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Pats owner Kraft cited for solicitation

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday.

The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing. The case comes amid a crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando in which police planted cameras in massage parlors.

Kraft was not immediately arrested. Jupiter police said a warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. They said details about the misdemeanor charges against the owner of the Super Bowl champion team will not be released until next week.


Broncos' Keenum surprised by Flacco deal

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A lot of fans were stunned by Denver Broncos general manager John Elway's decision to replace quarterback Case Keenum with Joe Flacco.

Count Keenum among them.


Bears release struggling kicker Parkey

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed kicker Cody Parkey to a four-year contract in March hoping he would give them the consistency they have lacked ever since they let Robbie Gould go.

That didn't happen. And now, Parkey is out.


Ravens extend slot corner Young 3 years

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens defensive back Tavon Young has signed a three-year contract extension, part of the team's effort to retain budding talent.

The 24-year-old Young had one year left on his rookie contract, but first-year general manager Eric DeCosta wanted to get a jump on keeping the slot cornerback.


Steelers sign DE Alualu to 2-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) Tyson Alualu is sticking with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers re-signed the defensive lineman to a two-year contract on Friday that will run through the 2020 season.


Falcons bring back CB Wreh-Wilson

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Falcons have agreed to a one-year contract extension with backup cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Wreh-Wilson has played in 12 games, including one start, since joining the Falcons in 2016. He appeared in only three games in 2018.


K Gould gets speculation about Bears

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) As the ball hit the upright and crossbar, Robbie Gould could imagine how Cody Parkey felt. The Chicago Bears' breakthrough season came to a crushing conclusion, particularly for their embattled kicker.

"I've been there," he said. "I've missed game-winning kicks, too."


Pats, Cards, 'Skins get 4 draft picks

NEW YORK (AP) New England, Arizona and Washington each will get four of the 32 compensatory draft picks the NFL awarded on Friday.

The Cardinals have the first overall selection in the April 25-27 draft in Nashville. They also will get one compensatory pick for free agents lost in 2018 in the sixth round and three in the seventh.


Bengals hire Giants aide Anarumo as DC

CINCINNATI (AP) Lou Anarumo was working on the New York Giants' offseason plans when he got a call from an old friend from Miami. Zac Taylor wondered if he would be interested in discussing the job as the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator.

A week later, he got the job, ending the Bengals' lengthy search for someone to handle the defense.


Ex-Lions WR Johnson OK'd for pot clinic

LANSING, Mich. (AP) Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has received preliminary approval of his license application for a medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Detroit.

Michigan's Medical Marihuana Licensing Board voted 4-0 Thursday in favor of the application.

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