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alexa scores some super bowl skills for next week’s big game


this time last year, amazon made it clear just how big it expected alexa to be with its first ever super bowl commercial, starring alec baldwin and jason schwartzman, along with a motley crew of celebrity eos ranging from dan marino to missy elliot and, of course, its voice controlled speaker.it’s been a heck of a year for the line. amazon muscled its way connected homes everywhere with the device and has since celebrated virtually ever big event with new skills (including a christmas time eo from tim curry). alexa’s got a bunch more lined up for next weekend’s big game of american football that many people will be watching.amazon lists some regular old alexa skills like restaurant delivery and jokes (that old cl ic comedy standby, the football joke), but there are also a handful of featur






fans invited to rally for super bowl-bound patriots


foxborough, m . — new england patriots fans will have one more chance to see the team and wish the players luck before they leave to play in the super bowl in houston.the team is inviting fans to a special super bowl send-off rally monday morning on nrg plaza outside the hall at patriot place.the rally will include a performance by the new england patriots cheerleaders.patriots chairman and ceo robert kraft, head coach bill belichick and team captains tom brady, devin mccourty, dont'a hightower and matthew slater will talk to the crowd before the buses leave foxborough for logan international airport.the patriots won their ninth conference championship with a 36-17 victory over the pittsburgh steelers on jan. 22. they will face the atlanta falcons in the super bowl feb. 5.






super bowl facts


super factsparticipants: nfc champion atlanta falcons (13-5) vs. afc champion new england patriots (16-2). this is the second super bowl appearance for the falcons (0-1) and the ninth for the patriots (4-4).when: 5:30 p.m. next sunday.where: nrg stadium (capacity 71,795) in houston will be hosting for the second time.tv: ch. 9 (joe buck, troy aikman, erin andrews, chris myers).earnings: winners $107,000 per player; losers $53,000 per player.line: new england by 3.performers: “america the beautiful” by cast members of “hamilton,” national anthem by luke bryan, halftime show by lady gaga.






chocolate sour cream cake with chocolate frosting recipe


make the cake(makes one 9-by-13-inch rectangle)     1 prepare the pan and preheat the oven: heat the oven to 350f. er a 9-by-13-inch cake pan, dust the pan with flour, and tap out the excess. (or line the pan with parchment paper and er the paper.)2 combine the dry ingredients: in a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.3 melt the chocolate: put the 3 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of , but not boiling, water. the bowl should not touch the water. let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula. remove the bowl from the water and wipe the bottom dry. leave until cool but still liquid.4 make the batter: in an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the er for 2 minutes






celebrity news


pearl jam will be inducted to the rock and roll hall of fame by frequent collaborator and rock legend neil young this spring.young and pearl jam memorably joined forces to play young's "rockin' in the free world" at mtv's video awards in 1993. pearl jam regularly covers the song on tour. members of the band also played on young's 1995 album "mirror ball."the hall also announced that ­jackson browne will induct folk legend joan baez, and geddy lee and alex lifeson of rush will present fellow rockers yes at the april 7 ­ceremony in new york.from broadway to super bowloriginal cast members of the tony award-winning broadway hit "hamilton: an american al," will sing "america the beautiful" during pregame festivities at super bowl 51.the performance by renee elise goldsberry, jasmine cephas jon






trust us, there are 10 really good reasons to watch super bowl li


the falcons and patriots in super bowl li doesn’t scream grudge match, but the storylines are plentiful.10. spreading the wealthatlanta, 0-1 in super bowls, can become the 20th team to win a super bowl. if it happens, we’re down to 12 lombardi trophy-free teams: vikings (0-4), bills (0-4), panthers (0-2), eagles (0-2), bengals (0-2), cardinals (0-1), titans (0-1), chargers (0-1), texans (0-0), jaguars (0-0), lions (0-0) and browns (0-0).9. matty ice vs. joe coolmatt ryan’s playoff record is 3-4, but atlanta’s qb is completing 70.6 percent of this year’s playoff p es for 730 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions and a 132.6 p er rating. it’s reminiscent of joe montana’s postseason super bowl-winning run in 1989. he completed 78.3 percent for 800 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions an






super bowl comes as houston recovering from latest oil bust


houston — in may 2013, when houston was awarded the right to host this year's super bowl, the city's economy was booming as many of the oil and gas companies that call houston home and have earned it the nickname "the energy capital of the world" were riding high on a wave of oil selling at more than $100 a barrel.but that wave soon collapsed. oil plummeted — bottoming out at around $26 a barrel — energy firms declared bankruptcy and more than 80,000 local workers lost their oil-related jobs over the last two years. while this wasn't as bad as the infamous oil bust of the 1980s and the city's economy is now more diversified, it still hit houston hard. office space and newly built apartments stood empty, car sales fell and local tax revenues dropped.economists say the worst seems to be over






nasa touches down at super bowl festival


it's almost time for the 2017 super bowl, and visitors to the game's host city of houston should make their way to discovery green in the city's downtown starting tomorrow (jan. 28). there, they'll find a very special space-centric experience.  houston is, of course, home to nasa's johnson space center, so it was fitting that nasa and various private spaceflight companies should contribute to super bowl live, the nine-day festival starting urday (jan. 28) that will lead up to the big game. the primary attraction of the festival is a mars-themed ride called "future flight," which takes riders on a trip to mars and back using virtual reality goggles on a 90-foot (27 meters) drop-tower ride.  in general, the mix of space and football will be strong in houston this coming week. meanwhile, up






nasa touches down at super bowl festival


it's almost time for the 2017 super bowl, and visitors to the game's host city of houston should make their way to discovery green in the city's downtown starting tomorrow (jan. 28). there, they'll find a very special space-centric experience.  houston is, of course, home to nasa headquarters at the johnson space center, so it was fitting that nasa and various private spaceflight companies should contribute to super bowl live, the nine-day festival starting urday (jan. 28) that will lead up to the big game. the primary attraction of the festival is a mars-themed ride called "future flight," which takes riders on a trip to mars and back using virtual reality goggles on a 90-foot (27 meters) drop-tower ride.  in general, the mix of space and football will be strong in houston this coming we






craig: for falcons' ryan, stats and nfl history aren't on his side


the ociated press has picked the nfl mvp every year since 1957. thirteen were quarterbacks on teams that led the nfl in scoring and reached the championship game.their record in those games: 6-7.the losers were y.a. tittle in 1963, johnny unitas in 1964, joe theismann in super bowl xviii, dan marino in super bowl xix, tom brady in super bowl xlii, peyton manning in super bowl xlviii and newton in super bowl 50.sorry, matt ryan.the atlanta falcons’ quarterback is expected to become the 14th member of this club. results of this season’s mvp voting will be revealed on urday night, the eve of super bowl li between the falcons (13-5) and the patriots (16-2) at houston’s nrg stadium. david goldman • ociated press atlanta falcons quarterback matt ryan (2) warms up before the first hal






a super bowl curse for nfl's high-scoring mvps?


if matt ryan is named league mvp next urday as expected, he would become the 14th mvp quarterback to play on a super bowl team that led the league in scoring. the previous signal-callers in that category have gone 6-7. here’s a look at the seven who fell short:y.a. tittledec. 29, 1963completed 11 of 29 attempts and was picked off five times against chicago.johnny unitas, dec. 27, 1964managed just 125 total yards (95 p ing) in a shutout loss to cleveland. washington redskins quarterback joe theismann (7) wears a grim look as he walks of the field during first quarter super bowl xviii action against the los angeles raiders, sunday, jan. 22, 1984 at tampa stadium. (ap p o) org xmit: aphs179175 joe theismannjan. 22, 1984no p ing tds, two ints and six sacks made for a long day against the l.a.






super bowl comes as houston recovering from latest oil bust


houston (ap) — in may 2013, when houston was awarded the right to host this year’s super bowl, the city’s economy was booming as many of the oil and gas companies that call houston home and have earned it the nickname “the energy capital of the world” were riding high on a wave of oil selling at more than $100 a barrel.but that wave soon collapsed. oil plummeted — bottoming out at around $26 a barrel — energy firms declared bankruptcy and more than 80,000 local workers lost their oil-related jobs over the last two years. while this wasn’t as bad as the infamous oil bust of the 1980s and the city’s economy is now more diversified, it still hit houston hard. office space and newly built apartments stood empty, car sales fell and local tax revenues dropped.economists say the worst seems to be






watch football stars get bombed by ball-dropping drones


gif the nfl’s pro bowl game kicks off on sunday night ahead of next week’s super bowl, and part of the pre-game festivities included a fun series of “skills showdowns.” for some reason, this meant pitting some of the game’s best wide receivers and defensive backs against football-dropping drones.advertisementfour players took turns catching footballs dropped by the drones, starting from a height of 70 feet in the air before getting progressively higher for an added “challenge.” the balls fell to the ground at about 44 miles per hour, which ironically meant that as the competition progressed and the drones flew higher and higher, players actually had more time to react to the drop and make the catch.as a skills challenge, the drone drop comes across as a bit of an absurd circus act, and see






falcons quarterback matt ryan has shown toughness and grit since his boston coll


the atlanta falcons have themes for several days of the week. there’s competition wednesday, turnover thursday, finish friday…and now sleepless sunday.the falcons are still trying to w their heads around their first trip to the super bowl since the 1998 season, the result of their 44-21 thrashing... (sam farmer)






super bowl owners and industry experts whine trump effect will be felt on and of


from the broadcast booth to the owners’ suites the trump effect will be felt on and off the field at the super bowl say industry experts, as a ‘make america great again’ beat provides the background for the country’s biggest sporting party.upwards of 180 million americans could be huddled around televisions on feb. 5 to watch the national football league’s title game between the atlanta falcons and new england patriots, and newly elected u.s. president donald trump’s vision of america could well be reflected in everything from advertising to the broadcast and halftime shows.with fox televising this year’s showcase viewers can expect a pro-trump tone but the network will nonetheless have to strike a balance taking into account the current political landscape, says dennis deninger, who work






49ers next gm still tbd after urday interviews


at some point, the wayward 49ers will hire a general manager to not only form a power couple with their next coach but also address a cavernous roster in need of playmakers. urday marked a key step in that direction. george paton and terry mcdonough had follow-up interviews for the general manager opening, doing so in atlanta alongside the franchise’s projected coach, kyle shanahan.although either gm finalist can be hired any time, shanahan officially can’t sign on until his duties as the falcons offensive coordinator are completed after the super bowl on feb. 5.sunday’s pro bowl illustrates the 49ers roster’s sad state: the franchise won’t be represented by any player in the all-star game for the first time since 2005. in contrast, the 2012 49ers had 10 earn pro bowl honors, although they






great northern roll out looks to add muscle to local winter fests


the “great northern” is underway.the inaugural run of the 10-day outdoor celebration seeks to integrate and amplify the festive-to-economic impacts of the sport-to-food-to-art events of the st. paul winter carnival, city of lakes loppet ski festival and the u.s. pond hockey championships this weekend at lake nokomis.the idea of the great northern umbrella is that one-plus-one-plus-one can equal four or five, even in the dead of winter.“our no. 1 regional issue is the ‘equity gap’ [among female and minority workers in the workforce], no. 2 is the worker shortage and no. 3 is perceptions about winter,” said r.t. rybak, ceo of the minneapolis foundation who helped start the loppet in 2002. “we can do all the summer festivals we want and the els are still full. but there’s no american city tha






sid's jottings


jottings• it’s interesting that the gophers men’s basketball team offered six local players in the 2017 cl and none of them chose to play for richard pitino. now they have five scholarships in the 2018 cl , and landing daniel oturu from cretin-derham hall this past week is a big deal. that 2018 cl also features race thompson of armstrong and tre jones of apple valley. and looking ahead to 2019, maybe one of the top-rated state high school players in recent years is matthew hurt out of rochester john marshall, who has already been offered by the u and whose brother, michael, plays for the gophers.• speaking of gophers recruiting, four-star signee isaiah washington, who is playing at st. raymond high school in new york city and is ranked as the 62nd-best player in the country by rivals.com,






bears coaches believe they had productive week at senior bowl


bears coaches quickly filed off the field and out toward the team bus urday, isfied by the head start they gained this week in the pre-draft process. their north squad lost the senior bowl 16-15, but they believe they accomplished their main objective of researching and evaluating the 114 players at college football's biggest showcase game.whatever reservations coaches had about spending a week of their offseason here were erased by the extensive access to players on the field and off it, in settings formal and informal."i'd rather coach it — other than qualify for it — than come to (watch) it," coach john fox said. "it was a great experience being in the meeting rooms, being around the guys, getting to know them. it gives you tremendous insight."as night fell urday, fox offered no specifi






dan quinn must match up with bill belichick in super bowl


by barry wilner, the ociated pressseattle’s defense had taken charge, and the seahawks led the 2015 super bowl by 10 points.then tom brady torched that unit in the fourth quarter — a unit coordinated by dan quinn.yes, the most memorable play in that game was malcolm butler’s goal-line interception when the seahawks appeared ready to successfully defend their title.now, though, with the matchup of the falcons against the patriots in this super bowl, the memory of quinn’s defense struggling in the clutch is vivid.and quinn doesn’t exactly have the “legion of boom” on his side, although atlanta’s defense has shown staying power. it shut down his former team and then the potent packers to get to the title match with new england.before quinn begins figuring out how to figure out brady, bill bel






super bowl in 8 languages for ellite radio subscribers


houston — football fans in the united states can listen to the super bowl in eight languages next sunday.siriusxm will carry the westwood one national feed in english, plus the local broadcasts of the atlanta falcons and new england patriots. and if you speak spanish, french, japanese, mandarin, german, hungarian, even flemish, there will be a channel on ellite radio for you.televisa is doing the spanish-language broadcasts. w9 is handling french, 1 german, gdtv mandarin, nhk japanese, amc hungarian, and eleven in flemish."it kind of reflects the international nature of the game as it continues to grow both home and abroad," says steve cohen, siriusxm's senior vice president of sports programming. "it's a wonderful thing to be able to give our subscribers who want to hear people talk about






falcons return to big game, remembering the dirty birds


by paul newberry, the ociated pressatlanta  — the last time the atlanta falcons made it to the super bowl, they put on quite a show.just not when it mattered.the team known as the “dirty birds” capped off a remarkable season in 1998 by doing almost everything wrong once they claimed a spot in the big game.“i didn’t do a good enough job of making them understand that you don’t want to just be there,” said dan reeves, who was the falcons’ coach. “you want to win it.”in the lead-up to the super bowl, reeves actually got things rolling by unwittingly rekindling his ugly breakup with the denver broncos, who just happened to be atlanta’s opponent. then there was a dispute over the way the players got off the plane once they landed in miami. for some reason, receiver terance mathis decided the su






long’s bet on patriots pays off in vet’s 1st super bowl trip


foxborough, m . (ap) — there was a time when chris long didn’t think this opportunity would ever come.a time when words like “playoffs” and “super bowl” seemed like unattainable unicorns that the 31-year-old patriots defensive lineman might never touch. eight years in the nfl spent on underperforming teams, and having seasons potholed by injuries have that effect.so when the veteran was asked this week whether the chance to earn a ring was on his mind when he signed with the patriots this offseason, he didn’t doesn’t hesitate to answer.“it’s the whole reason i e here,” he said. “everybody wants to win. that’s the bottom line. when you’re making a decision as an older player of where you want to be, you want to be in situations like this with opportunities like this. we’ve earned the opport






falcons arrive for 1st super bowl appearance since 1999


houston (ap) — they’re here.well, at least one team playing in the super bowl has arrived in houston.the atlanta falcons, making their first appearance in the nfl championship game since 1999 and second overall, arrived sunday afternoon to little fanfare at george bush intercontinental airport.that was quite the contrast to the sendoff the nfc champs received when they left atlanta, where thousands of fans lined the streets in midtown, chanting “a-t-l, a-t-l” and other slogans of encoura ent. the falcons’ motorcade had gone from the team’s facility in flowery branch, georgia, to the airport.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the falcons beat the green bay packers to qualify for their first super bowl since losing to denver 18 years ago. afc champion new england arriv






as falcons return to big game, remembering the dirty birds


atlanta (ap) — the last time the atlanta falcons made it to the super bowl, they put on quite a show.just not when it mattered.the team known as the “dirty birds” capped off a remarkable season in 1998 by doing almost everything wrong once they claimed a spot in the big game.“i didn’t do a good enough job of making them understand that you don’t want to just be there,” said dan reeves, who was the falcons’ coach. “you want to win it.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.in the lead-up to the super bowl, reeves actually got things rolling by unwittingly rekindling his ugly breakup with the denver broncos, who just happened to be atlanta’s opponent. then there was a dispute over the way the players got off the plane once they landed in miami. for some reason, receiver te






super bowl in 8 languages for ellite radio subscribers


houston (ap) — football fans in the united states can listen to the super bowl in eight languages next sunday.siriusxm will carry the westwood one national feed in english, plus the local broadcasts of the atlanta falcons and new england patriots. and if you speak spanish, french, japanese, mandarin, german, hungarian, even flemish, there will be a channel on ellite radio for you.televisa is doing the spanish-language broadcasts. w9 is handling french, 1 german, gdtv mandarin, nhk japanese, amc hungarian, and eleven in flemish.“it kind of reflects the international nature of the game as it continues to grow both home and abroad,” says steve cohen, siriusxm’s senior vice president of sports programming. “it’s a wonderful thing to be able to give our subscribers who want to hear people talk






could rockies be playoff contender over broncos in 2017?


no offense to broncos quarterbacks trevor siemian and paxton lynch. but could it be the rockies have better young arms in jon gray, chad bettis, tyler chatwood and tyler anderson?the rockies are talking playoffs, the way the broncos always do. the difference? the rockies are a baseball team on the rise, while the broncos are a football team in transition. could it be that in 2017 coors field will be a happier place than mile high stadium?now that would rock broncos country, wouldn’t it?the rockies are finally acting like winners. with all due respect to new broncos coach vance joseph, if he thinks our local nfl team can quickly reboot with siemian or lynch at quarterback, the only kick joseph might get is in the pants.although they play in the national league west alongside san francisco a






georgia bulldogs ringtones


georgia bulldogs fight songs and ringtones - officially licensedexperience the explosive power of the georgia bulldogsplay the top seminole fight songs whenever & as loud as you want. includes & lyrics for "glory", "hail to georgia", "alma mater" and "go georgia bulldogs remix". four top georgia fight songs for one price that can be also be ed as ringtones. it's like bringing the band & cheerleaders with you. great for gameday parties, ncaa football, ncaa basketball, bowl games, march madness, college tail gating and taunting rivals. application includes song lyrics or traditions for: gloryhail to georgiaalma matergo georgia bulldogs remixgo dawgs.






webb, south hold on for 16-15 win over north in senior bowl


mobile, ala. — california's davis webb directed scoring drives on all three of his possessions to lead the south to a 16-15 senior bowl victory urday over the north, which couldn't hit a final two-point attempt.the pac-12 conference's leading p er threw for 165 yards on 11-of-16 p ing, including a 39-yard touchdown strike on a well-thrown fade to texas a&m's josh reynolds.nate peterman of pittsburgh had a similarly strong performance for the north in the showcase game for senior nfl prospects that actually featured late drama. peterman fired a 6-yard scoring p to east carolina's zay jones with 1:51 left but the north went for two points and a potential lead.under heavy pressure from chattanooga's keionta davis, peterman's p was deflected and intercepted by byu's harvey langi. the south






patriots-falcons, the latest case of trophy inequity


the new england patriots are in the super bowl for the ninth time in the last 31 years, chasing their fifth championship next weekend in houston.no coach or player in the current nfl could have a more palpable been-here-before feeling than bill belichick and tom brady. the patriots have won four super bowls in seven appearances since the 2001 season.then there’s the atlanta falcons, still seeking their first vince lombardi trophy after 51 seasons.though this pairing of teams with such disparate title-game histories is striking, it’s not exactly uncommon. here’s a look back at some of the other memorable championship matchups involving trophy-case inequity in major sports:most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.yankees prowess: less than two months after the terrorist atta






jets hire kevin greene as outside linebackers coach


florham park, n.j. — the new york jets have hired hall of famer kevin greene as their outside linebackers coach.greene, who played linebacker for 15 nfl seasons and twice led the league in sacks, stepped away from coaching in 2014 to spend more time with his family. he previously spent five seasons as green bay's outside linebackers coach from 2009-13 after beginning his coaching career as an intern with pittsburgh in 2008.the jets announced the move urday. greene replaces mark collins, who was one of five istants not brought back by coach todd bowles.greene was a five-time pro bowl selection and the 1996 nfl defensive player of the year. he had 160 sacks, ranking him third on the career list, while playing for the rams, steelers, panthers and the 49ers. greene was inducted into the pro fo






florida gators ringtones


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bennett defines his own 'patriot way' en route to super bowl


foxborough, m . — if martellus bennett had his way, people would live in his world.he describes it as a fun place, where imaginations can run wild and people can feel unrestrained.and in a way, bennett has managed to do just that in his first season with the new england patriots.fair or unfair, under bill belichick new england has been branded as an organization where individuality is discouraged, and where belichick's boiler plate lines like "i'm going to do what's best for the team" are often repeated by his players.but while he has integrated himself into belichick's football philosophies, off the field "marty" has been the antithesis of conformity. with locker room jester rob gronkowski on injured reserve since december following back surgery, bennett has stepped right into his role as






'sag awards' could offer some oscars clues


chuck barney’s tv picks for jan. 29-feb. 4don’t miss: “the 23rd annual screen actors guild awards” — yes, it’s another excuse for movie and tv stars to get all dressed up and wear sparkly things. at least his celebration of top performances should offer some clues as to who might collect oscars a few weeks from now. will “la la land” dance off with lots of trophies? will “moonlight” shine extra brightly? hard to say. what we do know is that lily tomlin will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. 5 p.m. pt (8 p.m. et), sunday, tnt and tbs.other bets:sunday:  believe it or not, steve harvey returns to host tonight’s miss universe pageant from the philippines. let’s hope he doesn’t flub it up this time. 7 p.m., fox.sunday: you don’t have to talk like a pirate to enjoy the fourth and fi






wanna bet? once gambling-shy nfl plans move to vegas


once upon a time, the thought of gambling on a pro football game brought gasps of indignation from the nfl offices. and swift action if it was a player who actually placed a bet.paul hornung and alex karras each were suspended for the 1963 season for gambling on nfl games. when the league suspended art schlichter in 1983, then-commissioner pete rozelle said the quarterback would not be reinstated “until the league can be solidly ured that the serious violations of cardinal nfl rules he has committed will not be repeated.”but slowly over the decades, the league has pulled back on how far it will go to enforce those “cardinal nfl rules.” and earlier this month, one of the last lines was crossed: the raiders announced plans to move to las vegas, the epicenter of the action, where more than $1






hartman: vikings must find a way to fix awful running game


last year vikings coach mike zimmer added pat shurmur as a tight ends coach and tony sparano as an offensive line coach, giving the vikings a lot of nfl head coaching experience on their staff.but the team lost a chunk of head coaching experience during the season when offensive coordinator norv turner resigned. shurmur took over the coordinator position on an interim basis and now will retain that job, while zimmer also added two new coaches in recent weeks to round out his staff.zimmer talked about what he expects from his new coaches.“well, we hired clancy barone as the tight ends coach, and clancy, he’s had a long history of coaching the offensive line and the tight ends with the denver broncos,” he said. “that’s where he e from, and he won the super bowl with them last year. he’s a ve






bennett defines his own ‘patriot way’ en route to super bowl


foxborough, m . (ap) — if martellus bennett had his way, people would live in his world.he describes it as a fun place, where imaginations can run wild and people can feel unrestrained.and in a way, bennett has managed to do just that in his first season with the new england patriots.fair or unfair, under bill belichick new england has been branded as an organization where individuality is discouraged, and where belichick’s boiler plate lines like “i’m going to do what’s best for the team” are often repeated by his players.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.but while he has integrated himself into belichick’s football philosophies, off the field “marty” has been the antithesis of conformity. with locker room jester rob gronkowski on injured reserve since december fol






farro, mushroom, and spinach soup recipe


if you haven’t met farro yet, let me introduce you.farro is an ancient grain with long-ago origins in western asia. it has an earthy, nutty flavor and a chewy texture that works well in everything from winter soups to hearty salads.italian cooks have enjoyed this grain for years, and it’s beginning to catch on here, too. give it a try in this hearty, but easy, meal of cooked farro, sautéed mushrooms, and greens!as farro’s popularity has grown, it’s become easier to find it in stores. look for pearled farro (perlato), which is quick-cooking.be sure to read the package carefully when buying. other grades of the grain are only semi-pearled or whole, and these retain the tough husks and take longer to cook, sometimes requiring an overnight soak in water. (also, don’t confuse farro with spelt,






trading with richard sherman would be a very bad idea


seattle’s secondary is thin enough that removing a player of the pro bowler’s caliber would leave too big of a hole.let’s just put it out there, because you know the thought has crossed people’s minds.as richard sherman gets set to play in the pro bowl on sunday, an honor he has been chosen for in each of the past four seasons, some folks have wondered: could this be the last time he represents the seahawks in a football game?it’s not a ridiculous question. well, not a completely ridiculous one, at least. one of the nfl’s more controversial figures had what appeared to be his most contentious season to date, as teammates were screamed at, coaches were questioned and apologies were absent.gifted as sherman is, talent isn’t always enough to solidify one’s place on an nfl roster. players that






trading richard sherman would be a very bad idea


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nfl, legal future for bengals’ jones under review


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