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LOS ANGELES — Sean McVay says he can't talk about Matthew Stafford until the new league year begins in mid-March and the Los Angeles Rams' blockbuster quarterback trade is official. He's still allowed to talk about Jared Goff, but the coach isn't saying much. In his first public comments since the Rams agreed to ship Goff to Detroit, McVay gave only a few minor insights Thursday into the ways he feels everything went wrong with his franchise quarterback just two years after they reached the Super Bowl together. “I don't know that really a lot changed,” McVay said of the period between that Super Bowl run and the Rams' decision four weeks ago to move on from Goff, their No. 1 draft pick and McVay's starter over four winning seasons with 42 victories, two NFC West titles and three playoff wins. “There's just so many things that have taken place since then,” McVay added. “I think what I would say that I learned over the last handful of years is things change by the day, and you probably want to be careful making blanket statements when you can’t predict the future.” McVay had never been shy about professing his confidence in Goff, even when the quarterback's performances didn't appear commensurate with the $110 million guaranteed in the contract extension the Rams handed him in September 2019. As recently as last December, McVay said he and Goff were "in this together” while Goff wrapped up the season passing for 3,952 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. McVay wouldn't say what made him decide to break up with Goff. McVay followed his usual line instead, accepting a large share of the blame for the Rams' offensive decline while complimenting Goff's growth and leadership. “There are a lot of things when I self-reflect that I wish I was better for him in some instances,” McVay said. McVay said there’s an “unfair narrative” around the Rams blaming their offensive regression over the past two seasons solely on Goff. The Rams were among the NFL’s highest-scoring teams in McVay’s first two seasons, but have slid to the middle of the pack since. “That’s not true at all,” McVay said. “I have a big hand in that. I have to look myself in the mirror and take ownership of that. ... Sometimes you get too much credit and too much blame, but I’m not going to run away from the blame that’s deserved on my end.” McVay said he has spoken at length with Goff since the trade. Goff has acknowledged feeling increasingly unwanted in Los Angeles up until he was blindsided by the trade, but McVay isn't about to provide that level of detail into the Rams' inner workings. “Jared and I had a lot of conversations,” McVay said. “We had one that I want to keep between myself and Jared, but again, I don’t want to get into the specifics of those types of things ... I think we were both able to communicate open and honestly with one another." NOTES: McVay praised C Austin Blythe and expressed hope the Rams will be able to retain the free agent: “He did a great job. He’s definitely somebody that we appreciate and value.” ... McVay agrees with most observers that the Rams need more explosive plays, and he repeated his hope of landing some big-play performers in the off-season: “When you have to go 12- and 15-play drives consistently, your margin for error is so small, the level of competition is so great, that you’ve got to be able to find ways to continuously create explosives, to give yourself a little bit of margin for error that it’s not always taking that many plays to produce points in this league.” ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Greg Beacham, The Associated Press
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BERLIN — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored late to steer Arsenal into the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-2 win over Benfica on Thursday, while Napoli and both German teams were knocked out. Arsenal had to come from behind to advance 4-3 on aggregate, while Napoli is out despite beating Granada 2-1 in the second leg. The modest Spanish club surprisingly advanced 3-2 on aggregate. “The dream continues!” Granada midfielder Luis Milla said on Twitter. Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim went out with 2-0 losses at home to Swiss side Young Boys and Norwegian minnow Molde, respectively. "A huge disappointment," Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz said after losing 6-3 on aggregate. Manchester United drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad for a 4-0 aggregate win, and Milan progressed on away goals, 3-3 on aggregate, after drawing 1-1 at home with Red Star Belgrade. Goals from Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima in the second half gave Slavia Prague a 2-0 win at Leicester to progress after their goalless first leg. Roma had little difficulty getting past Sporting Braga with a 3-1 win at home for 5-1 over two legs. AUBAMEYANG’S LATE DECIDER Aubameyang scored twice for Arsenal, including the decisive 87th-minute winner just as the Gunners were poised to go out on the away goals rule despite playing both games abroad due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions. The teams played the second leg in Athens while the first leg ended 1-1 in Rome after Benfica’s home game was relocated from Portugal. Aubameyang opened the scoring in the 21st, finishing clinically after Bukayo Saka played him through. Diogo Gonçalves equalized with a perfectly placed free kick inside the top left corner in the 43rd. A mistake from Dani Ceballos gifted Benfica its second goal after an Arsenal corner in the 61st. Benfica goalkeeper Helton Leite produced a long kick out that Ceballos tried heading back to his own goalkeeper, but only inadvertently laid it off for Rafa Silva, who rounded Bernd Leno before finishing into the empty net. It was just the Portuguese team’s second effort on target on the night. But left back Kieran Tierney replied with a strike inside the far post in the 67th after showing good composure to elude a Benfica defender, and Aubameyang completed the turnaround with a close-range header to the 19-year-old Saka’s cross. “We never seem to do it the easy way,” Tierney said. UNITED YOUNGSTER MAKES BOW Shola Shoretire came on as a substitute to become Manchester United's youngest player in European competition. Aged 17 years, 23 days, Shoretire replaced previous record holder Norman Whiteside. Sociedad captain Mikel Oyarzabal missed a good chance to start an unlikely comeback when he sent a penalty high and wide in the 13th minute, and United did enough thereafter to keep the visitors from getting into the game. United defender Axel Tuanzebe thought he scored his first senior goal midway through the second half, but it was disallowed as teammate Victor Lindelöf had crashed with his knee into Jon Bautista’s head while jumping for the ball. The Swedish defender was booked after a VAR review. TRIBUTE FOR TA BI Milan forward Franck Kessié paid tribute to Atalanta youth player Willy Ta Bi after scoring his penalty early against Red Star Belgrade. The 21-year-old Ta Bi died of cancer on Tuesday. Kessié held up a shirt with the text “To God, champion.” Mirko Ivanic played a brilliant pass for forward Ben to equalize in the 24th, two minutes after he hit the crossbar with a free kick. Belgrade defender Marko Gobeljic, who had conceded the penalty early on, was sent off with his second yellow card in the 70th as his team was chasing the goal it needed to get through. EINDHOVEN OUT, AJAX THROUGH Egyptian forward Kouka scored late for Olympiakos to knock PSV Eindhoven out despite a 2-1 defeat. The Greek team won 5-4 on aggregate. Ajax progressed with a 2-1 win over Lille (4-2 on aggregate), Rangers cruised through with a 5-2 win over Belgian team Antwerp (9-5), Shakhtar Donetsk beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 (3-0), Villarreal defeated Salzburg 2-1 (4-1), Dinamo Zagreb beat Krasnodar 1-0 (4-2), and Dynamo Kyiv won 1-0 at Club Brugge to progress 2-1 on aggregate. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Ciarán Fahey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfaheyAP CiaráN Fahey, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — Twenty former Washington Football Team employees asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to release the final report of an independent investigation into the organization’s conduct. Owner Dan Snyder hired lawyer Beth Wilkinson to conduct an independent investigation in July after several female former employees made allegations of workplace sexual harassment. The NFL in July took over control of the investigation. A spokesman said the NFL had not yet received the final report. Wilkinson declined to comment on the status of the investigation, referring comment to the league office. A message sent to lawyers for the former employees was not immediately returned. “There must be accountability for the actions we believe are detailed in this report,” the employees wrote in their letter to Goodell. "But there cannot be accountability without transparency. And there cannot be healing for any of us without understanding the truth, which will provide confirmation that we are not alone, and that our allegations are supported by others." Goodell said at his pre-Super Bowl virtual news conference that Washington “has made a lot of changes already.” He said findings from Wilkinson's report would be shared with the team “and others.” “They asked for this type of review," Goodell said Feb. 4. "They asked for the recommendations on this. Dan and Tanya (Snyder) are going to be done making those changes for the football club. ... It’s good to see that. But I expect that Beth’s recommendations will be something that will be added to that.” Washington hired Jason Wright as team president last summer and is in the midst of an internal review of all gameday operations. Seventeen former employees signed the letter to Goodell by name and three others anonymously. They asked for identities and other private information to be redacted but for the league to make the results of the investigation available to the public. “Not to do so here would be a betrayal of the many women who courageously came forward to provide vital information to assist with the NFL investigation," lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz wrote in another letter to Goodell dated Thursday. Banks and Katz said they represent 40 former employees of the team. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press
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