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Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan walks to the bus as the team arrive at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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  • Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan walks to the bus as the team arrive at George Bush Intercontinental Airport for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Falcons arrive for 1st Super Bowl appearance since 1999

    HOUSTON (AP) — They’re here. Well, at least one team playing in the Super Bowl has arrived in Houston. The Atlanta Falcons, making their first appearance in the NFL championship game since 1999 and second overall, arrived Sunday afternoon to little fanfare at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. That was quite the contrast to the sendoff […]
  • Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons, left, shoots a 3-point basket over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

    McCollum, Parsons engage in Twitter dustup after game

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Following the Trail Blazers’ 112-109 victory over the Grizzlies, a Twitter skirmish broke out between Memphis forward Chandler Parsons and Portland guard CJ McCollum. It all started with a post during Friday night’s game from the Trail Blazers’ main account, which teased Parsons for an airball on a 3-pointer. “To be […]
  • Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, left, is defended by Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Chicago. The Hawks won 119-114. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    Bulls’ Rondo lashes out at Wade, Butler in Instagram rant

    CHICAGO (AP) — Bulls guard Rajon Rondo criticized Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in an Instagram rant Thursday for questioning the team’s desire. Rondo fired back one day after Chicago’s stars went off following a rough loss to Atlanta. Though he didn’t mention Wade and Butler by name, it seemed clear he was referring to […]
  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) carries the ball during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Both NFL conference championships reach more than 45 million

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lopsided contests to determine Super Bowl participants didn’t prevent each of the NFL conference championship games from reaching more than 45 million television viewers on Sunday. The Nielsen company said that 47.95 million people watched the New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC conference game. Earlier in the […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2015, file photo, then-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Manziel deleted his Twitter account after the Heisman Trophy winner sent expletive-laden messages telling President Donald Trump to ignore comments about him on the social media site. Before deleting the account and tweeting at Trump, the 24-year-old player said he's trying to be "a good person" and suggested he's stopped partying. He has indicated he wants to resume his NFL career. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    Manziel deletes Twitter account after advice to Trump

    DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel deleted his Twitter account after the Heisman Trophy winner sent expletive-laden messages telling President Donald Trump to ignore comments about him on the social media site. The former Cleveland quarterback whose career is in jeopardy after two tumultuous seasons with the Browns tweeted at Trump on Monday that “even I […]
  • IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe responds to a question during IndyCar Series annual media day Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    IndyCar drivers eager to keep momentum as season nears

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Last fall, James Hinchcliffe kept dance fans on their toes. Now he’s hoping those memorable moves help the IndyCar Series take an even bigger step — expanding its audience. Less than two months after surprisingly toe-tapping his way to a runner-up finish on the hit show “Dancing With The Stars,” the popular […]
  • Beckham tops NFLer on Twitter, Kaepernick 49th

    NEW YORK (AP) — Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. , had the most engagement on Twitter among NFL players this season, while Colin Kaepernick was only a surprising 49th. The list, compiled by MWWPR and sports influencer network Opendorse, looked not just at who tweeted the most, but also at which players had the highest […]
  • Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Tomlin: Brown ‘foolish’ to livestream postgame locker room

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The father in Mike Tomlin regrets the language he used to describe the New England Patriots during the postgame speech Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown opted to livestream on social media after a taut playoff victory over Kansas City. The coach in Tomlin has just as big an issue with one […]
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates after winning an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 34-31. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

    AP Analysis: A-Rod’s biggest call in weekend full of them

    Aaron Rodgers doesn’t just make the big throws, he designs them. The Green Bay Packers quarterback went schoolyard and drew up that amazing pass play in the huddle that set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal in Dallas. Rodgers’ 36-yard strike to toe-dragging tight end Jared Cook on third-and-20 from his 32 was the biggest […]
  • FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2016, file photo, Duke's Grayson Allen (3) charges into Louisville's Jaylen Johnson (10) to receive his fifth foul during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Louisville Ky. For the second time this week, the seventh-ranked Blue Devils and Allen head to another opponent's home arena when they visit No. 14 Louisville on Saturday to face a hostile crowd with a long memory of how the guard tripped one of Cardinals last season. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

    Grayson Allen, No. 7 Duke face another tough road trip

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke and Grayson Allen are about to embark on another tough road trip. For the second time this week, the seventh-ranked Blue Devils and Allen head to another opponent’s home arena when they visit No. 14 Louisville (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday to face a hostile crowd with a […]