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Fantasy Football Week 14: Add and Drop

Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster. Follow me on Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the week. Here's my NFL Week 14 waiver wire cheat sheet ...

Nike says Kyrie Irving is no longer one of its athletes

Kyrie Irving’s relationship with Nike is officially over, the shoe and athletic apparel maker said Monday, a move that came a month after the company suspended the Brooklyn guard as part of the fallout over his tweeting a link to a film containing antisemitic material.

Ron Cook: With a win streak started, Steelers leave Atlanta feeling confident

ATLANTA — Finally, a second consecutive win. "Long overdue," defensive lineman Cam Heyward said. You think? It took the Steelers 12 games to win two in a row, the second coming Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 19-16 against the Atlanta Falcons. "Not just two wins. Two wins on the road," center Mason Cole said. "That's hard to do in the National Football League." This was in the Steelers locker ...

Dieter Kurtenbach: The 49ers’ defense might be good enough to do the impossible — carry a rookie quarterback to the Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers’ have the NFL’s best defense this season. That’s not up for debate anymore. But with Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injury and rookie Brock Purdy taking over as the Niners’ first-string quarterback, it’s also beyond debate that the Niners’ defense cannot slip — even a little bit — in the final five weeks of the regular season and, perhaps, beyond. Under normal ...

Mark Story: You say there are no pluses in UK’s return to Music City Bowl to play Iowa? Here are 5.

No sooner did word break via Twitter on Sunday afternoon that Kentucky was headed back to the Music City Bowl for a postseason rematch with Iowa on New Year’s Eve at noon than the unhappiness started raining down on the Big Blue Nation. Let’s work through the popular laments about UK’s bowl placement: 1.) Same old, same old. Between SEC basketball tournaments, trips to watch the Wildcats play ...

Giants’ Brian Daboll wound tight after tie with ‘star-studded’ Eagles coming to town

Brian Daboll wasn’t in a sharing mood on Monday. He would not explain what his analytics team’s math was telling him about how Sunday’s 20-20 tie with Washington impacted the Giants’ playoff chances. “We tied the game. We obviously would like to win the game,” Daboll said, one day after coaching for a tie in overtime. He would not give details on why his offense’s second half was so much worse ...

Vikings puzzle over third-quarter woes plaguing offense all season

The Vikings took a 20-6 lead into halftime on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, and with the second-half kickoff coming their way, they seemed in position to pull away from the Jets and get their first comfortable victory since Week 1 against the Packers. They ended the day doing everything they could to contain a frantic Jets rally in a 27-22 win, holding New York to 10 points on four ...

Robert Saleh says this is Mike White’s ‘opportunity to make noise’

Two weeks ago, following the Jets’ 10-3 loss against the Patriots, Jets coach Robert Saleh declined to commit to Zach Wilson as the starting quarterback. Days later, Saleh benched Wilson for backup quarterback Mike White. On Wednesday, Saleh had an opportunity to declare White the starter moving forward, but he declined to do so as he continued to say the intent is to get Wilson back on the ...

Mayfield and Panthers have split up, but Carolina’s big quarterback question remains

The Carolina Panthers and Baker Mayfield got a quickie divorce Monday. The marriage lasted only five months, which was time for Mayfield and the Panthers to progress through an extremely brief honeymoon phase (training camp) to their first spat (a Week 1 loss) to more serious problems (Mayfield’s ankle injury) to irreconcilable differences (Mayfield’s 1-5 record as a Panther starter). By ...

Mac Engel: TCU did it again; making the college football playoffs it 'advances the ball'

The suspense and fear were both merited and deserved, but this story would not feature some painful M. Night Shyamalan twist. TCU’s fear that its overtime loss in the Big 12 championship game against Kansas State on Saturday would cripple the dream ultimately had no effect on Sunday. TCU is in the college football playoff. On Sunday morning during ESPN’s marathon College Football Playoff ...