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Chargers down 49ers in OT

Philip Rivers looked at the 21-point deficit on the scoreboard at halftime and even he wondered whether the San Diego Chargers had it in them to come back. The season depended on it, so Rivers took charge. He prevailed through a balky back and a sore chest to keep San ...

NFL postseason taking shape

Dec 20, 2014

NFL postseason taking shape

The Seattle Seahawks fly into Arizona on a four-game winning streak, looking very much like the Super Bowl championship team of a season ago. The Arizona Cardinals, already assured of a playoff berth, send a quarterback who wasn’t around a month ago against a ...

Titans lose again, eye top pick

Dec 19, 2014

Titans lose again, eye top pick

Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion. And Sen’Derrick Marks sealed it with the most rewarding sack of his career. The trio provided all the highlights in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. In ...

Dec 19, 2014

Harbaugh mum on Michigan report

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater. Harbaugh has one season remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in ...

Dec 18, 2014

Chryst named Wisconsin coach

Paul Chryst is coming home to coach Wisconsin. The school made it official on Wednesday, hiring Chryst away from Pittsburgh. The announcement ended days of speculation following the surprising departure of Gary Andersen for Oregon State. Chryst is a former Wisconsin offensive coordinator and ...

Dec 18, 2014

Luck lands NCAA executive post

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is joining the NCAA as executive vice president of regulatory affairs. The NCAA is creating a new position for Luck that will bring academic and membership affairs, the eligibility center and enforcement under one umbrella. He will oversee ...

Dec 18, 2014

Pettine responds to Kosar critique

Browns coach Mike Pettine calls former Cleveland quarterback Bernie Kosar’s harsh condemnation of the team’s front office “a little dramatic.” Kosar blasted the organization Monday, a day after the Browns were shut out by Cincinnati in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s starting debut. Pettine says ...

49ers release McDonald following latest run-in with law

Dec 18, 2014

49ers release McDonald following latest run-in with law

Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police. Baalke spoke with McDonald and his agent by phone around ...

Gordon stars on big stage

Dec 17, 2014

Gordon stars on big stage

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In a marquee matchup of American quarterbacks, which likely led fans to expect an aerial game, running back Gino Gordon stole the show with his stellar performance on the ground. Gordon rushed for 112 yards and scored four touchdowns to guide the Fujitsu Frontiers ...

Dec 16, 2014

Houston close to hiring Herman

A person familiar with the situation said that the University of Houston is negotiating with Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman to be its new head coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal hadn’t been completed. Houston fired coach Tony ...

Saints run over lowly Bears

Dec 16, 2014

Saints run over lowly Bears

Turns out all Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed to solve their problems was to show up in Chicago. Nothing like playing the Bears to break a slump. Even better, the Saints jumped into first place. Brees threw for 375 yards and ...