Packers LB Perry to have hand surgery

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The banged-up Green Bay Packers have lost another key player to injury with outside linebacker Nick Perry scheduled to have hand surgery.

Coach Mike McCarthy says he doesn't know how much time Perry will miss. He was off to a good start as the bookend to fellow edge rusher Clay Matthews with 1+ sacks.

The Packers' first-round draft pick in 2012, Perry had a breakout 2016 last season with 11 sacks in 14 games.

Players ask Goodell to support activism

A group of current and former NFL players has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league's support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform.

Yahoo Sports is reporting the players sent a 10-page memo to Goodell and NFL executive Troy Vincent in August asking for money, political involvement and other commitments from the league. It also asked the NFL to recognize the month of November as activism awareness month. (MORE)

Light heavyweight champ Ward retires

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Light heavyweight champion Andre Ward retired from boxing with an undefeated record Thursday because he no longer has the desire to fight.

The 33-year-old Ward released a statement on his website Thursday titled "Mission Accomplished ," thanking those who helped him throughout his career and explaining his reasons for leaving the sport while still at the top. (MORE)

Atletico to get F Costa from Chelsea

MADRID (AP) Diego Costa will finally reunite with Atletico Madrid.

Atletico and Chelsea announced on Thursday they have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Brazilian-born striker to the Spanish club. (MORE)

Huskers fire AD for 'on-field' struggles

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska has fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst, citing his failure to improve "on-field performance" by the Cornhuskers.

Chancellor Ronnie Green announced the move Thursday. Eichorst joined Nebraska in October 2012, and has about $1.7 million remaining on a contract that runs through June 2019. (MORE)

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