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‘Nobody wanted to continue to play the game’

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow speaks with the media, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Cincinnati. Damar Hamlin was taken to the hospital after collapsing on the field during the Bill’s NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow felt it was important to let the Buffalo Bills know how his …

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Jim Harbaugh thinks ‘I’ll be coaching Michigan’ next season amid reported talks with NFL’s Panthers

USATSI Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, while noncommittal, believes a return to the Wolverines in 2023 is in the cards amid interest from multiple NFL franchises. Harbaugh previously spoke with Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper about the Panthers’ vacant head coach position, according to ESPN, though the conversation was not characterized as a formal interview. “Although no one knows the future, I …

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Florida in the top 40 of ESPN’s SP+ rankings after bowl season

ESPN has released their latest college football SP+ rankings after bowl season, with the Florida Gators coming in as a top 40 team in the country. Connelly developed the SP+ ranking system in 2008 and, in his own words, is “a tempo- and opponent-adjusted measure of college football efficiency” and “intended to be predictive and forward-facing.” The offensive metric is …

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Detroit Red Wings place veteran LW Jakub Vrana on waivers

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Jakub Vrana on waivers Tuesday, less than three weeks after he returned to the team following a stint in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. Vrana is midway through a three-year, $15.75 million deal that carries a $5.25 million cap hit. Vrana, 26, sought treatment through the league’s channel — which handles everything from substance …

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Jamaal Williams wins FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors

Jamaal Williams will have even more reasons to smile. Not that the Detroit Lions running back didn’t have a grin already, but now he’s got some new hardware. Williams won the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his outstanding Week 17 performance in the Lions win over the Chicago Bears. Williams led the league with a career-high 144 rushing …

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Mattress Mack places over $3 million on bets on TCU to win College Football Playoff National Championship

Getty Images Sports gambler Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale has placed over $3 million in bets on the TCU Horned Frogs to win next Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs, according to a report by Darren Rovell of Action Network. Mattress Mack placed $2.13 million on the TCU moneyline, betting $1.5 million on DraftKings at +370, …

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Packers, Jaguars keep climbing in Week 18 ‘Herd Hierarchy’

One week remains in the 2022 NFL regular season, and plenty remains unsettled across the sport.  Will the Jacksonville Jaguars or Tennessee Titans win the AFC South? Could the Philadelphia Eagles drop three games in a row, losing the NFC East to the Dallas Cowboys? Who will grab the third AFC and NFC wild card spots? Here’s Colin Cowherd’s “Herd …

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NFL’s Troy Vincent can’t understand how a five-minute warmup call made it on ‘MNF’ after Damar Hamlin collapse

In a tearful and emotional response Wednesday, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent vehemently denied ever giving the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals a five-minute warmup period to resume Monday night’s game that saw Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapse due to cardiac arrest. Vincent, one of the league’s top football executives, reiterated the same stance he took …

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Top 10 college football teams by average home attendance in 2022

Brad Crawford of 247Sports recently took a look at the highest average home attendance numbers for the 2022 college football season. Texas landed among the top 10 after breaking a few attendance records early in the season. The Longhorns set an attendance record at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Week 2 for the Alabama game with 105, 213 fans …

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Agent’s Take: Breaking down Russell Wilson’s contract and when the Broncos can realistically get rid of him

The Broncos acquired Russell Wilson last March to provide the stability at quarterback that’s been missing since Hall of Famer Peyton Manning retired after a Super Bowl winning 2015 season. The Seahawks received multiple players (tight end Noah Fant, defensive lineman Shelby Harris and quarterback Drew Lock), 2022 and 2023 first-round picks, 2022 and 2023 second-round picks and a 2022 …

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NHL playoff hope tiers – Projections for all 32 teams

The NHL season is nearing its midpoint, which means teams separating out into the hopeful and the hopeless. Here are the Stanley Cup Hope Tiers as they are currently constituted. The projected points and playoff probabilities are through Monday’s games and provided by FiveThirtyEight. The Stanley Cup champion probabilities are via Money Puck. We begin with the highest of hopes: …

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