Pro Sports

Rodgers wins 2nd NFL Most Valuable Player award

Rodgers, who also took the honor in 2011, received 31 votes for the 2014 award from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Houston's J.J. Watt, seeking to become the first defensive player to win MVP since 1986, got 13 votes.

Patriots backup QB Garoppolo helps New England prepare for Seattle's Russell Wilson

By the time the game starts Sunday night, Jimmy Garoppolo will have done his primary job of preparing the team's defense by imitating speedy Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in practice.

Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title

She struggled with a hacking cough, she was sick, and she twice celebrated too early, but she held her composure in a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory on Saturday.

J.J. Watt is unanimous top AP defensive player; DeMarco Murray tops offense

The Arizona Cardinals swept the coaching honors Saturday night, and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took the Comeback Player award.


Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis among those elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Seau, elected posthumously, was the only first-time eligible candidate to get in this year. A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau played in the NFL for 20 seasons.


Lowest prices on last-minute Super Bowl tickets near $9,000

Sunday's matchup between New England and Seattle is on pace to be the most expensive Super Bowl ticket in history.

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

Hernandez caught quarterback Tom Brady's last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the Patriots' 2012 loss to the New York Giants. Now he is on trial for murder, charged with the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.

Carroll says decision is Sherman's if baby arrives early

Carroll said during a joint news conference with New England coach Bill Belichick that family comes first and "if (Sherman) is faced with that decision, we'll support him."

Shattenkirk's shootout goal lifts Blues past Hurricanes 3-2

Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in the tiebreaker for the second straight night, and the Blues beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.

NFL's Goodell seeks to look past 'tough year,' to future

Nearing the end of a season he acknowledged was filled with "plenty of challenges," Goodell was asked whether he thought he deserved a pay cut — "That's up to the owners," he replied — and whether he could envision resigning or being fired.

Gronkowski and Chancellor make for must-see matchup

 There are a bevy of important individual matchups when New England and Seattle meet on Sunday. Trumping them all might be whether Chancellor and the Seahawks are able to keep Gronkowski under control.


Marshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn't talk to the media

Lynch has a history of avoiding reporters. In November, the NFL fined him $50,000 for violations of the league's media policy in addition to collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations in 2013.

NFL: Referee inspected footballs properly in AFC title game

As the league's investigation into the Patriots' use of under-inflated footballs moves along, Blandino made it clear the officiating crew for New England's win over Indianapolis did its job.

Handful of Hawks, Durant and Westbrook are NBA All-Star reserves

Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections.

Serena aims for 19th major in Aussie final vs Sharapova

Williams has won all five Australian Open finals she's played and won her last 15 matches against No. 2-ranked Sharapova.

Ad from domestic violence group set to air during Super Bowl

No More, a group trying to end domestic violence and sexual assault, has released a commercial that is scheduled to air after the second quarter of the Super Bowl. The issue has become central for the NFL since Ray Rice was suspended for punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

No. 6 Tennessee women's basketball seeking rare road victory over No. 10 Kentucky

The Lady Vols haven't won against a top-10 team on the road since 2008.

ANALYSIS: NFL-backed youth concussion laws lack bite

Washington state's landmark concussion law, passed in 2009, was named for a youth football player who nearly died after suffering two concussions in one game.

Australian Open semis feature new faces, old foes

It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first.

Rams offensive coordinator target Nathaniel Hacket joins Jaguars

Nathaniel Hackett, a St. Louis Rams target for their offensive coordinator job, has been hired to become the Jaguars quarterbacks coach, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Jaguars have not announced the move.