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49ers' Crabtree questioned in sexual assault case

49ers' Crabtree questioned in sexual assault case

CNNSI.com Updated Jan 18, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Police in San Francisco say they're investigating a sexual assault allegation involving 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
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  • Fox: Time to give Falcons QB Ryan his due

    Fox: Time to give Falcons QB Ryan his due

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Atlanta QB shouldn't need to do more to prove he's clutch and a winner
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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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  • Report: Raheem Morris to interview with Bears

    Report: Raheem Morris to interview with Bears

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    When Raheem Morris signed on to coach the Redskins defensive backs before this season, many felt that it would be a temporary stop on the way back up the ladder for the former Buccaneers head coach. Morris is getting chances to prove those people right.…
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  • Panthers promote Mike Shula to offensive coordinator

    Panthers promote Mike Shula to offensive coordinator

    The Panthers elected to go for continuity rather than an outside voice, promoting quarterbacks coach Mike Shula to offensive coordinator, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers interviewed Hue Jackson and Pat Shurmur (who runs a…
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  • Buccaneers finally get to hire John McNulty

    Buccaneers finally get to hire John McNulty

    The Buccaneers tried to hire John McNulty a year ago, but the Cardinals blocked their request to interview him for their offensive coordinator job. Now that he’s available, he gets to join them in a lesser role. Bucs GM Mark Dominik said Friday McNulty
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  • Atlanta Falcons injury report

    Atlanta Falcons injury report

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Atlanta Falcons are listing defensive end John Abraham (ankle) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against San Francisco. But both took part in Friday’s practice on a limited basis,
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  • It’s been six years since an African-American head coach was hi…

    It’s been six years since an African-American head coach was hired via external search

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The NFL has acknowledged disappointment regarding the lack of diversity in this year’s round of coaching and G.M. hires.  There’s another trend that the league should regard as even more troubling. As former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now
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  • Reports: Jets interview Joe Lombardi, Pat Shurmur for offensive…

    Reports: Jets interview Joe Lombardi, Pat Shurmur for offensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    When Rex Ryan took over as Jets coach, he made some big promises about bringing a Lombardi to Gang Green. He hasn’t had much luck securing the trophy, so he’s trying another route. Multiple reports indicate the Jets interviewed Saints quarterbacks coa
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  • Source: Alicia Keys to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

    Source: Alicia Keys to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    A person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans tells The Associated Press that Alicia Keys has been lined up to perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
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  • Final Word: 49ers at Falcons

    Final Word: 49ers at Falcons

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons: Staying grounded: San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not a good matchup for the Atlanta defense. Kaepernick rushed for 181 yar
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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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  • Double Coverage with Trent Dilfer

    Double Coverage with Trent Dilfer

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    On Tuesday, NFC West colleague Mike Sando and I did this Double Coverage segment in which we discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons. ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer pretty much did his own Double Coverage on Thur…
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  • NFC Championship Game preview: Colin Kaepernick, solid defense …

    NFC Championship Game preview: Colin Kaepernick, solid defense will lead 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons 3 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga. Aside from Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan serving as the 49ers head coach from 2005-08, there are not many story lines or much of a recent histo…
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  • Around the NFC South

    Around the NFC South

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Time for a look at the top Friday morning headlines from around the division: ATLANTA FALCONS Tight end Tony Gonzalez has been saying for months that he’s 95-percent certain he’ll retire after this season. He admitted that figure went up a couple of p
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  • Charlotte looking for at least a 10-year tie in Panthers deal

    Charlotte looking for at least a 10-year tie in Panthers deal

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    It looks like the city of Charlotte is going to get something for its money. Ten years worth of something, at least. According to Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal, a 10-year tie to the city is the “starting point for negotiations” for t
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  • NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m.

    NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m.

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    A quick reminder that our weekly NFC South chat will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET. I’m sure the Atlanta Falcons will dominate this chat because they are playing the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. But I’m not going to exclude talk abo
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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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  • Falcons kicker Matt Bryant can speak to alligators, sort of

    Falcons kicker Matt Bryant can speak to alligators, sort of

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    When his football career is finally over Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant might be able to find a role on the television show Swamp People. According to Jim Corbett of the USA Today, Bryant is somewhat of an “alligator whisperer.” “I was watching
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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': Can the Atlanta Falcons stop San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick? 04:29

    'Playbook': Can the Atlanta Falcons stop San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick?

    Jan 18
    How will the Atlanta Falcons defend the read option? Our analysts discuss the recent play of San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and explain why the pistol formation could cause havoc for the Falcons' defense.
  • Video - 'Playbook': It's time for Matty Ice to shine 03:34

    'Playbook': It's time for Matty Ice to shine

    Jan 18
    What does Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan need to do to help his team advance to the Super Bowl? Our experts discuss Ryan's keys to success, as well as the weapons that Ryan has to help him on Sunday.

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…