Family, fans mourn for Royals pitcher Ventura

Junior Ventura, the brother of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, receives condolences during his brother's wake in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic. The country, whose roads are among the world's most dangerous, has now lost four current or former major leaguers to traffic accidents in recent years. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

LAS TERRENAS, Dominican Republic — Dozens of children wearing blue T-shirts with the name “Ventura” emblazoned on the back gathered around a coastal home on Monday to pay their respects to their idol: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura.

Falcons blow out Packers 44-21

Atlanta Falcons' Robert Alford takes a selflie after the NFL football NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 44-21 to advance to Super Bowl LI. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ATLANTA (AP) — While the raucous beats of “Welcome To Atlanta” blared through the Georgia Dome, the Falcons partied like it was 1999.

Patriots win 9th Super Bowl berth

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, right, passes the AFC Championship trophy to quarterback Tom Brady after winning the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. At left is team owner Robert Kraft. The Patriots defeated the the Steelers 36-17 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — This was supposed to be the year New England’s stranglehold on the AFC could be loosened.

Chen lands 5 quads, wins U.S. figure skating title

Nathan Chen performs during the men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nathan Chen stood on the top step of the podium and stifled a smile as U.S. Figure Skating president Samuel Auxier, preparing to drape a gold medal around his neck, bowed down before him.

Williams reaches Australian Open QFs

United States' Serena Williams makes a forehand return to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With her serve misfiring and the ball coming back at her from some irregular angles, it was time for Serena Williams to go to Plan B.

Hudson Swafford wins CareerBuilder

Hudson Swafford smiles after winning the CareerBuilder Challenge golf tournament at 20-under par on the Stadium Course at PGA West, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — A day after making a mess of the 16th and 17th holes on PGA West’s Stadium Course, Hudson Swafford birdied them Sunday to take control in the fittingly named CareerBuilder Challenge.

Four local wrestlers win first Tiger-Grizz titles

Shelley junior wrestler Darrick Stacey tries to pin Blackfoot senior Cole Trautner at the Tiger-Grizz Invitational on Saturday. Stacey beat Trautner 3-1 for the 113-pound individual title. Taylor Carpenter /

Several local wrestlers won their first Tiger-Grizz Invitational titles, and a handful of local schools cracked the top 10 in the final team standings.

Hill scores 30 as Jazz beat Pacers 109-100

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) tries to block the shot of Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — George Hill insisted there was no extra motivation in facing his former team for the first time since being traded during the summer.


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