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Raiders fire coach Dennis Allen
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Dennis Allen arrived in Oakland as the fresh-faced, defensive mastermind who was supposed to be completely different than the parade of coaches during late owner Al Davis' final years running the Raiders....

Charles sends Chiefs to 41-14 rout of Patriots
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It made sense that Andy Reid spoke in baseball metaphors after Kansas City whipped the New England Patriots on Monday night, with the Royals poised to end a long playoff drought just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium....

Chiefs offense hums in 41-14 rout of Patriots
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Perhaps the Kansas City Chiefs gave their neighbors across the parking lot a little bit of inspiration with their impassioned performance against New England....

Jim Harbaugh dismisses reports of 49ers discord
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Jim Harbaugh has no time for Deion Sanders, Trent Dilfer or others who question whether the fourth-year coach has lost his locker room or the faith of his players....

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Autopsy shows Chiefs LB Belcher had CTE damage
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain injuries....

Michigan AD apologizes for mistakes with QB injury
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Roughly 12 hours after embattled Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he'd been given no indication that quarterback Shane Morris had been diagnosed with a concussion, athletic director Dave Brandon revealed in a post-midnight statement that the sophomore did appear to have sustained one....

NC State coach: No. 1 Florida State faked injuries
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The game between North Carolina State and Florida State continued Monday with coach Dave Doeren saying the Seminoles faked injuries to slow the Wolfpack down in their meeting over the weekend....

Clippers return focus to team post-Sterling
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Doc Rivers loves nothing more than talking basketball. And with the scandal involving former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling beginning to fade into the background, Rivers welcomes returning the focus squarely to the team and its performance....

Wild, wild SEC West set for historic day
Three teams from the Southeastern Conference's powerful Western Division are finally going down....

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