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Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating....

AP Interview: Selig says MLB could expand internationally
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries....

Vylegzhanin wins World Cup skiathlon
RYBINSK, Russia (AP) -- Maxim Vylegzhanin became the first Russian to win a cross-country skiing World Cup race this season with victory in a 30-kilometer skiathlon on Sunday....

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond
CHICAGO (AP) -- To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game....

As Brady, Gronk know, pre-Super Bowl injury talk always big
Perhaps already annoyed by the attention to his left elbow ahead of the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman used a quip to answer one reporter's question about that joint's range of motion....

Weber's 108.5-mph blast gives him hardest shot at NHL skills
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Not that they did before, but it's official now: No one wants to get in front of Shea Weber's shot....

No. 3 Gonzaga tops Pacific 91-60, wins 36th straight at home
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The plan for No. 3 Gonzaga was to get defensive stops early against Pacific on Saturday night....

Buckeyes celebrate their title at Ohio Stadium
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- After leading Ohio State to a national championship, Joey Bosa had one question for the 45,000 fans who crowded into Ohio Stadium in late January....

Sherman, Seahawks take the trash-talk lead over Patriots
Richard Sherman gave Tom Brady an earful and trolled him on Twitter a few years ago....

Ashley Wagner wins 3rd US title with record-setting scores
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Ashley Wagner is boasting that the American women can win medals at the world championships....

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