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Newton defends actions after Super Bowl

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton isn't apologizing for acting like a "sore loser" after the Super Bowl.

The league's MVP has been widely criticized for walking out of a three-minute press conference after a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday in which he answered questions with mostly one- and two-word responses while sulking in his chair wearing a black Carolina Panthers hoodie over his head.

"Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser," Newton said Tuesday as players cleaned out their lockers at the team's downtown stadium.


Browns deny lying about Manziel injury

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns are defending their handling of Johnny Manziel's late-season concussion.

The team issued a statement on Tuesday saying Manziel was diagnosed with a concussion on Dec. 30 by an independent neurologist, countering an NFL Network report that they lied about the injury to cover up the troubled quarterback showing up intoxicated for practice.


Prosecutors weigh charges against McCoy

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Prosecutors are reviewing a police file as they decide whether to charge Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy in a Philadelphia nightclub brawl that left two off-duty police officers injured.

The 27-year-old McCoy has retained a high-profile criminal defense lawyer while prosecutors review the police findings on the fight early Sunday.


Manning mum on future at Broncos parade

DENVER (AP) From the top of a fire truck, Von Miller thrust the Super Bowl trophy into the air again and again as the Denver Broncos convoy made its way through streets lined with blue-and-orange clad fans.

Behind Miller, the Super Bowl MVP, stood Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware. Behind them, the architect of this team and Hall of Famer John Elway.


Falcons owner Blank has prostate cancer

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is planning surgery for what he says is a treatable form of prostate cancer.

Blank said in a statement posted on the team website on Tuesday he was diagnosed with the cancer in December. He says he has visited doctors "across the country." He says "the overall prognosis is good."


Broncos hoping to keep MIller, Osweiler

DENVER (AP) It took John Elway 15 years to experience a parade as a quarterback. As an executive, only five.

The Broncos general manager, however, won't have much time to celebrate. Fresh challenges await the architect of Denver's third NFL championship.


Titans release 2-time Pro Bowl S Griffin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have released safety Michael Griffin after nine seasons in their first step toward improving their secondary.

The Titans announced the move Tuesday.


Raiders cut ties with S Allen

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have terminated the contract of safety Nate Allen.

Oakland cut ties with Allen on Tuesday, less than one year after signing him as a free agent. Allen's $4.9 million salary for 2016 would have been guaranteed if he was on the roster Wednesday.


Jets fill 3 vacancies on coaching staff

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets coach Todd Bowles has filled three vacancies on his staff, including promoting John Scott Jr. from defensive quality control coach to assistant defensive line coach.

The team also announced Tuesday that it has hired David Diaz-Infante as assistant offensive line coach, and Tim Atkins as Scott's replacement as defensive quality control coach.


Colts cut QB Lindley, add 5 assistants

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts released backup quarterback Ryan Lindley and hired new assistants to their coaching staff Tuesday.

Lindley was signed just before the Colts' season finale and threw a touchdown pass that helped lead Indianapolis to a victory that allowed them to finish at 8-8.