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Jimmy Butler wants to return, hopes Bulls keep Rajon Rondo

CHICAGO — All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler knows he will be the subject of trade rumors yet again this summer, but he repeated his desire to stay with the Bulls for the long term after Friday’s series-ending loss to the Boston Celtics. In the process, Butler also acknowledged that he would like for Rajon Rondo’s team option to be picked up this summer. “Of course,” Butler said. “He’s been huge for us this year, man.” Molding these young guys into the type of player that they need to be on this basketball floor, in that film room, around everybody. And obviously, the way he plays the game, getting everybody involved, yeah I love playing with him. Him and D-Wade, all these other guys. But I don’t know what the future holds for anybody. So I’ll sit back and wait on that time to come.” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg echoed similar sentiments regarding Rondo. “Obviously we played great basketball with Rajon toward…

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Jaguars draft Sooners WR Dede Westbrook in 4th round

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said the team thoroughly investigated wide receiver? Dede Westbrook?before selecting him in the fourth round of the NFL draft and believes the former? Oklahoma?standout’s troubles are behind him. But Caldwell also said he made it very clear to Westbrook that he has no margin for error after a pair of domestic violence arrests in 2012 and 2013. “Obviously he’s had some issues earlier in his career [and] we feel that’s behind him — and it has to be behind him,” Caldwell said Saturday afternoon. “There’s no choice now. Obviously with coach [Doug] Marrone and coach [Tom] Coughlin here there’s no margin for error for him off the field.” According to the Tulsa World, Westbrook was arrested on Aug. 29, 2012 on a family violence complaint after a woman accused the 18-year-old Westbrook of grabbing her and throwing her to the ground. However, the Milam…

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Jalen Robinette’s chances to play in NFL in 2017 may have been impacted by Air Force decision

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Air Force Academy wide receiver Jalen Robinette’s chances to play in the NFL in 2017 may have been severely impacted by the Air Force’s decision to require academy cadets to serve two years of active duty before they can join a professional team. Robinette, who is on track to graduate May 24, had prepared for the draft believing he would be able to join an NFL team immediately due to a U.S. Department of Defense ruling last July. That decision has not changed overall, but the Air Force notified the academy Thursday night — the draft’s first night — that cadets would still be required to serve two years’ active duty. Robinette was informed of the Air Force’s decision Thursday night, about an hour after the NFL draft started. In a statement to the Denver Post, the Air Force said it would “not approve requests to waiver active duty military service commitments,” adding, “The Air Force places tremendous value on our cadet athletes and their…

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