Before he knew the next opponent, owner Jerry Jones likened the recovery of his Dallas Cowboys from 3-5 to their first playoff win in four years to a boom-or-bust wagon train headed to California.,The other big change, also during the open week, was firing first-year offensive line coach Paul Alexander and promoting someone familiar with what had helped the Cowboys mold one of the best blocking units in football in former player and assistant line coach Marc Colombo.,In his first year, coach Sean McVay led LA to the NFC West title in the franchise's first winning season in 14 years, including a 35-30 victory at the Cowboys after falling behind 24-13.,Dallas has gone to Oxnard for training camp every year since 2010, and Jones played a pivotal role in getting league approval of LA owner Stan Kroenke's move from St. Louis three years ago.,The Rams' new stadium doesn't open until 2020, so the first playoff meeting between these teams since 1986 will be in the same place as that 20-0 LA victory: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

BALTIMORE — The Los Angeles Chargers kept Lamar Jackson grounded, and by the time the rookie got the passing game going it was too late for the Baltimore Ravens.,Michael Badgley kicked five field goals, and Los Angeles harassed and hounded Jackson during a 23-17 victory Sunday in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.,In the days leading up to the game, Jackson — the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner — was lauded for the job he did to get Baltimore into the postseason.,Jackson threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree to make it 23-10 with 6:33 remaining and tossed a 7-yarder to Crabtree with 1:59 left, but Baltimore’s last chance ended when Jackson fumbled after being hit by Uchenna Nwosu.,Eagles win after late TD, missed Chicago field goal CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL’s stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the final wild-card game.

For example, did you know that the 1969 Jamestown High School graduate worked with, was the athletic trainer for or oversaw the rehabilitation of, among others: baseball Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, Ozzie Smith and Roberto Alomar; NFL Hall-of-Famer Steve Largent; and heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe?,Did you know that Lopriore was a certified athletic trainer with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks (as the rehabilitation director), the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers organizations?,Beyond his work at the professional level, Lopriore also had extensive college experience, including a four-year stint as the head athletic trainer at the University of New Orleans; and served as co-coordinator of medical services for the 1990 NCAA Southeast Regional men’s basketball tournament at the Superdome.,Between his time in baseball and at the University of Orleans, Lopriore spent five years as the staff trainer at the Kenner Regional Medical Center in Kenner, La.,Lopriore began his career as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Louisiana-Lafayette (1977-79) and returned to the school as an assistant athletic trainer and physical education instructor from 1982-84.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL's stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles over the Chicago Bears 16-15 in the final wild-card game Sunday.,CHARGERS 23, RAVENS 17 read more

Rivers directed the Los Angeles Chargers to a 23-17 playoff victory at Baltimore on Sunday, setting up another high-stakes matchup with Brady and the New England Patriots.,The Chargers (13-4) visit the Patriots (11-5) in the first divisional playoff game next Sunday, followed by the Eagles’ return to New Orleans.,The 37-year-old Rivers beat New England in 2008, but that was with Matt Cassel starting at quarterback for the Patriots while Brady was injured.,Rivers went up against New England for the first time in the playoffs after the 2006 season, tossing an interception in a 24-21 loss to the visiting Patriots.,Playing with a torn knee ligament, Rivers threw two more picks in a 21-12 loss at New England.

Winners of eight of their last nine games, Dallas' next opponent is controlled by the winner of the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles game, taking place Sunday afternoon.,So if No. 3 Chicago wins, then No. 4 Dallas will be the lowest seed left, and will travel to The Big Easy to take on the Saints.,Dallas is so dedicated to the run, facing a team that is less-than-stellar against the pass (Saints are No. 22 in pass-defense DVOA, Rams are No. 9) could be more beneficial considering Dallas can struggle in that regard and will run the ball regardless of who they are facing.,Dallas could host an NFC Championship There's only one way for the No. 4 seed to ever host a conference championship game, and that's for the No. 6 seed to pull off back-to-back upsets.,Were the Eagles to upset Chicago, then go on to upset New Orleans with Dallas also upsetting the Rams, then the two NFC East rivals would meet for the third time, back at ATT Stadium.

The Dallas quarterback found a way to get there, and get his first playoff victory two years after a sensational rookie season ended in disappointment.,The win for the Cowboys (11-6) was the first for Elliott and Prescott after losing a divisional game in their playoff debut as first-year stars two years ago.,Dallas' defense, ranked in the top 10 most of the season, stifled the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense and mostly kept quarterback Russell Wilson under control and handed him his first loss in four wild-card games.,Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when the Cowboys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards, and his sneak for what appeared to be a clinching score because Dallas burned more than five minutes while taking 24-14 lead.,After Wilson ran for 4 yards for a touchdown and Mike Davis' 2-point conversion run put Seattle up 14-10 late in the third quarter, Prescott led a 67-yard drive to put the Cowboys back in front for good.

Nor is it likely to end well for a lot of Lakers, some of whom could be New Orleans-bound in a trade for Anthony Davis … or cut for salary cap space, like the eight of them who are on one-year deals, to bring in more free agents like Klay Thompson … or unemployed like Coach Luke Walton if Magic Johnson holds him responsible for any shortfall.,I don’t see a second-round loss going over well with Johnson, not after he read Walton the riot act seven games into the season, then, in as close as he felt like coming to reassuring everyone publicly, said Luke would, “finish this season unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”,It’s still emerging with last week’s report by ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski that Magic has wanted a new coach since he took over, but has yet to convince Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Walton.,Despite his cachet, James hasn’t been a behind-the-scenes schemer … aside from all his player recruiting … although Riley, whom LeBron left high and dry, late revealed that LeBron hinted that he would like him to fire Coach Erik Spoelstra during LeBron’s first season in Miami without coming out and actually asking him to do it.,A recent report from ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has wanted a new coach since he took over in February of 2017, but has yet to convince team owner Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Luke Walton, left.

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.

An aircraft bound for Boeing Field obscures the gleaming sun, flying so low that it feels as though it might land in Harper's salsa.Harper stops to contemplate whether he could throw his support behind a potential run for the White House by Howard Schultz, owner of Starbucks, a Seattle institution.,Schultz completed this transaction 12 years ago, but in Seattle, where bitter Sonics fans still abound, it might as well have been yesterday.How a Schultz presidential candidacy, presumably taking flight with a bid for the Democratic nomination, would play nationally is an open question.,"He sold Seattle down the river, knowing full well what Bennett was going to do," adds Dotzauer, refusing to believe Schultz's claim that he thought Bennett would try to keep the team in Seattle.,The Schultz family left the latter neighborhood after a private driveway they built through a public park didnt go over too well with their neighbors.The office housing Jason Reids and Adam Browns film production companies sits hard by a set of railroad tracks in SoDo, a heavily industrial neighborhood south of downtown Seattle.,There are similarities, to be sure: Both men were raised in New York City (Trump in an affluent Queens neighborhood, Schultz in public housing in Brooklyn), both are polarizing figures in the cities they now call home, both are wealthy businessmen, and should Schultz choose to run, he would have exactly the same amount of experience in public office as Trump had when he successfully ran: zero.But Kaushik thinks it's unfair to compare the two, noting, "Schultz, in his life and work, has shown a genuine belief in the importance of public service and the responsibilities that come with it in a way that Donald Trump absolutely has not.