• By MAE ANDERSON, The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — During advertising's biggest showcase, tame humor and messages about social causes ruled the day. Slapstick humor, sexual innuendo and chest thumping patriotic messages were, for the most part, nowhere in sight. After a divisive year, advertisers during the Big Game worked ov…

  • By MAE ANDERSON, The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — During advertising's biggest showcase, tame humor and messages about social causes ruled the day. Slapstick humor, sexual innuendo and chest thumping patriotic messages were, for the most part, nowhere in sight. After a divisive year, advertisers during the Big Game worked ov…

  • By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A father of three victims tried to attack Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom on Friday after a judge declined his request for a few minutes alone in a locked room with the "demon" former sports doctor. He was blocked by an attorney and tackled by sheriff's deputies.

  • By JULIE PACE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a "new American moment" of unity in his first State of the Union, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration system and warning darkly of evil …

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MINNEAPOLIS – Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback, said Monday night he doesn’t want the sports radio host who disparaged his 5-year-old daughter to lose his job over the issue.

  • By DAVID EGGERT and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation's top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: "I just signed your death warrant."


Keith Jackson laid down the soundtrack to Saturday for a generation of college football fans with phrases such as his signature "Whoa, Nelly!" From the World Series to the Olympics, NFL to NBA, he did it all over five decades as a sportscaster, but most appropriately his final assignment before retiring 12 years ago was one of the greatest college football games ever.

  • By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — James Franklin has quickly brought Penn State back to national prominence. The Nittany Lions fell short of their College Football Playoff bid, but a trip to the desert for the Fiesta Bowl is big step.

  • By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Keith Dambrot remembers the stories his father Sid would tell about his playing days at Duquesne in the 1950s. The Dukes were an East Coast basketball power back then, regularly making the NIT back when it was the postseason destination of choice and treating the yearly gam…

  • By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — Long after their teammates had left Penn State's practice field Wednesday night, DaeSean Hamilton, Juwan Johnson and Mike Gesicki trotted to midfield to play catch.

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On Sunday at 1:30 p.m., the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will induct its 2017 class of honorees: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Iván Rodríguez, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig. We'll pull in comments from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram throughout the weekend to give you a glimpse of what people are saying about this year's Inductions. Join in the conversation using the hashtag #HOFWKND.

  • By TIM REYNOLDS and STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writers

MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.


Former baseball star Pete Rose on Wednesday sued the lawyer whose investigative report got him kicked out of baseball for gambling, alleging the lawyer defamed him last year by saying on the radio that Rose raped young teen girls during spring training.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Wood can tell the instant a breaking ball leaves his hand whether he has a feel for it on a given day. When he does, the Atlanta Braves lefty can be dominant.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Daniel Sprong did his best to avoid the draft projections. Some NHL experts thought the talented winger would go in the top 20. Others weren’t sure Sprong would even go in the first round.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady grew from a sixth-round draft choice into one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Off the field, he’s a celebrity with a supermodel wife and lucrative marketing deals.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — To a man, the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation insists there is no sense of gamesmanship among them, no underlying need to try and outdo one another.

CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews raised the Stanley Cup over his head and soaked in the cheers from the adoring crowd. Patrick Kane pumped his right arm in celebration. Johnny Oduya pulled a Chicago flag with a Blackhawks logo over his broad shoulders.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The roar began the moment Sean Rodriguez recorded the last out of the ninth inning and only grew louder as A.J. Burnett slowed walked toward the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry came off a screen, dribbled behind his back and crossed over Matthew Dellavedova. He stepped back and swished a 3-pointer, then pounded his chest and pointed to the roof, seemingly controlling the sellout crowd of 19,596 on his fingertips.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charlie Morton is not a complicated guy. When his sinker is working, the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander is effective. When it’s not, his night tends to end shortly after it begins.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Taylor Jungmann expected the nerves. It’s the part where they disappeared the second he stepped onto a major league mound for the first time that surprised him.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rain delays usually are unkind to starting pitchers. Often, a delay will force a starter’s premature exit.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Gerrit Cole occasionally struggled with his command, hitting two batters and issuing a season-high three walks.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers finished off Chicago and swept past Atlanta, even when Kyrie Irving wasn’t available.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Neil Walker describes the Pirates as resilient. That ability to bounce back was put to the test against the Braves.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Out of nowhere came the fan, a large man in an old-school Barry Bonds Pirates jersey entering Gregory Polanco’s space at the right-field wall.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Derek Norris hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the San Diego Padres to a 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night, snapping the Pirates’ season-high seven-game winning streak.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charlie Morton spent much of the offseason waiting for his surgically repaired hip to heal and most of spring training waiting for his form to return.