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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Steelers, Eagles, Saints highlight Pro Bowl squads

NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the NFL in one category this season: most Pro Bowl players. Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger are among eight Steelers selected for the all-star game. They will be joined on Jan. 28 in Orlando, Florida, by tackle Alejandro Villanueva, guard David DeCastro, center Maurkice Pouncey, kicker […]

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Stakes high as streaking Steelers host Tom Brady, Patriots

PITTSBURGH — The soul searching began the moment the Pittsburgh Steelers walked off the field last January at snowy Foxborough following painful three hours watching Tom Brady and the New England Patriots toy with them in a one-sided 36-17 victory in the AFC title game that didn’t even feel that close. While the Patriots moved […]

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Week 15 Preview: Game of the Millennium in Pittsburgh? Not quite

Shout it from the top of Mount Washington: It’s the Game of the Year! Perhaps the Game of the Decade!! Maybe the Game of the Millennium!!! Or, very possibly, a big dud. Until their flop in Miami on Monday night, the way the New England Patriots were performing was the way so many predicted they […]

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