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Rams cornerback Derion Kendrick has court case paused for judicial diversion

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LOS ANGELES — Rams cornerback Derion Kendrick, facing two misdemeanor gun charges, on Tuesday was granted judicial diversion, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said.

Kendrick, 23, was arrested in October in Hollywood and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm.

Kendrick appeared in court Tuesday, and Judge...Read more

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Giants coach Brian Daboll names Tommy DeVito starting QB vs. Packers over Tyrod Taylor

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NEW YORK — Brian Daboll surprisingly named undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito the Giants’ Week 14 starting quarterback even though veteran Tyrod Taylor (ribs) is cleared for contact and practicing.

“I just thought Tommy earned it,” Daboll said.

The head coach said he believes DeVito gives the Giants (4-8) their best chance to win next ...Read more

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NFL power rankings, Week 14

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Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, injuries and roster depth, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders.

Here are the rankings heading into Week 14:

1. San Francisco 49ers (9-3, No. 4 last week)

Last week: Win vs. Eagles,...Read more

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Ron Cook: Steelers left with giant QB question after another Kenny Pickett injury

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PITTSBURGH — The most troubling part of Kenny Pickett's ankle injury isn't the impact it will have on the Steelers' playoff push. Mitch Trubisky might not be better as his replacement running the offense, but he hardly can be worse. Mason Rudolph might even be better.

No, the worst part of Pickett's injury is the uncertainty it creates about ...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: After watching Chiefs sputter against Packers, who knows who they even are any more?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Over the last five-plus seasons with the sorcery of Patrick Mahomes, what looked like late-game predicaments often morphed into magic for the Chiefs.

So much so that you could almost expect the preposterous. And even figure they had their opponent right about where they wanted them when they were facing, say, a 27-19 ...Read more

Ex-NFL star T.J. Houshmandzadeh files for restraining order against obsessed fan who took his last name: report

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A woman was allegedly so consumed by her love for ex-NFL star T.J. Houshmandzadeh that she took the former wide receiver’s last name.

Houshmandzadeh, 46, has filed for a restraining order against the woman, TMZ reports.

In documents requesting the order, Houshmandzadeh said a woman named Annette Selkirk legally changed her name to Annette ...Read more

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Fantasy football Week 14: Add and drop

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Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Follow me on X (formerly known as Twitter) @UTEddieBrown if you have ...Read more

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Robert Saleh refutes reports on Jets QB Zach Wilson's reluctance to start again

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Following Sunday’s 13-8 debacle against the Falcons, Robert Saleh told reporters he needed more time to decide who the Jets starting quarterback will be during this week’s game against the Texans.

After starting Tim Boyle the last two weeks and benching him for Trevor Siemian, who also struggled, they are considering going back to Zach ...Read more

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Brock Purdy is the MVP betting favorite after 49ers rout Eagles

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Move over, Dak Prescott and Jalen Hurts. There’s a new leader in the race for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award: the increasingly relevant Brock Purdy.

Purdy is now the betting favorite at many gambling sites. Caesars Sportsbook has him leading the field with 3-to-1 odds after the 49ers demolished the Eagles Sunday afternoon in ...Read more

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Steelers QB Kenny Pickett undergoes 'tightrope' surgery on ankle

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Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Kenny Pickett had a surgical procedure on Monday for a high-ankle sprain designed to accelerate his return, but he did not speculate how soon his second-year quarterback might play again.

Tomlin would not put a timetable on Pickett's return, only to say "rest assured he is out" for Thursday night's home game against ...Read more

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Eagles reach agreement with Shaq Leonard, beating out the Cowboys to filling a need at linebacker

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The Eagles on Monday afternoon agreed to sign former Colts four-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard.

Leonard’s decision to reunite with coach Nick Sirianni in Philadelphia comes after he also visited with the Dallas Cowboys last week. Leonard was waived by the Colts on Nov. 21. He has logged 65 tackles, including two tackles for loss, ...Read more

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Start over? Stay the course? Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles is nearing a series of landmark decisions

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CHICAGO — Certainly Ryan Poles knows the cameras are everywhere, his every move being watched. Analyzed. Interpreted. Debated.

Before Monday’s road matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, Poles was doing his usual pregame speed-walk around the perimeter of the field when he crossed paths with Justin Fields, who was on his way to the locker ...Read more

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Patriots defender opens up about offensive woes, losing streak: 'It's f-ing frustrating'

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FOXBORO, Mass. — After Sunday’s shutout loss to the Chargers, the Patriots became the first NFL team in 85 years to lose three straight games while allowing 10 or fewer points in each outing.

The Pats have reached historic levels of offensive futility, despite a recent change at quarterback. Backup Bailey Zappe went 13-of-25 for 141 yards ...Read more

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What we learned about Kansas City Chiefs in 27-19 road loss to Green Bay Packers

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Kansas City Chiefs have left themselves little for error if they hope to land the AFC’s No. 1 seed.

For now, at least, KC is the conference’s No. 4 seed following Sunday night’s 27-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Miami (9-3), Baltimore (9-3) and Jacksonville (8-3) aren’t far ahead, but they�...Read more

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Look who holds a playoff spot after Rams' Week 13 win over the Browns

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LOS ANGELES — The opportunity was right there for the Rams.

Riding a modest two-game winning streak, a team written off by many before the season began, had played its way into playoff contention.

And with the injury-riddled Cleveland Browns visiting SoFi Stadium on Sunday — ancient quarterback Joe Flacco was signed off the street and ...Read more

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Deebo Samuel runs past, over and through Eagles in 49ers' blowout win

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The 49ers deployed their offensive weaponry in a big way Sunday in a no-doubt 42-19 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, punking the defending NFC champions in their own yard.

Yet none in the cavalcade of stars — Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk — shone as brightly as Deebo Samuel.

The same Samuel who unabashedly...Read more

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Bucs ride the back of Mike Evans to tight win over Carolina Panthers

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Bucs had just lost the lead to the Carolina Panthers, the worst team in the NFL, and the season was about to disappear with it.

Then receiver Mike Evans put on a cape, and Superman flew into the end zone.

After catching a pass on a post route from Baker Mayfield, Evans turned it into a 75-yard touchdown reception, going ...Read more

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Chargers' offense is all wet, but defense shuts out Patriots in first must-win game

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — First he was booming. Then he was beaming.

That was the glorious Sunday of Chargers punter JK Scott.

Eight punts — one with surgical precision — and zero return yards by the New England Patriots.

“That was fun,” said the 6-foot-5 Scott, standing in the middle of a raucous locker room with an irrepressible smile....Read more

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Broncos four downs: Russell Wilson's three interceptions end Team Takeaway's five-game win streak

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Initial thoughts from Broncos’ 22-17 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 13 on Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium:

Have fans, will travel: It should be no surprise that the very first shot of Sunday’s game featured a whole lot of orange. Even after years of ineptitude, a bungled ownership succession plan and mountains of disappointment, Broncos...Read more

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Falcons prevail over Jets in sloppy 13-8 win

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With the offense chugging along, the Falcons’ defense came up with some key stops to help defeat the Jets 13-8 on Sunday on a rain-soaked field at MetLife Stadium.

The defense came up with a late fumble and turnover over on downs to preserve the one-score lead in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons improved to 6-6, ...Read more