NFL donating 1M to a good cause

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NFL donating 1M to a good cause

From Comcast SportsNet Friday, August 26, 2011
NEW YORK (AP)The NFL is donating 1 million to the new memorial to MartinLuther King Jr. on Washingtons National Mall.The monument was scheduled to be dedicated Sunday, the 48th anniversary ofhis I Have a Dream speech, but the ceremony was postponed to the fallbecause of Hurricane Irene. The contribution from the league and NFL Charities will help the foundationbehind the memorial to reach its goal of raising 120 million.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says: We in the NFL believe thatprofessional football is the ultimate meritocracy. NFL players are measuredstrictly by their performance on the field regardless of race, religion oreconomic background.He adds: In the spirit of Dr. King, we work vigorously to maintain aninclusive environment where everyone can reach their fullest potential. We areproud to have our name associated with Dr. King.

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Report: Celtics’ pick Demetrius Jackson gets 4-year, $5.5M deal

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Report: Celtics’ pick Demetrius Jackson gets 4-year, $5.5M deal

The Celtics and second-round pick Demetrius Jackson have finalized a four-year, $5.5 millon contract, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reported.

Jackson, a point guard out of Notre Dame, was the 45th overall pick. He was projected by some as a first-rounder before the draft and the first year of his deal is likely to be guaranteed. Last year, Celtics’ second-round pick Jordan Mickey signed a four-year, $5 million deal as the 33rd pick overall.

Jackson will face plenty of training camp competition in a crowded group of backcourt players for the C’s. 
 

Patriots celebrate 15-year anniversary of 2001 team with videos, Hall exhibit

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Patriots celebrate 15-year anniversary of 2001 team with videos, Hall exhibit

The Patriots have announced a series of initiatives to celebrate the 2001 Super Bowl championship team on the 15th aniversary of their title-winning season.

Throughout the course of the 2016 season, the Patriots will feature special content online and on Patriots All-Access that will lead up to Dec. 4, when Gillette Stadium will host a reunion of the 2001 team during halftime of the Patriots-Rams regular-season matchup. 

The Patriots have already featured images of moments from the 2001 campaign on tickets for their eight regular-season home games. They'll also have a special exhibit dedicated to the 2001 team at The Hall at Patriot Place beginning in the fall. In addition, issues of Patriots Football Weekly this year will include posters of shots from the 2001 season. 

"The Super Bowl XXXVI win over the Rams was the first championship for our team and will always hold a very special place in our hearts," Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "The victory made everyone that ever wore a Patriots uniform or rooted for the Patriots on the bleachers at Foxboro Stadium feel proud to be a fan. I know I am looking forward to reliving some of those great memories throughout the 2016 season."

The Patriots said that video vignettes of the 2001 season will launch this week on Twitter and Facebook as well as on Patriots.com.