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Patriots remaining quiet as they await Jaguars’ challenges

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots are spending the week leading up to Sunday’s AFC title game doing what they always do in the days leading up to any game. Not saying anything negative about the opposition. That’s the Patriots way — don’t give the other guys anything to put up on their bulletin boards. So, when someone like ...

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Tom Brady misses practice with hand injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed practice with a right hand injury a day after being limited by the same issue as New England prepared for its AFC championship game matchup with Jacksonville. Brady was present and wore a glove on the injured hand Thursday during the stretching portion of practice open to reporters. But he was ...

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Foles and Keenum square off after interwoven career paths

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles contemplated retirement after a miserable season with the Rams in which he ended up losing his starting job to Case Keenum. That’s just one spin of a unique quarterback carousel that’ll be on display when Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) in the NFC championship game Sunday. “It ...

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Jags’ Fournette feels fine after ankle injury, fender-bender

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Leonard Fournette was sitting in his wrecked Mercedes-Benz on Interstate-295 earlier this week, waiting for the police to arrive, when he got an unusual request. One of the first responders wanted Jacksonville’s rookie running back to sign something. It wasn’t a hat, a jersey or a football, either. The man asked Fournette to autograph the damaged bumper ...

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Trial in former NFL player McKnight’s death to resume Friday

GRETNA, La. (AP) After two days of weather-related delays, the trial of the man who fatally shot former NFL football player Joe McKnight in 2016 is about to resume. Ronald Gasser is charged with second-degree murder in McKnight’s death. His trial opened Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb with jury selection. Icy weather caused the courthouse to close Wednesday and ...

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America might be yawning at another Patriots AFC title

YAWN! That seems to be the reaction from everywhere except New England when Pro Picks has asked folks about the prospect of the Patriots being in yet another Super Bowl. Apparently, they have become the team people love to hate: America’s Team they ain’t. Article continues below … And they care not a bit about their popularity, or about what ...

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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone gets advice on beating Patriots

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has some tips on how to beat the New England Patriots. And not all of them are from Tom Coughlin. Marrone received a folder Thursday filled with notes from first-graders at The Bolles School in Jacksonville. Article continues below … The folder read, ”Dear Jags, Want to beat the Patriots? Here’s how: ...

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Vikings deep in playoffs, thanks in part to diligent Diggs

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The path for Stefon Diggs to last-play touchdown fame and sudden Minnesota savior didn’t start with such brilliance. Diggs has only arrived at this stage of his life and his career, a Vikings standout on the verge of a Super Bowl, with an unrelenting diligence and a dose of humility. For all the natural talent ...

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