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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: 49ers' Crabtree questioned in sexual assault case

Late Friday night, news broke that 49ers star receiver Micheal Crabtree has been questioned by police about a sexual assault that allegedly took place after last week's game, although he still is expected to play in today's NFC title game against the Falcons.

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Baseball legends Musial, Weaver die

Stan Musial, one of baseball's greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the Cardinals for more than two decades, died Saturday, as did former Orioles manager Earl Weaver.

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SATURDAY'S COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Syracuse upsets No. 1 Louisville

For the second straight Saturday, the nation's No. 1 team went down -- this time thanks to No. 6 Syracuse, which knocked off Louisville, 70-68.

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No major surprises through Week 1 at Aussie Open

The last remaining Australian in the Aussie Open, Bernard Tomic, is ousted in straight sets by Roger Federer on Saturday night.

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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: McClure rarely noticed but in middle of everything

Falcons center Todd McClure has helped guide Atlanta to the NFC Championship game in his 14th season in the NFL. (ADDS: Note on Falcons injuries heading into game)

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AUSSIE OPEN: Sharapova scores first career Grand Slam win vs. Venus

Maria Sharapova let out several shrieks following Friday's third-round win at the Australian Open on Friday.

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Hawks lose second half of home-and-home vs. Nets

Just two nights after the Hawks rout the Nets in Atlanta, Brooklyn repays the favor Friday night.

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Anti-doping officials: Armstrong confession not enough

Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong may think he's done with his ugly past as a cheat and a doper following his tell-all interview with Oprah, but those associated with the anti-doping fight are not impressed.

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New Georgia Tech A.D.: ‘We’re all-in for the ACC’

Mike Bobinski is officially introduced as the new athletic director at Georgia Tech on Friday in Atlanta.

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With hoax revealed, many questions remain about Te'o

There’s no doubt the full story about the hoax surrounding Manti Te’o’s dying girlfriend will be told before April’s NFL Draft, and most believe the massive red flag will hurt his chances at being drafted as high as once projected. (ADDS: item on AP investigation into Te'o's continued mention of "girlfriend" after he "learned" she was fake).

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Injured again, American tennis star Baker out of Australian Open

American tennis star Brian Baker was forced to leave the court in a wheelchair after injuring his knee during his second round match at the Australian Open.

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Federer, Aussie favorite Tomic win, set for third-round clash

Tennis icon Roger Federer and rising star Bernard Tomic both advance at the Australian Open, setting up a match mane have waited to see since the draw was released.

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Patriots love home field edge vs. Ravens

Freezing Foxborough was where New England held off Baltimore a year ago to reach the Super Bowl, and the Patriots hope history repeats itself Sunday in the AFC Championship rematch.

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Biggest challenge yet

No team in the NFL has been able to solve the riddle that is 49ers dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick this season, and the Falcons had better hope they're the first that do come Sunday in the NFC title game.

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Te'o's story of dying girlfreind discovered as a hoax

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o's seemingly tragic story of his girlfriend dying of leukemia has been revealed as a hoax that was possibly perpetuated by Te'o for publicity.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Missouri embarrasses UGA; resurgent Auburn falls to Arkansas in doube OT

Georgia is no match for SEC newcomer Missouri on Wednesday night, while Auburn loses a barnburner against Arkansas in double overtime.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Falcons hope star LB Abraham (ankle) can play vs. 49ers; Oregon's Kelly takes Eagles job; Bears hire CFL coach

It will likely be a game-time decision Sunday on whether Falcons star linebacker, and the NFL’s active sack leader, John Abraham, can play against San Francisco.

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Serena Williams romps on bad ankle in Australia

Serena Williams takes care of 110-ranked Edina Gallovits-Hall with a 6-0, 6-0 rout in 54 minutes, but the tournament favorite had to fight through a sore right ankle in the process.

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Oprah confirms Armstrong confesses; WADA angry

Oprah Winfrey talks about her exclusive interview with shamed U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong, who finally admits to doping. (ADDS: WADA wants Armstrong to confess under oath)

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Ex-49ers head coach, Falcons' D-C Nolan ready to face former team

Mike Nolan may not say it publicly, but undoubtedly he'd like revenge this weekend on the 49ers, who fired him as head coach four years ago.

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Zaxby's warns customers of potential fraud

A Georgia-based restaurant firm says suspicious computer files have been found at some of its locations, prompting it to warn customers about the potential for fraud.

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Hawks score just 58 points in blowout loss to Bulls

Atlanta scored a franchise-low 20 points in the first half -- including five points in the second quarter -- in Monday's pathetic display in Chicago, where the Hawks lost, 97-58.

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Champion Djokovic charms Australian Open crowd

Reigning Aussie Open champ Novak Djokovic wins his 15th straight match in Melbourne, where this year’s tournament got under way late Sunday.

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Armstrong admits to doping in interview with Oprah

Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong apologizes to the staff at his Livestrong cancer foundation before a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, where he admits to using steroids.

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No time to celebrate

The Falcons don’t have time to dwell on Sunday’s win against the Seahawks with QB Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco up next.

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All kidding aside, No. 1 Djokovic ready to make history at Australian Open

No. 1 seeded Novak Djokovic had fun getting ready for a run at a third consecutive title in the Austrailian Open this week.

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Kaepernick leads 49ers past Packers, 45-31

Colin Kaepernick runs for a quarterback playoff record 181 yards and two touchdowns and throws two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree to lead the 49ers past the Packers and into the NFC Championship game.

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TOP 25 COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: NC State hands No. 1 Duke first loss of season

Michigan remains the only unbeaten team in NCAA Division I men’s basketball after N.C. State pulls off a home stunner Saturday against previously perfect No. 1 Duke. (ADDS: Results for Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida State and Auburn)

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Wizards top Hawks in Wall's return

In his return from a knee injury, Washington's John Wall scores 14 points and helps the Wizard hold off Atlanta, 93-83.

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Ravens stun Broncos in overtime thriller, 38-35

In the coldest game in the NFL this season, Baltimore upsets No. 1 seed Denver and quarterback Peyton Manning in overtime, 38-35.

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Pressure’s on

Not only is one of the NFL’s hottest teams coming to town, but Atlanta is trying to shed its playoff curse today in the NFC divisional round.

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Former UGA star Henley leading Sony Open

In just the second round of his professional career, former Georgia golfer Russell Henley shoots a 7-under 63 to take a two-shot lead at the Sony Open.

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Hawks rally past Jazz, 103-95

Hawks guard Devin Harris scores 24 points to help Atlanta overcome a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat the Jazz on Friday.

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PREVIEW: Rodgers leads Packers into Bay Area clash with 49ers

Aaron Rodgers, who grew up a 49ers fan, must block that out today when his Green Bay Packer team looks to knock off the No. 2 seed San Francisco in Rodgers' old stomping ground.

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PREVIEW: Ravens look to cool off red-hot Broncos

Ray Lewis has one final chance to stop his old friend Peyton Manning when the Ravens visit the Broncos today in the AFC divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

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Researchers: Seau had brain disease as result of head trauma at time of death

As expected, a study of former NFL star Junior Seau's brain showed it was positive for CTE.

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GBI finishes probe into Ga. lawmaker's expenses

Attorney General Sam Olens must now decide whether to pursue charges against a state senator who illegally claimed expense pay.

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Man who handcuffed self to woman gets 4 years

A man who handcuffed himself to a female Taco Bell co-worker has been sentenced to serve four years in prison.

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Hawks reach new low in loss to Cavs

Atlanta goes to the free throw line a franchise low five times all game Wednesday during its fourth straight loss, this time to the short-handed Cavs.

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Ex-UGA star Isner pulls out of next week's Aussie Open with injury

Former Georgia national champion John Isner, the highest-ranked American man, decides to pull out of the year's first major Wednesay with a knee injury.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Mississippi State's Wilson leaves to coach D-line at UGA; Roof bolts Penn State to be new D-C at Georgia Tech

Chris Wilson, who helped improve Mississippi State’s overall defense in nearly every statistical category, agrees to become UGA’s new defensive line coach Wednesday.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: No. 11 Gators gash Bulldogs, 77-44; FSU stuns Maryland; Georgia Tech falls to N.C. State

Thanks to 19 turnovers, Georgia falls to 0-3 against ranked teams this season following Wednesday's demolition by the Florida Gators.

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HALL OF FAME: MLB legends react to empty HOF vote

Current Hall of Famers, for the most part, react with joy Wednesday when it's announced that none of the Steroid-Era players got into the HOF on the first try.

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Hawks' rally falls short in loss to new-look Bucks

With a new coach leading the way, Milwaukee holds off a furious rally by Atlanta in the fourth quarter late Tuesday night, sending the Hawks to another demoralizing loss and prompting coach Larry Drew to rip his team afterward, calling them "soft."

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Dustin Johnson wins PGA Tour opener at Kapalua

Dustin Johnson opens the PGA season with a victory in the Tournament of Champions, closing with a 5-under 68 for a four-shot victory over Steve Stricker.

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Oprah to interview Lance Armstrong

It's revealed Tuesday that embattled cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has seen his storied career tarnished by steroid allegations, has agreed to a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. (ADDS: Note on USADA chief claiming Armstrong rep offered $150K donation)

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Jaguars hire Falcons' Caldwell as general manager

David Caldwell, the Atlanta Falcons' director of player personnel, is named the Jacksonville Jaguars' new general manager Tuesday.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Rose, Sugar, Cotton chosen as first college football playoff sites; Alabama ends season No. 1 for record ninth time

The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the first two BCS playoff games in the 2014-15 season, and the Cotton Bowl will host the title game.

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BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: Miss Alabama, McCarron’s girlfriend, turns heads during BCS title game

ESPN’s decision to show Alabama QB A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend over and over during the title game has arguably made her more famous overnight than the Tide’s two-time national champion signal caller.

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BCS CHAMPIONSHIP --- BREAKDOWN: N.D. simply no match for Alabama’s O-line, run game

Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Alabama’s front line mashed Notre Dame on Monday night, embarrassing the Irish in the BCS Championship game in Miami.