Professional football

FILE - At left, in an Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville, Fla. At right, in a Nov. 19, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay watches on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Los Angeles. One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean _ and with an Irish surname _ who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL. (AP Photo/File)
January 18, 2019 - 3:40 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL. The ties between the Saints'...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2018, file photo, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan talks with the media after morning practice at NFL football training camp, in Oxnard, Calif. Scott Linehan is out as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys only days after coach Jason Garrett sent mixed messages about the oft-criticized assistant's future. Garrett said in a statement released by the team Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, that he and Linehan had some open discussions this week and mutually agreed that a change was needed after five seasons. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
January 18, 2019 - 2:03 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Scott Linehan is out as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys only days after coach Jason Garrett sent mixed messages about the future for the oft-criticized assistant. Garrett, in a statement released by the team Friday, described the move as a mutual decision after he and...
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David Smoak interviews University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray during the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award at the Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler, Texas, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Six exceptional college athletes were selected as finalists for this year's award. (Chelsea Purgahn/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP)
January 18, 2019 - 8:43 am
Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is considering a football career instead of baseball, but what kind of an NFL prospect is the undersized quarterback? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , ESPN's Tom Luginbill joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss Murray's choice. Luginbill says if...
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Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh addresses the media during an NFL football press conference Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The Rams face the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 17, 2019 - 7:38 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Ndamukong Suh earned multiple All-Pro honors, Pro Bowl selections and tens of millions of dollars during his first eight NFL seasons. The imposing defensive lineman had never won a playoff game, let alone a Super Bowl. When he was free to choose his next team after the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Alabama's Jalen Hurts answers questions during media day for the NCAA college football playoff championship game, in Santa Clara, Calif. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has decided to transfer to Oklahoma. Hurts made the announcement Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in a story in the Players' Tribune .(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
January 16, 2019 - 2:27 pm
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance. He respected how the Alabama quarterback who lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa put the team above his pride. Hurts could have transferred right after Alabama went another direction, as so many quarterbacks do...
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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, front, tracks down a loose ball as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic follows in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 15, 2019 - 10:26 pm
DENVER (AP) — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors, propelled by an NBA-record, 51-point first quarter, regained the top spot in the Western Conference by routing the Denver Nuggets 142-111 on Tuesday night. Golden State cruised to a fifth straight win...
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This photo provided by CBS shows Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory," which airs Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./CBS via AP)
January 15, 2019 - 6:22 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" is starting to pick up ratings steam in the final stretch of its 12-year run. The CBS sitcom was last week's most-watched entertainment show as total viewership ticked up to a 2018-19 season high of more than 13 million, according to Nielsen figures Tuesday...
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman warms up before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
January 15, 2019 - 5:36 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — His face was still a little flushed from stepping out of the subfreezing temperatures at Gillette Stadium field just minutes following the Patriots' 41-28 divisional-round win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday . Still, Julian Edelman stood at his locker satisfied — at...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, host/executive producer Steve Harvey participates in the "Steve" panel during the NBC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Steve Harvey will host the NFL Honors show on Feb. 2, 2019, when The Associated Press hands out its individual league awards. The two-hour prime-time show airing on CBS will be held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
January 15, 2019 - 1:02 pm
TV personality Steve Harvey will host the NFL Honors show on Feb. 2, when The Associated Press hands out its individual league awards. The two-hour prime-time show airing on CBS will be held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Harvey hosts the daytime talk show "Steve," the children's variety series "...
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January 14, 2019 - 10:28 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Raiders still might play another season in Oakland after all. Owner Mark Davis is set to meet with officials from the Coliseum Authority that runs the stadium on Friday to discuss a lease extension. The public agenda for the meeting posted on the Coliseum Authority's...
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