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No place like home? Not in the NFL

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With Aaron Rodgers gone, who wins the NFC North?

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State Your Case: Why Cookie Gilchrist is worthy of HOF consideration

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The 2015 season opened Thursday night, and a complete schedule of games resumes this weekend, with Baltimore-Denver leading the parade. The Ravens are a trendy playoff pick, but in 39-year-old Peyton Manning they face an opponent who’s beaten them 10 of his last 11 tries. Want more? Keep reading our weekend preview.

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Doug Flutie and Nate Newton may have played for different USFL teams, but they share the same opinion on Donald Trump — former USFL owner. Flutie, Newton and former USFL executives Bill Polian and Bill Kuharich join the latest Talk of Fame broadcast to relive the spring league that could have made it … but didn’t.

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Since 1980, there have been 130 NFL quarterbacks who started games as rookies. They won only 32.6 percent of those debut starts, compiling a 42-87-1 record.

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There’s no need to ask former USFL stars Nate Newton and Doug Flutie where they stand on Donald Trump as a political candidate. We already did. And it’s not in Trump’s corner. “Ain’t no way in the world I’d vote for this dude,” said Newton.

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The USFL became a breeding ground of future NFL Pro Bowlers and Hall of Famers.

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Larry Csonka was the established NFL star the WFL had hoped would give the new league an identity in 1975.

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During Pittsburgh’s run of four Super Bowl championships in the 1970s, defensive end L.C. Greenwood was among the best of the Steelers’ big-game players.

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Former NFL executive Upton Bell lost a lot of money with the World Football League, and he wasn’t alone. Nevertheless, to this day, he believes the league “was the best” of all the pro football start-ups.

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Tony Adams was one of three MVPs in the only complete season of the World Football League. And while the league barely made a ripple, Adams is convinced it could have merged with the NFL had it corrected a couple of costly mistakes.

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Grant Hill is the son of a former four-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and Super Bowl champion. But he didn’t follow in Dad’s footsteps, and smart man. He wound up in the basketball Hall of Fame, and Calvin Hill describes how on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast.

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The NFL has said it will appeal Judge Richard Berman’s decision Thursday, but that could take months and it might not like what it could hear. That’s the opinion of our legal analyst, who described what just happened as the NFL’s worst nightmare.

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Quarterback Tony Adams recalls the six-foot trophy he received for being one of the tri-MVPs of the World Football League’s only season when all he really wanted was a paycheck.

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There is no victory during Tom Brady’s 15-year NFL career that compares with the one he scored in court Thursday. Reason: he did more than win a game. He preserved his reputation.

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Former San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. was overwhelmed when notified Wednesday that he was named as the contributor candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. There’s a good reason: Not only could he be elected to the Hall of Fame; his election could happen when the Super Bowl goes to San Francisco.

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Who’s the best player ever to come out of the WFL — Csonka? Warfield? Jenkins?

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