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Clarence E. Hill Jr.: Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott plays coy, but signs look good for Vikings game

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FRISCO, Texas — Life has not been easy for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who missed 11 games last season with a fractured ankle, missed all of the preseason with a strained shoulder and now is dealing with a strained right calf.

So why should he make it easy on the media?

A playful Prescott peeked out the door at the team’s ...Read more

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Fantasy football Week 8: 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 Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout ...Read more

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Bucs fan gave back Tom Brady's 600th TD ball. Here's what he really wants in return.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady threw his 600th touchdown pass Sunday. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Byron Kennedy might have thrown away $500,000 at the same game.

Kennedy was sitting in the front row behind the end zone at Raymond James Stadium when receiver Mike Evans caught the pass that made Brady the only NFL quarterback to reach that milestone.

...Read more

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Shanahan: Playing Trey Lance would mean the 49ers are giving up on the season

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Kyle Shanahan on Monday, hours after the 49ers dropped their fourth straight game, announced Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to remain the team's starting quarterback this week against the Chicago Bears.

He also indicated handing over the keys to rookie Trey Lance would be a form of "giving up" on the season.

"I get all the questions," Shanahan ...Read more

Pete Carroll says Seahawks have missed QB Russell Wilson's late-game 'magic'

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During his decade with the Seahawks — in which he has become the unquestioned greatest quarterback in franchise history — Russell Wilson’s greatest attribute has been his ability to close out games, to steal a phrase from baseball, his other favorite sport.

Wilson’s 35 fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks in 165 career games (including ...Read more

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NFL power rankings: Ravens tumble, Bengals and Titans rise in jumbled AFC

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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, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders, regardless of win-loss record.

Here are the rankings after Week 7:

The top contenders

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1; No. 1 last week)

2. ...Read more

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin vehemently crushes whispers about college jobs

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PITTSBURGH — It’s not exactly newsworthy that Mike Tomlin spiked speculation about him leaving the Steelers for another coaching job. He did the same just two years ago, when the rumor mill got churning that Washington owner Dan Snyder had interest in Tomlin after firing Jay Gruden five weeks into the 2019 season.

On that October Tuesday, ...Read more

Former Patriots safety Patrick Chung charged with assault and battery on a family member

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Former Patriots safety Patrick Chung was arrested on Tuesday and charged with assault and battery on a family member and for vandalizing property, according to court documents. Chung was arraigned on Wednesday inside Quincy District Court.

According to David Taub, the director of communications for Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey...Read more

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The 49ers' 2-4 start falls squarely on Kyle Shanahan's shoulders. Here's what to do.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It's been a bad, bad six games for San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

The 49ers are suddenly 2-4 to start 2021, losers of four straight, without the excuses of injuries they could credibly use last year, or a lack of continuity, or a new coach growing on the job.

No, San Francisco is in the fifth season of ...Read more

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Mike Preston: With blowout of Ravens, Bengals now the hunted in AFC North race

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A year ago, defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale was critical of the Cincinnati Bengals after they kicked a late field goal to ruin the Ravens’ shutout in a 27-3 victory.

On Sunday, the Ravens’ coaching staff was saluting the Bengals after a 24-point win that put Cincinnati (5-2) in first place in the AFC North after seven weeks....Read more

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Dave Hyde: There's futility, then there's Dolphins drafts, as trades from No. 3 to No. 6 underline

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This Miami Dolphins season is swaddled in such stink even the good news smells. Even the rare draft choice that looks right isn’t right on closer inspection.

The various manners this front office has bungled first-round picks is reminiscent of an old actor, Fred MacMurray, summing up the various ways he did away with frequent co-star Barbara ...Read more

Another game without Russell Wilson sees Seahawks struggle mightily on offense in loss to Saints

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SEATTLE -- The Seahawks’ season may not be over following Monday night’s 13-10 loss to the Saints — there are 10 games left to play, after all.

But what should be is any debate about what Russell Wilson means to the Seahawks.

In the Seahawks’ second game without Wilson they suffered their second loss and their third in a row for the ...Read more

Ron Cook: Let's put this silliness to rest: Mike Tomlin isn't leaving

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It started locally because of former Buffalo Bills general manager, Doug Whaley, an Upper St. Clair man.

"Six letters for Steelers fans to be very concerned about ... L-S-U. U-S-C," Whaley said last week. "Both institutions can outpay the Rooneys. Their alumni base has enough money to give Mike Tomlin whatever he wants."

It became a national ...Read more

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo to start against hometown Bears with potential Trey Lance cameo

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Jimmy Garoppolo’s “worst game” of the season won’t cost him his job, and he will remain the 49ers’ starting quarterback for Sunday’s visit to Chicago, coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.

Garoppolo committed three turnovers, including a strip-sack fumble and two fourth-quarter interceptions, as the 49ers fell 30-18 Sunday night to the ...Read more

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What to know about Deshaun Watson and the Panthers' potential interest

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As Sam Darnold continues to struggle, the talks surrounding Deshaun Watson and the Panthers’ pursuit of him will only heat up.

The Panthers hadn’t engaged in any trade talks with the Texans for Watson up until Sunday’s game. That likely changes now. The Panthers left Sunday’s game knowing that they have to do something.

Darnold was ...Read more

Raiders' Carr taking over in post-Gruden era, just like MVP Rich Gannon did in 2002

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It’s not like we haven’t seen this before, Derek Carr getting off to a good start and the bandwagon beginning to roll downhill for the Raiders, who are 5-2 and atop the AFC West.

But rather than compare what’s been going on in Las Vegas to Carr’s tenure, let’s go back to the last time coach Jon Gruden made an abrupt exit from the ...Read more

Jets acquire veteran QB Joe Flacco after Zach Wilson injury

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The Jets have finally added a veteran quarterback, and it’s a familiar face. Gang Green acquired Joe Flacco from the Eagles for a conditional sixth-round pick, according to a team source.

Flacco, 36, started four games for the Jets last year after Sam Darnold went down. Now he returns to the fold with Zach Wilson out two to four weeks with a ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: The Eagles are a bad team and worked hard to become one. Don't expect them to get better soon.

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LAS VEGAS — The beefy man, his spiked hair dyed a severe shade of blond, began ranting. His face was red as a melon’s pulp, and he was screaming at the top of his lungs. And after Guy Fieri finished firing up all the Raiders fans here Sunday at Allegiant Stadium and the videoboard cut away from him, another man fitting the same general ...Read more

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Matt Nagy tests positive for COVID-19. The Chicago Bears coach, who is vaccinated, calls it a 'reminder to all of us to be extremely cautious.'

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On the heels of the Chicago Bears’ biggest loss since 2014, the team’s COVID-19 outbreak has sidelined coach Matt Nagy.

Nagy announced Monday morning he tested positive for the virus after returning home from Tampa, Fla., where the Bears were shellacked 38-3 on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium by the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa ...Read more

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Rams trade inside linebacker Kenny Young to Broncos for draft pick

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The Rams on Monday traded inside linebacker Kenny Young and a 2024 seventh-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos for a 2024 sixth-round pick, the Rams announced.

Young, 26, made seven tackles, sacked Jared Goff and also had a key fourth-down stop during the Rams' 28-19 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. After seven games, he was third ...Read more