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Hungry Titans emerge as surprise package of NFL playoffs

12 Jan 2020

The Tennessee Titans have emerged as the surprise team of the National Football League (NFL) playoffs, running over opponents and surpassing expectations.The upstart Titans have posted victories over Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and top seed Baltimore Ravens to qualify for the AFC championship game."The Titans right now are just a dangerous, focused and hungry team,” guard Rodger Saffold told the Tennessean newspaper following a 28-12 rout of the Ravens on Saturday. “That's all I can say about it.”The Titans can credit a lot of their success to Derrick Henry, who has been one of the top runners in the league.Henry, a 6-foot-3 and 247-pound running back, exploded this season by leading the league in rushing. He punished teams in the post-season with a combined 377 yards in the two wins.Behind their locomotive, the Titans have been able to control games and limit throws from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has needed only 160 combined passing yards on 29 attempts.Tannehill has also played a major part in the team’s resurgence. He replaced a struggling Marcus Mariota as the starter in Week Seven to lift the Titans to a 7-3 finish and a playoff berth with a win in the season finale.A free agent in 2020, Tannehill may be playing himself into a future with the Titans offense which also features game-breaking rookie receiver A.J. Brown.Titans second-year coach Mike Vrabel is enjoying his own emergence. He earned a symbolic wild card round win against his former coach Bill Belichick for whom he played in New England en route to three Super Bowl wins as a player.Vrabel showcased his tactical ability with a defensive game plan that squeezed Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson, a strong candidate for the league's most valuable player honors, in the Ravens’ lowest scoring output of the season.“When (Lamar) had space, he took off. But when he did, we made him run laterally," Titans defensive back Kevin Byard said. "That was the key to the game.

Kawhi, Clippers taking long approach to NBA title pursuit

11 Jan 2020

LOS ANGELES Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers are tackling the NBA's regular season at their own pace, occasionally sacrificing short-term form for the long-term goal of a championship.

Suns' Ayton begins second act after suspension

18 Dec 2019

LOS ANGELES Phoenix Suns big man Deandre Ayton is again in unfamiliar territory after returning from suspension to find a team breaking new ground with a coach and cast he has yet to learn.    The second-year Bahamian played in his first game for the Suns on Tuesday since serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for a diuretic and violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

Soccer-LAFC triumph over Galaxy finally secures city's respect

25 Oct 2019

LOS ANGELES, Oct 25 When Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) was officially launched more than a year ago the owners dreamed of a day like Thursday when their team could overcome the LA Galaxy and rule a city that had belonged to Major League Soccer's glamour club.

Leonard brings his NBA dominance to dangerous Clippers

23 Oct 2019

LOS ANGELES More than an hour after Tuesday's season-opening showdown between the NBA's two Los Angeles teams, a crammed room of reporters awaited the man of the hour – new Clippers star KawhiLeonard.

NFL MVP Mahomes suffers knee injury, leaving future murky

18 Oct 2019

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the NFL's reigning MVP, suffered a right knee injury on Thursday that leaves the immediate future in question for him and one of the league's title contenders.

NFL MVP Mahomes ruled out of game for Chiefs with knee injury

18 Oct 2019

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the NFL's reigning MVP, suffered a right knee injury that forced him from the game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday. Mahomes was injured during a quarterback sneak during the second quarter where he plowed forward amidst a pile of players.

LeBron draws social media ire over comments on Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

15 Oct 2019

LeBron James sparked anger on social media on Tuesday after the Los Angeles Lakers star suggested that Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey "wasn't educated" when he sent a tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong earlier this month.

LeBron says Rockets GM 'wasn't educated' when he sent Hong Kong tweet

15 Oct 2019

Oct 14 LeBron James weighed in on the controversy between China and the NBA on Monday, saying that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "wasn't educated" when he sent a tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong this month.

Nike shuts down Oregon Project after ban of coach

11 Oct 2019

Nike Inc [NKE.N] shut down its Nike Oregon Project training group on Thursday, following the recent four-year ban of founder and coach Alberto Salazar by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

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