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Super Bowl will pit Brady's Patriots against Ryan's Falcons
A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons....



The rules of engagement: Williams reaches QFs, then speaks
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- For three rounds and more than a week, Serena Williams wanted to keep all the focus on her primary objective in Australia....



Villanova, Kansas stay 1-2 in AP Top 25, Gonzaga up to 3rd
Villanova and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Gonzaga moved up to third....



Are you ready for some better football? Hopefully in Houston
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- There's this football game planned for Feb. 5 in Houston. Let's hope it turns out much better than most of the postseason matchups the NFL has provided this year....



Column: Brotherhood only gets you so far against Brady
The brotherhood did its job methodically, pleasing Atlanta owner Arthur Blank so much that he was last seen dancing into the night on the victory podium....



AP source: Rangers, James Loney agree to minor league deal
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- A person familiar with the agreement says the Texas Rangers and free agent first baseman James Loney have agreed to a minor league contract....



Bookies make Patriots a 3-point pick with record over/under
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Oddsmakers like the New England Patriots by a field goal over the Atlanta Falcons in what experts think will be a high-scoring Super Bowl....



Challenges not enough to deny Patriots 9th Super Bowl berth
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- This was supposed to be the year New England's stranglehold on the AFC could be loosened....



Falcons head to Super Bowl after blowing out Packers 44-21
ATLANTA (AP) -- While the raucous beats of "Welcome To Atlanta" blared through the Georgia Dome, the Falcons partied like it was 1999....



Quarterfinal time at the Australian Open: Federer vs Zverev
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- It's the start of quarterfinals at the Australian Open on Tuesday, and none of the other three will likely be as compelling as the one between Roger Federer and Mischa Zverev....