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NEW ORLEANS, La  The New Orleans Saints have signed coach Sean Payton to an extension running through the 2024 season. Payton had been earning about $9 million per year in a contract that was due to expire after the 2020 season.

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Former Nebraska secondary coach George Darlington says the Husker defense has improved, especially up front. "But if that one kid (safety Cam Taylor-Britt) is out, there could be problems. All in all, the defense is better, but it's still not where anybody wants it to be talentwise. There are warts at some positions. I'm not talking about effort or anything like that. They just need to be a little more talented in some places."

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AMES — It took six hours to complete, but the wait proved to be worth it Saturday for an Iowa football team which won for the fifth straight time in its series against instate rival Iowa State.

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Lamar Jackson finishing a game with as many incompletions as carries would have been believable last year because he averaged a ridiculous 21 rushes per start.

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The second of three Oakland Raiders first-round rookies, Josh Jacobs, had the trio's most impressive debut Monday night, turning his 40 snaps (of a possible 55) into 113 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 24 touches in a convincing win over t…

As odd as the game was, Nebraska took a step forward with its 44-8 triumph in front of 89,593 fans at Memorial Stadium. Yes, the win was significant. The Huskers are in a key recruiting stretch. Plus, they needed momentum going into the Big Ten schedule, especially after the gut-punch loss at Colorado.

It wasn’t easy because of the major workload — the Nebraska defense had to defend a season-high 81 offensive plays — but the Blackshirts had a great bounce-back game on Saturday in Nebraska’s 44-8 win against Northern Illinois.

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LINCOLN — The first night game inside Memorial Stadium in almost two years saw two blocked punts, three blocked field goals, a safety, 60-yard runs from two different Husker running backs and a botched onside kick.

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With Texas A&M’s starting tailback Jashaun Corbin going down for the season with a hamstring injury last week, the job in the backfield was there for the taking.