• SUPER BOWL: Profiles of key players

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Projected starters and key players for the Super Bowl: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS OFFENSE Russell Wilson, QB (3), 5-11, 206, 3rd season, Wisconsin Holds NFL record for wins at start of career with 42, including postseason ... Third-round draftee who immediately seized...

  • Pro Bowl kickers face a PAT squeeze in narrow goal-post gap

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kickers Adam Vinatieri and Cody Parkey are going to have to narrow their focus and kick a little harder to convert an extra point in Sunday's Pro Bowl. The NFL will narrow the goal posts from the current 18.6-feet to 14 feet. In addition, the kick will be...

  • Like a safety in the Super Bowl? Stand in line in Vegas

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — For some bettors, there's just not much value picking either the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks in a Super Bowl that is a tossup almost everywhere in this gambling city. But betting on whether the Patriots run more plays than the number of shots Tiger Woods...

  • A summary of the wild 2014 NFL season

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The NFL has reached the pinnacle of its season with the Super Bowl just around the corner. Although it's the most popular sport in the U.S., for many Americans and millions around the world, the Super Bowl is the only football game they will watch all year. Some...

  • Ramsey: How much is at risk for Gary Kubiak and John Elway?

    By david ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    John Elway's and Gary Kubiak's friendship brought them together as prime leaders of the Broncos, but friendship alone will fail to keep their business association alive. Winning is required. Losing could doom the future fun of two buddies working side by side. The men have known...

  • Blount happy with Patriots after rocky time with Steelers

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A right cross to an opponent's chin. An arrest on a marijuana possession charge. A decision to walk out on the Pittsburgh Steelers. And now, for LeGarrette Blount, a spot in the Super Bowl in a revived career. "It's had its ups and downs," the hard-hitting...

  • Tricks, repeat? The best Super Bowl gimmicks

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Trick plays stand out in a Super Bowl a little like clown suits at a cocktail party. In this highest-of-high-stakes contest, the appetite for NFL coaches whose strategies lean more conservative than not is typically low for gadgets and gimmicks. Surprising the other team with a safety...

  • NFL set to name sportsmanship award in honor of Art Rooney

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The NFL will name an annual award recognizing outstanding sportsmanship on the field in honor of the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers Art Rooney Sr. The winner selected by the vote of the players will be announced at the "NFL Honors" show on Saturday, Jan. 31 on NBC, the...

  • Pro Bowl players vary on importance of deflated-ball issue

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Andrew Luck was asked how he felt after Indianapolis' one-sided loss to New England in the AFC championship game. "The energy is sucked out of you," he said. "You do feel deflated." It's a word the Colts quarterback wished he'd never used, but one he and other Pro Bowl...

  • Bears hire Adam Gase as offensive coordinator

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Adam Gase is the new offensive coordinator for the Bears, following coach John Fox from Denver to Chicago. The Bears also interviewed Gase for head coach before selecting Fox for the job. Gase also had head-coaching interviews with San Francisco, Buffalo and...

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