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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule stands on the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Waco, Texas. A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers are completing a contract to hire Baylor's Matt Rhule as their coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, on condition of anonymity because the deal is not done. The Panthers have not spoken publicly about the coaching search. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)
January 07, 2020 - 11:50 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are completing a contract to hire Baylor's Matt Rhule as their coach, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the deal is not done. The Panthers have not...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019, file photo, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck gestures during a press conference in Seattle. When the XFL debuts in February, it will take a “Star Trek” approach of going where no football league has gone before. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
January 07, 2020 - 9:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When the XFL debuts in February, it will take a “Star Trek” approach of going where no football league has gone before. The eight-team league will have options for extra points worth one, two or three points. It will allow double forward passes behind the line of scrimmage. Kickoffs...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) fumbles as he is hit by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
January 07, 2020 - 4:16 am
Suddenly, the old guard looks rather old. Tom Brady, who wants to keep playing next season at age 43, was overshadowed on wild-card weekend by a QB who threw for just 72 yards. Drew Brees, who turns 41 this month, followed up what might have been his best season ever with a dud that featured his...
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San Francisco 49ers' Joe Staley spikes the football after a touchdown run by Raheem Mostert against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 06, 2020 - 4:58 pm
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Staley was moved to tears as he ran off the field during the San Francisco 49ers' division-clinching win in Seattle to end the regular season. Years of lopsided losses to the Seahawks, losing records and an injury-plagued 2019 season when the Niners finally got back...
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LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) runs through attempted tackles by Oklahoma safeties Pat Fields (10) and Justin Broiles (25) during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
January 06, 2020 - 4:24 pm
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Clemson's Travis Etienne have much more in common than their Louisiana backgrounds heading into the national title game. Both are smallish running backs who were overlooked at times in high school but have emerged as critical factors for next...
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Seattle Seahawks' Jadeveon Clowney (90) hits Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
January 06, 2020 - 9:46 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz waited four years to make his first playoff start. The Eagles' franchise QB took only eight snaps before he ended another postseason on the sidelines. Wentz was speared in the back of the head on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney —...
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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry leaves the field after winning an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the New England Patriots, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
January 05, 2020 - 8:12 pm
Working overtime paid off for Minnesota and Houston this weekend. Seattle avoided the extra session and made it a wild-card bonanza, with three of the four road teams winning. One day after the Texans rallied from a 16-0 deficit to beat Buffalo 22-19 in an AFC wild-card game, the Vikings stunned...
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January 05, 2020 - 6:54 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Garrett is out as coach of the Dallas Cowboys after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team in a make-or-break season. The Cowboys made it official Sunday. Garrett had the second-longest tenure with the franchise at 9½ seasons behind Tom Landry’s 29 years...
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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
January 05, 2020 - 3:49 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has been cleared to play with an injured kidney for the NFC wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Ertz, the team’s leading receiver with 88 catches for 916 yards, will be in the lineup Sunday. He injured his ribs and kidneys...
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Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, right, congratulates running back Derrick Henry after his touchdown dive in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the New England Patriots, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
January 05, 2020 - 1:23 am
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel posted himself outside the locker room following Tennessee's 20-13 wild-card playoff win over the New England Patriots and waited. He wanted to personally shake the hand of every member of his team as they came off the field. Between the flood of...
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