Patent Office pulls ‘Redskins’ trademark protection

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The U.S. Patent Office has ruled the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans,” canceling federal trademark protections.

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Aaron Hernandez indicted for double murder in Boston

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Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, already jailed in connection with the murder of a friend, has been indicted for murder in connection with a fatal double shooting in Boston, a senior police official told NBC News.

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Sam the Ram: First openly gay player drafted into NFL

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Michael Sam is the first openly gay player in the NFL, and he’s a St. Louis Ram.

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NFL-Bound Michael Sam Wins Widespread Support After Coming Out

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Michael Sam’s University of Missouri teammates and other sports stars rallied around the All-American defensive lineman after he revealed to the world that he’s gay.

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Missouri Star Michael Sam Could Become First Publicly Gay NFL Player

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A University of Missouri football star projected to be drafted into the NFL could become the first publicly gay pro football player.

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Seahawks demolish Broncos to win first Super Bowl

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Dominant. Unrelenting. Champions.

The Seattle Seahawks are all three and so much more after demolishing the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win their first Super Bowl on Sunday night.

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Poll: Forty percent would steer kids away from football

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Forty percent of Americans say they would encourage their children to play a different sport than football due to concerns about concussions, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. 

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Jonathan Martin speaks out about NFL bullying scandal: ‘I felt trapped’

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In an exclusive interview, the former Miami Dolphins tackle said his teammates’ taunting went beyond normal locker-room culture, and ‘persistent’ bullying led him to quit the team. Watch more on TODAY Wednesday morning.

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No excuses: Deaf Seattle Seahawks fullback inspires fans in viral ad

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Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman may claim he’s “nobody special” but to the millions of people who know his life story, he’s an inspiration.

"I’m just a guy who has hearing aids and wanted to play football and found a way to do it," Coleman, 23, told NBC News.

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'Shockingly racist' sign about Chiefs, Redskins brings restaurant apology

A Sonic Drive-in signboard that carried a “shockingly racist” message about the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins prompted an apology from the restaurant chain on Sunday.

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'It's always been about the hatred of Indian skin': Native Americans, allies protest Washington Redskins in Denver

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Hundreds of people rallied in Denver on Sunday to protest the name of the Washington Redskins and to send a message to team owner Dan Snyder that the nickname is derogatory to Native Americans.

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Favre’s ‘scary’ memory lapses re-open NFL concussion questions

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Former NFL star Brett Favre, who was sacked more times than any other quarterback, says he’s facing memory loss linked to on-field concussions: “God only knows the toll.” 

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Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to all charges

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree murder and gun charges in connection with the shooting death of his friend, Odin Lloyd.

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NFL inks $765 million settlement over player head injuries

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The National Football League has agreed to pay $765  million to settle lawsuits by former players over head injuries, it was announced Thursday.

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