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Rating Super Bowls: Classics, Memorables and Duds

Jan. 26, 2020 12:31 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Not all Super Bowls are super. Some are classics, some are memorable but not quite fit for total greatness. Some have elements making them noteworthy, but otherwise won't make many championship scrapbooks (except with fans of the winners). And some are outright duds. Here's a look at America's...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Fiers, the Oakland pitcher and whistleblower in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, appeared with teammates and manager Bob Melvin at team offices. Fiers has not spoken publicly about the sign stealing since the story was published in The Athletic in November. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Fiers declines to discuss whistleblower role in cheat scam

Jan. 24, 2020 10:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers didn't have any more to say regarding his role as a whistleblower. Fiers declined Friday to answer questions about revealing the sign-stealing scam that has engulfed Major League Baseball, instead saying he simply wanted to focus on the future. He...

NFL free agent Antonio Brown appears at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., via video link  Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Brown was granted bail on Friday after spending the night in a Florida jail. The wide receiver will have to pay a bond of $110,000, surrender his passport, wear a monitor, get mental health evaluation and pass random drug tests. He also can't have guns. Brown is accused of attacking the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)

NFL player Antonio Brown released on bail by Florida judge

Jan. 24, 2020 6:51 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL free agent Antonio Brown was released on bail Friday after a night in a Florida jail, where he turned himself in to face charges that he and his trainer attacked the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. Broward County Judge Corey...

Raiders sign Nevin Lawson to 1-year extension

Jan. 23, 2020 2:11 PM EST

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders signed cornerback Nevin Lawson to a one-year contract extension Thursday. Lawson is the first player to sign with the Raiders since they officially added Las Vegas to their name Wednesday. The Raiders are set to play next season in Las Vegas after spending the...

Oakland bans tenant criminal background checks

Jan. 22, 2020 1:16 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland City Council on Tuesday moved to approve an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from asking about a potential tenant’s criminal history or rejecting them out of hand for having a record. Council members voted unanimously to pass the Fair Chance Access to...

Veteran lefty Blevins joins Giants on minor league deal

Jan. 20, 2020 10:53 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran left-hander Jerry Blevins agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed the deal and said Blevins had passed his physical. They reconnect...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, signs are posted outside of a house was occupied by the group Moms 4 Housing in Oakland, Calif. The homeless mothers who were evicted last week from an Oakland house where they were squatting plan to buy the property after speculators, in a change of heart, agreed to sell it to a city nonprofit, it was announced Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Wedgewood Inc. will sell the home to the Oakland Community Land Trust, which will offer it for sale to the group Moms 4 Housing, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Homeless moms evicted from Oakland home may return

Jan. 20, 2020 6:29 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Homeless mothers who were evicted last week from an Oakland, California, house where they were squatting plan to move back after speculators agreed to sell the property to a nonprofit organization, it was announced Monday. Wedgewood Inc. will sell the home to the Oakland Community...

FILE - In this May 30, 2019 file photo, tents housing homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles. Nonprofit health care system Kaiser Permanente today announced it will be the first private sector contributor to Newsom's newly announced fund to combat homelessness in the state, committing $25 million to the effort. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Kaiser, Blue Shield pledge $45M to California housing fund

Jan. 17, 2020 5:26 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hospital giant Kaiser Permanente and insurer Blue Shield of California on Friday pledged $45 million to a new state fund aimed at getting people off the streets. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order last week creating what he proposes to be a $750 million fund that could be...

FILE - In this May 29, 2009, file photo, USA softball player Jessica Mendoza poses for a photo in the ESPN broadcast booth at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza tried to clarify her remarks about the Mike Fiers role in the sign-stealing scandal after criticizing Fiers earlier on a radio show. She said in a statement posted to Twitter that baseball will benefit from the sign stealing being uncovered and that appropriate action was taken. Mendoza's issue remains how it came forward.  (AP Photo/File)

ESPN's Mendoza: Fiers should have gone to MLB, not reporter

Jan. 16, 2020 7:07 PM EST

ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza says pitcher Mike Fiers should have gone to Major League Baseball before he told a journalist about his allegation the Houston Astros had been using a camera to steal signs. Mendoza, a New York Mets adviser in addition to her media job, said Thursday on ESPN's “Golic and...

Oakland man who robbed 19 banks sentenced to federal prison

Jan. 16, 2020 12:40 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Oakland man who robbed or tried to rob 19 banks before he was arrested at a hospital where his wife was giving birth was sentenced Wednesday to more than eight years in federal prison. Fifty-year-old Duane Makela was sentenced for a series of 10 armed robberies, seven unarmed...