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LSU dismisses Travonte Valentine for 2nd time

LSU has dismissed defensive tackle Travonte Valentine for a violation of team rules, the program announced Thursday. "At this point in time, Travonte is no longer part of our football program," head coach Ed Orgeron said in a statement. "We wish him the best." It's the second time Valentine has been booted from the Tigers, as he was first dismissed in 2015 due to multiple failed drug tests and academic shortcomings. Valentine was cleared by the SEC to return before the 2016 campaign, and he was subsequently reinstated by LSU. The 6-foot-3 nose guard played in five games this season, registering 10 tackles, but didn't play in the Tigers' final seven contests. Valentine, now a redshirt sophomore, was one of the top defensive tackle recruits in the 2014 class. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Pitt, UCF schedule home-and-home series

Pitt and UCF are set to lock horns twice in the next three years, as the programs announced Thursday they've agreed to a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019. The Panthers will travel to Orlando for a road game in 2018 before hosting the Knights at Heinz Field in the second leg of the series a year later. In their one previous meeting, Pitt notched a 52-7 win over UCF in 2006. The Knights now have one non-conference date to fill in both 2018 and 2019, while the Panthers' non-conference schedule for those years has been filled: Pitt football finalized its 2018 and 2019 non-conference schedules, now featuring a home-and-home with UCF — Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) January 19, 2017 Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

nfl Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks The Associated Press 16h ago Raymond Boyd / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court raised doubts Wednesday about a law that bars the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive. The justices heard arguments in a dispute involving an Asian-American band called the Slants that was denied a trademark because the U.S. Patent and Trademark office says the name disparages Asians. The band says the 70-year-old law violates free speech rights. A federal appeals court ruled that the law is unconstitutional, but the government has appealed. Justice Elena Kagan said it seemed like "a classic form of viewpoint discrimination" because the government appeared to favor positive names over those with negative connotations. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the law wasn't being enforced consistently, noting that the term Heeb was approved in one trademark application, but not in another. The t..

Turner, Sanders, Whitworth added to Pro Bowl roster

nfl Turner, Sanders, Whitworth added to Pro Bowl roster by Mitch Sanderson 15h ago Streeter Lecka / Getty Images Sport / Getty Carolina Panthers guard Trai Turner has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, replacing the Washington Redskins' Brandon Scherff, who is unable to play due to injury. Turner started all 16 games this season and was also named to the Pro Bowl in 2015, his second year as a pro. He will join tight end Greg Olsen, linebacker Thomas Davis, and fullback Mike Tolbert as representatives from the Panthers. Emmanuel Sanders will join four Denver Broncos teammates at his second set of All-Star festivities as he replaces injured Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper. Also named as a Pro Bowl replacement is Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth. He will stand in for Raiders tackle Donald Penn on the AFC roster. Penn will miss the game with an injury as well. It will be the third Pro Bowl of Whitworth's career.

Packers’ Davante Adams not expected to practice until Saturday

nfl Packers' Davante Adams not expected to practice until Saturday by Dan Wilkins 15h ago Joe Robbins / Getty Images Sport / Getty Davante Adams will need a few days of rest before he practices in preparation for Sunday's NFC Championship Game. The Green Bay Packers receiver is expected to sit out until the final team session of the week after suffering an ankle injury in the divisional round against the Dallas Cowboys. "We'll see," head coach Mike McCarthy said of his third-year receiver Wednesday, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. "I'm curious to see him move. I don't think he'll practice until Saturday." Adams had to be helped off the field late in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's win over the Cowboys. He eventually returned and was able to finish the game, but the ankle clearly remains a concern. Getting on the field Saturday, even if in a limited capacity, would be an important step for Adams in his recovery. The 24-year-old being available for..

Cowboys fan adjusts Super Bowl LI champions tattoo

nfl Cowboys fan adjusts Super Bowl LI champions tattoo by Caitlyn Holroyd 15h ago Jordan Garnett/Twitter The Dallas Cowboys fan who initially got a tattoo declaring them Super Bowl LI champions in December is now resting his hopes on next year's big game. Jordan Garnett, a stand-up comedian from Boynton Beach, Fla., was confident the Cowboys would win the Super Bowl this season, but had his dreams crushed when they were eliminated by the Green Bay Packers. @dallascowboys Hey Dallas Cowboys! Now it's official. Don't let me down. SUPER BOWL 51 CHAMPIONS!!! Tattooed on 12/6/16. I'm calling it now. — Jordan Garnett (@jordangarnett) December 6, 2016 Garnett has already made a slight adjustment to the tattoo, changing it to Super Bowl LII. He's hoping the second time's a charm. "Obviously, I'm not that great with guarantees," Garnett told Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post. "But I'll guarantee it again: We'll win it next ..

Report: Olson to coach Rams’ QBs; was considered for Bills’ OC job

nfl Report: Olson to coach Rams' QBs; was considered for Bills' OC job by Mitch Sanderson 15h ago Icon Sports Wire / Icon Sportswire / Getty After reportedly being considered a favorite to become the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator, former Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Greg Olson is planning to join the Los Angeles Rams as their quarterbacks coach, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Kansas City Chiefs co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress and Olson were reportedly the leading candidates for the Bills' job. Olson was fired from his position with the Jaguars in late October after a 2-5 start and replaced by quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett. This would be Olson's second stint with the Rams after he served as the team's offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2007.

North, South rosters announced for 2017 Senior Bowl

nfl North, South rosters announced for 2017 Senior Bowl by Dan Wilkins 15h ago Jake Roth / USA TODAY Sports Rosters for the 2017 Senior Bowl were made official by event organizers Wednesday. The most highly regarded All-Star game on the pre-draft schedule, the event gives graduated prospects an opportunity to showcase their skills in a live football environment and boost their stocks looking ahead to the spring. Participants will practice with their respective teams in Mobile, Ala., throughout next week before going head-to-head in a game Saturday. Coaches for the Chicago Bears will lead the North Team, while the Cleveland Browns staff will work with the South Team. North Team Player Position School Sefo Liufau QB Colorado Nate Peterman QB Pittsburgh C.J. Beathard QB Iowa Corey Clement RB Wisconsin Jamaal Williams RB Brigham Young Kareem Hunt RB Toledo Sam Rogers FB Virginia Tech Trent Taylor WR Louisiana Tech Zay Jones WR East Carolina Cooper Kupp WR Eastern Washington Jamari Staples ..

Belichick: ‘Ask Dallas and Kansas City’ about home field advantage

nfl Belichick: 'Ask Dallas and Kansas City' about home field advantage by Mitch Sanderson 15h ago Chris Humphreys / USA TODAY Sports With the AFC Championship trophy at his side, Bill Belichick was in full Belichickian mode at his press conference Wednesday. The New England Patriots coach called the presence of the Lamar Hunt trophy in the team facility "so exciting" in his typical deadpan fashion before dismissing the importance of having home field advantage Sunday. "I don't know," said Belichick when discussing what it means to have the crowd behind him. "Go ask Dallas and Kansas City." Both the Cowboys and Chiefs saw their seasons end last weekend on home turf. Belichick dismissed other potentially distracting storylines - Roger Goodell’s lack of attendance in New Engalnd and Tom Brady’s Sports Illustrated cover - in the same fashion, stating he’s "focused on the Steelers."

Report: Carl Cheffers to referee Super Bowl LI

nfl Report: Carl Cheffers to referee Super Bowl LI by Michael McClymont 13h ago Lachlan Cunningham / Getty Images Sport / Getty Travis Kelce did not get his wish. The referee the Kansas City Chiefs tight end said should never work another game - or even at Foot Locker - will instead be the lead referee for Super Bowl LI, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN. It will be Carl Cheffers' first ever Super Bowl as lead referee. Cheffers has been an official since 2000 and was promoted to referee in 2008.
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