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Parole board votes to release O.J. Simpson from prison in October

LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star. With the ruling, the 70-year-old Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1 after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence. When the final…

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Arizona Cardinals re-signing RB Chris Johnson to one-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals re-signed running back Chris Johnson to a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday. Johnson, 31, was placed on injured reserve last season after suffering a groin injury in Week 4 that required surgery. He wasn’t chosen by coach Bruce Arians to return late in the season, and he finished with 95 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 25 carries. It was the second consecutive season ended by injury for Johnson, who was third in the NFL in rushing and on pace for his seventh 1,000-yard season when…

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Wes Welker doesn’t spend time worrying about long-term health ramifications

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Having once referred to himself as the “poster child” for concussions in the NFL, retired wide receiver Wes Welker said Wednesday that he wouldn’t change much about his career and doesn’t spend time worrying about potential long-term health ramifications. Welker sustained at least six media-documented concussions as an NFL player, which includes a stretch in which he had three concussions in nine months starting in the 2013 season. Wes Welker, 36, had the most productive stretch of his career with the New England Patriots from 2007 to…

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Los Angeles Chargers deep at WR, can withstand Mike Williams absense – Los Angeles Chargers Blog

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Like Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco says, his team drafted receiver Mike Williams for his ability to create explosive plays. But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chargers could be without the team’s first-round selection for the duration of his rookie season if he opts for surgery to repair a lower disc herniation that doesn’t appear to be getting better. According to the report, Williams recently had a second epidural injection as a last-ditch effort to get him ready for training camp. The Chargers…

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Death of ex-Buffalo Bills, Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver James Hardy ruled a suicide

The Allen County (Indiana) Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of former Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy a suicide. Chief Investigator Michael Burris said in a statement Wednesday that the cause of Hardy’s death was asphyxia due to drowning and the manner of death was suicide. Burris said the determination of suicide was based on Hardy’s medical and psychiatric history, his contacts with law enforcement and other evidence, including some found on his body. Hardy’s body was found on June 7 in the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, Indiana….

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No deal: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers set for 16-game standoff – Pittsburgh Steelers Blog

PITTSBURGH — Now the fun begins. One of the most prolific players in the NFL will play on a one-year contract for a Super Bowl contender after the franchise tag deadline passed Monday. The Pittsburgh Steelers had hoped that wouldn’t be Le’Veon Bell‘s reality. For months, they’ve wanted to sign him to a long-term deal. But Bell was toting the $12.1 million rock, thanks to this year’s franchise tag. He wasn’t going to undermine his own leverage. So now he’s betting on himself with a one-year audition, just like his…

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Carolina Panthers tackle Michael Oher says he hated to hear of GM Dave Gettleman’s firing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers tackle Michael Oher has a message to those who took joy in the team’s firing of general manager Dave Gettleman on Monday. He shared it Tuesday on Instagram, saying he “hated to hear” the news because Gettleman was one of the only people who “constantly checked on my well being, condition and state of mind that I’ve been suffering from my injury.” Oher has been in the concussion protocol since September. While a league source recently told ESPN that Oher will report to training camp…

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Lucky Whitehead of Dallas Cowboys posts stolen dog ‘home safely’

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead has been reunited with Blitz. After saying Monday that his dog was stolen from him and was being held for ransom money, he posted early Tuesday morning on Snapchat that Blitz was back. “Look who made it home safely!!!” Whitehead posted with a short video of his dog. “THANKS EVERYONE.” Whitehead first broke the news Monday that his dog was stolen in an Instagram post and then talked more about the crime in an interview with KXAS-TV in Dallas. Whitehead, who was in Florida…

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Michael Vick advises Colin Kaepernick to cut his hair in effort to rebuild image

Michael Vick said Monday that Colin Kaepernick could help his job hunt by cutting his hair. Vick made his comments on FS1’s “Speak For Yourself.” “First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair. Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. Even if he puts cornrows in there. I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue….

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