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Can Zac Taylor take long-suffering Bengals the next step?

Zac Taylor convinced the Bengals that he’s ready to be their head coach at a young age with little NFL coaching experience. Now he has to face another question: Can …


New coordinator, same offense for Marcus Mariota and Titans

Arthur Smith has worked for several head coaches, including four with the Tennessee Titans. He knows as well as anyone just how much turnover quarterback Marcus Mariota has dealt with …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title. A party atmosphere enveloped the city as fans clad …


Arnie Stapleton: No love for the defense in Super Bowl 53

In a Super Bowl snoozer featuring a single touchdown by victorious New England and the high-scoring, newfangled, all-the-rage Los Angeles Rams managing a measly three points, the MVP trophy went …


With wait over, Zac Taylor and Brian Flores become head coaches

After 16 years without a playoff win under Marvin Lewis, the Bengals decided to try something different. But they had to wait more than a month before hiring Zac Taylor …


Patriots’ coach Belichick joins Halas, Lambeau with 6 championships

Bill Belichick is now standing shoulder to shoulder with the NFL’s all-time greatest coaching icons.


President Donald Trump says he wouldn’t steer son Barron toward football

President Donald Trump says he wouldn’t steer son Barron toward football, saying it’s “a dangerous sport,” but also wouldn’t stand in the way if the soccer-playing 12-year-old wanted to put …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 10:09 a.m.

Shining moments: Former Eastern Washington standouts Samson Ebukam, Cooper Kupp came up clutch in prime time

EWU has produced dozens of NFL players over the last four decades, many who stuck around the league and experienced big games. Here’s a list of the seven most memorable …


Super Bowl start the latest stop in Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam’s journey

Now in his second year in the NFL, Ebukam is slated to start in a Super Bowl, something no other Eastern Washington player has done.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 11:20 p.m.

New England Patriots have habit of Super Bowl trips, Los Angeles Rams are newcomers

Hey, have you guys been here before? If you’re a New England Patriot, the answer pretty much is “all the time.” If you play for the Rams, the reply basically …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

‘We Not Me’ epitomizes Rams’ team-first culture under coach Sean McVay

The Los Angeles Rams had 13 consecutive non-winning seasons and no clear team culture before Sean McVay arrived two years ago.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 10:28 p.m.

Slam dunk: Tony Gonzalez makes Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Champ Bailey, Ed Reed, Ty Law

Towering tight end Tony Gonzalez is heading to the Hall of Fame, to be joined by three defensive backs who spent parts of their career trying to stop him. Champ …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes takes MVP and top offensive player awards

In his second pro season, Mahomes led Kansas City to its first AFC title game since 1993 with some of the most creative and clutch plays the league has seen …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

Perfect attendance: 3 fans to keep Super Bowl streak alive

Remember these hearty men – they are the three surviving members of the Never Miss a Super Bowl Club.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski still kicking entering 6th Super Bowl

Only two players on the New England Patriots’ 2018 roster – Tom Brady and Stephen Gostkowski – were around for each of their previous five Super Bowl appearances.


New Hampshire girl, a QB, gets 2 tickets to Super Bowl

A seventh-grade girl from New Hampshire who was bullied for playing quarterback on a youth football team is going to the Super Bowl courtesy of the New England Patriots.


After further (judicial) review: No do-over of Rams-Saints

A federal judge is refusing to order the NFL to implement a rule that could have led to a do-over of the NFC championship game between the New Orleans Saints …


Cowboys promote Kellen Moore to defensive coordinator, hire Jon Kitna as QB coach

Moore is replacing Scott Linehan after one season on the coaching staff, and just one year after retiring as a player.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 4:51 p.m.

Tom Brady, Jared Goff have massive age gap, but same Super Bowl dream

The wide-eyed, talented Jared Goff will try to lead his Los Angeles Rams past the grizzled, 41-year-old Tom Brady, who is looking to guide the New England Patriots to their …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Past and Future: Wade Phillips back at Super Bowl with Rams

Wade Phillips is in the Super Bowl for the second time in four years after making it just once in his first 37 seasons of NFL coaching. The Los Angeles …


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 …