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Tom Brady: ‘Playing someone 17 times is pretty cool’

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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet for the 17th time in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game in Denver. Brady and Manning were asked quite a few questions about the longtime rivalry.  Not surprisingly the two quarterbacks expressed a great deal of respect for one another. “He’s a great passer. He’s so accurate, he throws it on time, he knows where everybody on ...

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Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female coach

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The Buffalo Bills made history Wednesday by hiring Kathryn Smith, the NFL’s first female full-time coach. Smith will serve as the Bills as a special teams quality control coach. “Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” Ryan said in a statement. “She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong ...

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LeSean McCoy talks Chip Kelly, offers advice for 49ers players

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Nearly one year ago LeSean McCoy was traded from the Chip Kelly run Eagles to Rex Ryan’s Bills.  Now the former Eagles coach is in San Francisco and the running back is enjoying his “laid back” coach in Buffalo. McCoy provided some advice for 49ers players. “Chip is … he wants to win. He’s very, very intelligent,” McCoy said. “The offense, ...

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Broncos criticize Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski

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With the New England Patriots set to visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday in the AFC title game, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith said Tuesday that it’s fair to call Tom Brady a crybaby. “That would be an accurate statement. I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady,” Smith told reporters Monday, according to the Colorado Springs ...

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Patriots place Jerod Mayo on IR

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The New England Patriots announced Tueasday that they have placed linebacker Jerod Mayo on injured reserve. Mayo, 29, was injured in last Saturday’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Mayo played in all 16 regular season games with eight starts and accumulated 49 total tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass defensed. Mayo originally joined the Patriots as a first-round draft pick (10th overall) out ...

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Packers coach says Eddie Lacy must lose weight for 2016

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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday night that running back Eddie Lacy must lose weight and return next season in far better shape if he hopes to return to the productive form he showed during his first two NFL seasons. “Eddie Lacy, he’s got a lot of work to do. His offseason last year was not good enough, and he never recovered ...

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Warriors crush LeBron, Cavs by 34 in Cleveland

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If the Cavaliers and Warriors meet again in the NBA Finals this summer, there is no evidence to suggest Cleveland has a chance to beat Golden State in a seven-game series. With a 132-98 rout in Cleveland Monday night, the Warriors proved there is no comparision between these two teams right now. Golden State has now won the last five meetings. “They came ...

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Tigers sign Justin Upton to 6-year, 132.75M deal

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The Detroit Tigers and free-agent outfielder Justin Upton have agreed to a six-year deal worth $132.75 million, according to media reports. The deal, first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, is pending a physical and includes a player opt-out after the second season. A three-time All-Star, the 28-year-old spent the past season with the San Diego Padres and batted .251 with 26 homers and 81 RBIs. ...

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Cam Newton: ‘We’re not worried about the Super Bowl’

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The Carolina Panthers are one game away from advancing to Super Bowl 50, but don’t tell that to Cam Newton. “A lot of people are viewing it wrong. We’re not one game away. We have a game that’s the most important game this year because it’s the next game,” he said after Sunday’s 31-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. “We’re not ...

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Broncos power through adversity: ‘We’re battle-tested’

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The Denver Broncos have had four comebacks from halftime deficits this season following Sunday’s 23-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC divisional round. Trailing 13-9 with 5:53 remaining in the third quarter, Broncos kicker Brandon McManus made his fourth field goal of the day, closing the deficit to one. In the final quarter, a forced fumble by Bradley Roby from Fitzgerald ...

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