BOSTON (AP) — The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl in northern California, where its newest, most high-tech venue is being built. That makes South Florida, in the midst of a spat over expensive stadium renovations, a loser for the 2016 game.
And Miami took a double defeat when Houston was awarded the 2017 championship game.
In two separate votes, NFL owners went with both the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston on the first ballot at their spring meetings. The 49ers' new home is set to open next year in Santa Clara, and will host the first Super Bowl in the area since 1985.
Houston previously hosted the 2004 Super Bowl.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the NBA lottery odds again.
The Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years, giving them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft. Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert's bowtie-wearing son, was on stage for another victory. After he won it in 2011, the Cavs used the pick to take eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.
The Magic will pick second, while the Wizards vaulted from the No. 8 spot to third.
Ten years after winning the lottery that landed them LeBron James, the Cavaliers picked up another opportunity to help speed up the rebuilding process since his departure to Miami in 2010.
The potential No. 1 pick this year is Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hoping their baseball success will translate to titles in another sport, the Yankees are teaming with English power Manchester City to own a Major League Soccer expansion team in New York that will start play in 2015.
The team, the 20th in a league that has doubled in size in two decades, will be called New York City Football Club. It has less than two years to find a temporary home while also focusing on where it wants to build a permanent stadium.
Manchester City, owned by Sheik Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, will be the controlling owner. The Yankees will have an interest of 20 percent to 25 percent.
DENVER (AP) — Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic formed a productive partnership on the ice during their playing days, leading the Colorado Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles.
Now, Avalanche fans are hoping they're reunited again to steer the foundering franchise back to the glory days. According to reports, the Hall of Fame goaltender could possibly be in line to become the team's next head coach.
The organization remains silent on the report, saying in an email to The Associated Press that the Avs "won't comment on any speculation on this issue."
Joe Sacco was fired April 28 after the Avs finished last in the Western Conference.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Carl Pistorius, the brother of double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, cried as a magistrate acquitted him of culpable homicide and negligent driving in the death of a woman.
The magistrate ruled that Carl Pistorius, 28, was not negligent and that Maria Barnard, 32, was driving her motorcycle excessively fast when she crashed into the back of his vehicle in March 2008.
Carl Pistorius' case was brought to court shortly after his brother shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day — a shooting he says was accidental because he mistook her for a burglar. He is awaiting trial.
Barnard died in a hospital six days after the accident.
MONTREAL (AP) — A stretch of road in front of the stadium where he began his Hall of Fame career has been renamed in honor of former Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter.
Signs indicating Rue Gary-Carter were already in place as municipal officials announced the renaming of Faillon Street West outside of what used to be Jarry Park after the most popular player in the history of the defunct National League baseball club.
A larger celebration is planned for June 15 when Ahuntsic baseball park in the city's north end will be named for Carter, who died last year of brain cancer at 57.
A section of Faillon street runs in front of the stadium the Expos called home from 1969-76.
Golf's two governing bodies outlawed the anchored putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, approving a new rule that starts in 2016 and urging the PGA Tour to follow along so the 600-year-old sport is still played under one set of rules.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association adopted Rule 14-1b, which prohibits players from anchoring a club against their bodies.
The decision Tuesday ends six months of sometimes rancorous debate. The rule was opposed by the PGA Tour and the PGA of America, which contended the stroke commonly used for long putters was not hurting the game and there was no statistical proof that it was an advantage.
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is cutting its workforce, the latest Disney division to reduce staff.
The company would not say how many jobs are being eliminated, but they include unfilled positions. ESPN has about 7,000 employees worldwide, with about 4,000 at its headquarters in Bristol, Conn. The vast majority work behind the scenes.
ESPN has seen costs increase with skyrocketing prices for the broadcasting rights to live sports. For instance, the 12-year deal announced in November to televise the new college football playoff system will be worth about $470 million annually. The current four-year contract to air the Sugar, Orange and Fiesta bowls along with the BCS title game is worth about $125 million per year.