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Papa John’s apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests

Papa John’s Pizza apologized Tuesday night for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company is a major NFL sponsor and advertiser, and Schnatter said on an earnings call on Nov. 1 that ”NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders” and that the protests ”should have ...

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Can the Dolphins’ season still be saved?

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Following lopsided losses earlier this season, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase fumed about missed assignments and poor work habits, threatened to demote starters and even traded his Pro Bowl running back. This time he’s drawing consolation from other colleagues around the AFC mired in mediocrity or worse. “It’s not like anyone’s running away with anything,” Gase ...

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Las Vegas is a winner with the Raiders coming to town

LAS VEGAS (AP) — This was a sight no self-respecting bookie in this gambling town would have ever laid odds on seeing. There was Roger Goodell, praising Las Vegas with the lights of the glittering Strip shining brightly behind him. In the audience were a trio of NFL owners (though not Jerry Jones) who had to be just a little ...

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Dick LeBeau returning with Titans to coach against Steelers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dick LeBeau is more than happy to talk about the challenge of defending Ben Roethlisberger and the high-powered Steelers. The 80-year-old coaching legend will even joke about never having been to the visitors’ locker room at Heinz Field before. The emotions of returning to Pittsburgh to coach against the Steelers (7-2) where he spent 16 seasons over ...

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NFL Power Rankings: Eagles and Patriots take the top spots

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a week off, the Philadelphia Eagles are still on a roll. The Eagles, one of two teams on a seven-game winning streak, maintained their top spot in the latest AP Pro 32 poll . Philadelphia received all 12 first-place votes for 384 points Tuesday in balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL. The ...

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NFL Week 10: Winners and Losers

Week ten saw some great performances and a few head scratchers. Here are my winners and losers: Winners: Atlanta Falcons: Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for two touchdowns. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn had six sacks and recovered a fumble as the Falcons pull away from the Dallas Cowboys 27-7. Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback Case Keenum threw for four touchdowns. Wide receiver Adam ...

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After rough week, Stewart runs strong again in Panthers rout

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jonathan Stewart saw huge running lanes, ran with some familiar punch – and held onto the football, too. It was a reminder that the Carolina Panthers’ 10-year veteran still has some burst left in his legs, not to mention the ability to shake off an uncharacteristically bad performance. A week after losing two fumbles, Stewart cracked the ...

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Dolphins need to find answers on defense to challenge in AFC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Despite an embarrassing performance on Monday night, the Miami Dolphins remain in playoff contention in the mediocre AFC. But if the Dolphins (4-5) hope to challenge for a postseason berth they’ll need to fix a struggling defense. Miami has allowed 37.3 points per game during its current three-game losing streak, which included a 45-21 loss to the ...

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Overreaction: Cowboys can’t make playoffs without Zeke

No Zeke means no playoffs for the Dallas Cowboys. Without Ezekiel Elliott, who began serving a six-game suspension for allegations of domestic abuse, the Cowboys (5-4) couldn’t do anything on offense in a 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Elliott had four 100-yard games and seven touchdowns rushing in eight games, and the Cowboys averaged 28.3 points with ...

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