TAMPA, Fla. – Malcolm Glazer, the self-made billionaire who led the takeover of English soccer’s Manchester United and owned the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, died Wednesday at age 85, the team announced.
The reclusive Palm Beach businessman had been in failing health since April 2006 when a pair of strokes left him with impaired speech and limited mobility in his right arm and leg.
He bought the Bucs for a then-NFL record $192 million in 1995, taking over one of the worst-run and least successful franchises in professional sports. And the value of the team has more than quadrupled since he assumed control.
Cleveland rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said he’s surprised about the reaction to his weekend trip to Las Vegas.
Manziel took a well-documented outing to Vegas, where he hung out poolside with Patriots partying tight end Rob Gronkowski, attended a UFC fight and enjoyed the nightlife.
I don’t live my life according to you guys or according to what other people think of me, he said. I’m going to live my life to the fullest and continue to be committed to this game and committed to what I need to be doing here, and trying to earn my place in this locker room and with these coaches and this organization.
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New York Jets right guard Willie Colon needs knee surgery, and it is uncertain how long he will be sidelined. Oday Aboushi, a fifth-round pick last year out of Virginia as a tackle, worked at right guard with the starters at practice.
People involved with the negotiations say billionaire Tom Golisano has met with Buffalo officials and public leaders and informed them of his interest in buying the franchise. Golisano’s proposal will include building a new stadium south of Buffalo.
Buffalo also announced it had signed first-round pick Sammy Watkins to his rookie contract. Buffalo is counting on Watkins to step into the starting lineup.