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OJ paroled from prison for botched heist

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LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.

Simpson, 70, could be released as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia he claimed had been stolen from him.

During the more than hourlong hearing on live TV, Simpson was, by turns, remorseful, jovial and defensive, heatedly insisting the items taken in the armed robbery were "my stuff."

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Cards re-sign Chris Johnson for 1 year

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed nine-year NFL veteran Chris Johnson to a one-year contract.

The 31-year-old running back is expected to provide backup support for All-Pro David Johnson at the position.

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Oher fails physical, cut by Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Michael Oher saga in Carolina has come to an end.

The Panthers released the former starting left tackle - the subject of the movie "The Blind Side" - after he failed a physical on Thursday. The move comes six days before the Panthers are scheduled to report to training camp and 10 months since Oher last played.

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Cowboys bring back LB Durant

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back linebacker Justin Durant again with training camp just a few days away.

Durant signed Thursday for a second season in his second stint with the Cowboys. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with Dallas before going to Atlanta as a free agent for one year. He returned to the Cowboys last season, finishing with 54 tackles in a reserve role.

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Playoff drought looms over Bills' start

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Darryl Talley bit his lip so not to risk spouting a profanity.

The Buffalo Bills' 17-year playoff drought roils the emotions of the franchise's proud old guard.

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Coaches, players adjust to lighter camps

Hey, hold on. You can't do that. Not anymore.

When 10 years' worth of labor peace came to the NFL in 2011, so did a massive change in the rules governing practice - during the season, the offseason and, most especially, in training camps. Lengthy double sessions, the dreaded by players two-a-days, became a shorter session and a walkthrough.

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Browns coach taking on human trafficking

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is tackling a disturbing problem that's not always visible.

Jackson and his wife, Michelle, have launched a foundation to support organizations that combat human trafficking and aid its victims, women who are exploited, abused and scarred for life.

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Cops suspend Elliott bar incident probe

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas police have suspended an investigation into an incident at a bar involving Ezekiel Elliott, the latest off-field issue for the Cowboys' star running back.

Police said Wednesday the investigation was suspended "due to the lack of a complaint," and that no other witnesses had come forward. The statement said investigators had made several unsuccessful attempts to reach the 30-year-old man who was punched in the nose Sunday night.

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Panthers bring back Hurney as interim GM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Marty Hurney believes he is better prepared to make personnel decisions this time around with the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers Wednesday brought back Hurney to be their interim general manager, two days after owner Jerry Richardson surprisingly fired Dave Gettleman.

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Jags' Fowler arrested on battery charge

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler has been arrested in Florida on simple battery and criminal mischief charges.

St. Petersburg police said in a news release that Fowler was arrested Tuesday after getting into a confrontation with a man who made a comment about his driving.

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