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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith speaks during a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, in Phoenix.  Leaders from the NFL and NHL players associations have contributed to unveiling a universal declaration of player rights. Among the 17 articles laid out in the declaration are rights to unionize and collectively bargain, express opinions freely and receive equal pay for equal work. The declaration was made by the World Players Association on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) **FILE**

Sports unions unveil universal declaration of player rights

- Associated Press

Leaders from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball players associations helped unveil a universal declaration of player rights that is designed to establish a new approach to governing sports and protecting athletes.

In this Nov. 26, 2017, photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches warmups before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh. Rodgers has been "medically cleared to return" to action after missing seven games with a broken right collarbone, the quarterback announced on Instagram Tuesday night, Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Don Wright) **FILE**

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers preparing to play this weekend

- Associated Press

News that the two-time NFL MVP was cleared medically to return from a collarbone injury finally arrived Tuesday night, coming a bit later than coach Mike McCarthy hoped – but well worth the wait for the playoff-hopeful Packers.

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) fights Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. Sometimes, it seems, conflicts between cornerbacks and wideouts are simply unavoidable.  It is a unique dynamic in NFL games week after week: On play after play, CBs and WRs match up 1-on-1, with plenty of grabbing and shoving and, yes, yapping mixed in. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) **FILE**

Frustration can lead to cornerback-receiver tussles

- Associated Press

Seems conflicts between cornerbacks and wideouts are simply unavoidable. It is a unique dynamic in NFL games week after week: On play after play, they match up 1-on-1, with plenty of grabbing and shoving and, yes, yapping mixed in. The tension escalates, especially if one is really outplaying the other.

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Appeals court gives life to man's Super Bowl tickets lawsuit

Associated Press

A man's lawsuit has offered a plausible legal argument that the National Football League's ticket policies for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium may have violated state consumer protection laws, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in reversing a lower court and allowing the case to move forward.

Irving, Scandrick out again for Cowboys' visit to Raiders

Associated Press

Dallas defensive lineman David Irving will miss his second straight game with a concussion when the Cowboys visit Oakland on Sunday night, and cornerback Orlando Scandrick also is out again with a back injury.

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell (9) celebrates his game-winning field goal alongside punter Jordan Berry (4) in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, in Cincinnati. The latest addition to Pittsburgh's "Killer Bs" was out of work entering the 2015 season. Now Chris Boswell is arguably one of the best kickers in the game. Look at his four game-winning field goals this season for proof.  (AP Photo/Frank Victores, File)

Alive and kicking; Boswell delivering for Steelers

- Associated Press

Danny Smith wasn't just looking for somebody who can kick. A lot of guys can kick. The Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coordinator was searching for something more on that raw fall day at Heinz Field two years ago.