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Last Update on January 30, 2015 02:13 GMT


CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- Tom Brady's cold continues to be big news in Phoenix as the Patriots and Seahawks gear up for Sunday's Super Bowl. The Patriots quarterback still sounded congested when he said Thursday "I expect to be 100 percent on Sunday. I'll be ready to go."

He participated fully in practice on Wednesday and said he felt a lot better today.

On the Seattle side of things, running back Marshawn Lynch actually made some comments to reporters. In short he simply said he's got nothing to talk about. He left after his mandatory five minutes.

In actual football news, Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll says the referees will use hand signals to indicate clearly when normally eligible receivers check in the Super Bowl as ineligible, a technique the Patriots have used in the postseason. Carroll spoke about conversations he had with league officials after Seattle and New England reached the Super Bowl to get an understanding how those players would be identified.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns receiver Josh Gordon says his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates on a flight to Las Vegas on Jan. 2, after Cleveland's season ended.

The former Pro Bowler was suspended for last season after testing positive for marijuana, and he says the penalty was reduced in part by his willingness to agree not to drink alcohol for the rest of the season. Gordon said in an open letter on Medium that he accepts responsibility for a failed alcohol test that could bring another suspension from the league.


PHOENIX (AP) -- The NFL says the rate of concussions among players fell 25 percent this season, even as injury reporting and trips to injured reserve lists rose overall.

Data provided to The Associated Press by the NFL ahead of its annual pre-Super Bowl health and safety news conference shows there were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season, down from 148 in 2013, and 173 in 2012. That's a 36 percent drop over that three-year span.

League Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Jeff Miller says the reason things have changed is because the players have changed the way they are tackling.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks' trio of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague have been selected as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were selected in the West, despite early season injuries for the Oklahoma City stars. The Miami Heat also had two reserves in Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

But Portland surprisingly only had one in LaMarcus Aldridge, after point guard Damian Lillard was not selected.

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and first-timer Jimmy Butler of Chicago were the other players announced to the East roster.

The rest of the West reserves for the Feb. 15 game at Madison Square Garden are Houston's James Harden, Golden State's Klay Thompson, Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Chris Paul of the Clippers.


FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway around Washington, D.C. Werth was convicted last month in suburban Fairfax County and sentenced to 10 days in jail, but appealed his conviction to Circuit Court.

The Washington Post reports that Werth will serve his sentence on weekends to minimize disruption to his rehabilitation following shoulder surgery.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon (SOO'-lih-mahn) has been dismissed from the team.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF'-skee) said in a statement that Sulaimon "has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program." Krzyewski didn't give any details as to what standards or conduct Sulaimon failed to meet, but a university spokesman said that Sulaimon remains in good academic standing and is expected to finish the spring semester.

Sulaimon was averaging 7.5 points, 2 rebounds and 1.8 assists this year, coming off the bench in every game.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Brodeur (mar-TAHN' broh-DYOOR') has officially announced his retirement as an NHL player.

The all-time leader in victories and shutouts has accepted a front-office position with St. Louis, where he wrapped up his career after 21 outstanding years with the Devils. He said he is leaving the game with a smile on his face and excited about his next opportunity.

Brodeur ends his career with 691 victories, 125 shutouts, a 2.24 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He said he would certainly entertain a return to the Devils as a team executive.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Australian Open men's final will be set within a few hours.

Top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) will take on No. 4 Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah) for the right to face No. 6 Andy Murray.

Djokovic has dominated the all-time series, going 16-3 versus Wawrinka. However, Wawrinka is the defending champ.

Murray earned his spot in the final with a semifinal win over No. 7 Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5. This will be his fourth trip to the Australian final after three losses.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tiger Woods has opened his 2015 PGA schedule with a 2-over 73 in the first round of the Phoenix Open. Woods was plus-5 following four bogeys, a double-bogey and a birdie, but he rallied with an eagle on the par-5 13th hole.

Ryan Palmer was the clubhouse leader after carding five birdies and an eagle for a 7-under 64, one shot ahead of Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley. Daniel Berger was on the course at minus-6.


OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Ha Na Jang was the clubhouse leader when the second round of the LPGA's Coates Golf Championship was suspended.

Jang fired a 7-under 65 for a 12-under total, putting her four shots ahead of Stacy Lewis. Jang's best LPGA finish was third in the 2014 Evian Championship last year.

Fifty players were still on the course when play was halted by darkness.

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