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Peppers tells Panthers he wants to leave

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After spending his entire life in North Carolina, Julius Peppers wants out. The four-time Pro Bowl defensive end has decided he won’t sign a long-term deal with …


Steelers-Ravens should produce blood, guts

No amount of scrubbing can sanitize the AFC championship game. There’s nothing the NFL can do to get the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers to be nice to each …


Waiter, give me some Super treat

Time to start deciding what would look best on the menu for Super Bowl. No, no. Not the eternal dilemma between salsa and cheese dip for the taco chips. Which …


Ravens QB Flacco minimizes his mistakes

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Joe Flacco has been making headlines this postseason for what he hasn’t done. In two games, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback has completed only 44 percent of …


Hobbled Eagle plays on

PHILADELPHIA – Brian Westbrook walks around slowly, often with a limp. He watches practices from the sideline, needing the extra rest to be ready for game days. Injuries have limited …


Hawks hire Prince as WR coach

RENTON, Wash. – Robert Prince was hired Tuesday as the Seattle Seahawks’ new wide receivers coach, and coach Jim Mora is retaining a dozen members of predecessor Mike Holmgren’s staff. …


Cardinals continue their run as Team of Destiny

The first part of this column will be a celebration of my Team of Destiny, the improbable, incorrigible Arizona Cardinals. The second part of this column will be a concession …


Patriots may put franchise tag on quarterback Cassel

The New England Patriots plan to put the franchise tag on quarterback Matt Cassel, according to a published report. Cassel’s future hinges heavily on Tom Brady’s recovery from a season-ending …


Seahawks lose to Cardinals in Holmgren’s last game as coach

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The eyes gave away coach Mike Holmgren’s true emotions Sunday. With just over eight minutes remaining in a game that had slipped away from the Seattle Seahawks, …


Eagles beat odds

PHILADELPHIA — Donovan McNabb flexed his muscles, seemingly mocking Terrell Owens. The always stoic Andy Reid played cheerleader, encouraging the crowd to make noise. Many fans may not want the …


Lions complete ‘perfect’ 0-16 season

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The silence in the Detroit Lions’ locker room was so deafening it drowned out all but the most mundane of sounds. No laughter, no post-game jokes, …


Playoff picture in focus

From the ugliness of 1-15 to the beauty of an AFC East title. That’s the Miami Dolphins’ story this season. The tale was nearly as good for the Atlanta Falcons, …


Miami back in playoffs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Chad Pennington was in the opposing locker room at the stadium where he spent the first eight years of his career, a big smile peeking out …


Bolts buck Broncos to win division

The Chargers won the NFL’s weakest division with an 8-8 record, becoming the first team to go from 4-8 to the playoffs by routing the Denver Broncos 52-21 at San …


Brees finishes 15 yards shy of Marino’s mark

Drew Brees was comfortable with falling just short of breaking the NFL single-season passing record. The New Orleans Saints quarterback finished 15 yards shy of Dan Marino’s mark, but still …


These guys stand out

It is one thing to be invited to the Pro Bowl. It is another to be invited into a foxhole. These are the players who I would want next to …


Someone must win West

SAN DIEGO – This one’s for all the mediocrity. More than three months after referee Ed Hochuli’s blown call allowed Denver to beat San Diego, the increasingly bitter rivals will …


Hawks look to set tone

The last time the Arizona Cardinals went into a game against the Seattle Seahawks, they were trying to put the final nail into the coffin of the NFC West’s defending …


Drama surrounds NFL finales

It’s the final day of the regular season, a day of many “ifs” because of all the playoff permutations. If Team X wins and Teams Y and Z lose, then …


Coach Faulk ‘a sight to see’

The prospect of former teammate Marshall Faulk becoming an NFL head coach, as some have speculated recently, brought a broad smile to wide receiver Torry Holt’s face. “That would be …


Ex-Bronco Lepsis gives up drugs for faith

DENVER – Matt Lepsis was living the good life last season, making millions in the NFL and finally fitting in when he locked himself in a closet and screamed for …


The NFL matchups

Bears at Texans Time: 10 a.m. Line: Texans by 3.


Wallace keeps things in perspective

RENTON, Wash. – The pain would only last 10 hours. That’s what Seneca Wallace told himself as he sat in a chair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a …


NFL MVP? Your guess as good as any

There is no easy, obvious or logical choice for NFL MVP. As a voter for the Associated Press, I’m going to file a ballot Sunday night with my selection for …


Cowboys still America’s Team

According to the numbers that come into Nielsen Media Research, which measures what people are watching on television, the Dallas Cowboys are still America’s Team. “I’m not surprised,” said Tom …


Hanson gives Detroit one bright spot

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The winless Detroit Lions don’t have much to be proud about. Jason Hanson is an exception. He has made an NFL-high 95.5 percent of his field …


Exiting Holmgren keeps promise to family

SEATTLE – Mike Holmgren is happily leaving the job he’s loved and mastered for the last 17 years in the NFL. The reason is on the second floor of the …


Welker fined for snow angel

NFL receiving leader Wes Welker has been fined $10,000 for making a “snow angel” after scoring a touchdown for the New England Patriots last Sunday. Welker, who leads the league …


Police search Burress’ home

TOTOWA, N.J. — The bloody pants that Plaxico Burress wore when he accidentally shot himself last month, plus a handgun, a rifle and an assortment of ammunition were seized Tuesday …


Mora focused on job at hand

RENTON, Wash. – As the Seattle Seahawks began their final week of game preparations on Tuesday afternoon, head coach Mike Holmgren stood in the middle of it all with his …