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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. The cause was cancer, said Bob Henninger, executive vice president of Huizenga Holdings.

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.


Arrest warrant out for Eagles DE Bennett

HOUSTON (AP) Authorities issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett, accused of injuring a paraplegic woman as he tried get onto the field at last year's Super Bowl to celebrate with his brother.

The Harris County district attorney's office said the warrant was issued after a grand jury indicted Bennett on a felony count of injury to the elderly.


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.


Players tackle social issues at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) The controversy over protests during the national anthem at NFL games last season helped propel issues of racial inequality and social injustice to the forefront and gave athletes a stronger voice to bring about change, current and former players said Friday.

The players, who spoke at a Harvard Law School summit on criminal justice reform, said they capitalized on the attention surrounding the protests to highlight issues they care about, like mass incarceration.


Hurst moves on from concerns about heart

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst doesn't sound too concerned about the heart issue he's been dealing with.

Hurst took part in Michigan's pro day Friday after being held out of drills at the combine a few weeks ago. He was cleared for pro day, and he indicated he also had to deal with this issue back when he was a freshman. He said he was tested and cleared then as well.


Browns sign former Bills CB Gaines

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns signed free agent cornerback E.J. Gaines, the latest addition to a revamped secondary.

Gaines played last season for the Buffalo Bills. The 26-year-old will be reunited in Cleveland with Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as the two previously worked together with the Los Angeles Rams.


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.


Jets sign LB Pierre-Louis to 2-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets have signed linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to a two-year contract.

Pierre-Louis adds depth at inside linebacker and on special teams for the Jets, who announced the signing Friday.


Packers bring back veteran CB Williams

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Tramon Williams is returning to the Green Bay Packers to help replenish the secondary.

The team signed the free agent cornerback on Friday. The 11-year veteran spent the first eight seasons of his career in Green Bay, intercepting 28 passes in 127 games including 99 starts.


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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