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Ads stay away from controversy

NEW YORK — This year’s Super Bowl ads ran the gamut from tame humor to ... tame messages about social causes. After a divisive year, advertisers during the Big Game worked overtime to win over audiences with messages that entertained and strove not to offend. The slapstick humor and ...

Graham’s strip spoils Brady’s shot to win

MINNEAPOLIS — The stage was set for another dramatic Super Bowl comeback for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. That’s when Brandon Graham delivered one of the few defensive highlights in the most prolific offensive game in NFL history, ripping the ball out of Brady’s hands for a ...

Unselfish traits important for both Eagles, Pats

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Bill Belichick’s impressive resume makes it easy for the five-time championship head coach to mandate that players check their egos before joining the New England Patriots. Doug Pederson didn’t have a hard sell, either. The Philadelphia Eagles are an unselfish ...

Lue’s job not in danger despite skid

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has a long list of immediate concerns. Keeping his job isn’t currently one of them. Despite Cleveland’s recent slide and his team’s lack of cohesion, the Cavaliers have no immediate plans to replace Lue, a person with direct knowledge of the ...

Timberlake jams plenty into halftime show

NEW YORK — Justin Timberlake ended his Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday with no unintentionally exposed body parts. Still, the singer made reference to the infamous 2004 Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction,” the incident where he raised a ruckus by yanking off part of Janet Jackson’s ...

Korean women’s hockey team sees first action

INCHEON, South Korea — Wearing a powder-blue logo of a map symbolizing peace between the Koreas, the most talked-about team at this year’s Olympics finally saw game action Sunday in a friendly that drew thousands of spectators in a country that never previously showed much passion for ice ...

Brady the king when talking comebacks

Who: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots TV: NBC Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. The line: Opened at 6 1⁄2, now at 4 1⁄2 By Josh Dubow The Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Tom Brady is the comeback king in the playoffs. From his past two Super Bowl wins to the AFC ...

Top 25 men

NEW YORK — That’s two losses in three games for No. 4 Duke — and this one to a team that hadn’t won since Christmas. No wonder coach Mike Krzyzewski called it a “disgusting” performance. Shamorie Ponds scored 33 points and St. John’s stunned the Blue Devils 81-77 at Madison ...

LeBron torches Warriors rumor

The Associated Press INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James says any thought about him being interested in playing for the Golden State Warriors is “nonsense.” On Thursday, ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported James would consider meeting with the NBA champions this summer when he can ...

Izzo much more quiet than usual

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Until recently, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo had been regarded as one of the most frank and accessible coaches in sports. A lot has changed. The campus the coach has called home for three-plus decades is dealing with a crisis over how the school handled allegations ...

Baseball striving for shorter games

LOS ANGELES — Major League Baseball has offered to ditch its proposal for a pitch clock this year and also would go without one in 2019 if the average time of a nine-inning game drops to at least 2 hours, 55 minutes this season. Speaking after a quarterly owners meeting ended Thursday, ...

Philadelphia staying loose

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Wrestling masks have replaced the dog masks. The underdog Philadelphia Eagles are having fun with the media frenzy leading up to the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. They’re staying relaxed, loose and won’t be intimidated by their opponent’s incredible ...

Gronkowski still in protocol

EDEN PRARIE, Minn. — As expected, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remained in the concussion protocol Wednesday for New England’s first Super Bowl practice in Minnesota. According to a pool report of the workout, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski took part in non-contact ...

Wizards will play without their star

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today and could miss much of the rest of the regular season. The Wizards announced Tuesday that Wall would have the operation in Cleveland and that a timeline for his ...

Perfect play

Opponents tend to freak out against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick just when they’re about to conquer the New England Patriots’ dynastic duo. The Philadelphia Eagles swear they won’t fall into that trap if they have the chance in Super Bowl 52. The pair have built such a reputation of ...

Walker’s second TD lifts AFC to win

ORLANDO, Fla. — Delanie Walker held the ball in the end zone and waited for his teammates to celebrate. They came from every direction: Left, right and even the bench. The Tennessee Titans tight end caught two touchdown passes, including an 18-yarder with 1:31 remaining, and the AFC beat ...

Pacific tops Atlantic in NHL All-Star game

TAMPA, Fla. — Vancouver’s Brock Boeser was more than happy to just be at the NHL All-Star game, mingling with some of the high-profile players he grew up admiring. Leaving Amalie Arena as the first rookie to take MVP honors since Mario Lemieux in 1985 on Sunday far exceeded anything he ...

Federer survives Cilic in final

MELBOURNE, Australia — As Roger Federer cried while accepting his 20th Grand Slam title, Rod “Rocket” Laver took a chance to snap a picture for posterity. Federer has won more major tennis titles than any man, including a record-equaling six on the court that bears the great Rod ...

Day, Noren playoff will continue today

SAN DIEGO — Jason Day and Alex Noren went 77 holes in the Farmers Insurance Open, and it still wasn’t enough to decide a winner. Day holed a 6-foot birdie putt in the dark on the fifth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday. Noren followed with a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole ...

XFL2 won’t have spring in its step

Vince McMahon is resuscitating the XFL. OK, let’s get the bad jokes out of the way: Are some teams going to be wearing masks and representing parts unknown? Will the hook-and-ladder play involve smashing someone with a real ladder? The XFL was a “colossal failure” the first time ...