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Broncos’ Wolfe says he’ll be OK

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Derek Wolfe says he’ll be back on the football field soon. The Denver Broncos hope fellow starters Champ Bailey, Wes Welker, Louis Vasquez and Stewart Bradley will be there with him. All of them were hurt in Denver’s 40-10 preseason loss at Seattle on Saturday night. Wolfe accompanied his teammates on their...
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Chiefs’ Smith gets to square off against ex team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Smith treads carefully when subject of the San Francisco 49ers is broached. He politely talks about the positive days he spent with them, and then seems to usher along the conversation whenever their divorce is brought up. After all, he’s with the Kansas City Chiefs now. No need to dwell...
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USC ready to bounce back from last season’s flop

LOS ANGELES – Southern California is nobody’s No. 1 team heading into this season, and the Trojans are eager for the chance to surprise everybody. High expectations shouldn’t bother any player who pulls on a USC jersey, coach Lane Kiffin figures. Yet the Trojans’ preseason top ranking hung over a program still laboring under NCAA...
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Rodriguez basking in Arizona warmth

TUCSON, Ariz. – He comes off without a hint of I-told-you-so. Well, maybe a hint. But Rich Rodriguez has gone on a career path that has labeled him from offensive guru and genius to idiot, and now, as Arizona’s football coach, back again. In fact, the University of Texas sent an assistant coach to his...
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Seattle’s Earl Thomas makes Seahawks defense work

RENTON, Wash. – Questions like this make Earl Thomas uncomfortable. The confidence he shows on the field takes a backseat when Seattle’s star free safety is asked if he is the reason the Seahawks work defensively – even more so than their brash cornerbacks, more so than their talented linebackers or pass rushers. It’s natural...
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QB Mariota set to add leadership to his skillset

EUGENE, Ore. – Marcus Mariota is planning to take on more than just a few extra pounds this season. Oregon’s softspoken quarterback, who bulked up with 12 pounds of muscle over the summer, says he’s ready to break out and become a more vocal leader of the Ducks in his sophomore year. ”I have really...
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Avril returns to practice for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. – First slowed by foot problems during offseason workouts, and then a hamstring, Cliff Avril was just happy to be feeling well enough to get on the field for a short time. ”Definitely not how I wanted to start out here,” Avril said. ”It’s part of football. Things happen. For me it’s just...
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Dykes searches for right QB in year 1 at Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. – The first major question Sonny Dykes must answer as football coach at California is the same one that bedeviled his predecessor Jeff Tedford in his final years as Golden Bears coach. Tedford’s inability to find and develop a top quarterback after Aaron Rodgers left for the NFL following the 2004 season ultimately...
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Huskies come home expecting better than 7 wins

SEATTLE – In some fashion, Keith Price and his teammates have been reminded every day of what 2012 could have been for Washington. The reminders showed how the Huskies were so close to taking that next step in the progression most expected when Steve Sarkisian took over, finally leaving behind the seven-win plateau, only to...
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49ers’ Dobbs suspended for Week 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs said he agrees with the NFL’s decision to suspend him for one game without pay for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy that happened last season. He must sit out the team’s Week 1 game against Green Bay. Dobbs said he has...
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