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  • Tom Brady is fine with teammates skipping White House visit because they don't like his buddy Trump

    Tom Brady is fine with teammates skipping White House visit because they don't like his buddy Trump

    Tom Brady said Tuesday he has no problem with several of his teammates planning to skip a team visit to the White House, even if some of them are doing so as a protest against his friend President Trump. “Everybody has their own choice,” the New England Patriots’ quarterback told “Pro Football...

  • Chargers announce Anthony Lynn's first coaching staff

    Chargers announce Anthony Lynn's first coaching staff

    The Los Angeles Chargers celebrated Anthony Lynn’s hiring with an event at the team’s temporary home in Carson. His staff? They just got a press release. Monday, the Chargers announced Lynn’s finalized staff, unveiling a mix of returning coaches with new blood. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt...

  • Chargers take their 'Fight for L.A.' to the people

    Chargers take their 'Fight for L.A.' to the people

    Scrolling down past a grainy video of your niece’s dance recital, your old roommate’s engagement photos and your uncle’s political manifesto, you might’ve noticed an advertised declaration of battle from this city’s newest pro sports team. The Chargers are trying to let the people of Los Angeles...

  • Jared Goff has a fan in new Rams quarterback coach Greg Olson

    Jared Goff has a fan in new Rams quarterback coach Greg Olson

    He has been entrusted with developing the cornerstone of the franchise, a player the Rams mortgaged their future to acquire. New quarterbacks coach Greg Olson said Friday that he was looking forward to working with second-year pro Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. “I’m really excited...

  • NFL report: Raiders give Coach Jack Del Rio new four-year contract

    NFL report: Raiders give Coach Jack Del Rio new four-year contract

    The Oakland Raiders rewarded Coach Jack Del Rio with a new four-year contract Friday, replacing the original four-year deal he received when he took the job in January 2015.  Owner Mark Davis made the announcement Friday evening by saying the initial deal had been “torn up” after Del Rio led the...

  • How the Falcons lost the Super Bowl

    How the Falcons lost the Super Bowl

     A wall banner running the length of the somber Atlanta Falcons locker room at NRG Stadium read “IN BROTHERHOOD, WE RISE.” On Sunday, the Falcons fell. They nosedived harder and farther than any team in Super Bowl history. The Falcons collapsed, blowing a 25-point lead in a 34-28 overtime loss...

  • This time the Patriots make the unbelievable Super Bowl catch

    This time the Patriots make the unbelievable Super Bowl catch

    The New England Patriots were victimized in previous Super Bowls by unbelievable catches by New York Giants tight end David Tyree and receiver Mario Manningham. On Sunday, the Patriots got their own miracle catch from receiver Julian Edelman in a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons...

  • With a record fifth Super Bowl win, Brady cements his legacy as the greatest ever

    With a record fifth Super Bowl win, Brady cements his legacy as the greatest ever

    On the goal line, James White dragged three Atlanta Falcons into the end zone. Ten yards back, Tom Brady tore off his helmet and stepped into history. It was as breathtaking as the roar that filled NRG Stadium, as glittering as the red, white and blue confetti that fell from the ceiling, and as...

  • Tom Brady leads Patriots to epic Super Bowl comeback victory

    Tom Brady leads Patriots to epic Super Bowl comeback victory

    It was a game that left the football world Brady Gaga. After a first half in which he played like that impostor in a Tom Brady mask, the New England Patriots quarterback put on a Super Bowl performance for the ages Sunday, leading his team back from a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons...

  • Super Bowl LI: Players to know and players who must deliver

    Super Bowl LI: Players to know and players who must deliver

    Here are some players you should know and players who must deliver in Super Bowl LI: FALCONS YOU SHOULD KNOW Patrick DiMarco, Fullback DiMarco is an excellent lead blocker but also goes out on pass patterns. He’s a bit of a wild card, particularly when the Patriots are going with a lighter and...

  • Super Bowl LI: How the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots match up

    Super Bowl LI: How the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots match up

    Falcons pass offense vs. Patriots pass defense Matt Ryan has been on fire this season and has so many receiving weapons. His 117.1 rating was the best in the NFL. Julio Jones finished second in the NFL with 1,409 yards receiving, Mohamed Sanu is terrific in the red zone, and Taylor Gabriel has...

  • NFL: Tomlinson and Warner headline seven-man Hall of Fame class

    NFL: Tomlinson and Warner headline seven-man Hall of Fame class

    Kurt Warner, a quarterback who led the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl title and won two NFL most-valuable-player awards, and LaDainian Tomlinson, a record-setting running back for the San Diego Chargers who won an NFL MVP award, were voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Warner...

  • It just feels right to pick the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI

    It just feels right to pick the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI

    There is only one certified lock in this Super Bowl prediction column. It’s going to be wrong. In my three decades on the job, I have predicted 17 Super Bowls, and been correct three times. Three. Seriously. That’s a .176 batting average, worse than even that of Carl Crawford last season, although...

  • Tom Brady on verge of adding to his 'greatest quarterback' résumé

    Tom Brady on verge of adding to his 'greatest quarterback' résumé

    No matter what your opinion of Tom Brady, the New England quarterback is the biggest story of Super Bowl LI. Brady has four rings — as do San Francisco’s Joe Montana and Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw — and could be four quarters away from standing alone in the pantheon of greatest quarterbacks in...

  • Super Bowl notebook: Chris Hogan's road to the NFL began with a transition from lacrosse

    Super Bowl notebook: Chris Hogan's road to the NFL began with a transition from lacrosse

    Chris Hogan’s road to the Super Bowl did not begin until he retired his lacrosse stick. The New England Patriots receiver played lacrosse at Penn State before transferring and playing football at Monmouth, a Football Championship Division school in his home state of New Jersey. The agility, hand-eye...

  • Senior Bowl gives standouts from USC, UCLA a chance to prove they are NFL-worthy

    He made the statement two years ago, after deciding to delay the start of his NFL career despite being draft-eligible. “I don't want to be a second- to sixth-round pick,” Zach Banner said. “I don't even want to be a first round. I want to be the No. 1 overall pick.” Reminded of that quote early...

  • Letters: Are these the Lakers or the losing 49ers?

    After Sunday’s defeat by 49 points, the Lakers stood tall together and proclaimed, “Nobody beats the Lakers by 50 points.” Paul Kessler Century City :: In a Jan. 24 story about the Lakers,  Luke Walton said his team was better than it showed, knew the amount of work his team was putting in and...

  • It's 'a miracle' that Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn is alive

    The fractured memory washes over Anthony Lynn in a series of gruesome snapshots. A flash of headlights. Cold asphalt. Blood pooling around him. A frantic ambulance ride. “The doctors didn’t understand how I survived,” said Lynn, 48, new coach of the Chargers. In truth, no one could explain it. ...

  • Dez Bryant believes Cowboys are the 'only team' that could've defeated the Falcons

    Would the outcome of the NFC championship game be different if the Dallas Cowboys had played the Atlanta Falcons instead of the Green Bay Packers? Just ask Cowboys standout Dez Bryant. The star wide receiver and pro bowler believes that the Cowboys are the “only team” that could have defeated the...

  • What time does Super Bowl LI start?

    The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are the last teams standing in the NFL. They will face off in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on Fox. Of course, the network’s coverage of the game starts long before...

  • NFL says injuries, concussions are down

    Injuries in the NFL decreased this season, including concussions.  Emphasizing that players are doing more self-reporting of head injuries, the league released data Thursday that show overall concussions for the preseason and regular season were down from 275 in 2015 to 244 in 2016. That includes...

  • Alliance with Trump may prove to be a Super distraction for New England Patriots trio

    The week before the Super Bowl is historically filled with all sorts of sordid distractions, from cocaine to prostitutes to the infamously bared butt of a quarterback. But there has never been anything like the divisive presence that will soon threaten to fracture the attention of the New England...

  • Podcast | Rams Overtime: A new coach, a new team in L.A. and draft grades

    The Super Bowl is just over a week away, so it seems like a perfect time for another episode of the “Rams Overtime” podcast with Lindsey Thiry and Gary Klein. This week’s topics include: The Rams’ hiring of first-time coach Sean McVay, and his moves to fill out his staff The Rams’ ramping-up draft...

  • ESPN's Brent Musburger is retiring from sportscasting at 77

    Brent Musburger, one of the most famous sports announcers of all time, announced Wednesday that he will retire from play-by-play work after he calls the Georgia-Kentucky college basketball game on ESPN on Jan. 31. Musburger, 77, said he’s leaving active sportscasting to help his family get a sports...

  • Super Bowl LI prop bets: What color hoodie will Bill Belichick wear? Will 'Deflategate' be mentioned?

    What color hoodie will Bill Belichick wear during Super Bowl LI? When will the word “Deflategate” be uttered for the first time during the Fox broadcast of the game? Who will be the heaviest and tallest players to score a touchdown? Will Fox broadcaster Joe Buck be sporting any facial hair? And...

  • Patriots fan charged with pulling alarm at Steelers' hotel early Sunday morning

    A Boston man described by his lawyer as a “die-hard Patriots fan” has pleaded not guilty to pulling a fire alarm that roused the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers from their hotel beds ahead of their playoff game against New England. Dennis Harrison was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment...

  • Bill Belichick at Patriots’ postgame news conference: Oh, the Falcons won?

    By the time Bill Belichick took the podium for his postgame news conference Sunday night, he had known for quite some time that his New England Patriots would be advancing to Super Bowl LI. The AFC championship game had been decided long before the clock ran out on the Patriots’ 36-17 victory over...

  • Chris Hogan plays big role in helping Patriots reach Super Bowl

    The New England Patriots make a habit of picking up free agents that help them get to the Super Bowl. Receiver Chris Hogan is the latest. Hogan caught a career-high nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns Sunday night, helping the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl with a 36-17 victory over...

  • Patriots are back in the Super Bowl after beating Steelers in AFC title game

    Tom Brady ran off the field wearing a fresh “AFC Champions” T-shirt and the rest of his stained uniform, an athletic glove and play-call band on his left hand and wrist. He bowed his head, put his unadorned right arm high into the air and waved to the crowd before ducking into the Gillette Stadium...

  • Falcons' season took dramatic turn after rout of Rams in Week 14

    Are the Rams the reason the Atlanta Falcons are in the Super Bowl? Well, that might be overstating it. But some of the Falcons pointed to their 42-14 victory in Los Angeles in Week 14 as a turning point for a team that was coming off a 29-28 home loss to Kansas City. Since that defeat to the Chiefs,...

  • Falcons demolish Packers in NFC championship game, 44-21, will play in Super Bowl LI

    No need to implode the Georgia Dome. The Atlanta Falcons pretty much blew the lid off the soon-to-be-mothballed venue Sunday, demolishing the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in an NFC championship game that turned out to be a three-hour, towel-swirling party. The signature play came in the third quarter,...

  • AFC championship preview: Running back could carry team to victory

    Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount once shared carries for the Pittsburgh Steelers and they remain good friends. Now they will try to keep each other from going to the Super Bowl. Most of the attention going into Sunday’s AFC title game at Gillette Stadium is on New England Patriots quarterback...

  • NFC championship preview: Peppers and Freeney are in no rush to quit

    While the spotlight will be squarely trained on the two star quarterbacks in the NFC championship game, the pass rushers chasing them down are worthy of some attention too. Green Bay’s Julius Peppers turned 37 last week, and Atlanta’s Dwight Freeney turns 37 on Feb. 19. Each has had a spectacular...

  • NFL report: Chargers hire Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator

    Gus Bradley began working before he was hired, meeting with Chargers defensive coaches and discussing in-depth concepts at the team’s now-temporary practice facility in San Diego. That was days ago, the team since waiting for him to come aboard formally. He has. Now, the real work can begin. The...

  • Suspect secondaries will try to avoid being shredded in NFC championship game

    Every surgeon needs a patient, and the same goes for surgically precise quarterbacks. The operating room Sunday will be the Georgia Dome, and — with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan scrubbed up and ready to go — two suspect secondaries will be under the knife. Green Bay had the...

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