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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) and defensive end J.J. Watt (99) embrace after their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
December 30, 2018 - 6:42 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — After the Houston Texans fell to 0-3 with a loss at home to the New York Giants on Sept. 23, they appeared to be headed for a second straight losing season. Instead, the Texans (11-5) won their next nine games and 11 of their last 13, capped by Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jacksonville...
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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
December 30, 2018 - 6:35 pm
DENVER (AP) — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers recovered from a slow start to beat the Broncos 23-9 Sunday for their first win in Denver since 2013. The Chargers (12-4) are headed to the playoffs for the first time in five years, but they'll go in as a wild-card thanks to a last-second...
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December 30, 2018 - 11:27 am
There are plenty of playoff implications heading into the final day of the NFL's regular season on Sunday. Already in the playoffs, the Texans need a win over the Jaguars to clinch the AFC South. In Kansas City, the Chiefs need a win over Oakland to clinch the AFC West and home-field advantage...
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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) looks to pass, during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 29, 2018 - 10:52 pm
The Latest on the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Cotton and Orange Bowls (all times EST): 11:50 p.m. Tua Tagovailoa completed 24 of 27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, and top-ranked Alabama defeated fourth-ranked Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night to earn a...
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December 29, 2018 - 5:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New England receiver Julian Edelman has been fined $63,504 for three separate instances of unnecessary roughness in a victory over Buffalo, only one of which was penalized. Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield was fined $10,026, but not for starting down former coach Hue Jackson in...
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File-This photo taken Dec. 16, 2018, shows Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley carrying the ball during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Los Angeles. Gurley has been ruled out of Los Angeles’ regular-season finale Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, against San Francisco with a knee injury. Gurley will miss the Rams’ final two games of the regular season due to the injury, but McVay says he isn’t concerned about the star running back’s availability for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 28, 2018 - 4:46 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rams running back Todd Gurley has been ruled out of Los Angeles' regular-season finale against San Francisco because of a knee injury. Safety Lamarcus Joyner also won't play Sunday at the Coliseum, Rams coach Sean McVay confirmed Friday. "Those guys are making progress, but we...
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File-This Dec. 9, 2018, file photo shows Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (95) warming up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Williams is in no rush to discuss his future. And the Bills aren't going to push the defensive tackle into making a decision about returning for a 14th season any time soon in what's become an annual game of wait-and-see when it comes to the team's respected leader and longest-tenured active player. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)
December 28, 2018 - 11:11 am
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Defensive tackle Kyle Williams is retiring at age 35 after 13 seasons, a decision that leaves the Buffalo Bills without their most respected leader and longest-active tenured player. Buffalo's season finale against Miami on Sunday will be his last game, he said Friday. "...
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Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer (12) looks to pass the ball as Vanderbilt linebacker Kenny Hebert (42) closes in during the first half of the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
December 28, 2018 - 1:24 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Before Baylor faced Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl on Thursday night, coach Matt Rhule asked his players to think about where they were a year ago after the team finished 1-11. After taking a moment to reflect on that, the Bears returned their focus to 2018 and finished an impressive...
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File-This Nov. 24, 2018, file photo shows Clemson's Christian Wilkins doing the Heisman pose after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina, in Clemson, S.C. Wilkins is here to put a smile on your face, whether you like it or not. For four seasons, Wilkins has been bringing the jokes, zingers and sneaky pinches on the bottom at Clemson. The 300-pound All-America defensive tackle famously celebrated the Tigers’ 2016 national championship with a split and flashed a Heisman pose after a touchdown run this season. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
December 27, 2018 - 7:59 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Christian Wilkins is here to put a smile on your face, whether you like it or not. For four seasons, Wilkins has been bringing the jokes, zingers and sneaky pinches on the bottom at Clemson. The 300-pound All-America defensive tackle famously celebrated the Tigers' 2016 national...
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File-This Dec. 23, 2018, file photo shows Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrating a game-winning touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis. Advantage Luck in this rivalry: he is 10-0 in his career starts vs. the Titans. He could become the only player since 1970 with an 11-0 mark against one team. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
December 27, 2018 - 7:34 pm
In a wild and crazy season, the biggest remaining tumult is in the AFC South. Houston leads and takes the division title by beating struggling Jacksonville. A Texans loss, however, gives the winner of the prime-time game between the Colts and Titans in Nashville the crown, dropping Houston into a...
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