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Super Bowl the final act of the NFL's worst season
PHOENIX (AP) -- Domestic violence. Questionable discipline. Player safety. Confusing officiating. Deflated footballs....

NFL's Goodell seeks to look past 'tough year,' to future
PHOENIX (AP) -- As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league - and himself - as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on....

Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova....

A Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder. A kid tossing an orange onto the green when he was putting....

Cubs legend Ernie Banks remembered for unwavering optimism
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fans and friends paid tribute to legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks on Saturday, recalling how he helped break baseball's color barrier during a Hall of Fame career in which he won over his teammates and an entire city with the unwavering optimism he brought to the game and life....

Woods out of top 50 for 1st time in more than 3 years
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tiger Woods, coming off an 82 for his worst round as a pro, will be out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in more than three years....

Hawks keep streak alive, top Trail Blazers 105-99
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks keep finding new ways to extend the longest winning streak in franchise history. This time, Kent Bazemore was the surprise star off the bench....

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday's Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case says they must leave the room if his name is mentioned....

Pats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson
PHOENIX (AP) -- A rookie who probably won't play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it....

Carroll says decision is Sherman's if baby arrives early
PHOENIX (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday it will be Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple's first child sooner than expected....

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