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Football’s decline has some high schools disbanding teams

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On a cool and rainy afternoon during the first week of classes at Centennial High School in this well-to-do Baltimore suburb, about 50 members of the boys’ cross-country team sauntered across the parking lot for their after-school run.

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Injuries force teams to clear the bench

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The list of key players injured this season would make even some coaches shudder. Particularly when they see who has to fill in. A look at just the running backs who have been sidelined in 2015 is foreboding: Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Justin Forsett, Arian Foster, Chris Johnson, Mark Ingram, Carlos Hyde, and Reggie Bush. Does anyone from Dallas to Baltimore to Indianapolis need to be reminded of the quarterbacks who have gone down? Of the nearly 50 linebackers out,…

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Defenses worth looking at for playoff push

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You would have been hard-pressed to find many fantasy owners riding the Kansas City Chiefs defense one month into the season. The team had just surrendered a combined 74 points the two previous games on the way to a 1-3 start. The final month of the season is a different story. The Chiefs have a superb set of matchups during the rest of the fantasy football season and are a must-add for anyone looking for a defensive lift in the…

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Not 4th down for LA, but surely 3rd and long

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If there’s one thing the NFL doesn’t want associated with moving a team or teams to Los Angeles, it’s confusion. Too late. With each delay in the process, as well-intentioned as they might be, the league perplexes residents of LA, St. Louis, Oakland and San Diego. Not to mention fans of the Rams, Raiders and Chargers, wherever else they reside. This week’s move to punt any decision to Jan. 13 in Houston, a delay of nearly six weeks, was deemed…

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Ravens and Joe Flacco hope to finally get a win vs. Pittsburgh

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The Baltimore Ravens are at risk of having the 2015 season run away from them. Fortunately for them, they face a Thursday night game against a Pittsburgh Steelers‘ team without Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger is injured, which will leave the quarterback duties to 35-year-old Michael Vick. That should be enough to cause some headaches for the 0-3 Ravens. The Ravens are good enough, however, to have held a second-half lead in all three of their defeats. So far this year, the…

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NFL teams creating mini-theme parks to get fans off sofas

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Little kids bounce around on inflatables. Teenagers rock to a local band. Huge screens showing sports from around the country, and celebrities signing autographs. A fair or theme park? Try MetLife Stadium before an NFL game. Many hardcore NFL fans prefer watching at home or in sports bar, where they can watch multiple games on huge screens and keep track of their fantasy stats or gambling results. The league is trying to bring more people to stadiums by turning games…

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Florida House panel OKs congressional map despite criticism

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Despite sharp criticism from a Florida congresswoman that it would disenfranchise black voters, the Florida House is moving ahead with a substantial overhaul of the state’s 27 congressional districts. A House panel split along party lines on Thursday and approved a proposed map that would substantially alter the state’s political landscape and which could lead to the defeat of several incumbents now in office. The Legislature is holding a rare August special session because the state Supreme Court ruled lawmakers…

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