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Bengals lineman is arrested with gun at airport

Bengals lineman is arrested with gun at airport

CNNSI.com ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 18, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) -- Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith was free on bond Friday after his arrest on a charge of carrying a gun at Atlanta's airport.
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  • Super Possibilities: What has the Falcons reveling in their gam…

    Super Possibilities: What has the Falcons reveling in their game with …

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    What has the Falcons reveling in their game with the 49ers? Can the Ravens' defense hold up against the vaunted Patriots' offense? Peter King answers these and more in his Last Word.
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  • Browns name Horton new defensive coordinator

    Browns name Horton new defensive coordinator

    Ray Horton, who spent the past two seasons as Arizona's defensive coordinator, was named to the same position with the Browns on Friday.
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  • Ravens-Patriots injury report

    Ravens-Patriots injury report

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Here is the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the Ravens and Patriots: BALTIMORE RAVENS OUT: CB Asa Jackson (thigh). QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/back), FB Vonta Leach (knee/ankle), RB Bernard Pierce (knee), WR David Re…
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  • How Caldwell turned around Ravens offense

    How Caldwell turned around Ravens offense

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn't say specifically why he fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron last month, and Harbaugh won't say specifically what offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is doing differently than Cameron. But there is a difference in t…
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  • Lurie went straight to media with his concerns regarding Banner

    Lurie went straight to media with his concerns regarding Banner

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    On Friday, a feud suddenly emerged between Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and former Eagles president (and current Browns CEO) Joe Banner.  Lurie believes Banner has been criticizing Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman, and Banner denies it. The strangest aspect of t…
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  • N.F.L. Coaching Carousel Stops: Who Won?

    N.F.L. Coaching Carousel Stops: Who Won?

    nytimes.com Jan 18, 2013
    Eight N.F.L. teams hired coaches in the past few weeks. Not a single hire was African-American.
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  • 'We feel like we are a great team and nobody can beat us,' Joe …

    'We feel like we are a great team and nobody can beat us,' Joe Flacco says

    baltimoresun.com Jan 18, 2013
    Joe Flacco didn't exactly channel his inner Joe Namath, but the Ravens quarterback definitely likes his team’s chances in Sunday’s AFC championship game against the New England Patriots.
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  • Steelers’ Kevin Colbert: Sometimes you have to draft character …

    Steelers’ Kevin Colbert: Sometimes you have to draft character risks

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert announced last week that he was cutting running back Chris Rainey, just hours after Rainey was arrested - and just nine months after Colbert drafted Rainey, despite character concerns stemming from Rainey’s college career.
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  • Watch The Baltimore Police Department's Crazed, Militaristic Tr…

    Watch The Baltimore Police Department's Crazed, Militaristic Tribute To The Ravens (Includes Cop Rap)

    deadspin.com Jan 18, 2013
    Oh dear. What can one even say about this video, created by the Baltimore police department in anticipation of this weekend's AFC championship game between the Ravens and the Patriots? It's got everything that a terrible hype video needs: "Seven Na…
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  • Final Word: Ravens at Patriots

    Final Word: Ravens at Patriots

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Sunday's AFC Championship Game: QB road warrior: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has won five out of his nine road playoff games, which is more than Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Terry Bradshaw, Steve…
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  • Lombardi says he needs time to form an opinion of Brandon Weede…

    Lombardi says he needs time to form an opinion of Brandon Weeden

    As an NFL Network commentator, Mike Lombardi was critical of the Browns’ decision to spend a first-round draft pick on quarterback Brandon Weeden. So now that Lombardi has been hired to run the Browns’ front office, does that mean it’s time to find
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  • The Other Harbaugh: Working across the country from his more ce…

    The Other Harbaugh: Working across the country from his more celebrat…

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    Working across the country from his more celebrated brother, John Harbaugh has made the Ravens one of the most consistent winners in the NFL, writes Peter King.
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  • Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get reven…

    Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get revenge on Patriots

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…
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  • Eagles And Browns Executives Are Feuding Like High School Girls…

    Eagles And Browns Executives Are Feuding Like High School Girls Over Chip Kelly

    deadspin.com Jan 18, 2013
    On Monday, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora did a hatchet job on Eagles GM Howie Roseman. He wrote that Roseman was "drunk with power" and "woefully out of his depth," and to add the sheen of authority, La Canfora cloaked it in "a g…
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  • Friday Forecast: Conference championships

    Friday Forecast: Conference championships

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    My picks in last weekend's divisional playoff round can be summed up like this: Saturday was awful and Sunday was perfect. In other words, I split last weekend. Here's my predictions for Sunday's conference championship games (for entertainment purposes…
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  • Dean Pees on stopping Brady: Hire Tonya Harding

    Dean Pees on stopping Brady: Hire Tonya Harding

    Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees is very familiar with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He’s been part of the defensive staff in Baltimore for the last three seasons, which has meant three matchups with the Patriots, and he spent four years as the
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  • Trent Dilfer is a 'big fan' of Joe Flacco

    Trent Dilfer is a 'big fan' of Joe Flacco

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    The only Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Ravens history is an admirer of the quarterback who could become the second. Trent Dilfer, who quarterbacked the Ravens to the 2000 Super Bowl, believes Joe Flacco is a little underrated and considers him one o…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    WR Donald Jones thinks he’ll be recovered from his season-ending illness in time for the start of Bills offseason work. A look at the possible cap benefits of cutting various members of the Dolphins. Patriots S Devin McCourty says he’s impressed with
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  • Wake-up: Gruden staying with Bengals

    Wake-up: Gruden staying with Bengals

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    I will be traveling to New England tomorrow for the AFC Championship Game, and Foxborough is going to feel like Miami compared to Denver last weekend. The high temperature for Sunday is 44 degrees, which is more than 30 degrees warmer than the AFC divis…
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  • Conference Championship Game Matchups

    Conference Championship Game Matchups

    nytimes.com Jan 18, 2013
    Will Ray Lewis's retirement tour get one more stop?
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  • New England Patriots to keep Balitmore Ravens coach John Harbau…

    New England Patriots to keep Balitmore Ravens coach John Harbaugh from Super Bowl clash with brother

    nydailynews.com Jan 18, 2013
    For a good part of the season, it looked like Super Bowl XLVII could be renamed the Manning Bowl On Bourbon St. with Eli’s Giants and Peyton’s Broncos on a collision course that ultimately got sidetracked before the brothers could play for the Lombard
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  • Remembering the Ray Lewis Controversy

    Remembering the Ray Lewis Controversy

    grantland.com Jan 18, 2013
    Since Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced that he will retire at the end of Baltimore's season, his quest for another Super Bowl victory to cap his ...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: A New Face For Cardinals 03:17

    NFL32OT: A New Face For Cardinals

    Jan 18
    Episode 252: Kevin Connors and Chris Mortensen discuss the Cardinals new head coach Bruce Arians. Mark Schlereth breaks down the expectations for Joe Flacco this Sunday. The NFL32 crew discuss which player will impact the 49ers-Falcons game.
  • Video - NFL Kickoff Overtime: Title Games 03:16

    NFL Kickoff Overtime: Title Games

    Jan 18
    Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi preview the NFC and AFC championship games on Sunday.
  • Video - 'Playbook': New England Patriots offense 03:43

    'Playbook': New England Patriots offense

    Jan 18
    The "Playbook" crew explains how the New England Patriots offense will try to attack the Baltimore Ravens defense in the AFC Championship Game.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed's impact 02:17

    'Playbook': Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed's impact

    Jan 18
    The "Playbook" crew breaks down the importance of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed to the Ravens' defense, and the impact he will have in the AFC Championship Game.

Sports Columnists

  • Kerry J. Byrne: Changes on offense fueling Ravens, Niners in playoffs

    Jan 18
    The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers each made major and even controversial decisions on offense this year.
  • Chadiha: Progress for minority coaches stalls

    Jan 18
    The Rooney Rule helped, but the NFL needs another push on hiring minority coaches.
  • Peter King: Ravens owe consistent success to 'other' Harbaugh

    Jan 18
    ATLANTA -- I'll be spending the weekend covering the NFC Championship Game, but before I get too heavy into Niners-Falcons, I wanted to write about the most under-appreciated single person of the NFL weekend: John Harbaugh.
  • Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get revenge on Patri…

    Jan 18
    The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…