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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

Eagles have landed: Eastern Washington players in Super Bowl is nothing new

In his early days as an NFL player in Buffalo, Kurt Schulz got many puzzled looks when he talked about his college alma mater.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 1:48 p.m.

Lots of questions for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, not a lot of answers

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was faced with a blitz of officiating questions at his State of the NFL news conference. He also was asked about the effectiveness of the Rooney …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Aaron Neary soaks in Super Bowl experience as part of Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad

Playing deeper into the winter than he has, Aaron Neary relished what was anything but a normal bye last week in Los Angeles.


‘Bromance’ of Tom Brady, Julian Edelman key to Patriots success

Teammates have called their relationship a “bromance.” Tom Brady himself openly uses the word love to describe the bond between himself and Julian Edelman, a receiver that he’s come to …


Todd Gurley says he taught Sony Michel to ‘run and catch’ at Georgia

Rams running back Todd Gurley and Patriots running back Sony Michel were college teammates at Georgia in 2014. Gurley took a good-natured jab at Michel when he said he had …


Matthew Slater carries proud family football tradition

Matthew Slater is more than halfway to his father’s longevity as an NFL player. He doesn’t plan to equal it. The star special teamer of the New England Patriots just …


Rams’ Brandin Cooks grabs 2nd shot at Super Bowl after Patriots trade

Brandin Cooks played for the Patriots in last season’s Super Bowl, and he will play for the Los Angeles Rams against New England this week. The 25-year-old receiver has put …


Texans QB Deshaun Watson surprises mom with home renovation

Deshaun Watson’s mother Deann Watson spent years encouraging him to chase his dreams. Watson has achieved one of his biggest goals of reaching the NFL. Now the Houston Texans quarterback …


Paul Newberry: How will brash Rams cope with wily ol’ Patriots?

The guys from LA seemed to enjoy the spectacle. The silly questions. The ridiculous antics. The carnival-like atmosphere. Why wouldn’t they? It’s all new to most of them.


In the younger, cheaper NFL, Super Bowl champs get cut, too

The NFL’s inexorable trend of going younger and cheaper does not bypass the best in the league. An Associated Press analysis of Super Bowl champions over the past seven years …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Super Stories: Jerry Kramer instilled Vince Lombardi’s ideas into his daily life

His first recollections of the city were these: “I was operated on in Spokane when I shot myself with a shotgun, and I was also operated on at Deaconess (Hospital) …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

With 44 newbies, Pro Bowl could be more intense than usual

Forty-four players are making their Pro Bowl debuts. That’s half the AFC and NFC rosters. With so many newcomers on hand, it’s anyone’s guess how intense the NFL all-star game …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman will pay NFL fine for infamous hit

Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman plans to pay an NFL fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC championship game. The Rams’ slot cornerback …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

Super Stories: Mark Rypien proved his worth to Washington Redskins in Super Bowl-winning season

Mark Rypien’s greatest NFL season started out sketchy. His team’s owner, Jack Kent Cooke, called him “a bloody idiot.”


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Michael Dickson and other Seahawks things to know about the Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl isn’t where any of the Seahawks wanted to be playing Sunday.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

A Super Bowl shutout? Don’t bet on it

Anyone willing to wager that the high-scoring Patriots or Rams will get shut out in the Super Bowl can count on a big payday if that unlikely scenario occurs. William …


Patriots controlling clock, third downs during playoffs

The Patriots’ biggest weapon on offense this postseason has been their ability to keep the ball out of the hands of their opponent. New England’s commitment and success in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 3:12 p.m.

Carolina QB Cam Newton has surgery on throwing shoulder

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had arthroscopic surgery on his right throwing shoulder. The team announced the surgery on Thursday, saying Newton’s rehabilitation process will begin immediately. There was no …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Football great Joe Montana looking to score with marijuana

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is looking to hit pay dirt in the legal marijuana industry. San Jose, California-based Caliva announced Thursday that the Hall of Fame quarterback’s venture …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:31 p.m.

Ray Lewis back at an Atlanta Super Bowl 19 years after arrest

Ray Lewis is coming back to Atlanta for another Super Bowl. It was after a Super Bowl party in 2000 when Lewis was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated …


Les Snead’s big bets on Rams’ future pay off in Super Bowl trip

Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead decided last year that his team had to jump through the championship window that had suddenly appeared. So they went out and added …


Patriots’ defense back on track heading into Super Bowl

It hasn’t been perfect, but after a slow start the Patriots have stabilized a defense that gave up 25 or more points four times in its first eight games and …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

Security inside stadium and out for Super Bowl in Atlanta

Legions of police and federal agents will be protecting Super Bowl fans inside and outside the Atlanta stadium hosting Super Bowl 53. Authorities won’t discuss specifics of their security plan. …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 1:05 p.m.

Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals for 16th season

Star receiver Larry Fitzgerald is returning to the Arizona Cardinals for a 16th season. The Cardinals announced they signed the 35-year-old Fitzgerald to a one-year contract. The future of the …


After tough year, Rob Gronkowski coming alive at right time for Pats

Even as Rob Gronkowski turned in a vintage performance with his big grabs down the stretch in the AFC championship game, the veteran Patriots tight end also did plenty of …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Chiefs fire defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after loss to Pats

The Chiefs have fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after a second-half collapse in the AFC championship game, including an overtime period in which Kansas City failed to stop the New …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Blown-call lawsuit seeks do-over of Rams-Saints game

It may be the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass: Two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders want a court-ordered do-over of the NFC championship game that sent the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

AP sources: NFL to consider expanding replay reviews

Two people with direct knowledge of the NFL’s plans tell The Associated Press that the league’s competition committee will consider expanding replay reviews to include certain penalties, including pass interference. …


Build it and the Super Bowl will come

Build it and the Super Bowl will come. While that’s not exactly how the sites of the NFL’s championship extravaganza are determined, it sure doesn’t hurt to have a brand …


Arnie Stapleton: Pats’, Rams’ titles not tarnished by bad officiating

The AFC and NFC championships won by the Patriots and Rams were not tarnished by bad officiating, according to Arnie Stapleton.