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Sam McDowell: Why the Chiefs' pursuit to renovate Arrowhead Stadium has hit a snag. And what's next.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The most intriguing short-term question confronting the 2023 Chiefs is whether their postseason path will once more roll exclusively through GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

The more intriguing long-term question is whether future seasons will roll through Arrowhead Stadium at all.

The common thread between the two? It’s...Read more

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Paul Zeise: It would take a monumental collapse for the Steelers to not make the playoffs

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PITTSBURGH — The analytics I have seen give the Steelers anywhere between a 72 and 76% chance to make the playoffs. I have never understood those numbers as they just seem like guessing, but hey, the people who put together advanced numbers are much smarter than me.

That being said, here is my number breakdown based on my vast knowledge of ...Read more

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Antwan Staley: Aaron Rodgers has nothing to lose in attempt to come back and play this season

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NEW YORK — On Thursday, Aaron Rodgers and the beat writers who cover the Jets met for an off-camera interview inside the team’s Florham Park training facility.

Before the 24-minute conversation, Rodgers commented on my “Masters of the Universe” T-shirt and the superstar quarterback expressed his love for both that ’80s classic cartoon...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: The Eagles' 'Tush Push' is the NFL's best play. The 49ers know the secret to stopping it.

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The NFL’s most famous play might also be its most straightforward.

And on Sunday, when the 49ers play the Eagles, it’s must-see TV.

You can call the play the Tush Push, the Brotherly Shove, or, simply, the Eagles’ quarterback sneak.

But no matter the moniker, Philadelphia has run it so often and so effectively that there have been calls...Read more

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Mark Kiszla: While Sean Payton struck it rich with Broncos, did DeMeco Ryans win better job in Houston?

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DENVER — While Sean Payton got big money from the crazy-rich Waltons to coach the Broncos, DeMeco Ryans won the coaching sweepstakes by landing the better job in Houston.

Although the Broncos and Texans bring identical 6-5 records to a game Sunday with huge playoff implications for this season, which of these teams is closer to winning the ...Read more

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Pete Carroll won't blame officials for Seahawks' loss to Cowboys but calls night 'miserable'

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SEATTLE — What Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn't do Friday was blame Thursday night's 41-35 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on officiating.

"What I'm not going to do is bellyache about the calls and the penalties," he said when talking with reporters during his usual day-after-game news conference. "I'm not going to do that."

What he did do, ...Read more

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Gerry Dulac: Worrying signs of deja vu with Steelers' outspoken wide receivers

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PITTSBURGH — There is a growing concern, some might want to call it fear, the Steelers might have another Antonio Brown on their hands. However, in this instance, it's not just one receiver who is guilty of such shameful, sometimes intolerable behavior. It's two.

And they can't simply be dismissed as being what every ego-indulged, self-...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: A vow from Mike Holmgren launched Chiefs coach Andy Reid from Missouri to top of NFL

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As a senior at Brigham Young in 1980, Andy Reid was considering a career as a sportswriter. If he had gone on that way and, say, later covered the Chiefs, he told me in 2017, “They’d be fun articles to read. You’d look forward to reading them. They’d be colorful.”

But fate had something else in mind after BYU ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: One teacher, one comment and new Dolphin Jason Pierre-Paul's life changed into a football success story

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — To appreciate the newest Miami Dolphins’ final chapter, consider his first one. Two decades ago, he entered geometry class on the first day as a Deerfield Beach High School junior. The teacher was waiting for him.

“Jason Pierre-Paul, you know geometry is a core class,’’ said that teacher, Manny Martin, who was ...Read more

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Tyreek Hill's gesture for videographer punished after his backflip celebration

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MIAMI — In Week 6, Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill delivered one of the top highlights of the 2023 NFL season.

After catching a 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers, Hill went behind the end zone and grabbed a phone from an NFL videographer on site. Hill then recorded himself hitting a backflip before ...Read more

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Jets QB Aaron Rodgers on why he's attempting to come back this season: 'It's never been a why try, it's been why not'

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NEW YORK — Aaron Rodgers is attempting to go where no man has gone before.

That’s play in a game three months after his Achilles surgery.

But why is the soon-to-be 40-year-old Rodgers taking this risk?

“It’s never been a why try, it’s been why not,” Rodgers told reporters on Thursday. “From September 12 on, my goal was to come ...Read more

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Greg Cote's Week 13 NFL picks

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We’d been waiting for a breakout like last week’s, and our season dearly needed it. The 14-2 mark overall was a season-best and to also go 14-2 against the spread was the stuff of dreams. That one week alone lifted us up over the Mendoza line of .600 outright for the season and into the promised land of over .500 vs. the betting line. The ...Read more

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Fantasy football Week 13: Start and sit

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Here’s a look back at Week 12’s action, and fantasy advice for the week ahead:


Packers 29, Lions 22: Jayden Reed has benefited greatly from QB Jordan Love finding his groove recently. The rookie receiver is the overall WR11 in standard formats (WR10 in PPR) since Week 8 with 20 receptions (28 targets) for 266 yards and two ...Read more

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Bills linebacker Von Miller accused of assaulting pregnant woman in Dallas, police say

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DENVER — An arrest warrant has been issued for Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller after he allegedly assaulted a pregnant woman Wednesday in Dallas.

Dallas police officers responded to the 3100 block of North Harwood Street in Dallas about 11 a.m. to a “major disturbance call,” where they found the 34-year-old former Denver Bronco ...Read more

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Sam Farmer's Week 13 NFL picks

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The Los Angeles Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to FanDuel Sportsbook (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 13-3 (.813); season 109-71 (.606). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 11-4-1 (.733); season 85-92-3 (.480). Off: ...Read more

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'What I do is not who I am': Eagles' Lane Johnson looks to destigmatize mental health topic for HS students

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PHILADELPHIA — For a moment, Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson got to feel like he was in high school all over again, slipping on a black and red Northeast High School football jersey over his head on the auditorium stage to the tune of cheers from the entire student body.

Johnson remembers growing up playing high school football at Groveton ...Read more

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Joe Starkey: James Harrison has a great case for Hall of Fame, but doesn't everybody these days?

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PITTSBURGH — We'll get to Hines Ward in a moment. What a shame that such a legendary player still has not been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's now a semifinalist (one of 25) for the eighth time.

Some claim Ward does't have the numbers. I guess that's correct, if you ignore the fact he had 1,000 catches (one of 14 in NFL ...Read more

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At 35, Broncos QB Russell Wilson believes he has more years ahead of him: 'I still got a little speed'

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DENVER — When Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson entered the league in 2012, his goal was to play until his 40s.

Now at 35 and playing some of his best football since his Seattle days, Wilson is confident he can reach that goal through his drive and work ethic.

“I still got a little speed,” Wilson said with a smile. “Every day, I get ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Jeff Wilson Jr., Emmanuel Ogbah typify the character of 2023 Dolphins

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It couldn’t have been easy for Miami Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to watch fellow running backs Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane tear off big run after big run earlier this season. Both, to a certain extent, were making Wilson, who was on injured reserve, expendable.

In the same fashion, it was tough for ...Read more

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Jets' Allen Lazard on why he's not surprised with Aaron Rodgers' return: 'His stubbornness just to kind of prove everyone else wrong'

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NEW YORK — After the rest of the team came out on Wednesday, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on the practice field for the first time since tearing his Achilles four plays into his debut with the team on Sept. 11.

Many speculated if Rodgers would even return to practice before the end of the season. But his return didn’t seem to ...Read more