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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.

NFL players who started young show more cognitive problems

Researchers tested 42 former players on their short-term memory, mental flexibility and problem solving and found those who picked up the sport before they were 12 years old functioned about 20 percent worse.

Why what's missing in states' youth concussion laws matters

Here's an explanation of why four key elements are important to states' concussion laws.

Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game

Facebook wants the hub to be one-stop shopping for all sorts of content for the game. Facebook only will present material posted by official owners, such as what the NFL is posting on its Facebook page, or interesting and enlightening items posted on individual Facebook pages by anyone.


U.S. soccer loses 3-2 to Chile, extends winless streak to 5 games

With the loss to No. 14 Chile, they have lost three straight games for the first time since late 2009 and early 2010, and they have one victory in nine matches (1-5-3) since beating Ghana in their World Cup opener last June.

Russell Wilson, Tom Brady prepare to square off in Super Bowl

When Russell Wilson leads the Seattle Seahawks into the Super Bowl against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday, both quarterbacks know the outcome will affect the way each is viewed for quite a while.

Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis show respect ahead of Super Bowl

At Tuesday's media day, any animosity was buried. Two of the league's best cornerbacks expressed respect for the other, although New England's Darrelle Revis referred to the fact that in Seattle's defense, Richard Sherman plays only half the field.

Martin Brodeur to retire, join St. Louis Blues front office

The 10-time All-Star and four-time Vezina Trophy winner finished his career with St. Louis after a standout, two-decade run with New Jersey.

Super Bowl Media Day has international flair

Quite a few of the 2,000 journalists jammed across the floor of the US Airways Center at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday were from foreign outlets, including some of the more outrageous ones who gave the event some international flavor.

Tiger Woods all smiles after lost tooth incident

Tiger Woods bared a full set of teeth Tuesday despite the debacle at girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's downhill event earlier in the month.

Rafael Nadal's Australian Open goes true to his prediction

Nadal, who had played only eight matches since last June coming into the Australian Open because of a right wrist injury and appendix surgery in early November, was knocked out in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) on Tuesday by Berdych.

Belichick and The Beast talk but don't say much at Media Day

As expected, New England coach Bill Belichick wasn't forthcoming about much. But now, thanks to a question asked by a kid, we know his favorite stuffed animals are those cute little monkeys you put your fingers in to make them talk.

Kurt Busch remains focused on racing amid domestic violence case

Whether Kurt Busch is allowed to race this season will likely depend on the outcome of the case. Gene Haas, who hand-picked Busch to drive a car sponsored by Haas, said he believes Busch's testimony and that he will be exonerated. Haas said he hasn't considered suspending his driver.

Golfer Robert Allenby stands by story, says truth will come out

Allenby posted a photo of his bloodied forehead and a swollen eye to his private Facebook account. He said he was robbed of wallet and phone, though the credit card he used to pay for dinner and wine was still in his front pocket.

Rams notify St. Louis they'll go year-to-year on dome lease

Rams billionaire owner Stan Kroenke is part of a joint venture that announced plans earlier this month for an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs. Any move would be subject to approval by the NFL and its owners. The NFL has already said no moves would be made in time for next season.

Super Bowl host city still reeling over sports deals

Glendale, Arizona picked the wrong time to invest heavily in sports, and now its facing bankruptcy as it prepares for its moment on the biggest stage.

NFL, YouTube partner to post official clips to video site

Previously, NFL videos that appeared on YouTube were unsanctioned.

An explainer: The three-ring circus of Super Bowl Media Day

Media Day at the Super Bowl is unlike any other media day — or any other event, for that matter.