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Rams prepare to contend with Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Rams (6-8) have not allowed a touchdown in three straight games, a franchise record. After consecutive shutouts against the Raiders and Redskins, they surrendered four field goals in a 12-6 loss to NFC West-leading Arizona last week.

Of course they're confident.

Philadelphia nearly bounced from playoff picture by Washington

The Eagles (9-6) will now focus their energies on rooting for the Indianapolis Colts to beat the Cowboys (10-4) on Sunday. Philadelphia then would need to beat the New York Giants on the road next week, then hope that Dallas loses to Washington. That would create a 10-6 tie atop the NFC East, with the Eagles claiming first place because they hold the tiebreaker based on a better division record.

Dallas Mavericks, Rajon Rondo aim for NBA championship

When Rajon Rondo was on his way to Dallas with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as the centerpiece of a five-player trade, championship talk dominated the conversation.

St. Louis Rams players give back to Ferguson residents

Tight end Jared Cook and wide receivers Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens donated $10,000 and participated in the inaugural holiday event co-sponsored by the St. Louis Urban League.

Lindsey Vonn wins downhill at World Cup

After clinching a second straight win — and third consecutive podium — with a victory in Saturday's downhill, Lindsey Vonn now has the chance to secure a 62nd career win in Sunday's super-G and move level with Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll for all-time wins.

Jordan Todman sparks Jacksonville to 21-13 win over Tennessee

The Jaguars (3-12) won for the second time in four weeks thanks to a rejuvenated offense that had been mostly stagnant for four-plus games. Playing the Titans (2-13) surely aided the effort.

St. Louis Rams players plan to visit city's Urban League with gifts

St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook and wide receivers Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens contributed $10,000 to an Urban League of St. Louis Christmas Party on Friday for residents of Ferguson and north St. Louis County.

Chiefs' draft picks starting to produce late

Right now, the Chiefs are focused solely on the present, and that means trying to squeak into the playoffs. And the production of the last two draft classes will promise to be just as important in that endeavor.

Kris Medlen and Royals agree to $8.5 million, 2-year deal

Kansas City announced an $8.5 million, two-year contract Thursday with the former Atlanta right-hander, who missed all of last season and became a free agent when the Braves failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline.

Qatar continues to face criticism over World Cup preparations

As Qatar employs legions of migrants to build stadiums and other works for the football showcase, widespread labor abuses documented by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other critics have blackened its name and $160 billion preparations.

AP source: Rajon Rondo heading from Celtics to Mavericks

The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, two draft picks and a $12.9 million trade exception.

Former Missouri E.J. Gaines went from overlooked to go-to corner for St. Louis Rams

E.J. Gaines has started every game for a defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown in the past three games.

Chiefs defense faces challenge against Steelers

Kansas City hasn't allowed a 300-yard passer and has allowed just two rushing touchdowns on the season. But the Chiefs' defense hasn't faced the NFL's top-ranked offense led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

 

Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed

The lawsuit alleges the NFL and its teams, physicians and trainers acted without regard for players' health, withholding information about injuries. At the same time, they were handing out prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatories to mask pain and minimize lost playing time.

49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble

Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.

For MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out

The path to the major leagues for Cuban players has often involved smugglers who bring them out of the island nation for a price. It's hard to foresee exactly how that will change in the short-term, or whether MLB teams will be allowed to invest resources in the communist country.

Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.

In Qatar, migrant workers paid to be sports 'fans'

When the world's second-richest people per capita can't find time or be bothered to fill their sports arenas, migrant workers are paid to take their place.

Tarasenko scores 3 in Blues' comeback win

Vladimir Tarasenko scored three goals, and the streaking St. Louis Blues netted four in the third period in a 5-2 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Qatar: The big new player in sports

With a spending spree of staggering reach and proportions, the thumb of desert with a native population of just 282,750 has used sports to make itself a household name in Europe.

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