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PHOENIX (AP) -- NFL owners got plenty done in their meetings, including approving the Raiders' relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, and addressing a variety of rules changes. So what does it all mean? VIVA LAS VEGAS The Raiders' move to America's gambling capital was a slam dunk once Bank of America came aboard with a $650 million loan that followed Nevada putting up $750 million in public funding for a $1.7 billion stadium.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Latest from the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday that concluded the NFL owners meetings (all times local): 9:40 a.m. It's reset time for the Falcons. That's the term coach Dan Quinn is using less than two months after one of the worst collapses in NFL history and certainly the worst in a Super Bowl. That blown 25-point lead in the second half and loss in overtime to New England isn't being forgotten.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Police in Florida are investigating sexual battery allegations made by a woman against former NFL star Michael Irvin. Fort Lauderdale police confirmed Wednesday that the Hall of Fame receiver's name was listed on a sexual battery incident report. The report says the alleged encounter involving Irvin took place at a Fort Lauderdale hotel on March 22. A police spokeswoman said no other details were available.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Sean Payton looked around at the crowd of reporters and chuckled, knowing why they'd come to his table at the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday morning. He then shot down a report that his New Orleans Saints had interest in troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel. Payton had breakfast with Manziel during Super Bowl week, but it was only a get-acquainted meeting.
UNDATED (AP) -- Kansas guard Frank Mason III has been unanimously selected to the AP All-America men's basketball team. Mason averaged 20.8 points and 5.1 assists for the Jayhawks this season to earn first team votes from all 65 members of the national media panel that selects the AP Top 25.
US WOMEN'S HOCKEY BOYCOTT USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championships on home ice that would've been a black eye for the sport. Players and USA Hockey finalized the deal Tuesday night and announced it in a joint statement just three days before the tournament begins in Plymouth, Michigan.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Time to celebrate? NFL fans could see an enhanced flow of play and fewer restrictions on how demonstrative players can be in their jubilation after big plays. At the busy league meetings Tuesday, owners passed several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and improve player safety. They also put off until their May gathering in Chicago potentially allowing a bit more creativity in player celebrations.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A city famous for its over-the-top persona is eagerly welcoming an NFL franchise that boasts an equally outsized reputation and the promise of big-league legitimacy for the desert gambling oasis, which up to now has seen major sporting events just passing through. Las Vegas is no stranger to big time events catering to all tastes. Champion boxers lace up their gloves at glitzy hotel-casinos on the Strip.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Dalvin Cook and DeMarcus Walker felt like they had something to prove at Florida's pro day after their performances at last month's NFL scouting combine. Both were much happier after Tuesday's workouts, which were attended by scouts and assistant coaches representing all 32 NFL teams. Walker, who was second in the country with 16.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Latest on the NFL meetings (all times local): 3:40 p.m. NFL players may be wearing different helmets based on their position in the not-too-distant future. The chairman of the league's head, neck and spine engineering subcommittee outlined the research that's leading in that direction in an informal gathering with reporters at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday. Dr.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida cornerback Jalen "Teez" Tabor wants NFL coaches, general managers and scouts to forget everything he's done the last two months. The 40-yard dash, the vertical leap, the broad jump, the shuttle run, the cone drill, the bench press, flush them all. Tabor believes there's only one way to truly evaluate his talent. "Just press play," Tabor said after Florida's annual pro day Tuesday.
PHOENIX (AP) -- NFL owners got busy Tuesday passing several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety, and perhaps even allow for more personality in player celebrations. One day after approving the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas, the owners sped up discussions on dozens of subjects.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Dallas tight end Jason Witten has signed a four-year contract extension that virtually guarantees the 14-year veteran will spend his entire career with the Cowboys. The deal Witten signed Tuesday runs through 2021 and leaves the final year of the two-time All Pro's current contract intact.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Football is hard. But for Malcolm Jenkins of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, convincing politicians to enact meaningful changes to the nation's criminal justice system is much harder. Jenkins, free-agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin and other players were meeting with members of Congress this week to push for legislation that leads to improved relationships between minority communities and local police.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Browns coach Hue Jackson has little use for pro days, especially when looking at quarterbacks. Cleveland is still searching for its franchise QB after nearly two decades back in the NFL. The Browns have the top overall draft pick following a 1-15 season, and also the 12th pick. Should they opt to select a quarterback, it will be one who came to a private workout.
PHOENIX (AP) -- NFL owners will consider a series of rules changes and procedural proposals Tuesday at their league meetings. Among those: --Shortening regular-season overtimes from 15 minutes to 10. The competition committee believes it will eliminate disadvantages in scheduling and help with player safety.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Sometime in the not distant future, they will become the Las Vegas Raiders. NFL owners approved the Raiders' move to Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings in Phoenix. Miami was the lone dissenter. Until the move, likely in 2020, Mark Davis' team still belongs to Oakland. Davis insists the club should still be considered a part of the Bay Area community.