FILE - Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich stands on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, in this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, file photo. Reich, a former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, returns to Orchard Park, N.Y. for an NFL wild-card football game against the Bills on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
January 08, 2021 - 11:55 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich's heart never really left Buffalo. It was there where he orchestrated the largest comeback in NFL history, there where he won four straight AFC championships and there where he celebrated the births of two of his three daughters. So, of course, the Indianapolis Colts...
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FILE - In this Jan., 3, 2015 file photo, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, left, greets Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians before an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Charlotte, N.C. Rivera is now the coach of the Washington Football Team, and Arians is the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Those two teams meet in the wild-card round this weekend; Washington was 7-9 in the regular season. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
January 08, 2021 - 11:16 am
Ron Rivera loves a good catch phrase and is fond of using visual presentations to convey messages to his players. So linebacker Thomas Davis figured that, sooner or later, the man who led Washington to a division title despite a losing record would refer to that time he led Carolina to a division...
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FILE - This Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 file photo shows a general view of a social distancing message on display outside the Villa Park stadium, home of Aston Villa, in Birmingham, England. Aston Villa has on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 reported a “significant” coronavirus outbreak and closed its training ground a day before a scheduled FA Cup home game against Liverpool. Villa says “discussions are ongoing between medical representatives of the club, the Football Association and the Premier League.” (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, file)
January 08, 2021 - 8:59 am
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Ten players from Aston Villa's squad are isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to field youth players for its FA Cup match against Liverpool on Friday. Villa said the third-round game against the English champions will go ahead as...
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FILE - In this Tuesday March 3, 2020 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A special prosecutor in Switzerland on Thursday Dec. 10, 2020, has recommended opening  a criminal investigation against FIFA President Gianni Infantino for using a private jet in 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
January 08, 2021 - 7:05 am
Human rights activists are denouncing FIFA President Gianni Infantino's starring turn in a promotional video for the Saudi Arabian government in which he claims the kingdom has made important changes. The slick 3½-minute PR campaign was posted on Twitter by the Saudi ministry of sport on Thursday,...
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Nashville Police Chief John Drake, left, joins a group of police officers as they embrace after speaking at a news conference Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The officers are part of a group of officers credited with evacuating people before an explosion took place in downtown Nashville early Christmas morning. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
January 08, 2021 - 4:55 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The six first responders who evacuated residents before the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville will be the “Honorary 12th Titans” for Tennessee’s home game on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. “While we can never thank these officers enough for their heroic acts...
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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Edwin Baker (27) loses his helmet as he is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Will Allen (20) in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 20-7. Whether playing in Three Rivers Stadium or at Heinz Field, most of Cleveland's trips down the Turnpike and across the Pennsylvania state line have not gone well. The Browns are just 6-41 on their visits to the Steel City since 1970. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)
January 08, 2021 - 3:34 am
Will Allen won a national championship at Ohio State 18 years ago and played nearly all of his 12 seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers. His former teams have quite a busy weekend. Led by Tom Brady, the Buccaneers (11-5) are in the playoffs for the first time...
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Philadelphia Eagles' Zach Ertz (86), Brandon Graham (55) and Carson Wentz (11), walk off the field after their 37-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 27. 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
January 08, 2021 - 2:22 am
In a league governed by a salary cap, finding productive players on low-cost rookie deals or bargained-based veterans can be the key to success in the NFL. The teams taking the field for the playoffs this month all have plenty good deals to help along the way whether it’s a star quarterback on a...
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January 08, 2021 - 12:00 am
Amnesty critical of FIFA leader starring in Saudi PR video Ronaldo plans 'many years' playing as 36th birthday looms Neymar to travel for World Cup qualifying despite injury Abreu hits 3 HRs, 5 in 2 days; Chisox top Cubs, 7th W in row 4 games per day in group stage of 2022 World Cup in Qatar Trio...
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FILE - Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, left, and offensive coordinator Joe Brady watch from the sideline during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Charlotte, N.C., in this, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, file photo. Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady is becoming a popular name for NFL teams seeking to fill head coaching vacancies. A person familiar with the situation says the Chargers, Falcons and Texans have all asked for and received permission from the Panthers to interview Brady for their head coaching jobs. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt, File)
January 07, 2021 - 10:06 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have interviewed a pair of offensive coordinators, Nathaniel Hackett of the Green Bay Packers and Joe Brady of the Carolina Panthers, for their head coaching job. The Falcons conducted a virtual interview with Hackett on Thursday, one day after meeting virtually...
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A worker cleans seats in Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
January 07, 2021 - 9:26 pm
Regular-season ratings for NFL games declined this season following two straight years of increases. But in a year that saw the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and a presidential election, the 7% decrease isn't as bad as the league and its broadcast partners feared before the season began...
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