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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, left, is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Harvey Langi during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong )

Chargers still learning how to put teams away in second half

Nov. 23, 2020 7:45 PM EST

The Los Angeles Chargers proved on Sunday that they can finally hang on to a lead. The next step is making sure opponents don't make it too close at the end. Los Angeles had a 31-13 lead midway through the third quarter against the Jets before New York was able to rally a bit. They were within one score at 34-26...

A fan wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus cheers during Game 2 of the Korean Series, the Korea Baseball Organization's championship round, between Doosan Bears and NC Dinos at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: UAlbany women's hoops postpones first 3 games

Nov. 23, 2020 7:18 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The University at Albany women’s basketball team has postponed its first three games following a surge of the novel coronavirus in the university community. UAlbany enacted a full campus pause on Nov. 10 and the women's...

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree (48) and linebacker T.J. Watt, right, celebrate a big play against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Tunnel vision: Unbeaten Steelers focused on 1-0, not 16-0

Nov. 23, 2020 6:41 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger doesn't want to get into the comparison game. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback doesn't see the point. So while the wins keep piling up — the latest a drama-free 27-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday that pushed Pittsburgh to 10-0 — Roethlisberger...

Green Bay Packers' Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts' Khari Willis (37) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Packers' recent performances reveal their inconsistency

Nov. 23, 2020 6:16 PM EST

The good news for the Green Bay Packers is that they still hold a two-game edge over Chicago Bears in the NFC North heading into their Sunday night showdown. But that healthy lead can't cover up all this team's flaws. The Packers (7-3) hardly looked like Super Bowl candidates while blowing a two-touchdown...

Darnold's shoulder remains big question mark for 0-10 Jets

Nov. 23, 2020 5:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold might be back under center for the winless New York Jets. Well, possibly. Maybe. The quarterback has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, and there was some optimism that he could return to face Miami on Sunday. Darnold is still going through an interval throwing...

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts after failing to complete a pass on fourth down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

It's looking like a different kind of December for Patriots

Nov. 23, 2020 5:44 PM EST

Well, at least the New England Patriots have plenty of experience playing in meaningless December games. The 11-time defending AFC East champions may still have a mathematical chance of making the playoffs this season. But for all practical purposes, they are playing out the string after losing on Sunday to the...

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Raiders fall short at end in prime-time showdown vs. Chiefs

Nov. 23, 2020 5:43 PM EST

Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders went toe to toe in splitting two games with Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. If the Raiders want to get another chance at Kansas City in the postseason, the offense will need to maintain its high level of efficiency while getting...

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) dives into the end zone as Tennessee Titans cornerback Breon Borders tries to stop him on a 2-point conversion catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Sinking Ravens have Ingram, Dobbins test positive for COVID

Nov. 23, 2020 5:27 PM EST

The Baltimore Ravens experienced another outbreak of COVID-19 on Monday, providing an additional burden for a team that's trending downward following a 5-1 start. Coach John Harbaugh said running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins have tested positive for COVID-19, and injured defensive tackle Brandon Williams...

Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (3) celebrates making the game winning field goal in overtime of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Rookies make big impact as Colts stay in playoff contention

Nov. 23, 2020 5:19 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As safety Julian Blackmon studied his new Indianapolis Colts playbook last spring, one thought kept running through his mind: Defensive Rookie of the Year. Even though he was still rehabbing from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee; even though he slid to the third round...

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) throws under pressure from Miami Dolphins defensive end Zach Sieler during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Fangio's patience with Lock pays off in big win for Broncos

Nov. 23, 2020 5:16 PM EST

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Good thing Vic Fangio doesn’t have a quick hook. His patience with his young quarterback paid off in the Denver Broncos' biggest win of the season. Drew Lock got off to another horrid start Sunday when he misfired on his first six passes, one of which was picked off for his...