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Past articles by Ken:

Washington Commanders Deny Financial Malfeasance in a Letter to F.T.C.

The N.F.L. franchise sent 102 pages of documents rebutting claims made by a former employee that the team failed to properly report ticket revenue and withheld refunds from fans. → Read More

Congress Refers Commanders’ Alleged Financial Malfeasance to F.T.C.

In a 20-page letter sent to the F.T.C., a congressional committee passed along allegations from a former employee who said the team withheld ticket revenue from fans and the league. → Read More

Retiring as Coach, Bruce Arians Joins the Buccaneers’ Front Office

Arians left a previous retirement to coach Tampa Bay in 2019 and won a title after the 2020 season. Todd Bowles, the defensive coordinator and a former Jets head coach, will succeed him. → Read More

Seahawks Plan to Trade Russell Wilson to the Broncos

Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, winning once, but had taken issue with being left out of personnel decisions. → Read More

N.F.C. Championship: Rams Overcome 49ers When It Matters Most

Los Angeles ended a six-game losing streak against San Francisco to maintain its hopes of winning a title in its home stadium. The Rams will face the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl. → Read More

Keith McCants, Football Star Laid Low by Drugs, Dies at 53

At one time the N.F.L.’s highest-paid defensive player, he left the league after six seasons and fell into a spiral of addiction, homelessness and desolation. → Read More

Patriots Cut Cam Newton After Covid-Related Disruptions

Newton was sidelined early last season with the virus and missed practices last week because of a mix-up over protocols. The rookie quarterback Mac Jones will be New England’s starter. → Read More

New Zealand women’s rugby sevens grabs gold.

The Kiwis ran away from the French in the second half. → Read More

N.F.L. Clears Way for End to Washington Football Team Turmoil

The league is expected to approve a measure that will allow Daniel Snyder to buy total control of the team. → Read More

N.F.L. Signs Media Deals Worth Over $100 Billion

The new deals with broadcasters and streaming services pave the way for team owners to add a 17th regular season game to the schedule and to recoup revenue lost with reduced fan attendance in 2020. → Read More

The N.F.L. Had Over 700 Coronavirus Positives. The Seahawks Had None.

The only team to play the entire season without any confirmed positive cases did so with innovative thinking, vigilance to protocols and some Pete Carroll-style competition. → Read More

Ted Thompson, Who Helped Revive the Packers, Is Dead at 68

As Green Bay’s general manager, he made the decision — contentious at the time but later consequential — to draft Aaron Rodgers in the first round. → Read More

When the Removal of 2 N.F.L. Stars From Playoff Games Is Progress

Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes did not return to games over the weekend after exhibiting concussion symptoms, satisfying critics who have long accused the league of turning a blind eye to brain injuries. → Read More

Patriots’ Coach Belichick to Decline Presidential Award

President Trump had planned to give Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week, but the coach cited the violence at the Capitol last week in a statement announcing that he would not receive it. → Read More

Virus Disruptions Hit 49ers and Broncos, as N.F.L. Crisis Grows

The 49ers would need to train away from their headquarters for three weeks under an order from local health officials. The Broncos have none of their quarterbacks available for their game on Sunday. → Read More

N.F.L. Postpones More Games Because of Positive Coronavirus Tests

For the second consecutive week, the league had to move games, including another postponement for the Tennessee Titans, who have the league’s biggest outbreak. The Patriots also had a second rescheduling. → Read More

Patriots-Chiefs Game Postponed After Positive Coronavirus Tests on Both Teams

Cam Newton was reportedly among those who tested positive. Sunday’s game will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday, the N.F.L. said. → Read More

Patrick Mahomes Flexes Chiefs’ Muscle to Beat the Ravens

The Chiefs’ star beat his Ravens rival Lamar Jackson for the third time, showing off an efficient and varied offense as Kansas City moved to 3-0. → Read More

N.F.L. Week 3: Russell Wilson’s Five Touchdowns Beat Dallas

Wilson was under pressure all afternoon but found receiver Tyler Lockett for three of his five scores against Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. → Read More

Robert Kraft, After Long Fight, Has Solicitation Case Dismissed

Nineteen months after charging the New England Patriots team owner with solicitation of prostitution, Florida prosecutors dropped a case in which video evidence against him was thrown out. → Read More