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  • Liberty acquire Vaughn and Hartley as part of 3-team trade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bria Hartley made a replica New York Liberty jersey when she was 12 after attending one of their games at Madison Square Garden. Now the New York native will get to put on a real one after being traded with Kia Vaughn to the Liberty on Monday as part of a […]
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank talks about his city's successful bid following a vote at the NFL owner's meeting in Charlotte N.C., that awarded the Super Bowl to Atlanta, which will host the game in 2019, South Florida, (2020) and Los Angeles (2021). The New England Patriots' "Deflategate" was a major story, but the Atlanta Falcons were handed a much-less publicized punishment for pumping fake noise into home games in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Falcons' "Inflategate" was a blip on the news radar, in large part because owner Arthur Blank acknowledged the team's rules violation even before the NFL released its official findings in 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

    Blank’s approach made ‘Inflategate’ a blip on Falcons’ radar

    ATLANTA (AP) — The “Deflategate” scandal has hovered over the Patriots for parts of three seasons, thanks to appeals of Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, finally served at the beginning of this season. New England’s Super Bowl opponents had their own scandal — but it was a blip on the news radar that most fans long […]
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, left, drives against Oklahoma City Thunder' Andre Roberson in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Kevin Love’s back problem could be big pain for Cavs

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love’s back flared up just when things were starting to calm down for the Cavaliers. Love was to have an MRI and medical evaluation Monday to see what’s causing the back spasms that have bothered him for several weeks. The All-Star forward, who left Sunday’s win over Oklahoma City in the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Colts hire Kansas City’s Ballard as general manager

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is turning to another first-time general manager to get his franchise back on track. Eight days after firing Ryan Grigson and conducting a week of interviews, Irsay hired former Kansas City Chiefs executive Chris Ballard. The announcement came Sunday on the team’s website. “Chris has a solid […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots defensive end Chris Long (95) reacts during the first half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Long signed a one-year deal with the Patriots after two injury-plagued seasons ended his eight-year run with the Rams. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

    Long’s bet on Patriots pays off in vet’s 1st Super Bowl trip

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — There was a time when Chris Long didn’t think this opportunity would ever come. A time when words like “playoffs” and “Super Bowl” seemed like unattainable unicorns that the 31-year-old Patriots defensive lineman might never touch. Eight years in the NFL spent on underperforming teams, and having seasons potholed by injuries […]
  • Thousands turn out for A’s FanFest that sparks positive vibe

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seven free food trucks. Green and gold balloons strung over the waterfront walkway and a bouncy houses for kids. Complimentary zoo passes, dog toys and plenty of coffee. A picturesque, sunny winter day after weeks of heavy rain. The Oakland Athletics and new President Dave Kaval need to do little selling […]