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  Lucky to be alive, Woods faces difficult recovery

Authorities say Woods suffered “significant” injuries all down his right leg when his SUV crashed into a median and rolled over several times on a steep road in Los Angeles.

Russia’s new team name, flag agreed for next 2 Olympic Games

Seiko Hashimoto takes over as Tokyo Olympic president

Girl hurt in crash involving Chiefs coach Britt Reid awake

McDowell beats 100-1 odds for upset Daytona 500 victory

Jaguars, accused racist strength coach Chris Doyle part ways

Jags’ Meyer defends hiring ex-Iowa coach accused of racism

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Reports: Mori to resign Tokyo Olympics over sexist remarks

  Brady-Brate trophy pass wows Bucs’ Super Bowl boat parade

Mavs’ Cuban relents on anthem after NBA reiterates policy

NBC will air opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics live

Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach with 200 wins, dies at 77

Super Bowl on CBS draws audience of 96.4 million viewers

  Man charged with trespassing after run on Super Bowl field

Authorities say 31-year-old Yuri Andrade scampered onto the field Sunday night in the fourth quarter of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Feds to name likely cause of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

On Tuesday, federal safety officials are expected to announce the long-awaited probable cause of the crash that unleashed worldwide grief for the retired basketball star, launched several lawsuits and prompted state and federal legislation.

Longtime ESPN baseball correspondent Pedro Gomez dies at 58

Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, has died. He was 58.

  Amanda Gorman, in a first, brings poetry to Super Bowl

If the Super Bowl was an unlikely platform for a poet, it showed just how much Gorman has seized the nation's spotlight since the inauguration.

  Super Bowl ads went for light humor. Not all succeeded

  Tom Brady wins Super Bowl No. 7, Buccaneers beat Chiefs 31-9

VCU men’s basketball updates game schedule

Officials plead: Don’t let Super Bowl become superspreader; NFL and union tell teams what celebrations are allowed

Game changers: Manning, Woodson, Megatron headed to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Security very tight ahead of Super Bowl 55 in Tampa

Despite COVID-19 orders, hundreds of North Carolina fans celebrate win over Duke

Despite COVID-19 orders and the modified “Stay at Home” guidance that was issued in the state, hundreds of Tar Heel students packed Franklin Steet in Chapel Hill to party.

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. dies at 67

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. has died after battling prostate and other cancers. He was 67.

  NFL writes to Biden offering all stadiums as vaccine sites

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said many of the stadiums should be able to get vaccination efforts moving quickly because of previous offers to use stadiums as virus testing centers and election sites.

Entire NCAA women’s basketball tournament to be in San Antonio area

The move Friday was made to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and matches that of the men’s tournament, which the NCAA said last month will be played in the Indianapolis area.

  Super Bowl ads aim to comfort and connect

After uncertainty at times if there would even be a Super Bowl, marketers aim to comfort and connect this year, with ads like Will Ferrell teaming with GM to promote electric vehicles.

MLB to start on time after players reject delay

Major League Baseball will proceed with an on-time start to spring training and the season after players rejected a plan Monday night to delay reporting by a more than a month.

John Chaney, Temple’s commanding Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 89

John Chaney, one of the nation’s leading Black coaches during a Hall of Fame career at Temple, has died.

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart to co-host Puppy Bowl

Ahead of the game, the rapper and culinary icon will hold competitions to create the “pawfect” party snack and a Puppy Bowl-themed cocktail.

  Japan prime minister says he’s determined to hold Olympics

Suga repeated his resolve to achieve a “safe and secure” Olympics and pledged to get infections under control in Japan as soon as possible.

  NFL picks 3 honorary captains, Amanda Gorman for coin toss

Gorman, the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate, recited “The Hill We Climb” at the Biden inauguration Jan. 20.

AP sources: Michael Strahan tests positive for COVID-19

Pro Football Hall of Famer and “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining, according to people familiar with the situation.

Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy

The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year’s ballot.

Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and former Braves outfielder Marquis Grissom were among those who spoke at the ceremony.

  One year later: Loved ones, fans still coming to terms with Kobe Bryant’s death

Bryant, his young daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 last year.

Hank Aaron’s death prompts call to change team name: Braves to Hammers

“Hammerin’ Hank” died Friday at age 86, drawing praise from all segments of society — including the current and former presidents — for his Hall of Fame career and providing inspiration to Black Americans by overcoming intense racism in his pursuit of baseball’s home run record.

Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl

The decision to not do an anthemic Budweiser ad showcases the caution with which some advertisers are approaching the first COVID-era Super Bowl.

Reigning champion Chiefs dump Bills 38-24 in AFC title game

Defending champions Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship.

Road warriors: Bucs win 31-26 at Green Bay, reach Super Bowl

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are advancing to Super Bowl, beating Green Bay Packers 31-26 in NFC championship game.

Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor in 2nd round at UFC 257

In his first fight in a year, McGregor had a strong first round before he was stopped by punches for the first time in his mixed martial arts career.

Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

“Hammerin’ Hank” set a wide array of career hitting records during a 23-year career spent mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, including RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases.

Timeline of Hank Aaron’s life and career

The baseball legend came from humble beginnings to build a Hall-of-Fame career.

NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month’s Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida.

  Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting’

Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sarah Thomas to be 1st female to officiate at Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas, a down judge, is part of the officiating crew announced Tuesday by the NFL.

Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter

New York Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired Tuesday after sending graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.

After losing Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Browns 22-17

The Kansas City Chiefs forced the Cleveland Browns to punt in the waning minutes Sunday with star quarterback Patrick Mahomes out with a concussion.

VCU, UofR alter basketball schedules

VCU’s men’s basketball team is changing up its basketball schedule along with the University of Richmond.

Masters plans for a limited number of spectators in April

Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said Tuesday the club intends to allow a limited number of spectators for the Masters on April 8-11.

No. 1 Alabama wins national title 52-24 over No. 3 Ohio St

The Tide finished perfect during a season that could not have been further from it as COVID-19 forced teams into quarantines and endless testing and uncertainty every single week with games played in mostly empty stadiums.

PGA Championship leaving Trump National for ’22 tournament

PGA President Jim Richerson says the board voted to exercise its right to “terminate the agreement” with Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Tommy Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

The Los Angeles Dodgers organization said Friday that legendary manager Tommy Lasorda has died. He was 93 years old.

Chattanooga fires football assistant after ‘appalling’ tweet on Stacey Abrams

Chattanooga athletic director Mark Wharton issued a statement Thursday, saying the post was brought to his attention Wednesday night.

Alabama’s DeVonta Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years

University of Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith has won the Heisman Trophy.

  Reported virus issues at Ohio State raise specter of title game delay against Alabama

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said there were no changes and the game in Miami Gardens, Florida, was still scheduled as planned.

Men’s NCAA March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana

Championship weekend is still scheduled for April 3 and April 5. Preliminary round dates have not yet been determined.

Paul Westphal, Hall of Famer and NBA champion, dies at 70

Paul Westphal, a Hall of Fame player who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and later coached in the league and in college, died Saturday. He was 70.

Florida Gators basketball returns, Keyontae Johnson back with the team amid recovery

Keyontae Johnson is back with his team after collapsing on Dec. 12.

Baseball Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81

Niekro won 318 games over his 24-year career, which ended in 1987 at age 48 after he made one final start with the Braves.

University: Utah star freshman running back Ty Jordan dead

University of Utah officials say star freshman running back Ty Jordan has died.

#16 Virginia falls to #1 Gonzaga, 98-75

The University of Virginia men’s basketball team went up against the top team in the nation Saturday, falling to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 98-75.

Heisman finalists: Tide teammates plus Lawrence and Trask

Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith along with Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Florida's Kyle Trask have been named finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson will be released from hospital

Johnson was rushed to the hospital during Florida’s game against Florida State after he collapsed after a time out.

Florida Gators football hit with NCAA violations

The NCAA has sanctioned the Florida Gators football program for level II and level III recruiting violations.

World Chase Tag marathon set to air Dec. 23

World Chase Tag is what you might remember as a game of tag as a child, but much more intense, with athletes displaying extraordinary speed and agility.

HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58

Kevin Greene played 15 seasons in the NFL for four teams: the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.

Clemson coach votes College Football Playoff opponent Ohio State 11th

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had Alabama No. 1 ahead of the Tigers. Notre Dame was third with Texas A&M fourth.

Sarah Fuller’s jersey added to College Football Hall of Fame

The Vanderbilt kicker made history this month when she became the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game.

CFP: Alabama-Notre Dame, Clemson-Ohio St as Aggies left out

Notre Dame was picked Sunday over Texas A&M for the final College Football Playoff spot and will face No. 1 Alabama in the semifinals while Clemson and Ohio State were paired in the CFP for the third time.

CFP semifinal moved from Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium in Texas

The College Football Playoff semifinal scheduled for the Rose Bowl will be moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Russia can’t use its name and flag at the next 2 Olympics

The court halved the four-year ban proposed last year by the World Anti-Doping Agency in a landmark case that accused Russia of state-ordered tampering of a testing laboratory database in Moscow.

MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

Major League Baseball said Wednesday it was “correcting a longtime oversight in the game’s history” by elevating the Negro Leagues.

Supreme Court agrees to hear NCAA athlete compensation case

In August, Justice Elena Kagan had denied the NCAA’s request to put lower court rulings in favor of the student-athletes on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA formally petitioned the Supreme Court to take up the case.

Parents: Florida Gators’ Keyontae Johnson is breathing on his own, FaceTimed team

In a statement released via the University of Florida men’s basketball Twitter account, Johnson’s parents, Nika and Marrecus Johnson, say their son is speaking with them, his doctors at UF Health, and has even FaceTimed his team.

AP Interview: Indians owner says name won’t change in 2021

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Dolan said: “The name is no longer acceptable in our world.”

  NCAA to play women’s basketball Tournament at 1 site, eyes Texas

The women’s Final Four in 2021 was already set for San Antonio and the NCAA has begun preliminary talks with the Texas city to hold the entire 64-team tournament in the area.

Report: Cleveland Indians changing name after 105 years

The Cleveland Indians are changing their name after 105 years.

UVA football declines to participate in postseason bowl games

For the first time since 2016, the Virginia football team will not participate in a postseason bowl game, and it's by choice. The Cavaliers were projected to earn one of the ACC’s bowl bids, but announced on Sunday they would be declining any invitation.

Florida’s Johnson remains in critical but stable condition

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson remained in critical but stable condition at a hospital, the team reported Sunday, one day after he collapsed on the court during a game at Florida State.