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Pittsburgh gives Kansas City the boot to advance to AFC title game

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Consider it being kicked out of the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to the AFC title game Sunday night, edging the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 on the foot of Chris Boswell. Boswell made all six of his field tries, accounting for all the Steelers’ points. The Chiefss came within two points with 2:43 to play and seemed to tie the score when Alex Smith passed for the conversion to Demetrius Harris. But tackle Eric Fisher was called for holding on…

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Bucs’ rookie Noah Spence still has the potential to make a difference

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It isn’t fair to say that Noah Spence is learning to play defensive end in the NFL. Rather, he’s learning to learn. Spence, the rookie defensive end of the Tampa Bay Bucs, has three sacks so far for Tampa Bay. But coaches and teammates praise how Spence has caught on so far. “He’s just preparing better,” teammate Gerald McCoy said. “Like I said, it’s a mental battle. Before it was just, ‘I’ll go to meetings when I have to go…

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Taking care of the football will be key for Buccaneers versus Chiefs

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One of the reasons the Tampa Bay Bucs beat the Chicago Bears was takeaways. Now in come the Kansas City Chiefs, who excel at that part of the game. Kansas City leads the league in takeaways with 22, and in the takeaway-giveaway stats with plus-14. That means the Bucs will have to concentrate on not giving it away on Sunday. “When you watch the tape on these guys, especially their red zone tape, wow,” said Bucs’ Coach Dirk Koetter. “Inside the…

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Jacksonville’s final drive stopped and Jags fall to Kansas City

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The Jacksonville Jags were close to pulling a game out Sunday. In the end, they weren’t close enough. The Jags drove to the Kansas City 30 with 2:15 to play Sunday afternoon, but the drive ended there. On second-and-one, Blake Bortles threw an incomplete pass. On third-and-one, T.J. Yeldon was thrown for a two-yard loss. And on fourth-and-one, Bortles threw another incompletion. After that, Kansas City ran the clock out on a 19-14 victory. The Jags, playing their first game…

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Play ball! 3 games on opening day, with Royals-Mets rematch

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Andrew McCutchen vs. Adam Wainwright in the first inning, Josh Donaldson and the bangin’ Toronto Blue Jays teeing off later, then a World Series rematch in Kansas City. Neat way to begin opening day. The forecast at PNC Park calls for temperatures in the upper 30s on Sunday afternoon when McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates host the first game of the 2016 season, facing the St. Louis Cardinals. No worries, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. They played an exhibition game…

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GOP rivals questioning whether they’d back Donald Trump as nominee

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Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and John Kasich suggested Saturday they may not support Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee, as violence at the front-runner’s rallies deepened the party’s chaotic chasm. Rubio told supporters that while he was currently sticking with his pledge to back the nominee if he wasn’t the party’s choice, “it’s getting harder every day.” Kasich said the “toxic environment” Trump is creating “makes it very, extremely difficult” to support him. “To see Americans slugging…

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A good year to be a wild card in NFL playoffs

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It looks like it’s a good year to be a wild card in the NFL playoffs. The oddsmakers certainly think so, making Kansas City (3 points), Pittsburgh (2 1-2), and Seattle (5 1-2) favorites on the road in the opening round of the postseason. The only wild card that is an underdog is slumping Green Bay, and by only a point at Washington. Those wise guys also have made the sixth-seeded Seahawks the third choice to win the NFC at…

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