Football

Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks during media day, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. Georgia and Alabama will be playing for the NCAA football national championship on Monday, Jan. 8. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
January 06, 2018 - 1:40 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The magnitude of having President Trump in the stands for Monday night's college football national championship game is not lost on the players, nor is the hoopla that comes with it. But they say none of it will be a distraction. "I don't care who's coming to the game," Crimson Tide...
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A Cleveland Browns fan dressed as Santa Claus participates in the "Perfect Season" parade, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Browns became the second team in NFL history to lose 16 games in a season. In joining the 2008 Detroit Lions in a shameful loser's club, the Browns have found a new low in what has been nearly two decades of disgrace since returning as an expansion franchise in 1999. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
January 06, 2018 - 12:52 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland Browns fans, some of them chanting for owner Jimmy Haslam to sell the team, paraded to protest a 0-16 season. Despite wind chills below zero, the so-called Perfect Season Parade went off without incident Saturday as Cleveland fans displayed...
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The Atlanta Westin hotel is decorated an image of the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Atlanta. Georgia is to take on Alabama on Monday. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
January 06, 2018 - 12:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's not exactly the Super Bowl — that will have to wait another month — but Las Vegas bookies are looking to cash in on college football's national championship game. Bettors, too, are hoping to make a score on the last college football game of the season. "I'm expecting a monster...
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FILE - This file photos show, former NFL football players Donovan McNabb, left, in 2013, and an Eric Davis in 2013. McNabb and Davis have been dismissed from ESPN following an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct while employed at NFL Network, ESPN said in a statement Saturday, Jan 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, left, Danny Moloshok, right, File)
January 06, 2018 - 12:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis have been dismissed from ESPN following an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct while employed at NFL Network. ESPN says in a statement Saturday "they are no longer working for us." The pair worked for ESPN Radio and were taken off the...
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Alabama NCAA college football players arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Atlanta. Alabama is to take on Georgia in the national championship game on Monday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
January 05, 2018 - 9:11 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The bus ride for No. 3 Georgia was about 75 minutes from its campus in Athens to the capital city. No. 4 Alabama spent less time than that in the air, flying from Tuscaloosa to what has become something of a home away from home for the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs and Tide made...
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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, in Foxborough, Mass. The New York Giants have interviewed New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their vacant head coaching job. Patricia met with new general manager Dave Gettleman, Giants co-owner John Mara and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
January 05, 2018 - 6:23 pm
The New York Giants had the busiest day in their search for a new coach, interviewing New England Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia. McDaniels, the Patriots' offensive coordinator, met with new general manager Dave Gettleman, Giants co-owner John Mara and assistant general...
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FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) scrambles away from Houston Texans linebacker Ufomba Kamalu (94) during the first half of an NFL football game in Houston. The Steelers have dealt with a steady stream of adversity during their run to a second straight AFC North title, some of it self-inflicted and some of it out of their hands entirely. If anything, they believe all the chaos has only strengthened them as they try to end New England’s dominant run atop the AFC. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
January 05, 2018 - 4:25 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — If Cam Heyward's being honest, he's lost count of distractions the Pittsburgh Steelers have dealt with this season, be they self-created, overblown or otherwise. The weeks would pass and something that had nothing to do with Pittsburgh's relatively easy push to a second straight...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2001, file photo, then-Oakland Raiders' coach Jon Gruden is shown during a press conference at Raiders headquarters in Alameda, Calif. The Raiders are set to bring Jon Gruden back for a second stint as coach. A person with knowledge of the team's plans said the Raiders are planning a news conference Tuesday to announce that Gruden is leaving the broadcast booth to come back to coaching. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
January 05, 2018 - 3:42 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders never really recovered from the decision to trade Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay 16 years ago. There was a Super Bowl trip the following season when Oakland lost to Gruden's Buccaneers and another playoff appearance in 2016 under Jack Del Rio that garnered little...
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January 05, 2018 - 12:10 pm
FOXBOROOUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots say a report suggesting a rift involving owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady is "flat-out inaccurate." The three released a joint statement Friday hours after an ESPN report, citing undisclosed sources, detailed an...
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January 05, 2018 - 10:57 am
Antonio Brown is one of four repeaters from last season on The Associated Press 2017 NFL All-Pro Team, and the only unanimous choice. In voting announced Friday, the brilliant wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers drew all 50 ballots from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover...
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