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  • Thursday’s Sports in Brief

    PRO FOOTBALL TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals went back to work Thursday amid media reports that coach Bruce Arians has changed his mind and decided to start Ryan Lindley at quarterback Sunday in…

  • Gamecocks running back Davis off to NFL

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — South Carolina junior running back Mike Davis is leaving the Gamecocks for the NFL draft after the Independence Bowl. Davis announced his intentions to give up his final season Thursday after…

  • UCF, NC State all business in the Bitcoin Bowl

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida can finish with at least 10 wins for the fourth time in five years, while North Carolina State hopes to take another step forward under second-year coach Dave…

  • Rookie Martin makes quick impression in Dallas

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Zack Martin’s best test so far of durability as a pro came with a right ankle injury serious enough to keep him out of practice for a week with the Cowboys.…

  • Saints don’t blame D coach Ryan for poor season

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton doesn’t necessarily believe New Orleans’ much-maligned defense needs wholesale changes heading into next season. While some roster adjustments will have to be made following a non-playoff campaign,…

  • Eagles have quarterback questions going into 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez got opposite results with similar performances in a disappointing season. So which quarterback will lead the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015? Foles has one year left on his…

  • NFL Calendar

    Dec. 28 — Regular season ends. Jan. 3-4, 2015 — Wild-card playoffs. Jan. 10-11 — Divisional playoffs. Jan. 18 — Conference championships. Jan. 25 — Pro Bowl, Glendale, Ariz. Feb. 1 — Super Bowl, Glendale,…

  • NFL Injury Report

    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Football League injury report, as provided by the league (OUT – Definitely will not play; DNP – Did not practice; LIMITED – Limited participation in practice; FULL – Full…

  • Saints offense could face changes after season

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four seasons after the Saints traded to get back into the first round of the draft to select Mark Ingram, the running back could be playing in his final game with…

  • Derek Carr returns to practice with Raiders

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Of all the lessons Derek Carr has learned in his first NFL season, having a strong relationship with the offensive line has been maybe the most important. The Raiders’ rookie quarterback…

  • Peyton Manning intends to return for 18th season in 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — NFL fans and fantasy football owners debating Peyton Manning’s prowess and problems can continue that discussion well into the new year. The five-time MVP says he plans to return to the…

  • 49ers’ Crabtree doesn’t know what future holds

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Prospective free agent wide receiver Michael Crabtree hardly sounds convinced his future is with the San Francisco 49ers. The team’s 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Texas…

  • FANTASY PLAYS: Lessons from 2014 fantasy season

    Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck was sensational in fantasy leagues this year — the top scorer in standard formats and the most consistent passer. Just don’t point that out to fantasy players who used him in…

  • Rookie Thomas becomes 4th Cardinals QB of season

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Now it’s rookie Logan Thomas’ turn to run the Arizona Cardinals’ offense. When he takes the field Sunday in San Francisco, the fourth-round draft pick from Virginia Tech will be Arizona’s…

  • Lions head to house of horrors in Green Bay

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Every year, the Detroit Lions head up to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers. Every year, they come home with another loss. Detroit has lost every time it…