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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell visited injured Bills tight end Kevin Everett on Thursday morning, spending 90 minutes with the tight end who sustained a severe spinal cord injury. Goodell flew from New York City to Buffalo to meet with Everett and his mother, Patricia Dugas, in the player’s room at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital, hospital spokesman Mike Hughes said.

  • Goodell visits Everett in hospital

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell visited injured Bills tight end Kevin Everett on Thursday morning, spending 90 minutes with the tight end who sustained a severe spinal cord injury. Goodell flew from New York City to Buffalo to meet with Everett and his mother, Patricia Dugas, in the player’s room at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital, hospital…

  • Andruzzi continues battle with cancer

    Former New England Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi battled some of the toughest, meanest and nastiest defensive lineman in a 10-year NFL career. None came close to the aggressive but treatable form of cancer he is fighting now. Andruzzi, a member of the Patriots’ three Super Bowl championship teams during his five years with the club,…

  • Drivers bond during New York Chase blitz

    Matt Kenseth was the first winner in this Chase for the championship, pocketing $60 from his rival drivers by correctly guessing how late the group would be in leaving for their first appearance.

  • Cup drivers watching with interest the move by open-wheel champions to NASCAR

    IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti appears headed for NASCAR. Jacques Villeneuve, who won titles in two open-wheel series and the Indianapolis 500, is already making the transition and will run his first Truck Series race next week.

  • Blazers say Oden likely to miss season

    Greg Oden’s rookie season with the Portland Trail Blazers ended before it started when the 7-footer had knee surgery Thursday. The top pick in the June draft went in for an exploratory procedure on his right knee and ended up having microfracture surgery, which means he will sit out the season. “Greg looked at me…

  • ChiSox’s Thome sitting on 499 home runs

    Jim Thome’s next swing might send the ball over the fence and land him in some exclusive company. When that 500th homer does fly off his bat — and his next chance comes Friday — Thome will make sure it’s not a solo achievement. He’s shared the journey with his family and his teammates and…

  • Prosecutors, Mitchell Commission meet

    Albany County prosecutors met Thursday with representatives from the Mitchell Commission who are investigating the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. Just four days earlier, two Albany attorneys representing MLB also met with Soares, offering to help. Still, District Attorney P.

  • Blue Jackets suspend absent C Svitov

    Center Alexander Svitov, playing for a team in his native Russia, was suspended by the Blue Jackets on Thursday for failing to report to training camp. Svitov signed a two-year, $2.25 million contract with the Blue Jackets in early July, but has since remained in Russia to play for Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super…

  • 11 advocacy groups seek 5 years for Vick

    Eleven dog advocacy groups asked a federal judge to send Michael Vick to prison for nearly five years when the quarterback is sentenced and to turn the property he and others used for dogfighting into a shelter for abused dogs. The group, which includes animal rescue organizations and the National American Pit Bill Terrier Association,…

  • QB Russell finally signs with Raiders

    The hardest day for JaMarcus Russell during his 48-day contract dispute with the Oakland Raiders was the first, when his teammates reported to training camp and he stayed home. Russell then watched all the other first-round rookies sign their multimillion dollar deals, figuring his pay day was coming soon.

  • Facing DUI charge, WR Boston cut by Bucs

    Receiver David Boston was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, two days after police released results of a urine test that showed the eighth-year pro had a depressant in his system when he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence last month. The Bucs said Boston, who hurt his foot during…

  • Rebellion wins Belmont’s Steinlen Stakes

    Rebellion swept to a one-length victory over Giant Basil on Thursday in the $76,500 Steinlen Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park. Rebellion, ridden by Ramon Dominguez for trainer Graham Motion, ran the seven furlongs over the firm course in 1:22.51. The 4-year-old bred in England posted his third straight win and improved his overall…