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OBJ’s new deal brings added pressure, responsibilities

That is the new reality for Odell Beckham Jr. He is set to become the highest-paid offensive non-quarterback in NFL history with the five-year, $95 million extension he’s receiving from the New York Giants. It hasn’t come easily. Beckham is one of the last wide receivers from his 2014 draft class to be rewarded with […]

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Denver kid Phillip Lindsay sweats out roster cuts right at home

It’s 5.7 miles from where Phillip Lindsay played high school football to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Up Interstate 25, it’s practically a straight line between his past and what he hopes will be his future. Lindsay, a rookie running back, thinks a lot about “the line.” The one he believes will get him from […]

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49 yards and 17 years: Buffalo recalls its New Year’s miracle

Rookie first-round pick Josh Allen will make his first start for the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, but he might be only the second-most-popular quarterback to fans at New Era Field attending the team’s third preseason game. Andy Dalton is expected to be the star of the show when the Cincinnati Bengals arrive in town for […]

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Julius Thomas to pursue doctorate in psychology, study CTE

NFL tight end Julius Thomas is hanging up his cleats for a doctorate degree. Thomas is retiring from professional football to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology, the 30-year-old announced in the Players’ Tribune on Friday. Thomas said he will focus his doctorate on “investigating the effects of contact sports on brain trauma and neurobehavioral performance.” […]

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Can Daniel Murphy be the Cole Hamels of the Cubs’ lineup?

Within the span of a couple hours Tuesday, the dynamics of the 2018 Chicago Cubs changed drastically. Instead of adding an arm for the stretch run, in the form of injured righty Yu Darvish, the team pivoted to offense, surprising the baseball world by acquiring lefty Daniel Murphy in a trade with the Washington Nationals. […]

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Nationals raise the white flag on 2018

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo tried with all his might to conceal the white flag, but he couldn’t. It was simply too large. Too white. Too noisy, as it flapped in the wind of yet another D.C. storm in a summer that has been filled with storms. The dark clouds have hovered over Nats […]

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Ravens’ Lamar Jackson: ‘I don’t feel like I’ve performed at a high level yet’

Lamar Jackson’s up-and-down preseason continued in Monday night’s 20-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts, which didn’t sit well with the former Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson, a rookie first-round pick, struggled mightily with his accuracy before throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass. He finished 7-of-15 passing for 49 yards on Monday night and has failed to complete […]

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Bills to give rookie QB Josh Allen start Sunday against Bengals

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen will start Sunday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Monday. Allen’s start comes after Nathan Peterman started the Bills’ first preseason game and AJ McCarron started the team’s second preseason game. The team has yet to name a starter for its regular-season opener against the Baltimore […]

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Daniel Lovitz scores in stoppage-time as Montreal Impact edge the Chicago Fire

Defender Daniel Lovitz scored the game-winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time, and Ignacio Piatti scored on a penalty kick to lead the Montreal Impact to a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night at Saputo Stadium in Montreal. Lovitz bounced in a shot past goalie Richard Sanchez from the […]

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Consistency key for Sadio Mane to round out Liverpool’s dynamite front three

When Liverpool’s much vaunted “Fab Four” were lighting it up in the opening months of last season, Sadio Mane was very much the George Harrison of the group. Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah were John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the headliners, while Roberto Firmino was Ringo Starr — not always fully appreciated by the mainstream […]