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Warrant for Browns WR Beckham rescinded

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) A misdemeanor simple battery warrant for Cleveland Browns wide receiver and former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr. has been rescinded, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed Saturday.

The warrant was issued Thursday as video posted on social media appeared to show Beckham swatting a security officer's buttocks during LSU's locker room victory celebration after Monday night's college national championship game in the Superdome.

LSU players were seen smoking cigars - forbidden in the Superdome - in pictures from the post-game celebration. Authorities reportedly warned them they could face arrest.

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Packers, 49ers battle for NFC title

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from accomplishing a turnaround that's been done only once before in the Super Bowl era.

With a victory in the NFC championship game at home on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the Niners will become the second team in NFL history to make the Super Bowl a year after losing at least 12 games.

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Titans, Chiefs one win from Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Andy Reid rarely digs into his own past, preferring to stay in the moment or focus squarely on the future. It's an approach that has served him well during a coaching career that might someday land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Yet when his Kansas City Chiefs faced a seemingly insurmountable hole in the divisional round of the playoffs, Reid caught himself thinking back almost four decades to his final game as an offensive lineman at BYU. It was the Holiday Bowl and SMU had taken a 45-25 lead in the fourth quarter. Just about everybody in Jack Murphy Stadium that night thought it was over, only to watch, stunned, as the Cougars scored three late touchdowns to win the game.

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Giants name ex-Cowboys coach Garrett OC

NEW YORK (AP) Jason Garrett is headed to the other side of the Giants-Cowboys rivalry.

New York announced Friday night that the former Dallas coach will join new coach Joe Judge's staff as the offensive coordinator.

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Browns interview Eagles VP Berry for GM

CLEVELAND (AP) Andrew Berry may still have his parking spot with the Browns.

After spending three seasons in Cleveland's front office, Berry, who is currently the Eagles' vice president of football operations, interviewed Friday to be the Browns' new general manager. Berry was with the team from 2016-18, when the Browns won just eight games and had an 0-16 season.

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Jags to interview Linehan for OC opening

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to interview former Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for their offensive coordinator job.

Linehan is scheduled to meet with coach Doug Marrone this weekend. Linehan was out of the NFL the past year after getting fired by the Cowboys following the 2018 season.

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Moore to keep calling plays for Cowboys

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Kellen Moore is staying as offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, and new coach Mike McCarthy says the plan is for Moore to continue calling plays.

Moore was promoted to his current job in the final season under former coach Jason Garrett, whose contract wasn't renewed after the Cowboys fell short of expectations in a make-or-break season for him.

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Bears name Lazor OC, DeFilippo QBs coach

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy made several changes to his staff Thursday, hiring Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator and John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach.

Dave Ragone (pass game coordinator), Brian Ginn (assistant special teams), Chris Jackson (assistant wide receivers) and Shane Toub (defensive quality control) received promotions.

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Kamara to replace McCaffrey in Pro Bowl

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey has pulled out of the Pro Bowl after a memorable season.

McCaffrey isn't injured. Rather, he decided not to play in the Pro Bowl because Carolina's spring workouts have been moved up two weeks after the team hired a new head coach in Matt Rhule. The team can open camp as early as April 6. The third-year running back wanted enough time to allow his body to recover and be ready for the workouts.

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49ers GM Lynch named PFWA Exec of Year

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch won the Pro Football Writers of America Executive of the Year award on Thursday.

Lynch was honored for his role in helping transform the 49ers from a four-win season in 2018 to a 13-3 record this past season. San Francisco earned the top seed in the NFC for the first time since 1997 and is playing Green Bay in the NFC championship game on Sunday.

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