New York Giants hire Dave Gettleman as new general manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants are turning their rebuilding process over to an old hand who believes in old-time football. The Giants (2-13) hired former Carolina executive Dave Gettleman as their general manager on Thursday, bringing back a 66-year-old who spent 15 seasons with the franchise before going to the Panthers and […]

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Patriots in wait-and-see mode with Harrison

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots safety Devin McCourty got a closer look at James Harrison when the linebacker strolled through the locker room on Wednesday. It left an impression. “He’s a well put together human being. Scary-looking some would probably say,” McCourty said. The Patriots’ deal with the former Steelers star also raised some eyebrows in […]

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Veteran CB Haden on track to return for Steelers vs. Texans

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden isn’t taking anything for granted. The eight-year veteran, who has never played in the playoffs, experienced a scare when he broke his leg a month ago against Indianapolis. Five weeks later, Haden has recovered to the point where he’s on track to play Monday when the AFC North […]

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Ravens beat Colts 23-16 to edge closer to playoff berth

BALTIMORE — The Ravens’ failure to make the playoffs in three of the past four seasons has been rooted in Week 16 disappointments. In 2013, the Ravens faced the New England Patriots in Week 16, armed with a four-game winning streak and in prime playoff position. They were blown out by the Patriots, 41-7, and […]

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On Christmas, NBA shows off its best and who’s got next

NEW YORK — There’s LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Golden State against Cleveland, for fans wanting more of the NBA’s reigning rivalry. For those preferring something new, the league’s Christmas Day schedule has that, too. It’s a star-studded slate, with the NBA Finals rematch standing out among the top teams and power players. The league […]

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Flavor of the Week: Playing for all of the marbles

Championship week. We are here. It’s been a long season. One full of injuries. There’s a good chance that you lost both your starting quarterback and running back at some point. For those of you that are still with me, congratulations. Similar to the hit reality TV show Survivor — congrats to this season’s winner, […]

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Zeke’s return major test for Seahawks struggling run defense

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle’s Michael Bennett was clearly paying attention when news started circulating of the workouts Ezekiel Elliott was doing to stay in shape during his suspension. “He definitely going to have fresh legs,” Bennett said on Thursday. “I’ve seen the pictures. He looks like he’s been working out every single day on the […]

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Leaner and perhaps meaner, Cowboys’ Elliott talks about his return but little else

FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott is back. He is leaner. And seemingly meaner. Both could be good for the Dallas Cowboys (8-6) in their final push for the playoffs, starting Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks (8-6). They will get a motivated and fresh battering ram, who is also one of the league’s most explosive playmakers, […]

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GAR grad Shakir Soto signs with Oakland Raiders, joins practice squad

Shakir Soto is back in football. The GAR grad signed with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, joining the team’s practice squad. “It’s great. I had to be really disciplined in my workouts — staying ready — just waiting for my next opportunity to come,” Soto said Wednesday night over the phone. “It’s a nice feeling […]

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Steelers star Brown out vs. Texans, Conner done for season

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to pick up the pieces from an emotional loss to the New England Patriots without Antonio Brown. Coach Mike Tomlin says Brown will miss Pittsburgh’s Christmas Day visit to Houston with a contusion on his left calf. The NFL’s leading receiver left in the second quarter against the […]

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