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Owners mull cutting OT to 10 minutes

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NEW YORK (AP) NFL owners will consider proposals next week to cut regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10; eliminate players leaping over the line of scrimmage on kick plays; and expansion of coaches' challenges and what can be reviewed by officials.

In what promises to be a busy annual meeting next week in Phoenix that will include discussing the Raiders' potential relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the 32 owners also will vote on changing the mechanics on replay reviews and other items intended to reduce downtime during games.

The Eagles proposed four rules changes, including abolishing the leaping techniques that league football operations director Troy Vincent said Thursday "don't belong in the game."

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Ex-RB Richardson denies girlfriend abuse

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Former NFL and Alabama running back Trent Richardson is denying charges that he hit his former girlfriend, who is the mother of his four children.

Richardson told Al.com (http://bit.ly/2o90Dru ) in an interview published Thursday that he would never strike a female. He says his February arrest in suburban Birmingham happened after former girlfriend Sevina Fatu punched him and pulled out some of his hair.

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Sentencing delayed for Will Smith killer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Sentencing for the man who fatally shot former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith has been delayed.

Cardell Hayes was scheduled for sentencing on Monday. However, state District Judge Camille Buras granted a defense attorneys' request for more time Thursday.

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Bears re-sign WR/KR Thompson for 1 year

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have re-signed receiver and kickoff returner Deonte Thompson to a one-year contract.

He had 22 receptions for 249 yards and finished second in the NFL with 804 kickoff return yards last season.

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Rams sign Murray to be 3rd-string QB

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams have signed quarterback Aaron Murray.

The Rams announced the deal Thursday.

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Seahawks sign ex-Bucs S McDougald

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have added depth in the secondary by signing defensive back Bradley McDougald.

Seattle announced the signing of McDougald and kicker John Lunsford on Wednesday night.

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CB Jones won't be charged with felony

CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones faces three misdemeanor charges, including assault, but no longer is being charged with a felony for a January confrontation with hotel security guards, police and a nurse.

A felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance, for allegedly spitting at a nurse, was dismissed at the prosecuting attorney's request, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement Wednesday. The felony charge carries a potential sentence of six to 12 months in jail upon conviction.

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Serial numbers may verify Brady jerseys

BOSTON (AP) Now that authorities believe they have recovered the jersey stolen from Tom Brady's locker following the Patriots' Super Bowl win last month, the next step will be determining whether it is in fact the MVP quarterback's missing grass-stained garment.

So how exactly does that happen?

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Vikings RB Murray has ankle surgery

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) New Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery Wednesday.

Murray left the Raiders as a free agent and signed last week with Minnesota, getting $15 million over three years, with $8.55 million guaranteed.

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Kaepernick gives $50K to Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels has confirmed a $50,000 donation from former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The group that provides food for seniors in need thanked Kaepernick for his donation on Tuesday. It came a day after President Donald Trump took a swipe at Kaepernick during a campaign-style rally in Kentucky by taking credit for the lack of suitors for the free agent. Kaepernick's refusal to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" ahead of 49ers games last season as a protest of police treatment of minorities became a topic of national debate.

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