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Simpson rallies to beat Finau in Phoenix Open playoff

By JOHN NICHOLSON AP Sports Writer SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Webb Simpson was in big trouble when he drove into the right-side water on the par-5 15th. "I didn't think it was over," Simpson said. "But I thought, 'I'm going to really have to do something special to get back in it.'" He did ...

Penguins beat Capitals in 50th game between Crosby, Ovechkin

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby got the better of Alex Ovechkin in their 50th regular-season meeting and set the stage for more drama down the stretch. Crosby had an assist, Matt Murray made 29 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals ...

Jackson wins MVP as Ravens take 3 awards; Harbaugh top coach

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI (AP) — Lamar Jackson’s stunning season not only earned him The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award, but he won it unanimously. That’s right: The second-year quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens joins Tom Brady as the only ...

Broncos’ Fant has keen eye on Kelce, Kittle in Super Bowl

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Noah Fant parlayed his outstanding performance at the NFL scouting combine last year into a first-round phone call from the Denver Broncos and the best season among the league's rookie tight ends in 2019. What he's aiming for this year is to join the league's elite at ...

Climate change poses threat to future Super Bowls in Miami

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — The forecast for the Super Bowl in Miami is grim. Clear skies and temperature in the 60s are expected when the game kicks off, so weather won’t be a problem. But climate change likely will be, sooner or later. The sea and temperature are ...

NBA All-Stars to wear Kobe’s No. 24 and Gianna’s No. 2

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer The NBA's All-Stars will be playing this year with Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant in their minds and on their jerseys. So, coming soon: No. 24 Giannis Antetokounmpo, and No. 2, LeBron James. As part of what will be a long series of tributes to Bryant ...

Almost half of US sports fans want Super Bowl Monday holiday

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Nearly half of American sports fans would give up one of their other work holidays in order to have a day off after Super Bowl Sunday, according to a survey commissioned by the daily fantasy sports company DraftKings. The survey, which ...

Four safeties vying for Hall of Fame spot, 3 WRs and OLs

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI (AP) — There are 11 pure safeties in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Four more are seeking to join them when the Class of 2020 is selected Saturday. John Lynch, now the general manager of the 49ers who will play the Chiefs in Sunday’s Super ...

Warner wonders how good Mahomes can be once taps potential

By The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Two-time NFL MVP and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner can’t wait to find out just how good reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes can be. “We don’t even know Patrick’s untapped potential yet,” Warner said Thursday. “How good can he be? ...

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira vow ‘empowering’ halftime show

By Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer MIAMI (AP) — Jennifer Lopez and Shakira said their Super Bowl halftime show will pay homage to Latino culture, promising a joint performance that has an empowering message and also one that will remember NBA icon Kobe Bryant. Lopez and Shakira on Thursday ...

Paralyzed at 19, Buoniconti has mixed feelings on football

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — With the Super Bowl coming to town, Marc Buoniconti sat in his office talking about the Chiefs-49ers matchup and wondered who was favored, so he looked at the phone strapped on the right arm of his wheelchair. “Siri, what is the current ...

Garoppolo takes lessons from Brady into 1st Super Bowl start

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo had a front-row seat in the best classroom on the best way to prepare for being a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl. After watching Tom Brady prepare for two Super Bowl wins as his backup on New England, Garoppolo now ...

The most VIP Super Bowl weekend costs $1.5M, includes butler

By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Private jet service, a personal butler, or how about a meal with former Patriots star Rob Gronkowski to top off Super Bowl weekend? From legendary nightclubs to exclusive parties, no place caters to the rich and famous quite like glitzy ...

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not ...

Chiefs embracing loose locker room culture on Super Bowl run

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — If you're planning to walk through the middle of the Kansas City Chiefs locker room between lunch and their usual afternoon practice, you might want to grab someone's shoulder pads and helmet and brace for impact. There's a good chance you'll ...

Judge rejects Sandusky’s latest request for shorter sentence

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge flatly rejected Jerry Sandusky's latest request to have his 30- to 60-year child molestation sentence reduced during a brief hearing Tuesday. Judge Maureen Skerda said she purposely fashioned the prison term to have an impact ...

Garoppolo takes lessons from Brady into 1st Super Bowl start

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo had a front-row seat in the best classroom on the best way to prepare for being a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl. After watching Tom Brady prepare for two Super Bowl wins as his backup on New England, Garoppolo now ...

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not ...

Hockey’s young stars shine in NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hockey’s young skill was on display at the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament. Boston’s 23-year-old David Pastrnak, Edmonton’s 24-year-old Leon Draisaitl and Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson put on an offensive show in the 3-on-3 finale. ...

Eli Manning retires after 16 seasons, 2 Super Bowls

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning, who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowls in a 16-year career that saw him set almost every team passing record, has retired. The Giants said Wednesday that Manning would formally announce his retirement on Friday. The recently turned ...