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Barry Wilner

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NFL begins final quarter with key games

The Dolphins displayed a serious weakness for all the football-viewing nation to see in prime time against the Jets.

Who are these guys at QB in Super Bowl?

Super Bowl has a pair of fresh faces at quarterback, bona fide nobodies as far as the NFL title game goes. But one will leave New Orleans as football’s newest star.

NFL referees not close to ending lockout soon

NEW YORK -- Less than three weeks before the season kicks off, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association are no closer to an agreement to end the lockout of the officials.. As replacement officials work preseason games -- and generally get criticized for their performances -- the league and

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Rex Ryan has Jets team he wants this year

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- This is the team Rex Ryan wants, and he can't think of anyone better to coach it than Rex Ryan.. With Mark Sanchez at quarterback, Tim Tebow in various roles, Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator, and a defense four years in the making, Ryan has a high

AP sources: Suspending Pro Bowl an option

Have NFL fans seen the last of the Pro Bowl? The game could be suspended next year, two people familiar with discussions said Thursday.

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Peyton leads a big class into 2012 free agency

Peyton Manning is a free man. Drew Brees is not.. A week after a record 21 players were given franchise tags -- only Saints star quarterback Brees got an exclusive tag and can't even talk to other teams -- the NFL's free agency free-for-all begins. And it will

Curtis Martin, 4 linemen make NFL Hall of Fame

INDIANAPOLIS -- Curtis Martin has gone from the mean streets of Pittsburgh to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.. The star running back with the Patriots and Jets for 11 seasons was one of six players elected Saturday to the shrine. Martin once disliked playing the game, but used it

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Super matchups everywhere with Pats-Giants

INDIANAPOLIS -- MVP quarterbacks on marquee franchises. A rematch of a nail-biter from four years ago, featuring many of the same key characters. Madonna and plenty of Manning -- Eli, and Peyton, too.. This Super Bowl certainly has all the makings of another thriller, the perfect finish to a

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Classic matchups for spots in Super Bowl

No complaining about these championship matchups: prolific offense vs. stingy defense, or old foes renewing a storied rivalry.. Whichever suits your preference, the NFL has it this weekend.. When the New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens today for the AFC title, four players who have come to represent the

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No Tebow magic, Patriots stomp Broncos, 45-10

Tebowmania didn't show up in New England on Saturday as the Patriots embarrass Tim Tebow and Denver, 45-10 in the AFC playoffs.

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Hasselbeck headed to Titans

Matt Hasselbeck is heading to Music City. Santonio Holmes is staying at home in the Meadowlands.

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Uruguay beats Ghana 4-2 in penalty shootout

JOHANNESBURG -- Victories -- and defeats -- don't come any tougher than this. Uruguay survived when Ghana missed a penalty kick at the very end of extra time, and it then won the shootout 4-2 after a 1-1 draw Friday. The wild win sent the South Americans into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 40 years. It sent the final African team home in tears.

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Roethlisberger banned 6 games

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended for six games without pay for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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Saints rally to win first Super Bowl 31-17

MIAMI, Fla. -- Who Dat won the Super Bowl? The New Orleans Saints, that's who.Ain't kidding.Put away those paper bags forever: Drew Brees and the Saints are NFL champions, rallying to upset Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 Sunday night in one of pro football's most thrilling title games.

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Saints beat Vikings in OT, reach 1st Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS -- A 40-yard field goal in overtime by a little-known kicker could become as famous as jambalaya in these parts.The New Orleans Saints, a team with no home and an uncertain future five years ago, are heading for their first Super Bowl. By battering Brett Favre and beating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 Sunday, they set off celebrations on Bourbon Street that locals never could have imagined in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.AP video inside

Titans' Johnson unanimous choice for AP All-Pro team

NEW YORK -- Chris Johnson didn't get any votes for MVP. He didn't miss any for The Associated Press 2009 NFL All-Pro team. The 2,000-yard rusher from the Tennessee Titans was the only unanimous choice for the squad, announced Thursday.

Michael Vick reinstated by NFL

NEW YORK - Michael Vick was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday and could play in regular season games as early as October.

Steelers win sixth Super Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. - The winning play of the Super Bowl was right out of a schoolyard.

Warner, Cardinals edge Eagles 32-25 for NFC title

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Larry Fitzgerald stood at the podium when Kurt Warner sneaked up from behind and gave his receiver a bear hug.

Smith edges Sparano for AP Coach of Year

NEW YORK - Mike Smith won't let his Atlanta Falcons forget all the great things they achieved this season.

Spain wins first major in 44 years Spain 1, Germany 0.

VIENNA, Austria - Spain, European champion.

Going Long

NEW YORK - Things were going so normally, so predictably at Saturday's NFL draft. All six players the league invited to the festivities hit the stage in the first half-dozen selections.