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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016, file photo, Sage Steele arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Steele, an ESPN anchor who vented about missing her flight Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, on Instagram because of airport immigration protesters, is drawing criticism from people who say she is being insensitive. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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  • FILE - In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016, file photo, Sage Steele arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Steele, an ESPN anchor who vented about missing her flight Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, on Instagram because of airport immigration protesters, is drawing criticism from people who say she is being insensitive. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    ESPN’s Sage Steele criticizes protesters for flight delays

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ESPN anchor who vented about missing her flight because of airport immigration protesters is drawing criticism from people who say she is being insensitive. Sage Steele posted a photo of protesters speaking out against President Donald Trump’s order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven Muslim majority nations at Los Angeles […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2017 file photo, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett celebrates with cheerleaders after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Foxborough, Mass.  Bennett has filled Rob Gronkowski's shoes in more ways than one. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Bennett defines his own ‘Patriot Way’ en route to Super Bowl

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — If Martellus Bennett had his way, people would live in his world. He describes it as a fun place, where imaginations can run wild and people can feel unrestrained. And in a way, Bennett has managed to do just that in his first season with the New England Patriots. Fair or […]
  • Abigail Speers of the US and Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia talk tactics in their mixed doubles' final against India's Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Spears, Cabal win mixed doubles, continue 30s theme in Oz

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Abigail Spears played her part at the Australian Open “30-fun” party by winning the mixed doubles title. The 35-year-old Spears teamed with Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal to beat second-seeded Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig 6-2 6-4 in the final Sunday on Rod Laver Arena. Spears was striving to win her first […]
  • Singer Justin Bieber, who is playing for Team Gretzky, is pushed into the glass by Chris Pronger of Team Lemieux during the first period of the NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Justin Bieber gets hit, bounces back in celeb hockey game

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber got a taste of NHL hockey and the Staples Center glass Saturday, courtesy of NHL great Chris Pronger. The pop star responded by showing off skills that would not have looked out of place in his native Canada during a celebrity exhibition game. Bieber was driven into the boards […]
  • Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons, left, shoots a 3-point basket over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

    McCollum, Parsons engage in Twitter dustup after game

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Following the Trail Blazers’ 112-109 victory over the Grizzlies, a Twitter skirmish broke out between Memphis forward Chandler Parsons and Portland guard CJ McCollum. It all started with a post during Friday night’s game from the Trail Blazers’ main account, which teased Parsons for an airball on a 3-pointer. “To be […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015, file photo, Therese Duenas counts money as she takes bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. On the board behind here are odds on NFL football and other bets. Once upon a time, the thought of gambling on a pro football game brought gasps of indignation from the NFL offices. And swift action if it was a player who actually placed a bet. The Oakland Raiders' new stadium could literally be walking distance from a few of the city's dozens of sports books. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    Wanna bet? Once gambling-shy NFL plans move to Vegas

    Once upon a time, the thought of gambling on a pro football game brought gasps of indignation from the NFL offices. And swift action if it was a player who actually placed a bet. Paul Hornung and Alex Karras each were suspended for the 1963 season for gambling on NFL games. When the league suspended […]
  • Former NHL hockey players, from left, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux speak during a news conference prior to an NHL 100 ceremony, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    The NHL 100: Hockey’s greatest players honored in centennial

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr were among the easiest choices for The NHL 100, the group of enduring superstars chosen and honored by the league Friday night as the best players in hockey history. Yet if the Great One, Super Mario and No. 4 had to pick an NHL […]