Super Bowl-Media Day-Lynch

ml mediaday12015Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch constantly repeated "I'm here so I don't get fined" for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day. About 200 reporters crowded around Lynch's podium for at least 15 minutes before he arrived. But Lynch wouldn't answer any questions.

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Super Bowl-Private Jets

For some travelers visiting Arizona for the Super Bowl, the trip may be just as memorable as the game. Hundreds of luxury jets will arrive at eight airports around metropolitan Phoenix by kickoff Sunday. Perks for passengers include goody-filled swag bags, a concert by country group Lady Antebellum, complimentary cocktails and high-end catering once they emerge from their Lear jets and Gulfstreams. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says 1,200 to 1,400 private and commercial flights will inundate metro Phoenix during Super Bowl weekend. The FAA and airports have been planning for the high volume over the past year, collaborating with aviation businesses on a reservation system to manage all the flights. Gregor says flights will be scheduled in an orderly fashion to avoid overwhelming air traffic control. PHOENIX (AP) – January 28, 2015

NAIA Championship Rings

Southern Oregon University won its first NAIA national trophy in football this past season. Now the school is looking for some help getting championship rings to go with it. Unlike in NCAA Division I, NAIA does not pay for championship rings. So Southern Oregon is not only hitting up its donors to try to cover the approximately $37,000 it will cost for 150 rings at $250 apiece, it also set up a page on its athletic website where anybody can make a donation. "Especially being a state school, there's not a lot of extra money going around," associated athletic director Bobby Heiken said. "We had to attack it as a fundraiser." Heiken said SOU has already raised about $14,000. The Raiders beat Marian College 55-31 to win the NAIA championship. (AP) January 28, 2015

Stewart Back With Swagger

Stewart Back With Swagger Walking without a limp for the first time in 18 months, Tony Stewart declared himself pain-free and never more eager to start a season. After a tumultuous two seasons that affected him both physically and mentally, the three-time NASCAR champion said his troubles are behind him and he finally feels like the old Smoke again. His chance to prove it begins next month at Daytona International Speedway. That's where Stewart will climb back into his No. 14 Chevrolet for the first time since November, when his 15-year winning streak in the Sprint Cup Series came to an end. He failed to win a race last year for the first time since his 1999 rookie season. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – January 28, 2015

Woods Is Ready To Play

tigerwoodsjan2015Tiger Woods is in Scottsdale, Arizona, for this weekend's Phoenix Open, his first event of the year. While meeting reporters he talked about how he lost a front tooth recently when in Italy to celebrate girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's breaking of a World Cup Alpine skiing record.

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