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Chargers hire Rams DC Brandon Staley as head coach

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Staley won't have to move that far for his first head coaching opportunity. ...

The Los Angeles Chargers have hired Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley as...

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have hired Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley as head coach.

Brady, Bucs, end playoffs for Saints, Brees, 30-20

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tom Brady's best game in three tries against New Orleans kept the Buccaneers moving on in the NFL playoffs, and...

Chiefs’ Reid: QB Mahomes ‘doing good’ after concussion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes had enough wits about him after a concussion knocked the star quarterback from the Kansas City Chiefs'...

Gutsy or insane? Depends on the outcome of tough calls

Gutsy or insane? Depends...

Browns’ comeback comes up short, fall to Chiefs in playoffs

Just like so many painful playoff losses in their past, the Browns came up achingly short — inches from a game-swinging play, inches from...

After losing Mahomes, Chiefs and Henne hold off Browns 22-17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion and were in danger of losing the game. ...

History-making woman kicker invited to Biden inauguration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sarah Fuller, the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game, says she's been invited to attend...

Marshall hires Alabama assistant Huff as football coach

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall has given Alabama’s Charles Huff his first head coaching job. ...

Chiefs advance to 3rd straight AFC title game at home

The AFC title game is returning to a familiar place in Kansas City. The question all week will be whether Patrick Mahomes will be...

The Latest: 76ers-Thunder game postponed

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Ravens’ season ends with Jackson in locker room, 17-3 loss

A season in which the Baltimore Ravens overcame a long list of obstacles to reach the playoffs ended with their star quarterback stuck in...

Bills advance to AFC championship with 17-3 win over Ravens

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — In what was supposed to be a showdown between Buffalo’s Josh Allen and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, Taron Johnson literally...

Rodgers, Packers beat Rams 32-18 to reach NFC title game

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Don’t tell Aaron Rodgers the lack of capacity crowds in a pandemic will limit the Green Bay Packers' home-field...

Rams’ defense struggles with injury hindering Donald

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As the Los Angeles Rams’ fate became distressingly clear in the final minutes of Saturday’s game, cameras showed a...

Rodgers leads Packers into title game with 32-18 win vs Rams

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are making a return trip to the NFC title game and this time they get to play...

Maryland prepares $3.5 million payout to McNair parents

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with the parents of football player Jordan McNair,...

Falcons pick Titans offensive coordinator Smith as new coach

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have chosen offense and youth as the calling cards of their new coach. ...

FCS schedules nearly set with season starting in February

One college football season just ended, and another one starts in just over a month. ...

Meyer believes Jacksonville ‘is the place’ he can win in NFL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Urban Meyer first started thinking about the NFL about a decade ago. ...

Browns guard Bitiono back for playoffs after COVID-19

CLEVELAND (AP) — Joel Bitonio's long playoff wait with the Browns is over. ...

Jets hire 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as coach

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets were searching for a leader, someone who could bring a frustrated, playoff-starved franchise back to respectability. ...

The Latest: South Carolina coach Martin to miss game at LSU

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Urban Hire: Meyer returns to sidelines with NFL’s Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Urban Meyer has won everywhere he’s coached. Small colleges. Big-time programs. He’s been a difference maker at each stop during...

Jared Goff to start for Rams in Green Bay; Wolford inactive

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff and Sean McVay say they had a healthy, productive disagreement last week about Goff's readiness to return...

Saints’ Brees sees playoff clash with Brady’s Bucs as fate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees periodically discusses his long, extraordinary NFL journey in terms of fate and destiny. ...

Packers’ potent offense faces big test from Rams’ defense

No NFL team scored more points during the regular season than the Green Bay Packers. Nobody has played better defense than the Los Angeles...

Stefanski out of basement, back with Browns after COVID-19

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Kevin Stefanski doesn't plan a trip downstairs to his basement any time soon. ...

NFL wild-card games show potential for alternate broadcasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Robbins directed “Varsity Blues” and was the producer of “Coach Carter,” but both of those might have been eclipsed...

Raiders owner Mark Davis buying WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces

Mark Davis is expanding his sports empire in Las Vegas, buying the Aces from MGM Resorts International. ...

Lions agree to deal with Rams executive Brad Holmes as GM

The Detroit Lions agreed to terms with Brad Holmes on Thursday to be their general manager. ...

Allen, Jackson set for playoff showdown as Bills host Ravens

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Ravens coach John Harbaugh was immediately impressed by Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen’s competitive fire following their first face-to-face encounter...

Packers host Rams with NFC championship game berth at stake

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-6) at GREEN BAY (13-3) ...

NFL amends draft eligibility due to pandemic impact

The NFL has clarified its eligibility requirements for the draft to allow college players who would’ve played a fourth season during the pandemic-altered 2020...

Katie Couric, Mayim Bialik to be ‘Jeopardy!’ guest hosts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katie Couric, Mayim Bialik, Aaron Rodgers and journalist Bill Whitaker are among the future guest hosts who will fill in...

Brockers, Donald back together on Rams’ D-line for playoffs

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Michael Brockers' time away from the Los Angeles Rams was tough on both the defensive tackle and his teammates...

The Latest: MLS’s Canadian teams to face challenges again

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Friends as playoff foes: Packers’ LaFleur faces Rams’ McVay

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay say their friendship and shared history shouldn't have much of an...

AP Exclusive: MLB suspends political donations after DC riot

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is suspending all political contributions in the wake of last week's invasion of the U.S. Capitol by...

Broncos hire ex-Vikings exec Paton as Elway’s GM successor

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway's replacement as Broncos general manager will be Vikings executive George Paton. ...

Harbaugh, Ravens happily travel road to success in playoffs

Home-field advantage in the playoffs is overrated for Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who has found that the road to success in the postseason usually...

Bears plan to keep Nagy, GM Pace for at least 1 more season

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears plan to keep general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy for at least another season. ...

AP sources: Eagles won’t be penalized for QB decisions

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be penalized after the NFL looked into the way the team handled its quarterback decisions in the...

Extra wild-card games lead to diluted ratings for NFL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two additional games on wild-card weekend resulted in somewhat diluted ratings for the NFL. ...

New Texas coach Sarkisian defends “The Eyes of Texas”

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Fresh off a national title with Alabama, Steve Sarkisian plans big changes to Texas' football program. ...

Thousands party in streets after Alabama win, despite virus

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of University of Alabama football fans partied in the street near campus after the Crimson Tide defeated Ohio State...

CNN has best ratings day ever for Capitol attack

NEW YORK (AP) — The attack on the U.S. Capitol last week brought more viewers to CNN than any other single day in the...

Alabama’s Nick Saban already working on chasing title No. 8

Nick Saban wasn't ready to contemplate his legacy moments after capturing a record seventh national championship “because you're always looking forward.” ...

Packers QB Rodgers says he will guest-host on ‘Jeopardy!’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he will be a guest host on “Jeopardy!” during the offseason. ...

RB Markese Stepp lands at Nebraska after transfer from USC

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Running back Markese Stepp has transferred from Southern California to Nebraska, strengthening an area of need for the Cornhuskers following...

The Latest: Nebraska-Maryland basketball game postponed

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Lynch, Cardona, Cannon finalists for Salute to Service honor

NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona, and Atlanta Falcons executive Steve Cannon...

Column: Smith-Schuster fires up foes through jigs and digs

Say this about Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster: he sure knows how to fire up foes through jigs and digs alike. ...

Belichick won’t get Presidential Medal of Freedom after all

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced Monday night that he will not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying “remaining true to the...

Unstoppable Tide: Alabama routs Ohio St for national title

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The celebration was at once familiar and unique. The confetti cannons sent a crimson and white shower into the...

COVID-19 shadows title game as college football season ends

The end of the college football season began with a scene that would have looked bizarre 12 months ago — and will likely appear...

Eagles fire coach Doug Pederson 3 years after Super Bowl win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doug Pederson lost his job less than three years after he led the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s only Super Bowl...

Carson Palmer, Bob Stoops lead college Hall of Fame class

Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops are among the 13 former players and coaches who make up the latest...

The Latest: UAE-Ireland ODI on Tuesday postponed

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Browns advance, Brees to meet Brady, Lama Jackson a winner

The NFC divisional round will give fans a third-time treat: another meeting between old-timers Tom Brady and Drew Brees. ...

Same old Browns? Hardly. Cleveland drills Steelers 48-37

PITTSBURGH (AP) — So much for the weight of history. Or practicing. Or having your head coach on the sideline. Or your emotional leader...

Trump to honor Belichick with Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Bill Belichick, the football coach of the New...

McVay: Rams expect Aaron Donald to play vs Packers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald is expected to play for the Rams on Saturday in Green Bay after injuring his...

Brees, Saints pull away late for 21-9 playoff win over Bears

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees will get to celebrate his 42nd birthday by preparing for a playoff game that will also feature the...

The Latest: Browns open 28-0 lead over Steelers

The Latest on wild-card Sunday in the NFL playoffs (all times EST): ...

Lamar winless no more, leads Ravens to 20-13 win over Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lamar Jackson finally has his first postseason victory — and on the road, no less. ...

Brady and Bucs, plus Bills and Rams win NFL wild-card games

Old hat for Brady, new thrills for Buffalo. ...

Brady outduels Heinicke, leads Buccaneers past Washington

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — New team, same swashbuckling playoff success for Tom Brady. ...

Despite being limited, Goff does enough to top Seahawks

SEATTLE (AP) — Whether it was John Wolford's inexperience or Jared Goff's battered thumb under center, the Seattle Seahawks should have had the advantage....

Rams get better of division rivals, toppling Seahawks 30-20

SEATTLE (AP) — Quietly, Aaron Donald, Jared Goff and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams seethed. ...

The Latest: Heinicke starts for Washington vs. Brady, Bucs

The Latest on wild-card Saturday in the NFL playoffs (all times EST): ...

Colts’ comeback bid falls short in 27-24 loss to Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Colts coach Frank Reich couldn’t manufacture another comeback in Buffalo. ...

Bills beat Colts 27-24 for 1st playoff win in 25 years

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Josh Allen and safety Micah Hyde teamed up to make the Buffalo Bills' losing past history. ...

Lucky few Bills fans eager to cheer on team from stands

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It was just like the pre-coronavirus pandemic days on Saturday morning for Scott Hammond and his son Landon when...

ESPN doubles down by expanding MegaCasts to NFL playoffs

ESPN's MegaCast treatment during the College Football Playoff is among their most ambitious productions during the year. The network is doubling down though by...

The Latest: 3 Mavericks players out under COVID-19 protocols

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Michigan decides to stick with Jim Harbaugh with 5-year deal

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has decided to stick with coach Jim Harbaugh, finalizing a new, five-year deal on Friday. ...

Donald, Kelce unanimous AP All-Pros; Rodgers, Henry chosen

Dynamic defensive star Aaron Donald and unstoppable tight end Travis Kelce were unanimous choices Friday for The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team. ...

Jets latest team to interview 49ers’ Saleh for coaching job

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets became the latest NFL team to interview San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh for a...

Reich remains focused on game with return to Buffalo looming

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich's heart never really left Buffalo. ...

Big weekend for longtime safety Will Allen’s former teams

Will Allen won a national championship at Ohio State 18 years ago and played nearly all of his 12 seasons in the NFL with...

Analysis: Wentz, Elliott provide little bang for buck

In a league governed by a salary cap, finding productive players on low-cost rookie deals or bargained-based veterans can be the key to success...

Falcons interview Hackett, Brady for head coaching job

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have interviewed a pair of offensive coordinators, Nathaniel Hackett of the Green Bay Packers and Joe Brady of...

Even with empty stadiums, NFL still a ratings monster

Regular-season ratings for NFL games declined this season following two straight years of increases. But in a year that saw the challenges of the...

Rams not naming starting QB for playoff showdown in Seattle

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have endured 2 1/2 straight seasons of mostly declining offensive performance. The only significant addition...

Round 3: Seahawks host division rival Rams to open playoffs

SEATTLE (AP) — In the immediate aftermath of clinching a return to the playoffs, Aaron Donald made perfectly clear he was thrilled to be...

The Latest: Another postponement for No. 25 FSU men’s hoops

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Browns don’t practice again as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on team

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield hasn't thrown a football in four days. The Browns haven't practiced this week. ...

Mahomes leads champion Chiefs to 14-2 mark in stacked AFC

So often, uneasy is the head that wears the crown. Yet the Kansas City Chiefs followed up their first Super Bowl title in...

Familiar faces as Seahawks host Rams to open NFC playoffs

LOS ANGELES RAMS (10-6) at SEATTLE (12-4) ...

Telesco says Chargers will be patient with coaching search

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco hasn't given a timetable on when he expects to hire a coach. ...

Homebound viewers boost New Year’s Eve ratings; a CNN high

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stuck at home on a pandemic New Year's Eve, TV viewers turned to Ryan Seacrest, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen...

Seahawks’ Jamal Adams says no question he’ll play vs. Rams

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Jamal Adams said Wednesday there’s no question he’ll play in his first career playoff game Saturday despite a shoulder injury....

Browns’ Stefanski: ‘We’ve got to find a way’ vs Steelers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Confined to his home before the season's biggest game, coach Kevin Stefanski vowed not to let COVID-19 stop him from getting...

Bama’s Waddle back practicing, status for title game unclear

Alabama star receiver Jaylen Waddle has returned to practice. Now the question is will he be able to play in the title game Monday...

Sark latest ‘Bama assistant multi-tasking before title game

Steve Sarkisian is the latest Alabama coordinator to be drawing up game plans for a national title showdown before leaving for a new head...

The Latest: Oaklawn Park to allow limited attendance

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence declaring for NFL draft

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has made it official — he's heading to the NFL. ...

Alabama’s Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years

NEW YORK (AP) — On an Alabama team stacked with stars, DeVonta Smith emerged as the best player in college football while playing a...

Week 17 scoring bonanza caps record-setting season

The Week 17 scoring bonanza provided the perfect finish to a record-setting season on offense. ...

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