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49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk on Brock Purdy: He’s super confident and that confidence bleeds into us

When it comes to postgame quotes, you catch players when they’re vulnerable, as the adrenaline from the game has yet to wear off. Here are some raw reactions from the 49ers players after Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins. Nowhere to run Arik Armstead played in 21 of the 46 possible snaps in his first action …

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Hayden Hurst and Joe Mixon injury updates: Cincinnati Bengals News

The Cincinnati Bengals’ offense is hitting its stride despite injuries to key starters, and the team will monitor a couple of players this week as they prepare to face the Cleveland Browns. Running back Joe Mixon, who’s been out for two weeks with a concussion, has a chance to clear the NFL concussion protocol early …

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The players who could challenge for places in the USMNT’s 2026 World Cup squad

It’s been driven home throughout the past year-and-a-half that the U.S. has one of the most youthful teams among the top 30 in FIFA’s world rankings. As a result, many of the players who represented the nation in Qatar will still be in contention for roster consideration in three and a half years. However, 11 …

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Trea Turner signing with Phillies on 11-year, $300 million deal: Sources

By Ken Rosenthal, Fabian Ardaya and Matt Gelb  Free-agent shortstop Trea Turner and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to an 11-year, $300 million deal with a full no-trade clause, league sources confirmed to The Athletic on Monday. ESPN first reported the news. Here’s what you need to know: Turner ranks as No. 5 on The …

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Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba will not play against Georgia football in College Football Playoff

As has been the case for much of the season, Ohio State will not have one of its top receivers when it takes on Georgia in the College Football Playoff. The school announced that wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba will not play in the game as he will begin to prep for the NFL draft. “He …

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John Harbaugh: Unlikely, but not impossible, Lamar Jackson plays this week

Getty Images Ravens head coach John Harbaugh offered an update on quarterback Lamar Jackson’s knee injury on Monday. Jackson left Sunday’s game against the Broncos in the first half with a knee injury and Harbaugh said after the game that the injury would not end his season. That remains the case after …

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Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands are a tactical outlier at this World Cup

On the one hand, it was a game that came down to finishing. If Christian Pulisic had scored his very presentable early chance, this would have been an entirely different contest. The U.S. had other fine chances, and the Dutch were simply more clinical. On the other hand, the Dutch were also superior tactically. Yes, …

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