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Family roots for Brady run deep, strong in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Brady has never lost in Minnesota, with his latest game in the land of lakes this weekend at the Super Bowl of course looming as the largest yet. Well, long before all this football success, Brady actually endured a couple of memorable failures in the state. They came ...

Davis sets team scoring mark as Pels top Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — Anthony Davis set the New Orleans Pelicans’ career scoring record in style. The versatile 6-foot-10 big man scored 43 points to help the Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-100 on Friday. At 24 years old, he passed David West on the franchise’s scoring list and ...

Trump says GOP memo is proof of Russia-probe bias

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declassified a top-secret congressional memo Friday and suggested it proved the investigation of his presidential campaign and Russia was fatally flawed from the start. Democrats said the document did nothing to clear him or his campaign, and the FBI called ...

Gronk ‘ready to roll’ after being cleared from concussion protocol

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gronkowski participated fully in practice on Thursday. Defensive lineman Deatrich Wise also practiced after being ...

FBI clashes with Trump over Russia memo

WASHINGTON — In a remarkably public clash of wills with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released. The FBI’s short and sharp statement, its ...

Injured Wentz still a big presence with Eagles ahead of Super Bowl

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Carson Wentz made the rounds along Radio Row at last year’s Super Bowl and promised himself he’d be back for this one. He’s here, but only as a cheerleader. Wentz led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 10-2 start before he tore his left ACL and LCL in Week 14. Nick ...

Want extra stupid with that?

It is not a simple thing to select the stupidest statement of the day from the rightwing. The competition is fierce. But on some days, the fog clears. Such a day was last Friday. The defense ministers of the United States and South Korea met in Hawaii. The American, Mattis, said something ...

Trump warns of immigrant dangers

WASHINGTON — Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump called for a “new American moment” of unity Tuesday night and challenged lawmakers to make good on long-standing promises to fix a dangerously fractured immigration system, warning of evil outside forces seeking to ...

AP sources: Chiefs trading Alex Smith to Redskins

WASHINGTON — Kansas City has agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, a move that spells the end of Kirk Cousins’ time with the Redskins and hands the Chiefs’ job to Patrick Mahomes. Two people with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the move to The Associated Press on ...

Harden posts first 60-point triple-double in NBA history

HOUSTON — James Harden knew he’d have to do a little more on Tuesday with the Houston Rockets missing key players. Even he couldn’t have imagined he’d do this much. Harden became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double and the short-handed ...

Witness describes feisty relationship between Duval twins

WAILUKU – When he arrived at the scene of a fatal crash near Hana, a police traffic investigator testified, he saw tire marks that indicated they were left by a vehicle that was fishtailing and accelerating in a sharp left turn off the roadway before going over a cliff. “When I saw the ...

Griffin traded from Clippers to Pistons

The Associated Press The Detroit Pistons shook up their struggling roster in dramatic fashion, acquiring star forward Blake Griffin in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pistons announced the deal early this morning. Detroit sent forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center ...

Patriots, Eagles get through media night

The Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Tom Brady wore a black wool stocking cap and a big smile. Bill Belichick sported a full suit. The guy in the shark costume, well, he was just trying to not wear out his welcome. The New England Patriots were the first team on stage Monday at Super ...

Cleveland Indians dropping Chief Wahoo from uniforms

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms next year after decades of protests and complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature used in one version or another since 1947 is racist. The move, announced Monday, came ...

Murder trial of surviving twin sister in Hana crash gets underway

WAILUKU – As trial began Monday for a woman who survived a crash near Hana that killed her twin, a deputy prosecutor said eyewitnesses, roadway evidence and data retrieved from the vehicle would prove the defendant was guilty of murder. Just before the 2016 white Ford Explorer driven by ...

After unrest, Iran seeks control through ‘halal’ internet

The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The irony in Iran’s recent explosion of protests was that it was the country’s theocratic government itself that provided the oxygen that fueled their startlingly swift spread, blazing from city to city. For the past four years, ...

The Amazing Federer:

The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — As Roger Federer cried while accepting his 20th Grand Slam title, Rod “Rocket” Laver took a chance to snap a picture for posterity. Federer has won more major singles titles than any man, including a record-equaling six on the court that ...

Tiger not in contention but still ‘very pleased’

The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods was never in contention in his return to the PGA Tour. He didn’t dip into the 60s as he hoped he would on a brilliant sunny — and windy — Sunday at Torrey Pines. He missed three times more fairways than he hit in his four rounds in the ...

AFC eeks out win in Pro Bowl

The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Delanie Walker held the ball in the end zone and waited for his teammates to celebrate. They came from every direction: Left, right and even the bench. The Tennessee Titans tight end caught two touchdown passes, including an 18-yarder with 1:31 ...