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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Gators coach Billy Napier said he wished he could get into specifics Wednesday about what happened with Jaden Rashada — why his program lost its top quarterback prospect in years over a multimillion-dollar name, image and likeness dispute. He couldn’t, he said, because of NCAA rules against talking about unsigned recruits. But in his first public comments since the ...

BOSTON — Robert Kraft’s response to Tom Brady’s second retirement announcement was short, and to the point. The Patriots owner said there was no one like him, and that’s not about to change. “I don’t believe in the 100-year-old history of the NFL, there’s been a quarterback of Tom’s ilk,” the Patriots owner told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I would have trouble ever believing there would be another ...

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The prolific pace of school-switching among college players has helped some NFL prospects have breakout seasons and demonstrate they can adapt to a new system. Players like Florida offensive tackle O'Cyrus Torrence are hoping their moves pay off in the draft. Torrence and dozens of others who played for multiple schools are trying to improve their draft stock at the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl this week. They have to answer questions about why they transferred. Some, like Torrence, Washington State linebacker Daiyan Henley and Cincinnati linebacker Ivan Pace Jr., had big seasons.

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Max Abmas of Oral Roberts won the NCAA scoring title as a sophomore in 2020-21 and helped his team become just the second No. 15 seed in history to reach the Sweet 16. Abmas is among the national scoring leaders again — and one of the top college players with questions to answer before an NBA future beckons. The biggest one for him and other top scorers like Jake Stephens of Chattanooga, Drew Timme of Gonzaga and Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercy seems to have a familiar theme? Can they defend at the next level?

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Breanna Stewart is coming to the New York Liberty. The most coveted free agent this offseason, who won the WNBA MVP award in 2018, announced on social media that she was going to New York with a photo of her in a Liberty shirt on Wednesday. Wednesday was the first day that free agents could sign. 

It’s only fitting that the top two quarterbacks in the regular season based on All-Pro voting are the last two quarterbacks standing in the NFL this season. First-team All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes will take his Kansas City Chiefs into the Super Bowl against second-team All-Pro Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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PHILADELPHIA — Sixteen years ago, Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts beat Lovie Smith and the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. You might remember it because Peyton Manning won his first ring, or because Prince delivered the greatest halftime show in history. You also might remember it because it was the first time two Black coaches met in football’s title game. It was a hallelujah moment ...

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CHICAGO — If Ryan Poles has said it once, he has said it a thousand times. He’s not so much interested in seeking short-term satisfaction as he is eager to develop a formula for sustainable achievement. Thus as his second offseason as the Chicago Bears general manager gets rolling, Poles has made no promises of a 2023 playoff breakthrough, instead working to strengthen his roster with a longer ...

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Trey Lance stood at his locker on one side of the 49ers’ locker room, speaking for the first time to reporters since a Sept. 18 fracture to his right foot, which remains in an orthopedic boot. Down the way in a corner, Brock Purdy sat in front of his locker, waiting to update reporters on the injury to his right elbow. Lance, then Purdy. That could be how the 49ers’ ...

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The 49ers are in the market for a new defensive coordinator. DeMeco Ryans, who took over the 49ers’ defense under Kyle Shanahan in 2021, reportedly agreed to become the head coach of the Houston Texans on Tuesday — which means there will be a new coach running the defense for the third time in four seasons. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Texans have not yet announced ...

Olympic gold medalist Wladimir Klitschko has joined Ukraine's fight against IOC plans to let some Russians compete at the 2024 Paris Summer Games. The former heavyweight champion has suggested in a video message that sports leaders will be accomplices to the war if athletes from Russia and its military ally Belarus can compete at the next Olympics. The International Olympic Committee wants to let Russians and Belarusians who have not openly supported the war to try to qualify for Paris.

After much back-and-forth and strenuous behind the scenes hand-wringing, Germany has cleared the way for its Leopard 2 tanks to join the fight for democracy in Ukraine, pledging to send an initial company of 14 tanks. The U.S. joined in with President Joe Biden’s pledge to send 31 M1 Abrams tanks.

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Jeffrey Lurie was basking, which was expected and, given the outcome of the NFC championship game, entirely appropriate. He was in the middle of the Eagles locker room Sunday, a semicircle of reporters around him, his team’s 31-7 victory over the 49ers still so fresh that the maintenance crews hadn’t yet disassembled the stage where Lurie had, for the third time, held up the George Halas ...

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The paragraphs jumped off of page 253 of "Swagger," the terrific new book that examines the football life of Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson in Johnson's words. "You need a star quarterback to win in today's game. The second most important player on a roster? In another era, I'd say a dominant pass rusher or maybe a star receiver. It's the backup quarterback in today's game. "If you don't ...

On Feb. 4, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Super Bowl LII. About five years and one week later, the Eagles will return to the Super Bowl, having won the NFC Championship Game 31-7 over the 49ers on Sunday. Vikings fans might resent the Eagles for the walloping they delivered in the 2017 NFC title game, or Eagles fans for their felonious ...

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