Former MLB home run king Aaron dies

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ATLANTA (AP) His name is all over the baseball record book and, indeed, Hank Aaron could do it all.

Sure, he's remembered mostly for dethroning the Babe to become baseball's home run king on the way to 755, but don't forget about the .300 average, or the graceful way he fielded his position, or the deceiving speed he showed on the basepaths.

Yet, when talking about the true measure of the man, there was far more to "Hammerin' Hank" than his brilliance between the lines.

Chiefs' Mahomes cleared to play Sunday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was cleared Friday from the league's concussion protocol after his third consecutive day of practice and will be under center when Kansas City plays the Buffalo Bills in the AFC championship game.

Mahomes was hurt in the third quarter of the Chiefs' divisional-round win over Cleveland. He returned to take the majority of snaps in a light workout Wednesday, then did the same during the longest practice of the week Thursday, before team doctors and an independent neurologist gave him the green light following Friday's workout. (MORE)

NT Vea in, WR Brown out for Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their defense for Sunday's NFC championship game, activating nose tackle Vita Vea from the reserve/injured list.

The third-year pro, one of the top run-stoppers in the NFL, has been sidelined since early October with a broken ankle. He resumed practicing with the team this week and will be available this weekend against the Green Bay Packers. (MORE)

Embiid dominates Celts again, 76ers win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid dropped a step-back 3-pointer and stated the shot was "nasty." His game at MVP level, Embiid has avoided the flops that have dogged his career - putting up numbers as he dodged the claim he should be too big to flail.

Embiid had 38 points and 11 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 23 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 122-110 on Friday night. (MORE)

Mayhew, Hurney join Washington brass

Ron Rivera bulked up his front office Friday, hiring Martin Mayhew to be Washington's general manager and Marty Hurney to serve as executive vice president of football and player personnel.

The moves give Rivera two seasoned NFL executives to work with going into his second season coaching and running football operations. (MORE)

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