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Draft to be on lake at Bellagio in Vegas

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Here comes another big show to Las Vegas.

The NFL on Tuesday detailed its draft plans for April 23-25 on the city's glittering Strip, complete with a red carpet stage on the lake in front of the Bellagio hotel with boats ferrying players and VIPs to the action.

The league knows it has a long ways to go to match the previous road shows, particularly in Philadelphia and Nashville. It believes it has found the right place in the Nevada desert.

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OBJ has surgery to repair core muscle

CLEVELAND (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to make a full recovery following surgery on a core muscle injury that limited the star wide receiver during his first season with the Browns.

Beckham had the operation Tuesday to repair a sports hernia that curtailed his speed and production with Cleveland. The three-time Pro Bowler played in all 16 games, but he didn't make the same kind of game-breaking plays that made him so dangerous for the New York Giants.

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49ers journeyman RB Mostert becomes star

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Before taking the field each week, Raheem Mostert seeks out motivation.

There it is in a list of all the times he's been cut by NFL teams. Philadelphia, Miami and Baltimore all let Mostert go in 2015. Cleveland, the Jets and Chicago all sent him packing the following year before he finally ended up on San Francisco's practice squad.

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Snow rejoins Rhule as Panthers new DC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Phil Snow is rejoining head coach Matt Rhule in Carolina as the new Panthers defensive coordinator.

Snow previously served as defensive coordinator under Rhule at Baylor from 2017-19 and Temple from 2013-16.

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Browns interview Vikes' Paton for GM job

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns could be turning a little more purple.

After hiring former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as its coach, Cleveland interviewed Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton for its GM opening this past weekend, a person familiar with the team's itinerary told The Associated Press on Monday.

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Vikings pick up 5 additions to Pro Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have five additions to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, giving them eight players in the all-star game for their highest total in 10 years.

The NFL announced Tuesday that quarterback Kirk Cousins, defensive end Everson Griffen, fullback C.J. Ham, linebacker Eric Kendricks and cornerback Xavier Rhodes were picked as replacements. Running back Dalvin Cook, defensive end Danielle Hunter and safety Harrison Smith were originally selected for the exhibition Sunday in Orlando, Florida. The Vikings sent nine players to the Pro Bowl after the 2009 season.

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Dolphins announce OC Gailey's hiring

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Dolphins announced the hiring of Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator Monday, and promoted Josh Boyer to defensive coordinator.

Steve Marshall was hired as offensive line coach, Robby Brown as quarterbacks coach, Austin Clark as outside linebackers coach and Curt Kuntz as assistant defensive backs coach.

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Chiefs open as slim Super Bowl favorite

LAS VEGAS (AP) Even the bookies are having a problem figuring out a favorite in the Super Bowl.

Odds opened at pick 'em Sunday at many Las Vegas sports books, though the Kansas City Chiefs quickly moved to 1-point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers. Early bettors favored the Chiefs in a game that will almost surely set new legal betting records.

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Chiefs break 50-year Super Bowl drought

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) With his best imitation of a tightrope walker, Patrick Mahomes high-wired the Kansas City Chiefs into their first Super Bowl since 1970.

Oh sure, Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half that gave the Chiefs their first lead. From there, they outran the run-oriented Tennessee Titans and star back Derrick Henry for a 35-24 victory Sunday in the AFC championship.

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Rodgers, Packers come up short once more

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) These playoff defeats when he is oh so close sting a bit more for Aaron Rodgers now, at this later stage in his career.

"It's a little raw right now. It definitely hurts I'd say a little more than early in your career just because you realize just how difficult it is to get to this spot," Green Bay's veteran quarterback said after another season fell short of the Super Bowl. "... Then you realize I don't have the same number of years ahead of me as I do behind me, so it's slightly more disappointing."

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