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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton passes against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

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 night when they host Denver (11-3), which has already clinched the AFC West. Throughout their history, the Bengals (9-4-1) have been at …

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 has had to stick to more of a run-first philosophy, relying more on the running …

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 motto, that’s what they stand for,” Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday. “You talk …

Yankees GM Brian Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most. …

Role players keying Steelers’ playoff push

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH — The numbers have become so sublimely routine, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is getting tired of talking about them. Every week it seems Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger or Antonio Brown are setting a new club record …

Bears coach Marc Trestman laments lack of consistency

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman ran through the faults he saw in his team during its latest loss and it sure sounded familiar. The Bears have dropped six of their last eight games, occupy last …

Terrance ‘Pot Roast’ Knighton issues Super Bowl prediction for Broncos

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Fox has no problem with nose tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton’s Super Bowl bravado. “I think that’s been the goal all season,” the Denver Broncos coach said when asked for his take on Knighton’s …

1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry retires

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PARIS — In announcing the end of a distinguished 20-year career, Thierry Henry made it clear where he felt more cherished. It wasn’t France, for which he won the 1998 World Cup, remains the national team’s leading goal-scorer, …

Saints beat Bears 31-15, grab South lead

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CHICAGO — Drew Brees and the Saints found a cure for their problems — playing the Bears. Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, and New Orleans beat Chicago 31-15 on Monday night to grab the NFC …

Kelly Olynyk scores 30 in Celtics’ 105-87 win over 76ers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens might talk to Kelly Olynyk about playing hard before every game. Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points after a pep talk from his coach, leading the Celtics to a 105-87 victory …

Patriots chase bigger goals after clinching division

Monday, December 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The souvenirs from Darrelle Revis’ first division title in his brilliant eight-year career were safely stowed in his bag. For longtime New England players, the T-shirt with the message “PATRIOTS RUN THE EAST” and the championship …

Damarcus Beasley retires from US national team

Monday, December 15, 2014

CHICAGO — DaMarcus Beasley, the first American to play in four World Cups, said Monday he is retiring from the U.S. national team after 14 years. The 32-year-old scored 17 goals and made 121 international appearances — fifth …

Troy Vincent: No regrets about Peterson conversations

Monday, December 15, 2014

Troy Vincent said he visited Adrian Peterson at his Texas home, held one of his sons on his lap and offered guidance to open the door toward getting the former NFL MVP back on track and on the …