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Ex-Dolphins owner Huizenga dies at 80

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MIAMI (AP) H. Wayne Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80.

Huizenga (HY'-zing-ah) died Thursday night at his home, said Valerie Hinkell, a longtime assistant. She gave no details on a cause of death.

Starting with a single garbage truck in 1968, Huzienga built Waste Management Inc. into a Fortune 500 company. He purchased independent sanitation engineering companies, and by the time he took the company public in 1972, he had completed the acquisition of 133 small-time haulers. By 1983, Waste Management was the largest waste disposal company in the United States.


10 rules proposals on table for owners

NFL owners will be presented 10 rules proposals at their meetings next week, including changes to the catch rule and to the length of defensive pass interference penalties, and allowing personal fouls to be reviewed by instant replay.

The competition committee and several teams are bringing the proposals, which will be reviewed by owners beginning Monday in Orlando.


Ex-Raiders LB Smith surrenders to police

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Former Oakland Raiders player Aldon Smith has surrendered to police on charges he violated a domestic violence restraining order.

San Francisco police say the 28-year-old Smith turned himself in Friday and was booked on three misdemeanor charges of violating a court order to stay away from a domestic violence victim.


Players tackle social issues at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Philadelphia Eagle Malcom Jenkins says NFL players using their platform to discuss social injustice will encourage other athletes to get involved in issues affecting their communities.

Jenkins and other members of the Players Coalition spoke Friday during an event at Harvard Law School. The Players Coalition is a group of NFL athletes advocating for changes to further social and racial equality.


Bucs get Giants DE Pierre-Paul for picks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Sending two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay for two draft picks gives the New York Giants much-needed salary cap space for 2019 and allows the Buccaneers to continue rebuilding a line that had the fewest sacks in the NFL last season.

With the unexpected trade announced Thursday, the Giants take another step in their rebuilding under new general manager Dave Gettleman and the Bucs upgraded their defense in a bid to end a decade-long playoff drought.


RB Gore finalizes deal with Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) Five-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore has sealed his deal with the Miami Dolphins.

The team announced the signing Friday. Gore, the NFL's active rushing leader, agreed to terms Thursday pending a physical.


Eagles, WR Wallace agree to 1-year deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a one-year contract with wide receiver Mike Wallace.

The 31-year-old Wallace spent the past two seasons in Baltimore and had 52 catches for 748 yards and four touchdowns last year. The deal announced Thursday is reportedly worth up to $4 million.


S Reid not planning to kneel for anthem

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Free agent safety Eric Reid said Thursday he is not planning to protest during the national anthem this upcoming season.

Reid has been among the NFL's most visible protesters since former San Francisco teammate Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand for the national anthem in 2016.


Charges against Bills WR Jones declined

LOS ANGELES (AP) Prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones after a naked, bloody argument with his brother in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Los Angeles prosecutors declined the case because of "insufficient evidence," district attorney's office spokesman Paul Eakins told The Associated Press on Thursday.


Panthers sign S Searcy, CB Cockrell

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have signed three potential starters in the second wave of free agency.

Carolina signed safety Da'Norris Searcy and cornerback Ross Cockrell to two-year contracts on Friday and guard Jeremiah Sirles to a one-year deal. The financial terms were not released, although Cockrell's agency Reign Sports Management announced on Twitter his deal was worth $6.8 million.

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