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Japanese lawmaker, martial artists in North Korea

Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp, center, arrives at the Sunan International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Sapp is participating in a two-day martial arts extravaganza in Pyongyang over the weekend organized by Japanese pro-wrestler turned politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki in an oddball attempt at sports diplomacy. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Led by a Japanese pro wrestler-turned-politician, about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world — including a former NFL lineman — arrived in North Korea on Thursday to put on a series of exhibition matches this weekend.

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Review: ‘Madden NFL 15′ scores on new consoles

In this photo provided by EA Sports, the Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaps for yardage in “Madden NFL 15” (EA Sports, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99). (AP Photo/EA Sports)

If you followed all the offseason NFL headlines — concussions, racial slurs, bullying, domestic violence — you’d think the league was in serious trouble.

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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

In this Aug. 15, 2014, photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) runes a route against Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh during an NFL preseason football game in New Orleans. There has been a jump in the number of penalties called for illegal contact, defensive holding and illegal use of hands in preseason games this year. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason.

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FSU-Oklahoma State headlines ACC opening weekend

A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference during Week 1 of the season:

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FBS season kicks off quietly with Georgia State

The Georgia State marching band plays before the school's football team opens its NCAA college football season against Abilene Christian, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The first season major college football's champion will be decided by a playoff began Wednesday night in a mostly empty Georgia Dome, with one of the newest members of FBS taking on a team starting its second season in DIvision I. (AP Photo/Ralph Russo)

ATLANTA (AP) — The first season major college football’s champion will be decided by a playoff began Wednesday night in a mostly empty Georgia Dome, with one of the newest members of FBS taking on a team starting its second season in Division I.

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