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Saints kneel before, rise during anthem; Dolphins divided

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New Orleans Saints players, coaches and staff knelt before the start of the national anthem but stood in unison once it began ahead of their game against the Miami Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

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Israel fumbles goodwill visit of NFL players

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It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel. But in an embarrassing fumble by the Israeli government, only five of 11 NFL players in the delegation showed up after being blitzed by Palestinian activists opposed to the visit. Israel’s ministry for strategic affairs and public diplomacy issued a press release after the Super Bowl boasting that the visit would bring “influencers” who would serve as “goodwill…

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Steelers send Dolphins home for the winter

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The Miami Dolphins’ stay in the NFL playoffs was brief, but at least they got there. On Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers had their way with Miami in a 30-12 rout at Heinz Field. Despite the score and the fact Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell set a franchise playoff rushing record with 167 yards, Miami had their chances. Three costly turnovers and a devastating penalty proved fatal, however. Early on, the Dolphins looked like they did not belong. If Bell…

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Dolphins fall to Patriots; prepare for playoffs

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The New England Patriots will not be traveling for the 2017 NFL playoffs. Thanks to their 35-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, the Patriots will host any playoff game in which they are involved. Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady showed why he earned that moniker. He completed 25 of 33 passes to seven different receivers for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the fact New England had the Eastern Division of the AFC…

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Dolphins clinch winning season; keep playoff hopes alive

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For the first time since 2008 the Miami Dolphins will finish the regular season with a winning record. That welcome development was assured after the Dolphins drubbed the New York Jets 34-13 in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday night. By improving their record to 9-5, Miami also stayed in the playoff hunt in the AFC. The Jets made a game of it for a half, trailing only 13-10 at intermission, but Miami put up three touchdowns in the third…

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Dolphins offense lays an egg in loss to Bengals

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Thank goodness the Miami Dolphins made a few plays on defense on Thursday night. Without them, their 22-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium would have been much worse. Miami looked like they would make a game out of it in the first quarter. After Ryan Tannehill hooked up with Kenny Stills on a 74-yard scoring play on their second play from scrimmage, the Dolphins led 7-3. After that, the Miami offense nearly ceased to exist. The…

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Some Dolphins are playing for their jobs on Thursday

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This week’s Thursday Night Football Game in Cincinnati features two teams with 1-2 records. Few are surprised the Miami Dolphins carry that record, but the Cincinnati Bengals have deeply disappointed their fans by losing their last two games. The Dolphins are extremely fortunate to have their one win. All the Cleveland Browns had to do last Sunday was kick a makeable field goal at the end of the game and Miami would be 0-3. Cincinnati split their first two games…

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