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Charges dropped against Sam Adams in tax fraud case

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sam Adams had charges against him dropped in a case where he was alleged to have committed tax evasion and wage theft while running six northwest health clubs. “My wife Erika and I are relieved the truth has come out, and that our family can put this painful episode behind [more]

Randy Moss, Ray Lewis among Hall of Fame semifinalists for 2018

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 27 semifinalists for the Class of 2018. It includes six first-year eligible candidates in defensive back Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, wide receiver Randy Moss and defensive lineman Richard Seymour. In addition, safety LeRoy Butler, defensive ends Leslie O’Neal and Simeon [more]

Raiders fire Ken Norton Jr., promote John Pagano to defensive coordinator

The Raiders have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, and now they’re making a coordinator change. Head coach Jack Del Rio has fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and will replace him with John Pagano, NFL Network reports. Norton, a former Pro Bowl linebacker, is in his third season as defensive coordinator of [more]

NFL has no response to latest Trump tweet

The Commander-in-Chief has turned his attention back to the anthem controversy, and the NFL isn’t taking the bait. During a Monday media briefing, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart had no comment in response to President Donald Trump’s tweet regarding the decision of Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch to sit for the American national anthem but to [more]

Trump calls on NFL to suspend Marshawn Lynch

President Trump is calling on the NFL to suspend Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who sat during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Sunday’s game but stood for the Mexican national anthem, which was played because the game took place in Mexico City. Trump, who has repeatedly criticized NFL players who do not stand for the national [more]

AFC playoff picture: Steelers, Patriots atop the conference

Some things never change. The Steelers and Patriots are the two franchises that have played in the AFC Championship Game the most, and the Steelers and Patriots are the two teams atop the AFC this year. Here’s how the AFC playoff picture looks, with each team now having played 10 games: LEADERS 1. Steelers (8-2): [more]

Patriots blow out Raiders 33-8

The Chiefs held open the door for the Raiders with their stunning 12-9 upset overtime loss to the Giants earlier in the day. Oakland, though, closed the door in its own face. The Raiders would have won the division by winning out. Instead, they laid an egg in Mexico City against the Patriots, losing 33-8 [more]

Tom Brady has 82nd regular-season game with 300 yards

Tom Brady has his 82nd career 300-yard passing game, and the Patriots have their eighth victory of the season, even if there remains a quarter to play. The Patriots ended the third quarter with a 30-0 lead on the Raiders. Brady has completed 27 of 33 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns. Brandin Cooks [more]

Marshawn Lynch sits for U.S. anthem, stands for Mexican anthem

LaVar Ball may have to work a little harder to retain the attention of the Commander-in-Chief. Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, playing in Mexico against the Patriots, sat for the U.S. national anthem (as usual). Per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Lynch stood for the Mexican national anthem. The development comes at a time [more]

Patriots lead Raiders 17-0 at halftime

The Raiders were threatening to make it a game . . . and then they weren’t. The Patriots lead 17-0 at halftime with a big swing at the end of the first half. The Raiders were only 3 yards from getting within a touchdown. Wide receiver Seth Roberts, fighting for extra yardage in the waning [more]

Tom Brady doing Tom Brady things as Patriots take early lead

Tom Brady is amazing in case you didn’t realize that already. He opened Sunday’s game going 9-for-9 for 61 yards and a touchdown. That gives him 48 touchdowns and four interceptions over the past two seasons. Let’s repeat that: Tom Brady has 48 touchdown passes and four interceptions over the past two seasons, which encompasses [more]

Marshall Newhouse inactive for Raiders; Mike Gillislee for Patriots

All seven of the Patriots’ inactives are key players. But the Patriots already ruled out four before they turned in their inactive list Sunday. Right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle), center David Andrews (illness), wide receiver Chris Hogan (shoulder) and wide receiver Matthew Slater (hamstring) were listed as out Friday. The Patriots’ other inactives are cornerback [more]

Week 11 injury report roundup

Week 11 kicked off on Thursday with a Steelers win and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players [more]

Jon Gruden wants something, but what?

In past years, rumors of a return to coaching by former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden were fueled by others. This year, the rumors primarily are coming from Gruden himself. It began in July, when Gruden raised the topic of returning to the sideline during a podcast with Last week, Gruden broached the [more]

Mexico City’s altitude will affect Patriots’ and Raiders’ special teams

The Patriots and Raiders are meeting in Mexico City on Sunday, and special teams will be affected. The game is at Azteca Stadium, which is 7,380 feet above sea level. That’s much higher than the 5,280-foot altitude of Denver, and that means punts and field goals will travel farther than they do at any NFL [more]

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