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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson sits on the sideline before the team's NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in New Orleans. Visitation for Benson, who died last week, takes place Wednesday and Thursday at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. A private funeral service is set for noon Friday at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
March 21, 2018 - 10:32 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The casket of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has been carried into a New Orleans seminary. Benson's widow was among those accompanying Benson's body into Notre Dame Seminary. It will be there during two days of public visitation: Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson sits on the sideline before the team's NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in New Orleans. Visitation for Benson, who died last week, takes place Wednesday and Thursday at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. A private funeral service is set for noon Friday at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
March 21, 2018 - 12:48 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Admirers of Tom Benson, the New Orleans Saints owner who died last week, are getting a chance to pay their final respects. Visitation takes place from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. It continues Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A private...
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Minnesota Vikings new quarterback Kirk Cousins addresses the media after he was introduced during a news conference, after signing a three-year, $84 million contract, at the NFL football team's new headquarters Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
March 16, 2018 - 7:58 pm
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The idea began to percolate about 2½ years ago, in discussions between Kirk Cousins and agent Mike McCartney about his status with the Washington Redskins and his future in the NFL. The goal was to get a fully guaranteed contract, the security players in this league of high...
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File- This Dec. 19, 2009, file photo shows New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson walking on the field before the NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in New Orleans. Benson, a successful auto dealer who brought the New Orleans Saints their only winning seasons and the "Benson Boogie," has died. Benson, who has also owned the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans since 2012, was 90. The NFL and NBA teams announced Benson’s death on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
March 15, 2018 - 9:10 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tom Benson, a successful auto dealer and longtime owner of the New Orleans Saints who brought the franchise its only winning seasons and the "Benson Boogie," has died. Benson also owned the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans since 2012, but the 90-year-old made his mark in pro sports...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2014, file photo, fans cheer for the United States against Belgium during a Brazil 2014 World Cup viewing party at Soldier Field in Chicago. Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation, has dropped out of the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup. Organizers were to announce their list of bidding cities Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker, File)
March 15, 2018 - 6:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation, and Minneapolis dropped out of the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup because of what city officials said were burdensome financial demands by FIFA. Twenty-three cities, including 17 in the United States, were chosen to be...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers (90) tackles San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Panthers have announced they have re-signed free agent defensive end Julius Peppers to a one-year contract. A person familiar with the situation says the deal is for $5 million, with $2.5 million guaranteed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, on condition of anonymity because the team does not release financial terms of contracts. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
March 14, 2018 - 6:19 pm
All those promises worth millions upon millions to free agents turned into paydays Wednesday when the NFL's business year began. Of course, teams needed to clear salary cap space or rejigger their ledgers to make it work, and they'll still be doing so for months. While the likes of Drew Brees,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) is stopped by Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) and cornerback Aaron Colvin (22) after a reception during the second half of an NFL football game, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jaguars Paul Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. The 33-year-old Posluszny announced his decision in a letter to fans Tuesday, March 13, 2018, one day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
March 13, 2018 - 9:23 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Paul Posluszny left the game the same way he played — with the utmost class. The veteran middle linebacker retired Tuesday after 11 NFL seasons with Buffalo and Jacksonville, calling it quits because he can "no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable." Posluszny...
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March 13, 2018 - 10:52 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation confirms to The Associated Press that free agent defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has reached an agreement to sign a five-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the signing won't become...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Williams (31) follows the block of tackle Cordy Glenn (77) against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Khyri Thornton (99) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. A person familiar with the deal has told The Associated Press the Bills have moved up nine spots in the draft by swapping first-round draft picks with the Cincinnati Bengals, who also acquired high-priced left tackle Glenn as part of the trade. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)
March 12, 2018 - 6:11 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills put themselves in a better position to fill a big need at quarterback in the draft. The Cincinnati Bengals added much-needed protection for their own franchise quarterback, Andy Dalton. The Bills moved up nine spots in the draft by swapping first-round picks...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Major League Baseball free agent second baseman Neil Walker fields a ground ball during infield drills before a scrimmage game in Bradenton, Fla. A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent infielder Neil Walker and the New York Yankees are close to an agreement on a one-year contract for about $5 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, March 12, 2018, because an agreement would be subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
March 12, 2018 - 4:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent infielder Neil Walker and the New York Yankees are close to a one-year contract worth about $5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because any agreement is...
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