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St. Louis Cardinals won't mind strikeouts in search of power hitting

The Cardinals have lacked a power bat off the bench, or power anywhere for that matter, and Mark Reynolds also could platoon with Matt Adams at first base. Manager Mike Matheny promised he won't have batting coach John Mabry tinker too much with a stroke that's boom or bust.

Super Bowl-bound Patriots have record of blowout wins

Some of the NFL's top teams — Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the Super Bowl against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, whose four losses were by a total of 22 points.


Nori Aoki finalizes $4.7M, 1-year deal with Giants

Aoki brings more than just a big personality and sense of humor to the World Series champions. Manager Bruce Bochy is projecting him as the team's starting left fielder, while noting Aoki's versatility allows him to fill in for Angel Pagan in center field and Hunter Pence in right as needed.

No worries for Djokovic, Williams in 1st round of Australian Open

The No. 1 seeds in the men's and women's draws both had straight-set wins in their first-round matches on Tuesday.

Report: Golfer Dustin Johnson says cocaine not his 'issue'

"I did not have a problem," Johnson told Sports Illustrated when asked about cocaine. "It's just something I'm not going to get into. I have issues. But that's not the issue."

Patriots brush off talk of deflated footballs as NFL investigates

New England coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday deferred questions about the investigation and said reporters should ask league officials. NFL officials declined comment except to say the investigation was still pending.

Pro Bowl will experiment with narrower goal posts, longer kicks on extra points

The uprights will be at the standard 18.6 feet for field goal attempts, but will be squeezed down to 14 feet on extra points. The kick also will be moved back from the 2-yard line to the 15, essentially making it a 33 1/2-yard field goal.

Lindsey Vonn backs boyfriend Tiger Woods' story of tooth loss

One day after winning her record 63rd World Cup race, Lindsey Vonn posted to her Facebook account Tuesday that she was happy Tiger Woods surprised her by coming to the race, and that she felt "terrible that his tooth got knocked out."

Former Missouri pitcher Max Scherzer, Nationals agree to $210 million, 7-year deal

Scherzer's reported $30 million signing bonus is the highest given to any player.

Seahawks stun Packers with late rally for 28-22 win in OT

Seattle's comeback over Green Bay was almost indescribable. The Seahawks are now one win away from becoming back-to-back champions.

Patriots punch ticket to Super Bowl with knockout of Colts

Tom Brady will be returning to the Super Bowl for a record sixth time in his illustrious career.

Schwartz helps surging Blues beat Avalanche 3-1

Brian Elliott made 17 saves, T.J. Oshie scored and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson got his second goal of the season for the Blues. St. Louis has scored in a season-best eight consecutive games, going 7-0-1 in that stretch.

Double trouble: Seahawks will face Patriots for first time since 'You mad bro?'

There is a lot to look forward to when Wilson's Seattle Seahawks, the defending champions, take on Brady's New England Patriots, the dominant franchise of the 2000s, in the Super Bowl at Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1. Seattle can become the first team to win consecutive NFL championships since Brady, Belichick and Co. did it a decade ago.

Cardinals pitcher Martinez honors Taveras, hopes to start

Martinez was close friends with fellow Dominican Republic countryman Oscar Taveras, the promising rookie outfielder who died in a car crash last October after St. Louis was eliminated by the Giants in the NL Championship Series.

NFL investigating whether Patriots used deflated footballs

The Patriots have come under scrutiny with regards to NFL rules in the past, most infamously when they were punished for videotaping sideline signals used by the New York Jets during a 2007 game. Belichick was fined $500,000, and the team was docked $250,000 and stripped of its 2008 first-round draft pick.

Gary Kubiak hired as Denver Broncos head coach

John Elway hired Kubiak on Monday, inking his former backup QB and offensive coordinator to a four-year contract. Kubiak replaces John Fox, who was ousted last week following Denver's stunning loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional playoffs.

Returning Nadal regains some confidence at Australian Open

After spending most of the last six months on the sidelines in an extended injury layoff, and after a first-round loss in a warm-up tournament, the 14-time Grand Slam winner said he was low on confidence coming into the first major of the year.

Green Bay, Seattle cross paths again after strong finish to season

After they opened the 2014 NFL season in early September, it seemed inevitable that Aaron Rodgers would get a second chance to throw at Richard Sherman — if he wanted to. That Russell Wilson would have to avoid Clay Matthews trying to chase him down. And that the Packers would get another opportunity to topple Seattle and be the best team in the NFC.

Andrew Luck, Colts meet up with Tom Brady, Patriots in AFC championship

In each of his three seasons, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts got one game closer to the Super Bowl. Now he can reach that destination if his team can beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday night.

St. Louis Blues shut out Toronto Maple Leafs

Brian Elliott stopped 27 shots for his third shutout of the season and 28th of his career as the Blues topped the slumping Maple Leafs 3-0 on Saturday night.