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Browns hire Kokinis as GM

CLEVELAND – Baltimore pro personnel director George Kokinis has been hired as Cleveland’s general manager, reuniting him with new Browns coach and close friend Eric Mangini. Kokinis, who began his …


Guy doesn’t dwell on Hall of Fame

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – After two hours of talking about his life and his days with the Oakland Raiders, Ray Guy turns to a waitress who’s been eavesdropping. “I bet you’d …


Steelers have support of President Obama

TAMPA, Fla. – President Barack Obama is a Bears fan who apparently will root for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. Why? Because Steelers owner Dan Rooney was a major …


Steelers know Fitz can give anyone fits

PITTSBURGH – There’s a lot of buzz this week among the Pittsburgh Steelers about the ability of 6-foot-3 Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals to “high point” the ball – …


Look beyond the stars in Super Bowl

For the key to the Super Bowl, look beyond the hair. The hair, of course, belongs to Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu – two of the biggest stars …


Destiny leads Cardinals to Super Bowl 43

In a 48-hour period that will change America forever, the Arizona Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl and Barack Obama is going to the White House. What price would …


Steelers will play for sixth title

PITTSBURGH – Tough and mean, like the original Steel Curtain. These Pittsburgh Steelers delivered too many hard hits and their quarterback was steady enough to outplay the kid and the …


Super Bowl TV ad sales still strong

The Super Bowl is on track to remain one big, glitzy bash even in these tough economic times. That’s not to say some advertisers aren’t nervous about buying expensive ad …


Unlikely finalists in NFC

GLENDALE, Ariz. – One by one, the players walked through the Arizona Cardinals’ spacious locker room showing off their “Prove It” T-shirts. They might as well have been Philadelphia Eagles, …


Steelers, Ravens set for rumble

PITTSBURGH – Let those other teams wear throwback uniforms. The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are throwback teams, descendants of the single-wing days of leather helmets, canvas pants and single-platoon …


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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …