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Chiefs, 49ers roll to Super Bowl berths

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes tip-toed down the sideline for a game-turning touchdown, added three TD passes, and the Kansas City Chiefs made their first Super Bowl in a half-century by beating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 Sunday for the AFC championship. In two weeks in Miami, the ...

On a ‘mission,’ Coco opens with win over Venus at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Everyone had the same question when the Australian Open draw was revealed: What were the odds that Coco Gauff and Venus Williams would face each other again in the first round at a Grand Slam tournament? “I was a bit shocked,” Gauff said, “I’m sure ...

Church races to bronze medal in Austria

IGLS, Austria  — Hunter Church, Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Kris Horn claimed the bronze medal in Sunday’s four-man bobsled World Cup in Igls. It was Church’s first week in Igls, but his enthusiasm was bigger than his inexperience. “This sport is my passion,” Church said. ...

AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos

LUMPKIN, Ga. — In a locked, guarded courtroom in a compound surrounded by razor wire, Immigration Judge Jerome Rothschild waits — and stalls. A Spanish interpreter is running late because of a flat tire. Rothschild tells the five immigrants before him that he’ll take a break before ...

Calmer McGregor returns at UFC 246

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor became a two-division UFC champion because he was a tremendous fighter. He became the biggest mixed martial artist in the world only because he talked an even bigger game. McGregor’s loquacious, pugnacious personality was an enormous factor in his rise to ...

49ers, Packers look for Super turnarounds

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from accomplishing a turnaround that’s been done only once before in the Super Bowl era. With a victory in the NFC championship game at home on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the Niners will become the second team ...

Titans, Chiefs play for AFC title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andy Reid rarely digs into his own past, preferring to stay in the moment or focus squarely on the future. It’s an approach that has served him well during a coaching career that might someday land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yet when his Kansas City ...

Trump has made-for-TV defense lawyers

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said ...

Iran’s top leader strikes defiant tone amid month of turmoil

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader lashed out at Western countries as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years, dismissing “American clowns” who he said pretend to support the Iranian nation but want to stick their “poisoned dagger” into its ...

Freed after NY bail reform, serial bank robbery suspect arrested by feds

NEW YORK — A federal prosecutor in New York said Friday that the case of a suspected serial bank robber accused of committing a heist in Brooklyn hours after being released from custody shows that the state’s newly enacted bail reform is making New Yorkers less safe. Prosecutors say ...

Beltran ousted as Mets manager

NEW YORK — Carlos Beltrán, called out on a curveball again. So for the second time since they last threw a pitch, the New York Mets are in the market for a new manager. Sign of the times. Beltrán’s 2 1/2-month tenure as Mets manager ended Thursday before he spent a single game ...

Springer, tainted Astros settle on $21M, 1-year deal

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer, the World Series MVP of the tainted 2017 Houston Astros, and the team settled on a $21 million, one-year contract Thursday. Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million, making the settlement $1 ...

Gillibrand calls for support of child-care funding bill

DRYDEN — Casey Goodwin has a concern over the cost of child care, particularly for parents still in college. “We need more financial aid available for more parents,” especially for parents who aren’t sure they can keep their children in the center, said Goodwin, director of the ...

SL Youth Center attendance increases

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Youth Center requested $10,000 from the village to help pay for a new part-time assistant and meet operating expenses in 2020. The village Board of Trustees received the request at Monday night’s meeting. Saranac Lake Youth Center Director Aleacia ...

Women players to be part of All-Star Weekend

The magnitude of the moment wasn’t lost on Kendall Coyne Schofield — wearing her No. 26 Team USA jersey — as she dug her skates into the ice waiting for the starter’s whistle to blow. It took 14.346 seconds, to be exact, for Coyne Schofield to complete her lap in the NHL All-Star ...

Syracuse defense stymies Boston College in rout of Eagles

SYRACUSE — Buddy Boeheim scored 22 points, Marek Dolezaj had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, the Syracuse defense held Boston College to 33 percent from the field and the Orange routed the Eagles 76-50 Wednesday. Syracuse (10-7, 3-3 ACC), which won its first conference ...

Antonio Gates ready to move on following 16-year career

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Antonio Gates was hoping to get a final chance at reaching the Super Bowl. However the teams that he thought would be a good fit ended up not making the postseason. Gates said during a conference call on Wednesday he received some calls at midseason about ...

Mets stay silent on Carlos Beltrán’s future

NEW YORK — While the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox took decisive action in jettisoning their managers after Major League Baseball concluded they were involved in nefarious sign stealing, the New York Mets have stayed silent on Carlos Beltrán’s future. Houston fired AJ Hinch one ...

Cora fired in sign-stealing scandal

BOSTON — Alex Cora has already been identified as a ringleader in an illegal system of sign stealing when he was with the Houston Astros. The Red Sox didn’t wait to see what punishment Major League Baseball might give him for possibly bringing a similar scheme with him to ...

LSU coach ready to win more titles

NEW ORLEANS — LSU coach Ed Orgeron is already thinking about what comes next for his national champions. More specifically, who comes next. Orgeron and the top-ranked Tigers completed a 15-0 season with a dominating and decisive win over No. 3 Clemson, 42-25, on Monday night. ...