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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, photograph, Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette takes part in a drill to prepare for the NFL Combine at a workout facility in Centennial, Colo. Robinette continues to take classes at the academy to become an officer in the Air Force while preparing for a career on the gridiron as an NFL wide receiver. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 6:01 P.M.

Jalen Robinette both a cadet and NFL hopeful

Jalen Robinette is the first Air Force receiver invited to the Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Whichever team drafts him won’t have to wait for him to serve two years of active duty. The Department of Defense changed its policy last year. So upon graduation he’d go straight to the reserves and NFL training camp.

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In this Dec. 18, 2016, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston participates in a news conference after an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Winston, who was accused of raping another student when he was in college, says he made a poor word choice in comments about women in a recent talk to students at a Florida elementary school. The Tampa Bay Times reports Winston spoke to third- through fifth-grade students at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, telling them about his three rules of life. When the kids got fidgety, Winston told the boys to stand up, reminding them that theyre strong. Then, he said the ladies are supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. (Michael Ainsworth / Associated Press)

UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 5:47 P.M.

Jameis Winston: Comments about girls were ‘poor word choice’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston says he made a “poor word choice” in comments about women while talking to students at a Florida elementary school. The Tampa Bay Times reports Winston spoke to third- through fifth-grade students at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. When the kids got fidgety, Winston told the boys to stand up, reminding them that they’re “strong.” Then, he said the “ladies” are “supposed to be silent, polite, gentle.”

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THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

In this April 29, 2014 file photo, Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino speaks to reporters about the Pro Football Hall of Fame fanjets at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Marino is re-signing with the Dolphins, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in order to officially retire as a member of the franchise. The Dolphins are signing six players for retirement purposes: Marino, Larry Little, Sam Madison, Bob Griese, Kim Bokamper and Nat Moore. (Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 8:18 P.M.

Dolphins sign Dan Marino to 1-day contract

More than 17 years removed from his final NFL pass and 12 years after his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dan Marino “re-signed” with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. He was among six prominent former members of the team given ceremonial one-day contracts designed so they could officially retire as members of the franchise.

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Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Detroit. (Jose Juarez / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 8:15 P.M.

AP source: Tight end Julius Thomas passes physical with Dolphins

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that tight end Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Miami Dolphins. The move is a precursor to his being traded from Jacksonville to Miami next month. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no trade can be completed before the new league year begins on March 9.

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Los Angeles Chargers special team coordinator George Stewart, from left, head coach Anthony Lynn, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt pose for photos after a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 8:12 P.M.

Gus Bradley keen on LA Chargers’ future as team moves north

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and head coach Anthony Lynn joined returning offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and special teams coordinator George Stewart on Wednesday to check out StubHub Center, the Los Angeles Chargers’ new stadium south of downtown Los Angeles. During a break from work at Chargers Park, the coaches also saw the site of the team’s new training complex in Costa Mesa.

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In this Sept. 11, 2016 file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) greets Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, center, before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Nashville, Tenn. A year ago, Strunk could only promise hope to Tennessee season-ticket holders. Now the general manager and coach she hired went 9-7 in their first season and lots of ammunition to build with as they meet with season-ticket holders Wednesday night. (Mark Zaleski / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 8:11 P.M.

Tennessee Titans celebrate with fans, set playoffs as goal

Titans’ fans give controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk a standing ovation as the franchise celebrated a 9-7 record in 2016 in the first season under a new general manager and coach. Strunk also promised good times now are here at an event for season-ticket holders billed as “Tailgate & Tuxedos” featuring former and current Titans, including their five Pro Bowlers. This franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008, and it’s been 13 years since its last postseason victory.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 8:07 P.M.

49ers assistant general manager Tom Gamble leaves team

Longtime San Francisco 49ers personnel executive Tom Gamble is leaving the organization after a front-office overhaul this offseason. General manager John Lynch announced on Wednesday that he and Gamble decided it would be in the best interest for the team and Gamble for him to leave the team.

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In this Sept. 8, 1998 file photo, Ed Garvey, center, Democratic nominee for governor, receives congratulations from School Board President Leon Todd, left, Pamela Malone, a campaign volunteer, and Garvey’s wife, Betty, after addressing his supporters and the media in Milwaukee. Garvey, the lawyer who led the National Football League Players Association through strikes in 1974 and 1982, has died at age 76. Garvey was the players’ union counsel and executive director from 1971-83. (Karen Sherlock / Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 8:05 P.M.

Former NFL players union director Ed Garvey dies at age 76

Ed Garvey, the lawyer who led the National Football League Players Association through strikes in 1974 and 1982 has died at age 76. Garvey was the players’ union counsel and executive director from 1971-83. The nationally known labor attorney was a political heavyweight in Wisconsin, where he returned in 1983.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Houston, TX. (Gregory Payan / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 10:02 P.M.

Value of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey listed as $500K

The value of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey is listed as $500,000 on a Houston Police Department report. The New England Patriots quarterback is listed as the complainant in the report dated Feb. 6, the day after the Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. The police report was made public Tuesday.

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Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35) rushes for yardage between Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence (97) and defensive end Ryan Russell (96) during the second half of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The Buccaneers won 17-16. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 9:56 P.M.

Panthers cut 3-time Pro Bowler Mike Tolbert and Paul Soliai

The Panthers have released three-time Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert and backup defensive tackle Paul Soliai. Coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday in a release he was “fortunate” to have coached Tolbert for nearly his entire career. The Panthers have ranked among the NFL leaders in rushing in each of Tolbert’s five seasons, but the 31-year-old saw less action last season, carrying 35 times for 114 yards with no touchdowns.

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