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  • NFL Roundup: Saints top Chargers 13-7 as Brees, Rivers are both held out Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Kellen Clemens looks for a receiver, against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(Photo: The Associated Press)CARSON, Calif. (AP) — For Alvin Kamara to see meaningful playing time this season for the New Orleans Saints, the rookie running back is going to have to offer something different than Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. That’s exactly what Kamara showed by running for a 50-yard touchdown on New Orleans’ first offensive play and leading ...
  • NFL Preseason Roundup: Brady has TD in preseason debut as Pats fall to Texans 27-23 Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after Latavius Murray ran for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass in his first game since winning the Super Bowl on the same field and the New England Patriots fell to the Houston Texans 27-23 in a preseason game on Saturday night. Brady, who sat out last week, was 6 of 9 for 67 yards while directing the ...
  • NFL Preseason Roundup: Fant’s injury cast shadow over Seahawks’ win over Vikings Seattle Seahawks' Blair Walsh (7) kicks a field goal as Minnesota Vikings' Horace Richardson (38) attempts to block during the second half of an NFL football preseason game, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)SEATTLE (AP) — Just when the Seattle Seahawks were getting settled on its shaky offensive line, it’s once again their biggest question with the regular season approaching. Russell Wilson looked just fine throwing for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and the Seattle Seahawks suffered a significant injury to left tackle George Fant ...
  • Ten non-QBs in spotlight for NFL preseason Week 2 games New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) dives for a touchdown during the first half an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    The NFL’s preseason is more than just a stage for quarterback competitions. After highlighting the notable passers with something to prove, we also took a look at players in other positions who will be closely monitored in the second set of exhibition games. Here are 10 non-quarterback players in the spotlight ...
  • FANTASY FOOTBALL: Waiting on QB still best if you’re starting 1 NFL QBs-illo-qbs-2017(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —  One key to drafting a winning fantasy football team is to construct a roster with as much depth as possible at almost every position. To accomplish this goal, you need to have a firm grasp of the talent at each position relative to the other positions across the entire player pool. ...
  • NFL Roundup: Cutler debuts, but Ravens roll past Dolphins 31-7 Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler (6), looks to pass the ball, during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Jay Cutler ran onto the field with the Miami Dolphins for the first time, and the fans greeted their new quarterback with a loud ovation. They didn’t have much else to cheer about over the next three hours. Ryan Mallett threw for 113 yards and a touchdown, Josh ...
  • Eight quarterbacks with something to prove in NFL preseason Week 2 -cxx-DeShone-Kizer-12(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    With starters typically sidelined or given limited run in the first set of preseason games, Week 2 can be an important stage for coaches to assess their quarterbacks. Some teams are already adjusting their depth charts, and several competitions remain open, however they could begin to narrow soon as ...
  • Fantasy Football 2017: Full Position-by-Position Rankings, Creative Team Names NFL QBs-illo-qbs-2017(PhatzRadio Sports / BR)     —-     Summer has flown by, and now the NFL season will kick off in just three weeks when the Kansas City Chiefs face the New England Patriots on September 7. This means fantasy football drafts are in full swing, so here are some rankings and team names to get you going. For the ...
  • NFL Roundup: Cowboys QB Moore healthy, now behind Prescott FILe - In this Aug. 12, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore throws a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Los Angeles. Moore's injury a year ago sparked a transformation that turned America's Team into Dak Prescott's team. Now he's healthy again, and the backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys again, this time behind Prescott instead of Tony Romo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Kellen Moore is the backup quarterback the Dallas Cowboys hope won’t have to take a meaningful snap in 2017, just as he was a year ago before an injury at training camp ended his season. The radical difference since Moore broke his right ankle early last August is the incumbent in front ...
  • NFL preseason: As usual, quarterbacks take spotlight In this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 photo, New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett tosses the football on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. The patriots could be looking for yet another quarterback — or two — after third-stringer Jacoby Brissett injured his right thumb in Thursday night's victory over Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —    The first week of the 2017 NFL preseason is in the books. Many rookies have now taken their first professional snaps, position battles are underway, and roster cuts are creeping closer. Here’s a breakdown of the biggest story lines so far and how they might affect the rest of ...
  • Top 200 fantasy football rankings for 2017: How far does Ezekiel Elliott slide? TX Watson - NFL Preseason(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Here are the top 200 players in fantasy football for the 2017 season, according to our official rankings partner, Fantasy Football Rankings. The rankings reflect overall fantasy value in a standard 12-team, point-per-reception (PPR) league. These rankings have been updated to reflect the 6-game suspension handed down to ...
  • NFL Roundup: Seahawks win 48-17 in Chargers’ Los Angeles debut Seahawks v Chargers NFL Preseason-USATSI-10217645-1-CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to Antonio Gates on the opening drive of the Los Angeles Chargers’ first preseason game since relocation, but the Seahawks’ backups dominated the rest of the preseason opener in Seattle’s 48-17 victory Sunday night. Rivers and his first-team offense were excellent, marching 75 yards in 13 ...
  • CFB: Florida suspends Antonio Callaway, six others for opener vs. Michigan Florida v Michigan-USATSI-9549246GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has suspended troubled receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players for the team’s season opener against Michigan. Defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort also won’t play Sept. 2 against the ninth-ranked Wolverines in Arlington, ...
  • NFL Preseason Roundup: Marshawn Lynch sits during anthem in Raiders loss in Arizona Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press) (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Marshawn Lynch made the biggest news of what otherwise was a routine preseason NFL game by sitting during the national anthem prior to the Oakland Raiders’ 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona. The ex-Seattle running back, who came out of retirement to sign with his ...
  • NFL Preseason Roundup: Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes solid before 49ers rally past Chiefs, 27-17 San Francisco 49ers fullback Tyler McCloskey, right, runs past Kansas City Chiefs' Kenneth Acker to score a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (Ed Zurga / Associated Press) (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-    Alex Smith led the Chiefs to a quick touchdown and first-round pick Patrick Mahomes II had an impressive debut, before the San Francisco backups led the 49ers to a 27-17 victory over Kansas City in their preseason opener Friday night in Kansas City, Missouri. Smith hit speedster Tyreek Hill for a ...
  • NFL Pre-season Roundup: No Tom Brady, no defense, Patriots fall to Jaguars 31-24 in opener IX_Jaguars_Patriots_Football.JPG_t1170 (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Chad Henne hit Keelan Cole on a 97-yard touchdown pass, Corey Grant scored on a 79-yard run and the Jacksonville Jaguars feasted on a Patriots lineup without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski – or much defense at all – to beat the defending NFL champions 31-24 on Thursday night in ...
  • NFL Pre-season Roundup: Rookie QB Watson shines in Texans’ 27-17 loss to Panthers TX Watson - NFL PreseasonCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Deshaun Watson reminded everyone why Panthers coach Ron Rivera — and many others — felt he should have won the Heisman Trophy last season. Watson shined in his NFL preseason debut, completing 15 of 25 passes for 179 yards and running for a score in the Houston Texans’ 27-17 loss to the ...
  • 10 players to watch in NFL preseason: Christian McCaffrey highlights talented group NFL QBs-illo-qbs-2017(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Context is everything in the NFL preseason. For many stars and established veterans, the exhibitions have little value beyond breaking out of a training camp cycle. Yet for those trying to cling to one of the final spots on a 53-man roster or win a starting role, the stage could ...
  • 17 things to watch in 2017 NFL season -NFL-NFC-Championship-Green-Bay-Packers-at-Atl(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    It’s been six months since the New England Patriots’ unforgettable Super Bowl LI comeback. If you’ve been in football hibernation since then, here’s your primer for the upcoming NFL campaign — 17 subplots to monitor for the ’17 season: 1. What can the Patriots do for an encore? Little more to ...
  • 2017 NFL record projections: Patriots headed for perfect 16-0 season? New England Patriots' James White scores the winning touchdown during overtime of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    With NFL training camps opening, all 32 teams have largely taken form for 2017. So before injuries, benchings, firings and (more) suspensions start shaping the season, here’s USA TODAY Sports’ annual prediction of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based on picking all ...
  • NFL Pre-Season Roundup: Osweiler to start Browns’ exhibition opener / Dolphins sign Cutler Browns QBBEREA, Ohio (AP) — Brock Osweiler didn’t appear to be in Cleveland’s plans when he arrived via trade in March. Now he’s starting the Browns’ exhibition opener. Coach Hue Jackson picked Osweiler over Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan to start Thursday’s preseason home game against the New Orleans Saints. Osweiler, who started 14 games ...
  • CFB: Alabama is again No. 1 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll louisville-top-5(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-   The time to stop talking about college football and actually start watching it is now less than a month away. But in the meantime, talking will have to do, and the preseason Amway Coaches Poll is always a good place to initiate discussion — or arguments, but we ...
  • Five questions hanging over NFL as preseason gets started FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, file photo,San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. Making the switch at quarterback from Blaine Gabbert to Kaepernick won't dramatically change the offense for the San Francisco 49ers. The hope for the Niners is it will change results. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    CANTON, Ohio – Football is back. Well, sort of. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game took place on Thursday night, which is traditionally the big tease for the real game of football. At least it is progress. Players (albeit mostly backups) are in uniform, flags are flying and they’re keeping ...
  • NFL HOF Game: Stars and starters sit out, Cowboys beat Cardinals 20-18 Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith (45) holds off Arizona Cardinals linebacker Zaviar Gooden (52) during the first half of the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game in Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Now that the Dallas Cowboys have taken care of business in the Hall of Fame game, they’re going to hang around for a couple of days. Why not? The boss is about to get a gold jacket. With no stars and few starters on the field Thursday night, the Cowboys edged the Arizona ...
  • NCAA College Football: Legendary Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian dies at 94 FILE - In this Jan. 1, 1971, file photo, Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian is carried off the field by his victorious players after the Irish victory over Texas 24-11 in the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game in Dallas. At a time when college football was generally considered the domain of eastern blue bloods, Notre Dame and Alabama were upstart teams that gave blue collar fans a chance to tweak the elite. About 90 years later, the Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide are the elite - two of college football's signature programs, set to play a national championship next Monday in Miami that could break records for television viewership. (AP Photo/File)(Photo: AP)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-  SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ara Parseghian, who took over a foundering Notre Dame football program and restored it to glory with two national championships in 11 seasons, has died. He was 94. University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins announced in a statement that Parseghian died at home at ...

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