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Ravens return blocked field goal on last play, stun Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Brent Urban just wanted a chance to play. Will Hill wanted redemption....

Bryant kicks off hoops goodbye tour in hometown of Philly
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kobe Bryant's farewell tour begins in the city that loves and hates him....

FANTASY PLAYS: How to keep your team going with spare parts
In virtually every fantasy football league in the world, Kirk Cousins wasn't even considered as a quarterback option on draft day. He wasn't even the top option on his own team for most of the offseason....

No team deserves to win the NFC East
Six wins will win the NFC East....

The longest-tenured players from the 4 major US pro sports
Kobe Bryant has announced that this season, his 20th with the Los Angeles Lakers, will be his last. Bryant is the first NBA player to spend that many years with one franchise, though it's not completely uncommon across the other pro sports in the United States....

No bowl bonus for Nebraska coaches if picked with 5-7 record
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska will play in a bowl with a 5-7 record if invited to one, but coach Mike Riley and his assistants won't receive bowl bonuses....

Coach: NFL called play in Titans' loss 'poorly officiated'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey says the NFL called how referee Jeff Triplette's crew handled a late fourth down in Tennessee's 24-21 loss to Oakland a "poorly officiated play."...

USC names Clay Helton permanent coach after strong finish
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clay Helton has twice taken charge of the Southern California football program in moments of crisis and steadied the Trojans with calm leadership....

Zimmermann's arrival signals Tigers' willingness to spend
DETROIT (AP) -- Jordan Zimmermann's arrival in Detroit is encouraging news for Tigers fans because of what he can bring to the starting rotation - and what his contract signals about the team's willingness to spend....

5-7 bowl teams to be selected in order of academic rating
After a bad season on the field for Mike Riley's first Nebraska team, some good work in the classroom by the Huskers when Bo Pelini was coach will keep Big Red playing football this season....

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