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NFL Notebook: Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals for 16th season

That Hall of Fame slot will have to stay vacant for a while. Larry Fitzgerald isn't ready to hang up the cleats just yet.

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Saints fans file lawsuit to replay NFC championship game after missed call

In the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders have asked a judge to...

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Well-traveled QB Gardner Minshew hoping to find NFL home

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Gardner Minshew carved his own meandering path from walk-on to NFL prospect.He began as a walk-on at Troy,...

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Wednesday Sports in Brief

BASKETBALLNEW YORK (AP) — James Harden scored a career-high 61 points, tying Kobe Bryant's record for a visiting opponent at...

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Patriots' defense back on track heading into Super Bowl

In the playoffs they've had some of their best moments of the season.

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Report: NFL excels in racial hiring, but teams must improve

While the NFL office continues to receive high grades for its racial hiring practices, a diversity report shows there are still...

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Snead's big bets on Rams' future pay off in Super Bowl trip

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — One year ago, general manager Les Snead and the Los Angeles Rams' front office decided they had to...

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Patriots' defense back on track heading into Super Bowl

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It took an entire regular season and some tough losses, but the Patriots defense finally likes where...

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Rams kicker Zuerlein listed on injury report with foot issue

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Kicker Greg Zuerlein appears on the Los Angeles Rams' first injury report before the Super...

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Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:___Jan. 22The Houston Chronicle on the Supreme Court allowing...

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Auburn hires former star Carnell Williams as RBs coach

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Former Auburn tailback Carnell Williams has returned to his alma mater as running backs coach.Auburn coach...

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Senior Bowl 'golden opportunity' for small school prospects

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — John Cominsky has more people watching Senior Bowl practices this week than he figures would typically...

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Overtime games help NFL ratings beat last year

NEW YORK (AP) — There's nothing like two overtime games in the NFL conference championships to keep television viewers glued to...

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Patriots' assistant Brian Flores meets again with Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) — New England Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores is taking a break from his Super Bowl preparations to meet...

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Jets hire Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator/QBs coach

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have hired former Dolphins assistant Dowell Loggains as their offensive coordinator...

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Security inside stadium and out for Super Bowl in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — When Super Bowl 53 kicks off less than two weeks from now, legions of police and federal agents will be...

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Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals for 16th season

PHOENIX (AP) — That Hall of Fame slot will have to stay vacant for a while. Larry Fitzgerald isn't ready to hang up the cleats...

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Phillip Lindsay enjoying spoils of I-told-you-so season

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is enjoying the spoils of his phenomenal rookie season even though the cast on his...

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Meek Mill, Jay-Z and sports owners back justice reforms

NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of big names in sports and entertainment pledged their high-profile platforms and $50 million on...

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Today's wide-open offenses emanate from Rams' Greatest Show

The head-spinning offenses NFL fans are enamored of and will watch in the Super Bowl in Atlanta share their explosiveness with...

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Staying inbounds: the risk of innuendo in Super Bowl ads

NEW YORK (AP) — Sex sells ... frozen food dishes?Kraft Heinz' frozen-food brand Devour is trying to make waves during its Super...

The best and worst of Alabama Hurts at Alabama

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Unlike Oklahoma’s two other recent transfer quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts has had plenty of success in college before moving on to the Sooners, going 26-2 as a starter.

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Saints' defensive back Williams faces drunken driving charge

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated,...

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Tuesday Sports in Brief

BASEBALLNEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera has become baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected along with Roy...

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Blown-call lawsuit seeks do-over of Rams-Saints game

Saints season ticket holders file lawsuit In the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket...

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Son of NFL great Deion Sanders commits to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina will have some "Prime Time" on its team next season as the son of NFL Hall of Famer Deion...

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Chiefs fire defensive coordinator Sutton after loss to Pats

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on Tuesday, just two days after Kansas City failed to...

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Bonamego back with Lions as special teams coordinator

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Former Central Michigan coach John Bonamego is returning to the Detroit Lions.The Lions announced...

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Louisiana governor chastises NFL leader about missed penalty

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Add Louisiana's governor to the list of people chastising the NFL about officiating in the NFC...

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Cardinals hire veteran coach Clements as offense assistant

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Longtime NFL assistant Tom Clements has been hired as passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach on the...

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After tough year, Gronk coming alive at right time for Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Even as Rob Gronkowski turned in a vintage performance with his big grabs down the stretch in the AFC...

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Atlanta stadium field already covered with Super Bowl paint

ATLANTA (AP) — As if the road closures surrounding Mercedes-Benz Stadium were not convincing signs that the countdown to Super...

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The Latest: Grier says he would never let teammates down

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Senior Bowl (all times local):4:30 p.m.Will Grier became a star quarterback at West...

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Blown-call lawsuit seeks do-over of Rams-Saints game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders asked a judge on...

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AP sources: NFL to consider expanding replay reviews

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will consider expanding replay reviews to include certain penalties, including pass interference.Two...

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Hall of Fame historian Joe Horrigan to retire

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Joe Horrigan, perhaps the most knowledgeable historian in the sport, is retiring as executive director of...

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NFL investigating laser pointed at Brady in AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — NFL security is investigating whether a fan attempted to shine a laser into the face of Patriots...

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'NFL bleaux it': Billboards protest missed call in NFC game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several...

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South Carolina adds John Scott Jr. as defensive line coach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has hired former NFL assistant John Scott Jr. as its defensive line coach.The school...

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Build it and the Super Bowl will come

Build it and the Super Bowl will come.While that's not exactly how the sites of the NFL's championship extravaganza are...

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Column: Pats', Rams' titles not tarnished by bad officiating

Yes, the Los Angeles Rams got away with a flagrant foul (or two) by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman that allowed them to sneak...

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Former NFL player McFadden arrested in Texas on DWI charge

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say former NFL player Darren McFadden has posted bond after he was arrested on a drunken-driving...

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Berry Tramel: Expect the reactionary NFL to change replay review

The outrage over the officiating in the Rams-Saints NFC Championship Game has not subsided. The failure to call pass...

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Monday Sports in Brief

NBALOS ANGELES (AP) — Klay Thompson tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range, scoring 44 points as...

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NFL prospect Rashan Gary is a pioneer with own sports agency

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rashan Gary is living his dream as the founder and CEO of his own sports agency.The defensive end,...

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NFL Notebook: Saints owner responds to controversial no-call vs. Rams

Saints owner Gayle Benson says she pledges to aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies that will promote more "fairness and...

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Hurdles cleared, Patriots head to 3rd straight Super Bowl

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady smiled his way through the week leading up to Sunday's AFC championship game, mostly...

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Rams' McVay knows PI call missed, but also saw Goff facemask

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — When the Los Angeles Rams' team bus rolled into their suburban training complex after a boisterous...

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Dolphins must wait to seal deal with Patriots' Flores

MIAMI (AP) — While the 2018 NFL champion has yet to be crowned, much of the league is already looking ahead to the 2019 season,...

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Florida hires former Redskins assistant Gray as CBs coach

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has hired Torrian Gray as its cornerbacks coach, bringing him back to Gainesville to replace...

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Saints start offseason with odd mix of bitterness, optimism

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints punter Thomas Morstead is having a tougher time taking the high road after a second consecutive...

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Pats-Chiefs second-most watched AFC title game in 42 years

Sunday night's game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs was the second-most watched and rated AFC...

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Bears hire Monachino as senior assistant, OLBs coach

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino as senior...

After Orange Bowl breakout, Rambo looking for big things in 2019

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Charleston Rambo didn’t have a reception longer than 17 yards last season until his Orange Bowl touchdown, but he figures to play a much bigger role for the Sooners moving forward.

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Saints owner vows to pursue changes in NFL policies

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints owner Gayle Benson says she pledges to aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies that will...

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Titans promote tight ends assistant to offensive coordinator

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel has stayed inside the Tennessee Titans' organization for his new offensive coordinator,...

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Prop bets popular for Super Bowl, but NFL wants them gone

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Many Americans in places where sports betting is legal for the first time are beginning to make...

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Bummed out Chiefs head into offseason full of optimism

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs came within a heartbeat of returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in 49...

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Sportsbook credits Saints bets over uncalled penalty

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A sportsbook in New Jersey is offering betting credits for customers who bet on the New Orleans...

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Pastor predicted score in Patriots' AFC championship win

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine pastor who publicly predicted the final score of Sunday night's AFC championship game isn't...

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Column: Officiating helps determine Super Bowl teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl.On...

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NFL to play 4 games in London next season, 1 in Mexico City

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will play four games in London next season but did not say which would be at Tottenham's delayed new...

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Super Bowl: Pats vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future

It began in 2002, back when the Rams were in St. Louis and the Patriots were a plucky underdog standing in the way of a...

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Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It's the dead of winter, meaning the weather in New England can be brutal. And that the Patriots are...

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Weekend Sports In Brief

NFLKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom...

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Veteran Patriots beat Chiefs to return to Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots did what they've done for the better part of two decades.Make...

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Blown call stands out, but Rams are still amazing LA Story

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An egregious mistake by the refs overshadowed the Los Angeles Rams' moment of triumph.Too bad.This is one...

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NFL Today, Conference Championships

SCOREBOARDSunday, Jan. 27AFC vs. NFC in Pro Bowl, 3 p.m. EST. The NFL's all-star game will be played in Orlando, Florida, with...

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Chiefs' defense collapses in 37-31 OT loss to Patriots

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The dominant storyline all week had been how the AFC championship game represented a passing of the...

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Chiefs' Mahomes overcomes slow first half, gets no OT shot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes struggled in the first half and dazzled in the second Sunday night.Nobody knows how he...

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Patriots, Rams earn Super Bowl berths with OT wins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady's...

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NFL Notebook: Patriots, Rams to square off in meeting of NFL's past and future

It's never been so clear: This year's Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Rams is a showdown between the NFL's past and...

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Patriots the early pick in Las Vegas books

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oddsmakers made the Super Bowl essentially a tossup in opening lines Sunday, though bettors quickly turned the...

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Blown call, Zuerlein's 57-yard FG send Rams to Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super...

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The Latest: Pats beat KC in OT, headed back to Super Bowl

The Latest on the conference championship games (all times EST):10:15 p.m.The Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl for the...

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New England Patriots beat Kansas City 37-31 in overtime to advance to face Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — New England Patriots beat Kansas City 37-31 in overtime to advance to face Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl.

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Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans'...

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Los Angeles Rams advance to Super Bowl, beating New Orleans Saints 26-23 on overtime in NFC Championship game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Los Angeles Rams advance to Super Bowl, beating New Orleans Saints 26-23 on overtime in NFC Championship game.

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Super Bowl berths on the line in conference title games

The Los Angeles Rams are back inside the stadium where they lost for the first time this season, looking for retribution and a...

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Virginia investor tries to curb Dominion's influence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Rich people using their wealth to try to influence politics is nothing new, but not many launch...

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Cejudo defends 125-pound belt with record win over Dillashaw

NEW YORK (AP) — Henry Cejudo needed only a record 32 seconds to defend his 125-pound title in New York. Cejudo's next defense...

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The Latest: Cejudo defends 125-pound belt with 1st-round win

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the UFC card in New York with T.J. Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo fighting for the 125-pound title...

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American team takes NLFPA Collegiate Bowl, 10-7

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It may not seem the most vexing of losing streaks, the eighth NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl...

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NFL Notebook: Chiefs safety Berry confident he'll play against Patriots

Chiefs safety Eric Berry sounded confident Friday that he will be on the field when Kansas City plays the New England Patriots...

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Aqib Talib is cornerstone of Rams' efforts to rein in Saints

The Los Angeles Rams realize they're heading into one of the NFL's most intimidating environments when they visit the...

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Chiefs' suddenly stingy defense gets test in AFC title game

The only defense the Kansas City Chiefs played most of this season was, well, in defense of their own defense, which gave up so...

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Pats' Flowers, Brown fined $20K by NFL for hits vs. Chargers

NEW YORK (AP) — New England Patriots teammates Trey Flowers and Trent Brown have each been fined $20,054 by the NFL for illegal...

Paul George, Thunder put defensive woes behind them

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Only seconds into the fourth quarter, Paul George snagged the ball from C.J. McCollum and raced to the other end of the court. Dunk. Believe it or don't, but George would nearly recreate that moment two more times in the fourth quarter. The...

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Can Murray make height critics wrong again?

Murray once thought big-time college football might be unattainable; maybe he thought the same of the NFL

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Quarterbacks especially excel as first-round picks

NFL first-round picks generally fare better than baseball first-round picks

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Indianapolis signs free agent tight end to future contract

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran tight end Gabe Holmes to a reserve-future contract.Holmes has...

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Jaguars re-sign safety Jarrod Wilson to 3-year contract

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year contract.Wilson was set...

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Aqib Talib is cornerstone of Rams' efforts to rein in Saints

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams realize they're heading into one of the NFL's most intimidating environments...

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Chiefs suddenly stingy defense gets test in AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The only defense the Kansas City Chiefs played most of this season was, well, in defense of their own...

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Column: Atlanta braces for nightmarish Super Bowl matchup

ATLANTA (AP) — Coming off two straight trips to the playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons had high hopes of becoming the first true...

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Patriots-Chiefs Matchups

It will be dark and cold, perhaps absurdly cold, Sunday night in Kansas City. Arrowhead Stadium will be lit up, though, and the...

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Rams-Saints Matchups

The gumbo the New Orleans Saints are cooking up is flavored with lots of passes from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas, plenty of...

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Saints-Rams NFC title game a clash of like-minded coaches

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by...

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Chiefs' bandwagon rolling into Arrowhead for mighty Patriots

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It seems football fans everywhere are suddenly on the Chiefs' bandwagon, enthralled by Kansas City's...

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AFC East has enhanced New England's dynasty

The Patriots usually have homefield advantage and take advantage of it, but this AFC title game, New England is on the road

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Redskins hire Nate Kaczor as new special teams coordinator

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Nate Kaczor (KAT'-sir) has been hired by the Washington Redskins as their special teams coordinator.The...

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Friday Sports in Brief

HOCKEYThe deadline for retired players to opt in to the $18.9 million settlement of the concussion lawsuit against the NHL has...

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Super Bowl menu could include team-inspired chili creations

Kenneth Temple is a devout New Orleans Saints fan. Ask him a question about his beloved team, and the first words from his...

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Cam Newton, Von Miller among 5 finalists for Alan Page Award

WASHINGTON (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller are among five finalists...

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Underdog Patriots face top seed KC. Yes, you read that right

Heading into Sunday's AFC championship game, the Patriots are 3-point underdogs, and that is an unusual position for them.

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Underdog Patriots face top seed KC. Yes, you read that right

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It may have been hard to hear him over the noise of the New England fans celebrating an eighth...

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Linehan out as Cowboys offensive coordinator

Linehan said in a statement issued by the team that he and Garrett agreed after "a good, direct talk" that "a fresh start was...

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Bears hire former Steeler Townsend to coach defensive backs

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend as defensive backs...

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Always learning, Rams' Goff seeks results in NFC title game

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Although Jared Goff is uncomfortable being overly nosy when he's around the NFL's best...

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New Browns coach Kitchens adds assistants, 'Bama coordinator

CLEVELAND (AP) — New Browns coach Freddie Kitchens added seven assistants to his staff, including Tosh Lupoi, Alabama's...

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Former NFL QB Trent Dilfer hired as head HS football coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Trent Dilfer, the former NFL quarterback who won the 2000 Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, has...

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Column: Gleason comes along for the Saints' playoff ride

He's the New Orleans Saints' biggest fan, not to mention the perfect beacon for a city that knows a thing or two about emerging...

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Linehan out as Cowboys offensive coordinator after 5 seasons

DALLAS (AP) — Scott Linehan is out as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, less than a week after coach Jason Garrett...

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Iowa State rehires Tom Manning as offensive coordinator

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State rehired Tom Manning as its offensive coordinator on Friday.Manning, who spent last season on the...

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Chiefs' Berry confident he'll play AFC title game vs Pats

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry sounded confident Friday that he'll be on the field when Kansas City plays the...

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Eagles' player who dropped pass thanks 2nd-grader for letter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been getting lots of support from fans after dropping...

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Turk Schonert, Bengals backup in Super Bowl run, dies at 62

CINCINNATI (AP) — Quarterback Turk Schonert, who came off the bench and led the Cincinnati Bengals to an opening victory during...

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Record 135 forgo college eligibility to enter NFL draft

NEW YORK (AP) — A record number of college football players will bypass their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL...

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Odds established on Murray's NFL destination

Which NFL team will take the plunge on Murray? Too early to tell

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Numbers show how important high playoffs seeds are

From the first day of training camp in August until deep into the NFL schedule, you hear it. Doesn't matter what city a team...

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Northern Illinois hires former star RB Hammock as coach

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois has hired former star running back Thomas Hammock as its head coach.Hammock is taking...

Thunder's Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot maintains relationships with scattered former teammates

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Former teammates are scattered throughout the country due to trades and free agency. All their schedules are packed with travel for at least six months out of the year. Players go from spending every day together to hanging onto friendships...

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AP Top 25 Podcast: Kyler's choice, Alabama's staff turnover

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is considering a football career instead of baseball, but what kind of an NFL prospect is...

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NFL Notebook: Chargers GM has no timetable for Rivers deal

Philip Rivers' future beyond 2019 is one of many areas that general manager Tom Telesco will have to address during the offseason.

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Sorry America, team you love to hate headed to Super Bowl

NOT THEM AGAIN!Sorry America — at least outside of New England — but the team you love to hate is headed back to the Super...

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Rams thin on playoff experience, hungry for Super Bowl run

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Ndamukong Suh earned multiple All-Pro honors, Pro Bowl selections and tens of millions of dollars...

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Saints redeemed secondary confident vs. high-powered Rams

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Marshon Lattimore and the Saints' secondary no longer look — or sound — haunted by the "Minnesota Miracle"...

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Broncos coach Vic Fangio hires 2 more assistants

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — New Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has hired two more members of his staff: tight ends coach Wade Harman...

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Chargers GM Telesco has no timetable on Rivers deal

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers just concluded his 15th season with the Los Angeles Chargers but the quarterback's...

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UFC obliging troubled Greg Hardy's desire for 2nd chance

NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Hardy's eyes popped as he saw his name in bold print on the oversized placard that identified him as a UFC...

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Seahawks sign former 1st-round QB Paxton Lynch

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are giving quarterback Paxton Lynch another chance in the NFL.Lynch's signing...

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49ers hire Joe Woods as defensive assistant

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have hired Joe Woods as their defensive backs coach and passing game...

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Patriots try to overcome road woes in AFC championship game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots are going on the road again in the playoffs, a place that hasn't always been kind to them...

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Iowa looking to plug holes at TE, DL in the offseason

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on Thursday identified defensive line and tight end as the team's biggest...

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Rams-Saints Preview Capsule

LOS ANGELES RAMS (14-3) at NEW ORLEANS (14-3)Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Saints by 3½RECORD VS. SPREAD — Los...

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Chiefs aim to end 49-year Super Bowl drought Sunday vs Pats

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The even-keeled executive with the crisp suit and winning smile stood inside the mostly empty Kansas...

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Falcons G Garland, former Lions QB Hipple award finalists

Atlanta Falcons guard Ben Garland and former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple are the finalists for the NFL's Salute To...

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Steelers hire Faulkner as running backs coach

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eddie Faulkner is the new running backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.The team announced Faulkner's...

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Patriots-Chiefs Preview Capsule

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — NEW ENGLAND (12-5) at KANSAS CITY (13-4)Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Chiefs by 3RECORD VS....

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It's all about offense in NFL's conference championships

Offense wins championships in the new NFL.For the first time since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002, none of the teams...

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Q&A: Maroon 5's PJ Morton on Super Bowl and Grammy noms

NEW YORK (AP) — PJ Morton is prepping for the biggest week of his life: He's set to perform at next month's Super Bowl halftime...

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Police: Ex-NFL player catches man outside daughter's window

WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — Police say a former NFL player beat a man after catching him outside his 14-year-old daughter's...

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Broncos hire 49ers QBs coach Scangarello as OC

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The task of modernizing Denver's outdated offense goes to Rich Scangarello, whose stellar work as San...

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Pats' Brady, Chiefs' Mahomes achieve success in different ways

Few similarities exist when it comes to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes, whose teams will...

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Soup's off: Peters, Payton downplay gumbo beef in big game

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Peters stood at a podium Wednesday and spoke about his respect for Sean Payton and the New...

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NFL Notebook: Jets hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator

Gregg Williams was hired Wednesday as the New York Jets' defensive coordinator, the first major staff addition by Adam Gase...

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Lions hire Darrell Bevell as offensive coordinator

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Darrell Bevell and Matt Patricia crossed paths in one of the most famous plays in Super Bowl...

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Brees first game at 40 his biggest in 9 years

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees is about to play his first game as a 40-year-old — and his biggest game in nine years.When the...

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Patriots preparing for anything in rematch with KC's Mahomes

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — In their first meeting with Kansas City, the Patriots had quarterback Patrick Mahomes figured out — at...

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Leftwich joins Buccaneers as offensive coordinator

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made it official: Byron Leftwich is the team's new offensive coordinator.The...

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Broncos long snapper Casey Kreiter named to Pro Bowl

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos third-year long snapper Casey Kreiter has been named to the Pro Bowl.Kreiter was chosen...

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Steelers still waiting to hear from Antonio Brown

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't ruling out the possible return of wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown.Time,...

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Gase hires Gregg Williams as Jets' defensive coordinator

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Gregg Williams was hired Wednesday as the New York Jets' defensive coordinator, the first major staff...

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Chiefs' Berry, Ware practice ahead of AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs safety Eric Berry and running back Spencer Ware returned to practice Wednesday, raising the...

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Jaguars hire DeFilippo as OC, fill remaining staff positions

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Minnesota offensive coordinator John DeFilippo to the same...

Thunder defense a no-show against Lakers

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Billy Donovan says it's his fault. He told the Thunder it needed to be better on offense. Mission accomplished. But be careful what you wish for. The Thunder indeed is scoring with more frequency. But it apparently has come at the cost of...

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Spanos brought in to fix UConn's historically bad defense

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn has hired Lou Spanos, a coach with experience in both college football and the NFL, to fix its...

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Alexander re-signs with Bills for what he calls final season

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Calling this his final NFL season, Lorenzo Alexander has additional motivation to ensure it will be a...

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Boomer Sooner: Tide QB Jalen Hurts transferring to Oklahoma

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance.He respected how the Alabama quarterback who...

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Falcons: McKinley with family following mental evaluation

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley is with a family member in Oakland after undergoing a mental...

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Packers name Jags assistant Hackett as offensive coordinator

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers hired former Jacksonville assistant Nathaniel Hackett as their new offensive...

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QB Tate Martell says he is leaving Ohio State for Miami

Quarterback Tate Martell says he is transferring from Ohio State to Miami.Martell announced on Twitter early Wednesday: "I'm a...

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Atlanta Falcons DE McKinley undergoes mental evaluation

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley was undergoing a mental evaluation after police were called to a...

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Giants backup QB pleads to charges from traffic offense

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta has pleaded guilty to a disorderly person offense and...

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Broncos hire 2 more Bears assistants

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — New Broncos coach Vic Fangio isn't just bringing his defensive philosophies from Chicago. He plucked...

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No. 16 Buffalo holds off upset-minded WMU 88-79

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Buffalo was finally challenged in conference play — and coach Nate Oats wasn't thrilled with how his...

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49ers hire Kris Kocurek as defensive line coach

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have hired Kris Kocurek as their defensive line coach.The team announced...

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Colts make surprise move by firing offensive line coach

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts announced they have dismissed offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and confirmed...

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Razor burn: Gillette ad stirs online uproar

NEW YORK (AP) — A Gillette ad for men invoking the #MeToo movement is sparking intense online backlash, with accusations that...

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Pederson reiterates Wentz is Philly's No. 1 QB

The Eagles must decide by mid-February if they want to exercise a $20 million option to keep Nick Foles for 2019.

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Panthers owner: Team needs backup plan if Newton can't play

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers are preparing for life without Cam Newton next season in case the team's franchise...

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Nielsen's top programs for Jan. 7-13

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 7-13. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.1. NFC...

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Football rules ratings, but 'Big Bang Theory' energized

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" is starting to pick up ratings steam in the final stretch of its 12-year run.The CBS...

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Washington State establishes Steve Gleason Institute

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State is creating a neuroscience center named for former Cougars and New Orleans Saints...

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Saints' Ingram cherishing playoff run as uncertainty looms

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Mark Ingram readily acknowledges that his last game with the Saints could come Sunday, when New Orleans...

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Patriots' Edelman still making most of his opportunities

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — His face was still a little flushed from stepping out of the subfreezing temperatures at Gillette...

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Pederson reiterates Wentz is Philly's No. 1 QB

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Doug Pederson reiterated Tuesday that Carson Wentz will be the team's starting quarterback in...

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Bills hire Bobby Johnson, offer special teams job to Farwell

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have hired Bobby Johnson to take over as offensive line coach, and are also offering...

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Parry will lead 7-person officiating crew for Super Bowl

ATLANTA (AP) — Referee John Parry will lead the seven-person crew of on-field game officials working the Super Bowl in...

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Chargers, Cowboys coaching staffs to lead Pro Bowl teams

The coaching staffs of the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys have been selected to lead the Pro Bowl teams.Anthony Lynn...

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Celebs, athletes give 'Dragon Ball' pop culture super status

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Dragon Ball" may be a Japanese-born anime, but the series has become a major pop culture influencer for...

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Chiefs activate Duvernay-Tardif ahead of AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid typically begins his postgame news conferences with a rundown of injuries, ranging from the...

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NFL offers Murray best chance to be a star or a starter

Comparing NFL draft data and baseball draft data, Murray's chances with football are much greater

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Steve Harvey to host NFL Honors when AP awards are announced

TV personality Steve Harvey will host the NFL Honors show on Feb. 2, when The Associated Press hands out its individual league...

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AP source: Bills offer special teams job to Heath Farwell

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with discussions confirms the Buffalo Bills have offered their special teams...

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Panthers hire Perry Fewell as new defensive backs coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have hired Perry Fewell as their new secondary coach.Fewell returns home bringing 34 years...

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Anderson shines after rejected by 3 non-playoff teams

As the top four point-producers in the NFL were advancing to the conference championship round for the first time ever, Dak...

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NFL Notebook: Browns hire former OSU offensive coordinator Monken

There will be no reunion with Todd Monken in Stillwater.

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Coliseum Authority to get update on Raiders lease

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Coliseum Authority will meet Friday to get an update on the possibility of whether the Raiders could...

OSU basketball: Mitchell Solomon enjoying new view of program

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Former Oklahoma State forward Mitchell Solomon remains on campus finishing his degree. The play of his career, a dive to the floor against Oklahoma star Trae Young, should get plenty of play during Wednesday's 8 p.m. Bedlam game.

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Garrett waffles on Linehan's return as Cowboys ponder staff

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had two different answers Monday for whether oft-criticized offensive...

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Vikes add Kubiak as assistant head coach, offensive adviser

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser, a big bump...

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Jets' Johnson: Gase hire about winning games, not Twitter

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — In the hours that followed the New York Jets' announcement last Friday that Adam Gase is their new...

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Kyler Murray declares for draft, could 'follow heart to the NFL'

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray declared for the draft, but his choice between baseball and football is not set in stone....

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Saints defense optimistic it can hold up without Rankins

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints third-year defensive tackle David Onyemata plans to spend Tuesday — the players' usual day off —...

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Sooners QB, A's pick Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

Kyler Murray, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, declared...

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Gurley, Anderson form dynamic rushing tandem for Rams

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Todd Gurley never had a true running partner during his first four regular seasons with the Los...

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Steelers promote Shaun Sarrett to offensive line coach

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shaun Sarrett is the new offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Steelers promoted Sarrett on...

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Chargers hope loss to Patriots serves as motivation for '19

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Lynn often said that the Los Angeles Chargers winning six of their final seven games in 2017...

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Browns' Kitchens hanging on to play-calling duties as coach

CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens ran some Wishbone formation, pulled off a few trick plays and had wide receiver Jarvis Landry...

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Pittsburgh hires Mark Whipple as offensive coordinator

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is turning to former Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple to rejuvenate its offense.The Panthers...

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Denver Broncos bring Mike Munchak in from Steelers

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Mike Munchak, who had been a finalist for Denver's head coaching job, is making a lateral move from the...

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Bears GM won't say if Parkey will be back next season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace wouldn't say if Cody Parkey will return for another season,...

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Browns' Kitchens promises fun and "we're going to win"

CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens briefly left football. Football never left him.Shortly after he stopped playing quarterback...

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Gase's eyes the star during new Jets coach's intro

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Adam Gase's wide-eyed gazes were the star of his Big Apple welcome.The New York Jets coach was...

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Eagles face tough offseason decisions, starting with Foles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles fell 27 yards short of leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a third straight comeback win in the...

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Patriots offense thriving after emphasis of rushing game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — This much is clear about the Patriots' latest run to the AFC championship game: it's come with a lot...

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Chiefs' Reid trying to rewrite history of playoff letdowns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid sat inside an opulent suite high above the field in Arrowhead Stadium six years ago, a...

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Arctic blast due to hit KC for AFC championship game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Break out the parkas for Sunday night's AFC title game at Arrowhead Stadium.The National Weather...

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NJ probes $1M sports gambling tourney with bet timing issues

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey gambling regulators are looking into a sports betting tournament held over the weekend in...

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Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson leaving for the NFL draft

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's recruiting pitch will be bolstered by the fact that four of its players decided to leave early...

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LSU linebacker Devin White says he is entering for NFL draft

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU All-America and Butkus Award-winning linebacker Devin White says he has decided to enter the 2019...

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Column: Top 4 scoring machines power into championship games

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The big boys showed up this weekend and showed those usurpers from the wild-card round how it's done.The top...

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Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson joins NFL draft exodus

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama middle linebacker Mack Wilson is entering the NFL draft.Wilson becomes the seventh Crimson Tide...

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Mahomes first Big 12 quarterback to win NFL playoff game

Big 12 and Big Eight quarterback pedigree has not translated to NFL success

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Storm punishes swath of US with snow, ice and freezing rain

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day...

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Patriots primed for rematch with Chiefs in AFC title game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England tight end Rob Gronkowski said the Patriots would take the night to enjoy it. Safety Devin...

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Risk-taking Saints advance to host Rams for NFC title

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coach Sean Payton the New Orleans Saints are anything but risk averse.After all, Payton's Saints won a Super...

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Cowboys' running game, defense grounded vs. Rams

The Dallas Cowboys allowed their most rushing yards in a postseason game, while Ezekiel Elliott was held to 47 yards in a 30-22...

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Patriots-Chiefs, Saints-Rams in conference championships

Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes. Drew Brees against Jared Goff.Two high-profile rematches with the Super Bowl on the line.The...

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Foles denied fantastic finish in possible Eagles finale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nick Foles got the Philadelphia Eagles off to a fast start, only to be robbed of another fantastic finish by...

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Saints WR Thomas unstoppable force for Eagles defense

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Drew Brees sermonized his teammates in a pregame huddle, Michael Thomas hung on every word from his...

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Saints rally past Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl.Using...

Shut up and tackle? Not if OU wants to remedy racism

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On the day our country commemorated civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly announced that two women involved with a blackface video have withdrawn from the university and "will not return to campus." It's a...

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NFL Today, Divisional Playoffs

SCOREBOARDSunday, Jan. 20L.A. Rams vs. New Orleans, 3:05 p.m. EST. Jared Goff and the Rams (14-3) beat Dallas 30-22 to reach...

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Rams succeeding with clever offense and major toughness

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Peters was in Amari Cooper's face from the Cowboys' opening drive until the postgame...

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Saints topple Eagles 20-14; Pats rout Chargers 41-28

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees, two interceptions by Marcus Lattimore, and...

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AP Source: A's, MLB meet with Heisman Trophy winner Murray

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Representatives of the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Heisman Trophy winner...

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Young Cowboys have hope, but divisional-round block remains

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have their first playoff win and the same divisional-round block the...

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Chargers defense a no-show in playoff loss to Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — With a few minutes left in the first half, on their fifth attempt to slow down Tom Brady and the New...

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Saints' Rankins, Eagles' Brooks each carted off field

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints starting defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins and Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks each had leg injuries...

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Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady recognizes that there are some who believe the Patriots are nearing the end of their run of...

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Moment of silence for daughter of Chargers' Brandon Mebane

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The daughter of Chargers defensive lineman Brandon Mebane was remembered before Los Angeles' playoff...

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Colts plan to build off foundation from historic turnaround

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts kept insisting Andrew Luck would play better after shoulder surgery.He did.Frank...

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Unknown stars emerge for suddenly stingy Chiefs defense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The two transactions that the Kansas City Chiefs made before the start of the season came with little...

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Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a...

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Big Boi, Travis Scott to join Maroon 5 in Super Bowl show

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL on Sunday ended months of uncertainty by officially announcing Maroon 5, Big Boi and Travis Scott as...

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Saints' Armstead, Eagles' Bennett active for playoff clash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints left tackle Terron Armstead and Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett are active for their NFC...

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Sarah Thomas 1st female on-field NFL playoff game official

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Sarah Thomas is the first woman to work an NFL playoff game as an on-field official.Thomas was the...

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Alabama safety Deionte Thompson declares for NFL draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — All-America safety Deionte Thompson has joined a growing crowd of Alabama players leaving early for the...

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Former Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg dies at age 71

MIAMI (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only NFL team to...

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Patriots without Wise; Gordon and Henry active for Chargers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots will be without defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr. when New England hosts the Chargers...

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Chiefs roll past Colts 31-13 to reach AFC title game

Kansas City rolled to a 31-13 victory over Indianapolis in the divisional round Saturday to end 25 years of playoff frustration.

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Chiefs gaze ahead to first AFC title game since January 1994

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nobody in the Kansas City Chiefs locker room is more keenly aware of the franchise's heartbreaking...

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Whitworth's line dominates as Rams power past Cowboys, 30-22

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Late in his 13th NFL season, Andrew Whitworth finally got to savor his first playoff victory, albeit only...

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Payton: Playoff stakes more important than perceived slights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton dismisses the premise that the Eagles could derive extra motivation from the...

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Rivers, Chargers look to end dominance by Brady, Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady typically shrugs off any mention of records or milestones he sets.But even he had to chuckle...

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Grounded: Cowboys' running game, defense struggles vs. Rams

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs on the strength of their running game...

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Rams rush past Cowboys, advance with 30-22 playoff victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With 1 yard between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas end zone on fourth down midway through in the fourth...

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Anderson, Gurley lead Rams past Cowboys 30-22

C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 115 more and another TD in the Los Angeles...

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Rams run over Cowboys; Chiefs dominate Colts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 115 more yards and another...

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NFL Notebook: Former Norman High star Zac Taylor reportedly Bengals' preferred choice for head coaching job

Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor is the Cincinnati Bengals' preferred choice to fill their vacant head coaching...

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Vinatieri's misses encapsulate Colts playoff performance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Colts finally got their offense going against the Kansas City Chiefs late in the first half...

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Mahomes leads Chiefs to doorstep of playing in Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The game was all-but decided, and the Chiefs minutes away from playing in their first AFC title game in...

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Chiefs roll past Colts 31-13 to reach AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs' defense had heard the chorus of critics all season long, the ones that claimed...

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Kitchens hired by Browns after offensive run

Freddie Kitchens had something on his coaching resume no other candidate could match. He made former Oklahoma star Baker...

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Storm dumps snow on Midwest; at least 5 dead in crashes

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A massive winter snowstorm that blanketed several Midwest states was a factor in at least five road deaths on...

OSU pursuing improvement through ShotTracker system

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Over the summer, OSU added the ShotTracker system to its auxiliary gym, which the team uses every other practice. With the aid of sensors in the ceiling, small trackers attached to players’ shoes and chargeable basketballs, the Cowboys’ movements...

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Bears' Amos, Eagles' Bennett fined for roughness in playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago safety Adrian Amos has been fined $26,739 by the NFL for his unnecessary roughness penalty in the...

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Beasley, Jarwin, Su'a-Filo active for Cowboys against Rams

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dallas receiver Cole Beasley and tight end Blake Jarwin are both active for the Cowboys' divisional playoff...

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Chill out! Chiefs' Andy Reid urges KC fans to nix snowballs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid was summoned to the corner of Arrowhead Stadium during Saturday's playoff game...

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Alabama DB Saivion Smith declares for NFL draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith is entering the NFL draft.Smith announced his decision Saturday on...

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Joe Gibbs' eldest son dies at 49 from neurological disease

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — J.D. Gibbs, eldest son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, was remembered as the visionary...

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Chiefs missing Berry, Colts without Hooker for playoff game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs' Eric Berry and Spencer Ware joined the Colts' Malik Hooker and Tyquan Lewis in street...

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Ready Freddie: Kitchens hired by Browns after offensive run

CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens had something on his coaching resume no other candidate could match. He made Baker Mayfield a...

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Hurricanes adds Hickson, Barry to offensive coaching staff

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Hurricanes announced the hirings of running backs coach Eric Hickson and offensive line...

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Rust never sleeps? Teams coming off NFL byes not worried

NFL teams buck for a playoff bye all season. Then people wonder if those four lucky clubs are going to be rusty when they...

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Oklahoma's closest NFL franchises have not fared well

It's been since 1995 for Dallas and 1993 for Kansas City to make the conference championship games

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Rams, Cowboys seek long-awaited postseason breakthroughs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As if the pressure of playing for the Los Angeles Rams' first playoff victory in 14 years wasn't enough,...

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Chiefs aim to rewrite playoff history vs nemesis Colts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Given the postseason history involving Indianapolis and Kansas City over the years, Andrew Luck and the...

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NFL Notebook: Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator

The Chicago Bears rode a dominant defense to the NFC North championship in a breakout season. They hope to keep it going with a...

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Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator to replace Fangio

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears rode a dominant defense to the NFC North championship in a breakout season. They...

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Special teams coordinator Priefer says he's joining Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Freddie Kitchens Era, although still not official, is rolling along.While his agent continued to hammer...

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AP Source: Kubiak not returning to Broncos staff

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Gary Kubiak won't return to run the Denver Broncos offense after all for new head coach Vic Fangio, a...

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Longtime Vikings assistant coach John Michels dies at 87

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — John Michels, a College Football Hall of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach...

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Mike Pettine staying as Packers defensive coordinator

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mike Pettine is staying as defensive coordinator of the Packers.New coach Matt LaFleur announced the...

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Pats' assistant Flores is finalist in Miami coaching search

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins are turning to their AFC East nemesis for help.New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian...

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Georgia promotes James Coley to offensive coordinator

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — James Coley was promoted to Georgia's offensive coordinator on Friday, taking over a lead role after Jim...

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Jets make it official, hire former Dolphins coach Adam Gase

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets officially have Adam Gase in place.The team announced the hiring of the former Miami Dolphins...

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Steelers hire Teryl Austin as defensive assistant coach

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Teryl Austin as a senior defensive assistant coach.The team announced the...

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Treyvon Hester no longer obscure after blocking field goal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Treyvon Hester's fingertips made the second-year pro a popular guy in Philadelphia.The Eagles (10-7) are...

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Bears' Parkey off social media after missed field goal

CHICAGO (AP) — Kicker Cody Parkey is staying off social medial after his missed field goal at the end of the Chicago Bears'...

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Chargers list TE Hunter Henry as questionable vs. Patriots

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry is hopeful of playing less than eight months after...

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NFL launches social justice initiative, stressing education

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is launching a social justice platform, with an emphasis on education, economic development and...

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Cardinals hire former Broncos coach Joseph as D-coordinator

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has been hired as the defensive coordinator on new Arizona...

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Brady ready for cold weather, LA Chargers on Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — His coach downplays it. Tom Brady does not.Brady knows the cold-weather New England Patriots should...

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4 Alabama players announce they are declaring for NFL draft

Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams...

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Chargers sign Nick Rose to handle kickoffs against Patriots

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have signed kicker Nick Rose ahead of Sunday's AFC playoff game against New...

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Flyers puzzled by fall from playoffs to worst in the East

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The vendor at the Flyers merchandise kiosk on the main concourse scrolled through his phone as...

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Former Lions coach Rick Forzano has died at age 90

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Rick Forzano, who was the coach of the Detroit Lions during the mid-1970s and hired a young Bill...

Thunder’s defense springing leaks, but not unsalvageable

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The Thunder has faced adversity this season, but its defense has never been as strained as the last two weeks.

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Elway: Fangio 'as good of a football coach as you can find'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — All Vic Fangio ever wanted to do was teach kids and become a head high school football coach, and he...

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OU football: Kyler Murray faces tough decision because no option is bad

Kyler Murray is getting advice from everyone. But the truth is, the Oklahoma quarterback can't make a bad choice about his...

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Clemson All-American DE Ferrell headed for NFL draft

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's national championship front four is off to the NFL.All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell...

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Chargers' defense is unique, Tom Brady says

Brady said during a conference call Wednesday that the Chargers using seven defensive backs on all but one of the 59 snaps did...

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Chargers' defensive goal vs. Patriots: Get pressure on Brady

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley might be feeling the most pressure going into Sunday's AFC...

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Prescott's playoff road resumes in LA, where so much started

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — So many questions asked of Dak Prescott revolve around two years ago, when the Dallas quarterback led the...

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AP Source: Former Broncos coach Joseph could join Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens hasn't signed his contract as Browns coach. He's working anyway.Kitchens has begun assembling...

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Cowboys, Rams game features two elite running backs

Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott are friends who realize they have a remarkably similar style of play, adding an extra bit of...

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Davis parlayed Saints deal into career year, playoff debut

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Demario Davis reflected on his decision to sign with New Orleans last offseason, the reasons the...

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Reid's lawyers dispute findings his drug testing was normal

Attorneys for Eric Reid dispute a joint statement by the NFL and NFL Players Association that says the Carolina Panthers safety...

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Arians confident Buccaneers not far from playoff contention

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay's bid to lure Bruce Arians out of retirement and back to the NFL included a pitch from baseball...

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Cardinals sign receiver Bryant Mitchell to future contract

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals signed former CFL wide receiver Bryant Mitchell to a future contract...

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Rams' Whitworth looking for first playoff win in eighth trip

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Seven trips to the postseason and no wins can wear on a person. Los Angeles Rams left tackle...

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Harbaugh hires Gattis away from Alabama to be Michigan's OC

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh bounced back from losing two assistants to rival Ohio State with what looks...

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Patriots' playoff run special for McCourty twins

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Jason McCourty has taken longer than usual to do things around the Patriots practice facility this...

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Tim Tebow announces engagement to former Miss Universe

MIAMI (AP) — Tim Tebow is engaged.The Heisman Trophy winner announced his engagement on Instagram Thursday to Demi-Leigh...

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Backups, castoffs, youngsters step in Eagles' secondary

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When injuries ravaged the secondary, the Philadelphia Eagles turned to inexperienced guys and castoffs.The...

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PHILADELPHIA (10-7) at NEW ORLEANS (13-3)Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Saints by 10RECORD VS. SPREAD — Philadelphia...

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Offensive star power headlines Colts-Chiefs showdown

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Ebron has seen the forecast for Saturday's divisional playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts...

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Quinn wants new Falcons' assistants to revamp running game

ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Quinn is looking for a renewed commitment to the Atlanta Falcons running game and offensive balance with new...

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Baker Mayfield releases clothing line to benefit Special Olympics

Through a partnership with Barstool Sports, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will sell a collection of T-shirts and...

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LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (13-4) at NEW ENGLAND (11-5)Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Patriots by 5RECORD VS. SPREAD — Los...

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Billy Joel to hold 1st concert at Camden Yards this summer

BALTIMORE (AP) — Singer Billy Joel will perform at Camden Yards this summer, the first concert to be held at the Orioles' home...

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Philly has St. Nick but New Orleans has lots of Saints

The Philadelphia Eagles have St. Nick, and he hasn't let them down in the clutch. The problem on Sunday is that New Orleans has...

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Thomas Davis says he's done with Panthers after 14 seasons

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AP Source: Browns hiring coordinator Kitchens as new coach

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AP source: Jets hire former Dolphins coach Adam Gase

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Matt LaFleur takes over in Green Bay as the head coach

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Kings of the Road: Chargers have thrived in games out East

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Recently banged-up Saints line showing signs of healing

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Cowboys' playoff trip to Rams is LA reunion for Tavon Austin

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AP source: New York Jets hire former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase as head coach

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Cardinals take a chance on 'bright mind' of Kingsbury

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Mebane back with Chargers following death of infant daughter

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Former Vikes coach Childress quits AAF team before 1st game

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Suspended Clemson DT Lawrence among 3 Tigers off to NFL

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