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Buffalo Bills fans Scott Hammond, right, and his son Landon pose for a photograph as their team warms up before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Hammonds were among the lucky 6,700 few to land tickets for the Bills wild-card playoff against the Indianapolis Colts for Buffalo's first home playoff game in 24 years. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
January 09, 2021 - 9:56 am
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It was just like the pre-coronavirus pandemic days on Saturday morning for Scott Hammond and his son Landon in being among the first to get to their seats before a Buffalo Bills home game. Everything else, however, felt different for the Hammonds who were among the lucky 6...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) dunks against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
January 08, 2021 - 7:37 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Dallas Mavericks players Jalen Brunson, Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith are listed as out on the NBA’s injury report for the team's next game because of health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. Two...
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January 08, 2021 - 1:51 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has decided to stick with coach Jim Harbaugh, finalizing a new, five-year deal on Friday. The school will pay him $4 million per year and as much as $8 million annually if he meets certain benchmarks, according to a person familiar with the contract who spoke to The...
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Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich on the sidelines in the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
January 07, 2021 - 11:52 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich's heart never really left Buffalo. It was there where he orchestrated the largest comeback in NFL history, there where he won four straight AFC championships and there where he celebrated the births of two of his three daughters. So, of course, the Indianapolis Colts...
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A worker cleans seats in Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
January 07, 2021 - 6:26 pm
Regular-season ratings for NFL games declined this season following two straight years of increases. But in a year that saw the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and a presidential election, the 7% decrease isn't as bad as the league and its broadcast partners feared before the season began...
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
January 07, 2021 - 3:25 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield hasn't thrown a football in four days. The Browns haven't practiced this week. Cleveland's return to the NFL playoffs feels cursed. For the second straight day, the team's headquarters and training facility stayed closed due to a COVID-19 flare-up that has knocked...
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Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski looks on from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Positive COVID-19 tests have knocked Stefanski out of Cleveland's wild-card game at Pittsburgh on Sunday night — the Browns' first playoff appearance since the 2002 season. (AP Photo/Justin Berl, File)
January 07, 2021 - 2:59 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ No. 25 Florida State’s visit to Pittsburgh scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to following COVID-19 testing issues within the Seminoles program. The postponement is the third this week for Florida State...
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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson dives for extra yardage during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
January 06, 2021 - 12:20 pm
During a normal season, many of the players on the Kansas City Chiefs defense would leave the facility after a long day of practice and meetings and head to safety Tyrann Mathieu's house for weekly Thursday night festivities. Some would be playing cards in the corner. Others watching the NFL game...
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A Liverpool fans with a Jurgen Klopp protective face mask applauds before the start of an English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday Dec. 27, 2020. (Stu Forster/Pool via AP)
January 06, 2021 - 11:36 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The seventh-ranked Arizona women’s basketball game at Washington scheduled for Friday has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Huskies program. The Huskies announced the postponement on Wednesday and...
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Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. There are two Buffalo memories Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey would prefer not be brought up as Miami travels to face the Bills needing a win to clinch a playoff spot in the season finale on Sunday. The first is the teary-eyed speech Gailey provided upon being fired by the Bills following the 2012 season. The other was a 2015 loss to the Bills when he was the Jets coordinator. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
January 06, 2021 - 6:58 am
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has resigned one season after coming out of retirement. The announcement was made Wednesday, one day after Gailey's 69th birthday and one day after coach Brian Flores said he expected all of his assistant coaches would return in 2021...
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