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The Miami Dolphins have suspended a veteran player indefinitely, after he allegedly sent threatening messages that included racial slurs to a younger teammate. The NFL is investigating what is being called a case of hazing and harassment.

Veteran guard Richie Incognito is alleged to have left intimidating messages and texts on the phone of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week. The Dolphins had not previously provided details to explain Martin's absence.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars fans are upset after former Jags quarterback Mark Brunell ran what could be called an off the field "foot in mouth" play during an appearance on ESPN's Mike & Mike radio program.

Dee Karsan

When the Jacksonville Jaguars faced off against the San Francisco 49ers in London’s Wembley Stadium Sunday, Dee Karsan was watching from the stands. 

Karsan, 28, lives in the town of Potters Bar on the outskirts of North London and is a huge fan of the NFL. He said he was lucky enough to snag a couple of tickets to the sold-out event. Sunday marked his first time at an NFL game.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their winless streak Sunday at Everbank Field with a 24-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

The game marked the latest double-digit loss for the team, who have yet to score a touchdown at home.

The Jaguars aren't the only team without a win; both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants are 0-6. The Giants play tonight and the Buccaneers had a bye two weeks ago.

The National Football League's team owners were in Washington Monday to hammer out some of the issues, big and small, facing their league.

Activists and speakers brought together by the Oneida Nation wanted to use the occasion to get a sympathetic hearing from the league on a cause of their own: the nettlesome, perennial issue of the Washington Redskins' team name and mascot.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls in the 1970s, you could argue that no one played a bigger role than Mike Webster. Webster was the Steelers' center, snapping the ball to the quarterback, then waging war in the trenches, slamming his body and helmet into defensive players to halt their rush.

He was a local hero, which is why the city was stunned when his life fell apart. He lost all his money, and his marriage, and ended up spending nights in the bus terminal in Pittsburgh. Webster died of a heart attack, and on Sept. 28, 2002, came the autopsy.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The city of Jacksonville and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars have reached a tentative agreement on how to finance the new scoreboards and other improvements to Everbank Field.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown was joined by Jaguars team president Mark Lamping and Gator Bowl CEO Rick Catlett to make the announcement Wednesday at the stadium.

The Jaguars would finance $20 million while city share would be $43 million. City funding would come from the hotel bed tax.

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Diana Nyad completes historic swim: U.S. endurance athlete Diana Nyad waded ashore in Key West early yesterday afternoon after a nearly 53 hour swim from Havana, Cuba, without a protective shark cage.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars won their final pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons 20-16 last night, but fans were celebrating before the team ever took the field.

The NFL agreed to change the team’s official abbreviation from JAC to JAX, the result of a day long Twitter campaign by fans using the hashtag #JAXnotJAC.

The first tweet using the hashtag appeared at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blaine Gabbert has a starting job and a broken thumb.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley has chosen Gabbert as the starting quarterback for the season on Monday. Bradley says Gabbert will miss the rest of the preseason to heal the hairline fracture in his right thumb. 

Gabbert's hand hit a defender's helmet during Saturday's exhibition game at the New York Jets. Before the injury, Gabbert completed 13 of 16 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown — arguably his best showing in three years.

New Generation Of Jaguars Fans Emerge

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In recent years the Jacksonville Jaguars have struggled on the field, and struggled to sell tickets. That could be changing as the first generation of homegrown Jags fans comes of age.

Jacksonville surged with energy when the Jaguars began their first season in 1995, and not even the city's youngest residents could escape the excitement.

Many of the kids who were in town in 1995 still have the same passion for the team twenty years after Jacksonville was awarded an NFL franchise in 1993.  

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