Professional football

Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 34-33. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 10, 2018 - 7:18 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — More times than not, the sight of Rob Gronkowski approaching the end zone has signaled good things happening for the New England Patriots. Yet there was the image of Gronkowski awkwardly crashing to the ground in a desperate attempt to prevent Kenyan Drake from crossing the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2018, file photo, Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden, center, poses for photographs next to owner Mark Davis, left, and general manager Reggie McKenzie during an NFL football press conference in Alameda, Calif. The Raiders have fired general manager Reggie McKenzie less than two years after he was named the NFL's executive of the year. A person familiar with the move says McKenzie was let go on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, from the position he had held for almost seven seasons. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made an announcement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
December 10, 2018 - 6:33 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — From the moment Jon Gruden was brought back for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders with a 10-year contract, general manager Reggie McKenzie's longevity in the position was in serious doubt. That only eroded more with each departure of one of McKenzie's prized...
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Chicago Bears offensive tackle Bradley Sowell (79) celebrates a touchdown reception with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
December 10, 2018 - 1:24 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears harassed Jared Goff and squashed the Los Angeles Rams' high-powered offense while shuffling their way to a surprising victory over the team that came in with the NFL's best record. In a season of huge strides, this might be their biggest one yet. Eddie Goldman led a...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
December 09, 2018 - 10:56 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are a long way from where they want to be. For now, though, repeating as NFC South champions for the first time in franchise history feels pretty good. "Goal No. 1 was to win the division again and we were able to do that," Drew Brees said Sunday after...
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Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Justin Houston (50) and Reggie Ragland (59) sack Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
December 09, 2018 - 10:41 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The fourth-down play was designed to go left, yet there was Patrick Mahomes scrambling to his right with a phalanx of Ravens in pursuit, his eyes trained on Tyreek Hill deep downfield. Mahomes heaved an audacious throw. Hill made an incredible catch. The Chiefs proceeded to...
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The Miami Dolphins celebrate with running back Kenyan Drake after he scored the winning touchdown during fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 9 2018, in Miami Gardens. The Dolphins won 34-33. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
December 09, 2018 - 10:31 pm
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The celebratory mob scene in the corner of the end zone broke out far from Ryan Tannehill, leaving him in the open field, running and screaming as he waved his arms. Since he couldn't find anyone to hug, he flopped to the grass on his back, the job done and the game won...
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, center, celebrates his touchdown catch with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong )
December 09, 2018 - 9:42 pm
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers had every reason to be susceptible to a trap game against Cincinnati. The Chargers were coming off an emotional, come-from-behind victory against Pittsburgh last Sunday and a key AFC West showdown at Kansas City was fast approaching. Sunday's 26-21...
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) scores a 15-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime of an NFL football game, in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Dallas won 29-23. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
December 09, 2018 - 9:40 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Amari Cooper's impact on Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has been dramatic. The new No. 1 receiver for the Cowboys shook up the NFC East race, too. Prescott threw his third touchdown pass to Cooper on the first possession of overtime, and the Cowboys took a big step toward...
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December 09, 2018 - 9:38 pm
Cowboys right guard Zack Martin left in the second half with a knee injury against the Eagles on Sunday. The four-time Pro Bowler has been battling a knee issue all season. Philadelphia running back Corey Clement injured his right knee when he was stopped for a 4-yard loss late in the first quarter...
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Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) runs back his interception for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
December 09, 2018 - 9:13 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It's an NFL cliche, the crafty cornerback fooling the rookie quarterback. That's exactly what happened in the biggest play of Detroit's 17-3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Darius Slay, who tied for the lead in the NFL with eight interceptions last season,...
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