By Pat Graham AP Sports Writer DENVER – The last time Tom Brady and the New England Patriots came to Denver, Peyton Manning watched the game on television from inside the locker room. Not next Sunday, though. The Broncos quarterback will take in his customary spot in the huddle. Manning meets Brady for a 17th […]

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton. Larry Fitzgerald. Two of the biggest stars playing for the two highest scoring teams with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Welcome to the NFC championship game – the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers next Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers held […]

By Don Thompson Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was found dead in his California prison cell early Wednesday, and officials said they suspect suicide. Guards at Kern Valley State Prison found Phillips, 40, unresponsive in his cell shortly after midnight. He was taken to an outside hospital and pronounced […]

JACKSON The NFL playoffs are well underway and the New Orleans Saints, the team for whom most Mississippians cheer, are watching on TV for the second consecutive season. Yes, and for the second straight season, the Saints finished with a losing, 7-9 record. What to do? We’ll get to that. But first, some history… For […]

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES – When the Rams announced their return to the Los Angeles area Tuesday night after 21 years away, hundreds of their long-faithful fans celebrated in the streets from downtown to Inglewood. Winning over the rest of the Southland’s 18 1/2 million people is going to take a […]

Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North by holding on for a 20-13 win Sunday night over the Green Bay Packers. Adrian Peterson ran for a touchdown, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn returned a fumble 55 yards for a score, and Minnesota (11-5) claimed its first division title since 2009. The […]

JACKSON Many of you are no doubt familiar with a website called The Onion, which produces satirical, often hilarious, “news” stories. I have no problem with The Onion. It sometimes makes me laugh. Our problem these days is differentiating between The Onion and the countless “real news” outlets, which are serving up ever-increasing volumes of […]

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Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones goes up over Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly for a long touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to take a 14-10 lead over the Panthers during the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

By CHARLES ODUM Associated Press ATLANTA – For the first time this season, there was no big comeback for Carolina. No clutch play at a key moment. No costly mistake by its opponent in the last few minutes. The perfect start is over for Cam Newton and the Panthers. After Julio Jones’ spectacular 70-yard touchdown […]

Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton added to his MVP resume, completing 15 of 21 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, and the unbeaten Carolina Panthers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 38-0 on Sunday to clinch a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. Newton connected on scoring strikes of 74 and 46 yards to […]