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LAS VEGAS — Every seemingly impossible step in USC’s extraordinary yearlong turnaround, from the stunning hire of Lincoln Riley last November to the magical moments constantly conjured by its star quarterback, had for the past year defied any sane expectation, its stunning run all but daring destiny to intervene. The Trojans had climbed out of the Pac-12 cellar, scratching and clawing their ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The week begins with some film of the most recently played game, and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes often embarks on that process on the flight home. It allows him to more quickly move to tape of the upcoming opponent, which amounts to a collection of five or six relevant games. If that includes a recent matchup with the Chiefs, hey, even better. Usually. On occasion, ...

There are a lot of important NFL games this weekend, with the season winding down and the playoff races starting to shape up. This time of year seems to be when the games become more interesting, as there is far more of a sense of urgency. The one game that is rather meaningless in the grand scheme of things is Browns-Texans, as neither team is in the playoff hunt. I guess I should qualify ...

CHICAGO — Perhaps it would be in the Green Bay Packers’ best interest to put their four-time MVP quarterback on the shelf for the rest of 2022, to let Aaron Rodgers rest his battered ribs and take care of his broken right thumb. The Packers then could take a longer look at young Jordan Love and begin to make a more informed evaluation of their possible quarterback succession plan. Always good ...

PHILADELPHIA — On the night of April 28, moments after he heard about his trade from the Tennessee Titans to the Eagles, star wide receiver A.J. Brown hit the football field and went through what he described as one of the “most intense workouts of his life.” “I thought, ‘If they’re going to trade me, it’s going to be one of the biggest mistakes they’re ever going to make,’ ” Brown recalled. ...

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