Assistant Katie Sowers not returning to Niners

Assistant Katie Sowers not returning to Niners

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3:05 PM ETNick WagonerESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Rams for nine years for stlouisrams.com
Previously covered University of Missouri football
Member of Pro Football Writers of AmericaSANTA CLARA, Calif. — Katie Sowers, one of the NFL's first full-time female assistants and its first openly gay coach, will not return to the San Francisco 49ers next season, she said on social media Thursday.
Her contract is expiring after four seasons with the team as an offensive assistant, primarily w..

Bryant: From Kenosha to the U.S. Capitol, a brand new yr brings the identical previous reminders

Bryant: From Kenosha to the U.S. Capitol, a brand new yr brings the identical previous reminders

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10:30 PM ETHoward BryantESPN Senior Writer CloseSenior Writer, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine
Author of “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron”
Author of “Juicing the Game”Following the postmortems of a year that couldn't end fast enough, the first week of 2021 has not provided a balm for 2020 as much as it has amplified last year's relentlessness. For Black America in general, and Black athletes in particular, the year has begun with a series of events that once again have put on globa..

Payments RB items tickets to wrongfully convicted man

Payments RB items tickets to wrongfully convicted man

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7:06 PM ETMarcel Louis-JacquesESPN ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — While the Buffalo Bills spent the past 25 years without hosting an NFL playoff game, Valentino Dixon spent most of it imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.
Dixon, a big Bills fan, missed most of the team's Super Bowl runs in the 1990s and its most recent home playoff game, in 1996.
Bills running back Taiwan Jones is making sure Dixon won't miss the next one.
After it was announced that Bills Stadium would open for the first t..

Payments’ Diggs, Beasley questionable for Colts sport

Payments’ Diggs, Beasley questionable for Colts sport

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3:31 PM ETMarcel Louis-JacquesESPN ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — When the Buffalo Bills host their first playoff game in more than two decades Saturday, there's a chance they'll do so without their top two wide receivers.
Stefon Diggs (oblique injury) and Cole Beasley (knee) are listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Beasley suffered his injury late in Buffalo's Week 16 victory over New England and missed the team's regular-season finale again..

Packers permitting 6,000 followers for divisional spherical

Packers permitting 6,000 followers for divisional spherical

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8:25 PM ETRob DemovskyESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Packers for Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1997-2013
Two-time Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters AssociationGREEN BAY, Wis. — The Frozen Tundra won't be the completely empty tundra for the playoffs.
The Green Bay Packers announced Thursday that approximately 6,000 ticketed fans will be allowed to attend the team's first playoff game, either Jan. 16 or 17 in the NFC divisional..

Rams QB Goff ‘good’ however mum on Sat. standing

Rams QB Goff ‘good’ however mum on Sat. standing

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8:25 PM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times
Previously covered the Falcons
Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — “Good” was the word at the Los Angeles Rams' practice facility Thursday when quarterback Jared Goff spoke with reporters for the first time since undergoing surgery on his throwing-hand thumb on Dec. 28.
“It feels good,” Goff said. “It's progressing well, it's in a good place.”
It remain..

Sources: Watson irked by Texans’ hiring course of

Sources: Watson irked by Texans’ hiring course of

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7:19 PM ETAdam SchefterESPN Senior Writer Close ESPN NFL Insider
Joined ESPN in 2009
Former president of the Pro Football Writers of America and the author of four booksBy hiring former New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio to solve a large set of problems within the organization, the Houston Texans have created additional ones with star quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson offered input on potential general manager candidates, but the Texans neither considered nor consulted with those end..

Source: Asst. Katie Sowers won’t return to Niners

Source: Asst. Katie Sowers won’t return to Niners

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3:05 PM ETNick WagonerESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Rams for nine years for stlouisrams.com
Previously covered University of Missouri football
Member of Pro Football Writers of AmericaSANTA CLARA, Calif. — Katie Sowers, one of the NFL's first full-time female assistants and its first openly gay coach, will not return to the San Francisco 49ers next season, a league source confirmed Thursday.
After four years with the team, Sowers and the Niners are parting ways as her contract expires,..

How Titans’ Derrick Henry can withstand a heavy workload to keep delivering

How Titans’ Derrick Henry can withstand a heavy workload to keep delivering

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6:00 AM ETTurron DavenportESPN Close Covered Eagles for USA Today
Covered the Ravens for Baltimore Times
Played college football at Cheyney UniversityNASHVILLE, Tenn. — In 2003, running back Jamal Lewis piled up 387 carries during the regular season en route to 2,066 rushing yards and a Baltimore Ravens playoff berth.
“I can remember going into the playoff game that year,” Lewis said on ESPN Nashville's 102.5 The Game. “I was out of gas and hoped that the passing game would pick up. I h..

Veteran DB Bethea retires after 14 NFL seasons

Veteran DB Bethea retires after 14 NFL seasons

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12:08 PM ETESPN Veteran safety Antoine Bethea announced his retirement Thursday after 14 NFL seasons.
Bethea, 36, made the announcement on social media, thanking each of the organizations he played for — the Indianapolis Colts (eight seasons), San Francisco 49ers (three seasons), Arizona Cardinals (two seasons) and New York Giants (one season).
He ended his statement by writing, “From Newport News to Howard University, and a 6th Round Draft Pick, to a 14-year career, I have and always will live..

Bucs’ Evans to be game-time call vs. Washington

Bucs’ Evans to be game-time call vs. Washington

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1:29 PM ETJenna LaineESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Buccaneers since 2009
Joined ESPN in 2016TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans returned to practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a hyperextended left knee that knocked him out of last week's game after the first quarter.
Evans did activation and agility work, including squats and hamstring stretches, during the 30-minute portion of practice that was open to the media.
“I think he's got a chance,” Bucs c..

Fans attending Bills game taking COVID-19 tests

Fans attending Bills game taking COVID-19 tests

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1:09 PM ETDan GrazianoESPN Staff Writer CloseJoined ESPN in 2011
New Jersey native and author of two published novelsThe Buffalo Bills administered more than 5,000 COVID-19 tests in their stadium parking lot on Wednesday as they prepare to host about 6,700 fans for Saturday's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Bills owner and team president Kim Pegula told ESPN in a phone interview Wednesday that the New York State government insisted all fans and gameday staff be tested if it was..

Steelers playoff crowd limited to family, friends

Steelers playoff crowd limited to family, friends

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12:02 PM ETBrooke PryorESPN Staff Writer ClosePreviously covered the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Star and Oklahoma University for the Oklahoman.PITTSBURGH — Other than friends and family, the Pittsburgh Steelers will not permit fans at Heinz Field for the playoff game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night.
There had been hope within the organization that the state would grant approval for a limited crowd — similar to the 5,500 capacity permitted at home games in October and N..

Browns can’t practice again, ‘won’t have impact’

Browns can’t practice again, ‘won’t have impact’

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3:01 PM ETJake TrotterESPN Staff Writer CloseCovers the Big 12Joined ESPN.com in 2011Graduate of Washington & Lee UniversityBEREA, Ohio — While the Cleveland Browns' training facility remained closed Thursday afternoon, quarterback Baker Mayfield claimed that even if the Browns aren't able to practice at all before Sunday night's playoff game at Pittsburgh, “it won't have an impact.”
“Just adapt and play,” Mayfield said. “It's win or go home. So whoever we have out ther..

Source: Kamara joins remotely for Bears prep

Source: Kamara joins remotely for Bears prep

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2:15 PM ETESPN As he awaits clearance to rejoin the team after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is participating in live practices remotely this week, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The source said that Kamara has a live video decoder at his home to watch practice and can hear coach Sean Payton, who has a microphone to guide Kamara through plays.
This is allowing Kamara to watch the Saints as they implement their game plan for Sunday..

Sources: Eagles’ shake-up continues; 2 assts. out

Sources: Eagles’ shake-up continues; 2 assts. out

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10:08 AM ETTim McManusESPN Staff Writer ClosePHILADELPHIA — Eagles senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello and senior offensive consultant Marty Mornhinweg are on expiring contracts and will not return to Philadelphia, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
These departures follow the news that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will not return in 2021 and are part of a larger coaching staff shake-up that is expected to end with a new offensive coordinator.
Coach Doug Pederson reversed c..