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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 ...

Ugly brawl breaks out at end of Kansas State-Kansas game

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Third-ranked Kansas and Kansas State ended their bitter showdown Tuesday night with a wild melee behind the basket that included punches, shoving and at least one player picking up a stool, moments after the Jayhawks tried to dribble out the time on their 81-60 ...

Williams scores twice, leads Hurricanes past Jets 4-1

By The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justin Williams scored a pair of goals in his second game back in the NHL, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Williams scored the winning goal in a shootout for a 2-1 win over the Islanders in ...

Lillard scores 61 as Trail Blazers beat Warriors 129-124

By The Associated Press undefined PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard set a franchise record with 61 points, including a career-best 11 3-pointers, and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the equally depleted Golden State Warriors 129-124 in overtime Monday night. Lillard's ...

San Diego State lone unbeaten as No. 4 Aztecs press on

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher knew that the fourth- and fifth-ranked teams in the Top 25 lost twice last week, but he evidently forgot that the same fate befell then-No. 3 Duke in a brutal week for the nation's top team teams. That's why he doesn't ...

Kyle Busch has 2 NASCAR titles and an eye on at least 5 more

JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The way Kyle Busch sees it, there is a flaw in the championship ring NASCAR awarded him last month. It lacks any indication that the 2019 title was actually his second championship. Busch wants it fixed so it displays exactly ...

Nicklaus turns 80 and remains a part of golf’s conversations

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jack Nicklaus turns 80 on Tuesday, no closer to retirement than when he was at the peak of his golf career. Never mind that he rarely competes, and when he does play the occasional round of golf, he doesn't always finish the hole. His ...

Sharapova can’t say what’s next after Australian Open loss

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Her Grand Slam losing streak up to four matches, Maria Sharapova surely was aware questions about her future would be coming. She wasn't able to provide answers. Might this have been her last trip to the Australian Open, a ...