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Joe Burrow capped his record-shattering season by passing for five touchdowns and running for one to lead No. 1 LSU to a 42-25 victory over No. 3 Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday night in New Orleans. Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy by a record margin, completed 31 of 49 passes for 463 yards and rushed 14 times for 58 yards. He fini…

Bills

Longtime NFL coach Mike Mularkey announced his retirement Thursday. Mularkey, 58, coached the tight ends for the Atlanta Falcons last season and previously served as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans. “I’ve been blessed to do this for a long time and have a lot of great memories from the game I love,” he said, per ESPN. “I’ve …

Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers players accepted coach John Beilein’s apology over his word choice in a film session, and multiple reports Thursday indicated he will keep his job. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday night that Beilein called his players “thugs” during a meeting at the team hotel in Detroit. Beilein said he had meant to say the team was “no longer playing l…

Bills

By Jeremy Mikula, Chicago Tribune We already know Khalil Mack is fond of shopping at Target and HomeGoods. Is it time to add Walmart to the list? The Walmart in Fort Pierce, Fla., revealed Friday on Facebook that the Bears edge rusher from the University at Buffalo paid off all active holiday layaway accounts at the chain retailer. The payment was made through Mack’s…

Bills

By Olivia Hitchcock The Palm Beach Post JUPITER, Fla. – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of 25 people charged with soliciting prostitutes as part of a series of human trafficking and prostitution arrests in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said Friday. The crackdown was announced Tuesday. Thus far, authoritie…

Bills

By Matt Schneidman, San Jose Mercury News ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jon Gruden wants to make sure you understand Nathan Peterman is just a practice-squad quarterback. The Raiders mainly signed him because Derek Carr’s backup, A.J. McCarron, is in Alabama with his wife, who gave birth to Cash McCarron on Tuesday. In McCarron’s place, Peterman will run scout team as the Raider…

Business

By Katherine Peralta The Charlotte Observer Lowe’s is closing 51 underperforming stores across the U.S. and Canada. The Mooresville, N.C.-based home improvement retailer announced early Monday that it will shut down 20 stores in the U.S. and 31 in Canada in an effort to “focus on its most profitable stores and improve the overall health of its store portfolio.” …

Featured

Federal agents are involved in investigating allegations of clergy sex abuse in Buffalo, The Buffalo News has confirmed. CBS News on Thursday reported that the U.S. attorney in Buffalo has subpoenaed the Diocese of Buffalo. The news outlet said the focus involves the "alleged trafficking of minors across state lines for the purpose of sex abuse." FBI agents recently in…

Nation and World

By Jason Green The Mercury News Didn’t get FEMA’s “Presidential Alert” on Wednesday? Try not to worry. After all, it was only a test. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s first nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert, or WEA, system reached an estimated 225 million cellphones, or 75 percent of all such devices. The message wasn’t expected to reach …

Bills

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen began draft day with an apology. On a day he hoped would be a celebration, Allen instead started Thursday with an early morning apology for years-old Twitter activity unearthed on the eve of the 2018 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Allen, who made no official comment on the matter, is attending the event live in Frisco,…

Bills

And another one bites the dust. Four days after the Browns dropped out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes by trading for Tyrod Taylor, the Broncos appear to have followed suit. Free-agent quarterback Case Keenum “intends” to sign with the Broncos, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Appearing on ESPN early Tuesday morning, Schefter said, “barring some last-minute setb…

Bills

The question of service time will not block Teddy Bridgewater from becoming an unrestricted free agent in March. According to multiple reports, Bridgewater is likely to be declared a free agent even after missing the entire 2016 season with the Minnesota Vikings while recovering from a major knee injury. Bridgewater also spent the first 10 weeks of the 2017 season on th…

Nation and World

By Kyra Gurney, David Smiley and Connie Ogle Miami Herald PARKLAND, Fla. — An American nightmare unfolded Wednesday afternoon at a high school in Broward County after a former student came onto campus and opened fire, killing 17. Details are beginning to emerge amid a flurry of police activity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where students puz…

Sports

By Matt Gelb Philadelphia Inquirer Roy Halladay, the ace pitcher who authored a Phillies perfect game and postseason no-hitter and could manipulate a baseball unlike few in his generation, died Tuesday when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The Pasco County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office confirmed Halladay’s death in a news conference. Authorities said Halla…

Nation and World

By Evan Halper and William Yardley LOS ANGELES TIMES WASHINGTON – The hotly contested Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects that President Trump brought back to life with the stroke of a pen Tuesday may still never get built – but for Trump, that isn’t necessarily the point. The projects have become among the country’s most potent symbols of the clash be…