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Super Falcons: Atlanta routs Packers 44-21 for NFC title
ATLANTA (AP) -- Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for a dominant playoff performance, and the Atlanta Falcons ignored all those ghosts from the last half-century....

The Latest: Williams subs for Bell and scores for Steelers
The Latest on the NFL conference championship games (all times Eastern):...

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....

Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic....

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

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, as he prepared to drape a gold medal around his neck, bowed down before him....

Australian Open: Williams has added incentive for 7th title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- If Serena Williams needed any more incentive to win her seventh Australian Open title and a record 23rd Grand Slam major, she may have got it with top-ranked Angelique Kerber's fourth-round loss....

Feeling the pressure, Kerber loses to composed Vandeweghe
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Angelique Kerber said before the Australian Open that she wasn't putting too much pressure on herself as the top-seeded player at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time....

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....

Hudson Swafford wins CareerBuilder for 1st PGA Tour title
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- Hudson Swafford won the fittingly named CareerBuilder Challenge on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, following three straight birdies with a closing par for a one-stroke victory....

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