Professional football

Dallas Cowboys safety Xavier Woods (25) and linebacker Sean Lee (50) defend as Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) reaches the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
December 04, 2019 - 4:55 pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It's easy to forgive Ravens coach John Harbaugh for forgetting this weekend's showdown of two of the AFC's more dynamic quarterbacks won't be the first meeting between Baltimore's Lamar Jackson and the Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen. The score was so lopsided and the 15 months...
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, center, watches during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
December 04, 2019 - 3:03 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick had much to lament about his team’s loss to the Texans last week. But one thing that stuck out was how his defense struggled to defend the pass on second down. It will again be a focal point this week as New England (10-2) crafts a game plan it...
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield answers questions about his injured hand during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
December 04, 2019 - 10:44 am
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is still dealing with an injury to his right throwing hand. Mayfield, who hurt his hand in the first half of Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh, didn't throw a pass during the 20 minutes of Wednesday's practice open to reporters. Mayfield's hand and...
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) scrambles with the ball in an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 in Dallas. The Bills defeated the Cowboys 26-15. (Margaret Bowles via AP)
December 04, 2019 - 10:38 am
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Dak Prescott saw no need for strong words or fiery speeches. The Dallas Cowboys have lost six of nine since a 3-0 start, and all their star quarterback cares about is finding a way to win consistently again. They will try to get headed back in the right direction when they...
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, left, and Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley talk at midfield prior to an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. Rhule and Riley took over their teams under drastically different circumstances. Now they will coach against each other in the Big 12 championship game. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)
December 04, 2019 - 9:23 am
WACO, Texas (AP) — Matt Rhule stepped into a volatile situation at Baylor, leaving his home in the Northeast to take over a program with a depleted roster in the aftermath of a scandal that led to the firing of a two-time Big 12 champion coach. Lincoln Riley was the hand-picked successor at...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Denver. The Lakers won 105-96. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
December 03, 2019 - 10:11 pm
DENVER (AP) — LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan for his entire career, though on Tuesday night it was Anthony Davis who emulated the Hall of Famer. Davis, ailing from flu-like symptoms, took an IV at halftime and then scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter to lead the Los...
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Seattle Seahawks' DK Metcalf (14) fumbles while being hit by Minnesota Vikings' Xavier Rhodes (29) and Eric Kendricks (54) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Seattle. The Vikings' recovered on the play. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
December 02, 2019 - 9:53 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — By the time the playoffs arrive, the Seattle Seahawks are going to feel just fine in a close, tight game. Even when they’re comfortably ahead, the Seahawks have a way of making the final minutes more than a little unnerving. “Close games are cool, aren’t they? I like them,” Seattle...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Sam Acho, left, forces a fumble as he sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
December 02, 2019 - 1:03 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Mississippi Mustache is back in Jacksonville’s starting lineup. Rookie sensation Gardner Minshew will start Sunday when the reeling Jaguars host the Los Angeles Chargers. He replaces ineffective and highly paid quarterback Nick Foles following the team's fourth...
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Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus (8) celebrates after kicking the game winning field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
December 01, 2019 - 6:56 pm
DENVER (AP) — Take a chance before halftime? No way. Take a knee for overtime? Not a chance. Vic Fangio bypassed a shot at a historic field goal with 1 second left in the first half because “it wasn’t desperation time.” When the Broncos got the ball back at their 28 with 9 seconds left and the game...
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
December 01, 2019 - 5:45 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes looked up at the scoreboard late in the third quarter and was stunned to see the Kansas City Chiefs had taken a 31-0 lead over the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders. “I felt like we’d only scored a couple of times,” he said. That’s because the Chiefs’ high-...
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