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Seahawks host Packers to open NFL season

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NEW YORK (AP) Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle.

The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a 14-12 Seahawks victory clinched on what now is often dubbed the "Fail Mary." Russell Wilson's desperation pass on the final play was called a touchdown reception for Golden Tate by the replacement officials.

A few days later, the lockout of the regular officials ended.

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Seahawks QB Wilson divorcing from wife

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has announced that he and his wife Ashton are divorcing.

Wilson made the announcement in a statement released by the Seahawks on Wednesday. He says decisions like this are not easy and respectfully asks for "prayers and understanding and privacy during this difficult time."

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Cards LB Washington gets 1 yr. probation

PHOENIX (AP) A judge on Wednesday sentenced Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington to a year of supervised probation for assaulting a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter.

Now Washington, one of the team's top defensive players, will wait to see what punishment he may face from the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

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RG3 to drive NASCAR pace car in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car before Saturday night's NASCAR race at Richmond.

Richmond International Raceway made the announcement Wednesday, and says it happened with some help from Twitter.

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Saints undecided on RB Ingram's option

AVONDALE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have not decided whether to exercise a 2015 team option on running back Mark Ingram's contract, coach Sean Payton said Wednesday.

New Orleans already has exercised a similar option on defensive end Cameron Jordan worth $6.97 million in base salary. The club has until May 3 to do so for Ingram, who like Jordan was a 2011 first-round draft choice.

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Sherman addresses race issue at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Richard Sherman was called all kinds of names after his raging rant at the end of the NFC championship game. It was worth it, the Seattle cornerback said, because it gave him a chance to talk about the perception of black athletes to a wider audience.

First, at the Super Bowl.

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CB Trufant likely to retire as Seahawk

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have signed former cornerback Marcus Trufant, who is expected to announce his retirement from football.

Seattle announced the signing Wednesday and said Trufant was expected to announce his intentions during a news conference Thursday.

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Bills addressing Marrone website error

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills are internally addressing how an unfinished story about coach Doug Marrone having cancer was posted on the team's website.

The Bills released a statement on Wednesday, describing the posting as "an unfortunate situation" and saying they're looking into how it occurred.

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Broncos LT Clady eager to return to form

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) As far as Peyton Manning is concerned, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders isn't the only offensive reinforcement summoned to help Denver get another crack at winning the Super Bowl.

"It's almost like Ryan Clady was a free agent acquisition," Manning suggested. "He didn't play last year."

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Rebuilding Jags begin offensive overhaul

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) No Maurice Jones-Drew. No Brad Meester. Not even Blaine Gabbert.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting their first look at the latest stage of their rebuilding project, an offensive overhaul that includes the loss of several starters.

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