Even with Lamar Jackson hurt, Ravens remain confident struggling offense can do enough to win

As Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus’ 63- yard field goal attempt fell well short of the goalposts Sunday afternoon with time expiring at M&T Bank Stadium, all was momentarily forgotten. Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered a knee injury, sitting the final three quarters, and the Baltimore offense was stilted without him. “Obviously, we didn’ t…

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Blake Griffin knew Nets weren’t interested in reunion

Blake Griffin understands he and Bruce Brown were in two different Nets free-agency buckets. He told The Denver Post the Nets said they’ d re-sign him during the off-season, only to trade for Royce O’ Neale and leave him hanging when free agency rolled around. Brown eventually signed a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets worth $13.5 million.

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Chris Perkins: Dolphins must get better after this 49ers loss, and they say that’s exactly what they’ll do

As Dolphins players searched for answers through the disappointment and confusion of Sunday’ s 33-17 loss to the San Francisco 49 ers, there was one conclusion in the postgame locker room— they must do better. That was the overriding message, that there’ s more football left, and for the Dolphins to get to where they want to get— the playoffs— they must be better.

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Dave Hyde: A lost Sunday with a Tua we hadn’t seen and Dolphins defense that wasn’t seen

That furious one Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel made in the fourth quarter as he delivered a blow-torch of verbiage at referees and raked his hair like you’ d claw your way out of a prison block. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’ s first pass went for 75 yards and a touchdown. For a too-long and too-sobering stretch, it was that kind of Sunday for the Dolphins, the kind…

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Azeez Ojulari ignites Giants pass rush as defense preserves tie

Ojulari had a sack fumble and recovery on Commanders QB Taylor Heinicke to set up an early third quarter Daniel Jones touchdown pass to Isaiah Hodgins. The Giants defense registered five total sacks, including takedowns by Justin Ellis, Jihad Ward, Dexter Lawrence and Kayvon Thibodeaux in overtime. They gave up a game-tying Commanders TD at the end of…

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Knicks’ defense comes up big against Donovan Mitchell in ‘must-win’

At least for one night, the Knicks’ defense was revitalized and they didn’ t need Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell, who scored a ho-hum 23 points on 8- for-23 shooting, was stifled by Quentin Grimes, who logged 40 minutes and is finally healthy enough to live up to his defensive stopper label. On the heels of that blowout defeat to Dallas— and riding a five-game home losing…

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Nets fall short against defending East champion Celtics

Kevin Durant quickly noted that while the Nets have turned a corner in the win column, winning four games in a row and seven of their last nine after starting the season 2-6, they had done so largely against middle of the pack competition. The Trail Blazers without Damian Lillard. The Grizzlies without Ja Morant.

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