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  • Raiders tab rookie Derek Carr as starting QB

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow. "We've seen signs of Derek Carr's development from the day he stepped on campus here to where he is at right now," Allen said. "We've seen him grow by leaps and bounds and I think he's ready to accept the challenge." Schaub…
  • Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. "I'm super excited," said Gronkowski, who didn't play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. "I won't have to see my teammates grind all week - (I'll) go back out there with them, get in the huddle, break the huddle with them. "It's going to be an honor to be back out there with my…
  • AP source: Chiefs' Alex Smith agrees to extension

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise. Now, he could have that opportunity for at least four more years. Smith signed a $68 million extension Sunday to remain with the Chiefs through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract. Smith, who is due $7.5 million this season, will receive $45…
  • 49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald's arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to take him into custody. McDonald, 29, was later released from Santa Clara County Jail after posting $25,000 bail. He wouldn't discuss what happened with television news reporters who approached him after he posted bail.
  • 49ers' Aldon Smith apologizes for suspension

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has apologized to the organization and its fans after receiving a nine-game suspension from the NFL for a series of off-field legal issues. In a statement released through the NFL Players Association on Saturday, Smith said: "I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire 49ers organization and 49ers fans for not being able to contribute on the field for the next several weeks. Over the last year, I have learned a lot and I'm working hard to grow from my experiences. "I want to thank my family and friends, my teammates, my union…
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  • Our family is expanding: TODAY viewers share adorable pet-assisted announcements

    Danielle Brennan
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Over Labor Day weekend, Carrie Underwood announced her pregnancy with a little help from her furry friends, Ace and Penny.Inspired by the country singer's pup-tastic baby bump news, we asked readers to share photos of their animal-assisted announcements. Check out some of our favorites below and be prepared to "awww.
  • Summer isn't over yet! 5 ways to savor the peak days of summer squash

    Amy Capetta
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Summer may be winding down, but summer squash—zucchini, pattypan, crookneck, yellow squash and more— is still piled high everywhere from farmers' markets to your local grocery story (and maybe even in your backyard). Running out of ideas for how to use it?  Here are five unusual, ingenious ways to relish this creamy, delicately flavored, versatile vegetable while it's still at its peak.
  • 'Forever in your debt': K-9 buried with full police honors after dying in line of duty

    Eun Kyung Kim
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    An Oklahoma City police dog killed while helping his partner catch a knife-wielding thief has been laid to rest with full honors. More than 1,000 people and dozens of service dogs attended the funeral service last week for Kye, a 3-year-old Belgian German Shepherd that was stabbed to death by the suspect. Kye’s partner since serving on the police department's K-9 unit, Sgt.
  • See why this baby is smiling... and why his dad is cringing

    Carter Gaddis
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    In one black and white photo, the father’s smiling face gazes serenely at the camera, an image of pride and joy as he cradles his sleeping infant son in his forearms like a football. The naked baby’s gangly arms and legs dangle, his little head pillowed comfortably in the palm of his dad’s hand.
  • 4 ways to get your home in back-to-school shape

    Laurel & Wolf
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    With Labor Day now behind us, it is officially back-to-school time nationwide, and that means books are strewn around the house, backpacks are plopped by the doorway and laundry is piling up from after-school activities.
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