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Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola is seen during pre-game warmups of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Lions center Dominic Raiola suspended 1 game for stepping on opponent

Monday, December 22, 2014

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions will be short-handed when they face Green Bay for the NFC North title. Lions center Dominic Raiola has been suspended for one game after he stepped on Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson on Sunday. The punishment was handed down by Merton Hanks, the NFL’s Vice President of Football Operations. The league said this was …

Johnny Manziel’s season over for Browns, Brian Hoyer hurt

Monday, December 22, 2014

CLEVELAND — Perhaps fitting, Johnny Manziel’s final play was a 1-yard loss. He didn’t get very far in his rookie season. Manziel will sit out Cleveland’s finale with a hamstring injury he sustained during Sunday’s loss to Carolina in his second career start. Manziel’s injury, coupled with a shoulder injury to Brian Hoyer, …

Typical NFL season: smiles for some, frowns for others

Monday, December 22, 2014

Smiling or frowning. “Woe is us” or “Wow for us.” Heading into the final week of the NFL regular season, hardly anyone has a neutral feeling about the 32 teams. There are success stories and there are flops. Here’s a look at both sides. Smiling The biggest and widest grins should be worn …

Yankees send Martin Prado, David Phelps to Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones

Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK — The Yankees acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Friday for versatile Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps. Eovaldi, a right-hander who turns 25 …

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

Friday, December 19, 2014

MARRAKECH, Morocco — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won’t be revoked and the governing body will publish …

Dodgers end Yankees’ payroll streak, owe most tax

Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball …

Bengals heading back into withering spotlight

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CINCINNATI — Two big goals are still out there for the Cincinnati Bengals: Shine in prime time, win in the playoffs. The AFC North leaders have a chance to put a dent in the first one on Monday …

Air Marty offense mostly grounded with Jets

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Marty Mornhinweg’s reputation in NFL circles is that of a guy who likes to throw the ball in an attack-style offense that piles up points. That air approach has been mostly grounded in his two seasons with the New York Jets. The offensive coordinator …

Patriots must gear up for Jets’ running game

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH (AP) — The Patriots know they’re preparing for a Jets offense that will run, run and run some more when the divisional foes meet Sunday in New Jersey. “This team wants to run the ball. They let you know the want to run the ball, that’s their …

Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company. Elisabeth Scotland of Brigantine, New Jersey, sued Wednesday in Superior Court in Boston against …

‘Hands Up’ St. Louis Rams players to attend Ferguson Christmas party

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams are following through on plans to aid residents in nearby Ferguson. The five players who did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture before a recent home game are scheduled to appear at an Urban League of St. Louis Christmas Party on …

49ers’ Harbaugh mum on reported offer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater. Harbaugh has one season remaining on …

‘Super Mario’ making presence felt in Buffalo

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Jerry Hughes shakes his head in dismay and mutters, “That’s crazy.” The Bills defensive end has difficulty imagining how the Houston Texans were being second-guessed for selecting Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick …