NFL players break away from coalition founded by Malcolm Jenkins, Anquan Boldin

The NFL is no closer to agreeing with players about a universally accepted pre-game national anthem protocol than it was when the controversy initially began in 2016.

The organizers did plenty to conceal the operation. Money to the pools, all in cash, was asked to be addressed to Green River in Plainview, New York. A mortgage brokerage called Green River Capital is in Plainview, but neither man works there. The mailing address provided corresponds to a box inside a UPS store.

The Chiefs are in trouble — Once thought to be a lock for the playoffs, the Chiefs (6-5) are now in danger of losing their grip on the AFC West. The last NFL team to lose after starting 5-0 have now lost five of its last six games.

Philadelphia center Joel Embiid has missed three of the team’s six games in December. The 76ers (13-13) are 1-5 this month, and they have lost four straight after a 131-124 defeat at New Orleans on Sunday.

“We have to be more consistent and make the right plays every time,” 76ers rookie Ben Simmons said. “When we make mistakes and do not have guys like Joel and (Robert Covington) to make up for it, it gets tough. We have to just come together as a team and get through it.”

The Browns sent Duke Johnson to chip on Ngakoue’s outside shoulder this time to help Drango, but even though Ngakoue obviously saw Johnson coming, he continued on the same track. Just as it appeared they were going to hit each other, Ngakoue stopped abruptly and looped inside.royals_016

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