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‘Miracle on Ice’ star Mark Pavelich dies at treatment home

A member of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team has died at a treatment center for mental illness.

Irv Cross, NFL player, pioneer Black analyst, dies at 81

  Questions surround death of former NFL player Louis Nix III

2 skiers defy death in descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome

  LA sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

4 for 4: Osaka wins Australian, stays perfect in Slam finals

  NCAA OKs limited fan attendance at men’s, women’s tourneys

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Russia’s new team name, flag agreed for next 2 Olympic Games

Seiko Hashimoto takes over as Tokyo Olympic president

Girl hurt in crash involving Chiefs coach Britt Reid awake

McDowell beats 100-1 odds for upset Daytona 500 victory

NASCAR pays tribute to legend Dale Earnhardt, an N.C. native, 20 years after death

Jaguars, accused racist strength coach Chris Doyle part ways

Jags’ Meyer defends hiring ex-Iowa coach accused of racism

Iowa agreed to pay strength coach Chris Doyle $1.1 million in a resignation agreement last June after more than a dozen former players said he bullied and discriminated against them.

Reports: Mori to resign Tokyo Olympics over sexist remarks

A decision is expected to be announced on Friday when the organizing committee's executive board meets.

  Brady-Brate trophy pass wows Bucs’ Super Bowl boat parade

Mayor Jane Castor is again emphasizing that people attending the parade must wear masks outdoors and observe social distancing rules.

Mavs’ Cuban relents on anthem after NBA reiterates policy

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban relented Wednesday and the national anthem will be played before home games this season after the NBA reiterated its “longstanding league policy” to include the song.

NBC will air opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics live

Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach with 200 wins, dies at 77

Super Bowl on CBS draws audience of 96.4 million viewers

Man charged with trespassing after run on Super Bowl field

Longtime ESPN baseball correspondent Pedro Gomez dies at 58

Amanda Gorman, in a first, brings poetry to Super Bowl

Super Bowl ads went for light humor. Not all succeeded

Off the field, brands sought to relieve the tension of the game — and the year — with lighthearted commercials stuffed with celebrities and nostalgic characters.

  Tom Brady wins Super Bowl No. 7, Buccaneers beat Chiefs 31-9

The Buccaneers (15-5) won their second NFL title and first in 18 years while becoming the first team to play the big game at home.

Game changers: Manning, Woodson, Megatron headed to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Manning, the quarterback whose meticulous attention to detail helped turn the 21st-century gridiron into a chessboard on turf, was awarded his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. dies at 67

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. has died after battling prostate and other cancers. He was 67.

  NFL writes to Biden offering all stadiums as vaccine sites

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said many of the stadiums should be able to get vaccination efforts moving quickly because of previous offers to use stadiums as virus testing centers and election sites.

Entire NCAA women’s basketball tournament to be in San Antonio area

The move Friday was made to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and matches that of the men’s tournament, which the NCAA said last month will be played in the Indianapolis area.

  Super Bowl ads aim to comfort and connect

After uncertainty at times if there would even be a Super Bowl, marketers aim to comfort and connect this year, with ads like Will Ferrell teaming with GM to promote electric vehicles.

MLB to start on time after players reject delay

Major League Baseball will proceed with an on-time start to spring training and the season after players rejected a plan Monday night to delay reporting by a more than a month.

John Chaney, Temple’s commanding Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 89

John Chaney, one of the nation’s leading Black coaches during a Hall of Fame career at Temple, has died.

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart to co-host Puppy Bowl

Ahead of the game, the rapper and culinary icon will hold competitions to create the “pawfect” party snack and a Puppy Bowl-themed cocktail.

  Japan prime minister says he’s determined to hold Olympics

Suga repeated his resolve to achieve a “safe and secure” Olympics and pledged to get infections under control in Japan as soon as possible.

  NFL picks 3 honorary captains, Amanda Gorman for coin toss

Gorman, the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate, recited “The Hill We Climb” at the Biden inauguration Jan. 20.

AP sources: Michael Strahan tests positive for COVID-19

Pro Football Hall of Famer and “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining, according to people familiar with the situation.

Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy

The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year’s ballot.

Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and former Braves outfielder Marquis Grissom were among those who spoke at the ceremony.

One year later: Loved ones, fans still coming to terms with Kobe Bryant’s death

Bryant, his young daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 last year.

Hank Aaron’s death prompts call to change team name: Braves to Hammers

“Hammerin’ Hank” died Friday at age 86, drawing praise from all segments of society — including the current and former presidents — for his Hall of Fame career and providing inspiration to Black Americans by overcoming intense racism in his pursuit of baseball’s home run record.

Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl

The decision to not do an anthemic Budweiser ad showcases the caution with which some advertisers are approaching the first COVID-era Super Bowl.

Reigning champion Chiefs dump Bills 38-24 in AFC title game

Defending champions Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship.

Road warriors: Bucs win 31-26 at Green Bay, reach Super Bowl

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are advancing to Super Bowl, beating Green Bay Packers 31-26 in NFC championship game.

Former Panthers TE Greg Olsen retires, set to enter broadcasting role

A former Carolina Panthers great has called it a career.

Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor in 2nd round at UFC 257

In his first fight in a year, McGregor had a strong first round before he was stopped by punches for the first time in his mixed martial arts career.

Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

“Hammerin’ Hank” set a wide array of career hitting records during a 23-year career spent mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, including RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases.

Timeline of Hank Aaron’s life and career

The baseball legend came from humble beginnings to build a Hall-of-Fame career.

NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month’s Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida.

  Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting’

Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sarah Thomas to be 1st female to officiate at Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas, a down judge, is part of the officiating crew announced Tuesday by the NFL.

Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter

New York Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired Tuesday after sending graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.

After losing Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Browns 22-17

The Kansas City Chiefs forced the Cleveland Browns to punt in the waning minutes Sunday with star quarterback Patrick Mahomes out with a concussion.

Masters plans for a limited number of spectators in April

Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said Tuesday the club intends to allow a limited number of spectators for the Masters on April 8-11.

No. 1 Alabama wins national title 52-24 over No. 3 Ohio St

The Tide finished perfect during a season that could not have been further from it as COVID-19 forced teams into quarantines and endless testing and uncertainty every single week with games played in mostly empty stadiums.

PGA Championship leaving Trump National for ’22 tournament

PGA President Jim Richerson says the board voted to exercise its right to “terminate the agreement” with Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Tommy Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

The Los Angeles Dodgers organization said Friday that legendary manager Tommy Lasorda has died. He was 93 years old.

Chattanooga fires football assistant after ‘appalling’ tweet on Stacey Abrams

Chattanooga athletic director Mark Wharton issued a statement Thursday, saying the post was brought to his attention Wednesday night.

Alabama’s DeVonta Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years

University of Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith has won the Heisman Trophy.

  Reported virus issues at Ohio State raise specter of title game delay against Alabama

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said there were no changes and the game in Miami Gardens, Florida, was still scheduled as planned.

Men’s NCAA March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana

Championship weekend is still scheduled for April 3 and April 5. Preliminary round dates have not yet been determined.

Paul Westphal, Hall of Famer and NBA champion, dies at 70

Paul Westphal, a Hall of Fame player who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and later coached in the league and in college, died Saturday. He was 70.

Alabama topples Fighting Irish 31-14; advances to CFB National Championship

A stellar offensive performance to secure the Tide’s spot in the College Football Playoff National Championship for the fifth time in six seasons.

Florida Gators basketball returns, Keyontae Johnson back with the team amid recovery

Keyontae Johnson is back with his team after collapsing on Dec. 12.

Baseball Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81

Niekro won 318 games over his 24-year career, which ended in 1987 at age 48 after he made one final start with the Braves.

Heisman finalists: Tide teammates plus Lawrence and Trask

Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith along with Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Florida's Kyle Trask have been named finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson will be released from hospital

Johnson was rushed to the hospital during Florida’s game against Florida State after he collapsed after a time out.

Florida Gators football hit with NCAA violations

The NCAA has sanctioned the Florida Gators football program for level II and level III recruiting violations.

World Chase Tag marathon set to air Dec. 23

World Chase Tag is what you might remember as a game of tag as a child, but much more intense, with athletes displaying extraordinary speed and agility.

HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58

Kevin Greene played 15 seasons in the NFL for four teams: the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.

Clemson coach votes College Football Playoff opponent Ohio State 11th

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had Alabama No. 1 ahead of the Tigers. Notre Dame was third with Texas A&M fourth.

Sarah Fuller’s jersey added to College Football Hall of Fame

The Vanderbilt kicker made history this month when she became the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game.

CFP: Alabama-Notre Dame, Clemson-Ohio St as Aggies left out

Notre Dame was picked Sunday over Texas A&M for the final College Football Playoff spot and will face No. 1 Alabama in the semifinals while Clemson and Ohio State were paired in the CFP for the third time.

CFP semifinal moved from Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium in Texas

The College Football Playoff semifinal scheduled for the Rose Bowl will be moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Russia can’t use its name and flag at the next 2 Olympics

The court halved the four-year ban proposed last year by the World Anti-Doping Agency in a landmark case that accused Russia of state-ordered tampering of a testing laboratory database in Moscow.

MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

Major League Baseball said Wednesday it was “correcting a longtime oversight in the game’s history” by elevating the Negro Leagues.

Supreme Court agrees to hear NCAA athlete compensation case

In August, Justice Elena Kagan had denied the NCAA’s request to put lower court rulings in favor of the student-athletes on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA formally petitioned the Supreme Court to take up the case.

Parents: Florida Gators’ Keyontae Johnson is breathing on his own, FaceTimed team

In a statement released via the University of Florida men’s basketball Twitter account, Johnson’s parents, Nika and Marrecus Johnson, say their son is speaking with them, his doctors at UF Health, and has even FaceTimed his team.

AP Interview: Indians owner says name won’t change in 2021

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Dolan said: “The name is no longer acceptable in our world.”

  NCAA to play women’s basketball Tournament at 1 site, eyes Texas

The women’s Final Four in 2021 was already set for San Antonio and the NCAA has begun preliminary talks with the Texas city to hold the entire 64-team tournament in the area.

Florida’s Johnson remains in critical but stable condition

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson remained in critical but stable condition at a hospital, the team reported Sunday, one day after he collapsed on the court during a game at Florida State.

Sarah Fuller becomes 1st woman to score in Power 5 football game

Sarah Fuller became the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game by kicking an extra point for Vanderbilt on Saturday.