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Flying high

The Ravens survive a 34-minute power outage and an inspiring comeback from the 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII, sending Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis out a champion.

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Georgia Tech storms back to beat Virginia

Georgia Tech holds Virginia to three points in the final eight minutes of Sunday’s ACC game, which the Yellow Jackets come back to win after trailing by nine points at halftime.

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Mickelson goes wire-to-wire for 41st career victory

Phil Mickelson makes history at TPC Scottsdale, winning the Phoenix Open with a 28-under 356, two strokes off the PGA Tour record set by Tommy Armour III in 2003.

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No. 13 Lady Bulldogs knock off No. 8 Kentucky

The 13th-ranked Georgia women’s basketball team overcomes a 10-point halftime deficit against No. 8 Kentucky to win the SEC showdown.

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SUPER BOWL XLVII: NFL's choice of head ref comes under scrutiny

Jerome Boger will be the head referee in today's Super Bowl amid accusations that the NFL doctored his ratings.

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Parcells, Sapp, Carter among 7 Hall of Fame inductees

Coaching legend Bill Parcels, fearless defensive lineman Warren Sapp and clutch receiver Cris Carter top the NFL's 2013 Hall of Fame inductees Saturday.

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Vikes’ Peterson, Texans’ Watt, ’Skins' RG3 take home NFL’s coveted awards

In an unexpected landslide vote, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson runs away with the NFL’s coveted Offensive MVP Award on Saturday night to highlight an evening of end-of-the-year honors.

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Bulls beat Hawks with 3 starters held out

Eastern Conference powers Chicago and Atlanta squared off Saturday night -- but only one team showed up as the Bulls embarrass the Hawks at home, 93-76.

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SUPER BOWL COLUMN: Painful losses endure for Kaepernicks

AP sports columnist Tim Dahlberg writes about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his family's lifetime of heartbreak.

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Welcome to the HarBowl

A game of firsts, lasts and bests: It's time for a Super Bowl unlike any other in the history of the NFL.

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SUPER BOWL NOTEBOOK: Goodell wants HGH testing to be implemented soon

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he expects an agreement for the tests for human growth hormone in time for the start of the 2013 season.

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Harbaugh brothers could envision working together

The main attraction of this year's Super Bowl -- head coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh -- meet with the media together Friday.

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Man behind Te'o hoax admits love for N.D. star

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo says he created the hoax in which former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o fell for a fake, online girlfriend becauseTuiasosopo was in love with the football player.

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Latest A-Rod PED scandal has Yankees fuming

The Yankees were already disappointed with Alex Rodriguez, who hasn't played a full season since 2007 and will miss the first half of 2013 season following hip surgery, but the possible final straw came earlier this week when the latest accusations of A-Rod's use of PEDs have left the New York brass thinking about the voiding the contract of their $275 million third baseman.

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Two injured in Atlanta middle school shooting

At least one person as wounded on Thursday in a shooting at Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta, local media reports said.

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Sandusky loses bid for a new trial

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child sex abuse, loses his bid for a new trial on Wednesday when a judge rules against him.

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Bulldogs edge rival Auburn, 57-49

Georgia sends Auburn to its fifth straight loss while the suddenly resurgent Bulldogs have won three of their last four with Wednesday's win.

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A-Rod linked to new PED probe; MLB investigating

A Miami wellness clinic is at the center of the latest performance-enhancing drug scandal, and one of the many big names on the client list is a familiar one: New York Yankees’ All-Star slugger Alex Rodriguez.

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SUPER XLVII: Media Day a media circus — as always

Highlighted by an appearance from Katherine Webb --- Miss Alabama and A.J. McCarron's girlfriend who stole the show at the BCS Championship game --- as an "Inside Edition" correspondent, Super Bowl Media Day was its usual zany sideshow Tuesday.

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Super Bowl QBs new to football’s biggest stage

For the first time in a decade, the Super Bowl won’t feature a quarterback with the last name of Rodgers, Manning, Brady or Roethlisberger.

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Tiger of old

Tiger Woods looks like his old self Monday when he cruises to an easy victory at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Ex-Braves pitcher Durbin headed to Philadelphia

Pitcher Chad Durbin, who was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 76 games last season for the Braves, agrees to a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

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Lawmakers pitch gun plans; leadership is cautious

So far in the Georgia Capitol, there's been little action and the power players who matter most have expressed no desire to make major changes in either direction.

Georgia Power set to release energy plan

Georgia Power is looking at ways to reduce its reliance on coal for producing electricity, and hints about its plans could be released this week.

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NBA ROUNDUP: Anthony's late bucket sends Knicks past Hawks; Celtics lose Rondo for season, beat Heat in 2OT

Atlanta's Josh Smith is burned with seconds left by Carmelo Anthony on Sunday as the Knicks rally to beat the Hawks, 106-204.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: UGA women score key SEC win vs. rival UF; Miami routs FSU, remains ACC's only unbeaten team

Nearly every player in a Lady Bulldogs’ uniform gets into the action Sunday when No. 14 Georgia routs rival Florida at home, 69-52, while in men's action, Miami demolishes FSU, 71-47.

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AUTO RACING ROUNDUP: Pruett delivers record, Rolex 24 win for Ganassi; reactions around garage vary to news Patrick dating fellow NASCAR rookie Stenhouse

Polesitter Scott Pruett not only wins the season-opening Rolex 24 race Sunday, but in doing so ties Hurley Haywood’s record for wins in the twice-around-the-clock race at Daytona International Speedway.

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AUSSIE OPEN: Azarenka outlasts Li, repeats as champ Down Under; Bryan Bros. win doubles crown

Victoria Azarenka overcomes an ugly episode in her semifinal match and wins back the Aussie crowd after beating Li Na in three sets Saturday in Melbourne to defending her Australian Open title

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Georgia Tech starts fast, routs Wake Forest, 82-62, for first ACC win

Thomasville native Robert Carter Jr. scores a career-high 20 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a big ACC game Saturday. (ADDS: Top 25 roundup, Auburn men lose to Mississippi)

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SENIOR BOWL: FSU's Manuel wins MVP, UGA's Rambo shines in South win

Florida State senior QB E.J. Manuel throws for a touchdown and runs for another, while UGA star safety and former Seminole County star Bacarri Rambo picks off a pass to help lead the South team past the North, 21-16, on Saturday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

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Hawks rally from 27 down, stun Celtics in 2OT

After embarrassing themselves at home in the first half against Boston --- falling behind by 27 points --- Atlanta storms back, forces overtime and then beats the Celtics in double OT.

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Shamed Bengals cheerleader’s libel lawsuit vs. website ends in mistrial

In what could’ve been a landmark ruling against Internet websites’ ability to operate without accountability for what’s published, thedirty.com escapes a million-dollar lawsuit by former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones,, whose jury overseeing the case can’t come to an agreement Friday and a mistrial is declared.

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AUSSIE OPEN: Murray beats Federer in five sets, sets up finals rematch vs. Djokovic

Andy Murray beats Roger Federer on Friday to secure his spot in Sunday’s final against two-time defending champ Novak Djokovic, who Murray beat for the U.S. Open title just a few months ago.

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Li, Azarenka to meet for Aussie Open women's title; defending champ Djokovic awaits finals opponent

After a pair of stunning women’s semifinal matches, the Aussie Open final is set, while the second half of the men’s championship match will be decided today.

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Groundbreaking case: Shamed Bengals cheerleader sues website for libel over accusations she slept with entire team

If Sarah Jones wins her lawsuit against thedirty.com — a gossip website with zero accountability — it would be a landmark case in the war on punishing slander over the Internet.

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Bash brothers?: Braves reunite Upton siblings, ship Prado to Ariz.

Rays slugger B.J. Upton was acquired last year after the season, and Thursday, Atlanta makes a seven-player trade to grab Upton's brother, Justin, from Arizona.

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McCann hopes to be ready by opening day

Atlanta starting catcher Brian McCann had a rough 2012 season, but now that he's getting healthy, he feels poised for a big comeback in 2013.

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Hawks' Smith flirts with triple-double in easy win vs. Bobcats

A big second half propels the Hawks to an easy road win Wednesday night against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, 104-92.

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AUSSIE OPEN: U.S. teen Stephens upsets Serena

Serena Williams loses to a younger American for the first time in her career Wednesday when Sloane Stephens stuns the tennis world.

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House votes to defuse debt crisis

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an extension of borrowing authority under the federal debt limit to May 19, putting the Republican plan on a fast track to enactment after top Senate Democrats endorsed it.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: UGA men blow first-half lead vs. No. 8 Florida, fall by 17; UNC romps Ga. Tech; Miami destroys No. 1 Duke

Georgia suffered one of the worst losses in program history in its first meeting a SEC rival Florida, but the Bulldogs likely feel just as bad after Wednesday's 17-point loss in the rematch in Athens after giving up a halftime lead and getting outscored, 40-20, in the second half.

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NFL lifts suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton

Saints coach Sean Payton’s season-long suspension for his role in a bounty program is lifted Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Signs, vigil mark anniversary of Paterno’s death

One year after longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died in the midst of a sex-abuse scandal involving one of his former assistant coaches, fans remember the Hall of Famer.

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Harbaugh brothers ready for rematch at Super Bowl

The Harbaugh brothers will become the first siblings to coach against each other in the Super Bowl when the 49ers and Ravens clash Feb. 3.

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Djokovic into semifinals for 11th Grand Slam in a row

Novak Djokovic beats fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych in four sets to advance to the Australian Open semifinals, where he will meet David Ferrer.

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Braves back to work as spring training nears

With spring training just a few weeks away, a handful of Atlanta Braves show up for an informal workout Tuesday at Turner Field. (ADDS: Braves notebook)

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Stephens, Serena set for quarterfinal showdown

Americans Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams won their fourth-round matches at the Australian Open and will face off early Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

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Hawks storm back to beat Minnesota

The Hawks overcome a 14-point halftime deficit, outscore the T-Wolves by 22 in the second half and come from behind for just their third win in their past 11 games.

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What now?

The expected retirement of tight end Tony Gonzalez is just one of the predicaments for the Atlanta Falcons heading into the offseason after Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to the 49ers in the NFC title game. (ADDS: Falcons QB pulls out of Pro Bowl; Moore, DeCoud added to NFC roster)

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Djokovic advances in Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is making it a tradition to rip his shirt off after a victory. He ripped it off when he won last year's Australian Open title, and he ripped it off again Sunday after beating Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 in a fourth-round match to advance in this year's Australian Open, on the same court where he beat Rafael Nadal in last year’s final.

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