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NFL-HALL OF FAME
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have eight new members this summer.
Junior Seau (SAY'-ow), Jerome Bettis (BET'-ihs), Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields have been elected to Hall of Fame, along with senior selection Mick Tingelhoff and contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.
Seau was the only first-time eligible candidate to get in this year. He spent 13 of his 20 seasons with San Diego, made six All-Pro teams and was the Defensive Player of the year in 1992.
Bettis began his 13-season career by earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Rams. His 13,662 yards rushing rank fifth in history, and he had eight seasons of at least 1,000.
Brown ranked No. 2 in NFL history with 14,934 yards receiving, No. 3 with 1,094 catches, and No. 3 with 100 touchdown catches when he retired after the 2004 season.
Haley was the first player in NFL history to play on five Super Bowl-winning teams. He finished his career with 100 1/2 sacks and twice was an All-Pro, once at linebacker and once at defensive end.
Shields was a guard for Kansas City from 1993-2006, never missing a game in his 14 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro three times, a second-team All-Pro four times, and was a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The NFL is holding its awards show on the eve of the Super Bowl in Arizona.
The Associated Press MVP is Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 38 touchdowns and a league-low five interceptions for the NFC North champs. Rodgers received 31 votes compared to 13 for Houston's J.J. Watt.
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray captured The AP Offensive Player Of The Year award after leading the league with 1,845 rushing yards, nearly 500 more than any other player. Murray topped the NFL with 2,261 yards from scrimmage and scored 13 touchdowns for the NFC East champs.
Watt is a unanimous selection as the AP's NFL Defensive Player Of The Year. Watt earned his second such honor with 20 1/2 sacks, 78 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. beat out Dallas guard Zack Martin to win the AP's Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Beckham tied Michael Irvin's NFL mark with nine consecutive games of 90 yards receiving and finished with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 TDs.
St. Louis Rams tackle Aaron Donald is The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year after recording 37 tackles and leading all rookies with nine sacks.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the AP's Comeback Player Of The Year following his 82 receptions for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns, one year after missing nine games because of knee problems.
Arizona's Bruce Arians is the AP's Coach of the Year for the second time in three years after guiding the Cardinals to an 11-5 record. Arians also won the award in 2012 after stepping in for the ailing Chuck Pagano at Indianapolis.
Todd Bowles is the recipient of the inaugural AP Assistant Coach Of The Year award. Bowles guided Arizona's defense this season before being named head coach of the Jets.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Super Bowl is almost here. The big game takes place Sunday in Glendale, Arizona, with the defending champion Seahawks facing the Patriots. Seattle is trying to become the first team since New England in 2004 and 2005 to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
A shortage of tickets made available to brokers on the secondary market has driven prices into five figures even for nosebleed seats.
As of midday Saturday the NFL Ticket Exchange, the league's official ticket re-sale website, didn't have tickets for less than $9,000. The cheapest ticket on StubHub was nearly the same. One listing on Craigslist in Phoenix was selling tickets for $8,000 each with the seller willing to meet the buyer at their bank to complete the transaction.
T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
UNDATED (AP) -- And then there was one.
Top-ranked Kentucky is the last unbeaten team remaining in Division I men's basketball following No. 2 Virginia's loss to Duke.
Tyus Jones scored 17 points and hit a clinching 3-pointer with about 10 seconds remaining as the fourth-ranked Blue Devils ended the Cavaliers 21-game home winning streak, 69-63. Quinn Cook, who scored 15 for the Blue Devils, who trailed by 11 with just under 11 minutes remaining.
Kentucky is 21-0 after Karl-Anthony Towns scored all 12 of his points in the first half of a 70-55 victory against Alabama. Willie Cauley-Stein snapped out of a mini-slump with 12 points for the Wildcats, who shot 59 percent and committed just five turnovers.
Louisville, Northern Iowa and Baylor also won top-25 matchups.
Tenth-ranked Louisville erased an 18-point deficit in the second half before Terry Rozier scored the Cardinals' first six points of overtime to lead a 78-68 triumph over No. 13 North Carolina. Montrezl Harrell delivered 14 of his 22 points in the second half and finished with 15 rebounds.
Wichita State had won 27 straight Missouri Valley games until Seth Tuttle scored a career-high 29 points to carry No. 18 Northern Iowa over the 12th-ranked Shockers 70-54. Wes Washpun had 16 points to help the Panthers pull into a tie with Wichita atop the MVC at 9-1.
No. 20 Baylor thumped 19th-rated Texas 83-60 as Kenny Chery and scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half. Chery shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range, Royce O'Neal contributed 20 points and Rico Gathers grabbed 15 rebounds in the rout.
In other top-25 finals:
-- Przemek Karnowski had 17 points and six rebounds as third-ranked Gonzaga beat Memphis 82-64 to improve to 22-1.
-- Fifth-ranked Wisconsin improved to 18-2 as the Badgers got 24 points from Frank Kaminsky in a 74-63 win over Iowa. Nigel Hayes scored 14 points and Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser each added 11 to help the Badgers improve to 6-1 in the Big Ten.
--Seventh-ranked Villanova tops the Big East at 6-2 after Ryan Arcidiacono (ahr-see-dee-ah-KOH'-noh) scored all 18 of his points in the second half of the Wildcats' 68-55 triumph over DePaul. `Nova trailed by six before Arcidiacono scored eight points during a 14-4 spurt that opened the second half.
-- Pittsburgh stunned eighth-ranked Notre Dame 76-72 as James Robinson hit a go-ahead runner with 12 seconds remaining. The basket came after Jerian Grant scored nine straight points to put the Irish ahead 72-71 with 31 seconds left.
-- Perry Ellis had 16 points and 12 rebounds as ninth-ranked Kansas beat Kansas State 68-57 to improve to 7-1 in the Big 12. Ellis had 13 points and 10 boards while the Jayhawks were building a 33-17 halftime lead.
-- Kendall Anthony delivered 20 of his 22 points in the second half as Richmond rallied to upset No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth 64-55.
-- Georges Niang dropped in 23 points and Monte Morris added 16 as No. 15 Iowa State beat TCU 83-66.
-- Devin Williams scored 18 points and No. 17 West Virginia forced 26 turnovers in a 77-58 win over Texas Tech.
-- D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 24 points and helped No. 21 Georgetown hold Creighton without a field goal for more than 17 minutes in a 67-40 win.
-- James Blackmon Jr. provided 20 points and Nick Zeisloft made two 3-pointers in a late 8-0 run to send No. 22 Indiana past Rutgers 72-64.
-- Jordan Woodard scored a season-high 17 points and Buddy Hield contributed 12 of his 15 points in the second half to help No. 24 Oklahoma defeat Oklahoma State 64-56.
-- Andrew Chrabascz poured 30 points and No. 25 Butler erased a 10-point deficit in the final 4:21 of regulation before beating Marquette 72-68 in overtime.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks extended their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games, but they made things interesting in the process.
The Hawks coughed up a 21-point lead before Dennis Schroeder drained a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:35 left in a 91-85 triumph over Philadelphia. Al Horford scored 23 points, including a tying basket after Nerlens Noel hit a basket that put the 76ers ahead 83-81. Horford had a game-high 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks for the Hawks, who lead the NBA at 40-8 following their 33rd victory in 35 games
Elsewhere in the NBA:
-- Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry had 25 points and Klay Thompson added 22 as Golden State hammered Phoenix 106-87 to end a two-game skid.
-- LeBron James scored 16 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 10th consecutive win, a 106-90 triumph at Minnesota. Kevin Love was booed loudly in his first game back in Minnesota before finishing with 14 points and 17 boards.
-- Kyle Lowry scored 23 points and Toronto picked up its sixth straight win by downing Washington 120-116 in overtime.
-- Memphis earned an 85-74 win over Oklahoma City behind Zach Randolph's 21 points and 18 rebounds.
-- San Antonio had a six-game home winning streak until Blake Griffin had 31 points and 13 rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers' 105-85 rout of the Spurs.
-- Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis had 25 points and 13 assists, while Tyson Chandler finished with 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Dallas past Orlando 108-93.
-- Detroit knocked off Houston 114-101 behind D.J. Augustin's (AW'-guhs-teenz) 28 points and 12 assists.
-- Jared Dudley scored 18 points and O.J. Mayo had 17 off the bench in Milwaukee's 95-88 victory against Portland.
-- Cody Zeller scored a career-best 21 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 in Charlotte's 10th victory in 13 games, 104-86 at Denver.
-- Rudy Gay scored 31 and Darren Collison had 23 as Sacramento downed Indiana 99-94 to halt an eight-game losing streak.
UNDATED (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to lead the NHL's Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division races by one point over Detroit and Montreal. The Lightning stayed in first place by winning for the fifth time in six games as Cedric Paquette and Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-poo-lah) scored 1:41 apart midway through the third period of a 3-1 win over Columbus. Ben Bishop stopped 33 shots and was perfect until Ryan Johansen scored with 3:26 remaining.
Montreal and Detroit also won.
Carey Price posted his second straight 1-0 shutout victory as the Canadiens downed Washington in overtime. Price made 17 of his 36 saves in the second period for his fourth shutout of the season and 29th of his career. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-RET'-ee) scored 3:08 into overtime for his second consecutive game-winning goal, one reason why the Habs have won five in a row.
The Red Wings stayed even with Montreal by beating the New York Islanders 4-1. Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR') and Gustav Nyquist scored power-play goals to back Petr Mrazek (muh-RAH'-zehk), who handled 22 shots in Detroit's seventh victory in eight games.
The Islanders' second straight loss puts them two points behind the Canadiens and Wings and keeps them just one point ahead of Pittsburgh atop the Metropolitan Division.
Also on ice:
-- Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-EH'-mee) handled 31 shots and Scott Thornton had a goal and an assist in San Jose's 2-0 shutout of Chicago.
-- Lance Bouma tallied twice while the Los Angeles Kings scored four unanswered goals in the third period of a 4-2 comeback win over Edmonton.
-- Brad Marchand scored twice and Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 30 shots in Boston's eighth victory in 10 games, 3-1 over Los Angeles.
-- Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and Rick Nash netted his 29th goal as the New York Rangers downed Carolina 4-1 to end a two-game skid.
-- Winnipeg suffered its third straight loss as Shawn Horcoff and Jason Spezza (SPET'-suh) scored power-play goals before John Klingberg added a pair of third-period goals to lead Dallas past the Jets 5-2.
-- First-period goals by Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) and Mike Cammalleri ignited New Jersey's 3-1 triumph over Florida.
-- Steve Mason stopped 30 shots and Michael Del Zotto scored the only goal as Philadelphia handed Toronto its ninth consecutive loss, 1-0. The Maple Leafs have scored just seven times during their skid.
-- Mark Stone, Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson each had a goal and an assist as Ottawa dumped Arizona 7-2.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Martin Laird has a three-shot lead after three rounds of the PGA's Phoenix Open. He stands 13-under par after a 3-under 68.
Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEK'-ee maht-soo-YAH'-mah), Brooks Koepka (KAHP'-kah) and Zach Johnson are tied for second at minus-10.