ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Don’t expect to hear or read anything about dropped passes or interceptions that take place during Buffalo Bills practices.

Mentioning what might be said during a post-practice team huddle is also out. And forget about learning who opened practice at quarterback, or any other position for that matter.

Those are among the items the Bills are restricting from being mentioned as part of their wide-ranging media policy unveiled Tuesday, when reporters began arriving for the team’s first week of voluntary minicamps.

Under the heading, “Practice Reporting,” the Bills are barring media from reporting on personnel groupings, including which player is practicing with the starters. Other items that cannot be reported during practice include dropped passes, interceptions and a quarterback’s completion percentage.

Media members are barred from revealing any conversations that take place between players, coaches or team executives during practice. Videos and pictures also cannot be snapped in and around the locker room without team approval.

Team spokesman Scott Berchtold said most of the rules apply to practices closed to the public, not training camp, even though the policy does not spell out a distinction in some cases.

In an email to The Associated Press, Jeff Legwold, President of the Professional Football Writers of America, described the Bills’ new rules as “a vast over-reach of the guidelines in the (NFL’s) current media policy.” Legwold added, the Bills’ policy is “not only unnecessary, it is not in compliance.”

The PFWA works with the NFL in establishing a league-wide media policy that includes rules on what can be reported during practice, and when teams must make players and coaches available to the media.

The NFL’s media policy states teams can limit the videotaping or photographing of certain portions of closed sessions. As for open practices, the NFL policy states: “Clubs must allow reporting (tweeting, blogging, etc.) of newsworthy events, such as VIP visitors to practice, exceptional catches, standout rookie performers, etc.”

Teams can establish their own media policies, which must still comply with the NFL’s.

The New Orleans Saints bar reporters from bringing cellphones to practice. The media also can’t report on injuries that occur during training camp until coach Sean Payton provides an update or, in the regular season, once the team releases its injury report.

The New England Patriots ban reporters from revealing who’s practicing with the first- and second-team units.

All teams reserve the right to restrict media from reporting on some portions of practice — such as trick plays or formations — to maintain a competitive edge and not tip off opponents.

Legwold said the Bills’ rules do not meet that standard.

“Its full implementation has little impact, by any objective standards, on a team’s prospective on-field results in the regular season,” Legwold wrote.

Following practice, Berchtold told reporters they can make reference to interceptions or dropped passes, for example, so long as it’s not part of a string of play-by-play reporting.

Berchtold said the Bills drafted a media policy because the team’s current one had not been updated for several years.

He also noted that reporters keeping stats on players such as a quarterback are unfair, because it’s simply practice, when mistakes happen. As an example, Berchtold said an interception in practice could be the result of a bad throw or a receiver running the wrong route.

Offensive guard Richie Incognito had fun with the stir the media policy created by posting a note on his Twitter account: “Not sure if I’m supposed to be tweeting this with the new media policy, but since we started practice there are cookies in the lunch room.”

The Bills responded to Incognito with a note posted on their account, reading: “Our Cookie Media Policy allows players to tweet accurate information on type and formation of cookies consumed.”

NOTES: WR Sammy Watkins was on crutches and had his left foot in a walking boot after having surgery to repair a stress fracture last month. … Coach Rex Ryan said he’s had no conversations and has no indication why RB Dri Archer declined to report to the team last week after being claimed off waivers. … CB Stephon Gilmore was absent, and is working out on his own while he attempts to negotiate a long-term contract.


AP Sports Writers Brett Martel and Jimmy Golen contributed to this report.


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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Michelle Plante scoured a surveillance video for clues, trying to identify the man seen shooting at someone in a Hartford playground recently in broad daylight. Luckily, no children were there, and the man fled into a nearby house after missing his target.

Plante, who works in the new Real-Time Crime and Data Intelligence Center for Hartford police, determined the address of the house and who lived there. She ran names through databases, hoping to determine the name of the shooter.

Similar work is going on across the country at police real-time crime centers, where walls of flat-screen monitors are fed by surveillance cameras, and computers take in data from shotgun detection systems and license plate readers. Intelligence from the centers is sent to officers on the street, helping them find suspects and avoid harm by having crucial, real-time information, police officials say.

In Hartford, Plante quickly found a booking photo of one of the residents of the house who looked like the shooter. That information gave police a major lead they may not have had otherwise. Authorities say they are now building a case against the man.

New York City opened its Real Time Crime Center — the first of its kind — in 2005, and other large cities followed suit. Smaller cities are now opening their own centers after acquiring surveillance cameras, gunshot detectors and other technology. Civil liberties advocates, meanwhile, have privacy concerns and are calling for better regulation of police surveillance operations.

Such facilities have opened in the past year in Hartford; Wilmington, Delaware; and Springfield, Massachusetts. Others are in the works in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Modesto, California; and Wilmington, North Carolina.

“It’s such a great asset having everybody under one roof,” said Sgt. Johnmichael O’Hare, who’s in charge of Hartford’s center, which officials unveiled in February. “It’s all about transfer of information.”

Although open only a few months, the center has assisted officers in hundreds of criminal cases that have resulted in arrests, O’Hare said.

“It’s huge,” he said about the new capabilities. “It provides them real-time intelligence.”

Staff members at the centers can monitor surveillance video and tell officers at crime scenes about suspects’ movements. They can enter names into criminal and private company databases and relay virtual dossiers on people to police. They also tap into surveillance cameras at schools and businesses — after getting permission in a process agreed upon beforehand — to help police respond to active shooters and other crimes. Much of the information, including video feeds, can be sent to officers’ cellphones.

The centers reflect law enforcement’s growing reliance on technology. Many cities are using federal grants and drug forfeiture money to help pay for the centers, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to set up.

The American Civil Liberties Union says there is a lack of general rules to limit privacy invasions and abuse of surveillance technology by police. The ACLU also is concerned about how long police departments retain camera footage and other surveillance data.

“The public really needs to be consulted, and there needs to be a debate,” said David McGuire, legislative and policy director of the ACLU of Connecticut, which is keeping an eye on real-time crime centers in the state.

In December, the ACLU of Northern California criticized Fresno police for using social media surveillance software without the public’s consent. One software program, the ACLU said, suggested identifying potential threats to public safety by tracking hashtags related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Another program assigned “threat levels” to residents, the ACLU said.

Police told The Fresno Bee newspaper that they were only testing the software during free trials for possible use against violent crime and terrorism and were not tracking Black Lives Matter on social media.

Civil liberties advocates also have concerns about airports and many police departments now using facial recognition software to track and identify people, saying such software is known for mistakes.

The Hartford center doesn’t use facial recognition, but officials say that could come in the future.

Hartford Police Chief James Rovella said city officials are well aware of privacy concerns.

“We have to respect people’s civil rights at all times,” he said.


This story has been corrected to show no arrest has been made in the case of a man firing a gun at someone at a playground.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. authorities say they will not try to force four men accused of walking onto a sensitive hot spring at Yellowstone National Park to return from their homes in Canada for prosecution.

The men are charged with misdemeanors that don’t meet the legal standard to force their return to face prosecution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wyoming said.

“That’s not anything that’s extraditable usually from another state, let alone another country,” spokesman John Powell said.

The men were traveling in a recreational vehicle with British Columbia license plates and are believed to be back in Canada.

“I’m sure that they’re aware of what’s going on, and I would hope that they reach out and try and take care of this in some manner, come back and go to court and get it off their plate,” Powell said.

If they don’t, the four can either be arrested if they attempt to cross the U.S. border or denied entry into the United States, he said.

The criminal complaint accuses Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh, Justis Cooper Price-Brown and Hamish McNab Campbell Cross of leaving a boardwalk that visitors are required to stay on and stepping onto a geothermal feature on May 14. The men were traveling together as part of a group called High on Life SundayFundayz that posts video and selfies of their travels on social media.

Several of the group’s members are from Vancouver, British Columbia, and have a clothing line that they promote.

A witness provided photos and video of the incident to park rangers that show four men going about 25 yards off the boardwalk at the spring, according to the complaint. In addition, postings on social media showed some of the men taking selfies while on the hot spring. The postings were later deleted.

In response to messages seeking comment about the matter, an email from one member of the group said they could not comment now and referenced an apology they had posted on their social networks. In the apology, they expressed regret for their actions and offered to donate up to $5,000 to the park.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A SWAT team with guns drawn screened a jet as a precaution Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after a non-credible threat was received about the flight from Houston, officials said.

Passengers were escorted from an American Airlines twin-engine regional jet more than an hour after it landed without incident. Seven SWAT officers and a police dog drove up in an armored vehicle and went through the plane, which was kept on a remote stretch of runway during the search.

The threat against American Eagle Flight 5931, operated by Compass Airlines, was not legitimate, American Airlines spokeswoman Polly Tracey said.

The Transportation Security Administration received the threat, LAX police Officer Rob Pedregon said. Officials did not release details about it, and the TSA referred inquiries to local law enforcement.

The FBI would try to determine “the person or group responsible for making the threat,” spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

The plane took off from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. When it landed in LA, airport police, city police and fire crews responded. The SWAT team searched the outside of the plane before walking up a staircase and into the aircraft to screen it.

Eventually, the 76 passengers and four crew members exited down a portable staircase and got on buses to be taken to a terminal.

“We hope to have our passengers on their way soon,” Tracey said.

Jerry Bridges, a construction worker building hangars at LAX, said he thought the large law enforcement response was part of a drill at first.

He took pictures and video of the SWAT team boarding the plane after he heard there might be a bomb threat.

“If that thing did have a bomb, we’re not even an eighth of a mile away,” he said. “It’s pretty scary.”

Bridges said he has noticed more drills at the airport since EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed overseas last week. Investigators are trying to determine what brought down the jet during a trip from Paris to Cairo.

“LAX has heightened our security posture and enhanced our counter-terrorism security measures” in light of the EgyptAir 804 crash, airport officials said in a statement May 19.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL is expected to award three future Super Bowls — 2019, 2020 and 2021 — at the league’s owners meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday. Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles are considered the leading candidates. Atlanta and Los Angeles are in the process of building new stadiums, while Miami is undergoing a $450 million renovation. New Orleans and Tampa are bidding to host the Super Bowl.

A look at what the leading candidates are bringing to the table:



There are some obvious reasons why Miami has been a Super Bowl site favorite in the past, and the same reasons apply now: The weather, having two major airports within about a half-hour of the stadium and a proven history of pulling off big events.

And now Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross would point to $450 million in upgrades as the latest lure.

The stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida is in the midst of getting a new look, most notably new video screens at four corners of the facility and a canopy roof that will serve as protection from the elements. Those upgrades did result in the stadium’s capacity being trimmed by about 10,000 seats — a significant downside that could work against South Florida’s bid hopes.

Still, the area has hosted 10 Super Bowls in the past and even though it famously rained on Prince’s halftime show in 2010 — the last time a Super Bowl was held in South Florida — there’s usually been no complaints about having to come to Miami.



Los Angeles is a considered a strong contender to receive a Super Bowl bid in either 2020 or 2021 following owner Stan Kroenke receiving approval to move the Rams from St. Louis earlier this year.

Kroenke is helping to build a new $2.6 billion retractable roof stadium in Inglewood, California, slated to be completed in 2019. The stadium will seat 70,000 people, but can be expanded to hold an additional 10,000 for the Super Bowl. The stadium is located on 289 acres of land and the project includes a 300-room hotel and 6,000-seat performing arts center.

The Los Angeles area has previously hosted seven Super Bowls, including five at the Rose Bowl and two at the Coliseum.

It has not hosted the game since 1993.

There are abundant hotels in the area and the city features one of the largest airports in the United States.



Atlanta is a two-time Super Bowl host (1994 and 2000) and heavily favored to land the big game for the third time, largely based on a new $1.4 billion retractable roof stadium that is scheduled to open in 2017.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium has already helped the city land college football’s national championship game in 2018 and the men’s basketball Final Four in 2020.

Atlanta has an abundance of hotel rooms and plenty of experience hosting big events, including the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The winter weather can be a bit persnickety — the city was struck by an ice storm during the 2000 Super Bowl — but that shouldn’t be enough to keep the NFL from bringing its showcase back to Atlanta.


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MIAMI (AP) — Draymond Green has a history, and in this case it seems to have been helpful.

He’s a kicker.

Only a minute before the overly excitable Golden State forward kicked Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams in the groin area during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night, his leg flailing upward either clumsily or intentionally depending on perspective, he was under the basket as teammate Stephen Curry missed a 3-pointer.

Green went up and tried to tip in the rebound. He missed.

Here’s the notable part of that otherwise nondescript play: His right leg went up in similar fashion that time as well, a reaction easily unnoticed because no defender was within reach of his size 15 foot, nobody got kicked and nobody ended up in a heap on the court in pain afterward.

So Green has done this before. Lots of times, it turns out. There was an aggregated bunch of clips posted to social media showing Green’s legs going all sorts of directions after shots and drives, sometimes making contact and sometimes not. And Green does have a reputation for being aggressive, like most great defenders do. He’s the sort of player that doesn’t mind being called a pest.

But dirty or suspension-worthy?

In this case, damning video and the fact that he got Adams in the groin area in Game 2 as well notwithstanding, it didn’t seem so and the NBA agreed. So after spending the bulk of Monday deliberating what to do next, the decision came down that Green will be eligible to play in Game 4 of the series Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

(By the way, the Thunder lead the series 2-1 — easily overlooked amid Kickgate.)

Predictably and immediately, there was Twitter outrage because Twitter’s favorite thing is outrage. Green wasn’t suspended, yet Cleveland’s Dahntay Jones got a one-game ban just one day earlier for striking Toronto’s Bismack Biyombo in the groin area. And the NBA surely knew that letting Green play in Game 4 would get conspiracy theorists to say that the league not having a one-size-fits-all approach was done to favor the champions.

Green is a starter, an elite defender for the Warriors. Golden State needs him.

Jones is a backup who has scored 20 points all season. Cleveland hardly needs him.

Yet in this case, it’s Green’s history that oddly enough seemed to work in his favor. He’s hardly a poster child for good behavior; he leads the NBA in postseason technicals this year, and tied for third-most in the regular season in that department. He’s also one more flagrant away from an automatic suspension in these playoffs. But for now, he plays on.

“During a game, players — at times — flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul,” NBA Executive Vice President for Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in the release announcing the league’s decision on Green.

He’s right, but that might not have been what this was.

This seemed like just more crazy-leggedness from Green.

He didn’t get away scot-free. The foul was upgraded to a flagrant-2 and will cost Green $25,000. The upgrade to the flagrant-2 was the NBA’s way of saying he should have been ejected Sunday, although making him stick around for the rest of Oklahoma City’s 133-105 win was probably a harsher punishment than getting to watch it from the sanctity of the locker room would have been.

The Thunder were phenomenal in Game 3. Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan has more than held his own against Rick Carlisle, Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr — all champion coaches, all coaches of the year — so far in his first NBA playoffs. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are playing off each other maybe as well as ever. A different role player seems to step up nightly, Adams included.

They have the Warriors in trouble, without question.

But of course, Green kicking Adams in the groin area wound up being a much bigger story than the Thunder kicking the Warriors in the mouth. And if Green and his teammates don’t figure out a solution soon, they’ll be kicking themselves while the Thunder play in the NBA Finals.


Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Find him at treynolds@ap.org or at http://www.twitter.com/ByTimReynolds