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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)
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  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS JAN. 14-15 - FILE - In this April 6, 2001, file photo, Montreal Expos' Tim Raines acknowledges applause from fans as he is presented before the Expos home opener in Montreal. Raines could be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame when voting is announced Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, File)

    On ballot for final time, Tim Raines hopes for Hall entry

    MONTREAL (AP) — The 1982 All-Star Game at Olympic Stadium was the first outside the United States, the host Montreal Expos giving the event a distinctive international flair. As Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn looked on, center fielder Andre Dawson, catcher Gary Carter and left fielder Tim Raines were among […]
  • Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney holds the crystal football from the Coaches Trophy during a celebration at Memorial Stadium honoring the NCAA college football champions, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won the title with a 35-31 victory over defending national champ Alabama last Monday night (Bart Boatwright/The Greenville News via AP)

    Thousands turn out for Clemson football parade, celebration

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Around 70,000 smiling, cheering football fans turned out for the biggest party Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has thrown yet at Death Valley to celebrate the school’s first national championship in 35 years. Last year, more than 30,000 people showed up for Swinney’s pizza party when Clemson was picked for its first […]
  • Clemson players celebrate after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Clemson win makes big winners out of bettors in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bookmakers were feeling so good about things with Alabama up 14-0 midway through the second quarter of the College Football Championship that they offered 19 points to get bettors to wager on Clemson. They weren’t feeling so good later when Clemson’s comeback win made big losers out of sports books up […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, New York Liberty's Kiah Stokes looks to inbound the ball during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Within a week of the debut of the WNBA's new security app, a deadly shooting occurred on New Year's Eve at an Istanbul nightclub. A handful of WNBA players were in the area that night celebrating, and the LiveSafe app allowed them to get in touch with league security officials quickly as events were unfolding down the street. While not every player was using the app yet when the attacks occurred, more have started to sign up for it, including Stokes, who downloaded it after the nightclub shooting. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

    WNBA’s new security app put to test quickly

    NEW YORK (AP) — It didn’t take long for the WNBA’s new security app to be put to the test. Within a week of its debut, a deadly shooting occurred on New Year’s Eve at an Istanbul nightclub. A handful of WNBA players were in the area that night celebrating, and the LiveSafe app allowed […]
  • In this Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, photo, California head coach Sonny Dykes instructs from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Utah in Berkeley, Calif. California fired coach Dykes in a surprise move Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, after four seasons that produced just one bowl appearance. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Cal fires coach Dykes after 4 seasons, 1 bowl appearance

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — More than six weeks after coach Sonny Dykes finished his fourth season at California, he was called into a meeting Sunday with athletic director Mike Williams and promptly fired. Williams said the decision wasn’t about one winning record in four seasons and was made in spite of dramatic improvement in academics […]