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Charges Against Ahmad Brooks Mark The Latest Black Eye To 49ers' Image

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 28 / 15

49ers LB Ahmad Brooks will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Broncos after being charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, marking the "latest in a series of missteps for an organization trying desperately to regain footing," according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. 49ers GM Trent Baalke ...

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Ft. Wayne Is No. 3 Minor League Market

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In Chicago, Paul Sullivan notes games with playoff implications were played on both sides of town yesterday, but the “difference was like night and day.” A crowd of 36,438 turned out at Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs “try to pad their wild-card lead,” while only 17,171 showe ...

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08/12/15
Jets Once Again In News For Wrong Reasons

It should "surprise absolutely no one that the Jets are again putting the 'fun' in 'dysfunctional,'" after a locker room fight yesterday that led to QB Geno Smith being sidelined 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw, according to a front-page piece by USA TODAY's Nancy Armour, who writes under the header, " ...

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08/12/15
Brewers GM Melvin Stepping Aside

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08/12/15
Saunders Won't Leave T'Wolves During Treatment

T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor yesterday said that he "doesn’t anticipate any changes" in the team’s basketball operations department while President of Basketball Operations and coach Flip Saunders continues treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis STAR ...

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Tulsa Ranks As No. 4 Minor League Market

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