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    MINNEAPOLIS — The Target Field crowd began buzzing in the sixth inning Sunday, then erupted when the Vikings' score was posted on the scoreboard, pockets of fans even starting "Skol" chants. The enthusiasm level for the Twins never reached such a crescendo, and for good reason. "Just here for the free hats" is a weird thing to chant. Unlike the Vikings, the Twins couldn't seem to finish a ...

      CORVALLIS, Ore. — The cry arose from the delighted Oregon State crowd midway through the first half, thousands of orange shirts bursting with swagger at a USC team that was falling flat on its face. "Over-rated … over-rated …" Nope. Not yet, anyway. Not on this night. Not with this coach. Not with this culture. Within two minutes of blowing another monumental game at cursed Reser Stadium on ...

        EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — On Sunday, the Jets were looking for their first two-game winning streak since 2020. But, on a rainy, cloudy day at MetLife Stadium, Gang Green left their fans feeling gloomy. Bengals (1-2) defeated the Jets (1-2) 27-12 to get their first victory of 2022. The Jets came into the matchup with the Bengals as the No. 8 offense in the NFL, but they looked far from it. Joe ...

          LANDOVER, Md. – DeVonta Smith turned his head and noticed the football coming his way. He quickly twisted his body, catapulted himself from his spot in the corner of the end zone, and leaped over Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller. At the peak of his jump, Smith hauled in the ball from quarterback Jalen Hurts, utilizing his midnight green gloves like a sticky magnet. Smith tumbled hard to ...

            Rihanna will be the “Only Girl” at the Super Bowl halftime show. The “Umbrella” singer announced her new gig Sunday, sharing a photo on social media of a hand holding a football in the air that was then retweeted by the NFL and Roc Nation, which has a long-term deal with the NFL to “advise” on the halftime show performer. “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has ...

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            INDIANAPOLIS — Ten days before this debacle against the previously winless Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Chiefs scavenged out a 27-24 win over the Chargers that came with some contradictory implications. The meaning of that game was in the eye of the beholder, really. In one sense, it was a testament to grit and resourcefully whisking a win out of defeat. In another, it was laden ...

            Khalil Herbert stood at his Soldier Field locker about a half-hour after the Chicago Bears squeaked out a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans and gave a one-word answer for how he felt. “Sore,” he said with a smile. But sore in the best way. The second-year running back rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as the Bears piled up 281 yards on the ground. It was their ...

            Is Kentucky overrated? You could make that case. True, Mark Stoops’ Wildcats are a perfect 4-0, but their rise up the national charts is based largely on that Sept. 10 win at Florida. The Gators have struggled since, squeaking out a home win over lowly South Florida before losing to Tennessee on the road. So is Kentucky really a top-10 team? The AP poll says so, but that’s all for show. ...

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