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January 15, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants confirmed the hiring Ben McAdoo on Thursday, a little more than a week after Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons.

The 38-year-old McAdoo has been the Giants offensive coordinator the past two seasons. He will formally be introduced at a news conference thi morning.

McAdoo interviewed with team president John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese a week ago Tuesday. They met again Wednesday, when he also spoke with team chairman Steve Tisch and treasurer Jonathan Tisch.

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January 13, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin had an interview scheduled Tuesday with the San Francisco 49ers about their head coaching vacancy, a person with direct knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press.

The two-time Super Bowl winning coach was to meet with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke at an unspecified location on the East Coast, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team is not making public its interviews or candidates to replace the fired Jim Tomsula.

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January 09, 2016

CINCINNATI — All week long, they played nice. The Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers went out of their way to curb their comments about how they really feel about each other.

“All that stuff’s over when you get into the playoffs,” Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “It really doesn’t matter who it is or what division they’re from.”

Few people are buying it.

December 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Odell Beckham Jr. is going to have to serve his one-game suspension.

Hearing officer James Thrash on Wednesday upheld the suspension for multiple violations of safety-related playing rules after hearing an appeal by the New York Giants wide receiver earlier in the day.

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December 21, 2015

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers turned the No Fly Zone into just another flight of fancy.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and three touchdowns as the Steelers rallied for a 34-27 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Antonio Brown caught 16 passes for 189 yards and two scores as Pittsburgh (9-5) moved into the AFC’s second wild-card spot by dominating the NFL’s best defense after spotting the Broncos a 27-10 lead.

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December 19, 2015

Former No. 1 overall draft pick Matt Bush agreed on a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers after spending 31⁄2 years in prison for a drunken driving accident in Florida that seriously injured a man.

Bush said Friday he has been sober since the March 2012 accident after years of alcohol issues.

“It was a startling experience. ... It was pretty scary to deal with,” Bush said during a conference call. “I didn’t really pay attention to the baseball world for a while because it was too hard for me.”

December 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was listed on the team’s injury report Friday with an illness that made him questionable Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Brady did not practice with the team, according to the injury report.

Since he took over when Drew Bledsoe was injured in Week 2 of the 2001 season, Brady has played in every game of every season except for 2008, when he was injured in the first quarter of the opener and missed the rest of the season.

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December 18, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. promises that no matter what cleats he wears against the undefeated Carolina Panthers on Sunday, his matchup with cornerback Josh Norman could be one for the books.

It would have been apropos had the New York Giants wide receiver reprised Monday night’s Miami footwear that carried the image of The Joker as a counter to Norman’s “Batman” nickname.

But Beckham said Thursday he wanted nothing to do with playing the name game against Carolina (13-0).

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December 09, 2015

WASHINGTON — No matter how inconsistent his Washington Redskins have been — unable to win consecutive games all season — coach Jay Gruden’s message Tuesday, essentially, was rather simple: It’s about time the team did things well on a regular basis.

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November 23, 2015

CHARLOTTE — Cam Newton proved again he can beat teams with his arm, throwing a career-high five touchdown passes on Sunday and the Carolina Panthers improved to 10-0 with a dominating 44-16 win over the Washington Redskins.

Newton completed 21 of 34 passes for 246 yards and threw TD passes to five different receivers as Carolina stretched its regular-season win streak to 14 games, including eight straight at home.

The Panthers opened a four-game lead in the NFC South over Atlanta and became the 16th team in the Super Bowl era to start 10-0.

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