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Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history

Tom Brady has been synonymous with the AFC championship for the last two decades.Thirteen times he played for the Lamar Hunt...

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Mariota helping Titans on, off field despite being benched

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans benched Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill in mid-October after a 2-4 start....

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Panthers LB Kuechly retiring after 8 seasons in NFL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring from the NFL after eight seasons.The 28-year-old...

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Bye week hazardous for Chiefs and Ravens, but KC survives

The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers used their bye week to rest, relax and recharge.Now they'll meet in the NFC...

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Georgia's Smart hires Todd Monken as offensive coordinator

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Todd Monken, the former offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is Kirby...

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Bettors leaning heavily toward home teams making Super Bowl

Pro Picks is surprised.Consider that the NFC title game is a matchup of the conferences's top two seeds. The spread favors host...

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Berry back to interview with Browns about GM opening

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Berry may still have his parking spot with the Browns.After spending three seasons in Cleveland's front...

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Baylor hires LSU's Aranda as head coach

Baylor hired LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as its new head coach Thursday, three days after the Tigers completed their...

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Lions coach Patricia finalists for Salute To Service award

NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, Atlanta Falcons CEO Steve Cannon and former Chargers and Chiefs linebacker...

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Thursday Sports in Brief

MLBNEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán is out as manager of the New York Mets before managing even a single game, the latest fallout...

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Of NFL's Final 4 coaches, Andy Reid is the outlier

Of the coaches in the NFL's Final Four, Andy Reid is the outlier.Only Kansas City's coach has been the head man in a Super...

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‘Nobody can guard any of us’: How the Chiefs turned a weakness into an afterthought

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 24-year-old quarterback led a 24-point comeback, breaking single-game and single-quarter NFL records,...

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Bears hire Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy made several changes to his staff Thursday, hiring Bill Lazor as...

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Moore staying with Cowboys, set to call plays for McCarthy

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Kellen Moore is staying as offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, and new coach Mike McCarthy says...

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Panthers' McCaffrey pulls out of Pro Bowl; Kamara in

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey has pulled out of the Pro Bowl after a memorable...

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Top Minnesota teacher takes knee at LSU-Clemson game

A former Minnesota Teacher of the Year staged a protest at the College Football Playoff championship attended by President...

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Worth the wait; Steelers' great Shell reveling in Hall nod

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Donnie Shell knows what a Hall of Famer looks like.It helps when you spend your career calling them...

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Giants make Alyssa Nakken first female major league coach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she...

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High-powered Titans lean heavily on Henry with options ready

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derrick Henry is making clear he only gets better the more times he gets the ball.“I think I get in a...

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Prolific 49ers TE Kittle takes great joy in run blocking

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — No tight end in NFL history has been as productive as George Kittle at catching the ball over the...

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Vinovich chosen as Super Bowl ref because of highest rating

NEW YORK (AP) — Two people familiar with the assignment tell The Associated Press that Bill Vinovich was chosen to work this...

Can Steven Adams open up the Thunder's offense?

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Thunder general manager Sam Presti made the suggestion and the hairs stood up on the back of fans’ necks. As of now, the Thunder isn’t going to get shooting out of its centers. As of now. "But maybe we can push Steven into a development...

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Multiracial churches growing, challenge for clergy of color

KELLER, Texas (RNS) — For four hours at a megachurch outside of Dallas, pastors of color shared their personal stories of...

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Foam cheesehead is hot when Packers do well

MILWAUKEE (AP) — There’s no milk, bacteria, fermentation or refrigeration at this Wisconsin cheese factory. That’s because they...

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Chiefs' Mahomes still starring with big money on horizon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had just lost to the Tennessee Titans, their fourth defeat in the first 10 games...

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49ers, Packers look to go from losing seasons to Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from accomplishing a turnaround that's been done only once...

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NFL at 100: 2 iconic moments mark history of NFC title games

With “The Catch” that sent San Francisco to its first Super Bowl and “The Blown Call” that kept New Orleans at home, NFC...

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Who matches up best in yet another Packers-49ers title game?

For the eighth time in 25 years, the Packers and 49ers — both 14-3 this season — face off in the postseason. Green Bay leads...

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Warrant issued for Odell Beckham after video shows butt swat

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A misdemeanor simple battery warrant has been issued for Cleveland Browns wide receiver and former LSU star...

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AP source: Browns interviewing Pats scouting boss for GM job

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns passed on a chance to hire one of the Patriots' coaches. Now, they'll consider someone who helped...

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49ers GM John Lynch wins PFWA Executive of the Year

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch won the Pro Football Writers of America Executive of...

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Will Henry's runs or Mahomes' passes decide AFC champion?

The Titans haven't been to the Super Bowl since 2000. That's barely a blip on the football history screen: The Chiefs haven't...

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Petrino back in game, says he knew he wouldn't stay retired

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Bobby Petrino is glad to have a job again, even if it's at one of the bottom programs in the second...

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Panthers name Joe Brady their new offensive coordinator

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers are hoping Joe Brady can bolster a sagging offense like he did at LSU.Carolina officially...

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Titans, Chiefs on verge of Super Bowl, play for AFC title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid rarely digs into his own past, preferring to stay in the moment or focus squarely on the...

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AFC Championship Preview Capsule

TENNESSEE (11-7) at KANSAS CITY (13-4)Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Chiefs by 7 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Titans 9-7-1;...

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Packers-49ers Preview Capsule

GREEN BAY (14-3) at SAN FRANCISCO (14-3)Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE - 49ers by 6RECORD VS. SPREAD - Green Bay 11-6,...

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Mike Dawson returns to Huskers to coach outside linebackers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Mike Dawson will return to Nebraska to coach outside linebackers after spending the 2019 season in the...

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Wednesday Sports in Brief

MLBBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox insist they won the 2018 World Series fairly, even as they begin their search for a new...

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King Henry running wild in the postseason, carrying Titans

King Henry is running wild in the postseason.Derrick Henry has the Tennessee Titans one step away from an unlikely trip to the...

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Edwards-Helaire among 7 LSU players entering NFL draft

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Dynamic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among...

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USC offensive lineman Austin Jackson will enter NFL draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California left tackle Austin Jackson will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.Jackson...

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Mississippi State's Hill, Thompson staying for senior years

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill and linebacker Erroll Thompson have decided to return to...

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Rookie Nick Bosa makes big impact on improved 49ers defense

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nick Bosa remained on the turf with the wind knocked out of him after beating yet another offensive...

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Davante Adams' drive to be great has become an 'obsession'

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Davante Adams obsesses about being great.The Green Bay Packers wide receiver wasn't a five-star recruit....

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LSU probing Beckham's apparent on-field payments to players

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has contacted officials from the NCAA and Southeastern Conference about Cleveland Browns receiver...

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Ex-NFL player Steve Gleason honored by Congress for ALS work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former NFL player Steve Gleason has received the Congressional Gold Medal — the highest civilan honor...

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Greg Schiano names Bob Fraser as Rutgers linebackers coach

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Veteran coach Bob Fraser is returning to Rutgers for a fourth stint on the staff.Coach Greg Schiano...

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Titans lineman eager for 1st AFC title game in 9th season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive lineman Jurrell Casey took a moment to sit down with his wife and simply soak in...

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Zampese joins Redskins as QBs coach on Rivera's staff

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Ken Zampese was hired as the Washington Redskins' quarterbacks coach on Wednesday with Ron Rivera filling...

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Veteran referee Vinovich heads Super Bowl crew

NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran referee Bill Vinovich will head the crew for the Super Bowl in Miami.Vinovich is in his 15th season as...

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Antonio Gates ready to move on following 16-year career

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Antonio Gates was hoping to get a final chance at reaching the Super Bowl.However the teams that he...

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Mathieu, Clark turn gambles by Chiefs into wise investments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Clark were watching the AFC championship game on television a year ago, their...

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Clemson's leading receiver Tee Higgins to enter NFL draft

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's leader in receiving yards and touchdowns, Tee Higgins, is forgoing his final college season to...

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Rooney: Steelers standing pat at QB heading into 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Art Rooney II isn't quite sure what to make of what the Pittsburgh Steelers president called one of the...

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Column: Tagliabue in Hall of Fame despite head injury issue

The NFL of the 1990s was a different animal than it is today, which explains at least somewhat the creation under Paul...

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Cardinals star WR Fitzgerald returning for 2020 season

TEMPE, Arizona (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald didn't keep the Arizona Cardinals waiting for long. One of the most productive wide...

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Former UL, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino lands at Missouri St

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Bobby Petrino, a coach with a track record of on-the-field success and off-the-field embarrassments,...

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Tagliabue, NFL Films' Sabol headed to Hall of Fame

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his fifth attempt.Tagliabue and former New...

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Tuesday Sports in Brief

MLBBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred...

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Morning Roundup: LSU will look to repeat with new faces

LSU coach Ed Orgeron is already thinking about what comes next for his national champions. More specifically, who comes next....

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Bucks cruise past Knicks behind Antetokounmpo's 37 points

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't looking at the scoreboard.Even though the Milwaukee Bucks led by 25 points at...

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign-stealing scandal

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora has already been identified as a ringleader in an illegal system of sign stealing when he was with the...

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Broncos hire ex-Giants coach Pat Shurmur as play-caller

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio hired former New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur as his offensive...

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AP Source: Panthers tab LSU’s Brady as offensive coordinator

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms on a contract to...

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Falcons answer fans' call for new uniform design for 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will have new uniforms for the 2020 season.That's all the team is disclosing for now.The...

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On Football: Some answers, lots of questions for title games

After a wild weekend of historic offensive performances by Derrick Henry and nearly every Kansas City Chiefs player, spiced by...

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Titans' gamble hiring Vrabel as coach close to paying off

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro listened to how coach Mike Vrabel praised his performance in Tennessee's...

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Seahawks face free agency questions beginning with Clowney

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When the Seattle Seahawks head into free agency, it’s clear where their focus will need to be.The line of...

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Rivalry for Packers-49ers dates back 25 years

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brett Favre vs. Steve Young. Aaron Rodgers dueling with Colin Kaepernick.The catch by Terrell Owens,...

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Bears say they will hold training camp at home

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears will hold their entire training camp at their headquarters rather than spend the...

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Iowa star DE A.J. Epenesa announces he's entering NFL draft

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa will enter the NFL draft after two of the most dominant performances of...

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Browns' Stefanski impresses but faces huge challenge

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski made a favorable first impression. Dressed impeccably, he came across lawyer-like, polished...

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'Jeopardy' tournament matching 3 stars a big hit for ABC

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Jeopardy!” tournament matching the game show's three most accomplished and well-known players has proven...

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Antonio Gates announces retirement following 16-year career

Antonio Gates, who became one of the most prolific tight ends in the NFL without playing a down of college football, announced...

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Top draft choices Murray, Bosa make All-Rookie Team

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray and San Francisco edge rusher Nick Bosa, the top two selections in last year's NFL draft,...

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Trevor vs Justin; Bama vs LSU and other top stories in 2020

Six story lines that will define 2020:TREVOR VS. JUSTINThe first meeting between Georgia natives Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and...

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Delay in new NFL stadium roof in Las Vegas causes concern

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Installation of a translucent roof for the $2 billion football stadium being built in Las Vegas for the NFL's...

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Greg Schiano hires Robb Smith as Rutgers D coordinator

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Robb Smith has been hired as Rutgers' defensive coordinator.Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano...

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Fallen journalists honored at LSU-Clemson championship game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Superdome in New Orleans honored two sports journalists who recently died with a tribute Monday night in...

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Burrow, LSU cap magical season, beat Clemson 42-25 for title

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From small-town Ohio kid to Louisiana legend, Joe Burrow capped his record-breaking, Heisman-winning season...

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Baylor All-America DE Lynch bypassing senior season for NFL

WACO, Texas (AP) — All-America defensive end James Lynch says he is bypassing his senior season at Baylor for early entry into...

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Hinch, GM fired for Astros sign stealing after MLB bans pair

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs, and...

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BC-BBO--Baseball Suspensions

Suspensions of one month or more issued by the commissioner of baseball that were not related to on-field incidents or...

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49ers expect different Packers team in NFC title game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When Aaron Rodgers greeted Jimmy Garoppolo following the least productive start of his sterling...

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A look back at other infamous cheating scandals in sports

The fallout from baseball's latest sign-stealing scandal is beginning to take shape. Houston manager AJ Hinch is out of a job,...

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Rodgers-Adams connection has Packers 1 win from Super Bowl

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has spoken on several occasions about the chemistry he had with former longtime teammate...

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Another Seahawks playoff run falls short of expectations

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — It’s been six years since Russell Wilson raised the Super Bowl trophy. Five years since his fateful pass...

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Chiefs revenge tour begins with Houston, gets Tennessee next

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a jubilant locker room after the Kansas City Chiefs had thumped Houston to return to the AFC title...

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Stefanski officially hired as Browns coach, GM search on

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski is getting a turn at fixing the busted Browns.The Vikings offensive coordinator was officially...

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Texans face long offseason after collapse against Chiefs

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans were up 24-0 in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs and looked to be headed for...

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Drug charge to be dropped against Patriots safety Chung

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A cocaine possession charge against New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung will be dropped with the...

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Arizona State extends Edwards' contract 2 years through 2024

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State has extended football coach Herm Edwards' contract two years through the 2024 season.The...

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Embracing road warrior mentality why Titans go to KC next

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel made it clear before flying to Houston needing to win their regular-season...

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Redskins promote Kyle Smith to VP of player personnel

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins continued their organizational overhaul Monday by promoting Kyle Smith to vice...

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Zimmer, Vikings aim to get over hump with changes inevitable

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the first time in his six years with the Minnesota Vikings, coach Mike Zimmer told his assistants to...

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Jaguars fire offensive coordinator DeFilippo after 1 season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Gardner Minshew was as good as any rookie quarterback in the NFL. Running back Leonard Fournette had...

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Ravens' memorable 2019 season spoiled by early playoff exit

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — As top-seeded Baltimore approached its playoff opener last week, linebacker Josh Bynes was asked to...

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Johnson gets surprise visit for Hall of Fame news

Only 22 Cowboys have been inducted into the Ring of Honor; will Johnson join them?

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Eli Manning wins 2020 Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has won the 2020 Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award.The...

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Lions add defensive coordinator Cory Undlin off Eagles staff

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have hired Cory Undlin to replace Paul Pasqualoni as defensive coordinator.Matt...

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After 2 TDs in Seahawks' loss, Lynch 'not sure' on future

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch muscled his way into the end zone for two more postseason touchdowns for the Seattle...

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Retired NY Giants running back finishes his 13th marathon

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber kept his streak alive Sunday, finishing the Walt...

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Weekend Sports In Brief

NFLGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams eight times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, Green Bay's...

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NFL: Green Bay fends off Seattle rally

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams eight times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, Green Bay's...

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NFL notebook: Jimmy Johnson elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl championships in the 1990s, has been elected to the Pro...

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NFL: Mahomes sparks a comeback for the ages

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are back in the AFC championship game. How they returned to the brink of their first...

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Packers hold off Seahawks 28-23 to reach NFC title game

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have relied more on character and resilience than offense or...

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Seattle defense struggles in season-ending loss to Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks were routinely Super Bowl contenders just a few years ago thanks in large part to...

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NFL Today, Divisional Playoffs

SCOREBOARDSun. Jan. 19, Conference ChampionshipsAFC: Tennessee at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m. EST. After upsetting top-seeded...

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Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson into Hall of Fame

Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl championships in the 1990s, has been elected to the Pro...

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Chiefs roar past Texans 51-31; Packers edge Seahawks 28-23

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are back in the AFC championship game.How they returned to...

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49ers use early season formula on playoff win vs. Vikings

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The formula that fueled a perfect first half of the season for San Francisco was more than enough to...

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Chiefs, Packers join 49ers, Titans in NFL championship round

The conference championships will be all about rematches, including a classic rivalry in the NFC.San Francisco will host Green...

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Morning roundup: North Dakota St. wins 8th FCS title over James Madison

COLLEGE FOOTBALL North Dakota St. downs James Madison for FCS crown Trey Lance ran for 166 yards, with a clutch 44-yard...

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Texans' season ends with playoff meltdown against Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bill O'Brien figured it would take more than 24 points to beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.Even...

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Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson into Hall of Fame

Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl championships in the 1990s, has been elected to the Pro...

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AP Sportlight

Jan. 131962 — Wilt Chamberlain scores an NBA regulation-game record 73 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 135-117...

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Chiefs rally from 24-0 hole to beat Texans 51-31 in playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes stalked up and down the sideline like a field marshal rallying his troops, the...

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Patriots star Edelman arrested for vandalism in California

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — New England Patriots star Julian Edelman was arrested in Southern California on suspicion of...

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Second shot: Browns hiring Kevin Stefanski as next coach

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski coached running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks in Minnesota. He's about to take on his...

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Browns hiring Vikings OC Stefanski as next coach

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns didn't pass on Kevin Stefanski a second time.Cleveland is hiring the Vikings' offensive coordinator...

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Bulaga, Clark both active for Packers; Seahawks' Iupati out

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will have their usual array of starters for their NFC divisional playoff game...

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Towson's Tom Flacco leads National team in Tropical Bowl

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Tom Flacco of Towson threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to help the National...

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Broncos fire offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos are looking for their fifth offensive coordinator in five seasons after Vic Fangio changed his...

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Texans-KC set NFL playoff record with 52 points in 1st half

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Texans and Chiefs set a postseason record for combined points in the first half on Sunday when the...

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Swinney, Orgeron leading evolution in coaching styles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dabo Swinney can turn most any issue into an extended, persuasive sermon. If he was a salesman, we'd all...

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LSU linebacker Divinity hoping to turn trouble into triumph

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trouble off the field caused LSU senior linebacker Michael Divinity to miss the majority of one of the most...

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Chiefs' Jones inactive for playoff game; Texans' Fuller OK

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were without Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones for their divisional playoff...

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Person familiar with the decision tells AP the Cleveland Browns are hiring Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski as head coach

CLEVELAND (AP) — Person familiar with the decision tells AP the Cleveland Browns are hiring Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski as head...

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Jackson and Ravens can't sustain regular season success

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Lamar Jackson who ran with abandon and threw 36 touchdown passes for the best team in the league failed to...

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Ravens guard Yanda says Titans DL Simmons spit in his face

BALTIMORE (AP) — Ravens Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda says Tennessee Titans rookie defensive lineman Jeffrey Simmons spit in his...

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NFL: 49ers win first playoff game in six years

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD pass on his opening drive as a playoff starter and then watched San...

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NFL: Watson vs. Mahomes headlines Texans-Chiefs playoff tilt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs knew they were in the market for a quarterback a couple of years ago and, with...

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Former Steelers coach Cowher elected to Pro Football HOF

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chin is in.Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a...

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Titans stun Ravens, head to AFC title game with 28-12 win

BALTIMORE (AP) — With his bright red shoes and relentless running, Derrick Henry grabbed the spotlight and wouldn't let go.When...

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LSU, Clemson put Golden Age of wide receivers on display

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher calls them erasers.After the missed assignment that leads to third-and-long,...

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Titans stun Ravens 28-12; 49ers dominate Vikings 27-10

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans fear no one. Not even the NFL's best team.Why should they with Derrick Henry running —...

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Browns' coaching search nearing end, GM interviews planned

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns' two-week-old coaching search has come into focus, and perhaps may soon come to an end.Cleveland...

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Cook gets corralled in Vikings' 27-10 loss to 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The offensive formula for the Minnesota Vikings has been fairly simple this season. Establish the...

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Stanford keeps up mastery of Washington State with 88-62 win

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Freshman Tyrell Terry’s day started with a loss and then got significantly better.Terry, a Minnesota...

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49ers win 1st playoff game in 6 years, 27-10 over Vikings

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Sherman anticipated the route for an interception and then watched the San Francisco 49ers...

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LSU's Brady intends to stay; Orgeron believes he will

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LSU assistant Joe Brady, credited as the catalyst to the Tigers' offensive transformation, intends to remain...

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Ravens RB Ingram, TE Andrews avoid inactive list vs Titans

BALTIMORE (AP) — Ravens running back Mark Ingram avoided the inactive list and was expected to suit up in Baltimore's playoff...

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Chip off old block: Nolan Turner follows in dad's footsteps

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The resemblance is remarkable, even for father and son.The thick, wavy hair. That firm jawline. The chiseled...

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Lions hire special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have hired special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs.The team made the announcement...

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Wake Forest QB Newman transferring to Georgia for final year

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — With Jake Fromm heading to the NFL, quarterback Jamie Newman announced Saturday he will transfer to Georgia...

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Thielen active for Vikings for playoff game vs. 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is active for the playoff game against the San Francisco...

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Former Alabama coach Tosh Lupoi joins Atlanta Falcons staff

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Former Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is joining the Atlanta Falcons' staff.The team...

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NFL Playoffs: George Kittle is football's best tight end and biggest character, and neither surprise his high school buddies from Norman

George Kittle moved to Norman the spring of his sophomore year of high school. Didn’t take him long to start living like a...

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Roles are reversed in Titans-Ravens game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chris Johnson's rookie season ended at Baltimore with his ankle injured so much he missed the Pro Bowl. To...

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Morning roundup: Bellinger, Dodgers reach record deal

NL MVP Cody Bellinger agreed Friday to an $11.5 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the largest salary for...

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More quarterbacks are using their hands to catches passes

Tom Brady tried it. Nick Foles perfected it. More quarterbacks are doing it.Catching passes isn't just for wide receivers,...

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Protecting Wilson? Seahawks won't know who until Sunday

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The identity of the player who will be protecting Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's blind side...

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Browns, Pats' McDaniels meet for 7 hours about coaching job

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh McDaniels is back home. Maybe not just to visit.The Patriots offensive coordinator, whose first shot as...

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Point spreads seem a bit high in divisional playoffs round

The best of college football will be on display Saturday night in Baltimore.Say what?Well, if you believe the Heisman Trophy...

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Microsoft teams with NFL for new award at upcoming Honors

Microsoft will present the first “Anything But Ordinary” Player of the Year award at the upcoming NFL Honors awards show.The...

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Washington hires John Donovan as offensive coordinator

SEATTLE (AP) — New Washington coach Jimmy Lake made his first major coaching hire Friday, adding John Donovan as the Huskies'...

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Chiefs' Chris Jones, Travis Kelce questionable for Texans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs could be missing defensive tackle Chris Jones and tight end Travis Kelce when...

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49ers activate LB Kwon Alexander from injured reserve

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers activated linebacker Kwon Alexander from injured reserve Friday to make him...

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Stanford star CB Paulson Adebo bypasses NFL draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford star cornerback Paulson Adebo will return to school for his senior season.Adebo announced...

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Michigan State WR Cody White says he's entering draft

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State receiver Cody White said Friday he's forgoing his senior season and entering the 2020...

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Former Titans see game vs. Ravens as chance to avenge losses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Johnson's rookie season ended at Baltimore with his ankle injured so much he missed the Pro...

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Buffalo Bills hire Eric Washington to coach defensive line

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Eric Washington on Friday to...

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After Super Bowl, sports books preparing for XFL bets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — While many sports fans are picking NFL playoff teams to bet on, or marshaling their cash for the...

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Rodgers knows time to win 2nd Super Bowl is running out

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers won his first Super Bowl nearly a decade ago. The time to capture a second is running...

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Seahawks hoping history doesn't repeat itself again

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright didn't need to be reminded of his personal history playing in Green Bay and...

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Chiefs pass rush could be pivotal vs Texans in playoff game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the Kansas City Chiefs' regular-season finale, that must-win game against the Los Angeles Chargers...

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Seahawks-Packers Preview Capsule

SEATTLE (12-5) at GREEN BAY (13-3)Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Packers by 3 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Seahawks 8-8-1;...

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Raiders sign OL Denzelle Good to 1-year extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed offensive lineman Denzelle Good to a one-year contract extension on...

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Top-seeded Ravens host upset-minded Titans in AFC playoffs

TENNESSEE (10-7) AT BALTIMORE (14-2)Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Ravens by 10RECORD VS. SPREAD — Titans 10-7;...

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Vikings-49ers Preview Capsule

MINNESOTA (11-6) at SAN FRANCISCO (13-3)Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, NBCOPENING LINE — 49ers by 8RECORD VS. SPREAD — Minnesota 9-7,...

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Ravens, Jackson launch playoff run against underdog Titans

BALTIMORE (AP) — Containing Lamar Jackson has been virtually impossible for opposing defenses this season, and now the task...

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NFL doctor calls Wentz 'heroic' for reporting concussion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL's chief medical officer called Carson Wentz “heroic” for reporting his concussion during...

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Shanahan, Cousins on opposite sides for playoff meeting

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kirk Cousins starting the 49ers' first playoff game at Levi's Stadium was how coach Kyle Shanahan...

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Watson vs. Mahomes headlines Texans-Chiefs playoff tilt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs knew they were in the market for a quarterback a couple of years ago and, with...

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49ers defensive focus is on stopping Dalvin Cook

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers defense features a fearsome pass rush, a shut-down cornerback in Richard...

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Watson's mind key to success with Houston Texans

HOUSTON (AP) — When not practicing or breaking down film, Deshaun Watson looks for ways to motivate.Before Houston's playoff...

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Redskins hire former Panthers exec Rogers, Schaffer leaves

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins made their latest move Thursday in an organizational overhaul by hiring former...

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Browns interview Vikings OC Stefanski for head coaching job

Kevin Stefanski was the Cleveland Browns' second choice last year. He could be the first this time.The Vikings offensive...

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Joe Judge, old-fashioned at 38, wants blue-collar Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Joe Judge has every intention of bringing old-fashioned blue-collar football back to the...

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Titans LB Jayon Brown to miss playoff game with Ravens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee starting linebacker Jayon Brown will miss the Titans' AFC divisional playoff game with the...

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Worker help sought to combat Super Bowl human trafficking

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — To combat human trafficking during the Super Bowl, law enforcement officials said Thursday that they...

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Glove love: Rudolph's mitts go from scam to fundraiser

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — In the celebratory chaos of the victorious locker room, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was...

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Falcons' Mularkey retiring, Joe Whitt to coach secondary

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons tight end coach Mike Mularkey, the former Tennessee Titans coach, is...

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Top seeds back in action as NFL's divisional round kicks off

NEW YORK (AP) — The bye-week breaks are over for the top two seeds in the AFC and NFC after a, well, wild wild-card weekend to...

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Vikings WR Thielen questionable with ankle injury vs. 49ers

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has been listed as questionable to play in the divisional...

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NFL announces nominees for Shula coaching award

The NFL has announced its 32 nominees for the Don Shula Award to honor the top high school coaches in the country.The nominees,...

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Retired big winners could be a fallback position

Some big-time winners aren't coaching in the NFL; could they return?

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Tennessee offensive lineman Smith returning for senior year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee offensive guard Trey Smith says he will return to school for his senior year after making a...

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Eagles fire offensive coaches Mike Groh, Carson Walch

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have fired offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson...

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Texans-Chiefs Preview Capsule

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — HOUSTON (11-6) at KANSAS CITY (12-4)Sunday, 3:05 p.m. EST, CBSOPENING LINE — Chiefs by 9 1/2RECORD VS....

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NFL looks into whether Bills violated injury reporting rules

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL is looking into whether the Buffalo Bills violated league rules on reporting injuries in...

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Black coaching hires still at dismal level in NFL

A year ago, Richard Lapchick was at least willing to consider it might be cyclical. Not any longer. Not after all but one of...

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Mike McCarthy gets chance with another iconic franchise in Dallas

FRISCO, Texas — Mike McCarthy used to drive by the statues every day when arriving for work at Lambeau Field, so there never...

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NFL notebook: Browns continue coaching search, interview Eagles' Schwartz

Jim Schwartz began his NFL career as a gofer with the Browns. If he comes back, he can boss people around. The Philadelphia...

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Titans and Vikings continued success of sixth-seeds

There's strength at six.Both No. 6 seeds advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs for the second year in a row, marking...

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Titans defensive coordinator facing off vs. old team, Ravens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive coordinator Dean Pees still talks with his old boss, Baltimore coach John...

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McCarthy gets another try with brand name as Cowboys coach

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Mike McCarthy used to drive by the statues every day when arriving for work at Lambeau Field, so there...

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LaFleur has made big impact in 1st year as Packers coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — What a year it has been for Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur.Thursday marks exactly one year since...

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DK Metcalf's breakout day another step for Seahawks rookie

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Amid an avalanche of attention following the best game of his career to date, DK Metcalf allowed himself a...

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Heisman reunion: 5 winners suit up for Ravens-Titans matchup

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The top prize for individual excellence in college football is the Heisman Trophy. For the first time...

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New York Giants finalize deal to make Joe Judge head coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The struggling New York Giants went into their third coaching search since 2015 looking for a...

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Wisconsin All-America center Biadasz declares for NFL draft

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin All-America center Tyler Biadasz said Wednesday he will skip his senior season to go to the...

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49ers defense getting healthy in time for playoff game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers defense is about to be almost whole again at just the right time of the...

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Ball-hawking Harris has been Vikings secondary success story

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Over Minnesota's past six games, Anthony Harris has picked off Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Drew...

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Panthers' Matt Rhule faces major quarterback decision

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — One of the biggest decisions new Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule will have to make is choosing a...

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Vikings WR Adam Thielen limited in practice by ankle injury

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has an ankle injury that limited him Wednesday in...

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George Perles, longtime Michigan State coach, dies at 85

George Perles, who coached Michigan State to a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 and was a key defensive assistant for the dominant...

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Honey Badger has Chiefs facing former team in NFL playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of the first things Bill O'Brien wants to make perfectly clear is that he never wanted to lose the...

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Browns continue coaching search, interview Eagles' Schwartz

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Schwartz began his NFL career as a gofer with the Browns. If he comes back, he can boss people around.The...

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Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. declares for NFL draft

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. declared for the NFL draft Wednesday, skipping his final two years of...

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NFL bound: QB Jake Fromm leaving Georgia to enter draft

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is heading to the NFL, despite some struggles during a junior season that led to...

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Spurned by Giants, Martindale content to remain Ravens DC

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Don Martindale's interview for the New York Giants head coaching vacancy failed to yield his preferred...

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Rams lose special teams coordinator John Fassel to Cowboys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Special teams coordinator John Fassel is leaving the Los Angeles Rams for the same job with the Dallas...

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Brady says 'I still have more to prove' in Instagram post

BOSTON (AP) — Whether Tom Brady will return as quarterback of the New England Patriots next season is still an open question....

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Column: Black coaching hires still at dismal level in NFL

A year ago, Richard Lapchick was at least willing to consider it might be cyclical. Not any longer.Not after all but one of the...

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Morning Roundup: Carolina Panthers hiring Matt Rhule away from Baylor

NFL Carolina lures Matt Rhule away from Baylor David Tepper is entrusting Baylor's Matt Rhule to lead the Carolina Panthers out...

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Rhule successor at Baylor will start in different situation

Baylor's next coach will take over a better and much different situation than Matt Rhule did just over three years ago.The Big...

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Payton: Saints identifying ways to shore up 13-win squad

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton and players who've been in New Orleans the past few years have endured a cruel...

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Baylor's Matt Rhule agrees to become Panthers' next coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Tepper is entrusting Baylor’s Matt Rhule to lead the Carolina Panthers out of what he views as a...

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AP source: Giants nearing deal with Pats' Judge to be coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New England Patriots assistant Joe Judge probably is going to have to wait another day before...

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Bills have work to do in offseason after playoff collapse

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The lingering disappointment following an AFC wild-card playoff collapse at Houston won't deter...

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Dueling Trump, Bloomberg 2020 ads to air during Super Bowl

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans looking for an escape from the nation's politically charged political environment won't find it in...

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Head coaching hires ranging from experienced to newcomers

The Cowboys and Redskins went the experience route in their head coaching searches. The Giants and Panthers apparently are...

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Jimmy Garoppolo ready for 1st playoff start for 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo's postseason experience consists of a couple of garbage-time handoffs for New...

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Titans on playoff run with top duo in final year of deals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Tannehill has gone from a quarterback traded away in March to the NFL's top-rated passer fresh off...

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Trebek interview points to viewer interest in 'Jeopardy!''

NEW YORK (AP) — If you judge by viewer interest in ABC's interview with Alex Trebek, the upcoming “World Series” of “Jeopardy!”...

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Delay of game: National title on hold amidst 2-week wait

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was ready to get right back on the field to play for another College...

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Thielen better: Vikings' offense has made major progress

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Adam Thielen learned in college the psychological art of pivoting from a bad play, courtesy of a toy toilet...

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Ex-'Bachelor' contestant's $1M fantasy sports win probed

BOSTON (AP) — Sports gambling giant DraftKings is reviewing a former "Bachelor” contestant's $1 million win in an online...

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Lions assistants Fraley, Yates to coach offensive line

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions on Tuesday promoted assistant coaches Hank Fraley and Billy Yates to lead their...

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Ravens TE Andrews flourishes as Jackson's favorite target

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens were preparing for the 2018 NFL draft when coach John Harbaugh began studying...

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Cowboys to introduce McCarthy as club's 9th coach Wednesday

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys will introduce Mike McCarthy as the ninth coach in franchise history Wednesday.The club...

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Browns last NFL team looking for coach; interviews scheduled

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are the only team looking for a coach. That should make finding one a little easier.With the...

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XFL hopes new rules not seen as gimmicks

From more kickoff returns to overtime shootouts, XFL rules are innovative

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NFL adds 6 grassroots groups to Inspire Change Initiative

The NFL is awarding new grants to six social justice organizations as part of its " Inspire Change " initiative that emphasizes...

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Kindley third Georgia offensive lineman to enter NFL draft

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Guard Solomon Kindley has become Georgia's third offensive lineman to leave school early to enter the NFL...

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AP source: New York Giants nearing deal with Patriots assistant Joe Judge to become head coach

AP source: New York Giants nearing deal with Patriots assistant Joe Judge to become head coach.

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AP source: Carolina Panthers completing coaching deal with Baylor's Matt Rhule

AP source: Carolina Panthers completing coaching deal with Baylor's Matt Rhule.

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XFL to unveil rules innovations when it kicks off next month

NEW YORK (AP) — When the XFL debuts in February, it will take a “Star Trek” approach of going where no football league has gone...

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Tom Brady, Drew Brees exit early in changing of the QB guard

Suddenly, the old guard looks rather old.Tom Brady, who wants to keep playing next season at age 43, was overshadowed on...

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Monday's Sports In Brief

NFLDALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys didn't take long to settle on Mike McCarthy as their coach after waiting a week to announce...

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Cowboys turn to former Packers' coach

FRISCO, Texas - Mike McCarthy won a Super Bowl and went to the playoffs eight straight years while coaching two-time MVP...

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Rams fire defensive coordinator Wade Phillips

Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been fired by the Los Angeles Rams after three winning seasons. Phillips...

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Texans up for challenge of facing Chiefs in divisional round

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans overcame a 16-point deficit to get a 22-19 overtime win against the Buffalo Bills in the...

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Cousins, Zimmer quiet skeptics in playoff win for Vikings

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — In their boisterous locker room in New Orleans after the overtime victory, the Minnesota Vikings roared in...

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This might be year Seattle lets Wilson take over in playoffs

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — It’s always been a bit of a lingering question around the Seattle Seahawks when it came to Russell Wilson...

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Carson Wentz led injury-depleted Eagles until he couldn't

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz helped the Philadelphia Eagles overcome one injury after another until he ended up on the...

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Chiefs prepped for Texans in pseudo-rematch of Week 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will welcome the Texans to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday for the divisional round...

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Giants interview Judge, Rhule on deck, McCarthy to Dallas

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have interviewed New England Patriots assistant coach Joe Judge for their...

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NFL wild-card games draw biggest audience since 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NFL wild-card playoff games were the most watched opening weekend in four years.The four games averaged...

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LA Rams fire veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been fired by the Los Angeles Rams after three...

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Hokies' McClease announces he's leaving for NFL Draft

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech running back Deshawn McClease says he's leaving school early to enter the NFL...

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New Boston College coach Jeff Hafley hires coordinators

BOSTON (AP) — New Boston College coach Jeff Hafley has hired Tem Lukabu as defensive coordinator and Frank Cignetti Jr. as...

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Joe Staley thankful to be back in playoffs with 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Staley was moved to tears as he ran off the field during the San Francisco 49ers'...

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Browns interview Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brian Daboll spruced up his resume and improved as a coach since the previous time he was in Cleveland nearly...

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AP source: Cowboys pick McCarthy to replace Garrett as coach

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Mike McCarthy won a Super Bowl and went to the playoffs eight straight years while coaching two-time MVP...

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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa says he is entering 2020 NFL draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa put an end to the initial question about his future, announcing...

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Top-seed Ravens focus on now, not then, in playoff vs Titans

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — There's really nothing about the past that interests the Baltimore Ravens in relation to their playoff...

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Mississippi State LB Willie Gay Jr. entering NFL draft

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State linebacker Willie Gay Jr. says he’s bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL...

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Berry Tramel: McCarthy's record is on par with Sean Payton's

McCarthy is 50 games above .500; that's quite an achievement in the NFL

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa says he is entering 2020 NFL draft, skipping his senior season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa says he is entering 2020 NFL draft, skipping his senior season.

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Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus to enter NFL draft

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is losing its top running back and now its top wide receiver to the NFL.Quintez Cephus announced...

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AP source: Cowboys pick McCarthy to replace Garrett as coach

A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy have agreed on a deal for the former...

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AP source: Cowboys agree to hire Mike McCarthy as coach, succeeding Jason Garrett

AP source: Cowboys agree to hire Mike McCarthy as coach, succeeding Jason Garrett.

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Eagles wonder 'what if?' after Wentz knocked out with injury

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz waited four years to make his first playoff start. The Eagles' franchise QB took only eight...

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Next up for Tom Brady after early playoff exit? Who knows?

Teammates and opponents, coaches and NFL executives, even most fans recognize that Tom Brady has nothing left to prove.There...

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Morning roundup: Thomas wins PGA Tournament of Champions

Justin Thomas birdied the third playoff hole Sunday to win the PGA Tour's Sentry Tournament of Champions on the rejuvenated...

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Seattle knocks out Wentz and Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) After Jadeveon Clowney knocked out Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks knocked off the...

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Cowboys make it official and fire coach Jason Garrett

FRISCO, Texas — Jason Garrett is out as coach of the Dallas Cowboys after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team in a...

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NFL Today, Wild-Card Weekend

SCOREBOARDSat. Jan. 11, Divisional RoundMinnesota at San Francisco, 4:35 p.m. EST. Kirk Cousins and the Vikings (11-6) are...

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Eagles' Ertz guts out playoff loss with kidney, rib injuries

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz played with injured ribs in a wild-card loss to Seattle.Ertz,...

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Vikings, like Texans, work OT to advance in NFL playoffs

Working overtime paid off for Minnesota and Houston this weekend.Seattle avoided the extra session and made it a wild-card...

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Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long says he is retiring

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long announced Sunday he is retiring after seven seasons...

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Wilson leads Seahawks past Eagles 17-9

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jadeveon Clowney knocked out Carson Wentz. Then, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks knocked off the...

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Vikings top Saints 26-20 in OT; Seahawks oust Eagles 17-9

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kirk Cousins hit tight end Kyle Rudolph with a 4-yard fade on third-and-goal in overtime, and the Minnesota...

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Saints rue uncharacteristic play after early playoff exit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Narrowly missing out on an NFC playoff bye came back to haunt the Saints right away.A series of missed...

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Dallas Cowboys finally move on from Jason Garrett as coach

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys made official Sunday night what they had already signaled: Jason Garrett is out as...

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Cousins, Vikings upend Saints 26-20 in OT in NFC playoffs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After tight end Kyle Rudolph emerged from a purple swarm of celebrating Vikings near the corner of the end...

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Jason Garrett will not return as Dallas Cowboys head coach.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Garrett will not return as Dallas Cowboys head coach.

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With Henry, Titans ready to mash through playoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have made it clear they are very willing to mash their way through the postseason...

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Who dat? Minnesota upsets New Orleans 26-20 in overtime

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kirk Cousins hit tight end Kyle Rudolph with a 4-yard fade on third-and-goal in overtime, and the Minnesota...

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Patriots in unfamiliar spot entering offseason of unknowns

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — For the first time in three years, the Patriots won't enter the offseason following a Super Bowl...

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Bears hire Juan Castillo as offensive line coach

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears hired Juan Castillo as offensive line coach Sunday, reuniting the 24-year NFL assistant with...

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Eagles TE Ertz cleared to play with injured ribs, kidney

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has been cleared to play with an injured kidney for the NFC...

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Bills enter offseason feeling pain of playoff collapse

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen expects he'll be carrying the weight and pain of his first playoff loss for the...

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Odenigbo active for Vikings vs. Saints in wild-card round

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo is available to play against the Saints in Sunday's NFC...

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Morning Roundup: Cowboys interviewing for new coach, sources say

The Dallas Cowboys are talking to former head coaches Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis in the surest sign so far that they are...

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Henry rushes for 182 yards in Titans' win over New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Derrick Henry rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown while Tennessee's defense stymied Tom Brady and perhaps...

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NBA notebook: Young pours in 41 points in Hawks' win

Trae Young scored 30 of his 41 points in the first half, Kevin Huerter added a season-high 26 points and the Atlanta Hawks...

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Watson, Houston rally in second half to down Bills

HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson spun out of a would-be sack and coolly completed a pass that set up the winning field goal in overtime...

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Titans pleased, but not satisfied after win over Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel posted himself outside the locker room following Tennessee's 20-13 wild-card...

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Brady exits NFL playoffs with loss, retirement unlikely

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady walked off the field at the end of his 20th NFL season and said he plans to be back for...

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Derrick Henry, Titans stun Patriots 20-13 in wild-card upset

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — When the eerie Foxborough fog lifted, it became clear that New England's reign atop the NFL was...

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Titans oust Patriots; Texans edge Bills in OT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Derrick Henry rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown while Tennessee's defense stymied Tom Brady and...

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Texans roar past Bills for 22-19 win in OT

HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson’s teammates talked all week about how they never feel as if they’re out of any game when No. 4 is...

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Allen's struggles sink Bills in 22-19 OT loss to Texans

HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Allen didn’t look like a playoff rookie in the first half on Saturday as he led the Buffalo Bills to a...

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Giants interview KC's Eric Bieniemy, Ravens' Don Martindale

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. (AP) — The New York Giants resumed their fast-paced coaching search Saturday, interviewing Kansas City...

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Titans get back CB Jackson for wild-card matchup with Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have cornerback Adoree’ Jackson back for their AFC wild-card matchup with the New...

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Alabama's Jeudy, Wills declare for NFL draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. are skipping their senior...

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Reinhart leads Sabres in 3-2 win over Panthers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After making moves to bolster their injury-depleted forward group, the Buffalo Sabres found some sorely...

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WR Donovan Peoples-Jones leaving Michigan to enter NFL draft

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL...

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AP sources: Cowboys interviewing Mike McCarthy, Marvin Lewis

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are talking to former head coaches Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis in the surest sign so...

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Bears finalize $58.4 million extension with S Jackson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears finalized a four-year contract extension with Eddie Jackson on Saturday, a day after...

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Fuller, Joseph inactive for Texans against Bills

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston receiver Will Fuller and cornerback Johnathan Joseph are both inactive for the Texans’ playoff game...

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Saints recall tension, tears in Vikings' last playoff visit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years ago, when the Minnesota Vikings last visited New Orleans in the playoffs, Saints punter Thomas...

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Browns interview 49ers coordinator Saleh for coaching job

CLEVELAND (AP) — Robert Saleh's defense sacked Baker Mayfield and shut down Cleveland's offense this season. The Browns now...

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Berry Tramel: Patriots find themselves in strange territory -- the wild-card round

The Patriot success rarely has gone through the wild-card round, but now New England must play Tennessee before the AFC semifinals

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OU football: Sooner alum Cody Ford has gone from draft disappointment to playoff prominence with Bills

Leah Ford called to check on her son one day this fall, but he didn't answer. Soon after, he sent a text. "Hey, I'll call you...

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NFL Saturday playoff games

AFC WILD CARD GAMES Buffalo (10-6) at Houtston (10-6) When: 3:35 p.m. Saturday TV: ESPN/ABC Line: Texans by 4 Series...

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Could this be Tom Brady's final playoff run?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady made one thing clear on Thursday: He isn't thinking about the past or the future this week...

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Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor to enter NFL draft

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor is headed to the NFL.The record-setting junior announced Friday on...

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Ohio beats Nevada 30-21 in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke is projected to be the top quarterback taken in the Canadian Football League...

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Garrett still coach of Cowboys as Jerry Jones stays silent

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Garrett was still coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, almost a week after what figured to be a...

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McCaffrey a double All-Pro pick; Gilmore, Thomas unanimous

NEW YORK (AP) — Christian McCaffrey's versatility and superb statistics helped him to a rare double: The Carolina Panthers...

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Sherman tells contract critics 'I keep all the receipts'

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The bet Richard Sherman placed on himself when he personally negotiated a free-agent contract with...

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Vikings have 'every intent' of retaining Spielman, Zimmer

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings President Mark Wilf issued a statement of confidence in general manager Rick Spielman and...

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Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has quite an ironman streak

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Malcolm Jenkins is quite the ironman.The Philadelphia Eagles' three-time Pro Bowl safety has played 2,420...

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Michigan C Cesar Ruiz says he's entering NFL draft

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan center Cesar Ruiz says he's forgoing his senior season and entering the NFL draft.Ruiz...

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Georgia RB Swift announces decision to enter NFL draft

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia running back DÁndre Swift, the team's leading rusher for two straight decisions, is entering the NFL...

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Seahawks get Diggs back, expect Clowney to play vs. Eagles

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks defense will get a big boost as both safety Quandre Diggs and defensive end Jadeveon...

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Titans-Patriots get prime-time spotlight for wild-card games

The Patriots have been compared to a sporting dynasty and to Palpatine's Evil Empire. Regardless of which is true, there's no...

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New York Giants interview former Packers coach Mike McCarthy

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Mike McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers and led them to nine playoff...

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Vikings must face Saints without CBs Alexander, Hughes

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings secondary will be short-handed for Sunday's playoff game at New Orleans, with...

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NFL TV ratings up for second straight year

The NFL goes into the playoffs with its regular-season ratings having gone up for the second straight year, the first time the...

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Washington running back Salvon Ahmed declares for NFL draft

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington running back Salvon Ahmed is leaving school and entering the NFL draft following a junior season...

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Gleason to receive Congressional Gold Medal Jan. 15

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who became a leading advocate for people struggling with Lou...

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Ohio State Heisman finalist Chase Young to enter NFL draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Record-setting defensive end Chase Young is leaving Ohio State early to enter the NFL draft, a widely...

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His flu fled, Ravens' Lamar Jackson 100 percent at practice

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Going up against opposing NFL defenses was far easier for Lamar Jackson than fighting the flu, which...