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Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau yells during the third quarter of the team's NBA basketball against the Brooklyn Nets in Minneapolis, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 129-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
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  • Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau yells during the third quarter of the team's NBA basketball against the Brooklyn Nets in Minneapolis, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 129-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

    Belichick has quite a fan in Minnesota’s Thibodeau

    Tom Thibodeau has won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, a gold medal with Team USA and been hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves and remake them to fit a vision he has carefully honed over the last two decades. Among all those sporting highs over a long career, one day stands out […]
  • Celebrity players, from left, Cuba Gooding Jr., Justin Bieber and Eric Lindros sit on the bench as Team Gretzky head coach Wayne Gretzky, top center, stands in the background during the first period of the NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    With Tortorella’s dog ailing, Gretzky becomes All-Star coach

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Columbus coach John Tortorella had to drop out of the NHL All-Star weekend to take care of his ailing dog, the league turned to the Great One to replace him. Wayne Gretzky will coach the Metropolitan Division team in the All-Star Game on Sunday as a last-minute fill-in for Tortorella. […]
  • In this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) stands by head coach Bill Belichick during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Foxborough, Mass. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is also seen in the middle. No team or coaching staff is better at planning for a specific opponent than the Patriots. Belichick, Matt Patricia and McDaniels will devise strategies that can rob Atlanta of its most dangerous weapons. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    SUPER BOWL: Dan Quinn’s task: matching up with Belichick

    Seattle’s defense had taken charge, and the Seahawks led the 2015 Super Bowl by 10 points. Then Tom Brady torched that unit in the fourth quarter — a unit coordinated by Dan Quinn. Yes, the most memorable play in that game was Malcolm Butler’s goal-line interception when the Seahawks appeared ready to successfully defend their […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith speaks during a press conference about an upcoming game against the Detroit Lions, in Watford, England. Mike Smith never made it to the Super Bowl with the Falcons. Came up 10 yards short. But let's not underestimate the impact he had on the Falcons, who are now just one win away from their first NFL championship. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

    Column: As Falcons head to Super Bowl, remember Mike Smith

    ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Smith never made it to the Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons. Came up 10 yards short . But let’s not underestimate the impact he had on the Falcons, who are one win away from their first NFL championship. The white-haired coach known as Smitty helped turn this franchise into something […]
  • Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks with head coach Dan Quinn during a workout at the NFL football team's practice facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Shanahan is preparing for his first Super Bowl, a game his father won twice, and is expected to become coach of the San Francisco 49ers as soon as the season is over. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Family business: Shanahan follows father to the Super Bowl

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan is trying to keep the next 10 days as normal as possible. Good luck with that. The Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator is heading to his first Super Bowl — a game his father won twice. Once the season is over, Shanahan is expected to become the head coach […]
  • Southern California guard Shaqquan Aaron (0) looks for an opening as UCLA center Thomas Welsh (40), left, and guard Bryce Alford (20) defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Aaron led all scorers with a career-high 23 points as USC won, 84-76. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    USC upsets No. 8 UCLA 84-76 behind 14 3-pointers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s another good college basketball team in Los Angeles, and No. 8 UCLA found out the hard way. Shaqquan Aaron scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, and Southern California matched its season best with 14 3-pointers in an 84-76 upset of the Bruins on Wednesday night. Elijah Stewart added […]
  • Inside linebacker Connor Harris of Lindenwood (16) follows the play to make a tackle during practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Small college guys battling for draft spots at Senior Bowl

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Connor Harris made more tackles in his Lindenwood career than any other NCAA football player. Cooper Kupp led the nation in receiving for Eastern Washington, and Tiffin’s Antonio Pipkin racked up more than 13,000 yards in total offense. Now, those small college stars are mingling on the field with players from […]
  • Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

    Pitino, Louisville rebut NCAA findings in escort scandal

    Louisville has informed the NCAA the school disputes allegations that Rick Pitino violated his responsibility as a head coach by failing to monitor former staffer Andre McGee’s activities that resulted in a sex scandal and subsequent investigation by the governing body. The school on Wednesday released responses it submitted last week after receiving a Notice […]
  • FILE-- This file photo from Jan. 13, 2017 shows Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter during NFL football practice in Pittsburgh. The director of the Pittsburgh Police Citizens Review Board says video of the arrest of Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter on Jan. 8, 2017, supports an officer's version of the events, including that Porter grabbed the officer's wrists, rendering him defenseless. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

    Citizens board: Video backs cop in Steelers’ coach arrest

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Surveillance video supports a police officer’s version of the arrest of Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter, including that Porter briefly grabbed the officer’s wrists, the head of the city’s Citizen Police Review Board said Wednesday. A county prosecutor has said the video doesn’t support prosecuting the most serious criminal charges against […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty (32) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (87) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. McCourty is one of four former Rutgers players expected to start in the Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    Super Bowl is best thing to happen to Rutgers this season

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After failing to win a Big Ten Conference game in his first season, Rutgers coach Chris Ash suddenly has a major recruiting tool. It’s the Super Bowl. When the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons meet in Houston on Feb. 5, Rutgers will be on display. The Scarlet Knights are going […]