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DENVER — A wake-up call, or the sign of something more serious? An unexpected 27-20 loss to the Chargers on Thursday night made Peyton Manning and the Broncos look average and placed all their regular-season goals in jeopardy. Once in the best position to capture the AFC West and home-field advantage through the playoffs, the Broncos (11-3) aren't a sure thing for either anymore. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 797 words by 4 a.m.
— DENVER — FBN--Chargers Win. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 747 words.
— DENVER — FBN--Broncos-Stadium Stabbing. SENT: 229 words.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say Thursday whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation following another disappointing season that began with the Longhorns talking about becoming national championship contenders again. Speaking to reporters for the first time since multiple published reports this week indicated that he might step down, Brown said he has yet to talk with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and university President Bill Powers about the job he has held since 1998. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 490 words.
BOSTON — Andre Williams had already rushed for more than 2,000 yards heading into Boston College's regular-season finale. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was being investigated for sexual assault, and his Heisman Trophy stock was falling. For a few days, it looked like the BC running back might have a chance to bring home college football's most prestigious individual honor. Then, Florida prosecutors decided not to bring charges against Winston, and Williams was injured in the season finale against Syracuse, finishing with 29 yards in the game — far short of the almost 190 yards per week he was averaging this season. And that might have been the end of his Heisman chances. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 668 words by 4 a.m.
FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jameis Winston walked away with another major award Thursday night, the latest national prize to put on his mantle. He might want to save a spot for the Heisman Trophy. The Florida State star headlined a big night for the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning the Davey O'Brien Award as the country's top quarterback at the annual College Football Awards Show at Disney. Winston also won the Walter Camp player of the year award in a separate announcement. The redshirt freshman said he continues to be humbled by every accolade he's received in recent weeks. SENT: 798 words.
— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FBC--Heisman-Winston. By Kareem Copeland SENT: 764 words.
— HOUSTON — FBC--Heisman-Manziel By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 778 words.
— STORRS, Conn. — FBC--UConn-Diaco. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 643 words.
— COLLEGE STATION, Texas — FBC--Texas A&M-Sumlin Contract. SENT: 126 words.
— BOISE, Idaho — FBC--Boise St-Harsin Contract. SENT 222 words.
FBN--PICK SIX-LATE BLOOMERS
Every year in the NFL, examples abound of players in prominent roles in December who were barely noticeable in September. Injuries often create opportunities. Incumbent ineffectiveness can elevate little-used backups to unquestioned starter status. Rookies make progress with their grasp of the schemes, convincing coaches they're ready for increased action. Fantasy football leagues can be won and lost all the time with these late bloomers. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 749 words by 4 a.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots get their second chance this season to clinch the AFC East title. The Miami Dolphins can ruin that for the second straight Sunday. With the way the Dolphins have been surging, the Patriots very well may have to wait even longer. Miami's 34-28 win over Pittsburgh last Sunday was its fourth in six games and denied New England the division crown even though it beat Cleveland 27-26. Next up for the Patriots is a trip to Miami where they can wrap up their 10th AFC East championship in 11 years with a win or a tie. By Howard Ulman. UPCOMING: 708 words by 4 a.m.