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Super Bowl will pit Brady's Patriots against Ryan's Falcons
A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons....

They're Back: Brady and Patriots win AFC, 36-17 vs Steelers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl....

Super Falcons: Atlanta routs Packers 44-21 for NFC title
ATLANTA (AP) -- Matt Ryan tumbled into the end zone, slammed the ball to the turf with a thunderous spike, and let out a scream that showed just how much he wanted this game....

Bookies make Patriots a 3-point pick with record over/under
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Oddsmakers like the New England Patriots by a field goal over the Atlanta Falcons in what experts think will be a high-scoring Super Bowl....

Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic....

Chen lands 5 quads to win US figure skating title with ease
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Nathan Chen stood on the top step of the podium and stifled a smile as U.S. Figure Skating president Samuel Auxier, preparing to drape a gold medal around his neck, bowed down before him....

AP TOP 25 REWIND: No. 7 Creighton has rough week of losses
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- In a week when three top-10 teams in the AP Top 25 lost, No. 7 Creighton might have taken the biggest hit....

Williams relies on Plan B to reaches Australian Open QFs
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- With her serve misfiring and the ball coming back at her from some irregular angles, it was time for Serena Williams to go to Plan B....

Hudson Swafford wins CareerBuilder for 1st PGA Tour title
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- A day after making a mess of the 16th and 17th holes on PGA West's Stadium Course, Hudson Swafford birdied them Sunday to take control in the fittingly named CareerBuilder Challenge....

Some notable deaths of active pro baseball players
A look at some of the notable deaths of active pro baseball players in recent years:...

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