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Jennifer Lopez and Shakira vow ‘empowering’ halftime show

By Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer MIAMI (AP) — Jennifer Lopez and Shakira said their Super Bowl halftime show will pay homage to Latino culture, promising a joint performance that has an empowering message and also one that will remember NBA icon Kobe Bryant. Lopez and Shakira on Thursday ...

Paralyzed at 19, Buoniconti has mixed feelings on football

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — With the Super Bowl coming to town, Marc Buoniconti sat in his office talking about the Chiefs-49ers matchup and wondered who was favored, so he looked at the phone strapped on the right arm of his wheelchair. “Siri, what is the current ...

Garoppolo takes lessons from Brady into 1st Super Bowl start

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo had a front-row seat in the best classroom on the best way to prepare for being a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl. After watching Tom Brady prepare for two Super Bowl wins as his backup on New England, Garoppolo now ...

The most VIP Super Bowl weekend costs $1.5M, includes butler

By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Private jet service, a personal butler, or how about a meal with former Patriots star Rob Gronkowski to top off Super Bowl weekend? From legendary nightclubs to exclusive parties, no place caters to the rich and famous quite like glitzy ...

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not ...

Chiefs embracing loose locker room culture on Super Bowl run

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — If you're planning to walk through the middle of the Kansas City Chiefs locker room between lunch and their usual afternoon practice, you might want to grab someone's shoulder pads and helmet and brace for impact. There's a good chance you'll ...

Judge rejects Sandusky’s latest request for shorter sentence

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge flatly rejected Jerry Sandusky's latest request to have his 30- to 60-year child molestation sentence reduced during a brief hearing Tuesday. Judge Maureen Skerda said she purposely fashioned the prison term to have an impact ...

Garoppolo takes lessons from Brady into 1st Super Bowl start

By Josh Dubow AP Pro Football Writer MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo had a front-row seat in the best classroom on the best way to prepare for being a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl. After watching Tom Brady prepare for two Super Bowl wins as his backup on New England, Garoppolo now ...

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not ...

Hockey’s young stars shine in NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hockey’s young skill was on display at the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament. Boston’s 23-year-old David Pastrnak, Edmonton’s 24-year-old Leon Draisaitl and Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson put on an offensive show in the 3-on-3 finale. ...