Ravens coach John Harbaugh gets new 4-year deal

Sports 01/24/19, 17:42

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has received a new four-year contract following a season in which he guided Baltimore to the AFC North title.The new deal is designed to keep the winningest coach in Ravens history under contract through the 2022 season. It replaces a pact that was slated to end ...

Super Bowl Matchups

Football 01/24/19, 15:38

The previous time the Rams played in a Super Bowl, the opponent was New England. It didn't work out so well for the then-St. Louis team.The Patriots, of course, have made a habit of being in the NFL championship game — this is their eighth since that 2002 victory over ...

Lewis back at an Atlanta Super Bowl 19 years after arrest

Football 01/24/19, 14:59

Once again, Ray Lewis and the Super Bowl intersect in Atlanta.Lewis isn't ducking from the bad memories of his career low point in 2000, when he and a pair friends were charged for the stabbing deaths of two men outside a nightclub hours after the last Super Bowl played here.Now ...

Podcast: The NFL has an officiating problem

Sports 01/24/19, 10:35

The NFL has an officiating problem. PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi and AP Pro Football writer Barry Wilner discuss the blown call that cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super ...

Snead’s big bets on Rams’ future pay off in Super Bowl trip

Football 01/23/19, 20:36

One year ago, general manager Les Snead and the Los Angeles Rams' front office decided they had to jump through the championship window that had suddenly, shockingly appeared before them.Now that they've landed on their feet in Atlanta, Snead has zero regrets about writing the checks and making the commitments ...

Patriots’ defense back on track heading into Super Bowl

Sports 01/23/19, 20:08

It took an entire regular season and some tough losses, but the Patriots defense finally likes where it is at heading into its Super Bowl matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.It hasn't been perfect, but after a slow start to 2018 and fighting to find an identity following the departure ...

Rams kicker Zuerlein listed on injury report with foot issue

Football 01/23/19, 19:49

Kicker Greg Zuerlein appears on the Los Angeles Rams' first injury report before the Super Bowl.Zuerlein is listed with a foot injury on the report distributed Wednesday by the Rams, who had the day off.The right-footed Zuerlein was spotted with a walking boot on his left foot Monday after the ...

Atlanta stadium field already covered with Super Bowl paint

Football 01/22/19, 18:06

As if the road closures surrounding Mercedes-Benz Stadium were not convincing signs that the countdown to Super Bowl 53 has started in Atlanta, one look inside the facility drives the point home.The end zones and sidelines already are painted with the Patriots and Rams names and colors. That work was ...

Update: Gruden, Shanahan hoping for edge at Senior Bowl

Football 01/22/19, 16:43

The Latest on the Senior Bowl (all times local):3:40 p.m.Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden and San Francisco's Kyle Shanahan would much rather be preparing for the Super Bowl than coaching in Saturday's Senior Bowl. But they're hoping to benefit from a week of face time with the all-star game's prospects.Gruden ...

Blown-call lawsuit seeks do-over of Rams-Saints game

Football 01/22/19, 15:04

In the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders have asked a judge to reverse the result of the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl — or order a do-over.Tuesday's state court filing says NFL Commissioner ...

‘NFL bleaux it’: Billboards protest missed call in NFC game

Sports 01/22/19, 13:47

The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying "Saints got robbed" and "NFL bleaux it."WDSU-TV reports Louisiana car dealership owner Matt Bowers paid for 10 billboards across Atlanta through Feb. 3, including one outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.New Orleans ...

Build it and the Super Bowl will come

Football 01/22/19, 12:45

Build it and the Super Bowl will come.While that's not exactly how the sites of the NFL's championship extravaganza are determined, it sure doesn't hurt to have a brand new, billion-dollar facility in your city.Including the 2004 game in Houston, the league will have staged nine Super Bowls in metropolitan ...

Hurdles cleared, Patriots head to 3rd straight Super Bowl

Football 01/21/19, 19:21

Tom Brady smiled his way through the week leading up to Sunday's AFC championship game, mostly brushing aside questions about being an underdog for one of the few times during the Patriots' unprecedented run of titles.But when Rex Burkhead crossed the goal line for a 2-yard touchdown to give New ...

Saints start offseason with odd mix of bitterness, optimism

Football 01/21/19, 18:29

Saints punter Thomas Morstead is having a tougher time taking the high road after a second consecutive season ended in stunned disappointment — this time because of officiating, rather than an opponent's late-game heroics.Morstead drew headlines for his sportsmanship — not to mention an outpouring of financial support for his ...

Saints owner vows to purse changes in NFL policies

Football 01/21/19, 17:16

Saints owner Gayle Benson says she pledges to aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies that will promote more "fairness and integrity."Benson says it's clear the Saints were "unfairly deprived" of a trip to the Super Bowl by the inaction of game officials "charged with creating a fair and equitable playing ...

Bummed out Chiefs head into offseason full of optimism

Football 01/21/19, 15:41

The Kansas City Chiefs came within a heartbeat of returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in 49 years, taking the greatest dynasty in NFL history to overtime in the AFC title game.Instead, they are stuck with more heartache for an entire offseason.Yet with All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes ...

Dolphins must wait to seal deal with Patriots’ Flores

Football 01/21/19, 15:03

While the 2018 NFL champion has yet to be crowned, much of the league is already looking ahead to the 2019 season, and so far the Miami Dolphins are in last place.Las Vegas oddsmakers recently made the Dolphins a 300-1 choice to win the Super Bowl in Miami a year ...

Prop bets popular for Super Bowl, but NFL wants them gone

Sports 01/21/19, 12:56

Wagers on how many touchdown passes New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will throw or how many rushing yards Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley will gain are likely to be popular options for bettors on the Super Bowl.But if the National Football League had its way, prop bets ...

Officiating helps determine Super Bowl teams

Football 01/21/19, 04:06

The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl.On Sunday, the league might have gotten enough errors to determine both teams that will play in the championship game in two weeks.The most egregious gaffe came in the NFC title game in ...

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