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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 […]
  • This image from video provided by Hyundai Motor America shows former NFL quarterback Joe Montana in Hyundai's Super Bowl ad teaser. Advertisers are ramping up their marketing stunts to try to stand out from the crowd during the biggest live TV event of the year, when the Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. (Hyundai Motor America via AP)

    To stand out at Super Bowl 51, ads are going for stunts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is reportedly entertaining an unusual twist on her Super Bowl halftime show, which — though it’s not confirmed — she could perform from the roof of the stadium. If that comes to pass, she won’t be the only one making a big play for attention this year. Advertisers from […]
  • FILE - In this Sunday Feb. 1, 2004, file photo, entertainer Janet Jackson, left, covers her breast after her outfit came undone during the half time performance with Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. Jackson's wardrobe malfunction is the indelible memory of the last Super Bowl in Houston, overshadowing a thrilling win by the New England Patriots in 2004 and forever changing how the NFL handles halftime performances. (AP Photo/David Phillip, File)

    Jackson’s incident lasting memory of last Houston Super Bowl

    HOUSTON (AP) — It’s rare when Tom Brady takes a back seat in a Super Bowl. Janet Jackson managed to make that happen. Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction is a lasting memory of the last Super Bowl in Houston, overshadowing a thrilling win by the Patriots in 2004 and forever changing how the NFL handles halftime performances. […]
  • In this Jan. 30, 2016, photo provided by ESPN, Brent Musburger works a college basketball game between LSU and Oklahoma in Baton Rouge, La. Musburger is calling an end to his broadcast career. Millions of Americans experienced sporting events through his folksy narration, most often when he was the lead voice of CBS Sports during the 1980s. Musburger will call his last game for ESPN on Jan. 31, a college basketball contest pitting Kentucky against Georgia. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images via AP)

    Column: Looking live once more as era ends with Musburger

    In less than a week, we’ll be looking live for the last time as Brent Musburger leaves television for a new life among the betting crowd in Las Vegas he always managed to wink at from the broadcast booth. An interesting decision, since Musburger said just two months ago he was having far too much […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1984, file photo, Oakland Raiders coach Tom Flores clutches the Super Bowl trophy as Raiders managing general partner Al Davis is interviewed by Brent Musburger in the locker room after their 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa, Fla. At right is NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Musburger is calling an end to his broadcast career. Millions of Americans experienced sporting events through his folksy narration, most often when he was the lead voice of CBS Sports during the 1980s. Musburger will call his last game for ESPN on Jan. 31, a college basketball contest pitting Kentucky against Georgia. (AP Photo/File)

    Brent Musburger is retiring from sportscasting at age 77

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brent Musburger is calling it a career at ESPN after being the play-by-play man in the booth at sporting events enjoyed by millions of Americans, most prominently when he was the lead voice for CBS Sports in the 1980s. Musburger, who is 77, said he’s leaving active sportscasting to help his […]
  • 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 April 4, 2016, file photo, Villanova players collapse on the court after they defeated North Carolina  77 in the championship game of the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Houston. The selection committee for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is getting into the bracketology business and borrowing an idea from the College Football Playoff, hoping it will get more fans thinking about March Madness in February. The NCAA and CBS Sports announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, that for the first time the committee will give a look at its top 16 seeds one month before the 68-team field locks in on March 12. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    Bracketology: NCAA hoops committee to give tournament peek

    NEW YORK (AP) — The selection committee for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is getting into the bracketology business and borrowing an idea from the College Football Playoff, hoping it will get more fans thinking about March Madness in February. The NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner announced Tuesday that for the first time the committee […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews, left, speaks with Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones after the second of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 33-32. Andrews revealed in an interview with Sports Illustrated's MMQB that was published online on Jan. 24, 2017, that she battled cervical cancer during the NFL season. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    Erin Andrews had cervical cancer surgery during NFL season

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Erin Andrews says she battled cervical cancer during the NFL season, months after winning a lawsuit against a stalker. The 38-year-old Fox Sports sideline reporter and “Dancing with the Stars” co-host tells Sports Illustrated’s MMQB she underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 11. Before she was […]
  • 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 […]