ATLANTA (AP) — There is no guarantee that a Super Bowl appearance will generate long-term momentum.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons had high hopes for their defense, with several key players were coming back from injuries and head coach Dan Quinn taking over as coordinator.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Doug Pederson had to downplay some trash talk from one of his linebackers the previous Philadelphia visited Dallas for a crucial NFC East meeting.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada will host Dayton and VCU will host UNLV next year in the inaugural Mountain West-Atlantic 10 Challenge Series.
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Defending champion Julia Goerges of Germany came from a set down to beat Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Thursday in the second round of the Luxembourg Open.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Next man up: Allen Lazard.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No. 3 Ohio State has bulldozed everyone in its path, putting up big numbers on offense and strangling opponents with its defense. Northwestern is struggling.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Truth be told, the Panthers could probably do without a bye this week.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their contract option on forward Kyle Kuzma for the 2020-21 season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Teresa Phillips is retiring as Tennessee State's athletic director, a job she's held since April 2002.