8:45 PM: NFL VP of player engagement Troy Vincent said that he had six openly gay teammates during his 15-year playing career: "Yes, it worked .... We just looked at them as players. We didn't treat them any different and I don't think the players now look at them any differently."
4:15 PM: New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead tweets a photo of his young son Maxwell wearing a "No White Flags" onesie in support of Steve Gleason, a former Saints player with ALS.
4:00 PM: Minneapolis-based rock band The Replacements will be playing a concert September 13 at Midway Stadium, home of the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team. It will be the band's first headline performance since 1991.
3:30 PM: To continue the tradition of minor league baseball teams & Star Wars-themed uniforms, the Brooklyn Cyclones will be wearing Darth Maul jerseys for their August 2 game against the Connecticut Tigers.
3:15 PM: Via Newsday's Bob Glauber, Ed Hochuli's son Shawn will be joining his dad as an NFL on-field official this season.
2:45 PM: Jim Brown believes Adrian Peterson has a chance to break Emmitt Smith's NFL career rushing record: "I think if he sets his goals and he understands his circumstances and he knows what it takes, that he can be successful."
2:30 PM: Former Duke basketball player Jabari Parker says it's "ridiculous" that high schoolers aren't allowed to go straight to the NBA: "People can enroll in service for their country, but they don't want to give themselves the opportunity to provide for themselves and apply for a job in the NBA."
2:15 PM: Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said he was "surprised" that recruiting coordinator & assistant defensive line coach Eric Johnson left the team last week in order to operate a Culver's restaurant in suburban Nashville.
2:00 PM: The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the decision to dismiss child sexual abuse charges against Kevin Clash, who had voiced Sesame Street's Elmo character.
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