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Chiefs’ Reid, Bills’ McDermott to match wits for AFC title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ten years after firing Sean McDermott as his defensive coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will stare across the field inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and see his protégé trying to spoil his hopes of a Super Bowl repeat. That’s because McDermott has Buffalo playing in its first AFC…read more »

D-coordinators bring head coaching chops to NFL title games

(AP)- All four NFL teams playing in the conference championships have a defensive coordinator who flopped as a head coach but who has the chops as a lieutenant to help his team and his head coach get to the Super Bowl. The NFC championship pits high-powered offenses led by Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady, who is…read more »

Police Looking for Suspect Who Caused Deadly Crash

Illinois State Police say a West Frankfort man is dead after a hit and run crash on Interstate 57 Friday morning. Investigators say it happened around 4:50 a.m. in the northbound lanes near Benton. State Police say a tractor trailer rear ended a Hyundai Elantra driven by James J. Bean, 70, of West Frankfort. Bean…read more »

The Cape Girardeau County Courthouse to Start Operating at Phase One Starting on Monday

Starting on Monday, the Cape Girardeau Courthouse in Jackson will start operating at Phase One until at least February 8. The Phase One directives include: Only court personnel, litigants, witnesses, and attorneys can enter the facility and families and support have to remain outside the facility. Media members can enter the facility upon reasonable request. Anyone who has…read more »

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Chiefs’ Mahomes cleared to play in AFC championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was cleared Friday from the league’s concussion protocol after his third consecutive day of practice and will be under center when Kansas City plays the Buffalo Bills in the AFC championship game. Mahomes was hurt in the third quarter of the Chiefs’ divisional-round win over Cleveland.…read more »

Cubs, C Romine agree to $1.5 million, 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Chicago Cubs have added a veteran catcher, agreeing to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with Austin Romine. The Cubs had been looking for a backup catcher since they traded Victor Caratini to San Diego last month. Miguel Amaya…read more »

NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The NFL says 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month’s Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said in a news release Friday that attendance at the Feb. 7 game would be limited to those…read more »

Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves, Aaron’s longtime team, said he died peacefully in his sleep. No cause was given.…read more »

Eagles Plan to Hire Colts OC Nick Sirianni

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are nearing a deal to hire Nick Sirianni to be their head coach, according to two people familiar with the decision. Sirianni was the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts the past three seasons. He worked under coach Frank Reich, who was offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when the Eagles…read more »

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