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Seahawks icon and Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Cortez Kennedy, an icon with the? Seattle Seahawks?who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, has died at age 48, the Orlando Police Department said Tuesday. Orlando police confirmed to ESPN that they are investigating Kennedy’s death, but also said “there is nothing suspicious to report” at this time. Kennedy died alone, according to police. Kennedy was a force inside, both as a run stopper and in threatening quarterbacks. The 1992 Defensive Player of the Year made eight Pro Bowls, had 58 sacks — an unusually high total for a tackle — and spent his entire 11-season career with Seattle, starting 153 out of 167 games. Named to the Associated Press 1990s All-Decade team., Kennedy was credited with 448 tackles, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions during his NFL career. Kennedy retired in 2000, was named to the Seahawks Ring of Honor and had his No. 96 retired by the team. The third overall…

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Panthers’ Michael Oher misses first day of voluntary OTAs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Oher did not attend the first day of voluntary organized team activities Tuesday, but a league source said the Carolina Panthers offensive tackle plans to attend a mandatory June 13-15 minicamp. Oher also plans to play for the Panthers this season if cleared from the concussion protocol, the source said. Oher missed the final 13 games last season after being placed in the protocol in late September. He was working out five days a week, according to general manager Dave Gettleman, in late March. “He’s working his fanny off,” Gettleman said at the time. “He’s doing NFL workouts. He is fully engaged in that weight room and sweating his butt off, and he looks great. He sounds great.” But Oher was mysteriously absent during the first five weeks of voluntary workouts and there is no indication he will participate in the voluntary portion of OTAs. Oher has spent much of his offseason in Nashville, where he was charged April…

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Contract sending Babe Ruth from Red Sox to Yankees at auction

One of the most famous documents in sports is going up for auction. The sales contract of Babe Ruth, forged in December 1919, that sent the pitcher and slugger from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees is being sold by auctioneer Lelands’ Josh Evans said the document being sold is the original copy of the contract belonging to then-Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert. The copy once owned by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee last sold for $996,000 in 2005. “This is the Curse of the Bambino,” Evans said. “It transcends everything. It changed America.” In the early 1990s, Evans said he visited the home of famed collector Barry Halper and saw a binder labeled “Ruth.” In it, Evans said, were both originals of the sales contract. Evans bought Frazee’s copy for $25,000, and it was auctioned for $99,000 in 1993. At the request of a collector who missed out, Evans said he bought Ruppert’s copy for $150,000 and sold it to the…

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