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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 […]
  • Norway's Emil Iversen celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the mens 30km mass start event at the FIS Cross Country World Cup in Falun, Sweden, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (Ulf Palm /TT via AP)

    Iversen, Bjoergen win in cross-country ski World Cup

    FALUN, Sweden (AP) — Norway dominated Sunday’s action in the cross-country skiing World Cup as Emil Iversen and Marit Bjoergen won men’s and women’s mass start races. Iversen won the men’s 30-kilometer classic race, beating his fellow Norwegian Martin Johnsrud Sundby with an explosive final push to the line to take victory in a time […]
  • From left, United States' Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso pose after an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Gut crashes; Shiffrin ecstatic in 4th; Vonn content in 12th

    CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lara Gut crashed, Mikaela Shiffrin was ecstatic after finishing fourth, while Lindsey Vonn was just happy to make it down safely in 12th. It was an up-and-down day for the biggest names in women’s ski racing Sunday as Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia took advantage of bib No. 1 to win […]
  • United States' Lindsey Vonn gets to the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill race, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    Lately, Lindsey Vonn is crashing more than she’s winning

    CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lately, Lindsey Vonn is crashing more than she’s winning. The most successful female ski racer of all time fell and hit the safety netting during a World Cup downhill Saturday in exactly the same spot where she crashed a day earlier in an official training session. “I’m getting a little […]
  • United States's Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill training, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    Vonn avoids more serious injury in downhill training crash

    CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn avoided more serious injury when she fell and crashed into the safety netting during a World Cup downhill training session Friday. The American, who returned this month from nearly a year out with knee and arm injuries, lost control after getting too much air at a tricky left […]
  • United States's Mikaela Shiffrin speeds down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in San Vigilio di Marebbe, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/MarcoTrovati)

    Seeking title, Shiffrin makes rare super-G start in Cortina

    CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin is making a rare start in a speed race this weekend to protect her overall World Cup lead. A specialist in slalom and giant slalom, the American will enter Sunday’s super-G on the Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina, Italy — marking only the fourth super-G race of […]
  • United States' Lindsey Vonn gets to the finish area after completing an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Garmisch-Panterkirchen, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)

    A day after downhill win, Vonn struggles to 9th in super-G

    A day after winning a downhill, Lindsey Vonn discovered how far she has to go to regain her dominance in super-G as she returns from two major injuries. For now, defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut remains the skier to beat in super-G. Swiss racer Gut extended her perfect run in super-G this season […]
  • From left, second placed Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather, first placed Austria's Christine Scheyer and united States' Jacqueline Wiles celebrate on the podium at the end of an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

    Austrian skier Scheyer wins downhill; Vonn 13th on return

    ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Racing for the first time in 322 days, Lindsey Vonn had to settle for 13th place Sunday in an unusual women’s World Cup downhill with an unexpected winner, Christine Scheyer of Austria. Not being able to push out of the start gate as usual, the American was more than half a […]
  • FILE - In this March 1, 2015 file photo Julia Mancuso of the United States competes during the second run of an alpine ski World Cup women's super-combined event, in Bansko, Bulgaria. Returning to World Cup after 22 months, Mancuso feels she has found a new balance in her life. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca, file)

    Returning from hip surgery, Julia Mancuso has new balance

    ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Returning to World Cup skiing after 22 months, Julia Mancuso has found a new balance in her life. And it’s not just the surgically repaired right hip the 2006 Olympic champion is referring to. “The year off just helped me to reset,” Mancuso told The Associated Press ahead of Saturday’s downhill, […]
  • United States' Lindsey Vonn smiles during a news conference in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

    Vonn faces downhill training, race on same day of comeback

    ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn will have to ski in a training run and a downhill race within hours of each other to make her World Cup comeback on Saturday. Organizers rescheduled Friday’s training for 0815 GMT the next morning, two hours prior to the race. The start gate will be lowered, which strips […]