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Bruce Arians, one of the NFL’s biggest personalities, is retiring from coaching after five mostly successful and usually entertaining seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

The 65-year-old two-time NFL Coach of the Year, known for his Kangol-style hats, colorful vocabulary and wide-open ”no risk it, no biscuit” offense, announced the decision in an emotional session with the media on Monday.

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Arians said he told the players of his decision Sunday after the team’s 26-24 win at Seattle and the players never leaked it to reporters.

”And they lied to you because of that,” he said. ”There’s really no greater feeling in the world to know your players have your back.”

Of the reason for the retirement, Arians said, ”Family’s a big one.”

He recalled last summer, when he was talking to his wife Christine at their lake house in Georgia, she told him their son Jake was turning 40.

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He said the Cardinals had the best owner in the NFL ”by far” and called general manager Steve Keim his ”little brother.”

Keim’s voice cracked with emotion when he talked about his time with Arians.

”I don’t think there’s any doubt it’s going to be hard to replicate the kind of relationship we all had with Bruce and how special he was to us,” Keim said. ”There’s no doubt he’ll always hold a special place in my heart.”

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said ”we’ll miss him a lot.”

Bidwill said the search for a new coach would begin immediately, and he had requests to other teams for permission to speak to assistant coaches going out Monday.

But Bidwill said there will be no rush to fill the job despite the many other head coaching openings in the league. He noted that Arians was the last of seven coaches to be hired five years ago.

”And I’m glad we didn’t get caught up like it was a race or something,” Bidwill said.

Arians won a franchise-record 50 games in his five seasons with Arizona.

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He was 50-32-1 in five seasons with the Cardinals, including a 4-1 mark in Seattle. The Cardinals were 1-2 in playoff games under him.

Arians’ best season was 2015, when quarterback Carson Palmer directed the league’s highest-scoring offense on a team that went 13-3 and earned the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Arizona escaped with an overtime playoff victory over Green Bay in the divisional playoff game, but was crushed at Carolina 49-15 in the NFC championship game.

The Cardinals went 7-8-1 in 2016 and 8-8 this past season, winning three of their last four.

Still uncertain is the status of Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Both are under contract for next season but Palmer turned 38 last week missed most of the season with a broken left arm. Fitzgerald said he hasn’t decided whether to come back for a 15th season. Fitzgerald finished second in the NFL this season with 109 catches.

Keim knows that finding a new franchise quarterback is the top priority once a coach is in place.

”Really, five years ago we started with no head coach and no quarterback and I feel like that ended up pretty good,” Keim said. ”I think that’s the way we need to approach this this time around.”

Arians began his coaching career 42 years ago as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech. He was an assistant to Bear Bryant for one season at Alabama before being hired as the head coach at Temple a job he held from 1983 to 1988.

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That opened the way to come to Arizona, finally getting an NFL head coaching job at age 60.

He said he was planning to stay in the Phoenix area and that his foundation would continue its work for underprivileged children. He wants to stay close to the game and hinted at a broadcast job.

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DENVER (AP) Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals only made things tougher on the Denver Broncos 48 hours after their boss labeled them as soft.

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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis conveniently left out the fact that the Bengals had lost 10 in a row at Denver in prepping his team for this game.

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The Broncos (3-7) have been outscored by 100 points during their skid that led general manager John Elway to suggest over the weekend that “we got a little bit soft” after a 3-1 start that followed a perfect preseason.

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Kirkpatrick’s interception return nearly covered 102 yards. But he fumbled the ball at the Denver 15-yard line before smothering it at the 1.

“I’ve got to punch that in,” lamented Kirkpatrick.

Dalton had his back, connecting with Tyler Kroft for the score three plays later.

Because his first completion had lost a yard, Dalton had this oddball stat line: zero passing yards but one TD throw.

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Demaryius Thomas’ 17-yard touchdown catch pulled the Broncos within 20-17 with five minutes left.

But cornerback Bradley Roby, burned for the last two touchdowns, committed a crucial pass interference call on a third-down incompletion to Green which allowed the Bengals to burn off more time.

”We’re still in it,” Bengals receiver Brandon LaFell said. ”You look around the league, there’s a lot of teams 4-6, 5-5. So, we’re right in the thick of things.”

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Brandon McManus’ extra point put Denver ahead 7-6. McManus nailed a 61-yarder at the end of the first half, but Marvin Lewis had called a timeout, and his do-over was blocked by KeiVarae Russell.

Anderson had a crucial fumble at midfield early in the fourth quarter that led to Cincinnati’s second touchdown.

TASTING A TURNAROUND: The Bengals are hoping this is the start of a season-saving run and they become the third team to reach the playoffs after a 3-6 start.

”Yeah?” Vontaze Burfict said when told the Bengals are only a game back in the wild card race. ”Don’t count us out yet.”

QUARTERBACK QUAGMIRE: Osweiler fell to 0-3 since supplanting Trevor Siemian, who was leap-frogged by Paxton Lynch for the first time Sunday when Lynch was the backup and Siemian inactive.

Asked if it was time to see conclusively if Lynch is a first-round bust or just a late bloomer, Joseph said, ”We’ll see. We’re going to watch the tape and see where we are as an offense. Obviously, he’s healthy now. He’s a young player with talent.”

Osweiler said he’s not worried about getting benched.

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OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators will try to pick up the pieces from their most shattering loss of the season when they face the Edmonton Oilers at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday night.

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The Edmonton Oilers felt Karlsson’s pain as well.

“Throughout the hockey community, when something like that happens to anybody in life, you feel for them,” center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “Everybody on our team was thinking about him and his family.”

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Mitch Morse and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif should help ensure that doesn’t happen again.

Derek Carr threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, and Kansas City never managed to get the Raiders quarterback to the ground in a loss last week.

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Steven Nelson should help ensure that doesn’t happen again.

Yes, the Chiefs have used the extended break between their Thursday loss in Oakland and their game Monday night against Denver to get a whole lot healthier. And while coach Andy Reid has refused to commit to anything, it appears he will have his starting center (Morse) and right guard (Duvernay-Tardif) back on offense and one of his top cornerbacks (Nelson) back on defense this week.

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They’ve allowed only one opponent to top 100 yards rushing this season.

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”I think he’s in pretty good shape,” Reid said. ”He did our practice the other day and handled that OK, and that was fairly high speed. We’ll just kind of play it by ear.”

Peters has mostly held his own in the defensive backfield, but that’s also because quarterbacks have been picking on everyone else. Terrance Mitchell and Philip Gaines took the brunt of it from Carr, who sliced up the Kansas City secondary on an eventual game-winning drive.

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Wilson hit six homers in 39 swings as part of a batting practice group that included Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, the top sluggers in the major leagues last season, plus Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t faced the New England Patriots in a game that matters in more than two years. That’s OK. They know a pretty good place to go to get a heads up on their opponent in the AFC title game.

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Ticked off by several Steelers openly talking about a rematch with the Patriots with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line, the Jaguars took it out on Pittsburgh one touchdown at a time. They earned the franchise’s third trip to the conference championship game in the process.

Now it’s on to New England, a place they’ve never won and where the Patriots hung 51 on them in 2015. But that was before coach Doug Marrone put together the NFL’s best defense. Before Leonard Fournette arrived. Before Blake Bortles embraced his role as the enigmatic touchstone for a team that suddenly looks like a threat on both sides of the ball.

Third-seeded Jacksonville (12-6) never trailed and was only rarely threatened on an afternoon it matched the most points the Steelers have given up in their storied playoff history. Fournette churned for 109 yards and three scores . Bortles bounced back from an ugly performance against Buffalo by throwing for 214 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to at least temporarily hit mute on his critics.

”I have no animosity against anyone who said anything,” Bortles said. ”I’m happy to be able to come here and do this with this team. There are a lot of guys on the couch watching this.”

That group now will include the Steelers. Pittsburgh (13-4) lost at home in the divisional round for the second time in 11 tries, unable to overcome a sluggish start that allowed the Jaguars to take a 21-point lead.

The Steelers only had the ball with a chance to tie once over the final three quarters, the lone shot evaporating when Ben Roethlisberger threw incomplete on fourth-and-1 at the Jacksonville 39 early in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars responded with a drive that culminated in Fournette’s third touchdown [url=][/url] , and that was it.

Roethlisberger, who finished with 469 yards passing and a franchise-record five touchdowns , said he will be back in 2018, though the sting of a stunning upset will linger into an offseason longer than planned.

”If you don’t win the Super Bowl, you’ve underachieved, right?” Roethlisberger said. ”Because that is always our goal. It wasn’t our day. It wasn’t our year.”

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”All week everybody was talking about our offense wasn’t going to do good, they were going to shut down our offense,” Jacksonville linebacker Myles Jack said. ”As you saw, Blake Bortles, he was hitting the open man. He had a plethora of big throws. Fournette was running the ball the hardest I’ve seen them. The offense did a hell of a job.”

INSPIRING STEELER: Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier tried to rally the Steelers with a halftime visit to their locker room.

Shazier [url=]Bengals Preston Brown Jersey[/url] , who underwent surgery to stabilize his spine last month, spoke with his teammates as they were fighting back from a 28-14 deficit. Still in a wheelchair during his recovery, Shazier was also around following the 45-42 loss, a stunning setback that concluded a challenging season for the AFC North champions.

The 25-year-old Shazier has made significant progress, but his playing future remains uncertain because of the injury he suffered making a routine tackle on Dec. 4 against Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh’s crowd roared when Shazier was shown on the Heinz Field scoreboard in the third quarter.

UNDERACHIEVERS: Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown returned from a left calf injury to catch seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns . Yet, the only player in NFL history with five consecutive 100-catch seasons will again watch the Super Bowl at home.

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AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed.

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Schnatter will be replaced as chief executive by Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie on Jan. 1, the company announced Thursday. Schnatter, who appears in the chain’s commercials and on its pizza boxes, remains chairman of the board. He is also the company’s biggest shareholder.

Earlier this year, Schnatter blamed slowing sales growth at Papa John’s – an NFL sponsor and advertiser – on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had kneeled during the anthem to protest what he said was police mistreatment of black men, and other players started kneeling as well.

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Papa John’s apologized two weeks later, after white supremacists praised Schnatter’s comments. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company distanced itself from the group, saying that it did not want them to buy their pizza.

Ritchie declined to say Thursday if the NFL comments played a role in Schnatter stepping down, saying only that it’s ”the right time to make this change.”

Shares of Papa John’s are down about 13 percent since the day before the NFL comments were made, reducing the value of Schnatter’s stake in the company by nearly $84 million. Schnatter owns about 9.5 million shares of Papa John’s International Inc., and his total stake was valued at more than $560 million on Thursday [url=]Ian Thomas Super Bowl LI Jersey[/url] , according to FactSet. The company’s stock is down 30 percent since the beginning of the year.

”I think it’s possible that this was a conscious decision to get him out of the line of fire,” said restaurant analyst John Gordon, who is the founder and CEO of Pacific Management Consulting Group. ”The focus of the brand needs to be the pizza.”

Schnatter, 56, founded Papa John’s more than three decades ago, when he turned a broom closet at his father’s bar into a pizza spot. Since then, it has grown to more than 5 [url=][/url] ,000 locations. Schnatter has also become the face of the company, showing up in TV ads with former football player Peyton Manning. Schnatter stepped away from the CEO role before, in 2005, but returned about three years later.

Ritchie said new ads would come out next year. The company said later Thursday that it had ”no plans to remove John from our communications,” which it says includes pizza boxes or commercials.

The leadership change comes as pizza makers, which once dominated the fast-food delivery business, face tougher competition from hamburger and fried-chicken chains that are expanding their delivery business. McDonald’s Corp. [url=]Authentic Jakub Voracek Jersey[/url] , for example, expects to increase delivery from 5,000 of its nearly 14,000 U.S. locations by the end of the year.

Ritchie said his focus as CEO will be making it easier for customers to order a Papa John’s pizza from anywhere. That’s a strategy that has worked for Domino’s, which takes orders from tweets, text messages and voice-activated devices, such as Amazon’s Echo. Papa John’s customers can order through Facebook and Apple TV [url=]Adidas Corey Crawford Jersey[/url] , but Ritchie said he wants the chain to be everywhere customers are.

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Ritchie, 43, began working at a Papa John’s restaurant 21 years ago, making pizzas and answering phones, the company said. He became a franchise owner in 2006 and owns nine locations. He was named chief operating officer three years ago. Ritchie said plans for him to succeed Schnatter were made after that.


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