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Patriots’ Tom Brady is immortal after winning his fifth Super Bowl

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The drive of the ages. The comeback of the ages. The quarterback of the ages. Now, does anyone want to talk about anyone else but Tom Brady? Brady’s fifth Super Bowl – more than anyone else has ever won – came in a classic style Sunday night. He overcame a record 25-point deficit. He endured the first-ever overtime at a Super Bowl. And he led the Patriots to yet another Super Bowl victory. “You know, we all brought each other…

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Falcons, Matt Ryan run away from Green Bay to reach Super Bowl

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It was billed as a potential shootout. In the end, however, the Atlanta Falcons had most of the weapons. The Falcons, 6-4 at one point this season, blew out the streaking Green Bay Packers Sunday night, winning a runaway 44-21 game. The Falcons, who have never won a Super Bowl (and who have played in only one), will play in two weeks against either New England or Pittsburgh. Quarterback Matt Ryan, an MVP candidate, was excellent in the victory. He…

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Falcons follow quarterback Matt Ryan to big win over Seattle

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If your vote isn’t in for Matt Ryan as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, it might be time to buy a stamp. Ryan, the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons who threw 38 touchdowns in the regular season, was stellar Saturday night as the Falcons beat Seattle 36-20 to advance to the NFC Championship Game. The Falcons will play against either Dallas or Green Bay next week. Ryan threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns against the vaunted Seattle secondary. In…

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Hundreds of thousands flee Florida coast to escape Matthew’s fury

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Hundreds of thousands of anxious people boarded up their homes and businesses and grabbed a few belongings to flee inland as Hurricane Matthew gained strength and roared toward the Southeast seaboard on Thursday. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said the state, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast. As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in South Carolina…

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Tampa Bay’s Dirk Koetter makes impressive debut as coach

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So what’s so tough about coaching in the NFL? Just ask the guy with Gatorade all over his shirt and a game ball under his arm. New Tampa Bay Bucs coach Dirk Koetter won his first game with the Bucs Sunday in Atlanta behind several highlight plays in a 31-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. It was an impressive debut, one where most of Koetter’s weapons took turns trying to impress the new boss. There was Charles Sims, who took…

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College-educated whites put hole in Donald Trump coalition

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Wanda Melton has voted for every Republican presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan in 1980, but now the Georgia grandmother plans to cross over to support Democrat Hillary Clinton. “I’m not a real fan of Hillary,” Melton says from her office in Atlanta. “But I think it would just be awful to have Donald Trump.” She adds: “I cannot in good conscience let that happen.” Melton is among a particular group of voters, whites with college degrees, who are resistant to…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.25.16 — The agony and the agony

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Tampa Bay area sports fans were hit with a double whammy of negativity on Tuesday. I also had a poor night watching people play games for profit. First of all, the Tampa Bay Lightning blew their opportunity to close out their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and face elimination tomorrow night in Pennsylvania. The Lightning played a listless game for two periods; the Penguins, playing with their season on the line, were by far the more aggressive…

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