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Ray Rice reportedly wins appeal, NFL suspension vacated immediately

latimes.com — Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won his appeal against his indefinite suspension from the NFL, meaning he has been reinstated and is free to sign with any team, an NFL Players' Assn. source told the Associated Press on Friday.

Sam Farmer's NFL Week 12 picks

latimes.com — Sam Farmer, The Times’ NFL writer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U=over/under). Last week’s record 11-4 (.735); season 113-62-1 (.646). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 11-4 (.735); season 94-82 (.534).

The Garretts surely will be giving thanks

miamiherald.com — The game was 20 years ago, yet Jim Garrett remembers it as if it happened last week. After all, his stroke sapped the strength from his legs, but it didn't rob him of his memories.

The Garretts surely will be giving thanks

kansas.com — The game was 20 years ago, yet Jim Garrett remembers it as if it happened last week. After all, his stroke sapped the strength from his legs, but it didn't rob him of his memories.

The Garretts surely will be giving thanks

latimes.com — The game was 20 years ago, yet Jim Garrett remembers it as if it happened last week. After all, his stroke sapped the strength from his legs, but it didn't rob him of his memories. A father doesn't forget watching his son play quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and lead them to victory on Thanksgiving Day.

Kansas City's Eric Berry has mass on chest, feared to have lymphoma

latimes.com — It started when Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry experienced some chest discomfort during Thursday's game at Oakland. Now it has evolved into something far more ominous. Berry, who underwent a weekend of tests at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has a mass on the right side of his chest.

Doctors find troubling mass in chest of Chiefs safety Eric Berry

latimes.com — Doctors have found a mass in the chest of Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, and have raised the possibility that it could be cancer. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said the "leading consideration" for what Berry has is lymphoma, according to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.

Browns' Johnny Manziel and entourage reportedly involved in skirmish

sacbee.com — Johnny Manziel has largely stayed out of the news during the past couple of months as the Cleveland Browns have cruised to a surprisingly competitive 7-4 start. But the rookie quarterback got into some trouble over the weekend that has the Browns' brass concerned.

Browns' Johnny Manziel and entourage reportedly involved in skirmish

latimes.com — Johnny Manziel has largely stayed out of the news during the past couple of months as the Cleveland Browns have cruised to a surprisingly competitive 7-4 start. But the rookie quarterback got into some trouble over the weekend that has the Browns' brass concerned.

Tom Brady and Patriots playing like a powerhouse afire

bostonherald.com — With Oakland winning and Arizona losing - two of the oddities from Week 12 - about the only sure bet in the NFL these days is that the New England Patriots are going to come through. And come through big. That was the case again Sunday, as the Patriots made light work of the league's No.
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Nov 28, 2014

My buddy Dave Desmond said he camped out for 16 days at Best Buy, then overslept this morning and everyone went in before him.

Nov 28, 2014

RT @MichaelDavSmith: DeMarco Murray needs 170 yards a game the rest of the way to break Eric Dickerson's record. He's only had 150 once this year. Not happening.

Nov 28, 2014

Cool part about the post-Thanksgiving NFL: This is when the real story emerges, either a favorite hanging on or a written-off team rising.

Nov 27, 2014

Those stripes on Seahawks pants and collars are composed of 12 feathers, for 12th man.

Nov 27, 2014

The NFL should really do something about sideline equipment being so close to the field of play. Playing with fire.

Nov 27, 2014

If I plunked down all that cash for a ticket, I would not be happy about sitting next to the guy with the car alarm.

Nov 27, 2014

I can't help it, every time I see NFL referee Clete Blakeman, I hear his voice from Bad Lip Reading.

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