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Navy running back Demond Brown (25), running back Ryan Williams-Jenkins (24) and wide receiver Jamir Tillman (4) congratulate fullback Noah Copeland (34) after his touchdown against South Alabama in the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/, Mike Kittrell) MAGAZINES OUT

Navy holds off South Alabama 42-40

Associated Press

Keenan Reynolds ran for three touchdowns Friday afternoon, and Navy survived a pair of South Alabama two-point conversion attempts that were both wiped out by penalties in the final seconds for a 42-40 win.

Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Ray Rice wins appeal, ‘suspension vacated’

- Associated Press

The NFL said Rice, a free agent, is “eligible to play upon signing a new contract.” Whether any team will consider signing him is another matter.

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) celebrates as he enters the end zone for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

LeSean McCoy, Eagles crush Cowboys to take over first place

- Associated Press

The Eagles (9-3) opened with quick drives of 80 and 88 yards for touchdowns. They took sole possession of the division lead with four games remaining, including a rematch in less than three weeks.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is tackled by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Christian Jones (59) after his 9-yard reception during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. With this catch, Johnson set a new NFL record for fewest games (115) to reach 10,000 career receiving yards. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Calvin Johnson leads Lions to rout of Bears

- Associated Press

Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns, and the Lions boosted their postseason hopes with a 34-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) sits on the bench after throwing his fourth interception as the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants in NFL football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Thursday, September 25, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Still No. 3, Kirk Cousins says he has not lost confidence

- The Washington Times

Overshadowed in the decision to bench Robert Griffin III and start Colt McCoy was Cousins, who is still the third quarterback and now also faces an uncertain future. “I have to continue to believe in myself,” he said. “And I do.”

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, left, greets Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 30-17. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Andrew Luck, Colts thrive on stability Redskins lack

- The Washington Times

Luck should be thankful he has avoided the mess that has consumed Robert Griffin III and the Redskins during his three seasons — but then again, if Luck was playing in Washington, none of it likely would have happened, anyway.

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) joins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) on the practice field during an OTA at Redskins park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 4, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

LOVERRO: RG3, Colt McCoy represent two sides of ‘unforgiving’ league

- The Washington Times

After two of the worst performances we’ve seen by any quarterback wearing a burgundy and gold jersey, Griffin has been benched for the Colts game Sunday in favor of a guy who said he didn’t even know if he would make the roster. If that doesn’t teach Griffin a lesson in humility, I don’t know what will.

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) stands with quarterback Robert Griffin III, center, and head coach Jay Gruden during a break in the action in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

For Colt McCoy, a starting chance no one saw coming

- The Washington Times

As the Washington Redskins prepared for their second preseason game, there were never questions about whether McCoy would eventually supplant Robert Griffin III — or Kirk Cousins. At that point, the only question surrounding McCoy was whether he’d survive cut-down day.

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Dolphins' playoff push starts on MNF vs. Jets

- Associated Press

The Miami Dolphins are right smack in the middle of the AFC playoff picture, and Joe Philbin knows that now is the time for his team to make a push.

Battle beats Nixa 25-22 in Class 5

Associated Press

Darion Hall returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter to lead Battle to a 25-22 win over Nixa in the Class 5 state championship game Friday.

East Carolina downs Tulsa 49-32

Associated Press

Shane Carden threw for four touchdowns Friday night and ran for another and East Carolina beat Tulsa 49-32.

Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley (9) tries to make the turn as Virginia Virginia safety Quin Blanding (3) closes in during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va., Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Hokies outlast Cavaliers, 24-20

- Associated Press

Michael Brewer kept getting knocked to the turf, kept getting up, and would not let Virginia Tech lose.

Rochester beats Chicago Phillips 49-28, wins title

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill - Rochester rolled up 525 yards of offense, beating Chicago Phillips, 49-28, to win its fifth-consecutive IHSA Class 4A state football championship on Friday. It was maybe the most unexpected of the five.

Steelers, Saints looking to kick-start stretch run

- Associated Press

Forget about the surprisingly small number in the win column. Last time Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor checked, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints were still dangerous.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Kalil brothers reunite, when Panthers play Vikings

- Associated Press

Each week, before Ryan Kalil gets going on Carolina's game plan and upcoming opponent, the eight-year veteran Panthers center has made a ritual of reviewing his younger brother's performances for Minnesota.

Coaches teaching athletes about respecting women

- Associated Press

For 15 minutes once a week, young men at a dozen high schools and colleges across western Pennsylvania put football, basketball and other practices on hold to think about the women in their lives.

Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett celebrates his touchdown carry in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. The Ravens won 34-27. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Chargers launch tough 5-week stretch vs Ravens

- Associated Press

Asked to assess the importance of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers supplied an answer that should stand for the rest of the season.

This photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 and provided by Ohio State university shows college football player Kosta Karageorge in Columbus, Ohio.  The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. The 6-foot-5 senior missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and has not been heard from. (AP Photo/Ohio State University, Jay LaPrete)

Mom: Missing Ohio player texted about concussions

- Associated Press

A missing Ohio State University football player told his mother in a text message the day he disappeared that concussions had his head messed up, according to a report filed with police.