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Mom’s memory steadies Prescott amid ups, downs with Cowboys

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Through every interception, fumble and loss, Dak Prescott’s mind is on the next throw, the next scramble, the next game for the Dallas Cowboys. The quarterback of America’s Team thinks of where he’s been: almost exactly five years removed from his mom, Peggy Prescott, dying of colon cancer when her son was a 20-year-old sophomore at ...

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Maccagnan: Jets can use free agency as ‘springboard’ in 2019

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Mike Maccagnan is living in the present — with an eye on the New York Jets‘ future. The fourth-year general manager is far from pleased or satisfied with the team’s third straight 3-5 start. He also insists there’s plenty of time left before this season can be accurately judged. Playoffs or not, Maccagnan knows this: ...

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Rivalry reborn: Mahomes, Mayfield meet for first time in NFL

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Back when their chances of playing quarterback in the NFL were still in the dream stages, Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield sat in an apartment near Texas Tech’s campus and played video games. It was 2013. Three years later, they appeared to do the same thing on the field. “It was a basketball score,” Mayfield recalled. ...

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Jets vs. Dolphins: resistible force against moveable object

MIAMI (AP) — When the New York Jets run the ball Sunday, it will be a test of their blocking against the Miami Dolphins‘ tackling to see who’s worse. Both have been bad lately. Miami (4-4) has given up 600 yards rushing in the past three games. A defensive decline, not an injury to quarterback Ryan Tannehill , is the ...

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First-place Redskins in search of passing game vs. Falcons

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — All games and no practice reps make Alex Smith a dull quarterback. Injuries to receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson and running backs Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson have kept them from getting work in with Smith at practice and stunted the Washington Redskins‘ passing game so far this season. The NFC East-leading Redskins have run ...

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Brees, Saints offense, brace for unusual challenge vs. Rams

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints face an unusual challenge this weekend. They’ll try to keep up with an offense every bit as potent as their own — and do so against one of the top-rated defenses in the NFL. Saints coach Sean Payton said dealing with the Los Angeles Rams‘ eighth-ranked defense will be ...

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Dante Fowler joins LA Rams, prepares for playoff rush

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams‘ top defenders reacted with predictable glee when they heard about the addition of pass-rusher Dante Fowler through a trade with Jacksonville. “I found out about it, and I was smiling ear to ear,” defensive tackle Aaron Donald said Wednesday. The unbeaten Rams’ next opponents — the New Orleans Saints — also ...

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Adam Thielen on pace to challenge receiving records

Adam Thielen is doing things even Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Randy Moss didn’t accomplish in Minnesota. The former undrafted wide receiver from NCAA Division II Minnesota State is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 yards receiving in eight straight games to start the season. Calvin Johnson also had an eight-game streak in 2012. Thielen ...

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Touch football fundraisers appear at NFL stadiums

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When Nicole Fountain was on the staff for MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands, planning events was among her main duties. Fountain worked with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift, who staged concerts in the building. She organized major events and oversaw social media for the stadium while running media ...

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FANTASY PLAYS: New key roles for those left after NFL trades

This has been one of the more active NFL trade deadlines for fantasy purposes. Fans of Houston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are assuredly excited by their new players, picking up Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate and Ty Montgomery. However, it’s the teams that traded those players that will likely provide the most opportunity for fantasy value. DENVER BRONCOS The Broncos shipped Thomas ...

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