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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)
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  • 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 Oct. 2, 1984 file photo, Sam Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, acknowledges the crowd along with his goat prior to a National League baseball playoff game between the San Diego Padres and the Cubs in Chicago. From the goat that enjoyed a long, successful run cursing the Cubs to those who bet on Leicester to win the Premier League, it's been a year to remember. (AP Photo/File)

    Column: Handing out the Newbys for best and worst in sports

    We’ll skip the nominees and go straight to the awards. Maybe honoring the best and worst in sports over the past year — and the offbeat, especially — will lead to a lucrative tie-in to a blockbuster movie. I am one with the Newbys. The Newbys are with me. We’ll await your check, Disney. Now, […]
  • United States' Serena Williams hits a ball during a practice session at the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Williams has announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The tennis great posted a poem on the social news website that she accepted his proposal. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

    Serena wins at love again; says ‘yes’ to engagement in poem

    Court and spark: Serena Williams is tying the knot. The tennis great announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian on Thursday, posting a poem on Reddit that she accepted the proposal of the social news website’s co-founder. Williams’ agent, Jill Smoller, confirmed the engagement in an email to The Associated Press. Ohanian wrote on his Facebook […]
  • FILE - In a Dec. 25, 2016 file photo, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, right, celebrates with tight end Demetrius Harris (84), after Harris caught a touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. The beginning of the end for the defending champions Broncos came in Week 12 in a frigid classic.  The Broncos blew an eight-point lead over Kansas City and lost 30-27 when Cairo Santos banked a field goal as overtime expired.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    The good, bad and weird of the NFL season

    The Associated Press will hand out its individual NFL awards on the night before the Super Bowl in Houston. Until then, here are some off-the-beaten track honors to consider. BEST GAME: The beginning of the end for the defending champions came in Week 12 in a frigid classic. The Broncos blew an eight-point lead over […]
  • FILE - In this June 19, 2016 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James answers questions as he holds his daughter Zhuri during a post-game press conference after Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Oakland, Calif.  On Tuesday, Dec. 27,  James, who ended 52 years of sports heartache by bringing Cleveland a championship and used his superstar platform to address social causes, was chosen as The Associated Press 2016 Male Athlete of the Year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File, Pool)

    The king of 2016: LeBron James named AP Male Athlete of Year

    CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James was jolted forward when the massive crowd swelled from the sidewalks and into Cleveland’s streets, surrounding the convertible that he and his family were riding in. This wasn’t supposed to happen. James looked at his wife, Savannah, their baby daughter and two sons and feared for their safety. “We were […]