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Jan 2, 2014

Eagles brace for chilly wild card clash with Saints

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The wintry motif for an NFL postseason that climaxes next month in the first cold weather Super Bowl will have a fittingly frigid launch in this weekend’s opening NFC playoff games.

A snowstorm sweeping through the U.S. Northeast on Friday is expected to set the scene in Philadelphia, where the NFC East champion Eagles (10-6) host the wild card New Orleans Saints (11-5) in sub-freezing conditions on Saturday.7

Dec 30, 2013

Packers, Chargers join playoff party in thrillers

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks wrapped up top seedings while Green Bay and San Diego won thrilling nail-bitters to join the playoffs party in a mad scramble on the hectic final day of the NFL regular season.

AFC West champions Denver blasted the Oakland Raiders 34-14 in a record-setting show and NFC West winning Seattle strolled to a 27-9 win over the St. Louis Rams as both finished at 13-3 to ensure homefield advantage in their respective conferences.

Dec 20, 2013

‘Lenny Cooke’ film is cautionary tale of squandered sports talent

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lenny Cooke, a New York City basketball legend who was ranked the No. 1 high school player in America in 2000 ahead of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, accepted a $350,000 jackpot from a sports agent and had the time of his life.

But life in the fast lane quickly disappeared as he went from top basketball prospect tantalizingly close to NBA millions to a hardcourt outsider struggling to make a living.

Dec 16, 2013

Nerves fraying as teams enter home stretch of playoff races

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With two weeks left in the National Football League’s (NFL) competitive regular season, many teams are starting to show frayed nerves – particularly in the NFC East.

A pair of two-time Super Bowl-winning coaches let off steam following conference defeats on Sunday.

Dec 16, 2013

Seahawks roll on, KC makes playoffs, Pats denied

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – The Seahawks hit the mark for what they hope was their Super Bowl rehearsal by posting a shut out, the Chiefs reached the playoffs and the Patriots were denied clinching a spot in NFL action on Sunday.

Twelve games on the hectic Week 15 schedule had playoff implications as teams jockeyed for positions with just two weeks’ worth of games left on the regular season calendar.

Dec 16, 2013

Seattle romps in possible Super Bowl rehearsal

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had his first glimpse at MetLife Stadium and it was love at first sight as he led the NFC West leaders to a 23-0 rout of the New York Giants on Sunday.

Wilson completed 18-of-27 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown, and ran eight times for 50 yards, while the Seahawks defense manhandled Giants quarterback Eli Manning with five interceptions to turn the home crowd into boo birds.

Dec 15, 2013

Seahawks shut out Giants, Dolphins deny Patriots

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks hit the mark for what they hope is their Super Bowl rehearsal by blanking the New York Giants 23-0 on Sunday at the winter-weather site of Super Bowl 48.

The Seahawks, who have already reached the playoffs with an NFC-best mark of 12-2, coolly closed in on securing a first-round bye as West Division winners on a Week 15 schedule in which nearly every game held playoff implications.

Dec 15, 2013

Seahawks shut out Giants in possible Super Bowl rehearsal

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had his first glimpse at MetLife Stadium and it was love at first sight as he led the NFC West leaders to a 23-0 rout of the New York Giants on Sunday.

Wilson completed 18-of-27 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown, and ran eight times for 50 yards, while the Seahawks defense manhandled Giants quarterback Eli Manning with five interceptions to turn the home crowd into boo birds.

Dec 12, 2013

Slumping Knicks, Bulls say not ready to roll over

NEW YORK (Reuters) – To many National Basketball Association (NBA) observers, the Eastern Conference race looms as a battle between the league’s two-time defending champion Miami Heat (16-6) and emerging Indiana Pacers (19-3).

Not so fast, say the head coaches of two of the NBA’s most underperforming, injury-sapped teams – the Chicago Bulls (8-12)and New York Knicks (6-15), who met on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Dec 12, 2013

NFL: Seahawks hoping Giants are dress rehearsal for Super Bowl

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hopes his team’s Sunday meeting with the host New York Giants serves as a Super Bowl dress rehearsal with the teams set to clash at the site the National Football League title game.

Seattle (11-2) has the NFC’s best record and the inside track to home field advantage throughout the playoffs in a campaign that could bring them back to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for the first cold-weather Super Bowl.