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Dubai prince partner in Oakland's Coliseum City project


10:49 AM ET 04.13 | The future ruler of Dubai has partnered with a development team working to build sports stadiums and an entertainment center at the Oakland Coliseum complex, Mayor Jean Quan said on radio Thursday. Appearing on 95.7 The Game, Quan said that the developers working on Coliseum City "are partnered literally with the prince of Dubai, who is next in line to lead Dubai. And they have capital." The crown prince of Dubai, an oil-rich Persian Gulf emirate, is 31-year-old Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. His father, the ruling emir, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has a net worth in excess $4 billion, according to Forbes. The inclusion of Dubai's future ruler would appear to lend credence to the mayor's claims about the viability of the multibillion dollar development, which could include new stadiums for both the Oakland Raiders and Oakland A's, as well as a hotel, shops and homes.

San Jose Mercury News

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Native American group: Daniel Snyder trying to buy favor


08:53 AM ET 04.13 | A major Native American organization has canceled its sponsorship of a charity golf tournament in Arizona on Saturday because it doesn't want to be associated with the event's title sponsor -- the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. The National Indian Gaming Association, a nonprofit that includes 184 Indian nations as members, made the decision to pull its sponsorship Friday after learning that the Redskins foundation was involved in the same event. Ernest Stevens, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, said his organization finds the NFL team's name to be offensive and is skeptical about the motives of the foundation recently started by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. "It's a blatant attempt to try to buy out the issue," Stevens told USA TODAY Sports.

USA Today

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Browns absorbed Jags poison pills in Alex Mack deal


10:34 AM ET 04.13 | Jacksonville put enough twists in the Alex Mack contract to make most teams think twice about matching the five-year, $42 million deal. But the Browns are not most teams. The franchise's entire off-season has been about adding experienced players to help the team win now -- or at least not lose 11 or 12 games once again. That's why they quickly matched the offer. Mack makes them a better team. Consider the following: 1. In the first two years, $18 million is guaranteed. 2. Mack can be a free agent after 2015. If he decides to play a third year for the Browns, he is guaranteed another $8 million. 3. The $26 million guaranteed is a ground-shaking contract for a center, one that should make other top centers smile. The $26 million is also believed to be the most given any free agent this year. 4. Mack can no longer be tagged as a franchise or transition player. Nor can he be traded. The no-trade clause seems almost irrelevant, given how few NFL players are ever traded. Usually, they are cut from their teams and move elsewhere via free agency. 5. The 28-year-old Mack can leave after two years. The Browns can't cut him without paying him another $8 million in 2016. But if the Browns are losing in the next two years and Mack wants out, who knows what will happen -- other than everyone will be fired again.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

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LeSean McCoy defends ex-Eagle DeSean Jackson


08:39 AM ET 04.13 | Until Saturday morning, no Eagles player had spoken out publicly in defense of their former teammate DeSean Jackson. But that changed when LeSean McCoy addressed reporters while taking a break from his football camp at Camden Catholic High School. "It's a surprise for sure," McCoy said when asked for his reaction. "I think anybody that tells you that they're happy about it, I don't know how honest that would be. It was a surprise. You heard so much, you didn't really know. Not playing with him this year is gonna definitely be different. And playing against him is really gonna be different. I just imagine all the times we used to . . . knowing defensive teams are gonna try to defend us and different things like that, and now we???ve gotta defend against him, so it's gonna be a little different. "It's some big shoes to fill. DeSean was by far one of the best playmakers in the game and the biggest deep threat there is in the game. So some big shoes to fill for sure. But then again, I think the front office, obviously they know what they're doing. If you're making moves like that, you obviously have something up your sleeve where you know you can get something that's similar or even better."

Philly Mag

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Police: Too early to tell on Colin Kaepernick evidence


08:43 AM ET 04.13 | San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, under investigation by Miami police for possible sexual misconduct at a Brickell hotel, denied the allegations Friday on Twitter. "The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I've seen are completely wrong. They make things up about me that never happened," the NFL star posted Friday morning on Twitter. "I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up." Kaepernick, 26, also tweeted, "I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced." "We have to examine evidence and wait for some tests to come back, including toxicology reports," Police Chief Manuel Orosa said Friday. "We can present it to the state attorney and they can decide whether to continue." The chief added: "It's too early to determine what the evidence indicates."

Miami Herald

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