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  • 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 […]
  • In this Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 photo, Atlanta Falcons' Andy Levitre, left, plays against teammate Josh Harris in a game of pingpong in the locker room at the NFL football team's practice facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. For the Super Bowl-bound Falcons, brotherhood begins at three pingpong tables in the middle of their locker room. That's where friendships are forged, friendly wagers settled and the competitive juices really get flowing. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons’ brotherhood starts with a little white ball

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — For the Atlanta Falcons, brotherhood begins at three pingpong tables in the middle of the locker room. That’s where friendships are forged and friendly wagers settled. And when that little white ball starts flying, look out! These guys are just as competitive with a paddle as they are with the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Kraft Heinz employees get day off after Super Bowl

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kraft Heinz says the Monday after the Super Bowl will be a day off for its salaried employees, and it has launched a tongue-in-cheek campaign to make the day — dubbed “Smunday” — a national holiday. The food producing giant is co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, neither of which has a team […]
  • 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 […]
  • Seattle Mariners former designated hitter Edgar Martinez smiles as he speaks at a news conference announcing the retirement by the team of his jersey number 11, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Seattle. The Mariners will retire Martinez's number as he continues to move closer to induction in the baseball Hall of Fame. Team president Kevin Mather said that Martinez's number will be officially retired Aug. 12 as part of a weekend celebration. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Seattle Mariners to retire Edgar Martinez’s number

    SEATTLE (AP) — As Edgar Martinez’s candidacy for the baseball Hall of Fame began gaining more traction, the Seattle Mariners ownership started discussions of whether it was time to consider giving Martinez the ultimate honor from the franchise. When Martinez made a significant jump in the Hall of Fame voting this year, trending toward potential […]
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks during a news conference after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the the Steelers 36-17 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Tom Brady wonders why Trump friendship is ‘such a big deal’

    BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has opened up a bit on his friendship with President Donald Trump. The night before his Friday inauguration, Trump mentioned in a speech attended by Patriots owner Robert Kraft that Brady had called to congratulate him. When asked whether he called the Republican, Brady told Boston […]
  • In this Dec. 23, 2016 photo, owner Dylan Welsh poses in Worden Hall restaurant in Boston. Welsh said Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, of the WNBA, is a long-time friend and co-investor in his restaurants. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    WNBA players starting to invest in food industry

    NEW YORK (AP) — Whether it’s to plan for their future once basketball is done, promote healthy living or just to have some fun, WNBA players such as Sue Bird and Maya Moore are getting involved in the food industry. The key is to do it with people they trust. Bird has invested in restaurants […]
  • FILE - In this April 20, 2003, file photo, Houston Astros' Jeff Bagwell hits a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Milwaukee. Bagwell and Tim Raines are likely to be voted into baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, when Trevor Hoffman and Ivan Rodriguez also could gain the honor. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck, File)

    Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball’s […]
  • This Jan. 14, 2017 photo shows a countdown sign leading up to Super Bowl LI in Discovery Green park in downtown Houston. Super Bowl LI will be played Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    A look at events and attractions surrounding Super Bowl LI

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston is the nation’s fourth largest city, a sprawling metropolis larger than some small states. But the good news for those visiting for Super Bowl LI is that most of the events surrounding the game will be concentrated downtown, making it easy to visit a number of attractions. There are thousands of […]