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July 10, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sports agent Anthony Quinn Welch pleaded guilty in Dallas to filing false tax information for four pro football players and pocketing the returns. A news release from the U.S. Attorney's office said the athletes gave Welch accurate information from 1989-1991, but the agent gave it inaccurately to the Internal Revenue Service. Welch admitted guilt to all counts of a five-count indictment. He faces a possible 15 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines.
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March 22, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla.  - The NFL set scoring and yardage records last season - the league loves that - and had all the hallmarks of competitive balance, including 48% of games that were decided by seven points or fewer, the fourth-most in history. But, as is typical this time of year, there's a push from teams to further tweak the rules. The ideas might be legitimate improvements, or maybe just superfluous tinkering, but that's for team owners to decide at this week's annual meetings, a three-day event at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando.
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December 5, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tim Tebow's dream of playing quarterback for a professional football team might be over in America, or at least the NFL, but Italian league team Milano has offered him a four-month contract. Milano team President Marco Mutti told the Associated Press that the offer has been sent to Tebow's agent and the club is awaiting an answer. “We would be more than happy to have him,” Mutti said. The Milano Seamen lost last season's championship game to the Parma Panthers, 51-28.
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February 19, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - There will be intrigue, just as there is every year with the NFL scouting combine, as the nation's top college football prospects look to turn the heads of their future employers with size, speed and strength. But this year's event promises a little history to go along with the mystery. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, on track to become the first openly gay NFL player, will be working out for teams, as will a record 103 players who opted to forgo their senior seasons and make the early plunge into the draft pool.
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January 29, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
Is this a bad omen for the two groups bidding to bring an NFL franchise to Los Angeles? K.W. Jeter's novel "Noir," set in the 21st century, has a chilling scene in which an investigator stumbles into the End Zone Hotel in L.A. "The place had a pro football motif," Jeter writes, "yellowing posters of numbers and helmeted players on the walls, from a time when there'd been those kinds of teams. . . .
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October 23, 1990 | BOB OATES
Herschel Walker, the 225-pound sprinter who has been turned into a jogger by the Minnesota Vikings, continues to be the most misunderstood football player of our time. The charge that Walker lacks courage was brought into the open on national television Sunday by NBC announcer O.J. Simpson. It is a preposterous charge. The truth is that Walker has all the courage that Simpson ever showed in his NFL career. And to allege otherwise is to slander a veteran athlete irresponsibly.
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December 10, 1991 | BOB OATES
What backup quarterback is playing the NFL's best football in this year of the backup? There are three lively candidates. Steve Beuerlein, Steve Bono and Jeff Kemp have been winning game after game as replacements for, respectively, Troy Aikman at Dallas, Joe Montana and Steve Young at San Francisco, and Randall Cunningham and Jim McMahon at Philadelphia. And they aren't alone.
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January 2, 1991 | BOB OATES
This is the winter of the backup quarterback. From coast to coast, as the NFL's 71st regular season wound down over the weekend, more than the usual number of No. 1 quarterbacks were on the bench, and more backups were making winning plays. And no one was more surprised than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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November 29, 1987 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
GAME OF THE DAY Cleveland (7-3) at San Francisco (8-2), 5 p.m. TV: ESPN. In a season searching for superpowers comes this week's possible Super Bowl preview. By destroying the Oilers last week, the Browns asserted some command of the AFC Central, although Coach Marty Schottenheimer insists: "We are not elite. We haven't accomplished anything yet." Tell it to the statisticians.
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August 3, 1989 | From Times wire services
Dotted lines are being signed on contracts as pro football training camps get into full swing. Green Bay Packers linebacker Tim Harris signed a two-year contract worth $1.185 million and ended his 11-day holdout today. Harris, the Packers' leader in sacks the last three seasons, called a press conference today to announce his signing. The Packers do not announce the signing of veteran players. He was to participate in his first practice this afternoon.
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December 10, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
They coach the same game, with the same-sized fields and same oblong ball. They both wear whistles, headsets and sunglasses that hide sleep-starved eyes closer to Xs than O's. But the difference between being a head football coach in college and the NFL is like the difference between Wal-Mart and Wall Street. "When you're in the NFL, and you're going to do something that's going to help you win, no one ever says, 'What does it cost?'" said Jerry Glanville, who coached at Portland State more than a decade after coaching the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons.
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December 5, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tim Tebow's dream of playing quarterback for a professional football team might be over in America, or at least the NFL, but Italian league team Milano has offered him a four-month contract. Milano team President Marco Mutti told the Associated Press that the offer has been sent to Tebow's agent and the club is awaiting an answer. “We would be more than happy to have him,” Mutti said. The Milano Seamen lost last season's championship game to the Parma Panthers, 51-28.
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November 22, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The big story in the NFL this weekend is Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady. Or is it? The matchup of two of the premier quarterbacks in the history of the game, the Denver Broncos' Manning and the New England Patriots' Brady, is where the NFL wants our goose bumps. There is no denying the attraction. Both teams are very good. Manning is chasing Brady's single-season touchdown passing record of 50. The game is in the prime-time Sunday night spot, where the best in the business, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, broadcast and analyze the action.
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August 14, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Christian Fauria spent 13 seasons as an NFL tight end. He won two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. He understands the hunger for any possible physical edge. But he said he couldn't bring himself to use human growth hormone. He did buy it though. He held the vials in his hands. He contemplated injecting himself with the banned substance, but… "Too chicken to go through with it," Fauria told The Times on Wednesday. "I did my research. I had tons of ankle problems, and I was looking for a way to get back faster.
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August 5, 2013 | By Mike Klingaman
Art Donovan played pro football for 12 years. He spent the rest of his life telling everyone about it. Donovan, 89, who died Sunday of a respiratory ailment at a Baltimore hospice, played and talked a great game. He was a Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts and an engaging raconteur. His cherubic face, adenoidal voice and side-splitting tales of yore captivated generations of viewers who never saw Donovan collar a quarterback or take down a runner. Donovan appeared 10 times on "Late Night With David Letterman," where he spun yarns about his youth in the Bronx, his hitch in the Marines during World War II and his playing days in the NFL. Often, his stories were laced with self-deprecating humor and some choice four-letter words.
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July 15, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The Pro Football Hall of Fame distanced itself from former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez by removing a photo of the murder suspect from a display last week. “In the spirit of good taste we thought we'd take it down,” vice president of communication and exhibits Joe Horrigan told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  According to the Plain Dealer, the Canton, Ohio, institution had received several complaints from visitors regarding the award-winning shot of Hernandez high-stepping into the end zone in front of a crumpled Sam Shields of the Green Bay Packers during the 2010 season.
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May 31, 2013 | By Gary Klein
John Pemberton reaches into his back pocket, pulls out a small broom, bends low and sweeps the dirt left and then right, manicuring the white strip of rubber in the middle of the pitcher's circle. Upright again, he lifts the bill of his dark blue cap and tilts his head for a final inspection. Satisfied, he breaks into a trot and hustles over to first base. For nearly half a century, Pemberton, 77, has operated in the organized mayhem of high school, college and professional sports.
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February 2, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Former coach Bill Parcells, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and four others were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Sapp, who played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, and Odgen, an All-American from UCLA who played with the Baltimore Ravens, each were selected in their first year of eligibility. Parcells led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories. Joining them in the Class of 2013 will be offensive guard Larry Allen of the Dallas Cowboys, defensive tackle Curley Culp of the Kansas City Chiefs, receiver Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings and linebacker Dave Robinson of the Green Bay Packers.
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