration and tell the Hyundai brand story," Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said in a statment . "We can't wait to show the NFL's 188 million fans the great design, advanced technologies, dynamic performance and numerous safety features within the Hyundai lineup. The NFL and Hyundai also share a commitment to helping the communities where we do business, another important aspect of our sponsorship."

      As part of the new sponsorship, Hyundai will have use of NFL trademarks across various marketing channels, including branded content, advertising and promotional materials.

      Hyundai also will provide promotional vehicles at the Super Bowl and other events throughout the year.

      "We are pleased to welcome Hyundai to our family of sponsors," Renie Anderson, the NFL's senior vice president of sponsorship, said in a league-issued release. "We appreciate Hyundai's enthusiasm as we work together to reach our fans with innovative programs during our season and with our major calendar events throughout the year."

      General Motors had sponsored the NFL from 2001 until this past season. GM decided not to renew the contract when it expired in March, a company spokesman told Automotive News.

      "We value our relationship with the NFL and its fans, but have decided to focus our sponsorship resources in other areas in the future," General Motors said in a statement.

  • Sunday, June 28, 2015
    NFL notebook: Agent confident Giants will extend Manning's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, entering the final season of his contract, may not be concerned about an extension but his agent is confident a deal will get done.

    • Agent Tom Condon said negotiations with the Giants will begin soon on what likely will be Manning's final NFL contract.

      "It's an extraordinarily hard position to fill, as you know," Condon told the New York Daily News. "You actually have some leverage with the quarterbacks. The only problem is there's a salary cap. But let's face it, sooner or later ..."

      Condon didn't finish the sentence, but he knows today's going rate for elite quarterbacks as he represents seven of the NFL's 32 starting quarterbacks.

      Five of those quarterbacks make an average of at least $17 million per year.

      "The quarterbacks always get done," Condon said. "And the Giants are not a skittish team. So it's not one of those things where they get nervous or they jump around or anything like that. You know you're going to go in and it's going to get done. I'm sure at the appropriate time it'll happen."

      The 34-year-old Manning, with two Super Bowl rings, surpassed 4,000 passing yards in four of the last six seasons. He has never missed an NFL game.

      Manning bounced back from a poor 2013 season to complete a career-high 63.1 percent of his passes in 2014, with 4,410 yards and 30 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.

      ---Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has assumed a leadership role with two of his teammates during summer workouts until the start of training camp.

      Peterson brought wide receiver Mike Wallace and running back Jerick McKinnon with him to Houston for workouts with his longtime personal trainer.

      Peterson has always shown up to camp in top shape because of intense offseason workouts with trainer James Cooper.

      "(It's) a lot of strength work as well," Peterson told ESPN.com. "I do so much different stuff, whether it's track workouts, on the field, hill workouts, running three miles, exercise with the full-body workout. Whatever the trainer throws out there in front of us, it's a challenge. I'm always trying to accomplish that challenge."

      Peterson tweeted out a photo of the group, which went through a four-hour workout on Thursday running hills, cutting in a sand pit and lifting weights.

      Peterson buried months of bitterness directed at the Vikings and showed up for two weeks of voluntary organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp.

      ---New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford has taken some verbal shots at the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks, even comparing them to automobiles.

      Weatherford, appearing on the "Boomer and Carton Show" on WFAN, shared his opinions about Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.

      "I'm gonna give you a Ferrari (Bradford) that maybe won't be running all the time, or I'm giving you a nice Cadillac sedan (Sanchez)," Weatherford said Friday during the radio interview. "It's not the fastest but you know what you're going to get out of it. Bradford can go from zero to 60 in three seconds, but you don't know if he's gonna start up some days."

      Bradford, acquired in a trade for Nick Foles from the St. Louis Rams, is recovering from a second surgery in as many years to repair a torn knee ligament. Sanchez said he was promised a chance to compete for the No. 1 job when he opted to return to the Eagles, signing a two-year deal as an unrestricted free agent in March. Tebow, who signed this offseason, will be battling for a roster spot with Matt Barkley for the third-string job after being out of the NFL for the past two seasons.

      Weatherford, in his fourth season with the Giants, saved his most blunt assessment for Tebow.

      "I'm the biggest Tim Tebow fan in the world," Weatherford said. "I mean, who wouldn't want their daughter to date a guy like that? I'll tell you what, I don't want him taking snaps for my team."

  • Sunday, June 28, 2015
    Giants P Weatherford takes shots at Eagles QBs
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford has taken some verbal shots at the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks, even comparing them to automobiles.

    • Weatherford, appearing on the "Boomer and Carton Show" on WFAN, shared his opinions about Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.

      "I'm gonna give you a Ferrari (Bradford) that maybe won't be running all the time, or I'm giving you a nice Cadillac sedan (Sanchez)," Weatherford said Friday during the radio interview. "It's not the fastest but you know what you're going to get out of it. Bradford can go from zero to 60 in three seconds, but you don't know if he's gonna start up some days."

      Bradford, acquired in a trade for Nick Foles from the St. Louis Rams, is recovering from a second surgery in as many years to repair a torn knee ligament. He hasn't played since October 2013 because of injuries and is entering the final year of his contract that will pay him $12.95 million this season.

      "Chip Kelly will get himself in serious trouble if they get an extension for that guy," Weatherford said. "And (if) he gets hurt? He's done."

      Sanchez said he was promised a chance to compete for the No. 1 job when he opted to return to the Eagles, signing a two-year deal as an unrestricted free agent in March. Sanchez started eight games last season, going 4-4.

      Tebow, who signed this offseason, will be battling for a roster spot with Matt Barkley for the third-string job after being out of the NFL for the past two seasons.

      Weatherford, in his fourth season with the Giants, saved his most blunt assessment for Tebow.

      "I'm the biggest Tim Tebow fan in the world," Weatherford said. "I mean, who wouldn't want their daughter to date a guy like that? I'll tell you what, I don't want him taking snaps for my team."

  • Sunday, June 28, 2015
    Peterson leads Vikings teammates in summer workouts
    By The Sports Xchange

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has assumed a leadership role with two of his teammates during summer workouts until the start of training camp.

    • Peterson brought wide receiver Mike Wallace and running back Jerick McKinnon with him to Houston for workouts with his longtime personal trainer.

      Peterson has always shown up to camp in top shape because of intense offseason workouts with trainer James Cooper.

      "(It's) a lot of strength work as well," Peterson told ESPN.com. "I do so much different stuff, whether it's track workouts, on the field, hill workouts, running three miles, exercise with the full-body workout. Whatever the trainer throws out there in front of us, it's a challenge. I'm always trying to accomplish that challenge."

      Peterson tweeted out a photo of the group, which went through a four-hour workout on Thursday running hills, cutting in a sand pit and lifting weights.

      Peterson buried months of bitterness directed at the Vikings and showed up for two weeks of voluntary organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp.

      Once he hit the field, even without pads, the Vikings were reminded why they steadfastly refused to trade or release a 30-year-old running back due to make $12.75 million this season.

      "There's no prettier sight than Adrian with the ball in his hands," head coach Mike Zimmer said during minicamp earlier this month.

  • Sunday, June 28, 2015
    Agent confident Giants will extend Manning's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, entering the final season of his contract, may not be concerned about an extension but his agent is confident a deal will get done.

    • Agent Tom Condon said negotiations with the Giants will begin soon on what likely will be Manning's final NFL contract.

      "It's an extraordinarily hard position to fill, as you know," Condon told the New York Daily News. "You actually have some leverage with the quarterbacks. The only problem is there's a salary cap. But let's face it, sooner or later ..."

      Condon didn't finish the sentence, but he knows today's going rate for elite quarterbacks as he represents seven of the NFL's 32 starting quarterbacks.

      Five of those quarterbacks make an average of at least $17 million per year.

      "The quarterbacks always get done," Condon said. "And the Giants are not a skittish team. So it's not one of those things where they get nervous or they jump around or anything like that. You know you're going to go in and it's going to get done. I'm sure at the appropriate time it'll happen."

      The 34-year-old Manning, with two Super Bowl rings, surpassed 4,000 passing yards in four of the last six seasons. He has never missed an NFL game.

      Manning bounced back from a poor 2013 season to complete a career-high 63.1 percent of his passes in 2014, with 4,410 yards and 30 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.

      "The interesting part about it is, since 1993, the inception of free agency, has there ever been an elite quarterback hit the open market?" Condon said. "Peyton (Manning did in 2012), but he had four neck surgeries and no idea if he would ever be well enough to play. Drew Brees, when he went to New Orleans (in 2006), he had 15 studs in his shoulder, in his throwing arm (from a hit he took in the final game of 2005). There's nobody else that's ever come up. They just re-do you."

      Manning, who is due to make $17.5 million this season, signed a seven-year, $106.9 million contract in August 2009. That deal includes $97.5 million in new money in what was a six-year extension of his previous contract.

      The Giants could always use the franchise tag on Manning at a cost likely around $20 million for one year.

      Condon said Manning's value goes beyond what he has done on the field.

      "In all the years that he's been here, has he ever said anything that's been scandalous in the newspaper?" Condon told the Daily News. "Nothing. And in this market? He's a genuinely good guy."

  • Saturday, June 27, 2015
    NFL notebook: Bryant's agents meet with Cowboys
    By The Sports Xchange

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who has a July 15 deadline approaching to translate his one-year franchise tender into a long-term contract, may be making some progress with the team.

    • Tom Condon, the agent for Bryant, and the Cowboys had their first face-to-face meeting in nearly four months on Friday at the team's facility, according to ESPN.com sources. Bryant's other agent, Kim Miale of Roc Nation, was also in the meetings.

      Bryant boycotted most of the team's offseason program during the contract dispute and has yet to sign his franchise tender of $12.823 million, making threats about sitting out games.

      After July 15, Bryant has to play the season on the tender and then the two sides couldn't begin negotiations again until after the season.

      Bryant showed up for a handful of workouts and an organized team activity. He attended the final day of the Cowboys' mandatory minicamp June 18 but did not practice.

      Last season, Bryant had 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and a career-best 16 touchdowns. In five years with the Cowboys, he has 381 catches for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns.

      ---Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson issued an apology for his comments that were critical of the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

      After Friday's court ruling, Robinson compared gay marriage to pedophilia and incest in a series of Twitter posts that have since been deleted.

      "Love is love? So what will we say when the 30yr old loves YOUR 10 year old. When the dad loves HIS 6 year old? It's different?? Yea okay!" Robinson tweeted.

      Robinson issued an apology Friday night for his comments earlier in the day.

      "I apologize for any offense my tweets may have caused," Robison wrote in a text message to the Minneapolis Star Tribune?. "In an attempt to express my beliefs, I created some confusion with my choice of words, and for that I apologize. I do not equate the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality with other social issues. There are obvious differences. However, I do believe that God's laws will always supersede man's laws. This belief is not from hate for anyone but from a love for my God and all those he created. Again, I'm sorry!"

      In three seasons with the Vikings, Robinson has 154 tackles and five interceptions in 42 games.

      ---Michael Sam confirmed he is ready to resume his pro football career after rejoining the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League

      Sam, a defensive lineman, wrote on Twitter that he is back after a two-week absence for unexplained personal reasons.

      "Thank you all so much for your support. Great to be back in Montreal with the club. Let's go #Als!" Sam tweeted Saturday.

      The Alouettes said Friday that Sam had returned to Montreal and was expected to attend team meetings Sunday before resuming practice Monday.

      ---Damion Cook, an offensive lineman who played in parts of seven NFL seasons, died after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 36.

      The athletic department at his alma mater, Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla., confirmed Cook's death on Friday.

      Cook, a Nashville, Tenn., native, appeared in 26 NFL games at guard and made 10 starts from 2001-09.

  • Saturday, June 27, 2015
    Bryant's agents meet with Cowboys
    By The Sports Xchange

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who has a July 15 deadline approaching to translate his one-year franchise tender into a long-term contract, may be making some progress with the team.

    • Tom Condon, the agent for Bryant, and the Cowboys had their first face-to-face meeting in nearly four months on Friday at the team's facility, according to ESPN.com sources. Bryant's other agent, Kim Miale of Roc Nation, was also in the meetings.

      Bryant boycotted most of the team's offseason program during the contract dispute and has yet to sign his franchise tender of $12.823 million, making threats about sitting out games.

      After July 15, Bryant has to play the season on the tender and then the two sides couldn't begin negotiations again until after the season.

      Bryant showed up for a handful of workouts and an organized team activity. He attended the final day of the Cowboys' mandatory minicamp June 18 but did not practice.

      Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has called the bluff of Bryant.

      "I have no doubt that when we play, if we're still in a franchise situation, I have no doubt that he'll be leading the way against the Giants," Jones said last week. "We just know how competitive Dez is and how much he wants to beat the Giants (in the season opener on Sept. 13) and how much he wants to support his teammates."

      Last season, Bryant had 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and a career-best 16 touchdowns. In five years with the Cowboys, he has 381 catches for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns.

  • Saturday, June 27, 2015
    Sam confirms return to Alouettes
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michael Sam confirmed he is ready to resume his pro football career after rejoining the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League

    • Sam, a defensive lineman, wrote on Twitter that he is back after a two-week absence for unexplained personal reasons.

      "Thank you all so much for your support. Great to be back in Montreal with the club. Let's go #Als!" Sam tweeted Saturday.

      The Alouettes said Friday that Sam had returned to Montreal and was expected to attend team meetings Sunday before resuming practice Monday.

      There has been no explanation for why Sam abruptly left the CFL team on June 12. The Alouettes placed Sam on their suspended list after he left.

      Sam, who signed in May with the Alouettes, was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team when he was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams last year. He was released by the Rams during the preseason and later picked up and let go by the Dallas Cowboys.

      The 25-year-old Sam encountered difficulty in the NFL because at 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, he did not exactly fit the prototype of a defensive end or an outside linebacker.

      Sam was co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference while at Missouri.

      The Alouettes are 0-1, losing their season opener to the Ottawa Redblacks 20-16 on Thursday night.

  • Saturday, June 27, 2015
    Vikings CB Robinson apologizes for anti-gay tweets
    By The Sports Xchange

    Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson issued an apology for his comments that were critical of the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

    • After Friday's court ruling, Robinson compared gay marriage to pedophilia and incest in a series of Twitter posts that have since been deleted.

      "Love is love? So what will we say when the 30yr old loves YOUR 10 year old. When the dad loves HIS 6 year old? It's different?? Yea okay!" Robinson tweeted.

      Robinson issued an apology Friday night for his comments earlier in the day.

      "I apologize for any offense my tweets may have caused," Robison wrote in a text message to the Minneapolis Star Tribune?. "In an attempt to express my beliefs, I created some confusion with my choice of words, and for that I apologize. I do not equate the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality with other social issues. There are obvious differences. However, I do believe that God's laws will always supersede man's laws. This belief is not from hate for anyone but from a love for my God and all those he created. Again, I'm sorry!"

      In three seasons with the Vikings, Robinson has 154 tackles and five interceptions in 42 games.

  • Saturday, June 27, 2015
    Ex-NFL lineman Cook dies at 36
    By The Sports Xchange

    Damion Cook, an offensive lineman who played in parts of seven NFL seasons, died after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 36.

    • The athletic department at his alma mater, Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla., confirmed Cook's death on Friday.

      Cook, a Nashville, Tenn., native, appeared in 26 NFL games at guard and made 10 starts from 2001-09.

      Cook signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He made his NFL debut with the Ravens in 2002, playing in 13 games over the next three seasons. He started six games at guard for the Cleveland Browns in 2004, then after a four-year hiatus, started four games for the Detroit Lions in 2008.

      Cook also played in the Canadian Football League, the Arena Football League and the United Football League.

  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    NFL notebook: League seeks temporary venues in L.A.
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NFL is researching potential temporary venues that could host a team or teams in Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

    • According to the Los Angeles Times, the league on Thursday began issuing proposal requests to multiple venues in Southern California -- among them the Los Angeles Coliseum and Rose Bowl -- with the intent of securing a temporary home in the event of a return to the market.

      Chris Hardart, NFL vice president of corporate development, confirmed that the process has begun.

      "It is part of the process and an effort to understand all of our options and have a well thought out plan if a team or teams were to be approved to relocate," Hardart told the Times.

      There are two Los Angeles-area new stadium proposals being considered.

      The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders have joined forces and proposed in February building a $1.7 billion NFL stadium in Carson.

      In January, a developer and a company operated by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke unveiled plans to build a $1.86 billion, 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood on land he owns near Hollywood Park.

      The Los Angeles market has been without a team since 1995, when the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders returned to Oakland.

      NFL owners added a special meeting set for Aug. 11 in Chicago to discuss potential plans for relocating a team to Los Angeles in 2016.

      ---Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, attending a youth clinic at the Cleveland Browns' facility, plans to be himself and wouldn't compare his off-field issues with what happened during Johnny Manziel's disastrous rookie season.

      Winston, the 2015 NFL Draft's first overall pick, said Friday that he plans to remain active on social media in his NFL career.

      "Social media can help you in so many ways from a positive standpoint," Winston said during the Play 60 youth clinic at the Browns facility in Berea, Ohio, as part of the NFL rookie symposium being held this week in nearby Aurora. "I can't control what people put on social media about me, but I can control my actions and what I do."

      Winston, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State who had his own off-the-field issues, was asked about Manziel, also a former Heisman-winning quarterback in his second season with the Browns.

      "I'm in no point to judge,'' Winston said at the youth clinic conducted by the draft class of 2015 as part of the rookie symposium. "I've got to better myself and improve every day as a person.

      "I haven't really talked to him much, but I know he's a great person. His heart is so big and when he gets on the field he shows out and that's one thing I really remember from him in college. But other than that, he's just excited for my rookie year and starting with the Bucs."

      ---Defensive end Michael Sam is back in Montreal with the Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, two weeks after he left training camp for unexplained personal reasons.

      The Montreal Gazette reported Friday that Sam was in Montreal on Wednesday and plans to be at team meetings this weekend before practicing Monday.

      There has been no explanation for why Sam abruptly left the CFL team. The Alouettes placed Sam on their suspended list after he left.

      Sam, who signed in May with the Alouettes, was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team when he was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams last year. He was released by the Rams during the preseason and later picked up and let go by the Dallas Cowboys.

      ---Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp is facing three counts of domestic violence in Las Vegas after an April incident involving his girlfriend.

      Sapp is accused of biting Chalyce Moore and stomping on her head while the two were at the M Resort on April 28, according to a police report acquired by TMZ.

      Other details in the police report include Sapp throwing a margarita at Moore during an argument at the resort. After the two left to go to Moore's condo, Moore said Sapp bit her middle finger in the car and then stepped on her face after the two reached the condo.

      Moore sustrained injuries that included bruising on her shoulders, legs, face and lower lip, according to a friend that spoke with authorities.

      Sapp is scheduled for a court appearance on July 23. If convicted on the charges, he could face up to 18 months in jail.

  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    Winston stays away from comparison of Manziel
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, attending a youth clinic at the Cleveland Browns' facility, plans to be himself and wouldn't compare his off-field issues with what happened during Johnny Manziel's disastrous rookie season.

    • Winston, the 2015 NFL Draft's first overall pick, said Friday that he plans to remain active on social media in his NFL career.

      "Social media can help you in so many ways from a positive standpoint," Winston said during the Play 60 youth clinic at the Browns facility in Berea, Ohio, as part of the NFL rookie symposium being held this week in nearby Aurora. "I can't control what people put on social media about me, but I can control my actions and what I do."

      Winston, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State who had his own off-the-field issues, was asked about Manziel, also a former Heisman-winning quarterback in his second season with the Browns.

      "I'm in no point to judge,'' Winston said at the youth clinic conducted by the draft class of 2015 as part of the rookie symposium. "I've got to better myself and improve every day as a person."

      Winston faced a sexual assault allegation among other off-field incidents while at Florida State. Winston was never charged in the sexual assault investigation, and in April the alleged victim in the incident filed a civil suit against Winston, who filed a counterclaim saying he did not rape the woman.

      After being taken No. 1 draft by the Bucs on draft night, Winston drew criticism when he posted a picture of himself on Instagram posing in front of a serving of Alaskan king crab legs. The picture immediately received negative reaction on social media for making light of the incident when he left a Publix store in Tallahassee, Fla., without paying for the $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

      "It's about my actions," Winston said Friday. "I got to be a quarterback. When I'm off the field, I got to be a quarterback; when I'm on the field, I got to be a quarterback. I know people are going to look at me in each and every way. I just smile, man."

      Winston's off-field issues led legendary former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden to call Winston "an embarrassment" to the university in May.

      Winston said Friday he doesn't look back.

      "I gotta better myself and improve every day as a person," he said. "I really don't pay attention to social media other than what I do. I don't look up myself or anything like that. When I'm socially active, it's because I'm doing something, and I don't really pay attention to that -- outside sources."

      Manziel has taken steps to clean up his life this offseason after spending 10 weeks in a rehab center earlier this year.

      "I haven't really talked to him much, but I know he's a great person,'' Winston said of Manziel. "His heart is so big and when he gets on the field he shows out and that's one thing I really remember from him in college. But other than that, he's just excited for my rookie year and starting with the Bucs."

  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    NFL seeks temporary venues in L.A. for 2016 season
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NFL is researching potential temporary venues that could host a team or teams in Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

    • According to the Los Angeles Times, the league on Thursday began issuing proposal requests to multiple venues in Southern California -- among them the Los Angeles Coliseum and Rose Bowl -- with the intent of securing a temporary home in the event of a return to the market.

      Chris Hardart, NFL vice president of corporate development, confirmed that the process has begun.

      "It is part of the process and an effort to understand all of our options and have a well thought out plan if a team or teams were to be approved to relocate," Hardart told the Times.

      There are two Los Angeles-area new stadium proposals being considered.

      The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders have joined forces and proposed in February building a $1.7 billion NFL stadium in Carson.

      In January, a developer and a company operated by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke unveiled plans to build a $1.86 billion, 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood on land he owns near Hollywood Park.

      The Los Angeles market has been without a team since 1995, when the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders returned to Oakland.

      NFL owners added a special meeting set for Aug. 11 in Chicago to discuss potential plans for relocating a team to Los Angeles in 2016.

      According to the Times, the primary tenants in the Rose Bowl and Coliseum -- UCLA and USC, respectively -- have veto rights in regard to sharing those stadiums with NFL teams.

  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    Sam back in Montreal with CFL's Alouettes
    By The Sports Xchange

    Defensive end Michael Sam is back in Montreal with the Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, two weeks after he left training camp for unexplained personal reasons.

    • The Montreal Gazette reported Friday that Sam was in Montreal on Wednesday and plans to be at team meetings this weekend before practicing Monday.

      There has been no explanation for why Sam abruptly left the CFL team. The Alouettes placed Sam on their suspended list after he left.

      At the time, Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said he was surprised by Sam's departure.

      "There's nothing to tell you. He wanted to go home, and that's what he did," Popp said. "I don't know why. When a guy wants to go home, they go home. He had some personal things to take care of. I wouldn't be surprised if he returns. I'm surprised he left. I was very surprised."

      Sam, who signed in May with the Alouettes, was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team when he was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams last year. He was released by the Rams during the preseason and later picked up and let go by the Dallas Cowboys.

      The 25-year-old Sam encountered difficulty in the NFL because at 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, he did not exactly fit the prototype of a defensive end or an outside linebacker.

      Sam was co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference while at Missouri.

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015
    Sapp charged with domestic violence
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp is facing three counts of domestic violence in Las Vegas after an April incident involving his girlfriend.

    • Sapp is accused of biting Chalyce Moore and stomping on her head while the two were at the M Resort on April 28, according to a police report acquired by TMZ.

      Other details in the police report include Sapp throwing a margarita at Moore during an argument at the resort. After the two left to go to Moore's condo, Moore said Sapp bit her middle finger in the car and then stepped on her face after the two reached the condo.

      Moore sustrained injuries that included bruising on her shoulders, legs, face and lower lip, according to a friend that spoke with authorities.

      Sapp is scheduled for a court appearance on July 23. If convicted on the charges, he could face up to 18 months in jail.

      A month ago, Sapp reached a plea deal stemming from a case in February when he was arrested after soliciting a prostitute and charged with two counts of assault. The NFL Network subsequently dismissed Sapp from his job.

      The plea deal in May called for Sapp to plead guilty to one count of solicitation and one count of assault. He also must complete a prostitution solicitation diversion program and an anger management course.