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April 16, 2014 | By Sam Farmer, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
A federal judge in Philadelphia declined Wednesday to approve a proposed $765-million concussion settlement between the NFL and a group of retired players. [UPDATED, 4:30 p.m. PDT, April 16:  Although this was originally characterized as a setback for those pushing for a concussion settlement, attorneys for the plaintiffs clarified Wednesday afternoon that U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody's ruling was more of a procedural housekeeping item. The ruling was submitted electronically late Tuesday and was announced Wednesday.
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April 15, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
Former NFL star Darren Sharper is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, his latest hearing in the ongoing legal saga involving sexual assault allegations in five states. Sharper, 38, has spent more than six weeks in an L.A. jail as prosecutors and his attorneys debate whether he can be held without bail on sexual assault and drug charges out of Arizona. [Updated at 9:55 a.m. PDT, April 15: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn continued the hearing to Thursday morning, citing the Wednesday matter in Arizona.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before hopping a plane back to L.A.  The Skinny: I'm on the East Coast right now so the blood moon happened past my bedtime. The pictures looked cool though. I survived my Seder. Now I just need to burn off the meal and hope the rain doesn't mess with my flight. Today's headlines include a look at Turner Broadcasting as it begins an executive overhaul. Also, looks like David Fincher won't direct a Steve Jobs biopic for Sony Pictures. Finally, will CBS'  carrying prime-time football keep commercial rates for ESPN and NBC's football coverage from rising?
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April 14, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
LeSean McCoy was drafted in the second round, 53rd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. A year later Tim Tebow was drafted in the first round, 25th overall by the Denver Broncos. But McCoy has gone on to become a star, leading the NFL in rushing last season, while Tebow couldn't even find a team to play for in 2012. Still, McCoy's recent assessment of the former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time NCAA champion seemed a tad harsh. "My son is 2," McCoy told TMZ at LAX on Saturday night.
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April 14, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jadeveon Clowney is slated as one of the top picks, if not the top pick, in just about every mock NFL draft out there. But at least one NFL executive isn't impressed with the South Carolina defensive end. Or so he says ... anonymously. “He's spoiled, and he's lazy," an NFC personnel director told nj.com. “He's never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you're going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard. I don't see it. " He added of Clowney: “Oh, he's going to be a high pick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Former NFL player Darren Sharper is slated for a hearing next week in Phoenix to decide whether he can continue to be held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Tempe last year. The Arizona charges are the latest against the Super Bowl-winning safety who has been charged with sexually assaulting four women and is under investigation in connection with another four assaults on women across several states. Los Angeles prosecutors initially charged Sharper, 38, with two rape and five drug counts, alleging he drugged and attacked two women he met at a West Hollywood club in two separate incidents.
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April 10, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For those who aren't aware that the NFL is America's secular religion, the awe-struck tone of the professional football-themed "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner can't help but clue you in. Made with the league's complete cooperation, not to mention its spiritual blessing, this is an earnest and way-contrived endeavor that manages, due largely to Costner's efforts, to be genially diverting in a gee-whiz kind of way. Unless you're a committed pro...
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April 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before watching a Senate hearing in my pajamas. The Skinny: I think I've mentioned that I finally started watching "Sons of Anarchy. " I enjoy it but do have to wonder, is there no media outlet wondering why this small California town seems overrun with violence? Anyway, today's roundup includes Comcast and Time Warner's efforts to make the case for its merger. Also, the Weather Channel and DirecTV make peace and Sony gets some new financing. Finally, the NFL gives Draft Day a thumbs up. Daily Dose: This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
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April 9, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The San Francisco 49ers will make their 2014 debut at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos. That much was revealed Wednesday as the NFL released its preseason matchups, although dates and times have only been set for nationally televised games. There will be eight nationally televised exhibition games, and they will feature eight playoff teams from last season. The 2014 preseason will kick off Sunday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. PT, when the Buffalo Bills play the New York Giants in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
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April 9, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - In its ascent up the mountain of American popular culture, the NFL has studiously protected its brand, turning down many Hollywood offers to collaborate and limiting the extent of the partnerships it has forged. So much for all that. The NFL's famously cautious mindset goes the way of leather helmets and the single-wing offense on Friday when Summit Entertainment releases "Draft Day," a film from and about professional football. The movie - the product of a marriage brokered by Hollywood mainstay WME - thrusts the league into the world of big-time film and sets a new standard for cooperation between a professional sports entity and entertainment-world heavyweights.
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