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Colts’ Andrew Luck goes on injured reserve

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck will spend a second offseason recovering from shoulder surgery. The Indianapolis Colts put Luck on injured reserve Thursday, marking the end of his season and the beginning of a different rehab program that team officials believe will get their star quarterback on the field next fall. Colts general manager Chris Ballard […]

NFL sidelined pizza sales? Papa John’s says yes, others (Pizza Hut) say no

NEW YORK — The CEO of Papa John’s slammed the NFL’s leadership and blamed protests by football players for pizza sales going cold. A day later, rival Pizza Hut said it saw no such impact. So what’s going on? Papa John’s is closely associated with the NFL, due to its sponsorship of the league. But […]

NFL: Ezekiel Elliott appeal has no chance of success

NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has no chance with his latest attempt to delay a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence, NFL lawyers said Thursday. The attorneys told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that it should not interfere with Elliott beginning his suspension Sunday when the Cowboys […]

Texans QB DeShaun Watson out for season with ACL tear

HOUSTON — Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury in practice on Thursday, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The rookie suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees and will go on the injured reserve. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the […]

Titans defense among NFL’s best since embarrassing loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans believe they got the defensive wake-up call needed from one of the worst losses in franchise history. A month ago in Houston, the Titans simply could not stop the Texans. They gave up four drives of 73 yards or longer and were stuck on the field for nearly 40 […]

Porzingis not surprised by sizzling start as Knicks main man

NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis is neither surprised nor satisfied by his sensational start to the NBA season. He entered play Wednesday third in the league in scoring with 29.3 points per game after the best beginning stretch ever for a New York Knicks player. He already was the first player in franchise history to […]

NBA Finals hangovers? Steve Kerr says they can be very real

There’s still no reason to think that a fourth consecutive NBA Finals matchup between Golden State and Cleveland cannot happen, even though both teams have been often less than razor-sharp to start this season. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, frankly, isn’t surprised by some early struggles. Golden State has had uncharacteristic issues with turnovers and defense […]

Duke is No. 1 in AP preseason poll for second straight year

Duke was in good position to be ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll before landing Marvin Bagley III. Once the nation’s top recruit decided to reclassify for this season, the Blue Devils became the voters’ clear choice. Led by Bagley and senior guard Grayson Allen, Duke was the preseason No. 1 for the […]

Vikings GM: Bridgewater’s status still being determined

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — General manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday that the Minnesota Vikings have not yet determined whether they will activate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the physically unable to perform list next week. Spielman told reporters that Bridgewater will be evaluated again following practice Monday when players return from their bye weekend. Spielman will assess […]

DAHLBERG COLUMN: Dodgers stick to the script, look for Hollywood end

Dave Roberts was going to stick to the script no matter what. Now the Dodgers have a shot at a Hollywood ending never before seen in the history of Dodger Stadium. One game, winner take all. Just how it should be, because this World Series has been way too much fun not to go to […]

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