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‘Hollywood’ Higgins making most of finale with Rams QB

When quarterback Garrett Grayson began throwing to Rashard Higgins in 7-on-7 passing drills in the summer of 2013, he quickly discovered what Colorado State knew in the recruiting process. This was one talented wide receiver.

Variables add peril to bowl wagering

Thirty-eight bowl games are on the schedule, and picking winners might be tougher than making Nick Saban smile. The Alabama coach is absolutely great at what he does, which is frown all the time and win a lot of football games.

Jaguars hand Titans ninth straight loss

They called it the futility game. Two teams tied with the worst record in the NFL. On this night, the Jacksonville Jaguars were just a shade better than Tennessee, using a 62-yard fourth-quarter run by Jordan Todman to open up an 11-point lead, en route to a 21-13 win over the visiting Titans at EverBank.

The Weekend’s Best Bets


Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 16

Matt Youmans, Kelly Stewart and Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller preview the college football and NFL weekend by offering 12 plays.

Cowboys’ Murray could use glove, protective padding for hand Sunday

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray underwent surgery to repair a fractured bone in his left hand on Monday. He wore a cast on his hand on Tuesday and was on the practice field Wednesday trying to see if he can play in Sunday’s game against the Colts.

Panthers QB Newton returns to practice 8 days after car crash

More than 60 players were on the Carolina Panthers’ practice fields Wednesday, but for 10 minutes, coach Ron Rivera was transfixed on one guy. As quarterback Cam Newton went through routes with his receivers, Rivera studied his most important player.

49ers say McDonald had demonstrated ‘pattern of poor decision-making’

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was cut Wednesday when the team received word that the 30-year-old was named by the San Jose Police Department as a suspect in an alleged sexual assault that occurred at his house. The 49ers said McDonald had “demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making.”