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Ravens LB Orr retires due to spine issue

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr announced his retirement Friday after learning he has a congenital spinal condition.

The 24-year-old Orr led the Ravens this season with 132 tackles. He joined Baltimore in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas and stepped into a starting role this year, playing the middle linebacker position once held by Ray Lewis and Daryl Smith.

Orr hurt his neck on Christmas Day in a game against Pittsburgh and missed the season finale against Cincinnati. An examination revealed he had a herniated disc, but further tests showed a deeper problem.

Pack WR trio may be game-time decision

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers may not know the status of injured receivers Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison until just before the NFC championship game on Sunday.

Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that all three receivers would be "given every chance to play in the game." (MORE)

Falcons WR Jones returns to practice

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones has cleared his final hurdle for Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay by practicing for the first time this week.

Coach Dan Quinn says Jones had no limitations on Friday in his first practice since aggravating his sprained left toe last week. (MORE)

Embiid hurts knee but 76ers rally late

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Booed relentlessly just a few weeks ago, Robert Covington is quickly becoming one of the most popular athletes in Philadelphia.

Covington scored 22 points and made two 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds to lead the streaking 76ers to a come-from-behind 93-92 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. (MORE)

Gobert has 27 and 25 to lift Jazz in OT

DALLAS (AP) Rudy Gobert was helping the Utah Jazz even when missing free throws in overtime.

Gobert, who finished with career highs of 27 points and 25 rebounds, missed both of his free throw attempts with 1:50 left. But the second one ricocheted right back to him, and he fed the ball to Joe Johnson for a tying 3-pointer. The Jazz went on to a 112-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. (MORE)

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