Broncos owner Bowlen has Alzheimer's

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team's training facilities and roster.

So his absence from Dove Valley headquarters on Wednesday as players reported for physicals on the eve of training camp was as jarring as the announcement that the 70-year-old Bowlen was giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer's disease.

"This place will never be the same," a choked-up general manager John Elway said. "... It's going to be very hard to not see him walk through the front doors every day."

Chiefs extend RB Charles through 2017

Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has reached a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The deal will keep Charles in Kansas City through the 2017 season, a person familiar with the contract said Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details. He is now expected to take part in the first practice scheduled for Thursday. (MORE)

Patriots TE Gronkowski cleared to play

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Rob Gronkowski was a training camp spectator last summer while recovering from surgery.

This summer, after another operation, the New England Patriots star tight end is expected to be on the field for the first practice Thursday. (MORE)

Colon perfect for 6 2-3, wins in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game, giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning, and the New York Mets held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced before Cano lined a 2-2 pitch into left field. Colon applauded the single that dropped in front of left field Eric Young Jr. Colon then had to hold on as Seattle rallied in the eighth and came within inches of tying the game on Brad Miller's RBI double that hit off the top of the wall. (MORE)

Sterling testimony ends, wife not called

LOS ANGELES (AP) Testimony has ended in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers.

Shelly Sterling, who had testified early in the trial, was expected to be the final witness Wednesday, but her husband's lawyers decided not to call her to the stand. (MORE)

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