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Brady merely average, but good enough for championship No. 6

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — If Tom Brady rated his performance, nothing more, it was ho-hum at best. In fact, going strictly by the numbers, it was the worst Super Bowl showing of his brilliant career. No problem. Brady will gladly trade stats for championships. On ...

Column: A Super stinker, Patriots prevail but ugliness wins

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — The NFL should've ended the season two weeks ago. This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship Sunday night, an amazing ...

Bob Friend, pitched most innings for Pirates, dies at 88

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bob Friend, who pitched more innings than anyone in Pittsburgh Pirates history, died Sunday. He was 88. The Pirates said Friend died at his home in Pittsburgh. Friend holds the Pirates record for innings (3,480 1/3), starts (477) and strikeouts (1,682). The right-hander ...

Puig leaves LA, warms to wintery new home with Reds

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Yasiel Puig boarded a jet in Los Angeles, flew all night and arrived in his new home just before sunrise. The temperature was still falling toward zero, and the wind chill was enough to cause frostbite in a few minutes. That first blast of ...

Column: No matter the name, No. 8 Nevada is for real

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — About the only thing in dispute at the UNLV campus arena Tuesday night was what to call the team that dominated a home squad that no longer lives up to its nickname as the Runnin’ Rebels. Down here they call them UNR, or the ...

New York museum exhibit marks Jackie Robinson centennial

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As the 100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s birth approached, Sharon Robinson is sure her father would have a lot to say about the current political climate in the United States if he were still alive. “I know he would be ...

Chasing Brady: Donald, Suh to lead Rams’ Super Bowl pursuit

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Practically every member of the Los Angeles Rams has a favorite story about Aaron Donald's feats of ridiculous athleticism. Michael Brockers loved the moment at Carolina in 2016 when Donald beat the Panthers' left guard and launched himself ...

Warriors trounce Pacers, win 11th straight game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half, DeMarcus Cousins added 22 and the Golden State Warriors extended the league’s longest winning streak this season to 11 with a 132-100 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Kevin Durant had 16 points for ...

NCAA: Hurricanes’ Dewan Hernandez must continue to sit out

MIAMI (AP) — For Miami Hurricanes junior Dewan Hernandez, the season that never started is over. The 6-foot-11 forward must sit out the remainder of this season and 40 percent of next season because of his dealings with an agent, the NCAA said Monday. Hernandez responded by saying he’ll ...

Agent: Anthony Davis tells New Orleans that he wants a trade

By Tim Reynolds and Brett Martel AP Sports Writers NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans. And if a trade happens, it’ll be on the Pelicans’ schedule. The five-time All-Star has told the Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and ...

5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city

By Jeff Martin Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam ,” another winter storm is threatening the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl ...

AP Exclusive: NFL centers seeing shorter career longevity

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Pro Bowl center Alex Mack rattled off all he does before the snap: Checks for blitzes, keeps an eye on the play clock, makes blocking adjustments and communicates all the changes to everyone else. All that happens in seconds — with ...

Streak of streaks: Warriors have won 10 straight _ again

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The Golden State Warriors don't just have streaks. They have streaks of streaks. Golden State has won 10 straight games, the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. And that makes this the sixth consecutive season that the Warriors have had a ...

Guaranteed money could be key to avoiding NFL lockout

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer Though the next labor fight between the NFL and its players is more than two years off, one issue is already clear. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining ...

George powers Thunder past Bucks for 5th straight win

By The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his 16th triple-double of the ...

US beats Panama 3-0 in Berhalter’s debut as coach

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter ushered in a new era for the U.S. men's national team with an attacking style and a new captain. A lopsided win was a great way to get started, even in a match involving mostly second- and third-stringers. Berhalter became the third U.S. coach in the ...

AFC wins 3rd straight Pro Bowl, 26-7 over NFC in Orlando

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Pro Bowl has long been considered a laughable representation of the NFL game. It reached a new level of comedy Sunday as several players swapped positions during the annual all-star game. Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey ...

American snaps Germany’s 24-race bobsled winning streak

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States won a World Cup women's bobsled race Saturday, ending Germany's 24-race winning streak in World Cup and Olympic bobsled races dating back to last season. Meyers Taylor and push athlete Lauren Gibbs finished their two ...

Curry accent: Brothers Steph, Seth Curry in 3-point contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Golden State star Stephen Curry has told ESPN that he and brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers will be taking part in the 3-point contest during the NBA's All-Star weekend. They'll be squaring off Feb. 16 in Charlotte, their hometown. Stephen Curry told ...

Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd major, top ranking

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — So close to victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too. She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. ...