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49ers’ ‘D’ prepares for Jackson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — With heavy pressure off the edge and lockdown coverage in the secondary, the San Francisco 49ers dominant defense forced Aaron Rodgers into the least efficient game of his career. Having similar success against the NFL’s most exciting quarterback will be a far ...

Cards’ Shaw suspended for gambling

NEW YORK — Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw has been suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season, the first time in more than 35 years a player has been banned for gambling. The league announced the suspension Friday. Shaw was banned for at least ...

Bell playing the ‘best football’ of his career

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Le’Veon Bell realizes his numbers might not be up to par with some of his previous eye-popping seasons. The star running back refuses to judge his first 11 games with the New York Jets by any of that. There are other things that have him happy with the job he has done ...

West Virginia wins at TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege threw the ball and then took a big hit. When he got up and looked down the field, he saw the official with his hands in the air signaling a touchdown. Isaiah Esdale made an over-the-shoulder catch on a perfect pass for a ...

Iowa denies Nebraska bowl game

LINCOLN, Neb. — Keith Duncan kicked a 48-yard field goal with a second left to lift Iowa past Nebraska, 27-24, and keep the Cornhuskers out of the postseason for a third consecutive season. The Hawkeyes (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) overcame a sluggish second half offensively to beat the Cornhuskers ...

Report: Schiano, Rutgers back on

The Associated Press Greg Schiano could be returning to Rutgers after all. A source close to the New Jersey university, the coach and insiders in the football program, told The Associated Press on Wednesday night there is now optimism an agreement can be reached. The person spoke on the ...

AP: Can’t stop Ravens yet

From Mirror, wire reports You have to believe the NFL missed the boat by not making this the marquee game on Sunday, but San Francisco at Baltimore is just another regularly-scheduled contest on your television set at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Still, you must wonder how a 49ers defense, ...

Cowboys dumped at home

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — John Brown became the first Buffalo receiver to throw a touchdown pass and the Bills went on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 26-15 on Thursday. Bills quarterback Josh Allen ran for a touchdown and threw a scoring pass to Cole Beasley, who had 110 yards ...

Wentz taking the blame for Eagles’ woes

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz blames himself for the Philadelphia Eagles’ struggles on offense even though the front office, coaching staff and certain teammates have failed him. Wentz hasn’t lived up to expectations after signing the richest contract in franchise history and he ...

Gophers get their shot at title

By Eric Olson The Associated Press What to watch in the Big Ten this week which starts today with Nebraska hosting Iowa. The Cornhuskers need a victory at home to be eligible for a bowl game. GAME OF THE WEEK No. 13 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, CFP No. 12) at No. 9 Minnesota ...

NCAA pushes back against Missouri

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NCAA is pushing back against the University of Missouri after the school blasted the governing body for rejecting an appeal of punishments levied in the case of a rogue tutor. In a statement Wednesday, the NCAA said that “while Missouri’s ...

Big Ten has mix of great games, bad ones

No conference loves a good rivalry more than the Big Ten. There are 17 trophy games recognized by the conference, after all. No trophy is necessary for the biggest rivalry: Ohio State-Michigan is just known as “The Game.” This year, however, Wisconsin-Minnesota takes center stage. The ...

Plenty to be decided during rivalry weekend

There is much to sort out this rivalry weekend and lots of football spread out over three days. All you need is a comfortable chair, a few screens and a couple trays of leftovers to get you through. Along with this conference-by-conference rundown of what’s at stake: Atlantic Coast ...

Bahamas counts on sport to aid hurricane recovery

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Any concern about whether it was appropriate to be playing sports in the Bahamas while parts of the multi-island nation continue to dig out from devastation following Hurricane Dorian are quickly dismissed by officials. Bahamians not only want the games, they’re ...

Bucks’ Middleton to return tonight

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Khris Middleton says he’s ready to return to the floor after missing two-plus weeks with a left thigh contusion. After the Bucks’ shootaround on Tuesday, Middleton said he’s “gonna go” tonight at home against the Atlanta ...

Polamalu named semifinalist

The Associated Press Safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis are first-year eligible players among the 25 semifinalists of the modern era for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also on the list, which will be cut to 15 on Jan. 2, are previous finalists ...

Racial trouble brewing in Calgary

By John Wawrow The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Bill Peters’ status as the Calgary Flames coach — and whatever future he might have in the sport — have been placed into question while the NHL and the team investigate allegations he directed racist slurs at a Nigerian-born player ...

Dog show gains in TV popularity

By Gina Abdy The Associated Press NEW YORK — Television traditions on Thanksgiving have usually involved the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and then hours of football, but in recent years, another has emerged: The National Dog Show. Hosted by actor John O’Hurley, the annual parade ...

Air Force star gets his kicks

By Pat Graham The Associated Press AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force kicker/guitarist Jake Koehnke hasn’t missed a beat all season — or so much as a field goal. He is jammin’ these days, a senior from Carlsbad, California, who has hit all the right notes between his rock-steady ...

Postseason ban looms for Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NCAA rejected an appeal by the University of Missouri to limit or overturn sanctions for infractions tied to the case of a former tutor Tuesday, angering school officials and leaving in place postseason bans in three high-profile sports along with other ...