Iowa capitalizes on Wisconsin turnovers en route to 10-6 victory

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin will have to battle from behind for the second consecutive season to win the Big Ten Conference West Division title.

The Badgers wasted a huge effort by senior linebacker Joe Schobert because of inept offensive execution and suffered a 10-6 loss to Iowa in front of a crowd of 80,933 Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

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A plague of penalty flags is raining down

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LOS ANGELES--Bad weather has yet to hit NFL games this season, but yellow flags have been raining from the start.

There were 884 penalties called in the first three weeks of games, an NFL record. Oakland and Tampa Bay are tied with the most flags, 33, and Arizona has had the fewest, 17. The most common offense so far? Offensive holding, which ...Read more

Levy doubtful for Lions vs. Seahawks

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DeAndre Levy almost certainly will have to wait another week to make his season debut, but the Detroit Lions linebacker said he took "a big step" in his return from a strained hip muscle this week just by getting on the practice field.

"This week, it was big progress," Levy said after practice today "But it's kind of just a test, test, test and...Read more

Steelers sign kicker Boswell, release Scobee

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The Steelers have signed free agent place kicker Chris Boswell and released Josh Scobee.

The news comes two days after Scobee missed two field goals in the 23-20 overtime loss to the Ravens Thursday night, including a 41-yard attempt with 1:05 remaining in the regulation.

The Steelers traded away a sixth-round draft choice for Scobee before ...Read more

Janikowski closing in on Raiders' record for games played

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Move over, Tim Brown, you've got company.

As unlikely as it would have seemed 15 years ago, place kicker Sebastian Janikowski is on the verge making Raiders history. When the Raiders visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday, it will be Janikowski's 240th game, tying Brown for the most games played.

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Could search for another kicker be in works for Steelers?

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The Steelers could be looking for their fourth place-kicker of the season, and it's only a fourth of the way done.

Josh Scobee, acquired for a sixth-round draft choice late in the preseason, missed two of his four field-goal attempts Thursday night, including a 41-yarder with 1:01 remaining. Had Scobee made the kick it would have been a six-...Read more

Lions' Lombardi: Everyone's signals get stolen

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Joe Lombardi hasn't read the newspapers much this week, but even that hasn't stopped the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator from feeling the heat for his team's disappointing play.

"I'm aware of it, obviously," Lombardi said at his weekly news conference Friday. "But the good thing about this game is you get in a routine, you come in on a ...Read more

Bears QB Cutler continues push to play Sunday, listed as questionable

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The Bears listed quarterback Jay Cutler as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders after his strained hamstring limited him in practice Friday for the third straight day.

Cutler shared first-team reps with backup Jimmy Clausen this week, an indication the Bears are optimistic about his availability Sunday.

If they expected Cutler to...Read more

Attitude, work ethic behind Julio Jones' success

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Julio Jones is a record-breaking wide receiver, but coach Dan Quinn said there's more to what makes Jones so special than what's seen on the field.

Although Jones could easily be named as one of the top active players in the NFL, Quinn said Jones is a pleasure to have in on the team because of his attitude and work ethic.

Even after recording ...Read more

Carolina's Cam Newton, Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston share pre-draft bond

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In early March, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton flew to San Diego and had dinner at a Mexican fusion restaurant with Jameis Winston and his private quarterback coach, George Whitfield.

Whitfield had trained Newton before the 2011 draft, and Newton was back returning the favor by mentoring Winston, who was entering the NFL draft out of ...Read more

Tucker's 52-yard field goal gives Ravens 23-20 overtime win over Steelers

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PITTSBURGH -- It might not be known for weeks, if not months. But if the Ravens go on to save their season, they'll probably look back on this October night at the home of their biggest rivals and remember how their playoff run started.

And they'll have their much-maligned defense and the Pittsburgh Steelers' struggling kicker to thank.

Twice ...Read more

Alshon Jeffery could miss his third straight game

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Alshon Jeffery is in jeopardy of missing his third consecutive game because of a hamstring injury.

The Bears' No. 1 receiver was limited in Thursday's practice. During the 15-minute portion open to media, he took part in some position drills and watched the rest.

"I mean, if I'm out there, no matter who's out there ... sky's the limit for this...Read more

Greg Cote's Week 4 NFL picks

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Big bounce-back week for us continues a strong overall start to our 25th season of NFL predictions. You will never find us bemoaning a 13-3 mark overall and 10-6 against the spread, except perhaps in our giddiest dreams. Highlighting our week, we nailed outright upset picks with Bills over Dolphins (sorry) and Eagles over Jets, and also had 'dog...Read more

With family in mind, Cowboys' Jeremy Mincey sees his playing with concussion as 'selfish'

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IRVING, Texas -- Jeremy Mincey was a full participant during Thursday's practice. The Cowboys' starting right defensive end is expected to be on the field Sunday night in New Orleans.

Mincey, who did not practice Wednesday, did not play Sunday against Atlanta because of a concussion he suffered while hitting helmets with Tyron Smith during ...Read more

Dolphins tailback Jonas Gray sidelined by calf injury

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The Dolphins' ground game is already struggling, and now it appears the team might have to play the Jets without its most physical tailback.

Jonas Gray, who was added to the 53-man roster last week to beef up the ground game, sat out Thursday's practice because of a strained right calf. Gray, who rushed nine times for 49 yards in last week's 41...Read more

Vikings RB Peterson happy staying out of OC Turner's way when it comes to play-calling

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Running back Adrian Peterson declared again that, physically, "I feel like I'm back to where I need to be."

Then he shifted quickly to where he thinks offensive coordinator Norv Turner is mentally. And it's a happy place for an elite running back.

"I feel like scheme-wise, just having coach 1/8Norv3/8 Turner and having the great mind that he ...Read more

Jay Cutler could be a game-time decision on Sunday

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The Chicago Bears are preparing for the possibility that quarterback Jimmy Clausen must start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, while hoping Jay Cutler continues to heal quickly from the strained hamstring he suffered Sept. 20.

A decision on Cutler's availability appears increasingly likely to be finalized Sunday morning.

"We've still got a ...Read more

Ravens' Breshad Perriman out indefinitely after having knee surgery

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Ravens rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman will be sidelined indefinitely after he had arthroscopic surgery this week to repair a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

It's now unclear when -- or even if -- Perriman will play this season at all.

A Ravens spokesman declined to comment about the report, referring questions to ...Read more

Tannehill says Dolphins at 'critical point' in season

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Panic? Not the time, at least yet, for the Dolphins.

It most certainly is the time, however, to get it turned around. Ryan Tannehill is the first to admit that.

"I think we feel the urgency and understand that we're at a critical point in our season," Miami's quarterback said Wednesday. "Obviously, we haven't performed up to par or even close ...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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RAVENS (0-3) at STEELERS (2-1)

Line: BAL by 2 1/2.

Cote's pick: PIT 23-20.

TV: 8:25 p.m. Thursday, CBS/NFL.

The absence of Ben Roethlisberger (out several weeks with a sprained knee) and Baltimore's winless desperation explains the Ravens being road favorites in Thursday's AFC North grudge match. No team since Buffalo in 1998 has made the ...Read more