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Though the contest is barely more than a week old, the music already is fading out in the NFL’s annual offseason game of coaching musical chairs.

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was ready to get right back on the field to play for another College Football Playoff title after the Tigers’hard-fought semifinal win over Ohio State last month.

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When Zion Williamson finished his first full-court, five-on-five work since returning to practice last week, he spent extra one-on-one time with assistant coach Fred Vinson on the free throw line.

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The Patriots have been compared to a sporting dynasty and to Palpatine’s Evil Empire. Regardless of which is true, there’s no denying that New England enters these playoffs more vulnerable than in quite a few years.

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EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings secondary will be short-handed for Sunday’s playoff game at New Orleans, with cornerback Mackensie Alexander ruled out with a knee injury and cornerback Mike Hughes placed on injured reserve with a neck problem.

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The NFL goes into the playoffs with its regular-season ratings having gone up for the second straight year, the first time the league has seen back-to-back increases since 2010.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Cassius Winston had 21 points and Xavier Tillman scored 19, leading No. 14 Michigan State to a 76-56 win over Illinois on Thursday night.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two women allege in a lawsuit that the University of Missouri mishandled its investigation of former basketball player Terrence Phillips, who was accused of sexual and physical misconduct before he was released from the team in 2018.

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FILE - In this June 19, 1984 file photo, NBA commissioner David Stern, center, is flanked by Akeem Olajuwon, right, the No. 1 pick overall by the Houston Rockets, and Sam Bowie, the No. 2 pick overall by the Portland Trail Blazers at the NBA Draft in New York. David Stern, who spent 30 years…

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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 5, 2009 file photo, NBA commissioner David Stern, left, presents Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James with the 2008-2009 NBA Most Valuable Player trophy before the Cavaliers' Eastern Conference basketball semifinals game against the Atlanta Hawks in Cleveland. David …

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FILE - In this June 18, 1996, file photo, Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan, left, receives the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy from Commissioner David Stern during a ceremony in Chicago. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into…

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NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had basketball as a passion and law as a profession, one he figured he could return to if a job at the NBA didn’t work out.

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Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert celebrates after scoring with offensive lineman Penei Sewell during second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif.

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Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) gains yardage as he tries to get past Michigan defensive back Vincent Gray (31) and defensive back DeMarcco Hellams, right, during the first half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.

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Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) throws a pass as Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson (97) rushes during the second half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, tosses citrus fruit to his players as they celebrate their victory over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.

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Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim (24) slips a tackle by Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson (3) during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

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Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck points at the screen as he yells at line judge Jim Slayton during the second half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

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Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson (6) makes a diving catch in front of Auburn defensive back Jordyn Peters (15) during the second half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert scored his third rushing touchdown of the 106th Rose Bowl on a thrilling 30-yard run with 7:41 to play Wednesday night, and No. 7 Oregon held off No. 11 Wisconsin 28-27 to win its third straight trip to the Granddaddy of Them All.

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PASADENA, Calif. — Justin Herbert scored his third rushing touchdown of the 106th Rose Bowl on a thrilling 30-yard run with 7:41 to play Wednesday night, and No. 7 Oregon held off No. 11 Wisconsin 28-27 to win its third straight trip to the Granddaddy of Them All.

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Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim (24) beats Auburn defensive back Roger McCreary (23) to the endzone to score on a 16-yard touchdown run during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

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Auburn defensive back Javaris Davis (13) runs with the football after intercepting a pass intended for Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson (6) during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

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Auburn wide receiver Sal Cannella (80) celebrates after his 37-yard touchdown reception during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against Minnesota Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

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California wide receiver Nikko Remigio, right, celebrates with Makai Polk (17) after scoring a touchdown against Illinois during the second half of the Redbox Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif.

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California tight end Gavin Reinwald (84) celebrates with Ricky Walker III (21) after scoring a touchdown against Illinois during the second half of the Redbox Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif.

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California quarterback Chase Garbers (7) scrabbles away from Illinois defensive lineman Ayo Shogbonyo (52) during the first half of the Redbox Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif.

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LSU Offensive Coordinator Steve Ensminger embracxes LSU long snapper Blake Ferguson (48) before the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA semifinal college football playoff game between LSU and Oklahoma, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Atlanta. Ensminger's daughter-in-law, Carley McCord, died in a p…

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Classmates Faith Robinson, left, and Chloe Stephens, right, place photos of Walker Vincent on a board during a 16th birthday party for Walker at Leslie Jacob's home on Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Lafayette, La. Walker Vincent was one of the victims in the plane crash on Saturday. Family and…

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Friend and classmate of Walker Vincent Grace Morgan write a note to him on a balloon during a16th birthday party for him at Leslie Jacob's home on Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Lafayette, La. Walker Vincent was one of the victims in the plane crash on Saturday. Family and friends threw him a …

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Moris D. Sowers, of Effingham, Illinois, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham.