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Charges won't be filed against 49ers' Crabtree

Charges won't be filed against 49ers' Crabtree

CNNSI.com Updated Jan 25, 2013
Criminal charges won't be filed against 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team's playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco's district attorney said Friday.
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  • Jim Caldwell wants to be a head coach again

    Jim Caldwell wants to be a head coach again

    Jim Caldwell deserves a healthy share of the credit for having the Ravens in the playoffs: After taking over the play calling from the fired former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Caldwell helped shape an offense that has played well in the postseaso…
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  • Ravens' Ellerbe, Pitta miss Friday practice

    Ravens' Ellerbe, Pitta miss Friday practice

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    Two Ravens starters, inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and tight end Dennis Pitta, missed practice Friday. Ellerbe sat out for the second consecutive day with ankle and back injuries. Pitta was limited Thursday with a thigh injury. The Ravens listed 17 …
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  • Rashard Mendenhall’s future in Pittsburgh doesn’t look too brig…

    Rashard Mendenhall’s future in Pittsburgh doesn’t look too bright

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    When Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert promised changes to the team in his season-ending press conference, many people pointed to the running back spot as an area likely to look different next season. Injuries and inconsistency helped the Steelers …
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  • Ravens GM: Cameron firing was Harbaugh's call

    Ravens GM: Cameron firing was Harbaugh's call

    CNNSI.com Jan 25, 2013
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says the decision to fire offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in December was orchestrated solely by coach John Harbaugh.
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  • Source confirms Crennel is on the Saints’ wish list

    Source confirms Crennel is on the Saints’ wish list

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Sometimes, when something makes plenty of sense, it can make too much sense to happen. In New Orleans, that may not be the case. As Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported, former Browns and Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is on the list to become the team’s next
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  • Bills sign linebacker Maybin to reserve contract

    Bills sign linebacker Maybin to reserve contract

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals signed linebacker Aaron Maybin to a reserve/future contract on Friday.
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  • AFC North players in Pro Bowl

    AFC North players in Pro Bowl

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    There will be a football game played this Sunday. Well, sort of. The traditionally light-hitting Pro Bowl will kick off at 7 p.m. ET Sunday in Honolulu. While the six Ravens players selected to the game obviously won't play, here are the seven players f…
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  • Seahawks replace Idzik with former Browns exec

    Seahawks replace Idzik with former Browns exec

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Having lost a salary cap guy to the Jets, the Seahawks found another one Friday, naming former Browns executive Matt Thomas as their new vice president of football administration. Thomas spent the previous three seasons with the Browns, after 12 years w…
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  • SF taking steps to prevent Super Bowl violence

    SF taking steps to prevent Super Bowl violence

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    San Francisco officials are taking tougher measures to prevent potential fan violence on Super Bowl Sunday when the 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.
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  • Turner: Browns are being fair with Weeden

    Turner: Browns are being fair with Weeden

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    From the time Browns coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner were hired, every word they utter about quarterback Brandon Weeden will be analyzed and discussed. Some believe there will be a new starting quarterback in Cleveland next se…
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  • Washington Post Drags Victim's Mother To His Grave To Remind Us…

    Washington Post Drags Victim's Mother To His Grave To Remind Us That Nobody Is Paying Attention To The Ray Lewis Murder Case

    deadspin.com Jan 25, 2013
    "Here he is right here," Priscilla says with a smile. More »
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  • Contract hasn't distracted Joe Flacco

    Contract hasn't distracted Joe Flacco

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The agent for Joe Flacco told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio that the Ravens quarterback isn't distracted by the fact that he is playing the final game of his current contract. "Joe's focus is on the game," agent Joe Linta said. &…
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  • Ozzie Newsome: Flacco offer won’t change if Ravens win Super Bo…

    Ozzie Newsome: Flacco offer won’t change if Ravens win Super Bowl

    A new deal might not come quickly and the Ravens might be forced to use their franchise tag to facilitate further conversations, but quarterback Joe Flacco is staying in Baltimore beyond this season. It’s been a common refrain that Flacco is making hims
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  • NFL doesn’t always put the highest-graded officials in the Supe…

    NFL doesn’t always put the highest-graded officials in the Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    For the 49ers and Ravens, the path to the Super Bowl was clear: They won their divisions, then won their playoff games, and now they have a chance to earn the right to be considered the best team in the NFL. But the other seven men who will be on the fi…
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  • Ranking every player in the Super Bowl

    Ranking every player in the Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    ESPN's Matt Williamson and Gary Horton tackled the job of ranking all 106 players on the Super Bowl rosters of the Ravens and 49ers. It's an Insider piece, so you'll need a subscription to view them all. But I can give you some of my thoughts on the ran…
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  • Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo wants to use Super Bowl platform to …

    Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo wants to use Super Bowl platform to stump for gay rights

    yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo hadn't even slept after Baltimore's AFC championship game win over the Patriots when he started sending emails asking how he could help promote gay rights at the Super Bowl. According to the New York Times, at 3:40 a…
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  • Vic Fangio has always been a big Flacco fan

    Vic Fangio has always been a big Flacco fan

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Long before he had to scheme against him in the biggest game of the year, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was a huge Joe Flacco fan. Fangio was a Ravens assistant when Flacco was drafted, and in the early days of OTAs, Fangio told then-boss John …
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  • Schefter: Ed Reed's future with Ravens

    Schefter: Ed Reed's future with Ravens

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter discusses whether the Super Bowl will be Ed Reed's last game with the Ravens. If Reed doesn't return to Baltimore, I believe the two teams to watch are the Patriots and the Colts. New England coach Bill Belichick has long …
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  • Ravens not touching Lombardi Trophy (yet)

    Ravens not touching Lombardi Trophy (yet)

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- A television crew wanted to film the Ravens players with a Lombardi Trophy prop earlier this week at team headquarters. When they tried to do so with Ray Lewis, the Ravens linebacker had the trophy removed and ordered everyone not t…
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  • Addition of McKinnie has stabilized Ravens offensive line

    Addition of McKinnie has stabilized Ravens offensive line

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Few teams are willing to fiddle with their lineup entering the playoffs. That makes the Ravens’ willingness to blow up their offensive line amazing, and the results have justified the decision. They took former Pro Bowler Bryant McKinnie out of exile on
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  • Wake-up: Horton says Browns to run 3-4

    Wake-up: Horton says Browns to run 3-4

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    I'll be heading over to Ravens headquarters to listen to a few more interviews before heading down to New Orleans this weekend. Once again, not a lot of news for the other division teams. In fact, the items on the Bengals and Steelers are both Ravens-re…
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  • Jon Embree hired as tight ends coach by Browns

    Jon Embree hired as tight ends coach by Browns

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    After a failed two-year run as head coach at the University of Colorado, Jon Embree is headed back to the NFL. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Embree has been hired by head coach Rob Chudzinski to coach the Browns tight end po…
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  • Brandon Jacobs has no regrets over 49ers tenure

    Brandon Jacobs has no regrets over 49ers tenure

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Instead of heading to New Orleans next week to play in the Super Bowl, Brandon Jacobs will have to watch on television as his former teammates take the field to play the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday. Jacobs was suspended for the remainder of the regular…
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  • Jurors at odds in former cheerleader's libel suit

    Jurors at odds in former cheerleader's libel suit

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    Jurors were ordered to try again after telling a judge Thursday they couldn't reach a verdict on a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader against a gossip website that posted lewd comments about her.
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Rams Get Look On Defense 03:19

    NFL32OT: Rams Get Look On Defense

    Jan 25
    Episode 256: Kevin Connors and Chris Mortensen discuss the impact Rob Ryan will have on the Rams defense. Trent Dilfer breaks down how Joe Flacco is preparing for the Super Bowl. The NFL32 crew discuss the Saints firing of their defensive coordinator
  • Video - 2012: Best of Joe Flacco 02:25

    2012: Best of Joe Flacco

    Jan 25
    Through the ups and downs, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has helped his team climb through the playoffs and into Super Bowl XLVII. Take a look back at Flacco's journey with the Ravens to get to the Superdome in New Orleans.
  • Video - 'Playbook': The 49ers offense might surprise you 04:47

    'Playbook': The 49ers offense might surprise you

    Jan 25
    The "Playbook" analysts discuss why the Baltimore Ravens need to be prepared to face any play that the San Francisco 49ers have run in the last year, especially because of the improvement by QB Colin Kaepernick.
  • Video - 'Playbook': The 49ers offense might surprise you 04:47

    'Playbook': The 49ers offense might surprise you

    Jan 25
    The "Playbook" analysts discuss why the Baltimore Ravens need to be prepared to face any play that the San Francisco 49ers have run in the last year, especially because of the improvement by QB Colin Kaepernick.

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    Jan 25
    Roger Goodell's visit to New Orleans will allow embittered Saints fans to get closure, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
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    Jan 25
    Taking in Knicks-Celtics with a few words and a bunch of pictures.