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Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) carries the ball during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) carries the ball during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Both NFL conference championships reach more than 45 million

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lopsided contests to determine Super Bowl participants didn’t prevent each of the NFL conference championship games from reaching more than 45 million television viewers on Sunday. The Nielsen company said that 47.95 million people watched the New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC conference game. Earlier in the […]
  • IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe responds to a question during IndyCar Series annual media day Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    IndyCar drivers eager to keep momentum as season nears

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Last fall, James Hinchcliffe kept dance fans on their toes. Now he’s hoping those memorable moves help the IndyCar Series take an even bigger step — expanding its audience. Less than two months after surprisingly toe-tapping his way to a runner-up finish on the hit show “Dancing With The Stars,” the popular […]
  • 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)

    TV ratings dip for CFP championship on ESPN; streaming up

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The College Football Championship rematch between Clemson and Alabama drew 680,000 fewer viewers on TV and online than last year’s game, though combined viewership for all the New Year’s Six bowls and title game was up 15 percent, ESPN said Tuesday. Clemson’s 35-31 victory against Alabama on Monday night got a […]
  • FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, file photo, Southern California high-five for their team during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Too many bowls. Made-for-TV bowls. The College Football Playoff has changed the postseason, or at least how some people feel about it. More and more the question is asked: What should the bowls be? (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

    Fewer games? Games on campus? Bowls could get a makeover

    Meaningless bowls. Too many bowls. Made-for-TV bowls. Shrinking bowl attendance. There have never been more bowl games, and three years into the College Football Playoff era there are more questions than ever about why these games are being played at all. Especially when high-profile players such as Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette choose to skip […]
  • Officials place the trophy on the stage after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game between Alabama and Washington, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama won 24-7. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    College Football Playoff viewership on ESPN rises slightly

    Both New Year’s Eve College Football Playoff semifinals drew a bigger television and online audience than the games last season, but there were still far fewer people watching the games than when they were played on New Year’s Day two seasons ago. The Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl semifinals on Saturday together drew total live […]