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Source: Ochocinco dealt to Patriots 26

Posted: July 29, 2011 1:03 PM ; Updated: July 29, 2011 1:03 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Chad Ochocinco's next stop is New England after an offseason in which he had a soccer tryout, rode a bull, took a spin in a race car and waited to be traded.

That wait ended on Thursday when the outspoken wide receiver was dealt to the Patriots, a team coached by Bill Belichick, who closely monitors, and tries to control, his players' public comments.

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Cards land QB Kolb for Rodgers-Cromartie, pick 5

Posted: July 29, 2011 12:59 PM ; Updated: July 29, 2011 1:01 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kevin Kolb is a No. 1 quarterback again.

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick in 2012.

Kolb began last season as the heir-apparent to Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia, but he went down with a concussion in the opener, losing his job to Michael Vick in the process. The Cardinals have been looking for an answer at quarterback since Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 season.

"Ultimately Kevin was the guy that we had the highest grade on, that we felt was the best fit for what we're trying to get accomplished as far as a fit with our offense, where he was age-wise, what he had done in the league," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "That was our target."

The deal was highly anticipated for several months during the NFL lockout. It finally became official Thursday afternoon.

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Patriots agree to acquire Albert Haynesworth from Redskins 6

Posted: July 28, 2011 12:09 PM ; Updated: July 28, 2011 12:11 PM

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- One of the biggest free agency flops in NFL history came to an end Thursday when the Washington Redskins shipped Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, a relatively meager piece of compensation for a two-time All-Pro with one of the most lucrative contracts ever signed.

The trade was confirmed by a person familiar with the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had formally announced the trade.

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Beltran accepts trade to Giants 6

Posted: July 28, 2011 12:06 PM ; Updated: July 28, 2011 12:06 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Carlos Beltran accepted a trade to the San Francisco Giants, leaving the New York Mets to join his new team after saying goodbye Wednesday.

The commissioner's office had granted the Mets a 24-hour window to talk to the All-Star outfielder about waiving his no-trade clause. Shortly before an 8-2 win over the Reds on Wednesday night, Beltran arrived in the clubhouse and told his teammates he was on his way to join the World Series champions in Philadelphia.

The deal was expected to be announced Thursday morning.

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Sources: Vikings acquire McNabb

Posted: July 28, 2011 12:04 PM ; Updated: July 28, 2011 12:04 PM

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Donovan McNabb's arrival in Minnesota has been a rumored scenario for at least five years, ever since Brad Childress left the Philadelphia Eagles to take over the Vikings in 2006.

Childress is long gone now, but another former Eagles assistant - new Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier - helped make those rumors a reality on Wednesday, just in time for McNabb to help bridge the gap from Brett Favre to rookie Christian Ponder.

The Vikings acquired McNabb from Washington for a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth-rounder in 2013, two people with knowledge of the transaction told The Associated Press. They requested anonymity because McNabb has yet to officially sign his restructured contract.

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NFL Lockout Finally Over as Players, Owners Agree to Deal 14

Posted: July 25, 2011 2:38 PM ; Updated: July 25, 2011 2:52 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps voted unanimously Monday to approve the terms of a deal with owners to the end the 4-month lockout.

Owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal last week, but some unresolved issues still needed to be reviewed to satisfy players; the owners do not need to vote again.

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Japan Beats USA in Penalties for World Cup Title 34

Posted: July 17, 2011 8:23 PM ; Updated: July 18, 2011 11:26 AM

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Amid the sorrow that lingers throughout Japan, perhaps a little joy -- courtesy of the determined women on its World Cup team.

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