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January 8, 2016 | Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
NOT SURE whether it's parity or parody, but three of the four road teams are favored to win this weekend's games. Can Andy Reid keep dabbing the Chiefs to victory? Will the Bengals ever win another playoff game? And will Kirk Cousins keep providing the only smiles these days down in Washington? If it's January, it must be frigid in Minnesota and dark down at Lincoln Financial Field. Welcome to Week 1 of the NFL postseason. Chiefs (11-5) at Texans (9-7) Seeds: Chiefs 5; Texans 4. When: Saturday, 4:35 p.m. TV: ESPN & 6ABC (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
SPORTS
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N Les Bowen: Cast a wide net Of course not. O, OF COURSE not. That would seriously limit the pool of candidates, at a time when no one seems to think the Eagles' head-coaching opening is the most attractive situation on the market. What former NFL head coaches would be in the running for the Eagles' job, beyond Pat Shurmur, who already has been interviewed, and pie-in-the-sky targets John Harbaugh and Sean Payton? Looking to hire Tom Coughlin, are we? Harbaugh and the Ravens have said Harbaugh isn't leaving Baltimore.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
After receiving a positive evaluation from an NFL advisory committee, Ohio State cornerback and former Eastern High School star Eli Apple announced Monday on Twitter that he would give up his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Apple, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt sophomore, started 14 games as a freshman on Ohio State's 2014 national championship team. He had 13 starts this season, when he was second on the Buckeyes with eight passes broken up while posting 33 tackles.
SPORTS
January 5, 2016 | By Paul Skrbina, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Will Fuller called it a change of mind more than a change of heart. Notre Dame's leading receiver, who played his high school ball at Roman Catholic, announced Sunday via Twitter that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft - this, nearly two months after Fuller, unprompted, said he would be back for another season in South Bend, Ind. Fuller tweeted, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Under that message was his announcement. "My heart truly wanted to return to Notre Dame," Fuller said.
SPORTS
January 4, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When it came to being loyal to Penn State, few football players who have passed through Happy Valley showed that quality more than quarterback Christian Hackenberg. It was that loyalty that had Nittany Lions fans hoping he would return for his senior year. But in the end, after 38 consecutive starts, two offensive systems, countless hits, and opinions over whether he regressed after a great freshman year, Hackenberg did what most people expected. He said he will declare for the NFL draft, announcing the decision Saturday after the Lions' 24-17 loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl, a game that Hackenberg left for good early in the second quarter with a sprained right (throwing)
SPORTS
December 31, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Staff Writer
THERE IS much more to coaching in the NFL than X's and O's, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said Wednesday afternoon, some 16 hours following Jeffrey Lurie's stunning move to fire coach Chip Kelly. "The league," as Graham calls it, is a constant struggle among alpha males for power and respect. Throw the big salaries around and who knows what chaos could ensue? When he wins, the coach has cachet. When he loses, the daggers come out. So if Graham had his way, Lurie's next coach will have some NFL experience - something Kelly did not have before his hiring in January 2013.
NEWS
December 25, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
Midway through Concussion , the film's already grim focus gets a fiery exclamation point. As a wild-eyed Justin Strzelczyk, beset by demons in his head, speeds away from his Pennsylvania home carrying $2,700 and a fistful of crucifixes, the movie cuts to grainy footage of the ex-Steeler lineman's black SUV. Accompanied by the frantic buzz of police chatter, we see the eastbound car racing recklessly through the westbound lanes of the New...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Staff Writer
"Consussion" seems like a strange Christmas release: Hey, lets go see that movie where pro football players with brain damage kill themselves. And in truth, it's not a knee-slappin' good time at the theater. But it is more appropriate to the season than you might guess - the story of a deeply religious man who undertakes a moral crusade, motivated by an abiding faith that gives him the courage to take on the NFL, based on his conviction that "God does not want us to play football.
SPORTS
December 21, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
There was that sickening loss at home to the Denver Broncos in Week 2, when the Kansas City Chiefs gave up two touchdowns in the final 36 seconds. And there was that devastating home defeat to Chicago in Week 5, when the Bears scored twice in the final 3 minutes, 5 seconds to erase a 17-6 deficit. You know exactly what they were saying on the street corners of South Philadelphia, the taverns in the Pennsylvania suburbs, and the coffee houses in South Jersey: Same old Andy Reid.
SPORTS
December 20, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg confirmed Friday that he has filed paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Board to gauge where he might fall in the draft should he decide to skip his senior year with the Nittany Lions. But when it came to giving any indication about which way he might be leaning, Hackenberg was typically tight-lipped in an interview during Penn State's TaxSlayer Bowl media day at Beaver Stadium. On his anticipated evaluation by the advisory board, he said, "I don't know if we've gotten that back yet but that's normal protocol for juniors in that situation.
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