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Robbed Two masked men robbed the suburban Denver home of New England Patriots defensive back Derrick Martin while he was with his team at the AFC championship game. A police spokesman said that the robbers forced their way into Martin’s home Sunday night when there was at least one adult and several children there. He says they took numerous items, but no one was hurt.

Reinstated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton following a season-long suspension for his role in the team’s bounty scandal.

Reviewed The NFL is looking into Tom Brady’s leg-up slide that hit Ravens safety Ed Reed in the AFC championship game. A league spokesman said any play of that nature is reviewed.

Added Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an injury replacement for Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons.

• The Mountain West will add a football championship game next season when it expands to the requisite dozen schools, which will be split into two divisions. The new football alignments will feature Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the West Division.

Entered Three-time Olympian Deena Kastor plans to run in her hometown Los Angeles Marathon on March 17. She won the 2005 Chicago Marathon and the 2006 London Marathon.

Filed The U.S. Department of Justice has filed notice that it is joining sports leagues’ effort to stop New Jersey from instituting sports gambling. Federal attorneys asked a judge to give them until the end of next week to respond to constitutional challenges made by the state. Attorneys representing New Jersey have argued in court papers that an early 1990s federal law prohibiting sports gambling in all but four states is unconstitutional.

Joining Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic are leaving the Sun Belt Conference and will join Conference USA on July 1.


 

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