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As I got off an airplane Tuesday morning, a man leaned in and said, "Monday night was the first time I let my 9-year-old son stay up and watch a Detroit Lions game." I cracked that he should treat his children better. He laughed. Some folks around us laughed. And then we sighed. We all sighed. It felt like the whole state was sighing Tuesday, didn't it? When we weren't pounding on tables or ...

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BEREA, Ohio - Baker Mayfield has been plagued by second-year struggles for the majority of the season. You wouldn't know it, though, by talking about the Browns quarterback with the man who drafted him first overall last year. General manager John Dorsey said Wednesday he "100 percent" still believes Mayfield can become the franchise QB he thought he would be when he made the pick. "To master ...

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BALTIMORE - A proud man had reached his point of no return. As Earl Thomas III sat on a cold metal cart, his broken leg stretched out before him, he raised a gloved right hand and extended his middle finger toward the only professional head coach he'd ever known, Pete Carroll. Thomas knew he'd never play another down for the Seattle Seahawks, and after all he'd given the franchise - mind and ...

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Thankfully, one of the best talents in Jaguars' history, and its biggest headache, is out the door. Nearly one month after demanding a trade, All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey got his wish Tuesday night when the Jaguars dealt him to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2020 first-round draft pick, plus a first-rounder and fourth-rounder in 2021. Not only does it bring to an end a ...

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LOS ANGELES - The Rams, struggling to break out of a three-game losing streak, did not wait until the trade deadline to make huge moves with short- and long-term implications. On Tuesday, they traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and then went all-in by acquiring cornerback Jalen Ramsey in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Rams gave up first-round picks in 2020 and ...

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BALTIMORE - Every time Lamar Jackson turns a corner at the line of scrimmage and exposes his body, the Ravens hold their collective breath. And when he rises from the turf for another play, there is one big exhale. He survived. It's not that dramatic on the field on Sunday afternoons, but the Ravens know they are rolling the dice with Jackson as their running quarterback. Coach John Harbaugh ...

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There are some good quarterback plays in Week 7, including Gardner Minshew against the Bengals and Josh Allen against the Dolphins. But not all the start-sit calls are as obvious as they what they would appear to be. ___ Start Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons vs. Rams Naturally, Jared Goff's matchup against the porous Falcons secondary captures everyone's attention, but we're overlooking some hidden ...

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - LaToya Reedy always dreamed of being a homeowner but it seemed unattainable. As a single mother to her 18-year-old son, AnTrez, Reedy worked hard as a certified nursing assistant to provide a stable lifestyle for him, but the unpredictability of renting kept her living paycheck to paycheck. "I got tired of paying the high rent," she said, "and with renting it goes up ...

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones initially and purposefully tried to accentuate the positives in the aftermath of Sunday's devastating 24-22 loss to the formerly winless and hapless New York Jets. He talked about how the Cowboys fought to get back in the game after trailing 21-3. He spoke of the competitiveness of quarterback Dak Prescott, who fought valiantly despite ...

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One of the intriguing aspects of this Miami Dolphins season is watching how one side of the organization has successfully authored a full blown tank job while the other side has denied and indeed displayed indignation at the idea the team is tanking. It's true. The Miami personnel department has fully tanked this season. The roster that was 7-9 last year was demolished and, here's the tank ...

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It took a few weeks, but the 49ers have turned skeptics into believers after manhandling the Rams 20-7 Sunday to move to 5-0 on the season. In the Niners' rise from the team that picked No. 2 overall last year to a bonafide playoff contender, there's plenty of praise to be passed around. But here are three players that I think deserve more: ___ Jaquiski Tartt Let's be real: the MVP of the ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - The Eagles went into full crisis mode on Sunday in U.S. Bank Field as their defense was picked completely apart by the Vikings in the first of a three-game road stretch that could decide their season. With the 38-20 loss, the Eagles dropped to 3-3 on the season and while that's not good itself, the way they lost the game was even more disturbing. The defense has been patched ...

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Perfect day. Perfect game. Perfect scene. "We had the game in our hands at the end," Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake said. Perfect decision. "We were going for 2 all the way," Dolphins coach Brian Flores said of the two-point conversion with six seconds left. Perfect play. "We worked on it all week," Flores said. Perfect pass. "I just dropped it - I've got to ...

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Josh Rosen wanted to use the final 12 games of the Miami Dolphins season as a tryout to show coach Brian Flores, general manager Chris Grier and the team he could be their long-term starting quarterback. Unfortunately for Rosen, his third start at the helm of Miami's offense in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins, was the worst game of his Dolphins career. ...

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LONDON - Eventually, the Carolina Panthers will have to make a difficult decision. Their starting quarterback Cam Newton - you know, the former NFL MVP? - has missed the last four games while recovering from a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. He played practically on one leg in Carolina's first two games this season, a pair of close losses, and then realized it was better in the long-term to ...

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Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions could become the 21st quarterback in NFL history to throw for 40,000 passing yards Monday night in Green Bay. Already, you can hear the yawns. And read stories undercutting the milestone. These stories aren't part of a conspiracy to downgrade the accomplishment, of course. Just an attempt to understand the boom of prolific passers. Pass-favorable rule ...

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Two weeks ago in Detroit, the Chiefs got the ball back with 2 minutes, 26 seconds left trailing 30-27. By traditional logic, the onus was on them, the odds against a comeback. But if you've been paying attention in this exhilarating Patrick Mahomes era, chances are you felt more faith than mere hope and just wondered how it work out instead of if it would. That feeling was further bolstered by ...

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It was bound to happen, right? At some point, an NFL defense would find the kryptonite to render the Jaguars' rookie Superman quarterback almost powerless. Yes, the wild, festive ride that Gardner Minshew and the whole moustache craze he created hit a major speed bump Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Dennis Allen's unit kept the Jaguars' offense in handcuffs for 60 minutes, but the blame ...

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DALLAS - There are few things Troy Aikman hasn't done in the sport of football. The 52-year-old has three Super Bowl rings, six Pro Bowl appearances, a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award and spots in both the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame. He was also the No. 1 pick in the 1989 NFL draft and is currently FOX's top NFL color commentator. The only thing missing from his ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - First, this: No matter how exasperated he was and how fast he tried to atone, it was absolutely inappropriate for Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce to do what he did to offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy during the 19-13 loss to the Colts Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. A player can't do that, after all, because it suggests some combination of contempt and recklessness and selfish ...

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After having a sit down with Jalen Ramsey a few days ago, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said he expects the All-Pro cornerback to play this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints During a visit to Wall Street in New York on Thursday, Khan told "The Street," a financial website, that he had a heart-to-heart conversation with Ramsey and said he thinks they will be able to come to a ...

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The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night.

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The Miami Dolphins may be hearing the outside noise more than the Washington Redskins this week. The Redskins are 0-5, just fired their coach Jay Gruden, and may not have expected to be in this position where they could reset their franchise heading into their Week 6 matchup against the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Sunday's battle between winless teams has been considered as a must-lose game ...

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In a change, the Oakland Raiders have resembled a watchable NFL team, for more than a minute. Cue the hallelujahs. Jon Gruden's team heads into its open date this weekend with a 3-2 record, in the wake of back-to-back victories against the Colts (3-2) and Bears (3-2). If for no other reason, you should watch the Raiders because of Josh Jacobs, a special rookie who's rushed for four touchdowns. ...

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Here comes your nightmare, Dolphins fans. Here comes your bleakest fear. Here comes a Washington team with more losses, a fired coach, a hold-out star, an angry fan base and, perhaps, no matter what they say, a rookie quarterback in reserve to offer something the Dolphins really haven't had this year: A chance to win. Oh, god, not that, huh? Just when it was getting comfy at the bottom, here ...

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The Bills' Frank Gore, Bears' Allen Robinson, Colts' Marlon Mack and Raiders' Josh Jacobs (among others) get the week off, so fantasy football loses far more star power than it did last week. Fortunately, there are a lot good matchups. ___ Start 1. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks at Browns Wilson has a method to his mad scrambling, but the ways he weaves around the pocket then pinpoints difficult ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The losing locker room sounds like the DMV. The most distinctive sound is feet shuffling across carpet. Quiet. Heads down. Nobody wants to be here. Does anything in sports move as fast as the NFL? At 8:04 p.m. Sunday, Patrick Mahomes performed a magic trick, retreating twenty-some yards behind the line of scrimmage before firing a spiral into the end zone for a touchdown, ...

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LOS ANGELES - Fixing the issue is not complicated. It's really pretty simple, according to Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters. "We just gotta just go back to fundamentals," Peters said. "Everybody just do their job and line up and just play our ball." Peters was talking about a defense that made short work of opponents' passing attacks during the first three games but now is longing for ...

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LONDON - Still within what he calls a 24-hour window to remain "pissed off" following a loss, Matt Nagy sifted through the details Monday morning with optimism for what lies ahead for the Bears while also acknowledging his "dark side" came out. Nagy reviewed film of Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, and found only a little time for sleep before facing ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - Vikings players got their first Victory Monday of the year, following a 28-10 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. But when they return to work on Wednesday, defensive end Everson Griffen won't need coach Mike Zimmer to address the team's spate of penalties to know how bad the issue is. He looked it up on his own on Sunday night after the game. The statistics Griffen found, ...

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MIAMI - It is an even 200 days until the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, or, as Miami Dolphins fans call it, "A reason to live." Excitement is building. In South Florida, what we are feeling is akin to playoff fever - except the exact opposite. Losses stack up before us like chips at a poker table. Now the Hunt For April ratchets up. It is Winless Week in Miami, the official kickoff of the ...

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ho hum, 237 total yards and three touchdowns. Nothing to see here, folks. Nothing except one of the best individual performances in Carolina Panthers team history. And with the way Christian McCaffrey played Sunday in Carolina's 34-27 win over Jacksonville - on a day when the franchise honored four new inductees to the Hall of Honor - it was an easy mental exercise to picture ...

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PHILADELPHIA - What makes you crazy with him is what makes him special. Twice on Sunday, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz refused to surrender under pressure; twice, might have broken a leg, or worse. Also twice on Sunday, Wentz refused to surrender under pressure; and twice, he made the plays of the game. "That fighter mentality - 'I'm not going to go down and I'm going to make a play' - is ...

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LONDON - A feeling of agitation pulsed through the visitors locker room at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday night. The Bears had come to the United Kingdom vowing to be focused, energized and totally locked in on this important early October business trip. Yet, as they packed their equipment bags and headed back out into a cool fall night, they were returning home with only feelings of ...

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Take your face and put it in the middle of a fan, and turn that sucker on "Max Speed" for five minutes. That's what being a fan of the Dallas Cowboys looks, and feels, like. After crushing the first three opponents on its schedule, the home team has run into real teams. Now the Cowboys look like what we are accustomed to watching. The NFL's first $40 million quarterback ...

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BEREA, Ky. - Baker Mayfield ran down the field at M&T Bank Stadium with his arms outstretched while Nick Chubb sprinted toward the end zone to complete an 88-yard rushing touchdown. Then the quarterback celebrated in the end zone with his running back. The pivotal score with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter vaulted the Browns to a 40-25 win over the Baltimore Ravens and an ascent to the top of ...

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LONDON - David Montgomery receives feedback quickly after road games. The Bears rookie running back only needs to find his position coach, Charles London for some pointers during the journey home. An extra-long flight Monday morning after playing the Raiders a day earlier at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will provide Montgomery with more than enough time to review his performance. But when the ...

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The football he'd thrown had yet to hit the ground when Philip Rivers wheeled in dismay. Flailing his arms, he looked like he'd just locked his keys in his car. On a cold night. Far from home. "That's a quarterback saying, 'My bad,' " Chargers Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts said, watching from the CBS broadcast booth in Carson. What happened is that Rivers, some 200 starts into a decorated ...

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YAKIMA, Wash. - On the day star Rams receiver Cooper Kupp was born, his parents called an audible. They were on the verge of naming him Cody, and were filling out the paperwork, when Craig Kupp had a change of heart. "I've got the pen and I'm getting ready to put down Cody, when I half-jokingly said to Karin, 'What do you think about Cooper?'" Craig said. The name Cooper meant something to the ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - Asked whether he likes Vikings players publicly apologizing to one another, Mike Zimmer said he saw that Kirk Cousins' had apologized to Adam Thielen, but that he didn't read about it and wasn't exactly sure what was said. "I'm not a fan of it, no," Zimmer said Wednesday. But Zimmer has more pressing matters for the Vikings (2-2) after dropping the first two NFC North games on ...

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PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles' 34-27 win over the Packers last week was the kind of game football traditionalists and offensive linemen absolutely love. Ground and pound. Three yards and a cloud of dust, or, in this case, six, seven and eight yards. The Eagles ran the ball on 33 of their 60 snaps for 196 yards against a Packers defense that had been really, really good against the pass in a 3-0 ...

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President Donald Trump has abandoned our Kurdish allies in Syria. This decision puts that part of the world in turmoil again, and will allow the dreaded Islamic State terrorist group to rise again.

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FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) — Suburban Milwaukee police say child protective services took a 7-year-old boy to the hospital after he was found vaping in a school classroom.

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Despite the university’s efforts to reduce the problem, more than a quarter of undergraduate women at UW-Madison who participated in a national survey said they had been sexually assaulted since entering college.

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BARRON — The Wisconsin girl whose parents were fatally shot before she was kidnapped and held captive for 88 days before escaping from her abductor said she's feeling stronger every day and is thankful for the kindness and concern expressed to her from people all over the country in the year after the crime.