The 49ers’ meeting with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan later this week is designed to help the team settle on a general manager. Only one hopeful, the Minnesota Vikings’ George Paton, is on the list, but others could be added in coming days.
Matt Ryan’s MVP-worthy performance and plenty of help from Julio Jones guide the Atlanta Falcons to a 44-21 rout of the Green Bay Packers for the NFC championship. Ryan throws for 392 yards and four touchdowns, and Jones has 180 yards and two scores.
Tom Brady throws for a franchise playoff-best 384 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-17 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers to earn his seventh Super Bowl bid. New England coach Bill Belichick also will make his seventh appearance in a Super Bowl, a record for a head coach.
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There’s no predicting how Malachi Richardson will be used, though he seems to be the rookie the Kings should learn the most about this season. The 6-foot-6 guard has appeared in eight games, averaging 2.6 points in 5.9 minutes. He has averaged 21 points in 11 games in the NBA Development League.
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Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who awed fans with his precocious talent and scintillating fastball, dies at age 25 in a traffic crash in his native Dominican Republic, the team confirms Sunday morning.
A day after making a mess of the 16th and 17th holes on PGA West's Stadium Course, Hudson Swafford birdies them Sunday to take control in the fittingly named CareerBuilder Challenge and clinch his first PGA Tour title and first Masters spot.
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