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A Q&A with Jimmy Johnson: First pitch at a Marlins game, thoughts on UM, Dolphins and more

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MIAMI — Jimmy Johnson is a Hall of Fame football coach. He won the National Championship with the University of Miami in 1987 and won the Super Bowl twice with the Dallas Cowboys before coaching the Miami Dolphins for four seasons from 1996-1999.

He’s been part of big moments, including ones where he was Saturday.

“My biggest concern ...Read more

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How Tom Brady is navigating life and football at 45

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TAMPA, Fla. — Before ending his retirement and returning to the Bucs, Tom Brady knew he had to make better use of his timeouts.

At 45, the needs of his growing family ― wife Gisele and three children, Jack (14), Benjamin (12) and Vivian (9) — have increased.

His business empire now includes a clothing line (BRADY), production company, ...Read more

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Bryce Perkins shows off his skills: Takeaways from Rams' preseason win over Chargers

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LOS ANGELES — The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams opened the preseason against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night at SoFi Stadium.

Here are observations from the Rams’ 29-22 victory:

—Bryce Perkins off to a good start

Perkins completed 10 of 17 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed for 42 yards ...Read more

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Quarterbacks, George Pickens stand out as Steelers win preseason opener, 32-25

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PITTSBURGH — Whatever Mike Tomlin wanted to see from his players in the first preseason game, he didn't have to look hard to find a lot of positives.

And most of it came from an offense that struggled to find production last season.

It began with a much-needed fast start from quarterback Mitch Trubisky, featured big running plays by running ...Read more

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Dolphins hold on for 26-24 win over Buccaneers in preseason opener, Mike McDaniel's debut

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TAMPA, Fla. — Several of the Dolphins’ top stars sat out the team’s preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday night, but a team led mainly by reserves and roster longshots was able to secure a 26-24 win in Mike McDaniel’s head-coaching debut.

A 53-yard go-ahead field goal by kicker Jason Sanders gave the Dolphins a 26-...Read more

Chiefs safety Justin Reid jokes he 'locked down' backup kicker job after drilling PAT

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Chiefs safety Justin Reid was pumped up during Saturday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

But it wasn’t because he had intercepted a pass or made a key tackle.

No, Reid was thrilled about making an extra point following the Chiefs’ second touchdown.

In a sideline interview with Chiefs reporter Matt McMullen, ...Read more

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson wants contract talks over by Week 1

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BALTIMORE — Lamar Jackson does not plan on continuing contract talks into the regular season, he said Saturday, giving the Ravens quarterback and team officials four weeks to agree to a megadeal.

Jackson acknowledged after Saturday’s training camp practice that the deadline for negotiations was “coming up,” adding: “We’re going to ...Read more

Pat Leonard: Shame on the Browns for enabling and playing Deshaun Watson

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It is no surprise that the Cleveland Browns, who paid Deshaun Watson $230 million guaranteed despite rampant sexual assault allegations, started him at quarterback in Friday night’s preseason-opening 24-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars — while Watson’s six-game suspension remains under appeal.

But that doesn’t make it any less ...Read more

Panthers start Baker Mayfield in preseason victory against Commanders

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Baker Mayfield started for the Panthers and played one series in the team’s 23-21 victory against the Washington Commanders on Saturday at FedEx Field

In his first preseason game, Mayfield completed 4 of 7 passes for 45 yards, leading a 54-yard, 13-play drive play that ended with a 41-yard Zane Gonzalez field goal.

Mayfield quarterbacked ...Read more

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Rookies Jaquan Brisker and Trestan Ebner stand out in Bears' 19-14 win against Chiefs in preseason opener

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-14, in the preseason opener Saturday at Soldier Field.

Here’s what you need to know about the game.

Justin Fields’ day

In three series of work, Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed 4 of 7 passes for 48 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked twice and ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens might have found No. 2 option they need in the backfield

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BALTIMORE — The Ravens need a No. 2 running back to complement starter J.K. Dobbins in the early part of the regular season, and veteran Mike Davis got closer to filling that role with a strong effort in the team’s 23-10 win over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

Throughout the first two weeks ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: The case for The Forgotten Dolphin, Bob Kuechenberg, and a final shot at Hall of Fame

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If the late Bob Kuechenberg wrote a column about his Hall of Fame chances ...

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I’ve been gone going on four years now. Dead and buried. It wasn’t my idea at that time, but even worse is what’s happened since.

I’m forgotten.

That’s what stings. I’d like to think my name, Bob Kuechenberg, left a mark and not just on ...Read more

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These are the Rams to watch closely in preseason opener against Chargers

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LOS ANGELES — Star players came through for the Los Angeles Rams the last time they played at SoFi Stadium.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Cooper Kupp, defensive lineman Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey played key roles in a Super Bowl LVI victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on their home turf.

None of those stars, or any ...Read more

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Jets QB Zach Wilson suffers right knee injury in preseason opener vs. Eagles

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NEW YORK — The Jets preseason started about as poorly as you can imagine. Now they wait to see the consequences.

Quarterback Zach Wilson limped off the field with a knee injury in the first quarter of Friday’s preseason contest against the Eagles, coming up lame after a scramble on his second series.

The injury was noncontact following ...Read more

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has made an interesting change off the field this year

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At a recent film session that followed a training camp practice, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid rotated through a collection of offensive plays, stopping to pick at the finer details — footwork, route precision, quarterback read progression and the like. Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy took a turn next, and then ...Read more

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Legendary Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson, now 87, has entered hospice care

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Legendary quarterback Len Dawson, who led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl triumph and was with the Kansas City NFL organization for six decades as a player and broadcaster, has entered hospice care in Kansas City, a friend of the family confirmed Friday afternoon to The Kansas City Star.

Dawson, 87, became the team’s...Read more

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Is Kyle Trask the Bucs' quarterback of the future?

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TAMPA, Fla. — Practice ended and most players left the field Thursday afternoon when Kyle Trask picked up a football and began throwing some corner routes to receiver Kaylon Geiger, a rookie from Texas Tech.

Trask’s desire to wring every rep out of every day is understandable.

The former Florida Gators star underwent the NFL’s version of...Read more

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Vikings QB Kirk Cousins tests positive for COVID, has 'minimal symptoms'

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MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will be held out of team-related activities until at least Tuesday.

Coach Kevin O'Connell said Friday that Cousins has "very minimal symptoms" and will not travel to Las Vegas for the team's preseason opener on Sunday against the Raiders. While players...Read more

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Joe Starkey: Would a Joe Flacco-like career suffice for Kenny Pickett?

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PITTSBURGH — It has become abundantly clear that the Steelers want to play the long game with Kenny Pickett.

I would have thought differently on draft day, when they were elated to snag the soon-to-be-24-year-old Pickett with the 20th pick.

It's not like they had an established star in front of him. They didn't even have a starter in front ...Read more

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Bob Condotta: Fifty years ago, Steelers and Jets played at Seattle's Husky Stadium, and I was there

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SEATTLE — The Seahawks flying to Pittsburgh this week to open the preseason calls to mind the time the Steelers once flew to Seattle in the preseason as part of the effort to get the NFL to come to Seattle at all.

Well, it comes to mind for people of a certain age, anyway.

In fact, it was 50 years ago Friday that the Steelers played the New ...Read more