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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 […]
  • France's Alexis Pinturault competes during an alpine ski, men's World Cup giant slalom, in Garmisch-Panterkirchen, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)

    Hirscher displays class to beat Pinturault in giant slalom

    GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Marcel Hirscher displayed all his class to beat Alexis Pinturault and claim his 20th World Cup giant slalom victory on Sunday, avenging his narrow defeat to the French skier in Adelboden. Trailing Pinturault by 0.09 seconds after the first run, the five-time defending overall champion charged hard in the second, clocking […]
  • 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 […]
  • The winner Travis Ganong, of the United States, celebrates on podium after an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill race, in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

    Ganong wins downhill race overshadowed by crashes, injuries

    GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Numerous crashes and serious injuries to Valentin Giraud-Moine and Steven Nyman overshadowed a men’s World Cup downhill race won by Travis Ganong on Friday. Both French skier Giraud-Moine and American Nyman were airlifted for intensive care at the local hospital in Garmisch. The race was held up for half an hour […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, Bobby Brown, of the United States, competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Brown, who has recovered from multiple injuries sustained during competitions, will take part in the Winter X Games this weekend in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, file)

    Meditation gave freeskier Bobby Brown another chance at gold

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Freeskier Bobby Brown has recovered from wipeouts that have rendered him almost motionless. He’s broken his back, pelvis and both ankles. What broke after the 2014 Sochi Olympics was his spirit. Injuries transformed his lead-in to the 2014 Games into a brutal contest against both the clock and his own body […]