IIHF chief urges players to press NHL on going to Olympics

Canada captain Dillon Dube right, flips the puck around during hockey practice ahead of the upcoming semifinal of the IIHF World Junior Championships, against the Czech Republic in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene’ Fasel placed the emphasis on NHL players to persuade the league to compete at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

Plenty of teams with not-so-Super pedigrees

FILE - In this photo taken Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, , Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reacts after losing Super Bowl 51 as the screen flashes New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and confetti flies in Houston. Seven of the 12 teams that are in the NFL playoffs have never won the big game, matching the largest group of playoff-bound squads with not-so-Super pedigrees since the 1999 season. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons’ claim to fame is the crushing way they lost a Super Bowl.

Davis scores 29, powers Pelicans past Jazz 108-98

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks the ball as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, right, defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans are ahead of the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference standings but haven’t had recent success head-to-head. That changed with a complete performance on Wednesday night.

Topsy-turvy NFC playoff field: 5 newcomers plus Falcons

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles (9) throws a pass over Dallas Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence (90) during the first half of an NFL football game in Philadelphia. The Eagles earned the top seed in the NFC playoffs for the first time since 2004. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

In the topsy-turvy NFC playoffs, only the Falcons return from last year, and they sneaked in as the sixth and final team. They narrowly avoided the same fate as the Cowboys, Seahawks, Packers, Giants and Lions — all sitting this one out.

Brady, Patriots again top the AFC playoff field

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown by running back Dion Lewis during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills,, in Foxborough, Mass. Brady and the Patriots again top the AFC playoff field. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

In a year when two-thirds of the NFL playoff field is new, the AFC still features fixtures Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger , who have seven Super Bowl rings between them, and Alex Smith, who is coming off his best season of his 13-year career.



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