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Loss in New Orleans has Steelers rooting for Browns

NEW ORLEANS — Desperately needing a win, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin went for the jugular with a fake punt call late in the fourth quarter against the Saints. Upback Roosevelt Nix came up just short, and so did the Steelers in an excruciating, infuriating 31-28 loss Sunday that may ...

Saints get top seed in NFC

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees found a receiver who hadn’t played most of the season to sustain a late touchdown drive. The Saints’ defense found a way to force two fumbles in the fourth quarter. And New Orleans’ punt-return unit stopped a fake punt less than a yard short of a conversion that ...

Kansas loss opens the door for Duke

TEMPE, Ariz. — Top-ranked Kansas arrived in the desert one of seven undefeated teams left in college basketball. The Jayhawks left smarting after being stuck in the center of a midcourt Sun Devil mosh pit. Making the biggest plays down the stretch, No. 18 Arizona State picked up one of ...

Seminoles hire Briles as new OC

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State has hired former Houston assistant Kendal Briles as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The school announced Briles’ hiring on Sunday but did not disclose the terms. Briles replaces Walt Bell, who took the head coaching position at UMass ...

Eagles stay alive with win over Texans

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles ran back onto the field after a hard shot knocked him out for a play and the crowd roared, seemingly knowing he was about to do it again. Jake Elliott kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired after Foles led the offense into position and the Philadelphia Eagles ...

Raiders prepare to bid farewell to Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr knows what outsiders think about the run-down Oakland Coliseum with the infield dirt for early season games, substandard locker rooms, and a lack of all the amenities prevalent in newer and more expensive NFL stadiums. For Carr and the Raiders, there’s a ...

Cowboys clinch division

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott shared a brief hug with star running back Ezekiel Elliott after the Dallas quarterback kneeled twice to wrap up their second NFC East title in three seasons together. The postgame celebration was equally muted after Prescott accounted for two touchdowns and ...

Around the NFL

Patriots 24, Bills 12 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots earned their 10th straight AFC East title with Sony Michel running for 116 yards and a touchdown. With the Eagles win over the Texans, the Patriots are back in the No. 2 spot in the AFC. A Patriots win over the Jets next week would ...

New Orleans activates Ginn for today’s game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on their active roster, making him eligible to play when New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh this afternoon. Ginn returned to practice this week for the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 18 because ...

Oympian offers verbal support for wrestler who had dreads cut

The Associated Press BUENA, N.J. — An Olympic champion wrestler has reached out to a New Jersey high school wrestler who had his dreadlocks cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout. Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist ...

Washington preps for fill-in role

PITTSBURGH — It’s been an uneven rookie season for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington, but he may be needed for a bigger role nonetheless. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh’s leading receiver, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at New Orleans, and if he can’t ...

Dodgers send Puig, Woods to Reds for Homer Bailey

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers shook up their National League-championship roster Friday, trading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and left-hander Alex Wood and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for right-hander Homer Bailey, who threw a pair of no-hitters before three major arm ...

No-show Bell, 3-11 Gruden top list of 2018 NFL letdowns

The hype trains touting NFL offseason activity typically start leaving their stations each January, when new head coaches are hired and fan bases are fired up about the fresh start that sends hope soaring high like the football in the air on the opening kickoff of a game. There’s another ...

MSU hampered probe of its handling of Nassar dealings

DETROIT — A special prosecutor on Friday accused Michigan State University of stonewalling his investigation into the school’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar and called for “top-down cultural change” at the school. Bill ...

Early signing period not good for some

Some traditional recruiting heavyweights have plenty of work to do in the next several weeks to sign the level of talent they usually attract. As college football’s early signing period concluded Friday, Southern California was outside the top 20 and Miami wasn’t in the top 30 in ...

No. 1 Kansas falls at Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. — Rob Edwards scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left, setting off a wild celebration in the desert as No. 18 Arizona State knocked off No. 1 Kansas 80-76 on Saturday night. The second No. 1 team to play in Tempe drew a star-studded crowd, with Michael ...

Michigan QB Patterson returning next season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 8 Michigan will be short-handed against No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl. Just not at quarterback. Shea Patterson is returning for his senior season at Michigan instead of entering the NFL draft. “There is absolutely nothing like playing in the Big House in ...

Coaches’ bowl bonuses at stake when players decide not to play

Dana Holgorsen can earn a $25,000 bonus if West Virginia beats Syracuse next week in the Camping World Bowl, a game the Mountaineers will play without star quarterback Will Grier and left tackle Yodny Cajuste. Dave Doeren’s contract with North Carolina State calls for him to receive a ...

Army scores 70 in rout of Houston

FORT WORTH, Texas — Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. ran for 170 yards and an Armed Forces Bowl-record five touchdowns and the No. 22 Black Knights overwhelmed Houston 70-14 on Saturday to reach 11 wins for the first time in program history. The Black Knights (11-2) won their ninth ...

Russians block access to vital doping data

MOSCOW (AP) — World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors are leaving Moscow empty-handed after Russian authorities prevented them from accessing key doping data that the country’s authorities had agreed to hand over. WADA reinstated the suspended Russian Anti-Doping Agency in September on the ...