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Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as playoff push

CHICAGO (AP) — Big Ten teams plan to play at least one nonconference game against a Power Five opponent and eliminate FCS schools from their schedules starting in 2016. That’s the same year that Big Ten teams go to a nine-game conference slate. Commissioner Jim Delany touted a “1910” scheduling model Friday at Big Ten […]

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Manning and Thomas back together after 201-day separation

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas are on the field together for the first time in 201 days as the Denver Broncos kick off training camp. Thomas skipped the Broncos’ offseason program in a contract stalemate before signing a five-year, $70 million deal earlier this month. When Manning reported to camp he […]

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Chiefs veterans return to Missouri Western for training camp

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive tackle Mike DeVito, both coming back from season-ending injuries, were among the veterans reporting to training camp Friday. This is generally a loathsome period for veterans, with insufferable practices in heat often topping triple digits. But Johnson and DeVito wore broad grins on their […]

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Omaha street now bears name of football great Johnny Rodgers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha has named a street in honor of Nebraska football legend Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers. A stretch of Burt Street near the old site of Omaha Tech high school, where Rodgers had played, now bears the name Johnny Rodgers Street. Rodgers, a wide receiver and return specialist for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, won […]

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