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2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship bracket

2016 Men's Basketball Championship Bracket

The NCAA Division I men’s Basketball Championship’s first round begins March 17.  The tournament concludes April 4 in Houston Texas. First Four: March 15-16; UD Arena Dayton, Ohio First and Second Rounds: March 17, 19 at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa; PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.; Pepsi Center, Denver; Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I.; March 18, 20 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Scottrade Center, ...

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Patriots trade Chandler Jones, sign Chris Long

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The New England Patriots announced that they acquired guard Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round draft pick (61st overall) in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for defensive end Chandler Jones. Jones, 26, is a veteran of four seasons with New England after joining the team as a first-round draft pick (21st overall) out of Syracuse in the 2012 NFL Draft. ...

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Brock Osweiler: Texans on the ‘cusp of doing something great’

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Texans new quarterback arrived Brock Osweiler arrived in Houston on Wednesday night ready to get to work. “Coming to Houston was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Osweiler said, via ESPN.com. “What I see with this football team is something special. I believe this organization is on the cusp of doing something great. That’s something I want to be a part ...

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Mario Williams agrees to two-year deal with Miami Dolphins

Mario Williams

Defensive end Mario Williams agreed to a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins worth $17 million, including incentives that could push the total to $20 million, reports ESPN.com. “It feels rejuvenating,” Williams told ESPN. The Dolphins announced Williams’ signing on Tuesday night. The addition of Williams comes a day after Miami agreed to a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso. Williams, 31, was released ...

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Report: Raiders reach agreement with LB Bruce Irvin


Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin plans to sign with the Oakland Raiders when the signing period opens Wednesday, Reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Irvin, 28, played at strongside linebacker in the base defense and moved to defensive end in the Seahawks’ sub packages in Seattle. Irvin (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) has 22 sacks in his four-year career, with 37 starts in 58 games. Last season, he had 5½ ...

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Robert Griffin III thanks Redskins after release

Robert Griffin III

The Washington Redskins have released Robert Griffin III, the 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year. The quarterback took to Instagram to thank the Redskins organization. It was a blessing guys. After 4 years, my days as a part of this team have come to an end. I just want to take the time to say thank you #SkinsNation. Thank you for welcoming ...

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Kobe Bryant leads Lakers over Warriors from the bench

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Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers throttled the defending-champion Golden State Warriors 112-95 Sunday night at the Staples Center. Bryant shot just 4-of-14, including misses on all five of his 3-point attempts and he sat the entire fourth quarter.  But he was was instrumental in his 24 minutes off the floor, constantly barking advice at his young teammates from the bench. “He’s ...

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Bill Belichick: ‘Peyton raised the bar as a performer’

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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick took some time Sunday night to congratulate Peyton Manning, who will announce his retirement from the NFL on Monday. “It is with great admiration that I congratulate Peyton Manning for his tremendous career in the National Football League,” the Patriots coach told ESPN.com. “Peyton raised the bar as a performer and as a competitor and with a personal ...

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Peyton Manning to retire after Super Bowl, 18 NFL seasons

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Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers will indeed be his final rodeo. The five-time NFL MVP will announce his retirement during a news conference Monday at the Denver Broncos’ headquarters. “When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team,” ...

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Arian Foster: I’ve got 7 years of beautiful memories with Texans

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Arian Foster, the Houston Texans all-time leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, yards per game and total scoring for a non-kicker, will no longer be on the roster, the team announced Thursday. “There are not many players I respect more than Arian Foster,” general manager Rick Smith said in a statement Thursday. “He maximized his opportunity as an undrafted college free agent and worked ...

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