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Burrow captures Heisman

NEW YORK — Born into a family of Cornhuskers and raised in the Buckeye state, Joe Burrow left his roots behind and became a Heisman Trophy winner at LSU. The quarterback won the Heisman on Saturday night in a record landslide vote, becoming the first LSU player to bring college football’s ...

Kelly’s Irish open bowl practice without offensive coordinator

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Coach Brian Kelly said No. 14 Notre Dame will concentrate on its Camping World Bowl game against Iowa State before addressing the vacancy at offensive coordinator. Chip Long, who held the position the past three seasons, and Kelly mutually parted ways Wednesday. Although ...

Newberry: Jackson finishes off stereotype

Surely Lamar Jackson has put that ugly stereotype to rest, once and for all. Let’s hope we never hear again how some dynamic young African-American quarterback would be better off at another position because — wink, wink — he’s just not cut out to read defenses or up to the mental ...

Texans, Titans set for big game

The Houston Texans have won the AFC South three times in coach Bill O’Brien’s five seasons, and they have led or shared the divisional lead all but three weeks this season. Adding a fourth title to that list means going through the franchise the Texans replaced in Houston. The ...

Perry leads Navy past Army

PHILADELPHIA — Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo wrapped Malcolm Perry tighter than an Army defense could muster for an embrace that served as a bit of an apology. Perry had done it all for Navy in a 31-7 victory Saturday that earned him MVP honors in the 120th game between the service academies. ...

Brady, Patriots look to get offense going vs Bengals

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady says he is still having fun playing football, even in the midst of one of the most challenging seasons of his career. “I love it,” he said on Friday, though he balked at saying whether he likes it as much as he used to. The defending Super Bowl champions ...

Time to embrace college ‘free agency’

NEW YORK — For all the griping from coaches and administrators about the so-called transfer epidemic in college sports, the increased movement of players has done more good than harm for the people who are supposed to matter most: The Players. Just look at the front row Saturday night when ...

President to be present at 120th Army-Navy game

PHILADELPHIA — Army’s sensational turnaround under coach Jeff Monken has been highlighted by 10-win seasons, bowl game victories and even a spot in the national rankings. But a win Saturday against Navy would mean a bit more — the Black Knights’ senior class would go out with a sweep ...

Memphis hires interim Silverfield

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis has hired Ryan Silverfield as the Tigers’ new coach, removing the interim tag given to him Sunday when Mike Norvell left for Florida State. Athletic director Laird Veatch announced the hiring Friday, saying Memphis met with candidates from all over the country. ...

Stern undergoes brain surgery

NEW YORK — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern had emergency surgery after suffering a brain hemorrhage while having lunch not far from league headquarters. The league had no update on his condition Friday. The 77-year-old Stern underwent the operation at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital ...

MLB to start testing for opioids

SAN DIEGO — Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline. Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes ...

Burrow AP’s player of year

What figures to be an award-winning week for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is underway. Burrow was named The Associated Press college football player of the year presented by Regions Bank on Thursday in a landslide vote, making him the first LSU player to win the the 21-year-old award. Burrow, ...

Ex-players charged with fraud

WASHINGTON — Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league’s health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said Thursday. The players were charged in two ...

Boras shines in the winter

The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — A mostly dreary winter meetings lacking spectacular swaps will be remembered as the Scott Boras show. Baseball’s most prominent agent dominated each of the three full days of meetings with a nine-figure contract, deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole ...

AP not ready to forget about the Titans

The Associated Press Remember the Titans? You’d better do so quickly. The Tennessee Titans suddenly look like world beaters. Or, at least, a solid choice to win the AFC South. They have won four straight and six of seven to climb into a tie for the division lead with the Texans. Houston ...

Former BC coach gets Rams’ top job

The Associated Press Colorado State has hired Steve Addazio as its head football coach. Addazio agreed to a five-year contract Wednesday, with a base salary of $1.5 million in the first year and with a $50,000 increase each year of the deal. The 60-year-old Addazio wasn’t out of work ...

Yankees land their big fish

The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Meeting with Gerrit Cole and the pitcher’s wife for the first time last week at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Brian Cashman tossed out a literary reference that prompted laughter. “You’re my white whale,” the New York Yankees general ...

Doping saga likely headed to court

GENEVA — Sports punishments imposed on Russia this week closed one big body of work for the World Anti-Doping Agency. Now, the sports lawyers can enter the field — yet again, in a doping scandal that has raged since 2014. A Russian legal challenge seems certain after Russia’s ...

Spy Harder: Pats introduce their sequel

Anyone who’s watched the New England Patriots stumble around for the past month or so surely saw this coming. With every wobbly pass delivered by Tom Brady, every disgusted look coming from beneath Bill Belichick’s hoodie, every result that went on the wrong side of New England’s ...

Belichick says he was unaware of filming

The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says neither he nor his coaching staff has watched any video footage shot by an in-house production team now at the center of an NFL investigation for inappropriately filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ ...