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Minnesota Vikings can clinch division with win over Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Case Keenum’s improbable season has the Minnesota Vikings thinking playoffs. Keenum entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012, one year after Cam Newton made a splash as the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. While the two quarterbacks have taken dramatically different paths, …

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Falcons take down Saints in strange Thursday night game

ATLANTA (AP) — With the season potentially hanging in the balance, Deion Jones leaped high in the air, about as high as he could go. He reached even higher, snatching the ball away before it could reach the intended target. Holding on for dear life with both arms, the Atlanta …

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Sandusky’s son sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of girls

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons is headed to prison after pleading guilty to pressuring a teenage girl to send him naked photos and asking her teen sister to perform a sex act. The Centre Daily Times says a Pennsylvania judge on Friday sentenced 42-year-old Jeffrey Sandusky to …

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Swedish club Ostersund finds success on and off soccer field

BERLIN (AP) More famous for snow sports like cross-country skiing and biathlon, the ”Winter City” of Ostersund is making quite a name for itself on the soccer field. The club from the northern Swedish city has progressed so quickly that even reaching the last 32 of the Europa League isn’t …

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Brawls and vicious hits aplenty in NFL

Maybe the public address announcer at NFL stadiums is a job for Michael Buffer these days. You know: “Let’s get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Unfortunately, what goes on inside the boxing ring might be safer than what we saw the last few weeks on the football field. Brawls. Dirty hits.Malicious moves …

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Walter Zenga named coach of relegation-threatened Crotone

CROTONE, Italy (AP) Former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga has been named coach of relegation-threatened Crotone. Zenga replaced Davide Nicola, who resigned unexpectedly Wednesday after an apparent clash with club management. Crotone has lost four straight matches in all competitions and is 16th in Serie A, two points above the drop …

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Ducks looking to start path back to contention

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Two teams desperate to get back into contention in the Western Conference meet when the Minnesota Wild play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday evening. For the Ducks (12-11-6), the game marks the chance to put consecutive victories together for the first time since Nov. …

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AP Source: Oregon to promote Cristobal to head coach

A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Oregon will hire Mario Cristobal as its head coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because a deal and announcement were still being finalized. Cristobal was offensive coordinator at Oregon this past season and was named …

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