National Sports

Eastern teams use trade market to improve chances

The Associated Press Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his. The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams Thursday ...

HOF Robinson dead at 83

The Associated Press Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League ...

Phils get All-Star C from Marlins

MIAMI (AP) — In October, J.T. Realmuto’s agent predicted the Miami Marlins’ All-Star catcher would be with another team by spring training. He was right. Realmuto was traded Thursday to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Jorge Alfaro, two pitching prospects and $250,000 in ...

MLB considering huge rules changes

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and its players are discussing bold changes to spark the sport that include a three-batter minimum before a pitching change except at the start of an inning, a single trade deadline set before the All-Star break and expanded rosters. The union renewed its ...

Pats enjoy another Super Bowl parade

BOSTON — With cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!” hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title. A party atmosphere enveloped the city on the unseasonably mild ...

Spring league features new rules

SAN DIEGO — When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio, something was missing. Kickoffs. “We were all looking around saying, ‘Does anyone miss kickoffs?’ The answer was, no, we did not miss them,” said Mike Pereira, the ...

Newberry: Edelman the MVP, but also a cheater

ATLANTA — Julian Edelman is certainly a compelling story. A diminutive guy with a bushy beard, picked in the final round of the draft, defying the odds to become one of the NFL’s top receivers. And, now, a Super Bowl MVP. But let’s not forget one other fairly important element to ...

The greatest dynasty: New England wins Super Bowl

ATLANTA — That super shootout everyone expected turned into a defensive standoff. The New England Patriots showed they can win that type of championship game, too. So after Tom Brady led one classic drive to win the Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl, he perfectly summed up the ...

Ugliness overshadows Patriots’ sixth title

ATLANTA — The NFL should’ve ended the season two weeks ago. This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship Sunday night, an amazing accomplishment that was overshadowed by the ugly ...

Celebrities surround big game festivities

ATLANTA — Not everyone is watching Super Bowl 53 for the love of football — celebrities are a big part of the day, too. Here’s a breakdown of what is happening with entertainers on Sunday in Atlanta. GLADYS KNIGHT, CHLOE X HALLE FILLED WITH JOY: Gladys Knight was all smiles as she blew ...

Super Bowl remains a TV stronghold

ATLANTA — Oh sure, there’s plenty of evidence to support the soothsayers who are predicting the slow, inevitable death of live television. And there’s plenty of proof to bolster theories about the NFL’s slipping popularity. But when it comes to clicking away from Super Bowl Sunday ...

Ads feature humor, surprise and corn syrup

NEW YORK — This year’s Super Bowl ads went heavy on the humor — and surprises. Take, for instance, Jason Bateman’s Hyundai ad about an elevator with unpleasantness on every floor. A surprise “Game of Thrones” tie-in with Bud Light both confused and delighted viewers. And robots ...

Patriots wideout Edelman named MVP

ATLANTA — Julian Edelman was forced to watch only as a spectator as his disappointed Patriots teammates trudged off the field a year ago as Super Bowl losers. Catch after catch in this one, Tom Brady’s favorite wide receiver helped make them winners again. Edelman had 10 receptions for ...

Rams do have shot to win

ATLANTA — The Los Angeles Rams aren’t ready to beat the Patriots, according to much of the conventional wisdom around the Super Bowl. Only four members of the upstart NFC champions have ever played in a Super Bowl. Even though the Rams are coming off a 13-3 regular season and two playoff ...

Gonzalez, Reed lead Hall of Fame selections

ATLANTA — For towering tight end Tony Gonzalez, this was a slam dunk. The 6-foot-5 Gonzalez, who turned the celebratory post-TD dunk over the crossbar into an art form, was voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining him will be two more first-time nominees, Champ Bailey and Ed Reed, ...

Mahomes named MVP; Barkley offensive ROY

ATLANTA — Patrick Mahomes’ breathtaking breakthrough season earned him the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. The Chiefs quarterback landed a pair of honors at NFL Honors on Saturday night, taking The Associated Press 2018 MVP and Offensive Player of the Year awards. In his second pro ...

Iowa blows out Michigan

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Michigan’s Colin Castleton squared up for a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer — only to see the ball get stuck between the backboard and the rim in front of jubilant Iowa students clamoring to storm the floor. It was the brick that encapsulated a lost night for Big ...

Wade, Nowitzki added to All-Star rosters

MIAMI — Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki and Miami’s Dwyane Wade are both NBA champions, NBA Finals MVPs and longtime ambassadors for the game of basketball. And now, one more time, they’re All-Stars. By special order of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Wade and Nowitzki were added Friday to the ...

Three continue perfect SB attendance

ATLANTA — Don Crisman knows precisely when the streak began: Jan. 15, 1967. The ticket price for the Super Bowl at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was $12. “Good seats,” Crisman, 82, said. “You could buy $6 tickets, and $10. There were three prices.” On Sunday, Crisman, Gregory ...

Patriots right where they want to be entering game

ATLANTA — The Super Bowls have become a yearly ritual for the New England Patriots under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. They’re back for the third straight year and the ninth time overall despite a taxing season that seemed doomed after Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension for ...