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Hall of Fame Game Canceled Due to Field Concerns

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By Gregg Rosenthal | Around The NFL Editor | Published: Aug. 7, 2016 at 07:03 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 8, 2016 at 03:49 p.m.

The official return of pro football will have to wait another four days. The NFL canceled Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game because of poor field conditions. The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts are headed back home.

“I was notified at about 5:30 that there was a problem at midfield and in the end zones with some of the painting that it was kind of congealing and rubberized, which meant players might slip on it,” Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker told NFL Media’s Steve Wyche. “The folks with the field tried to remediate that by dropping some other pellets but after talking to the coaches and staff for both the Packers and the Colts, there More >

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Broncos Rookie Paxton Lynch: I can play right away

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By Kevin Patra | Around the NFL writer | Published: July 27, 2016 at 08:41 a.m. | Updated: July 27, 2016 at 11:09 a.m.

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak might have “kind of let” players know that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback, according to defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, but that doesn’t mean Paxton Lynch isn’t using training camp to push himself into position to snatch that job away — sooner rather than later.

“I definitely think I have the opportunity to better myself and put myself up in that position to play right away or sooner than I had thought,” Lynch said Tuesday, via ESPN. “I knew those guys were going to be ahead of me just because of experience — Trevor his experience in the offense and Mark his experience in the league and me being a rookie, and this is the first time More >

Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier Beats Steelers Wideouts in Foot Race

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Jeremy Fowler | ESPN Staff Writer | June 8, 2016

Ryan Shazier is a freak. This much was clear before Wednesday.

But a post-practice scene described on the social media accounts of Pittsburgh Steelers players reinforces Shazier’s elite athleticism.

Linebacker Vince Williams posted on twitter that Shazier was getting ready to race the Steelers’ top receivers — Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates — in a 40-yard dash.

“We got a race out here today,” Williams said.

Brown’s SnapChat showed a video clip of the race, which appeared to show Shazier winning. Williams later tweeted, “@RyanShazier the fastest player on the team.”

Art Briles

A Comprehensive Timeline of Scandal, Cover-Ups and Failure at Baylor

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By: | May 28, 2016 11:17 am

More than 10 years ago, Baylor — a small, private Baptist university in the middle of Texas — found itself at the epicenter of scandal when one basketball player murdered a teammate.

This involved guns, drugs, lies, a coach covering up details, and ultimately, the NCAA sanctioning the Bears with some of the harshest penalties of that time.

Fast-forward to this week when Baylor announced it would suspend with the intention of firing it’s $6 million, ultra-successful head football coach Art Briles in the wake of an investigation of countless sexual assaults involving players in his program.

For years, numerous players at Baylor have been accused of sexually assaulting women while their team was winning games and becoming not just a powerhouse in the Big 12, but a consistent contender for the College Football More >

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald Fulfills Promise to Mom by Graduating From College

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Josh Weinfuss | ESPN Staff Writer | May 14, 2016

TEMPE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald added another honor to his already prolific resume on Saturday.

College graduate.

The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver graduated Saturday from the University of Phoenix, majoring in communications and minoring in marketing. It was the end of an educational odyssey that has taken more than a decade since he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.

“I’m glad I can finally shake the 15-year college student stigma,” Fitzgerald joked to ESPN.

Fitzgerald left Pitt after his sophomore season and was drafted third overall in 2004 by the Cardinals. While he put college on hold to pursue his NFL career, Fitzgerald never forgot the promise he made to his mother, Carol.

Before Carol died in 2003 from breast cancer, she told Larry: “Education is one thing nobody can ever take More >

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