Fullback Patrick Pass returns to Patriots as member of elite group with 3 Super Bowl rings

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — One of the newest Patriots belongs to an elite group whose biggest name is Tom Brady.

Obituaries in the news

Margaret Harper

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Margaret Taylor Harper, a former candidate for lieutenant governor as the women’s movement burgeoned in North Carolina who also made marks in journalism, business and charitable work, died Sunday. She was 92.

A nice ring to it: Pittsburgh Steelers get Super Bowl rings at Heinz Field ceremony

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have gotten their Super Bowl rings, four months after beating the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 for the franchise’s record sixth championship.

Just like Dad: Jets’ Rex Ryan speaking what’s on his mind the way Buddy did

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan realizes anything he says might end up on another’s team’s bulletin board. Even in June, with the season still months away.

Titans agree to terms with first 2009 draft pick, safety Nick Schommer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a deal with safety Nick Schommer, the first of the team’s 2009 draft picks to come to terms.

Favre relatives book Green Bay hotel rooms for Vikings game against the Packers Nov. 1

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brett Favre’s family is ready for his return to Green Bay if he winds up playing for the Minnesota Vikings.

Judge gives suspended NFL star Michael Vick date of July 2 to file new bankruptcy plan

NORFOLK, Va. — Suspended NFL star Michael Vick has a deadline of July 2 to tell a bankruptcy judge how he plans to pay back his creditors.

Pio Sagapolutele, who played for Browns and started for Patriots in Super Bowl, dies at 39.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Pio Sagapolutele, a defensive lineman who played five years for Cleveland and started in the 1997 Super Bowl for New England, has died. He was 39.

Small, speedy Larry Beavers hopes small college stardom translates to NFL with Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sure, Larry Beavers didn’t face the best competition in college. But still, 39.5 yards per kickoff return and 29.2 on punts with eight combined touchdowns last fall?

Bills quarterback Trent Edwards eager to prove himself entering third NFL season

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Practice is over, but Trent Edwards remains hard at work under a noon sun baking the grass field next to the Buffalo Bills complex.

Citing injuries, Saints LB Morgan retires for second time

NEW ORLEANS — Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus says New Orleans Saints linebacker Dan Morgan has decided to retire from the NFL a second time.

Seahawks agree to terms with 7th-round pick Courtney Greene

SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with seventh-round draft pick Courtney Greene.

Brett Favre faces possible deadline to tell Minnesota Vikings if he wants to play next season

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings reportedly have told Brett Favre to decide this week if he wants to play this year.

Report: Vikings coach Brad Childress tells Favre to decide this week on playing this season

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings reportedly have told Brett Favre to decide this week if he wants to play this year.

Dallas Cowboys deny interest in bringing back ‘Pacman’ Jones, cut after off-field problems

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys say there are no plans to bring back Adam “Pacman” Jones, the cornerback whose career has been marred by off-the-field problems.

Redskins unveil scratch-off ticket, take advantage of new NFL rule to partner with lottery

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins are a lottery team, albeit one with no pingpong balls to worry about.

NFL coaches Coughlin, Fisher Harbaugh to visit US troops in Persian Gulf

NEW YORK — NFL coaches Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants, Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans and John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens will be visiting U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf region this summer.

Tennessee looking into potential minor recruiting violation connected to ESPN program

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is looking into whether it committed another NCAA recruiting violation by allowing media to be present during a meeting between coach Lane Kiffin and recruits.

Patriots DL Vince Wilfork holding out, but shows up for charity golf tournament

BOLTON, Mass. — New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made an appearance at the team’s charity golf tournament even as he continues to hold out for a new contract.

Report: Favre recently had arthroscopic surgery on ailing shoulder

Brett Favre recently had arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right shoulder, ESPN reported Sunday night, another indication the three-time NFL MVP is considering coming out of retirement.

Eagles RB Brian Westbrook has ankle surgery, expected to be ready for opener

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles running back Brian Westbrook had surgery on his right ankle on Friday and is expected to be ready for the regular season.

Manning satisfied with Colts’ answers after recent discussions about coaching staff

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning is satisfied with what he’s hearing from the Colts about the roles of retired assistants Tom Moore and Howard Mudd.

Colts’ Vinatieri has hip surgery but is expected to be ready for start of regular season

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri had surgery on his right hip this week and is expected to be ready for the regular season.

Disgruntled guard Brian Waters shows up for mandatory Chiefs minicamp

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Disgruntled guard Brian Waters has shown up for the first day of the Kansas City Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp.

Super Bowl champion Steelers to open training camp July 31

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will open training camp in Latrobe, Pa., on July 31 and will work out at Saint Vincent College through Aug. 20.

Bills’ owner Wilson to get ‘Booming’ introduction into Hall of Fame by selecting ESPN’s Berman

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has picked ESPN football broadcaster Chris Berman to introduce him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in August.

Arizona Cardinals sign safety Wilson to 5-year contract that runs through 2013

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals took care of their top offseason priority on Thursday by signing two-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson to a new five-year, $39 million contract, with $18.5 million guaranteed.

Niners give OT Joe Staley gets 6-year contract extension through 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers signed left tackle Joe Staley to a six-year contract extension Thursday, securing their durable young lineman through 2017.

Vikings CB Winfield continues to stay away from team after extension negotiations stall

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield is not participating in the team’s offseason practices this week, a decision coinciding with stalled negotiations on a contract extension.

2009 Remaining Unrestricted Free Agents

Unsigned free agents with more than four years of NFL experience:

Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth to enter plea in Fla. DUI manslaughter case

MIAMI — An arraignment hearing is set in Miami for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth on DUI manslaughter charges stemming from a March car crash in which a pedestrian died.

Developer scraps plans to replace Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego’s Mission Valley

SAN DIEGO — A developer scrapped a plan to build a $1 billion stadium as part of a redevelopment of the land surrounding Qualcomm Stadium.

Yahoo sues NFL Players Association for free access to data for its fantasy football game

MINNEAPOLIS — Yahoo Inc. is suing the NFL Players Association to try to ensure it won’t be sued for using player statistics, photos and other data for its popular online fantasy football game.

Jets’ Jenkins supporting Ryan after previously saying Mangini deserved another year as coach

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Kris Jenkins sat on a stool in front of his locker a few months ago, his shoulders slumped and his words barely above a whisper.

Labor talks begin with the NFL and union starting with preliminaries

NEW YORK — The NFL and its players’ union opened talks Wednesday in a bid to avoid a work stoppage in 2011, when the current labor contract expires.


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