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While Michel still has elements of his game that require development — he caught just seven passes this season — I’d imagine most Patriots fans are comfortable in saying that he’ll have a better career than Maroney, who played just 49 regular season games over five seasons in the NFL.,It seems largely forgotten, probably because we think of the 2007 Patriots as the most prolific passing offense we’ll ever witness, but Maroney was perhaps the star of the teams’ last playoff meeting, in that season’s AFC Championship game.,He set career highs for rushing attempts (94) and receptions (87), which may be one reason why the Patriots seemed to de-emphasize him over the final month of the season; he didn’t have more than 10 touches in any of the last four games.,They ranked eighth in the league this season at 117.1 yards per game.,But McDaniels deserves genuine praise for much that he has done — the approach to the 10-point fourth-quarter comeback in the Super Bowl win over the Seahawks, the patience and poise in pulling off the 25-point comeback against the Falcons, the creativity in the rally from two touchdowns down against the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game in the 2014 season, and much smaller well-designed victories along the way as well.

It is the first of two dates – the series will return Jan. 19 to Anaheim – and the first of five stops in the state and Arizona

It’s a season of change for the 12-round series.,NBC Sports begins its first season with the Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday with live coverage of the season-opening event in Anaheim starting at 7 p.m. Ralph Sheheen will call the action, as he has done since 2005, and will be joined in the booth by five-time Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, host and former racer Daniel Blair, and reporter Will Christien.,He and Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet will kick off the 2019 dirt-sprint seasons at Volusia Speedway in Florisa with the Dirt Car Nationals on Feb. 6.,Pit stops read more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2019 on Thursday, and among the esteemed group of gridiron stars were a trio of Louisiana Sports Hall of Famers.,Former LSU offensive line standouts Alan Faneca and Kevin Mawae and Louisiana native Ed Reed made the list of modern-era finalists.,Joining that trio is Louisiana native and former LSU great Johnny Robinson as this year’s senior finalist.,The other modern-era finalists include Kansas City and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce, Indianapolis and Arizona running back Edgerrin James, Denver safety Steve Atwater, Washington and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, New England cornerback Ty Law, Tampa Bay and Denver safety John Lynch, Jacksonville offensive tackle Tony Boselli, Seattle and Minnesota offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell and Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores.,Robinson, a Delhi native who was an All-State tennis, baseball and football player at University Lab School in Baton Rouge (his father Dub Robinson coached the LSU tennis team), played on LSU’s 1958 national championship football team, played his entire pro career for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, winning championships in 1962, 1966 and 1969.

It is the first of two dates – the series will return Jan. 19 to Anaheim – and the first of five stops in the state and Arizona

It’s a season of change for the 12-round series.,NBC Sports begins its first season with the Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday with live coverage of the season-opening event in Anaheim starting at 7 p.m. Ralph Sheheen will call the action, as he has done since 2005, and will be joined in the booth by five-time Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, host and former racer Daniel Blair, and reporter Will Christien.,He and Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet will kick off the 2019 dirt-sprint seasons at Volusia Speedway in Florisa with the Dirt Car Nationals on Feb. 6.,Pit stops read more

5 takeaways from Texas AM's 52-13 Gator Bowl win over NC State: RB Trayveon Williams caps Aggies' successful season with historic night

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The New England Patriots have earned a first-round AFC playoff bye.,The Texans rallied from losing their first three games to win the AFC South and will be the No 3 seed, hosting a wild-card contest next weekend.,In the later games, Kansas City earned the top AFC seed with a 35-3 win at home over Oakland, relegating the Los Angeles Chargers to the No. 5 seed despite a 23-9 win over Denver.,The final playoff spot goes to the winner of Sunday night's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans.,Chicago earned the No. 3 seed with a 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings, which officially eliminated the Vikings from the playoffs and helped clear the way for the Philadelphia Eagles, who shut out Washington 24-0 to earn a shot at defending their Super Bowl title.

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The Bills actually played in a playoff game for the first time in 18 years (though connected to the 2017 season, we'll point out the 10-3 loss at Jacksonville was played on Jan. 7, 2018).,As for Dallas, it's where St. Bonaventure's best basketball season since the 1970 Final Four ended after it became the first Big 4 team to win an NCAA Tournament game since 2007.,Dahlin was the center of attention at the NHL Scouting Combine in HarborCenter the last week of May and then came the big moment: Less than two months after Allen donned his Bills jersey in Big D, Dahlin did likewise with his first Sabres sweater, becoming the club's first No. 1 overall since Pierre Turgeon in 1987

While the Bills hope Allen can develop into a solid NFL quarterback, Dahlin has already developed into a mainstay on the Buffalo defense and will give the Sabres a long-missing presence in the NHL and even on the international hockey scene.,In March, the University at Buffalo men's basketball team stunned fourth-seeded Arizona, 89-68, in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Boise, Idaho, for the program's first NCAA win and the first in a main-draw victory by a local school since the days of Bob Lanier in Olean.,Emily Pfalzer is draped in the American flag after the U.S. team was awarded the gold medal in women's ice hockey (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) read more

Prep Basketball and Local Results for Wednesday, Dec. 26

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