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However you feel about Ray Rice the person, there's only one way to feel about Ray Rice the running back — there's no good reason for another NFL team to think about giving h...(full article)

There was something different about that day. The two of us were just off, starting that morning. I was annoyed because it was Valentine's Day and Ray and one of his friends had pl...(full article)

Now that Robert Griffin III is on the bench, the focus shifts to his replacement: Colt McCoy. Although Washington head coach Jay Gruden is trying to frame this move as a way of hel...(full article)

There was no upset coming from former judge Barbara S. Jones in ruling on the Ray Rice case. Double jeopardy will not fly. Rice won his appeal against the NFL on Friday to have his...(full article)

As the clock was winding down on the 49ers’ giblet-twisting 19-3 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night, the only question was: “How could things possibly get worse for...(full article)

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