WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL is prepared to meet with an Indian tribe pushing for the Washington Redskins to drop the team's nickname. Just not this week.
As league owners gathered in the nation's capital for their fall meetings, the Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium across town to promote their ''Change the Mascot'' campaign. Oneida representative Ray Halbritter said the NFL was invited to attend.
Instead, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, a meeting has been scheduled for next month - and could happen sooner. He said the Redskins name is not on the agenda for the owners' meetings.
It's a topic generating discussion lately, though. President Barack Obama said in an interview with The Associated Press last week that he would ''think about changing'' the team's name if he were the owner.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - It looked like a mismatch even before Peyton Manning hooked up for his first touchdown pass to Wes Welker and the rest of the NFL found out just how bad the Jacksonville Jaguars really are.
But now it's official. The Denver Broncos are the biggest favorite ever in an NFL game in this gambling city, a whopping four-touchdown pick Sunday at home against the hapless Jaguars.
Sports books in and around Las Vegas make Manning and the Broncos a 28-point favorite over Jacksonville, unheard of in an industry where half-point swings can be huge and most teams are rated within a few points of each other.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - From practice squad to NFL starter: Quarterback Thad Lewis received the surprising news of his sudden promotion upon arriving at the Buffalo Bills facility for team meetings.
Shortly before 8 a.m., coach Doug Marrone pulled Lewis aside to inform him to get ready to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
A day after working out free agents Pat White and Dennis Dixon, and losing out to Minnesota in a bid to sign recently cut Tampa Bay starter Josh Freeman, the Bills (2-3) stayed in-house in finding an interim replacement for injured rookie starter EJ Manuel.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders released quarterback Matt Flynn, just six months after bringing him in to be the starter.
Oakland acquired Flynn in April from Seattle for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2015. The Raiders also reworked Flynn's contract to give him $6.5 million in guaranteed money this season.
But Flynn was beaten out for the starting job in the preseason by Terrelle Pryor and then fell to third string behind undrafted free agent Matt McGloin last week, leading to his eventual release.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL won't use its pink penalty flags in any more games this season.
The pink flags were part of the NFL's ''A Crucial Catch'' campaign in support of breast cancer awareness. Coupled with the players' pink equipment, especially their gloves and towels, the pink flags caused confusion among broadcasters, fans, players and coaches Sunday.
The league hadn't specified whether the pink penalty flags would be used through Week 7 like the rest of the breast cancer initiative. Other elements of the campaign will remain, including pink wristbands and cleats, coins, sideline caps, goal-post padding, kicking tees, skull caps, shoe laces and cheerleaders' pompons until Oct. 21.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit claiming Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig went on a ''witch hunt'' to force him from the sport has been moved from state to federal court.
Major League Baseball filed a notice of removal, saying claims by the New York Yankees third baseman are governed by federal law. The lawsuit, originally filed Thursday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, was assigned to U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield, who joined the bench in December, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox.
Rodriguez's legal team could file a motion asking that the case be returned to state court.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning after Clayton Kershaw started on short rest for the Dodgers in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves, sending Los Angeles into the National League championship series for the first time since 2009.
Carl Crawford homered his first two times up for the Dodgers, who won the best-of-five playoff 3-1. Manager Don Mattingly and the NL West champions will open the NLCS on Friday against St. Louis or Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals host the wild-card Pirates in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apparently even people who don't work for Southern California are trying to hire the Trojans' next football coach.
USC athletic director Pat Haden said two people pretending to be representatives of his school have contacted two coaches and attempted to discuss the Trojans' coaching vacancy with them.
The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29 and installed Ed Orgeron as their interim coach while Haden looks for a new leader for one of the nation's highest-profile programs.
Haden said somebody pretending to be a USC official repeatedly tried to speak to an unnamed member of the Denver Broncos' coaching staff about the opening. Jack Del Rio, the Broncos' defensive coordinator, has been linked to the job before Kiffin was hired and after he was fired.
Another phony school representative contacted Tony Dungy, the former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis coach.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - On the first day of training camp, the Philadelphia Flyers were already a mess. By the end of the preseason, chairman Ed Snider had grave concerns about the team he founded.
He only needed three games to make a move.
After a winless start, the Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette just three seasons after he led them to the Stanley Cup finals. Assistant Craig Berube, in his seventh season coaching within the organization, was promoted to replace Laviolette. He is the 18th coach in franchise history.
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