• Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism. The failure to save Goto raised...

  • Arians wins Coach Of Year award for 2nd time in 3 years

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Bruce Arians has won The Associated Press NFL Coach Of The Year award for the second time in three years — with different teams. Arians led Arizona to an 11-5 record in 2014 despite a rash of injuries, including to his top two quarterbacks. The Cardinals earned a...

  • Cowboys RB Murray runs off with Offensive Player

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — DeMarco Murray has run off with The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player Of The Year award for the 2014 season. The Dallas Cowboys running back led the league in rushing with 1,845 yards — nearly 500 more than any other player — and also topped the NFL with 2,261 yards...

  • Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is top offensive rookie

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., grabbed The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year award for 2014. Best known for the play of the year, his one-handed snag of a touchdown pass while falling backward against Dallas, the first-round pick (12th...

  • Rams DT Aaron Donald is top defensive rookie

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — St. Louis Rams tackle Aaron Donald has won The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year award for 2014. A first-round draft pick (13th overall) out of Pittsburgh, Donald drew 25 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league....

  • Rodgers wins MVP, Watt unanimous top AP defensive player

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Just living the dream. And looking for more. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive honors. Rodgers, also the 2011 Associated Press NFL...

  • Texans' JJ Watt is unanimous top defensive player

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — J.J. Watt is a unanimous selection as The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player Of The Year for 2014. The ultra-energetic and versatile Houston Texans end collected every vote from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. He is the first...

  • Rodgers wins 2nd NFL Most Valuable Player award

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has won his second Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in somewhat surprisingly easy fashion. Rodgers, who also took the honor in 2011, received 31 votes for the 2014 award from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the...

  • Rodgers wins MVP, Watt unanimous top AP defensive player

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Just living the dream. And looking for more. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive honors. Rodgers, also the 2011 Associated Press NFL...

  • Historic balloon flight ends on Mexican coast

    Updated: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Troy Bradley might have been exhausted and a bit dehydrated, but the words printed on his T-shirt said it all: "Failure is not an option." The accomplished Albuquerque pilot had set his sights long ago on flying farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone...

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