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Two NFL players remain missing; one man rescued

The Coast Guard on Monday narrowed the search area for two NFL players and a third man missing since a weekend fishing trip off the Florida Gulf Coast after crews …


Search narrows for NFL players off Fla. Gulf Coast

TAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard says it has narrowed the search area for two NFL players and another man whose overturned boat was found off the Florida Gulf Coast.


Coast Guard searches for NFL players

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Coast Guard searched off Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday for a fishing boat carrying NFL players Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper and two other men missing …


Patriots trade Cassel, Vrabel to Chiefs

The New England Patriots sent Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs and a message to their own fans: Don’t worry about Tom Brady’s knee. One question, though, remained.


Buccaneers release older veterans before deadline

Eleven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks was released by the Buccaneers on Wednesday, part of a purge of veterans to help Tampa Bay get ready for free agency. Cut along …


Different routes, same destination

INDIANAPOLIS – Patrick Chung and Rulon Davis arrived at this week’s NFL scouting combine with wildly different perspectives. Chung, the 21-year-old safety from Oregon, describes himself as cocky and ready …


Harrison, Colts may be done

INDIANAPOLIS – Marvin Harrison’s reluctance to take a pay cut could mark the end of his career in Indianapolis. Colts president Bill Polian told reporters Sunday at the NFL’s annual …


Panthers tag Peppers

Julius Peppers was slapped with the franchise player tag by Carolina on Thursday, making it more difficult for the star defensive end to get his wish and leave the Panthers. …


Aloha means goodbye for Pro Bowl in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, Hawaii – The Pro Bowl is bidding aloha to the islands after Sunday’s game following a 30-year run. Next year’s Pro Bowl will be played in Miami a week …


Big Ben a worthy hero

The last time he was at the Super Bowl, Ben Roethlisberger knew he barely survived. Three years ago, he was the kid who was being asked to simply manage a …


Amazing battle of big plays

TAMPA, Fla. – Within seconds everything kept changing. This is how it is in today’s NFL. The greatness doesn’t come over long drives with plenty of grinding and banging by …


Warner’s chance at history comes up short

TAMPA, Fla. – As the ball slipped out of his hand and to the plush turf with 7 seconds to play, the chance for history was lost for Kurt Warner. …


Pittsburgh sets black-and-gold NFL standard

TAMPA, Fla. – They stand alone now, as true royalty must. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the Yankees. Without the tabloid headlines.


Norman Chad: Team of Destiny reaches end of run in Tampa

On this day of destiny, the Team of Destiny had a date with destiny. Alas, the Pittsburgh Steelers spit in destiny’s face and chewed up destiny’s darlings. And, so, my …


Steely determination

TAMPA, Fla. – When the Pittsburgh Steelers won their fifth Super Bowl three years ago, the franchise dubbed it “one for the thumb.” Sunday night’s 27-23 victory over the Arizona …


Title contest features contrasts

TAMPA, Fla. – Dynasty vs. doormat. The Pittsburgh Steelers have signified success in the Super Bowl era with their stable ownership, brilliant coaching and throwback style. A victory today would …


Rush toward the title

TAMPA, Fla. – For the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers, today’s Super Bowl is about the rush. For Arizona, it will be rushing the ball to give quarterback Kurt Warner …


Super Bowl catalyzes two distinct groups

If you need convincing that Super Bowl Sunday has evolved into a national holiday, consider this: It’s now possible to hear arguments about the proper way to observe the occasion. …


Innovator LeBeau never shows his age

TAMPA, Fla. – He is a master of disguise, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau once was actor Michael Caine’s double in a movie. …


Aches gone, but memories still fresh for Hornung, Sayers

Paul Hornung and Gale Sayers share assorted memories and stories, membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an agent, 40-year-old aches and duties as the featured guests at Sunday’s …


Sackmasters head Hall of Fame finalists

TAMPA, Fla. – The art of the sack was never lost on these five guys: Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas, Claude Humphrey, Richard Dent and John Randle. Among the greatest practitioners …


Goodell: NFL not immune

TAMPA, Fla. – Despite fears of a worsening economy and potential labor problems, commissioner Roger Goodell tried to be upbeat Friday. In his state of the NFL address at the …


Hair-raising tales expected in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – Try this in high school or at the mall, and you’d have an all-out brawl. But at the Super Bowl, it’s perfectly OK: Go ahead and grab …


NFL mom is son’s No. 1 cheerleader

Like millions of football fans this Sunday, Spokane’s Cynthia Bracey-Coleman will be sitting in her living room with friends watching the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Arizona Cardinals in the …


Steelers, Cards not above trick plays

TAMPA, Fla. – Trickery has a place at the Super Bowl, and the Steelers and Cardinals aren’t above using it to win. Yes, both teams’ repertoires are spiced with shenanigans. …


Super Bowl has first Australian

TAMPA, Fla. – He will be the first Australian to play in the Super Bowl. A punter with a former life in Australian Rules Football, which could make him a …


Harrison lets play do talking

TAMPA, Fla. – Troy Polamalu looked down from his podium at a 10-deep crush of media. Well, at least some of the questioners were actually reporters. Ben Roethlisberger’s audience was …


Cardinals, Steelers hit Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – The pilot of their airplane stuck a team flag out the cockpit window as the Arizona Cardinals landed in a place few could have imagined. Ever.


Cards live Chad’s dream

In James Brooks’ fabulous 1987 film, “Broadcast News,” William Hurt’s character asks, “What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?” To which Albert Brooks’ character responds, “Keep …


Foes once joined forces

TAMPA, Fla. – They wore hand-me-down jerseys, the little rips and tears widening with every loss. The holes at quarterback and kicker were more obvious. The brief World War II …