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Column: How will brash Rams cope with wily ol’ Patriots?

ATLANTA (AP) — The guys from LA seemed to enjoy the spectacle. The silly questions. The ridiculous antics. The carnival-like atmosphere. Why wouldn’t they? It’s all new to most of them. “I’m 37 years old and I’m big-eyed right now,” said offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, the oldest player on the Los Angeles Rams. “This is amazing. It’s something that excites ...

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2 baseball scouts have intriguing ties to Super Bowl QBs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Montreal Expos would be thrilled with this Super Bowl. And those who used to be part of the defunct baseball franchise’s evaluation process certainly are, even all these years later. Gone from the game for nearly 15 years, the former club has ties to both quarterbacks in Sunday’s NFL championship game. The Expos traded for ...

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Guaranteed money could be key to avoiding NFL lockout

Though the next labor fight between the NFL and its players is more than two years off, one issue is already clear. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining negotiations with the league. “You can’t look at it in a vacuum, because all these contracts are ...

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NFL playoff ‘do-over’ lawsuit moved to federal court

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six days before the Super Bowl, the court battle has begun in a longshot lawsuit seeking a possible do-over of the NFC game that ended with a Los Angeles Rams victory over the New Orleans Saints, a game affected by what the NFL concedes was a blown “no-call” by officials. A Monday hearing in federal court ...

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Falcons turn over practice site to Rams for Super Bowl week

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have cleared out of their practice facility and given the keys to the Los Angeles Rams for the week. The Falcons are determined to be good hosts to the Rams, who are using the facility as their practice site for Sunday’s Super Bowl 53. The Falcons insist they’d have been just as hospitable if ...

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AFC wins 3rd straight Pro Bow, 26-7 over NFC in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Pro Bowl has long been considered a laughable representation of the NFL game. It reached a new level of comedy Sunday as several players swapped positions during the annual all-star game. Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey caught a touchdown pass in the final minute, capping a dominant performance for the AFC defense in a 26-7 ...

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After rally in Foxborough, Pats arrive in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have arrived. So have Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. Now it’s time for them to get to work. The teams landed in Atlanta on Sunday and will practice this week before squaring off in the Super Bowl next Sunday in the NFL’s main event. The AFC champion Patriots ...

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AP analysis: NFL centers seeing shorter career longevity

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Pro Bowl center Alex Mack rattled off all he does before the snap: Checks for blitzes, keeps an eye on the play clock, makes blocking adjustments and communicates all the changes to everyone else. All that happens in seconds — and with 300-pound defenders a few inches away and ready to pounce. “It’s unlike anything else ...

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Done with football at 27, ex-NFL linebacker has no regrets

By the time the Chargers called during the offseason to offer him a tryout, James-Michael Johnson had had enough. Still reeling from a year in which he spent time with five teams and got cut six times, the NFL linebacker passed on the chance to grind it out in camp. He retired at age 27 after four seasons. He wasn’t ...

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