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    PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Graham posed at his locker with a green and white Kangol cap clashing with a Starter jacket featuring bright shades of pink and blue woven underneath a Super Bowl emblem. The impromptu color combination may have been a bit ambitious, but the longest-tenured Eagles player is trying to enjoy the moments as they come during the lead-up to the Eagles’ Super Bowl LVII matchup ...

      BALTIMORE — The Orioles don’t seem to care what you think. On Wednesday, the team — meaning CEO and Chairman John Angelos and whoever he might have asked for input — decided to decline the option in its lease with the Maryland Stadium Authority that would have extended the agreement by five years. That choice, which leaves 11 months on the current deal that has existed since Camden Yards ...

        MOBILE, Ala. — After watching seventh-round pick quarterback Brock Purdy lead the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Title game, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vows to always take a quarterback in the NFL Draft. He said it’s something coach Mike McCarthy has always wanted to do and it was a doctrine of Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells when led the Cowboys from 2003-2006. But don’t be fooled, ...

          Hopes for a 49ers Super Bowl trip were all but dashed when Brock Purdy injured his throwing elbow early on in the conference title game against Philadelphia. Though Purdy will need surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament, the 49ers are optimistic that the rookie will be able to return to action come training camp at the end of July. Purdy is still getting second medical opinions, but ...

            SAN DIEGO — If you're among the hundreds of thousands of San Diegans who rode the Super Bowl wave with the 1994 Chargers, raise a protein shake in honor of Bobby Beathard, the body-surfing football savant and fitness buff who drafted Junior Seau, hired Bobby Ross and weathered working for Alex Spanos. Beathard, who died Monday at age 86 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at his home in ...

              Amanda Serrano decided four years ago to only fight at her most comfortable weight, except for big events like her history-making matchup with Katie Taylor. She spent much of her career bouncing between weight classes, but women boxers had to go wherever there were opportunities. Now female boxers can have better careers, with much better paychecks. 

                PHILADELPHIA — A week after the 2020 Super Bowl, won by the Kansas City Chiefs, some visitors showed up from Philadelphia to see Rasheed Wallace, coaching high school basketball in North Carolina at the time. His attire, for two straight days? This proud son of Philadelphia was still celebrating, wearing full-on Chiefs gear: hat, shirt, necklace in Chiefs colors, with a Chiefs pendant. His ...

                MOBILE, Ala. — Tom Brady’s voice shook Wednesday morning when he said “I wouldn’t change a thing” as he announced his retirement “for good.” It was difficult in that moment not to wonder about Brady the human being, about the personal cost of his determination to play until age 45, about whether he actually would change something if he could go back one calendar year to his first fleeting ...

                SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Brock Purdy and Trey Lance drew a vocal commitment from the quarterback-challenged 49ers’ brass Wednesday. Jimmy Garoppolo? Time to say goodbye, again. Coach Kyle Shanahan essentially ruled out Garoppolo from returning for a seventh season, saying: “I don’t see any scenario of that.” Instead, Shanahan pledged his allegiance to the two young, injured quarterbacks who, ...

                Tom Brady’s short, poignant retirement announcement Wednesday morning spawned a smorgasbord of trivia questions — and answers. So now that his Hall of Fame career is complete, who caught his last completion? His last interception? Against whom did he record his last 300-yard game? His last fourth-quarter comeback? We’ve tried to chronicle them all right here, with this extensive list of lasts. ...

                An Eagles offensive lineman has been indicted by a grand jury on rape and kidnapping charges, Ohio prosecutors announced Wednesday. Josh Sills, 25, was charged in Guernsey County, Ohio, after prosecutors said he forcibly restrained and raped a woman in December 2019. The incident was immediately reported, and the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office conducted a “detailed investigation,” according ...

                As he considered the endless trash talk radiating out of Cincinnati last week, Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark effectively just shrugged. Like the rest of the Chiefs almost unanimously were. At least publicly. Because the Bengals, as they’d relentlessly remind with that foolishly inflammatory “Burrowhead” stuff, had indeed upended the Chiefs three times in a row — including in last season’s ...

                BOSTON — Robert Kraft’s response to Tom Brady’s second retirement announcement was short, and to the point. The Patriots owner said there was no one like him, and that’s not about to change. “I don’t believe in the 100-year-old history of the NFL, there’s been a quarterback of Tom’s ilk,” the Patriots owner told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I would have trouble ever believing there would be another ...

                BOSTON — Will the second Tom Brady retirement be the charm? Let’s hope so. While watching the GOAT still provided a thrill, not to mention constant amazement given how good he looked throwing a football at age 45, it’s time. For 23 seasons, Brady defied the odds. He managed to stay a step ahead of Father Time. But it was closing in, and Brady never wanted to stick around and leave after his ...

                TAMPA, Fla. — Sometimes, they miss their cue. The light will be gone, the townspeople will have moved on, and the hero will blow his final ride into the sunset. Not Tom Brady. Not the most successful, proficient, leading-man quarterback the NFL has ever known. Brady called it quits with a simple but elegant post on social media early Wednesday morning, and it felt absolutely right. Like any ...

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                PHILADELPHIA — Happy Tom Brady Day. It’s Feb. 1, the day each year that Tom Brady retires. This is the second annual TBD, and, while we wish you all many felicitous returns, we do not wish the same to Brady, the greatest athlete you’ll ever hate. We wish for him to stay retired this time. We wish him the best of riddances. Brady posted a retirement video on Twitter at 8:12 a.m. in front a ...

                MIAMI — This time it took all of 53 seconds to end a 23-year fantasy ride and close the thickest chapter in NFL history. Tom Brady was close up and looking you right in the eye, outdoors and wearing a gray T-shirt. You could hear the wind in the mic. You could hear the emotion in his voice. The headline on his Twitter feed read: ‘Truly grateful on this day. Thank you’ followed by emojis of ...

                Breanna Stewart is coming to the New York Liberty. The most coveted free agent this offseason, who won the WNBA MVP award in 2018, announced on social media that she was going to New York with a photo of her in a Liberty shirt on Wednesday. Wednesday was the first day that free agents could sign. 

                It’s only fitting that the top two quarterbacks in the regular season based on All-Pro voting are the last two quarterbacks standing in the NFL this season. First-team All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes will take his Kansas City Chiefs into the Super Bowl against second-team All-Pro Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles.

                Pat Riley puts it this way: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar never had any potential. Riley says, “he only had greatness." Abdul-Jabbar’s reign of nearly four decades as the NBA’s most prolific scorer is coming to an end. LeBron James is closing in on taking the top spot that Abdul-Jabbar claimed in 1984. Riley coached Abdul-Jabbar with the Lakers and brought James to Miami as a free agent in 2010.

                Tom Brady is retiring — and this time it sounds like it’s for good. The seven-time Super Bowl winning quarterback posted an emotional video on his social media accounts Wednesday morning to share the news. It comes a year after Brady briefly retired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only to return to football less than two months later. This time, a somber Brady, with his voice cracking at times, ...

                Tom Brady has announced his retirement. Brady won a record seven Super Bowls for New England and Tampa. He is the most successful quarterback in NFL history and one of the greatest athletes in team sports. He posted the announcement on social media in a brief video lasting just under one minute. He says this time it's for good.

                TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady said he was getting straight to the point this time. Choking back tears, an emotional Brady announced his retirement with a short video post on social media Wednesday morning. “I’m retiring ... for good,” Brady said. One year ago to the day, Brady first announced his retirement from football with a lengthy written post in Instagram. But 40 days later, he reconsidered ...

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