Pick 6: 10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017

Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look so easy, but for most programs, it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next. Twenty-five FBS teams won at least 10 games last season, including the Crimson Tide for the ninth straight season. National champion Clemson is at six straight double-digit-win seasons. Florida State and Ohio State have done it five straight seasons.

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NFL prospect denies rape report made to police; no charges

CLEVELAND (AP) -- An attorney for former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says the player denies an accusation made in a police report that he sexually assaulted a woman. No charges have been filed. Spokeswoman Kathleen Caffrey of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office says the April 9 encounter is still being investigated by police.

Baylor's Rhule back to Philly for NFL draft with former Owls

Baylor coach Matt Rhule is spending the rest of this week back in Philadelphia, where he will be at the NFL draft with his former Temple players while also touting the Bears. "I'm there to support my Temple kids, and I'm there to sell Baylor to future recruits, and make sure that all kids that I'm recruiting know that our process is doing things that no one thought was possible," Rhule said Tuesday.

Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction dismissed

BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez formally asked a court on Tuesday to dismiss his first-degree murder conviction now that he has died. Under a long-standing Massachusetts legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE: This draft crop is loaded on that side

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE. That's going to be the area of concentration in this draft, in the first round and through much of the proceedings in Philadelphia. Indeed, the first half-dozen or so selections could come from that side of the ball. That's often the fallout when there are no slam-dunk quarterbacks available. Here's how we see Thursday night's first round falling, minus any trades. 1.

Saints, 32-year-old Adrian Peterson agree on 2-year contract

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson, the NFL's most productive running back for much of the past decade, has decided to head into the twilight of his career as a potential backup in New Orleans' pass-happy offense. The Saints on Tuesday came to terms on a two-year contract with Peterson, a 10-year veteran who has posted seven 1,000-yard seasons with Minnesota and once eclipsed 2,000 yards.

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Cowboys honor Ware, ponder need with post-Romo future secure

FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Jerry Jones honored DeMarcus Ware with a ceremonial signing Monday that allowed the franchise sacks leader to retire as a Dallas Cowboy on the same day the team owner discussed how the draft might help find the next dominant pass rusher. Whenever the Cowboys decide to pay homage to Tony Romo with their 10-year starter heading to the broadcast booth, they will do so feeling secure about their future under center.

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NBA PLAYOFFS Atlanta's Hawks look to tie up Washington in playoff series ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks will try to tie their playoff series with the Washington Wizards tonight. The Wizards have taken a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series in the quarterfinal competition. Also, the Golden State Warriors want to complete a sweep of their first-round series against the Trail Blazers tonight in Portland.

College stars bolster draft stock through special teams

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- More and more college coaches are putting their starters and even their stars on special teams as they seek to pile up every possible point in an era of pedal-to-the-metal shootouts and never-safe leads. Fading fast are the days when superstars would catch their breath on the sideline when the kicker or punter trotted onto the field with the scrubs. NFL teams love it.

Elliott effect, deep class fuel running back resurgence

Ezekiel Elliott's immediate impact last season, along with one of the strongest classes in years, have made running backs popular again heading into this week's NFL draft. After running backs failed to go in the first round in 2013 and '14, LSU's Leonard Fournette, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey and Florida State's Dalvin Cook could be selected on Thursday. That would mark the first time since 2012 that three backs are selected on the first day.

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NFL draft: Browns still searching for franchise quarterback

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Finding Bigfoot has been more productive than the Cleveland Browns' search for a franchise quarterback. This flawed football quest drags on. For nearly two decades, the Browns, once a standard of NFL excellence and now a league punching bag, have been running in circles as they try to find a quarterback to lead them from the darkness to relevance and respectability.

The Latest: Jailhouse friend seeks Hernandez's suicide note

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- The Latest on the funeral for Aaron Hernandez (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez says one of three notes the former NFL star left in his cell before killing himself was addressed to him. Lawrence Army, a lawyer for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said late Monday he's requested the note be turned over to this client, who has not yet seen it. Prison officials didn't immediately comment.

Vanilla look at new Baylor offense shows significant change

WACO, Texas (AP) -- While the first public glimpse at Baylor's new offense was vanilla by design, there were very clear indications during the Bears' spring game that some things will be drastically different under new coach Matt Rhule. Bears fans and Big 12 opponents better get used to seeing Zach Smith and other quarterbacks line up under center at times in I-formation sets with fullbacks and tight ends.

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BAMA BONANZA: Allen, Howard lead Tide's big draft class

Alabama's defense figures to resume its dominant ways during the NFL draft. Bedeviled by Deshaun Watson and Clemson in the national championship game loss , the Crimson Tide could have three defenders selected in the first round next week in Philadelphia. Five members of the front seven have a shot at being picked in the first three rounds, and the other two remain in college. And that's just the defense.