Athlete health

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, Arizona Cardinals' Josh Shaw runs drills during the teams' NFL football training camp in Glendale, Ariz. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season, the first time in more than 35 years a player has been banned for gambling. He has now been suspended through at least the end of the 2020 season. The league announced the suspension on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
December 20, 2019 - 10:55 am
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw has dropped his appeal of a one-year NFL suspension for gambling on league games, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Shaw's decision to drop the appeal has not...
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott speaks during a news conference following an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
December 19, 2019 - 8:19 pm
Complaints about the NFL's playoff structure have rarely carried more clout than down the stretch of this season, given the glaring weakness of the NFC East. Though there are currently no teams in this quagmire of a quartet with a winning record, yes, either Dallas or Philadelphia will still get to...
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
December 19, 2019 - 6:45 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott is simply reliving his college days with a shoulder injury that is limiting him in practice for the first time in four seasons as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. As for whether the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will miss his first game as a pro when the...
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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
December 19, 2019 - 5:04 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — About 12 hours after Jaguars owner Shad Khan fired top executive Tom Coughlin, all the clocks inside the building were reset. There was no more "Coughlin Time" in Jacksonville. It could be the franchise's most significant change. There's growing belief that Khan plans to...
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File-This Nov. 18, 2007, file photo shows Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal in an NFL football game in Cincinnati. Former NFL star O'Neal has been charged with felony drunken driving in connection with an August high-speed crash that seriously injured him and a passenger, Florida court records show. O'Neal, 42, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 after the Aug. 7 crash that left the former Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback with a concussion, broken ankle and internal injuries, according to a Palm Beach County arrest affidavit made public this week. That blood-alcohol level is twice the legal limit for driving in Florida. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
December 18, 2019 - 5:30 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL star Deltha O'Neal has been charged with felony drunken driving in connection with an August high-speed crash that seriously injured him and a passenger, Florida court records show. O'Neal, 42, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 after the Aug. 7 crash that...
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay, center, is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, left, during the second half of NFL football game in Denver. No piece of protective equipment has undergone as much transformation over the past decade as the helmet. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
December 18, 2019 - 1:20 pm
Football helmets are almost as old as the game itself and, by now, about as safe as they’ll ever be. The polycarbonate outer shell flexes at impact to redistribute shock, yet remains strong enough to ram a car windshield at 40 mph without cracking. The facemasks wrapped around them are space-age...
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll speaks to members of the media following an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
December 18, 2019 - 2:38 am
With eight of the 12 postseason berths already occupied, it's time to look at who the other four might be. And what all of them need to go deep into January — and into February. NFC SEATTLE (11-3) WHERE THEY ARE: Sitting atop the NFC West and in potential shape to get the overall top seed in the...
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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
December 17, 2019 - 6:40 pm
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers didn't have much time to dwell on a lackluster loss to Atlanta with an abbreviated week ahead. So when the 49ers (11-3) returned to begin preparations for Saturday night's home game against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan delivered the...
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Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
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December 17, 2019 - 6:12 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions are sticking with their leaders in the front office and on the field, hoping continuity helps the franchise have success that has been elusive for several decades. The Lions announced general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia will be retained for the 2020...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs off the field after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 34-7 in an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Brees broke the NFL record for career touchdown passes, surpassing Peyton Manning, and the all-time single game completion percentage as well. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
December 17, 2019 - 4:46 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vintage Drew Brees is back. Or so it would seem the past two weeks, during which the Saints' 40-year-old quarterback has passed for nine touchdowns and 656 yards, setting career and single-game NFL records in the process. His return to stellar form comes at a good time for the...
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