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Tim Dahlberg: Lessons learned young propel Patrick Mahomes to greatness

Long before he ever dreamed of playing football for a living, much less playing in the Super Bowl, Patrick Mahomes tagged along with his dad as he bounced around the …


Super Bowl notebook: Kurt Warner wonders how good Patrick Mahomes can be once taps potential

Two-time NFL MVP and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner can’t wait to find out just how good reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes can be.


Kansas City fans under closer scrutiny for chants, ‘tomahawk chops’

While other sports teams using Native American nicknames and imagery have faced decades of protests and boycotts, the Kansas City Chiefs have largely slid under the radar


History and excitement: a nice mix for the Super Bowl

Few Super Bowls in recent memory have appeared as competitive as the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs. No wonder there’s a little more buzz about this one.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

49ers’ Raheem Mostert surfed his way on long wave to NFL success

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert was the breakout star of the NFC championship game after running for 220 yards and four touchdowns in the victory over Green Bay.


Overhauled Chiefs defense under Steve Spagnuolo rises to occasion

Perhaps no defensive coordinator in the NFL had more pressure on him than Steve Spagnuolo this season. That might go for any assistant coach in any sport.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

NFL’s Saints accused of helping shape clergy sex abuse list

The New Orleans Saints say they only did “minimal” public relations work on the area’s Roman Catholic sexual abuse crisis, but attorneys suing the church allege hundreds of confidential Saints …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Katie Sowers trailblazer as 1st woman coach at Super Bowl

Katie Sowers says being the first woman and openly gay coach to work the Super Bowl feels a bit surreal.


Tim Dahlberg: Player safety a cost of an expanded season

The more players are hit, the more they’re hurt. It’s a simple fact of football that all the talk about concussion protocol, improved helmets and rule changes won’t change.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Chiefs, Niners healthy as final prep for Super Bowl begins

Running back Tevin Coleman returned to practice Wednesday as the San Francisco 49ers began final preparations for the Super Bowl, while the Kansas City Chiefs had everyone on the field …


Super Bowl notebook: Chiefs’ practice facility left home alone in Kansas City

When the Chiefs won their first AFC championship in 50 years, chairman Clark Hunt and the rest of his ownership family decided that they would bring everyone associated with the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Dieter Kurtenbach: The real reason Patrick Mahomes is the Steph Curry of the NFL

At this juncture in the two-week buildup to Super Bowl LIV, we’re running low on original adjectives and superlatives to attach to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Roger Goodell: Diversity in NFL coach/executive hirings must improve

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stopped short of saying the Rooney Rule is not working.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

AP source: Browns part ways with execs Eliot Wolf, Alonzo Highsmith

Andrew Berry has quickly gotten to work on restructuring the Browns. In a drastic way.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Hall of Fame DE Chris Doleman dies at age 58

Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman, who became one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers during 15 seasons in the league, has died.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

NFL tries to dispel mystery around sideline medical tent

The NFL’s blue medical tent on each sideline is a place no player ever wants to go, and everyone else would love to sneak inside for a peek.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

AP analysis: NFL teams lost over $500M to injuries in 2019

According to an Associated Press study, NFL teams paid more than a half-billion dollars to Week 1 starters who missed games because of injuries this season and players who ended …


Super Bowl notes: NFL dealing with social media hackers

The NFL has been dealing with hackers, not someone trying to peak into the league’s records or team playbooks. The hackers apparently attacked social media accounts.


Tim Dahlberg: Super Bowl streak ends at age 89 for Jerry Izenberg

Jerry Izenberg can still write, as anyone who reads his columns in the Star-Ledger in New Jersey knows. Just the other day he wrote a good one about an aging …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

‘We’re really nobody’: San Francisco 49ers take underdog mentality to heart against high-flying Chiefs

If you thought the 49ers are seizing on an underdog mentality for Super Bowl 54, you’re right, and Jimmie Ward is more than happy to say so.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs embracing loose locker room culture on Super Bowl run

If you’re planning to walk through the Kansas City Chiefs locker room between lunch and their typical afternoon practice, you might want to grab someone’s helmet.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020

Pro Bowl packed with pending free agents like Drew Brees, Derrick Henry

A number of Pro Bowlers are about to get paid. And not just the relative pocket change ($35,000 or $70,000) that comes with competing in the NFL’s annual all-star game …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020

Larry Stone: What’s next? Russell Wilson’s ‘goofball’ persona remains the Seahawks’ best offseason story line

Russell Wilson tweeted the other day that it “makes me sick” not to be still playing in pursuit of a Super Bowl title.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

NFL’s Saints seek to shield PR help to church in sex crisis

The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area’s …


NFL says number of concussions increased slightly in 2019

The NFL said on Thursday that the number of concussions players suffered increased slightly this season over 2018.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Jimmy Garoppolo gets 49ers to Super Bowl with handoffs not throws

Maybe it was fitting that Jimmy Garoppolo did his best Bob Griese impersonation in the victory that sent the San Francisco 49ers to Griese’s old stomping grounds in Miami for …


Terrell Suggs aiming for Super Bowl after joining Chiefs last month

There was a moment during practice last week, while the Kansas City Chiefs were prepping for their AFC title game against Tennessee, that caused linebackers coach Matt House to seek …


Long lines at Pro Bowl to get Lamar Jackson’s autograph, picture

Fans chanted Lamar Jackson’s name throughout two days of practice at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports and clamored for his autograph before and after workouts. To get a picture, fans …


AP source: Vikings make Gary Kubiak offensive coordinator

The Minnesota Vikings have chosen Gary Kubiak as their offensive coordinator, filling the vacancy created by Kevin Stefanski’s departure to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns.


Brett Favre sees some of his own traits in Patrick Mahomes

Brett Favre sees some of his own traits as a football player in Patrick Mahomes. The mobility and passing outside the pocket, usually on the run. The willingness to stick …