Patriots will dedicate season to Myra Kraft

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Patriots will dedicate season to Myra Kraft

The Patriots announced today that they will dedicate the 2011 NFL season to Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who passed away on July 20 after a courageous battle with cancer.

As reported earlier, the Pats will wear patches on the left chest of their jerseys in "recognition of her lifelong contributions to the local and global community and her influence on the charitable mission of the entire Patriots organization."

ESPN revealed images of patches to be worn by teams in the 2011 season, including one reading "MHK" in honor of the team owner's late wife.

According to the Patriots official press release, at halftime of Thursday nights regional broadcast of the game, a segment will air featuring Patriots greats past and present reflecting on Myras memory and the lasting legacy she created. Also in honor of Myra Krafts lifetime commitment to philanthropic service, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will focus its season-long initiative in 2011 on recognizing and rewarding volunteerism.

Myra touched the lives of so many people, said Patriots All-Pro defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. My conversations with her were never about football. She always asked about my family and always made me feel as if I were a part of hers. By her example, she made us all want to give more and to make a positive impact in our communities. We are proud to dedicate the 2011 season to Myra Kraft.

In addition, all teams will wear pink ribbon helmet decals for breast cancer awareness during the month of October.

Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

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Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

PHOENIX (AP) -- A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players and a van collided Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities said.

The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said.

"All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said in an email.

Dalrymple said the bus was only carrying members of the franchise's staff but would not say how many. There were no players on board.

Mickey Spagnola, a columnist for the team's website, has been writing for the past week about traveling on a Cowboys bus with a driver, the team mascot and videographer. On his Twitter page, Spagnola tweeted before 2 p.m. that the bus was 80 miles outside of Vegas.

The two vehicles collided in the afternoon on U.S. 93, about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman or 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, according to DPS.

The crash shut down at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The bus was on its way to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, said the session with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3 p.m. PDT. People were already waiting when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. The event was subsequently canceled. Cooper says the team mascot was supposed to appear.

After the Las Vegas stop, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the team's training camp. Members of the organization typically take a bus two weeks before the camp starts and make stops along the way.