Bill O’Brien says he expects to return for the 2018 season

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Ray Allen Jersey Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said he thinks he will be back for the 2018 season and has had positive and productive talks with owner Bob McNair about signing a contract extension during this offseason.

O’Brien reiterated that he enjoys being the head coach of the Texans and said he and the McNairs are having positive meetings about any changes that the organization will make in Smith’s absence. O’Brien repeated that the discussions are ongoing and that he is not yet sure how the organization will approach the upcoming season in the front office.

From what I heard, he said we were talking trash during the game, and he felt bad about what happened during the game, and he tried to contact me, said Brown, who had a tackle and a pass breakup in Alabama’s win. It didn’t happen. That didn’t happen at all. … That was a complete lie. But like I said, I appreciate it. I love it.

Brown also referred to the tombstone Clemson placed near its football complex to commemorate the win over Alabama in last season’s title game. Clemson displays similar tombstones for its top victories.

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Conklin takes over for Mike Ayers, who announced his retirement after a 30-year career as Wofford head coach.

Wofford president Dr. Nayef Samhat said he was delighted to have someone like Conklin who understands Wofford.

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Cowboys TE Jason Witten says he’s ‘coming back’ for 16th season

Over the final few weeks of the season, Jason Witten kept the possibility of not returning to the Dallas Cowboys for a 16th season open.

After Sunday’s 6-0 win against the Philadelphia Eagles, Witten ended any doubt.

“Oh, I’m back,” Witten said. “I’m coming back. I love playing this game too much and I know that I can play it at a high level.”

By returning in 2018, Witten will have more service time with the Cowboys than any player in team history. Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei each played 15 seasons with the Cowboys. Witten is already the team leader in most games played (239), most consecutive games played (235), most games started (229) and most consecutive games started (179).

“You take that player that has this big history of addiction and you put him in a locker room with a bunch of 20-year-olds and early 30-year-olds, let’s be honest, pro football players like to party, they like to go out and drink and that’s powerful and it’s difficult and it’s going to take a lot of self-control and discipline on Josh’s part to not slide back into that lifestyle.”

When we looked at it, rather than take a on it being still there and lingering or exacerbating training camp, we thought go ahead and get it done,” owner Jones said.went Canaan.There is no clear halfway point of the season anymore, of course, so I went with the first and last eight for each player.Maybe their scouts think he’ll become a right-handed Hernandez at first.

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Coming into 2017, expectations had never been higher for the Atlanta Falcons.

They just came off of a Super Bowl loss that you might have heard something about 锟斤拷 a blown lead of some sorts, but shook it off with a 3-0 start. Then the struggles returned.
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The offense looked stagnant under the team’s new offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian. Julio Jones wasn’t getting much action, losses to the Bills and Dolphins at home made frustrations grow, and a Super Bowl rematch shellacking against the Patriots brought that panic to a boil. The struggles left fans wishing for Kyle Shanahan back.

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But if they’re able to go on a stretch just as they did this time last season, we could be in for another impressive run by Atlanta.

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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on throwing instead of running the ball late in the loss to the Cardinals: I have to do a better job. We ran the ball on first down and we got greedy. I should have run the ball, run the clock out and gone to overtime. That’s my fault.

Falcons receiver Julio Jones on his 12-catch, 253-yard performance against the Buccaneers: I’m not a selfish guy, I’m not a stats guy.

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Texans left wondering what if 鈥?Injuries have decimated the Texans this season. Not only did they lose dynamic rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson with a torn ACL earlier this month, rookie running back D’Onta Foreman was lost for the year last week with a torn Achilles. On the other side of the ball, defensive end J.J. Watt is out for the year with an injured back and linebacker Whitney Mercilus ruptured a pectoral muscle in early October.

Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth and Heather Cox (field reporter) will call the Saints-Falcons game for NBC on Thursday night in Atlanta. At 6:00 p.m. ET on NFL Network, TNF GameDay previews the Saints-Falcons matchup from outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with host Chris Rose and analysts Marshall Faulk, Bradley Roby Jersey Michael Irvin and Steve Smith Sr. At 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, Football Night in Atlanta airs from inside Mercedes-Benz with host Liam McHugh and analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison providing the final say leading up to kickoff between the Saints and Falcons.

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Philadelphia moves the chains once but Wentz follows with an incompletion on third down and the Eagles punt.

Goff completes a short pass to Josh Reynolds on a third-and-3 that is originally ruled a first down on the field. But the play is overturned following a replay review and the Rams punt. The Eagles take over at their 16 with 1:49 remaining in the half.
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Foles connects with Nelson Agholor for a 9-yard gain to give the Eagles a first down. The Eagles have a fresh set of downs with 1:45 to play. The Rams have one timeout left.

Goff throws an incomplete 12th Fan Youth jersey pass on third-and-10 and the Rams punt. The Eagles get the ball back on their 21, leading 37-35 with 2:02 to play.

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Even before the Eagles face the Seahawks on Sunday night, they might have the NFC East clinched.
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That could happen Thursday if the Redskins win at Dallas (8:25 p.m. ET, NBC, NFL Network, Amazon Prime).

A loss by the Cowboys (5-6) would seal a division title for the Eagles (10-1), who already have a season sweep of the Redskins (5-6).

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Jared Goff, Carson Wentz ‘excited’ to play each other for first time

Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will forever be linked as the top two picks in the 2016 NFL Draft.

They’ll share the field for the first time on Sunday when the Eagles take on the Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

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Steve Ishmael, WR, Syracuse — Despite a 42-14 loss to Boston College, Ishmael had a huge day. The 6-2, 209-pound senior caught 11 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown to go over 100 receptions on the season. Ishmael has had a great season in spite of inconsistent quarterback play and his skill set should translate to the NFL.

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Vikings head to Charlotte this week to face a hungry Panthers team fresh off a loss against the Saints.

Minnesota (10-2) joined the Eagles atop the NFC standings last week when Philadelphia struggled against the Seahawks. Case Keenum has been a revelation for the Vikings since taking over for Sam Bradford, and the elevation of wide receiver Adam Thielen into true No. 1 status has helped the offense improve.

Not only have the Vikings won five straight road games, but they have also won eight of their 13 meetings all-time with the Panthers (8-4).


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The Buccaneers will play at Green Bay Sunday with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET.

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Crawford was activated from injured reserve on Friday and stopped 26 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against Buffalo. He likely will start again when the Blackhawks host lowly Florida on Tuesday night.

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After missing three weeks to a shoulder injury, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston returned to practice Wednesday and will start on against the Packers Sunday.

Jameis is healthy; he’s cleared to go, coach Dirk Koetter said, per the team’s official website. Jameis is going to start on Sunday.

I’ve missed that guy out there the past couple of games, wide receiver DeSean Jackson said (via He’s healthy finally now, so it’s a great addition to have back. All we can do is take one game at a time and finish as strong as we can, so it’s a great thing to have.

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Avs carry momentum into game at Washington

We didn’t help Holtby, Orlov said. Hopefully we will be better tomorrow.
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Colorado (14-13-2) could use more help from forward Nail Yakupov, who was scratched for the third game in a row Monday. His latest absence was due to illness, but he was a healthy scratch for each Brandon Carr Jersey of the previous two contests.

I’m excited to be back, Fleury said after practice Monday. Obviously, it was difficult sitting out and not being able to help the team. I wish I could have come back sooner. But the other goalies did a great job.
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Fleury, who is expected to start against Carolina, was 3-1 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage when he went on injured reserve.

He sustained two concussions during the 2015-16 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He missed two weeks in December 2015 and went out again in April 2016.

Pacers: Darren Collison missed Sunday’s game due to a sore left knee. … Since snapping a four-game losing streak Nov.10, the Pacers are 11-4. … When the Nuggets host the Pacers on April 3, Indiana will try to win in Denver for the first time since 2007. The Pacers have lost eight-straight road games against the Nuggets (seven in Denver, one in London).
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I thought the mental toughness was after the (Nash) goal, Hitchcock said. I don’t know why that goal was allowed but I thought our next shift was outstanding. That to me is the mental toughness that we are starting to show. We had the Rangers in for 35 seconds in their own zone and that’s a good sign.

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Joe Thomas among finalists for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

A panel of former players selected the eight finalists from the 32 team nominees. The panel is comprised of Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Warrick Dunn, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler.
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The winner is determined by a vote of current NFL players. The eight finalists Brandon Tanev Authentic Jersey will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote on Friday. From the eight finalists, each team’s players will submit a consensus vote of their choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.

The Art Rooney Sportsmanship award will be presented during NFL Honors, when The Associated Press hands out its individual awards, Feb. 3, the night before the Super Bowl. The winner receives a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

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Zalapski was a member of the Canadian team that finished fourth in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

He had 99 goals, 285 assists and 684 penalty minutes in the NHL. Zalapski was named to the all-rookie team in 1989 and participated in the NHL All-Star Game in 1993.
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Colts’ Chuck Pagano says uncertain job status ‘all I’ve known’

Said Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr.: “We had an agreement to acquire Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins, subject to him waiving his no-trade clause. While we are disappointed in his decision, we will continue to make every effort to improve our club for the upcoming season.”

“My foot is only getting better,” Griffen said. “My plantar fasciitis is going to heal after three weeks, I played after three weeks, so it heals over time. I’m just getting better.”

One key to bouncing back so quickly is the defensive end’s weekly rehabilitation routine, which appears to have the demands of a full-time job. Griffen uses a hyperbaric chamber, acupuncture, cryotherapy and massages to help his body recover from a game while preparing for the next week.

Cooper suffered a concussion and an ankle injury on the same play in Week 12 and sat out the following week as a result. There was good news early this week when Cooper was cleared of the concussion protocol, but he remained limited in his return to practice on Friday. Cooper did not speak to reporters after practice, and coach Jack del Rio was not offering any hints as to his status.

Amari Cooper’s return to action was short-lived.

The Raiders wide receiver left Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and is questionable to return with an ankle injury, the team announced.

Cooper suffered the injury when his left ankle got rolled up at the end of a play during the second quarter.

Cooper was listed as questionable entering Week 14, and the team spent most of the week suspecting he would sit out Sunday’s game. He missed last week’s win over the Giants with a concussion and a sprained ankle, but cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol Wednesday and practiced on a limited basis Friday.

Cooper, 23, has 42 catches for 499 yards and five touchdowns this season. He did not have a catch in Sunday’s game as the Chiefs held a 16-0 halftime lead. orioles_043

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