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FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2017, file photo, Penn State head coach James Franklin, right, is greeted by Fiesta Bowl executive director Mike Nealy in preparation for an upcoming NCAA college football bowl game against Washington in Phoenix. Nealy and the Fiesta Bowl organizing committee faced unique challenges this year running two games. The Fiesta Bowl, one of the New Year's Six bowl games, went off as planned but the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, which was scheduled for Dec. 26, 2020, was canceled after there weren't enough teams to fill all of the bowl spots. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
January 16, 2021 - 2:36 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even after canceling the Tournament of Roses parade during the summer and scaling back the pregame festivities normally associated with the Rose Bowl, David Eads and his staff were still preparing for a College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Day to be played at the...
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Virtual slime cannons go off in the end zone after a touchdown during Nickelodeon's kid-focused broadcast of the NFL wild-card playoff game between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints at the Superdome, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 in New Orleans. The positive reviews for Nickelodeon's kids-focused broadcast of last Sunday's NFL playoff game showed the potential of alternate broadcasts of sporting events. The success of that broadcast has led to many wondering what other sports it could expand to and when we might see it again in the NFL? (CBS/Viacom via AP)
January 14, 2021 - 4:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Robbins directed “Varsity Blues” and was the producer of “Coach Carter,” but both of those might have been eclipsed last Sunday with Nickelodeon's successful kids-oriented broadcast of an NFL playoff game. Even a couple days after last Sunday's game, the president of...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during an NFL football practice Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers play the Washington Football Team in a playoff game Saturday night. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
January 06, 2021 - 7:04 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New team, same ole Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion who left New England for sunny Florida is in the playoffs for a NFL-record 18th time in 21 years, and eager to build on an ever-expanding legacy in his first postseason appearance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bill...
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Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
January 05, 2021 - 6:59 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Amid a masked, muted celebration in the locker room after the Browns ended the NFL's longest playoff drought, coach Kevin Stefanski asked for a game ball and then told Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio to step forward. Stefanski flipped the ball to Bitonio, who had survived seven long...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 file photo, Tottenham's Giovani Lo Celso celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Four Premier League players from Tottenham and West Ham have broken English lockdown laws by gathering inside a house together over Christmas just after the government had tightened coronavirus restrictions in response to a new transmissible variant. Tottenham and West Ham on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 condemned the inter-household mixing by their players, Tottenham trio Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso and West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini and other people. (Clive Rose/Pool via AP, file)
January 02, 2021 - 4:20 pm
LONDON (AP) — Just as the English Premier League grapples with a spike in coronavirus cases wiping out matches, an outlawed gathering involving four players from Tottenham and West Ham for a Christmas party has been exposed. It wasn't just a breach of lockdown regulations, and embarrassing for...
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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2020 file photo, North Carolina State running back Ricky Person Jr. (8) and teammates head to the field to warm up before an NCAA college football game against Liberty in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina State (8-3) is a 2 ½-point underdog against Kentucky (4-6) in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, a number the Wolfpack consider a slight heading into Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 game in Jacksonville. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)
January 01, 2021 - 10:48 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — It’s one of the oddest betting lines of the bowl season. No. 24 North Carolina State (8-3) is a 2 ½-point underdog against Kentucky (4-6) in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, a number the Wolfpack consider a slight heading into Saturday's game in Jacksonville. NC State has won...
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FILE - Sky Brown, 11, celebrates after maxing out her time on her first run during the women's skateboard park qualifier round at the X Games in Minneapolis, in this Friday, Aug, 2, 2019, file photo. It’s understandable if names such as skateboarder Sky Brown, Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol or French Open champion Iga Swiatek don’t ring an instant bell. Just wait, though. By the time 2021 ends, they could be making an even bigger name for themselves. (Nicole Neri/Star Tribune via AP, File)
December 30, 2020 - 2:32 pm
For some, the sky's the limit, which also just happens to be the title of the book written by 12-year-old British skateboarder Sky Brown. For others, it’s no stretch that big things appear ahead. Exhibit A: 7-foot-2 Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol and his roughly 7-8 wingspan. So many potential stars...
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FILE - This 1987 file photo shows an aerial view of Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, Calif., site of Super Bowl XXII. Now the stadium is coming to an unceremonious end, leaving generations of fans feeling melancholy because, due to the coronavirus pandemic, they didn't get to say a proper goodbye to the place where they tailgated with gusto in the massive parking lot before cheering on the Chargers, Padres and Aztecs, or watched myriad other events and concerts. (AP Photo/File)
December 22, 2020 - 5:24 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The biggest piece of San Diego’s sports history is slowly being knocked down and ground to bits. They’re tearing down the stadium once affectionately known as “The Murph.” Every day, heavy equipment obliterates more and more of 70,000-seat SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley, where...
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BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (1) looks to throw the ball in the first half of an NCAA college football game against San Diego State Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/George Frey, Pool)
December 21, 2020 - 3:42 pm
Preparing for the Boca Raton Bowl proved a bit of a slippery slope for the Central Florida Knights. For a day, anyway, when coach Josh Heupel imported a little snow for some impromptu sledding in the Florida sun. All part of Heupel’s plan to bring a dose of fun to the bowl game with some of the...
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Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) and other players celebrate victory after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Florida, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Atlanta. Alabama won 52-46. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
December 20, 2020 - 3:04 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama will face No. 4 Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff semifinal originally scheduled to serve as the 107th Rose Bowl. The semifinal game to be played Jan. 1 has been moved from Pasadena to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, ostensibly based on the...
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