GLENDALE, Ariz. - Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs.
PHOENIX - Domestic violence. Questionable discipline. Player safety. Confusing officiating. Deflated footballs.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Martin Laird watched the ball disappear into the cup on the par-3 16th hole and put some elbow grease into his fist pump.
ATLANTA - Al Horford scored 23 points, including a tying basket after Philadelphia took its first lead late in the game, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after squandering a 21-point lead to beat the 76ers 91-85 on Saturday night and stretch their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games by beating the Trail Blazers 105-99 on Friday night.
PHOENIX - Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:
Danny Ferry can only watch from afar, surely with plenty of satisfaction at the juggernaut he created, undoubtedly offset by a sense of melancholy that he's not along for the ride.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he'd renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - The mother of the man who former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing was overcome with emotion Friday as a prosecutor showed the jury graphic photos of her son's body at the industrial park where he was found.
MELBOURNE, Australia - It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis.
PHOENIX - Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.
College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.
PHOENIX - Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.
MELBOURNE - 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.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will not be allowed to introduce evidence about the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida a few months before the killing, a judge ruled Wednesday.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy.
The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson, the latest step toward resolving the star running back's unclear status.
ATLANTA - North Carolina needed a boost after failing to win consecutive games in a rough February.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - A state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez that the fingerprints of the former NFL player and his alleged victim, Odin Lloyd, were found inside a car that was allegedly used to drive Lloyd to his death.
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Al Horford added 18 and the NBA-leading Atlanta Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit to win their fifth straight game, 104-96 over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
BOSTON - There is a defensive end heading for free agency who had 15 sacks in his last full season. The kind of player a team can build a pass rush around, if he were spending more time on the football field and less in the courts fighting domestic abuse charges.
NFL games have begun for 2015.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Whether he was piling up majors or playing so poorly that he lost his PGA Tour card, Padraig Harrington never wavered from one goal in golf. Just get him anywhere near the lead with nine holes to play, and he would happily take his chances.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Ian Poulter didn't realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament.
Whether it's games, recruiting, practicing or just general discussion, football season never really ends in Statesboro.
MIAMI - Even without four players, the Atlanta Hawks had more than enough.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Padraig Harrington is a 36-hole leader on the PGA Tour for the first time in nearly five years and he knows he has a long way to go.
CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls can breathe a little easier. They expect Derrick Rose to return this season from his latest knee surgery.
In his first season as Georgia Southern head coach, Willie Fritz guided the Eagles to a Sun Belt Championship in their inaugural season at the FBS level. Georgia Southern finished the season with a 9-3 mark, including a perfect 8-0 run through Sun Belt competition.