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Pepe’s rise: From fighting relegation to Ligue 1′s new star
PARIS (AP) — Lille forward Nicolas Pepe can tell by the way opponents react to him these days that his status in the French league has changed dramatically over the last year.
"It's in the attitude of defenders that I can see I've taken on a new dimension," Pepe said. "Some of those I've played before don't act the same way. ... Some of them fear me, I can feel it."
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Bengals score 27 straight points for 27-17 win over Dolphins
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sam Hubbard had missed on his attempt to get Ryan Tannehill.
Next thing he knew, the ball was flying right toward him and there was nobody between him and the end zone.
The rookie had an improbably easy time completing Cincinnati's big comeback.
Michael Johnson returned an interception for the tying score, and Hubbard went 19 yards with a fumble for the clinching touchdown Sunday, rallying the Bengals from a 17-point deficit to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Bengals’ pass rushers pose 1st test for Luck, Colts’ line
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Andrew Luck gazes over Cincinnati's defense Sunday, he'll see some of the league's top pass rushers.
Defensive tackle Geno Atkins often gets the interior push. Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap and Carl Lawson routinely bring the outside pressure.
So with Luck making his first start in more than 20 months, the Cincinnati Bengals hope to make life miserable as the Colts quarterback re-acclimates himself to regular-season life in the NFL.
RG3 hangs on in Baltimore, McCarron dealt to Oakland
RG3 is staying put while AJ is switching coasts.
Robert Griffin III, the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year whose career has been disrupted by injuries since that season, remained with Baltimore as the Ravens cut their roster to the league maximum of 53 on Saturday. He'll likely be the third-string quarterback behind Joe Flacco and first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson, but he still has a job.
Bengals put QB Barkley on IR, release DE Michael Johnson
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals put quarterback Matt Barkley on injured reserve, leaving Jeff Driskel as the backup to Andy Dalton heading into the season.
Barkley hurt his left knee during the Bengals' preseason finale Thursday night against Indianapolis. Kemoko Turay hit Barkley in the legs after he threw a pass, drawing a roughing-the-passer penalty. Barkley left to get the knee examined and didn't return.
Mario Cristobal deserves credit for holding Oregon’s coaching staff together in December.
After Willie Taggart left for Florida State, the program’s new head coach was able to retain Jim Leavitt (defensive coordinator), Marcus Arroyo (offensive coordinator), Joe Salave’a (defensive line), Keith Heyward (safeties) and Michael Johnson.
Joshua Kalu and Chris Jones now can take their friendly workout competitions to the NFL Scouting Combine.
The former Nebraska defensive backs are among five ex-Huskers to receive official invitations to the Feb. 27-March 5 gathering in Indianapolis -- a critical element in the pre-draft process.
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal has hired longtime Alabama assistant Bobby Williams.
Williams signed a two-year contract with a $300,000 annual base salary Wednesday. The former Michigan State head coach spent the last nine seasons with the Crimson Tide coaching tight ends, special teams and most recently serving as a special assistant to Nick Saban.
Cristobal, an Alabama assistant for four seasons before joining Willie Taggart’s staff at Oregon last year, has hired nine assistants to date.
Mario Cristobal’s staff will look a lot like Willie Taggart’s staff at Oregon.
Two more key assistants from the Ducks’ 2017 season, safeties coach Keith Heyward and wide receivers coach Michael Johnson, have signed contract extensions through the 2019 season.
Young ties Division I record with 22 assists in Oklahoma win
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Freshman Trae Young had 26 points and tied an NCAA Division I record with 22 assists as No. 17 Oklahoma rolled past Northwestern State 105-68 on Tuesday night in the Sooners' first game since moving into the Top 25.
Brady Manek added 22 points and Kameron McGusty had 15 for Oklahoma (9-1). The Sooners have won seven straight games - including an upset of then-No. 3 Wichita State on Saturday - and have scored 90 or more points seven times this season.
After getting Troy Dye’s brother to commit to Oregon, Willie Taggart secured La’Mar Winston’s brother as well.
Eli’jah Winston, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker from Central Catholic, made his verbal commitment Monday night. The new early signing period for football runs Dec. 20-22.
“Proud to announce that I am 100 percent committed to the O,” Winston posted on Twitter.
Bengals stay winless, defense gets burned late by Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals came so close to breaking through for a win.
Instead they found a new way to lose. The offense wasn't entirely to blame.
A defense that had contained quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers' potent offense in the first half fell apart late in a 27-24 loss in overtime on Sunday.
"A disappointment is not finishing a football game now," coach Marvin Lewis said.
Rodgers burns Bengals deep in OT, Packers win 27-24
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers burned another defense deep with a free play. The Cincinnati Bengals found their offense and a new way to lose.
Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:26 left in overtime set up by Rodgers' 72-yard pass to Geronimo Allison, and the Green Bay Packers rallied to beat Cincinnati 27-24 on Sunday.
Crosby's kick completed the Packers' comeback from a 21-7 halftime deficit.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns executive Sashi Brown has been in touch with suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon since he entered rehab, but does not know if the troubled former Pro Bowler will apply to the NFL for reinstatement.
Gordon's business manager, Michael Johnson, told ESPN that the 25-year-old will appeal to Commissioner Roger Goodell to allow him back in the league.
League spokesman Brian McCarthy declined comment on Gordon's situation.
Memorable moments in the history of Turner Field
On Sunday, the Braves will play their last game at Turner Field and the stadium will move on to its next chapter, likely as a college football field. Since it opened for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, it's been the site of many memorable moments:
July 19, 1996 — Muhammad Ali, stricken by Parkinson's disease and hands trembling, lights the cauldron to open the Summer Games at what was then known as Centennial Olympic Stadium.
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ATLANTA (AP) — Twenty years after the Olympics were held in Atlanta, some remnants of that improbable summer remain a highly visible part of the city's landscape, while others quickly faded away.
Centennial Olympic Park and Turner Field — known as Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 — were the greatest legacy of those games, though the latter faces an uncertain future after just 20 seasons as home of baseball's Atlanta Braves, who are moving to a new suburban stadium...