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  • Ravens, 49ers, Saints are top 3 teams in AP Pro32 poll

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens just keep on soaring.The Ravens clinched a playoff spot last week after they held off the Buffalo Bills 24-17 for their ninth consecutive victory.And the Ravens are again the unanimous choice as the top team in the latest AP Pro32 poll.For the second consecutive week, the Ravens earned all 12 first-place votes for 384 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL."The road to the AFC championship goes th...

  • NFL at 100: Payton beats Peyton with risky Super Bowl gamble

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sean Payton risked everything to start the second half of Super Bowl 44.The New Orleans Saints made sure his big bet paid off.Instead of giving the ball back to Peyton Manning with a chance to open up a double-digit lead that Sunday, the other Payton instructed Thomas Morstead to try an onside kick — one of the most daring plays in Super Bowl history. The Saints executed it perfectly, giving them enough momentum to capture their first world championship."I wa...

  • LSU QB Joe Burrow headlines coaches All-SEC team

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — LSU quarterback Joey Burrow headlines a coaches All-Southeastern Conference team where the Tigers' offense is well represented.The first-team released Tuesday also included LSU tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire, wide receiver JaMarr Chase and center Lloyd Cushenberry. LSU and Alabama each had six representatives on the first and second teams while Georgia had four and Florida three.Alabama offensive linemen Jedrick Wills Jr.

  • Super Bowl-or-bust Saints have plenty to improve on

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton had no interest in emphasizing the positives in a thrilling 48-46 loss that came down to the final seconds against the team with the best record in the NFC."We can't kid ourselves," Payton said Monday after analyzing video of New Orleans' loss to San Francisco. "We have to play a lot better. We have to coach a lot better."That tends to be the message when it's Super Bowl or bust.New Orleans is already the NFC South...

  • LSU's Burrow, Auburn's Brown named AP SEC players of year

    LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is a unanimous selection as the offensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.The top-ranked Tigers also have the SEC's coach of the year in Ed Orgeron and the newcomer of the year in freshman cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., as selected by a 28-member media panel. The SEC defensive player of the year is Auburn tackle Derrick Brown.Burrow, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, was one of three players from LSU's high...

  • No. 1 Bison pull away in second half to defeat Colonels, 37-13

    FARGO, N.D. – The No. 19 Nicholls State University football team saw its season come to a close in the second round of the FCS playoffs as the Colonels fell to No.

  • Fields, Hurts, Young join Burrow as Heisman Trophy finalists

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts and Ohio State teammates quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young will join LSU quarterback Joe Burrow as Heisman Trophy finalists.The top vote-getters for college football's most famous player of the year award were announced Monday, and three of them were quarterbacks who transferred to their current schools.Burrow is the clear front-runner to win the Heisman on Saturday night in New York after a record-breaking season, ...

  • Playoff showdowns: LSU vs. Oklahoma; Ohio State vs. Clemson

    Defending national champions. Undefeated and owners of a 28-game winning streak, longest in the nation.The Clemson Tigers are one heck of a No. 3 seed.Clemson will play second-seeded Ohio State in prime time Dec.

  • Burrow, No. 1 LSU vs. Hurts, No. 4 Oklahoma in Peach Bowl

    ATLANTA (AP) — The team that vanquished Alabama vs. the quarterback who left the Crimson Tide.Top-ranked LSU (13-0) will return to Atlanta on Dec. 28 to face Jalen Hurts and No.

  • Saints' aggressiveness backfires in loss to 49ers

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints sought to gain an edge on the San Francisco 49ers by making aggressive decisions and digging deep into the playbook.An inability to convert a 2-point conversion attempt in the first quarter, or a fake punt late in the third, came back to haunt the Saints in a dramatic 48-46 loss on Sunday. Yet quarterback Drew Brees said the Saints wouldn't have changed their aggressive mindset if they had it to do again."You know you're in that type o...

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