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Tom Brady rookie card goes for record $1.32 million

In January, another of Brady’s rookie cards was auctioned on eBay for more than half a million dollars.

NFL hires first Black female game official, Maia Chaka

Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics

Vikings cut TE Kyle Rudolph after 10 years for cap savings

Irv Cross, NFL player, pioneer Black analyst, dies at 81

  Questions surround death of former NFL player Louis Nix III

2 skiers defy death in descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome

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NBA suspends Wolves’ Beasley 12 games for felony gun threat

  LA sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

Twins SS prospect Royce Lewis out for season with torn ACL

NBCA says it has ‘concern’ about T-wolves’ coaching change

  Tiger Woods seriously injured in crash on steep LA-area road

Twins lay plans to host fans at Target Field despite virus

  Wolves hire Chris Finch as coach, after firing Ryan Saunders

The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired head coach Ryan Saunders.

4 for 4: Osaka wins Australian, stays perfect in Slam finals

Naomi Osaka has won her fourth Grand Slam trophy by pulling away to beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final.

Twins pitchers again in prove-it mode, starting with Berrios

Most of these pitchers will once again be in prove-it mode for the Twins this season.

  NCAA OKs limited fan attendance at men’s, women’s tourneys

The governing body said Friday it is permitting 25% capacity at the venues to allow for social distancing.

Russia’s new team name, flag agreed for next 2 Olympic Games

Former Twins 2B Brian Dozier retires after 9 years in majors

Seiko Hashimoto takes over as Tokyo Olympic president

  Mackey records first NHL point in OT victory

Girl hurt in crash involving Chiefs coach Britt Reid awake

  World’s longest hockey game played in deep freeze in Alberta

McDowell beats 100-1 odds for upset Daytona 500 victory

The collisions were one on top of another, flames erupting all over Daytona International Speedway as the race came to a close early Monday morning, nearly nine hours after it began.

Jaguars, accused racist strength coach Chris Doyle part ways

The Jacksonville Jaguars and embattled strength coach Chris Doyle parted ways Friday night, a few hours after a respected diversity group blasted the team and called the recent hiring “simply unacceptable.”

Jags’ Meyer defends hiring ex-Iowa coach accused of racism

Iowa agreed to pay strength coach Chris Doyle $1.1 million in a resignation agreement last June after more than a dozen former players said he bullied and discriminated against them.

Vikes hire DBs coach Scott, Zimmer pal Guenther as assistant

The Minnesota Vikings have filled out their staff by hiring Karl Scott as defensive backs coach and Paul Guenther as a senior defensive assistant.

Reports: Mori to resign Tokyo Olympics over sexist remarks

A decision is expected to be announced on Friday when the organizing committee's executive board meets.

  Brady-Brate trophy pass wows Bucs’ Super Bowl boat parade

Mayor Jane Castor is again emphasizing that people attending the parade must wear masks outdoors and observe social distancing rules.

Mavs’ Cuban relents on anthem after NBA reiterates policy

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban relented Wednesday and the national anthem will be played before home games this season after the NBA reiterated its “longstanding league policy” to include the song.

NBC will air opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics live

NBC plans to air the opening ceremony from the Tokyo Olympics live on Friday, July 23. With Tokyo 13 hours ahead of New York and 16 ahead of Los Angeles, the opening ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. in Japan, which is 7 a.m. ET and 4 a.m. PT.

Lamoureux twins retire after 14 years with USA Hockey

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando made the announcement in an article published on The Players’ Tribune website.

Klint Kubiak moves up to Vikings OC after dad’s retirement

The Minnesota Vikings will keep their playbook in the family with the promotion of Klint Kubiak to offensive coordinator after his father’s retirement.

Wolves’ Beasley gets 120-day sentence for gun threat

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to a felony charge of threats of violence for pointing a rifle at a family outside his home last fall.

Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach with 200 wins, dies at 77

Schottenheimer was the eighth-winningest coach in NFL history.

Super Bowl on CBS draws audience of 96.4 million viewers

CBS said Tuesday the audience included record digital numbers for a game that had lost its competitive edge by halftime -- Tampa Bay won 31-9.

Man charged with trespassing after run on Super Bowl field

Authorities say 31-year-old Yuri Andrade scampered onto the field Sunday night in the fourth quarter of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Longtime ESPN baseball correspondent Pedro Gomez dies at 58

Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, has died. He was 58.

Amanda Gorman, in a first, brings poetry to Super Bowl

If the Super Bowl was an unlikely platform for a poet, it showed just how much Gorman has seized the nation's spotlight since the inauguration.

Super Bowl ads went for light humor. Not all succeeded

Off the field, brands sought to relieve the tension of the game — and the year — with lighthearted commercials stuffed with celebrities and nostalgic characters.

  Tom Brady wins Super Bowl No. 7, Buccaneers beat Chiefs 31-9

The Buccaneers (15-5) won their second NFL title and first in 18 years while becoming the first team to play the big game at home.

Game changers: Manning, Woodson, Megatron headed to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Manning, the quarterback whose meticulous attention to detail helped turn the 21st-century gridiron into a chessboard on turf, was awarded his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. dies at 67

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. has died after battling prostate and other cancers. He was 67.

  NFL writes to Biden offering all stadiums as vaccine sites

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said many of the stadiums should be able to get vaccination efforts moving quickly because of previous offers to use stadiums as virus testing centers and election sites.

Entire NCAA women’s basketball tournament to be in San Antonio area

The move Friday was made to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and matches that of the men’s tournament, which the NCAA said last month will be played in the Indianapolis area.

  Super Bowl ads aim to comfort and connect

After uncertainty at times if there would even be a Super Bowl, marketers aim to comfort and connect this year, with ads like Will Ferrell teaming with GM to promote electric vehicles.

  New John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon champion crowned

Letzring’s win is special in more ways than one, paving the way for women by being the first to win the marathon in more than 20 years.

AP sources: Twins bring back DH Cruz, add Colome to bullpen

The Minnesota Twins are bringing back designated hitter Nelson Cruz on a one-year, $13 million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

MLB to start on time after players reject delay

Major League Baseball will proceed with an on-time start to spring training and the season after players rejected a plan Monday night to delay reporting by a more than a month.

John Chaney, Temple’s commanding Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 89

John Chaney, one of the nation’s leading Black coaches during a Hall of Fame career at Temple, has died.

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart to co-host Puppy Bowl

Ahead of the game, the rapper and culinary icon will hold competitions to create the “pawfect” party snack and a Puppy Bowl-themed cocktail.

  Japan prime minister says he’s determined to hold Olympics

Suga repeated his resolve to achieve a “safe and secure” Olympics and pledged to get infections under control in Japan as soon as possible.

  NFL picks 3 honorary captains, Amanda Gorman for coin toss

Gorman, the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate, recited “The Hill We Climb” at the Biden inauguration Jan. 20.

AP sources: Michael Strahan tests positive for COVID-19

Pro Football Hall of Famer and “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining, according to people familiar with the situation.

Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy

The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year’s ballot.

Minnesota lawmakers to reintroduce sports betting bill

Two lawmakers announced plans Tuesday to introduce legislation that would put Minnesota among 25 other states and Washington, D.C., in legalizing sports betting, hoping to change their luck after attempts in past years failed to gain support.

Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and former Braves outfielder Marquis Grissom were among those who spoke at the ceremony.

One year later: Loved ones, fans still coming to terms with Kobe Bryant’s death

Bryant, his young daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 last year.

Hank Aaron’s death prompts call to change team name: Braves to Hammers

“Hammerin’ Hank” died Friday at age 86, drawing praise from all segments of society — including the current and former presidents — for his Hall of Fame career and providing inspiration to Black Americans by overcoming intense racism in his pursuit of baseball’s home run record.

Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl

The decision to not do an anthemic Budweiser ad showcases the caution with which some advertisers are approaching the first COVID-era Super Bowl.

Reigning champion Chiefs dump Bills 38-24 in AFC title game

Defending champions Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship.

Road warriors: Bucs win 31-26 at Green Bay, reach Super Bowl

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are advancing to Super Bowl, beating Green Bay Packers 31-26 in NFC championship game.

Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor in 2nd round at UFC 257

In his first fight in a year, McGregor had a strong first round before he was stopped by punches for the first time in his mixed martial arts career.

Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

“Hammerin’ Hank” set a wide array of career hitting records during a 23-year career spent mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, including RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases.

Timeline of Hank Aaron’s life and career

The baseball legend came from humble beginnings to build a Hall-of-Fame career.

NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month’s Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida.

  Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting’

Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Twins tap Toby Gardenhire to manage new Triple-A affiliate

Toby Gardenhire, the son of former major league manager Ron Gardenhire, will manage Minnesota’s new Triple-A affiliate, the St. Paul Saints.

Sarah Thomas to be 1st female to officiate at Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas, a down judge, is part of the officiating crew announced Tuesday by the NFL.

Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter

New York Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired Tuesday after sending graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.

Capela, Hunter propel Hawks past Timberwolves; MLK honored

The Hawks, wearing black, tan and white uniforms with “MLK” sewn across the chest to commemorate the national holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., snapped a two-game skid.

After losing Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Browns 22-17

The Kansas City Chiefs forced the Cleveland Browns to punt in the waning minutes Sunday with star quarterback Patrick Mahomes out with a concussion.

Broncos hire ex-Vikings exec Paton as Elway’s GM successor

Elway announced the hiring Wednesday. Denver hasn’t reached the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 five years ago.

Wild extend forward Marcus Foligno with 3-year, $9.3M deal

The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Marcus Foligno to a three-year, $9.3 million contract extension on Tuesday, coming off the best season of his NHL career.

Masters plans for a limited number of spectators in April

Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said Tuesday the club intends to allow a limited number of spectators for the Masters on April 8-11.

No. 1 Alabama wins national title 52-24 over No. 3 Ohio St

The Tide finished perfect during a season that could not have been further from it as COVID-19 forced teams into quarantines and endless testing and uncertainty every single week with games played in mostly empty stadiums.

PGA Championship leaving Trump National for ’22 tournament

PGA President Jim Richerson says the board voted to exercise its right to “terminate the agreement” with Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Tommy Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

The Los Angeles Dodgers organization said Friday that legendary manager Tommy Lasorda has died. He was 93 years old.

Chattanooga fires football assistant after ‘appalling’ tweet on Stacey Abrams

Chattanooga athletic director Mark Wharton issued a statement Thursday, saying the post was brought to his attention Wednesday night.

Alabama’s DeVonta Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years

University of Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith has won the Heisman Trophy.

  Red Cross blood donors could win a trip to Super Bowl LVI

Red Cross teams with NFL to urge blood and plasma donations during National Blood Donor Month.