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NFL: Lifetime ban possible for domestic abuse

The NFL is immediately implementing a sweeping domestic violence initiative that calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban from the league for a second offense.

Colts' Irsay pleads guilty to 1 misdemeanor

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay pleaded guilty Tuesday to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Harbaugh: 'No tolerance' for domestic abuse

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the Ray McDonald arrest Tuesday on his weekly radio appearance on KNBR, making it clear he won't tolerate domestic abuse but that he also believes in due process.

Tomlin expects Manziel to play vs. Steelers

Mike Tomlin lavished praise on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Sources: Watt, Texans agree to $100M deal

The Houston Texans and defensive end J.J. Watt have reached agreement on a six-year contract extension that could pay him $100 million, league sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Wisconsin backup QB Stave out indefinitely

Wisconsin junior quarterback Joel Stave is out indefinitely with a sore throwing shoulder, the school announced Tuesday morning.

Cup wild-cards: Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher

European captain Paul McGinley chose Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections Tuesday for the Ryder Cup, with Luke Donald the high-profile name to miss out.

Raiders start rookie Carr, not Schaub, at QB

The Oakland Raiders have named rookie Derek Carr their starting quarterback.

Sources: Manning, Gase didn't violate CBA

The NFL did not fine or implement any other punishment on the Denver Broncos, quarterback Peyton Manning or offensive coordinator Adam Gase for an April visit when Gase and Manning crossed paths at the University of Alabama, team sources told ESPN.

9-ft. Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

A 9-foot statue of Philadelphia's Joe Frazier will honor the fighter's and city's spirit.

Rams finalize practice squad minus Sam

The St. Louis Rams announced their 10-man practice squad Monday afternoon and defensive end Michael Sam is not part of it.

L'ville shuts down Miami to win ACC debut

Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth followed Louisville's big defensive performance that helped beat Miami 31-13 on Monday night.

Kirk rallies to pick up Deutsche Bank victory

Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder Cup team was the least of his concerns.