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Vols fire football coach Tennessee fired football coach Jeremy Pruitt, two assistants and seven members of the Volunteers’ recruiting and support staff for cause after an internal investigation found what the university chancellor called “serious violations of NCAA rules.” Chancellor ...

Brady, Bucs join NFL’s final four

NEW ORLEANS — Tom Brady’s best game in three tries against New Orleans kept the Buccaneers moving on in the NFL playoffs, and has Saints quarterback Drew Brees headed home — perhaps for good. Brady and the Bucs’ offense turned three Saints turnovers, including two interceptions of ...

Minus Mahomes, Chiefs advance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs had lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion and were in danger of losing the game. Then their defense and Chad Henne — their defense and Chad Henne?! — along with a gutsy call by Andy Reid kept their hopes of a Super Bowl repeat alive, holding off ...

Bills savor trip to AFC championship

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — In what was supposed to be a showdown between Buffalo’s Josh Allen and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, Taron Johnson literally stole the show. If not for the wall separating the field from the stands in the back of the east end zone, the Bills cornerback might still be ...

Rams’ defense won’t be able to stop Rodgers

AP pro picks The Associated Press Aaron, meet Aaron. And Aaron. Aaron Donald, the unanimous All-Pro defensive tackle who owns a couple of Defensive Player of the Year awards, certainly hopes to meet fellow All-Pro Aaron Rodgers on Saturday — in the Packers’ backfield. Donald hopes to ...

Hunt set for reunion in KC

AFC playoffs Weekend schedule SATURDAY 4:35 p.m.: Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers (FOX) 8:15 p.m.: Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills (CBS) SUNDAY 3:05 p.m.: Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS) 6:40 p.m.: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (FOX) The ...

Aaron gets to take on Aaron

NFC playoffs Weekend schedule SATURDAY 4:35 p.m.: Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers (FOX) 8:15 p.m.: Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills (CBS) SUNDAY 3:05 p.m.: Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS) 6:40 p.m.: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (FOX) The ...

NFL coaches getting hired

Meyer hired by Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Urban Meyer agreed to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, leaving the broadcast booth and returning to the sidelines after a two-year absence that followed another health scare. The 56-year-old Meyer was team owner ...

NBA tries to get back to normal

The Associated Press The Boston Celtics expect their unplanned weeklong hiatus because of coronavirus-related issues to end tonight, when they’re scheduled to play host to the Orlando Magic. The Phoenix Suns, however, have a bit more time off. The Celtics will be without at least three ...

Olympic medalist, new partner lead at US pairs

LAS VEGAS — Olympic team bronze medalist Alexa Knierim and her new partner, Brandon Frazier, led after the pairs short program that opened the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Thursday night. Knierim teamed with husband Chris for the 2018 Olympics, and they won their third national ...

Harden heading to Nets

James Harden is heading to Brooklyn, joining old teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to give the Nets a potent trio of the some of the NBA’s highest scorers. The Nets agreed to acquire the three-time scoring champion from the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in a move he has sought for ...

AFC, NFC quarterbacks create a giant age gap

Andy Reid has been here before, with a young franchise quarterback on a team contending for the Super Bowl year after year. The Kansas City coach is at it again with Patrick Mahomes, and thrilled to see similarly youthful leaders among the AFC playoff teams in what is the biggest QB age ...

Sony Open creates fresh start

HONOLULU — For the 31 players at the Sony Open who took the 30-minute flight over from Maui, the decision to play was easy. They’re already in Hawaii, guaranteed a tropical climate and the course at sea level is an easy walk. Collin Morikawa wouldn’t know it any other way. In the two ...

NBA will ‘ramp up the safety’

The Associated Press With four games called off this week already and more teams dealing with virus-related issues, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association enacted additional rules Tuesday in the hope of keeping the season going safely. For “at least the next two weeks,” ...

Saban gets sixth title with Tide

The Associated Press MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, No. 1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52-24 against No. 3 Ohio State on ...

Eagles fire coach 3 years after ‘Super’ win

By Rob Maaddi The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Doug Pederson lost his job less than three years after he led the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s only Super Bowl title. Pederson was 42-37-1 in five seasons. He guided the Eagles to two division championships and three playoff ...

Taxi squads needed in a pandemic

On deck Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh (0-0) at Philadelphia (0-0)-, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network The Associated Press The NHL is bracing for bumps as it aims to pull off a season during the pandemic and the hope is that taxi squads will help teams stay on the ...

New outdoor venue found for NHL games

The NHL played outdoors in the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, on consecutive days at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium, and at Chicago’s Soldier Field. This year’s outdoor games will be in a unique, picturesque setting: along the shores of Lake Tahoe. The NHL announced ...

Virus leaving NBA in unchartered waters

The Associated Press The NBA called off two more games because of COVID-related and contact-tracing issues on Monday, and the Miami Heat were preparing to be without eight players — including All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo — for several days because of possible exposure to the ...

Cowboys hire former Falcons coach to run defense

The Associated Press FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms Monday with former Atlanta coach Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator, turning over a unit that was among the worst in franchise history to someone who built his reputation on defense in Seattle. Quinn was already on ...