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We’re product of our pasts, and watching Dan Marino for 17 years showed me what a great quarterback can do — and what he can’t do, too. He can’t win games by himself, for instance. That sounds fundamental enough, but it causes controversy when you follow through from that thought to the next one: Winning isn’t a quarterback stat. Football traditionally says it is. I say it obviously involves ...

SEATTLE — Now that the euphoria has calmed, and now that the focus on Sunday's triumph has shifted to this Sunday's test — Seahawks fans have to face reality. Yes, Geno Smith dazzled in that 27-23 victory over the Rams — as did receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett — but the problems of the previous few weeks persisted. Even against a depleted Los Angeles team that was missing starting ...

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Until the final few weeks of the regular season, both the Clemson Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers truly believed they would be spending this time of year preparing for the College Football Playoff. No. 10 Clemson (No. 7 in the CFP rankings) was undefeated until the first week of November and didn’t take its second loss until the final game of the regular season. The ...

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I always have enjoyed the Aflac commercials with Nick Saban and Deion Sanders. Saban, who is known for having zero personality, almost comes across as human. Sanders, who has one of the most oversized personalities in all of sports, comes across as, well, Prime Time. What a pair they are. But I'm going to look at those television spots a little differently now. Everybody knows Saban is going ...

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LOS ANGELES — The Raider Image, a store with a giant Raiders helmet for an entrance, was briefly without a customer Saturday afternoon. A young woman was behind the register. Otherwise, the modest space was empty amid the surrounding chaos at Universal CityWalk. Not for long. "We have some new things," the employee told a family of four once they entered through the helmet tunnel. "Holiday ...

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STORRS, Conn. — The UConn football team is in a league of its own — and won it. “We were sitting here at 1-4, we gave up 148 points in those three games, NC State, Syracuse and Michigan, we kind of had a reset meeting,” coach Jim Mora said after practice Wednesday. “And we talked about some objectives. It’s going to sound kind of silly. We decided to create our own conference.” This could be ...

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NORFOLK, Va. — University of Virginia football players whose college eligibility was set to expire after this season will be granted an extra year by the NCAA, the Daily Progress of Charlottesville reported on Wednesday. UVA athletic director Carla Williams confirmed the decision to the newspaper, adding that the university requested an extra year after the shooting death of three football ...

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FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy initially said all the right things about the team’s two-day visit with free agent receiver Odell Beckham. “I thought the visit went very well. I know personally, extremely impressed with Odell and enjoyed our time together,” McCarthy said on Wednesday morning. “I liked his vibe. Just everything about our talk. We didn’t talk a whole lot about ...

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The Buffalo Bills’ top pass-rusher Von Miller will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Coach Sean McDermott says the ligament damage was discovered during a previously scheduled exploratory surgery, which was conducted on Tuesday in Texas. Miller has missed one game since being hurt in the first half of a 28-25 win over Detroit on Thanksgiving. The Bills placed Miller on injured reserve last week with the expectation he would be able to return after initial tests showed no damage to the player’s ACL.

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