Professional football

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson runs with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
December 14, 2018 - 11:09 pm
You've gotta hand it to Washington's alleged NFL team. There's the offensive nickname. Not to mention claiming a player off waivers not long after he allegedly beat up a woman — again. And let's not forget the organization's unwillingness to pursue a legitimate quarterback — yes, there's at least...
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This undated photo provided by the New Orleans Saints shows a custom made football. When Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing, he wanted to come up with some sort of gift to thank those who coached him, caught the 6,357 completions it took to set the record, and those who blocked while he threw. His solution was an exhaustive process than involved the production of about 175 unique commemorative footballs and the enlisting Saints front office and public relations staff to help track down 99 receivers, 56 offensive linemen, 11 head or assistant coaches from his 18 pro seasons, as well as a few others Brees saw as instrumental in his success. (New Orleans Saints via AP)
December 14, 2018 - 8:05 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When Drew Brees became the NFL's career leader in yards passing, he wanted to come up with some sort of gift to thank those who coached him, caught the 6,357 completions it took to set the record, and those who blocked while he threw. His solution was an exhaustive process than...
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) gestures as he leaves the field following an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The Los Angeles Chargers won 29-28. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
December 14, 2018 - 7:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers can no longer be overlooked, whether it is on the list of Super Bowl contenders or as a headline attraction in their own town. Thursday night's 29-28 come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Chiefs moved the 11-3 Chargers into a tie atop the AFC West...
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December 14, 2018 - 6:22 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. says he'll skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, but will play in the Wildcats' New Year's Day bowl game. Snell announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter on Friday. He thanks the school's fans for making Kentucky feel...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and quarterback Nick Foles (9) throw before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, in Philadelphia. Carson Wentz's back injury will likely give Nick Foles another opportunity. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, that Wentz does not require surgery for a stress fracture in his back and the injury could take up to three months to heal. The quarterback is listed as "questionable" for Sunday night's game against the Rams in Los Angeles and is scheduled to travel with the team. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
December 14, 2018 - 4:35 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz's back injury means Nick Foles gets another opportunity to rescue the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Friday that Wentz does not require surgery for a stress fracture in his back and the injury could take up to three months to heal. The...
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) meet on the field following an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. New England plays at Pittsburgh on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)
December 14, 2018 - 4:22 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady had no reason to believe Ben Roethlisberger's injury last week would keep him out of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. And it won't. The Pittsburgh quarterback injured his ribs in the loss at Oakland, left the game but returned in the fourth quarter...
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2015, file photo, Bill Fralic watches a news conference in Pittsburgh. Former star Atlanta Falcons lineman Bill Fralic died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. He was 56. Fralic was a three-time All-American offensive lineman at Pittsburgh. The university said he had cancer and died at his home in suburban Atlanta. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
December 14, 2018 - 4:14 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bill Fralic, the burly, bruising and athletic offensive lineman who starred for the Atlanta Falcons and was a three-time All-American at Pittsburgh, has died. He was 56. He had cancer and died Thursday at his home in suburban Atlanta, the university said. Fralic was the first...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2018, file photo, umpires Roy Ellison (81), right, and Ruben Fowler (71), wave before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, in Minneapolis. A person familiar with the move says the NFL has fined umpire Roy Ellison $9,300 and reinstated him from administrative leave after his dispute in Miami with Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. The person confirmed the fine to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, because the league hadn't commented. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
December 14, 2018 - 3:53 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the move says the NFL has fined umpire Roy Ellison $9,300 and reinstated him from administrative leave after his dispute in Miami with Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. The person confirmed the fine to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. The Bengals try to maintain their miniscule hopes of a playoff spot when they host the Raiders, a team already looking toward next year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, FIle)
December 14, 2018 - 3:24 pm
A look at some key fantasy football questions and answers for Week 15: WHICH UNDER-THE-RADAR PLAYERS HAVE THE BEST CHANCE FOR BIG GAMES THIS WEEK? We don't recommend making many wholesale changes to your lineup in the fantasy playoff semifinals that typically happen this week. However, if you're...
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., right, catches a touchdown pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Odell Beckham Jr. will miss his second straight game with a quad injury. Coach Pat Shurmur said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, the NFL's highest-paid receiver won't play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
December 14, 2018 - 2:24 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants will need to keep their faint playoff hopes alive without Odell Beckham Jr. for the second straight week. Coach Pat Shurmur said Friday the NFL's highest-paid receiver will be sidelined again with a quad injury when the Giants (5-8) play the...
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