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  • Jaguars hold off Titans late, win 21-13 in home finale

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion. And Sen'Derrick Marks sealed it with the most rewarding sack of his career. The trio provided all the highlights in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. In a matchup that was widely billed as unwatchable, Bortles, Todman and Marks offered some compelling moments in a relatively meaningless game. "The neat thing about this was different guys stood up at different times," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. Bortles completed 13 of 26 passes for 115…
  • 49ers' Harbaugh mum on reported offer

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater. Harbaugh has one season remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011. Several media outlets, including ESPN and the NFL Network, have reported Harbaugh has a six-year offer on the table from the Wolverines to return to Ann Arbor. "As you know, I'll only talk about the job that I have. We've been together a long time and it's a longstanding policy," Harbaugh said Thursday. All season…
  • Bears bench QB Jay Cutler for Clausen

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The thought crossed Jay Cutler's mind as soon as he found out he was being benched: He might have played his final game for Chicago. The Bears announced Thursday that they will start Jimmy Clausen against the Detroit Lions on Sunday instead of the man who signed a massive, seven-year deal at the end of last season. Coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will be available as the backup at Soldier Field, where boos have rained down on a punchless, porous team that is now 5-9 and playing out the string after starting the season with legitimate hopes of a playoff run. They will…
  • Adrian Peterson's appeal denied, suspension upheld

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:24 pm
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The NFL's hard line on Adrian Peterson held up. The league-appointed arbitrator for Peterson's appeal affirmed the unpaid suspension until at least next spring, the final result of the child-abuse case that kept the Minnesota running back out of all but one game this season and widened the rift between the NFL and its players over the fairness of the disciplinary process. The decision by Harold Henderson, a former league official, was announced Friday. That means Peterson, though he avoided jail time and a felony conviction, has been fined more than $4.1 million as part of…
  • Sharper, others indicted in New Orleans rape cases

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Federal and state grand juries in New Orleans added new sexual assault and drug charges Friday to the multi-state criminal counts faced by former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper. Sharper, 39, was indicted by a grand jury on two state counts of aggravated rape stemming from accusations that he sexually assaulted two drug-impaired women at his apartment in September 2013, District attorney's spokesman Christopher Bowman said Friday morning. Sharper also was charged with simple rape of a different woman in August 2013. Also indicted on state charges Friday: Brandon…
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  • Eagles choke in Washington

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Philadelphia had everything to play for. Washington had nothing to play for. Everyone figured the Eagles would win easily. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, the Eagles went into Washington badly needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and instead choked the game away, losing 27-24 on a Kai Forbath field goal…
  • Angels sign Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The deal between Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin and the Angels became official on Saturday after the 20-year-old passed his physical.
  • College Bowl Capsules

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    LAS VEGAS (AP) Utah quarterback Travis Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another Saturday, leading the No. 23 Utes to a 45-10 rout of Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl....
  • Texas Southern stuns Michigan State 71-64 in OT

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Chris Thomas scored 22 points, and unheralded Texas Southern beat 25th-ranked Michigan State, outlasting the Spartans 71-64 in overtime Saturday....
  • Nick Saban gives impassioned defense for D.J. Pettway’s second chance

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    In February of 2013, four Alabama football players, including D.J. Pettway, were arrested in connection with a pair of robberies and, following an initial suspension, dismissed from the football program.  Only Pettway, in December of last year, was ultimately permitted to return to the Tide. The second chance caused enough of a controversy — Pettway…
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  • Parents hand out goody bags to apologize in advance for baby on flight

    Elizabeth Murray
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Loud, crying babies are one of the last people anyone wants to sit near on a flight, but for one Redditor, sitting near a baby turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of his trip thanks to the little one's parents' thoughtful care package. Danaus Chang said he was heading to Miami on a business trip, sleep-deprived and grumpy, not looking forward to the flight.
  • On the hunt for L.L. Bean 'duck' boots? Here are a few alternatives

    Emily Sher
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Who knew that a 102-year-old could be so hip? The classic "bean boot" was invented in 1902 by Leon Leonwood Bean himself. The boot even inspired him to launch L.L. Bean in the first place, according to L.L. Bean senior public affairs manager Carolyn Beem. The boot's design hasn't changed much since then, but the its popularity certainly has.
  • Love for Liza: Wedding, outpouring of support for young woman battling terminal cancer

    Elizabeth Murray
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    On Thanksgiving, Liza Haynie Heaton went to the hospital with stomach pains, only to receive news that no one can prepare for. Scans showed that a rare cancer that she had previously beaten — synovial sarcoma — had returned. Doctors said the cancer was aggressive, and there wasn't much that they could do. They gave Heaton less than a month to live."For three years there wasn't really any bad news.
  • Warm up the crowd! 7 big-batch cocktail recipes for holiday gatherings

    Alesandra Dubin
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    Break out the punch bowl! Take the stress out of holiday entertaining by creating a signature drink (or two!) that guests can serve themselves. Here are seven big-batch cocktail recipes to try, from holiday classics to surprising creations.1.
  • TODAY family talks crazy holiday traditions

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    The Weekend TODAY team sat down to discuss some wacky holiday traditions. Can you guess which anchor cuts down his or her own tree every year?
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