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New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham leaps to throw the ball over the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the NFL Football Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Watt gets 2 turnovers, dances in friendly Pro Bowl

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback and there were no bone-jarring hits in the gentle, friendly version of football played at the Pro Bowl Sunday. Even in a game dominated by offense, J.J. Watt was the star. The Texans defensive end intercepted pass, recovered a fumble and led the crowd in dances during commercial …

Celtics fall as Golden State picks up 19th home win

Sunday, January 25, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State coach Steve Kerr figured his team was due for an off night after four consecutive blowout wins. Fortunately for the Warriors, it happened at Oracle Arena, where they haven’t lost in more than two months. Stephen Curry had 22 points and 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 31 points …

Jason Brown wins first US title, holding off Adam Rippon

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jason Brown gushed to Adam Rippon: “Oh my god, it was amazing.” He turned to Joshua Farris, his skating rival for nearly a decade, and told him, “It’s just so cool to continue to grow together.” Brown won his first U.S. title Sunday when Rippon’s stellar long program couldn’t make …

Sherman doubts any punishment ahead for Patriots

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if …

Tavares scores 4, Team Toews outscores Team Foligno, 17-12

Sunday, January 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was enough to give a goalie nightmares: A record 29 goals, 25 players with at least two points and eight with at least four. In addition to the high-profile superstars who didn’t make it …

Lindsey Vonn wins super-G for 64th World Cup victory

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn mastered a tricky super-G race on Sunday for a record-extending 64th World Cup victory. The American star raced down the Engiadina course in 1 minute, 23.55 seconds with only one rival able …

AP Explains: What makes the Super Bowl such a big deal

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PHOENIX — The Super Bowl, at its most basic level, is a game that determines the NFL championship. It has become so much more since the first game was played in 1967. Super Bowl Sunday has become an …

Quinn has led Seattle to record-setting defense

Sunday, January 25, 2015

RENTON, Wash. — Almost every day during training camp and often during the season, Dan Quinn would put on large padded gloves and essentially go through a sparring session with the Seattle Seahawks defensive linemen as they warmed …

Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer’s family said Sunday. With Banks’ widow standing nearby at a news conference at a downtown hotel, Mark Bogen said Banks had the heart attack Friday in Chicago and died …

Patriots’ Browner gets a 2nd chance at a Super Bowl ring

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more …

Murray beats Dimitrov, prepares for Australian challenge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — After the clock ticked past midnight, Andy Murray became aware that it was officially Australia Day and he already knew from the crowd reaction what to expect in the quarterfinals. Murray, a two-time Grand Slam …

Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Saying his team “followed every rule to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made …

Avery Bradley’s go-ahead 3 helps Celtics beat Nuggets 100-99

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DENVER — Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row. The …