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Dolphins expected to introduce Brian Flores of Pats as coach


DAVIE, Fla. (AP) – The Miami Dolphins have called a news conference for today and are expected to introduce Brian Flores as their coach less than 24 hours after he helped the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl.


Flores, the Patriots’ linebackers coach and defensive play-caller, helped shut down the Los Angeles Rams’ high-powered offense for a 13-3 victory.


He was the first person the Dolphins interviewed after they fired coach Adam Gase on Dec. 31. They decided on Jan. 11 to offer Flores the job but had to wait until the Patriots’ season ended to complete an agreement.


Flores has a long relationship with Miami general manager Chris Grier, who took charge of football operations in the recent organizational shake-up. Both started as scouts for the Patriots.




Super Bowl fans endure long lines leaving Atlanta’s airport


ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta officials are calling it “Mass Exodus Monday.”


Travelers heading home from the Super Bowl have been waiting in long lines to get through airport security.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta’s website has been showing about a one hour wait to get through security at the main checkpoint in the domestic terminal this morning.


City officials say they expect around 110,000 passengers to be screened at the airport today – well over the 60,000 to 80,000 on a typical day.


The city is hoping to avoid the chaotic scene at the airport on a recent Monday – Jan. 14 – when many passengers waited more than an hour to be screened in lines that stretched into the baggage claim area.




Chiefs fan banned over claims he pointed laser at Brady


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have instituted a lifetime ban against a fan accused of flashing a laser at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during last month’s AFC championship game.


The Kansas City Star reports the Chiefs say the team is also working with authorities to charge the fan “as aggressively as possible,” but the decision is ultimately up to prosecutors in Jackson County.


Prosecutor’s office spokesman Michael Mansur says charges hadn’t been filed as of Sunday.


Laser pointers are banned at most sporting events because of the potential for distraction and safety reasons. The light can damage the retina in the eye after even a short period of time.


The Patriots won the AFC championship game 37-31 in overtime, sending them to the Super Bowl.




FIS president says Vonn will leave big hole’


ARE, Sweden (AP) – The president of the International Ski Federation says Lindsey Vonn will “leave a big hole” in Alpine skiing when she quits the sport after the world championships in Sweden.


That’s if she does indeed quit.


Gian Franco Kasper raised the intriguing possibility of Vonn continuing her illustrious career, saying: “Everything comes to an end and so does her career, if she really stops. We have to wait for that.”


Vonn, who has persistent pain in both knees, says she is retiring because her body is “broken beyond repair.” She is the world’s most famous ski racer, raising the sport’s profile more than anyone else.




41 Virginia student-athletes escape bus before explosion


WILSON, N.C. (AP) – Dozens of athletes from a Virginia college were able to evacuate a charter bus before it exploded in North Carolina.


News outlets cite a statement from Wilson County Emergency Management that says 41 track and field athletes from Hampton University were traveling home Saturday night from a meet at the University of South Carolina when the bus went up in flames.


Emergency officials say the bus driver “did an excellent job” evacuating the students before the bus exploded and that it took about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze, as around 100 gallons of diesel fuel burned.


The students were taken to a high school, where they waited for a new bus.



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