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Workers attach a sign to the front of NRG Stadium as preparations continue for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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  • Workers attach a sign to the front of NRG Stadium as preparations continue for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Column: A preview of things to expect during Super Bowl week

    There have been 50 of these already, making this Super Bowl LI in the roman numerals the NFL uses to make sure no one forgets just how important the game really is. And important it is, at least as a national holiday of sorts to the 100 million Americans who will tune in. People who […]
  • This Nov. 9, 2014 photo shows former NFL player John Lynch on the sideline before an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. The San Francisco 49ers have hired Lynch to be their general manager. After a lengthy search that included interviews with nine other publicly identified candidates, team CEO Jed York settled on a mystery candidate when he gave the job to Lynch on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

    49ers make surprise hire of John Lynch as general manager

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers made a surprise hire to fill their general manager void Sunday, hiring former NFL safety and Fox television analyst John Lynch to replace Trent Baalke. Lynch comes into the job with no front-office experience, having gone straight from the playing field to the broadcast booth. But […]
  • Colts hire Kansas City’s Ballard as general manager

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is turning to another first-time general manager to get his franchise back on track. Eight days after firing Ryan Grigson and conducting a week of interviews, Irsay hired former Kansas City Chiefs executive Chris Ballard. The announcement came Sunday on the team’s website. “Chris has a solid […]
  • Thousands turn out for A’s FanFest that sparks positive vibe

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seven free food trucks. Green and gold balloons strung over the waterfront walkway and a bouncy houses for kids. Complimentary zoo passes, dog toys and plenty of coffee. A picturesque, sunny winter day after weeks of heavy rain. The Oakland Athletics and new President Dave Kaval need to do little selling […]
  • 49ers CEO Jed York preaches patience in coach, GM search

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York is preaching patience as the team’s search for a new coach and general manager enters its fourth week. York fired first-year coach Chip Kelly and longtime general manager Trent Baalke on Jan. 1 after the team matched the worst record in franchise history with […]
  • New York Islanders' John Tavares (91) and Shane Prince (11) celebrate Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) reacts to a goal by Nikolay Kulemin during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Islanders chase Bobrovsky, beat struggling Blue Jackets 4-2

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders are pushing their way up from the basement under their new interim coach. For the Columbus Blue Jackets, it might be best to avoid the boss for a bit. Nikolay Kulemin scored a goal and helped create another, and the Islanders chased All-Star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in […]