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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)

    In enemy territory, nary a bad word about Falcons QB Ryan

    BOSTON (AP) — The enemies list is long in New England, and it grows with each tweet that dares to doubt Tom Brady’s supremacy or call coach Bill Belichick a cheater. But there’s one opponent who has escaped the fury of the Foxborough fans, and even has a considerable amount of goodwill in the heart […]
  • Candy, 2, left, Rodney, 7, center, and Johnny, 2, three American Hairless Terrier breeds owned by Virginia's Sue Medhurst are shown at a news conference, Monday Jan. 30, 2017, in New York. The dogs are among three new breeds competing in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    3 new breeds are ready to run with Westminster dog show pack

    NEW YORK (AP) — A winsome but hardworking Hungarian herding dog, an ancient African hound and a playful, fur-free terrier are about to get their first shot at the most famous U.S. canine championship. The pumi (POOM’-ee), the sloughi (SLOO-ghee) and the American hairless terrier will be newcomers at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa, left, assistant general manager Mike Girsch, center, and general manager John Mozeliak, right, arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Mo. Major League Baseball ordered the Cardinals to forfeit their top two picks in this year's amateur draft and pay Houston $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros email system and scouting database. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred banned former St. Louis scouting executive Correa for life on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, and stripped the Cardinals of the 56th and 75th draft choices in June. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

    Cardinals must give Astros top 2 picks, $2M for hacking

    NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final and unprecedented step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving […]
  • Northwestern center Barret Benson, center, reacts as he celebrates with guard Bryant McIntosh, left, and forward Vic Law after scoring a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 68-55. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Rolling Northwestern dreaming of 1st NCAA Tournament berth

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Bryant McIntosh is close enough he can see it when he closes his eyes. They all can, up and down the coaching staff and throughout the roster. With every 3-pointer, every shutdown performance, they move one step closer to the sweetest of uncharted territory for Northwestern. At long last, the NCAA […]
  • FILE - In this Friday, March 26, 2010, file photo, Tennessee's J.P. Prince, top, and Ohio State's Kyle Madsen fight for a rebound during an NCAA Midwest Regional college basketball game, in St. Louis. Eric Fleisher, the agent for Prince and fellow American basketball player Joseph Jones, said Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, he hopes they will be able to return to the country to finish their season. Prince and Jones remain in Dubai, where they were during a break when President Donald Trump temporarily suspended immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. Iran is among them and officials there threatened retaliation against the U.S., including limiting visas to U.S. citizens. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    2 US basketball players hope to return to team in Iran

    The agent for two Americans who play professional basketball in Iran hopes they will be able to return to the country to finish their season. J.P. Prince and Joseph Jones remain in Dubai, where they were during a break when President Donald Trump temporarily suspended immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. Iran is among them […]
  • Liberty acquire Vaughn and Hartley as part of 3-team trade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bria Hartley made a replica New York Liberty jersey when she was 12 after attending one of their games at Madison Square Garden. Now the New York native will get to put on a real one after being traded with Kia Vaughn to the Liberty on Monday as part of a […]
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank talks about his city's successful bid following a vote at the NFL owner's meeting in Charlotte N.C., that awarded the Super Bowl to Atlanta, which will host the game in 2019, South Florida, (2020) and Los Angeles (2021). The New England Patriots' "Deflategate" was a major story, but the Atlanta Falcons were handed a much-less publicized punishment for pumping fake noise into home games in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Falcons' "Inflategate" was a blip on the news radar, in large part because owner Arthur Blank acknowledged the team's rules violation even before the NFL released its official findings in 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

    Blank’s approach made ‘Inflategate’ a blip on Falcons’ radar

    ATLANTA (AP) — The “Deflategate” scandal has hovered over the Patriots for parts of three seasons, thanks to appeals of Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, finally served at the beginning of this season. New England’s Super Bowl opponents had their own scandal — but it was a blip on the news radar that most fans long […]
  • Dallas coach honored as NFL’s top high school coach

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Super Bowl (all times local): 2 p.m. Randy Allen of Highland Park High School in Dallas has been selected as the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year. The award was created to honor high school football coaches who demonstrate a commitment to player health and […]
  • FILE - In this Sunday, April 10, 2016, file photo, Jordan Burroughs celebrates after beating Andrew Howe in their 75-kilogram freestyle finals match at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, in Iowa City, Iowa. USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender said Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, that the American team still plans to compete in a major upcoming tournament in Iran despite President Donald Trump's 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries, including Iran. Bender told The Associated Press that the Americans have "every intention" of traveling to Kermanshah for the men's freestyle World Cup on Feb. 16-17.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    US wrestlers planning to travel to Iran despite travel ban

    The executive director of USA Wrestling said Monday that the American team still plans to compete next month in Iran, one of seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens were temporarily banned from the U.S. by an executive order from President Donald Trump. USA Wrestling’s Rich Bender told The Associated Press that the Americans have “every intention” […]
  • UConn still No. 1 in AP women’s hoops poll

    NEW YORK (AP) — UConn still sits at No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday after cruising to two more easy victories. The Huskies (20-0) have won an NCAA record 95 consecutive games and visit Temple on Wednesday before hosting Tulsa on Sunday. Following UConn is Baylor, Maryland, South Carolina and Mississippi […]