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FILE - Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith instructs his players during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn., in this Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, file photo. The New York Jets interviewed Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, for their head coaching vacancy. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Falcons pick Titans offensive coordinator Smith as new coach

Jan. 15, 2021 9:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have chosen offense and youth as the calling cards of their new coach. Atlanta agreed to terms with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Friday to become the team's head coach. Smith, only 38, has no experience as a head coach. The Falcons' last...

FILE - Cleveland Browns offensive guard Joel Bitonio (75) blocks in the third quarter an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cleveland, in this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, file photo. Browns Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio will be activated from the COVID-19 list Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, after missing last week’s playoff win over Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Browns' Bitonio 'pumped' for playoff debut after COVID-19

Jan. 15, 2021 7:26 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Joel Bitonio's neighbors set off fireworks late Sunday night after the Browns stunned the Steelers in the wild-card game. The loud bangs signified something more for the Pro Bowl guard — a second chance. Cleveland's longest-tenured player, Bitonio was activated from the COVID-19...

NFL suspends Bears DL Edwards Jr. 2 games

Jan. 15, 2021 7:09 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFL suspended Chicago Bears defensive linemen Mario Edwards Jr. for the first two games next season Friday for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances. Edwards, who is not under contract for 2021, will be able to participate in preseason practices...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2021, file photo, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) runs off of the line of scrimmage during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cleveland. Garrett has nothing but respect for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a generational talent on another level from other players in the NFL. (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin, File)

Browns' Garrett 'due,' wants to leave impression on Mahomes

Jan. 15, 2021 6:34 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett has only respect for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a generational talent on another level from other players in the NFL. Reverence aside, Garrett hopes to make Mahomes remember meeting him in the playoffs. Forever. “I want him to be able to go home when he has...

Josh Gordon's reinstatement rescinded, suspension resumes

Jan. 15, 2021 5:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The conditional reinstatement of wide receiver Josh Gordon has been rescinded by the NFL, and Gordon is once again under suspension. The change in Gordon’s status was listed on the NFL’s official transactions on Friday. Gordon was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in September...

Foxboro Police Officer Brendan Fayles checks in at the Putnam Clubhouse at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. to receive his coronavirus vaccination Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The first large scale vaccination site for the coronavirus in Massachusetts is being held at Gillette Stadium. A soft launch was held Friday before officially opening Monday, Jan. 18 for first responders and health care workers to receive the Moderna vaccine. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

Gov. Baker: Feds need to do a better job on vaccine pipeline

Jan. 15, 2021 5:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government needs to do a better job letting states know how much vaccine they can expect to receive so they can best plan how to vaccinate the most vulnerable populations before expanding to the general public, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. Currently Massachusetts...

Injured Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller uses a scooter to maneuver around as his teammates warm up before taking part in drills during an NFL football practice Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Von Miller under investigation by police in suburb of Denver

Jan. 15, 2021 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Broncos linebacker Von Miller is under investigation by police in a Denver suburb. Parker Police Department spokesman Josh Hans confirmed the investigation Friday, but couldn’t provide additional details. Hans wrote in an email that, “if the investigation determines a crime has...

Atlanta Falcons say Arthur Smith has agreed to be next coach

Jan. 15, 2021 4:59 PM EST
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons say Arthur Smith has agreed to be next coach.
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) defends a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during the second half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Top cornerbacks standing out on NFL's Super Bowl hopefuls

Jan. 15, 2021 4:36 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — When Brandon Staley looks at the defenses on the remaining eight teams in the NFL playoffs, the Los Angeles Rams' defensive coordinator sees several top-notch groups with several qualities in common. Yet one element stands apart — quite literally at times. Nearly every...

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson dives for extra yardage during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chiefs aim for quicker starts as they begin title defense

Jan. 15, 2021 3:48 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have proven that they can overcome just about any deficit in the postseason. That doesn't mean they want to keep doing it. Of all the points of emphasis this weekend, when the Chiefs play the Cleveland Browns for a spot in their third straight AFC championship...