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Patriots thrive in role as nationwide villain

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. By the third quarter of Sunday's AFC title game, Gillette Stadium erupted in a "Where is Roger?" chant while the New England Patriots were well on their way to clinching a record ninth trip to the Super Bowl.

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Nadal thrilled by return to grand slam quarter-finals

MELBOURNE Rafa Nadal returned to the grand slam big-time by weathering a furious Gael Monfils fightback to win 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Monday.

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Manor F1 talks ongoing but money needed

LONDON Administrators for the Manor Formula One team say talks with interested parties have intensified but a firm financial commitment has yet to be secured as a deadline looms.

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Patriots beat Steelers, set up Super Bowl versus Falcons

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Patriots scored the first 19 points of the second half to turn a tight contest into a romp as they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 on Sunday to set up a Super Bowl clash against the high-scoring Atlanta Falcons.

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Falcons beat Packers 44-21 to reach Super Bowl

Matt Ryan piloted high-flying Atlanta to a 44-21 rout of the Green Bay Packers in the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship game on Sunday as the Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl for just the second time.

Super Bowl Jan 22 2017

China's Xi says Winter Games must have no 'grandiose' projects

BEIJING Money must be spent properly for the 2022 Winter Olympics that China is to host and no "grandiose" projects must be allowed, President Xi Jinping said on Monday, as he toured sites for the Games.

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