• Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- It's official- the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons are set to face-off in Super Bowl LI.The Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.  In the later game, the Patriots hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were easily defeated 36-17, in the AFC Championship Game.   This will be the second Super Bowl for the Falcons after the team lost to the Denver Broncos 34-19 in 1999.The Patriots, meanwhile, have won four Super Bowls and lost four.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic at the age of 25. In a separate car crash also in the Dominican Republic, former Major League infielder Andy Marte was killed. He was 33.ESPN is reporting on the deaths of each pitcher, both of which took place Sunday morning.Ventura made his Major League debut with the Royals in 2013 when he was 22-years-old. He posted a 38-31 career record with a 3.89 ERA.Ventura was a friend of former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Tavares, who was died at 22 in a car accident in the Dominican Republic in 2014. Days are Tavares' death, Ventura paid tribute to his friend while pitching in Game 6 of the World Series against the Giants, a game the Royals won. Ventura wore a cap with "RIP O.T #18" written on it. Royals general manager Dayton Moore released the following statement:"Our prayers right now are with Yordano's family as we mourn this young man's passing. He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano."ESPN reports Ventura was killed in the town of Juan Adrian.Marte was reportedly driving a car that hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel.Marte, who was considered a top prospect when he signed with the Atlanta Braves in 2000, played the past two seasons for the KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization. His final Major League game came against the Royals on Aug. 6, 2014, a game in which Ventura started. Marte did not have an at bat against Ventura in the game.MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark released a statement that read:"We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura. It's never easy to lost a member of our fraternity, and there are no words to describe the feeling of losing two young men in the prime of their lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends, teammates and fans throughout the United States and Latin America."Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Peter Aiken/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- NFL fans have dubbed it #Alarmgate.The Pittsburgh Steelers were awakened by a pulled fire alarm at their hotel at 3:40 a.m., the night before their game against the New England Patriots to decide the AFC Championship, according to police.The prank immediately reminded fans of past scandals involving the Patriots, but the alarm was pulled by a man who was not a member of the New England team, according to police."State Police have arrested an East Boston man who pulled a fire alarm at the Logan Airport Hilton hotel," Massachusetts State Police (MSP) wrote in a statement. "State Police and Massport Fire responded to the report of an alarm at the hotel at about 3:40 a.m. Firefighters and troopers determined it was a false alarm."MSP identified the suspect as Dennis Harrison, a 25-year-old man from East Boston. Troopers charged him with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and setting off a false fire alarm, police said.Police said he was found walking on the hotel property after the incident."He was not a guest at the hotel and had no legitimate reason to be on the hotel property," police said.The statement said that Harrison is being detained, pending bail.Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the disturbance was quickly handled by officials.The Patriots host the Steelers Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Mischa Zverev defeated world No. 1 Andy Murray in the fourth round of the Australian Open in four sets 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, advancing to the quarterfinals to face Roger Federer.The unseeded 29-year-old German journeyman completed the massive upset in a match that lasted less than four hours. He told ESPN afterwards, "I didn't know how I pulled it off."There are now only three players who have won a grand slam left in the tournament: Stan Wrawinka, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer. The second-ranked player in the world, Novak Djokovic, lost in the second round.ESPN reports that a year ago, Zverev was ranked 171st in the world, unable to automatically qualify for grand slams. He's also the lowest ranked player to beat a number one seed since 2004.Now he's could crack the top 40 for the first time in his career."It means the world to me," Zverev said afterwards. "It's just amazing. I don't know yet how I feel because everything is new to me, and everything feels a little bit unreal."Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- DeMarcus Cousins expressed anger and frustration about the officiating in the Sacramento Kings' 102-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Cousins, who has a long history of criticizing officials, sarcastically talked about the game they called, saying, "Incredible job by the referee crew tonight. I don't have a complaint in the world."Cousins appeared furious after a questionable call went against him late in the game. Bulls guard Dwyane Wade was driving to the basket while the game was tied at 99, and went up for a dunk but missed the shot. Replay appears to show Cousins lightly touching Wade, but in a way that most likely would not have altered his shot.A foul was called, and the Bulls took the lead and eventually won the game. Cousins was sarcastic when talking to reporters about the play, saying the officials "made the absolute right call."ESPN reports Cousins made angry gestures towards officials on his way to the locker room after the game, and was apparently seen throwing trash cans.
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  • Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The NFL fined Kansas City Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce $21,615 according to ESPN. He was fined for actions he made during and after the team's 18-16 AFC Divisional Round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.Kelce was fined $9,115 for shoving Pittsburgh Ross Cockrell to the ground after a play ended. He was also fined $12,500 for postgame comments about referee Carl Cheffers.Cheffers penalized Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher for holding on what would have been a successful two-point conversion late in the game. The play would have allowed the Chiefs to tie the game with less than three minutes to play.Instead, they had to try the two-point conversion again and were unsuccessful."Ref No. 51 [Cheffers] shouldn't even be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again,'' Kelce said after the Chiefs lost, “He shouldn't even be able to work at f---ing Foot Locker." He further added the referee took the game "out of our hands."ESPN reports that Cheffers will be the referee for Super Bowl LI.The incident marks the second time Kelce has been fined this season. He was fined $24,309 for throwing a towel at an official who penalized him in a November game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kelce was ejected from that game.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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