Author: Jeffrey Powers

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Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski found dead – USA TODAY

CLOSE Some of the top coaches in college football tell USA TODAY Sports who helped pave the way for them. USA TODAY Sports Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, shown here during the Holiday Bowl, was found dead in an apartment Tuesday.(Photo: Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports) Backup Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead Tuesday afternoon in his apartment and authorities are investigating...

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Jo Jo White, NBA champion with Boston Celtics and Olympic gold medalist, dies at 71 – USA TODAY

CLOSE SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick discusses the defensive problems plaguing the Cavaliers and what they can do to fix them. USA TODAY Sports Jo Jo White stands on stage during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2015 announcement in Indianapolis in April 2015.(Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP) The Boston Celtics are mourning one of their greatest players. Jo Jo White,...

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Behind the scenes of postgame altercation between Clippers and Rockets – USA TODAY

CLOSE SportsPulse: Things got ugly between the Rockets and Clippers on Monday night. USA TODAY Sports NBA reporter Sam Amick explains how it got to this point. USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, and Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza have words before both of them were ejected in the closing seconds.(Photo: Mark J. Terrill, AP) The dust had hardly settled...

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Tom Coughlin’s unique success vs. Bill Belichick … explained! – NFL.com

Earlier this season, Bill Belichick became the third-winningest coach in NFL history, trailing only Don Shula and George Halas. Given all the New England Patriots have accomplished with The Hoodie at the helm, it’s easy to ask: Is there anyone who can beat Belichick? Well, actually, we don’t have to look too hard to find the man who has been Belichick’s Kryptonite. Hello again,...

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Playoff Challenge championship game analyst picks – NFL.com

So far, the NFL playoffs have delivered as far as entertainment goes. Hopefully, that’s also benefitted your NFL Playoff Challenge fantasy lineups. Our analysts have experienced some turnover thanks to a few of the upsets, and I get into all of that below as I scrutinize our rosters for the Championship Round. If you still haven’t joined NFL Playoff Challenge yet, fear not, you...

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Ben Roethlisberger: I’m not free to check to QB sneak – NFL.com

Ben Roethlisberger‘s big frame seemingly makes him an ideal candidate for quarterback sneaks. After Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, many were wondering why the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t let Big Ben put his head down and try to burrow through the Jags’ line on a pair of fourth down plays. Speaking on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Roethlisberger said the team’s...

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Patriots’ Dion Lewis hits stride after major injuries and 985-day hiatus

7:01 AM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — On a steamy day in July 2015, Dion Lewis took the field under an angry sky in upstate New York. He was about to begin a workout on the University of Albany campus, not far from his childhood home, when the sun disappeared and it became “evil dark,” his trainer, Mike Grasso, recalled. The wind kicked up, and...

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Win away from Super Bowl, moving past Minneapolis Miracle isn’t difficult for Vikings

10:09 AM ET EDEN PRAIRE, Minn. — Mike Zimmer went from leading a “Skol” chant in his news conference following the Minnesota Vikings’ thrilling win over the New Orleans Saints to describing the laundry list of things he didn’t like from Minnesota’s performance less than 24 hours later. There was Case Keenum’s third-quarter interception, Ryan Quigley’s blocked punt that gave the Saints a short...

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