Friday, December 26, 2014

NFL: Bon Jovi among group interested in buying Bills

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told the Associated Press on Friday.

It is unclear if the group would eventually want to move the NFL team to Toronto.

The club is on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

Smith on probation

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A judge in San Jose, Calif., put 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith on probation for three years and ordered him to do 11 days on a work crew and pay a $2,000 fine for a combination of drunken-driving and assault-weapons charges.

If the football star violates any of the conditions of probation - including those that prohibit him from drinking any alcohol or possessing any guns or ammunition for three years - he will wind up in jail for 11 days.

The sentence came after Smith pleaded no-contest in May to misdemeanor drunken driving and three felony counts of possessing illegal assault rifles.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Daniel Nishigaya reduced the weapons charges Friday to misdemeanors, noting Smith has no criminal record involving violence.

Underclassmen limited

The NFL will limit the number of underclassmen who can receive evaluations for the draft to five from a single school, although special exceptions will be allowed.

Qualifications for an exception will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the NFL committee.

Associated Press
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