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2006 Oct 20
US federal authorities arrested Jake Brahm, a 20-year-old Wisconsin grocery store clerk, for making a hoax threat that said seven football stadiums across the nation would be targeted by terrorists with radiological "dirty bombs" this weekend.
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2006 Nov 17
Bo Schembechler (b.1929), former Univ. of Michigan football coach, died in Southfield, Mich.
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2006 Dec 9
Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy.
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2006 Dec 13
Lamar Hunt (74), the owner of football's Kansas City Chiefs who coined the term "Super Bowl," died in Dallas.
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2006
Mark Yost authored “Tailgating, Sacks, and Salary Caps: How the NFL Became the Most Successful Sports League in History.”
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2007 Jan 1
In Denver, Colorado, Broncos football player Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting in the early morning and two people with him were injured. On October 8, 2008, Willie D. Clark (25) was indicted for the murder.
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2007 Jan 1
The 9th-ranked Boise State Broncos completed a perfect season with a 43-42 overtime victory over No. 7 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Southern California beat Michigan 32-18 in the Rose Bowl.
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2007 Jan 21
Lovie Smith became the first black head coach to make it to the Super Bowl when his Chicago Bears won the NFC championship, beating the New Orleans Saints 39-14; Tony Dungy became the second when his Indianapolis Colts took the AFC title over the New England Patriots, 38-34.
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2007 Feb 4
Peyton Manning added the missing ingredient to his Hall of Fame credentials by leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
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2007 Feb 24
Broncos running back Damien Nash (24) collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis, less than two months after the slaying of teammate Darrent Williams.
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2007 Mar 27
US National Football League (NFL) owners voted 30-2 to make the video replay system a permanent officiating tool.
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2007 Mar 30
In Lombard, Illinois, Hubert D. Thompson (28), a former Michigan State football player, hurled James Malone (66) to his death from a 3rd floor apartment balcony. In 2009 an Illinois judge ruled Thompson not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered him confined to a mental institution. Thompson was once the nation’s top-rated defensive end prospect. He was ejected from the 2000 Citrus Bowl for fighting with a Florida offensive lineman.
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2007 Apr 3
Eddie Robinson (b.1919), 56-year head football coach at Grambling College, died in Ruston, La.
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2007 Apr 5
Darryl Stingley (55), a former New England Patriots player paralyzed during an on-field collision in 1978, died in Chicago.
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2007 Jul 17
In Virginia Michael Vick, quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, was indicted by a federal grand jury along with 3 others on charges related to competitive dog fighting. In Dec. Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls.
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2007 Jul 30
Bill Walsh (b.1931), former head coach of the SF 49ers football team, died at his Woodside home following a long battle with leukemia.
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2007 Aug 20
The lawyer for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick said Vick will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. Vick could spend the next few American football seasons behind bars.
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2007 Aug 24
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick admitted he participated in an illegal dogfighting operation and was suspended indefinitely by the National Football League.
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2007 Aug 27
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick apologized for "using bad judgment and making bad decisions" and vowed to redeem himself after pleading guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.
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2007 Sep 1
The Mountaineers of Boone, North Carolina, pulled off one of the greatest upsets in college football history as Appalachian State beat No. 5 Michigan 34-32.
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2007 Sep 13
The NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 for spying on the New York Jets during a game.
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2007 Sep 15
Sarah Thomas became the first female official to work a game in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly I-A, serving as the line judge in the Jacksonville State-Memphis game.
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2007 Sep 16
Police in Las Vegas arrested O.J. Simpson saying he was part of an armed group that broke into a hotel room on Sep 13 and snatched memorabilia that documented his sports career. Simpson (60) was booked on five felony counts, including suspicion of assault and robbery with a deadly weapon. On Sep 18 DA David Roger filed the felony charges and added five other felonies, including kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
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2007 Oct 20
Max McGee (75), former Green Bay Packers receiver, died in Deephaven, Minn.
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2007 Nov 10
Miami ended its 70-year stay at the famed Orange Bowl with the biggest shutout loss in the stadium's history, a 48-0 rout to Virginia.
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2007 Nov 26
Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was mortally wounded when he was shot during a botched armed robbery at his home in Palmetto Bay, Fla. Taylor died the next day.
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2007 Nov 27
In Florida Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor died after he was shot in his home by an apparent intruder, leaving the Washington Redskins in mourning for a teammate who seemed to have reordered his life since becoming a father. By the end of the week 4 men were charged with unpremeditated murder, armed burglary and home invasion with a firearm or another deadly weapon.
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2007 Nov 27
Bill Willis (86), a Hall of Fame guard with the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State's first black football All-American, died in Columbus, Ohio.
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2007 Dec 1
Four suspects were charged in Miami in the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor. One ended up pleading guilty to second-degree murder; a fifth suspect was also charged.
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2007 Dec 8
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.
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2008 Jan 1
The Michigan Wolverines upset No. 9 Florida 41-35 in the Capital One Bowl to win their first bowl game since 2003. This one was special. Michigan's senior class won its first bowl game in four tries and Lloyd Carr ended his coaching career on a high note.
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2008 Feb 3
The New York Giants won the Super Bowl XLII over for the favored New England Patriots 17-14.
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2008 Aug 20
Gene Upshaw (b.1945), former NFL Hall of Famer and union leader, died near lake Tahoe.
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2008 Sep 14
The Denver Broncos won 39-38 following a 2-point conversion after a mistaken call by NFL referee Ed Hochuli gave them the ball in the last minute of the game.
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2009 Feb 1
In Super Bowl XLIII at Tampa, Florida, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23.
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2009 Feb 28
A fishing boat from Clearwater, Florida, capsized as the four friends were pulling up the anchor. Nick Schuyler was rescued on March 2. Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith and former University of South Florida player William Bleakley remained missing.
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2009 Apr 27
Ernie Barnes (b.1938), former American Football League player turned artist, died. He was named the official artist of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
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2009 Jun 1
San Francisco Mayor Newsom unveiled a $6.6 billion budget for 2009-2010. He also urged Santa Clara voters to reject a $937 million stadium project for the SF 49ers.
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2009 Sep 13
The American professional football season began and for the first time in 33 years bets on football matches became legal anywhere in America besides Nevada.
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2009 Oct 18
Jasper Howard (20), a University of Connecticut football player, was stabbed to death during a fight outside a school-sanctioned dance. John William Lomax III was charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault in connection with Howard's death. Another man, Hakim Muhammad (20) was charged with conspiracy to commit assault. Lomax’s lawyer later said his client was trying to break up the fight and was not involved in the stabbing.
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2009 Dec 12
Alabama running back Mark Ingram won this year’s Heisman trophy.
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2009 Dec 17
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry (26) died in North Carolina, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police said was a domestic dispute with his fiancee.
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2010 Jan 1
In the Rose Bowl at Pasadena Terrelle Pryor passed for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 72 more and threw a 17-yard scoring pass to DeVier Posey with 7:02 to play, leading the No. 8 Buckeyes to a 26-17 victory over No. 7 Oregon.
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2010 Feb 7
The New Orleans Saints capped off an outstanding season with an upset over the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints' victory over Indianapolis was watched by more than 106 million people, surpassing the 1983 finale of "M-A-S-H" to become the most-watched program in US television history.
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2010 Apr 11
In Texas more than 20,000 people gathered at tailgate parties and other spots to watch fireworks go off one last time over Texas Stadium before a ton of dynamite lit up the Dallas Cowboys' longtime home and brought it to the ground. The Cowboys played 38 seasons in Texas Stadium, winning five Super Bowls during that time.
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2010 May 3
Nick Rogers (30), former NFL player and Georgia Tech star, died in a one-car accident. He was killed about 1:30 a.m. when his car hit a utility pole in College Park, near Atlanta, Georgia.
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2010 May 6
In Ramapo, NY, Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (51) was charged with raping a 16-year-old runaway who police said was forced into prostitution by a man who had beaten her up. Third-degree rape is a charge levied when the victim is under the age of consent, which is 17 in New York.
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2010 Jun 25
In Richmond, Va., Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant with Philadelphia Eagles’ QB Michael Vick in a 2007 federal dogfighting charge, died in a shooting. Vick had pleaded guilty to the 2007 charges. Police said Vick has not been ruled out as suspect or person of interest in the shooting which occurred shortly after a birthday party for Vick had ended at a club. An investigation was ongoing.
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2010 Sep 20
Denver Bronco’s wide receiver Kenny McKinley (23) was found dead in his home in an apparent suicide.
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2010 Sep 27
George Blanda (83), former American football star, died. He played longer than anyone in pro football history and racked up the most points in a career that spanned four decades, mostly with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders.
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2010 Dec 5
Don Meredith (72), one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team, died.
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2011 Feb 6
In Dallas, Texas, Wisconsin’s Green Bay packers won Super Bowl XLV 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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2011 Oct 8
Al Davis (b.1929), the trailblazing owner of the Oakland Raiders and Hall of Famer in his own right, died.
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2011 Nov 5
Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky (67) was arrested for 40 sex crimes against boys dating from 1994 to 2005. All of the boys were under the care of the Second Mile Foundation, a charity that Sandusky founded in 1977.
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2011 Nov 10
Thousands of enraged Penn State students tore through the streets of State College, Pa., overnight to protest the firing of Joe Paterno after the longtime head football coach was removed from his position effective immediately. The turmoil followed the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, charged with abusing at least eight boys over 15 years. Paterno and Univ. Pres. Graham Spanier, who was also fired, have come under intense pressure because they were also told of at least one incident, but did not alert police.
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2011 Dec 2
In Santa Clara, Ca., city officials announced that they have secured $850 million in funding for a new 49ers football stadium now estimated to cost $1.02 billion.
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2012 Jan 22
Joe Paterno (85), the longtime Penn State coach, died. He won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity.
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2012 Feb 2
The US national Football League announced it would give the SF 49ers $200 million loans and straight payments for its new $1 billion stadium in Santa Clara, Ca.
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2012 Feb 5
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning led his team to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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2012 May 14
Minnesota’s Gov. Mark Dayton approved a $975 million stadium for the Minneapolis-based Vikings football team. Minneapolis and the state will pay $498 million and the team $477 million.
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