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Florida Gators face tough challenge of rebuilding stout defense

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When coach Jim McElwain took over at Florida, he inherited one of the Southeastern Conference’s stingiest defenses. The unit got even better during McElwain’s first two seasons in Gainesville. The Gators finished eighth in yards allowed in 2015 and fifth last year, no question the main reason they played for back-to-back conference championships.

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Buccaneers, Jameis Winston ready for training camp

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The Buccaneers’ training camp is only a week away. Like all teams, there is plenty of optimism in July, but the Bucs do have some reason to be positive. Perhaps the biggest upgrade from last season are the increased weapons available to quarterback Jameis Winston. The team signed deep threat free agent wide-receiver DeSean Jackson from the Washington Redskins.

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Cowboys, Redskins both rolling for Thanksgiving showdown

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Kirk Cousins was rolling going into his previous visit to Dallas with Tony Romo sidelined, just as the Washington quarterback is this season. The Cowboys have an answer this time in rookie Dak Prescott, who’s been so good that Romo didn’t get his job back when the 36-year-old completed his recovery from a preseason back injury. Dallas, at an NFL-best 9-1, is looking for its first 10-game winning streak in the same regular season in another Cowboys-Redskins matchup on Thanksgiving.…

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Aaron Rodgers, Packers bounce Redskins from playoffs

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Things did not start well for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, but the NFL’s reigning MVP still finished off the Washington Redskins on Sunday. After missing seven of his first eight passes, Rodgers completed 20 of his final 28 for 199 yards and two touchdowns to lead Green Bay to a 35-18 victory in an NFC Wild Card game. While Rodgers struggled, Washington’s Kirk Cousins came out firing, leading Washington to an 11-0 lead early in the second…

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Appeals court says gov’t can’t reject offensive trademarks

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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government can’t refuse to register trademarks that might be considered disparaging or offensive, a decision that could bolster the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sided with an Asian-American rock band called The Slants, which has spent years trying to register the name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had refused to give it legal protection…

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Writing off some teams early in schedule a mistake

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Anyone who wrote off the Texans, Chiefs, Redskins and Bears when they slid to the bottom of the early NFL standings better have used pencil. While those four teams don’t have championship-level talent, they’ve revived their fortunes and are making some noise. Yes, all are 4-5 and have the kind of holes that make them virtual non-contenders for the Lombardi Trophy. But they’re revitalized and figure to be dangerous opponents down the stretch, with the Texans and Redskins still in…

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Bucs have Jameis Winston; Redskins not sure what they have at QB

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In Jameis Winston, taken No. 1 overall in this year’s draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers figure they’ve found their starting quarterback for this season — and many seasons to come. When it comes to the most important position on an NFL team, the Washington Redskins — the Bucs’ hosts on Sunday — really have no idea what they’ve got. Robert Griffin III, who went No. 2 overall in 2012, was dropped to third string and has been in uniform once…

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