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Both Scottsbluff and Sidney teams came away with wins over their respective opponents to advance to the Western Conference championship game. 

No sooner did word break via Twitter on Sunday afternoon that Kentucky was headed back to the Music City Bowl for a postseason rematch with Iowa on New Year’s Eve at noon than the unhappiness started raining down on the Big Blue Nation. Let’s work through the popular laments about UK’s bowl placement: 1.) Same old, same old. Between SEC basketball tournaments, trips to watch the Wildcats play ...

Quarterbacks Stetson Bennett of Georgia, Max Duggan of TCU, C.J. Stroud of Ohio State and Caleb Williams of Southern California are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. The award given to the outstanding player in college football is determined by a vote of more than 900 sports journalists and past winners. It will be presented Saturday night at the Lincoln Center in New York. Williams and Stroud also are finalists for the Maxwell Award as the top performer in the college game. Williams, Stroud and Duggan also are up for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

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ATLANTA — Finally, a second consecutive win. "Long overdue," defensive lineman Cam Heyward said. You think? It took the Steelers 12 games to win two in a row, the second coming Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 19-16 against the Atlanta Falcons. "Not just two wins. Two wins on the road," center Mason Cole said. "That's hard to do in the National Football League." This was in the Steelers locker ...

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers’ have the NFL’s best defense this season. That’s not up for debate anymore. But with Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injury and rookie Brock Purdy taking over as the Niners’ first-string quarterback, it’s also beyond debate that the Niners’ defense cannot slip — even a little bit — in the final five weeks of the regular season and, perhaps, beyond. Under normal ...

Brian Daboll wasn’t in a sharing mood on Monday. He would not explain what his analytics team’s math was telling him about how Sunday’s 20-20 tie with Washington impacted the Giants’ playoff chances. “We tied the game. We obviously would like to win the game,” Daboll said, one day after coaching for a tie in overtime. He would not give details on why his offense’s second half was so much worse ...

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