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Defense dominates as Patriots top Rams, 13-3, in Super Bowl LIII

The New England Patriots captured their sixth championship in the past 17 years with a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta Feb. 3.

Maryland’s Super Bowl players competed in different high school landscape

Most of the four Maryland high school products playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots were in school less than a decade ago, but were competing in a high school football landscape that looks much different than today’s.

John Johnson put hoop dreams aside to go from Northwestern High to Super Bowl

John Johnson, once a standout on the basketball court at Prince George’s County’s Northwestern High School, has become a rising star at safety for the Los Angeles Rams entering Super Bowl LIII.

Rams LB Micah Kiser’s football IQ dates back to time at Gilman

Long before Micah Kiser and the Rams earned a trip to Super Bowl LIII, his advanced grasp of the mental side of the game was on display at Gilman School in Baltimore.

Patriots’ rookie JC Jackson, undrafted out of Maryland, now a starter

ATLANTA — About a week into New England Patriots training camp last summer, 10th-year pro Jason McCourty had a question for rookie cornerback JC Jackson. “How did you not get drafted?” It was a mystery Jackson had likely given plenty…

Former Good Counsel standout Blake Countess is ‘Swiss Army knife’ of Rams’ special teams

Blake Countess hit some bumps in the road after a standout career at Good Counsel High School, but he’s found a home on the Rams’ vaunted special teams units and is an unsung hero of the team’s run to Super Bowl LIII.

In balancing books and play, college football players find it’s a matter of division

WASHINGTON – For the third time in four weeks, the Division III football team at Salisbury University was making final preparations for a trip to face an opposing team. Friday mornings before a trip to another school are busy affairs…

Veteran columnist: McNair case will force University of Maryland officials’ departures

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland — USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan believes University of Maryland head coach DJ Durkin, athletic director Damon Evans and president Wallace Loh will be fired for mishandling an abusive culture that resulted in Jordan McNair’s death…

In wake of player’s death, area high schools remain vigilant against heatstroke

WASHINGTON – University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair’s death in June brought plenty of public attention to heatstroke, and it’s making local high school athletics officials and coaches strengthen their efforts to keep student athletes safe in the heat.…

Analysis: NFL teams win more after moving

Modern NFL franchises have relocated 16 times since 1921, and in the vast majority of cases, the teams improve their record following the move, a Capital News Service analysis found.