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New York Rangers forward Alexis Lafrenière was the top pick in the NHL draft after a stellar stint in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Lafrenière was leading the league with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games last season when play ended.

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It’s apparently too soon for a documentary on former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose silent protest against police treatment of Black Americans — kneeling during the national anthem — apparently cost him a promising career. He’s only 32, and his story is still being written. Though he hasn’t had an NFL contract in three seasons, his name still comes up when QB vacancies open in the league.

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The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to kick off the 2020 regular season at home on September 10 against the Houston Texans. Players are due to NFL training camp on July 22 with the Hall of Fame Game taking place in Canton, Ohio, on August 6.

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Jordan is the first former player to become a majority owner in the NBA when the league's Board of Governors approves his $275 million purchase of the Charlotte Bobcats. Today, the team is known as the Hornets.

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Houston rejoined the NFL ranks in 2002 as the Texans, five years after the Oilers departed for Tennessee. With a 32nd team, NFL owners unanimously approved a realignment plan for the league starting in 2002 that divided the league into eight four-team divisions. Seven clubs changed divisions, and the Seattle Seahawks changed conferences, moving from the AFC to the NFC. A new scheduling format also ensures that every team meets every other team in the league at least once every four years.

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Montana won three Super Bowl MVP awards during the decade and established himself as one of the greatest players at his position in NFL history.

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LUTZ, Fla. - My breaking point came on Masters Sunday. Instead of watching Tiger Woods' historic win at Augusta, I was watching ... nothing. My cable TV and internet had gone out, again, on a beautiful April day. Live sports was the only reason I had been tolerating cable's skyrocketing rates and worse-than-the-DMV customer service. But if cable was preventing me from watching one of the ...

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The biggest change in the '60s was the launch of the AFL, which brought more high-powered offensive attacks to professional football in a style of play that still resonates today. The AFL aggressively challenged the NFL by signing several of the top college players and targeting NFL stars behind the leadership of Al Davis, who was the Raiders coach and then commissioner before the merger was announced. The AFL also cleared the way for more black players to enter the league by mining historically black colleges for talent that the NFL had long overlooked.

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Chargers receiver Lance Alworth was perhaps the AFL's greatest player after opting for the new league over the more established NFL in 1962. He topped 1,000 yards receiving in his final seven seasons in the AFL and led the league in receptions, yards and TD catches three times each during that span. His best season was in 1965 when he had 1,602 yards receiving and 14 TDs in a 14-game season, averaging 23.3 yards per catch. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in six straight seasons. He finished his career with 542 catches for 10,266 yards and 85 TDs in 137 games.

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"The Greatest Game Ever Played" — The 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants was the first overtime game in league history. Alan Ameche's touchdown gave the Colts a 23-17 victory. The thrilling game was televised nationally and is credited with sparking the NFL's rise in popularity.

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Getting games on TV on a more consistent basis in the 1950s was a significant factor in the NFL becoming the country's dominant sport. Its leaders understood the importance of the growing medium better than other sports at the time.

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In 1950 the NFL merged with the All-America Football Conference and the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Colts joined the league. Also, the New York Bulldogs became the New York Yanks, but folded after the 1951 season. The Dallas Texans played their only season in the NFL in 1952 before moving to Baltimore in 1953 and becoming the Colts after the AAFC team that had joined the NFL folded. The league would enjoy franchise stability for the rest of the decade.

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The two most successful teams of this era have never even reached the Super Bowl, yet alone won it. The Cleveland Browns won the NFL title in their first year in the league (1950) and added championships in 1954 and '55. They lost in the championship game four times overall in the decade, including three consecutive years from 1951-53. The Detroit Lions won NFL titles in 1952, 1953 and 1957, beating the Browns each time. The Baltimore Colts won championships in 1958 in "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and repeated in 1959, beating the New York Giants both years.

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The NFL reached the West Coast for the first time when the defending champion Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles for the 1946 season. After stabilizing for the first time in the late 1930s, the league was mostly unchanged in its third decade except for adjustments made during World War II.

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