Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Miami loses twice in Super Bowl bidding

BOSTON — The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl in northern California, where its newest, most high-tech venue is being built.

That makes South Florida, in the midst of a spat over expensive stadium renovations, a loser for the 2016 game.

And Miami took a double defeat when Houston was awarded the 2017 title game.

In separate votes, NFL owners Tuesday went with the both San Francisco area and Houston on the first ballot at their spring meetings. The 49ers' new home is set to open next year in Santa Clara, and will host the first Super Bowl in the area since 1985. Houston staged the 2004 Super Bowl.

Miami has hosted 10, tied with New Orleans for the most. But South Florida got rejected after the Florida Legislature did not support financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium. Multibillionaire Dolphins owner Stephen Ross contends $350 million in improvements are badly needed, but he doesn't want to pay for them by himself.

"It's a shame," South Florida bid committee chairman Rodney Barreto said. "We may not see another Super Bowl for another 10 years."

Also, owners approved a $200 million loan for stadium construction in Atlanta. The multipurpose facility could cost as much as $1 billion, with Falcons owner Arthur Blank committed to funding most of it.

Draft moving dates, maybe location too: Commissioner Roger Goodell said the 2014 draft will be later than usual, either May 8-10 or May 15-17. Still up in the air is whether that will be the last draft at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The draft is moving from its usual spot in late April because of a scheduling conflict at Radio City. The facility is planning a spring show that could create such conflicts yearly, and in that event the league would move the draft — as a rotation among cities, a new permanent home, or elsewhere in New York, home of the league's offices.

Woodson back to Oakland: Charles Woodson is coming back home to Oakland. The eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back signed a one-year contract with the Raiders, returning to his original team after leaving seven years ago for Green Bay as a free agent. Agent Carl Poston said the deal includes a $700,000 signing bonus and could be worth as much as $4.3 million in 2013.

Browns: Running back Brandon Jackson re-signed for one year, rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter signed a four-year deal and safety Eric Hagg was released.

Chargers: Longtime Steelers offensive tackle and former Florida standout Max Starks signed, ESPN reported. Offensive tackle Kevin Haslam was released.

Cowboys: Quarterback Tony Romo, who signed a six-year, $108 million extension in the offseason, can't participate in workouts after minor surgery but is present. He had a procedure last month to remove a cyst on his back and said the cyst was "kind of annoying" but not cancerous.

Packers: ESPN Wisconsin reported rookie offensive lineman J.C. Tretter broke his ankle in workouts and is expected to miss about six months.

Patriots: Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Rob Gronkowski, said the tight end's latest surgery is expected to be the last. Gronkowski had his fourth surgery Monday on the left forearm that he broke twice last season.

Seahawks: Backup quarterback Josh Portis was waived a day after news surfaced of his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence May 5. Portis faces a court arraignment next week.

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