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Frank Gifford's family says CTE found in his brain

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death.

In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family said he had "experienced firsthand" symptoms associated with CTE but did not offer specifics. Gifford died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August at age 84.

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Amari Cooper's big season with Raiders slowed by drops

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — When he was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Raiders more than five months ago, the book on Amari Cooper was that he ran pass patterns like a seasoned veteran, understood pro-style offenses and had the best hands of any wide receiver coming out of college.

Some of that has proven accurate. While the former Alabama star is on pace to become the first rookie in Raiders history to reach 1,000 yards in receptions, his growth and progress this season have been stunted by his inability to hold onto the ball.