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Hurdles cleared, Patriots head to 3rd straight Super Bowl

Jan. 21, 2019 9:46 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady smiled his way through the week leading up to Sunday's AFC championship game, mostly brushing aside questions about being an underdog for one of the few times during the Patriots' unprecedented run of titles. But when Rex Burkhead crossed the goal line for a 2-yard...

Rams' McVay knows PI call missed, but also saw Goff facemask

Jan. 21, 2019 9:27 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — When the Los Angeles Rams' team bus rolled into their suburban training complex after a boisterous flight from New Orleans, the players and coaches were greeted by rowdy fans welcoming home the new NFC champions in the middle of the night. The Rams and their fans lost some...

Dolphins must wait to seal deal with Patriots' Flores

Jan. 21, 2019 8:33 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — While the 2018 NFL champion has yet to be crowned, much of the league is already looking ahead to the 2019 season, and so far the Miami Dolphins are in last place. Las Vegas oddsmakers recently made the Dolphins a 300-1 choice to win the Super Bowl in Miami a year from now, by far the league's...

Florida hires former Redskins assistant Gray as CBs coach

Jan. 21, 2019 8:14 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has hired Torrian Gray as its cornerbacks coach, bringing him back to Gainesville to replace Charlton Warren. Warren left the Gators to take a similar position at rival Georgia. Gray, who has 19 years of coaching experience, worked at Florida during the 2016 season. He...

Saints start offseason with odd mix of bitterness, optimism

Jan. 21, 2019 6:29 PM EST

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints punter Thomas Morstead is having a tougher time taking the high road after a second consecutive season ended in stunned disappointment — this time because of officiating, rather than an opponent's late-game heroics. Morstead drew headlines for his sportsmanship —...

Pats-Chiefs second-most watched AFC title game in 42 years

Jan. 21, 2019 5:59 PM EST

Sunday night's game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs was the second-most watched and rated AFC championship game in 42 years. The overtime thriller on CBS averaged 53.919 million viewers, just shy of the 54.850 million that viewed Pittsburgh's victory over the New York Jets in 2011. The...

Bears hire Monachino as senior assistant, OLBs coach

Jan. 21, 2019 5:35 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino as senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach. Monachino worked for new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis and with him on John Harbaugh's staff in...

Saints owner vows to pursue changes in NFL policies

Jan. 21, 2019 5:28 PM EST

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints owner Gayle Benson says she pledges to aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies that will promote more "fairness and integrity." Benson says it's clear the Saints were "unfairly deprived" of a trip to the Super Bowl by the inaction of game officials "charged with creating a...

Titans promote tight ends assistant to offensive coordinator

Jan. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel has stayed inside the Tennessee Titans' organization for his new offensive coordinator, promoting tight ends assistant Arthur Smith to the job vacated when Matt LaFleur left for the Green Bay Packers' head coaching job. Vrabel announced the promotion Monday, saying he's...

Prop bets popular for Super Bowl, but NFL wants them gone

Jan. 21, 2019 4:25 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Many Americans in places where sports betting is legal for the first time are beginning to make wagers on the Super Bowl, including some bets on the performances of individual athletes. But if the National Football League had its way, bets on things like passing touchdowns for...