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    PITTSBURGH — I am not going to predict Pitt will make the College Football Playoff field and play for the national championship. I am not going to bet against it happening, either. Have you taken a good look at Pitt's remaining schedule? Let's start here: Pitt is ranked No. 24, one of five ACC teams in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll. The others are No. 5 Clemson, No. 10 North Carolina ...

      EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said what he said even if he didn’t really mean it the way it was it interpreted. The streets were already running rampant with talk of a quarterback controversy in Dallas. All he wanted was the Cowboys to keep winning with backup quarterback Cooper Rush on the field in place of an injured Dak Prescott, a prospect few thought was ...

        Florida State officials remain optimistic that Saturday’s home football game with Wake Forest will occur despite the impending threat of Hurricane Ian. “Following our most recent briefing today with authorities, University administration, transportation officials, security, law enforcement and emergency responders, we remain confident that we will be able to safely host Saturday’s football ...

          Seeing new Kraken defenseman Justin Schultz out running the power play in the team's preseason opener shouldn't really have surprised. Coach Dave Hakstol clearly used Monday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers to deploy newer faces in envisioned roles. Holdovers such as Yanni Gourde, Jordan Eberle, Jaden Schwartz, Jared McCann and Vince Dunn were known commodities and could wait until ...

            N.C. State coach Dave Doeren was asked Monday if the game against Clemson this week would be the biggest in school history. Doeren demurred on that one, agreeing it would probably be the biggest in his 10 years as the Wolfpack coach. “But as far as the history, that’s a long time,” Doeren said in his weekly news conference. That the Wolfpack is ranked 10th nationally and the Tigers fifth in ...

              LOS ANGELES — Eli Manning has some important family history that took place at the Rose Bowl, but he had never set foot in the historic venue until recently, when shooting an episode of "Eli's Places" that's focused on the epic national championship showdown between USC and Texas. "It's different being from the South and growing up in New Orleans," Manning said. "The Rose Bowl wasn't as big or ...

              Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera said he wants his institution to be great at everything, including football. He dismissed athletic director Todd Stansbury and football coach Geoff Collins because they didn’t produce results that came close to meeting that goal. “I’m dedicated to doing what it takes to get us where we belong: among the best programs in our conference, among the best ...

              MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins are another day closer to the Thursday night game at the Cincinnati Bengals with uncertainty still surrounding whether quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will play. Coach Mike McDaniel, as of Tuesday afternoon, is deeming Tagovailoa, who left and re-entered Sunday’s thrilling win over the Bills after a late hit from Buffalo linebacker Matt Milano, questionable ...

              Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, injuries and roster depth, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders. Here are the rankings heading into Week 4: Super Bowl contenders 1. Buffalo Bills (2-1, No. 1 last week) 2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-1, No. 2) 3. Miami Dolphins (3-0, No. ...

              Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster. Follow me on Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the week. Here are my best bets off the waiver wire for ...

              LANDOVER, Md. — The play Sunday that told you that the Eagles are an excellent football team, with the potential to be more than excellent, was born of what appeared to be chaos. It was late in the first half, the closing seconds ticking down on the game clock, the Eagles up 17 points on the Washington Commanders, positioned for a finishing blow. Jalen Hurts had tried to carry the ball into ...

              In 2018, during the run-up to Kentucky’s SEC football showdown with No. 14 Mississippi State, two primary storylines dominated the discourse. One was that UK’s history under Mark Stoops had been of struggling against dual-threat quarterbacks such as MSU’s Nick Fitzgerald. The other was that, under Stoops, Kentucky had never won a “draw-a-line-in-the-sand”-type game in Lexington. So after the ...

              RALEIGH, N.C. — If this is a one-year referendum on Kevin Keatts’ future at N.C. State, he doesn’t want to hear it. Same for reflections upon last season’s debacle, which went sideways in the first minute and never really got any better on the way to an 11-21 finish and only four wins in the ACC. Keatts stepped back, analyzed, assessed, drew conclusions — swapped out his entire coaching staff ...

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              Less than 24 hours after the Carolina Panthers earned their first victory of the season, coach Matt Rhule had a clear task for the team heading into Week 4. “I think the key is to try to be the same guy every day, so I challenged them today to have the same intensity about improving that they had last week at 0-2,” Rhule said. “That is the key to being great. It’s come in every week, see what ...

              Mac Jones pleaded the fifth. The Patriots quarterback met with the media on a video conference late Monday afternoon and wouldn’t divulge much of anything about the injury he suffered against the Ravens. He was asked numerous questions about the left ankle injury, which tests confirmed was a high ankle sprain, according to a source. An NFL Network report further classified the sprain as being ...

              The NFL is making major changes to the Pro Bowl format, beginning with this season’s event in February in Las Vegas. With more and more of the participants opting for safety over physicality, including last season’s game at Allegiant Stadium that essentially deteriorated into a game of two-hand touch rather than full-on tackling, the league is taking a cue from its players and changing the ...

              The Chargers thought they had it all figured out. They believed they had all the right pieces in all the right places. They had drafted well. They had made all the moves they believed they needed to make, with one blockbuster trade and a string of quality free-agent signings. They were as right as rain, the pundits agreed. They had done well to upgrade their roster during a very active ...

              Cam Heyward has a warning for anyone who is ready to push the panic button after three games. "Point me in the right direction," the Steelers defensive captain said. Heyward has been around long enough to know it's way too early in the season to get overly excited about a victory and too down about a loss. The 1-2 Steelers are a perfect example. There was no reason to get too amped about an ...

              Richard Sherman ain't walking through that door — unless maybe it's to record an episode of his podcast. Nor is Jamal Adams — unless he's on crutches when he does so. Ditto any stalwart Seahawks defender-slash-savior from the past you can think of, from Chancellor to Wagner. Here are two hard and true facts to emerge from the Seahawks' season to date, which are inextricably linked: — Fact No. ...

              With Hurricane Ian on track to target the west-central coast of Florida ahead of the weekend, UCF football coach Gus Malzahn said Monday his team is preparing as usual for Saturday’s home game vs. SMU. “We’re just taking it day by day,” Malzahn told reporters. “We’re going about our business like we’re going to play the game and everything that goes with it. Day by day as we get more updates, ...

              Athletic director Todd Stansbury and football coach Geoff Collins have both been dismissed from their positions at Georgia Tech, effective immediately. “I am grateful to Coach Collins for his hard work and commitment to our student athletes,” Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera said in a release. “Unfortunately, the results of our football program have fallen short of what our loyal ...

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