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    In his line of work, Rick Harrison comes across plenty of jewelry, including championship rings from professional sports teams. Athletes often use the rings as collateral for loans.

    The ultimate pawnshop treasure
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    Jan. 26, 2015
    The 14-karat, white-gold Super Bowl ring encrusted with 143 diamonds is hard to miss in the display case at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard North. But store owner Rick Harrison doesn’t plan on parting with his prized possession.The price tag on the New England Patriots 2002 Super Bowl ring is ...
  • Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Phoenix. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.
    Sherman doubts any punishment ahead for Patriots
    Jan. 25, 2015
    Relishing no longer being in the "villain" role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team's Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if they are found guilty of doctoring footballs in the AFC championship game.
  • Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon is seen before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
    Source: Browns WR Josh Gordon fails another drug test
    Jan. 25, 2015
    Josh Gordon's troubles have deepened. He may be out of chances — and time.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins in the first half Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Cleveland.
    LeBron scores 34, Cavs win 6th straight, 108-98 over Thunder
    Jan. 25, 2015
    LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.
  • Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski celebrates with his players after his 1,000th career win in an NCAA college basketball game against St. John's at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Krzyzewski became the first men's coach in Division I history with 1,000 wins.
    Coach K gets 1,000th win as No. 5 Duke tops St. John’s 77-68
    Jan. 25, 2015
    Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win Sunday, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's ...
  • In this Dec. 22, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, attends a pretrial hearing in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. A jury is expected to be seated for opening arguments in his murder trial as early as Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.
    Opening statements next in murder trial of Aaron Hernandez
    Jan. 25, 2015
    Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. He and his fiancee had started a family, living in a mansion in the Boston suburbs with their 8-month-old daughter.
  • An official game ball for the NFL football Super Bowl XLIX is photographed Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at the Wilson Sporting Goods football factory in Ada, Ohio. The company, which has made the official Super Bowl football since the first Super Bowl in 1966, began making this year's game balls last Sunday night, Jan. 18, immediately after the conclusion of the NFC and AFC championship games. The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL championship on Sunday, Feb. 1, in Glendale, Ariz.
    AP Explains: What makes the Super Bowl such a big deal
    Jan. 25, 2015
    Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial holiday in the United States, a day when families and friends to gather to watch the game, the over-the-top commercials and big-name musical acts at halftime.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook reacts after hitting a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter of Game 5 in their NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal playoff series, May 21, 2012, in Oklahoma City.
    Vegas Play of the Day: Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
    Jan. 25, 2015
    The only thing that could make this NBA season, which has been one of the most entertaining in recent memory, better is profiting off it in the Play of the Day ...
  • UNLV guard Cody Doolin (45) is congratulated by fans after UNLV beat Utah State in overtime at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Doolin's two free throws put UNLV up 79-77.
    Rebels finally on right side of game-ending plays in win against Utah State
    Jan. 24, 2015
    It was the type of play that, to many, should have landed UNLV freshman Jordan Cornish an immediate seat on the bench ...
  • Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, left, of the United States celebrates winning against Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson, right, in their UFC featherweight mixed martial arts bout at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
    Anthony Johnson gets Jon Jones next after knocking out Alexander Gustafsson
    Jan. 24, 2015
    Alexander Gustafsson tugged the collar of his T-shirt over his eyes as he wept at the conclusion of UFC on Fox 14. The former top-ranked contender in the light heavyweight division wasn’t attempting to conceal the tears, which the second-largest crowd in UFC history of approximately 30,000 at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena ...
  • Another wild finish: Findlay Prep holds off Gorman with blocked shot at buzzer
    Jan. 24, 2015
    It seemed only fitting this high school basketball rivalry game wasn’t decided until the last shot. It happens that way every season. Findlay Prep’s Horace Spencer blocked a layup attempt by Bishop Gorman’s Stephen Zimmerman as the final buzzer sounded ...
  • Ex-MLB player Ted Lilly accused of fraud
    Jan. 24, 2015
    Former Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud, according to a newspaper report.
  • Fans left flowers, candles and a hat in front of Wrigley Field in honor of Cubs legend Ernie Banks in Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2014. Banks died at the age of 83 Friday night at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
    Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond
    Jan. 24, 2015
    To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game. His teammates loved him, and his list of admirers included President Barack Obama to Pearl Jam to athletes from all over the sports world.
  • UNLV guard Cody Doolin (45) is congratulated by Jelan Kendrick after sinking his first of two free throws in overtime at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
    Blog: UNLV capitalizes on mistake, fights its way to 79-77 win against Utah State
    Jan. 24, 2015
    David Collette scored 24 points on 12-of-16 shooting, but the only thing the Utah State freshman will be able to think about is his bizarre foul that handed UNLV a lifeline and the 79-77 overtime victory tonight at the Mack.
  • Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’
    Jan. 24, 2015
    Saying his team "followed the rules to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.
  • Alabama offensive coordinator Kiffin returning for 2nd year
    Jan. 24, 2015
    Lane Kiffin says he is coming back to Alabama for a second season as offensive coordinator. Kiffin reportedly had been a candidate to become offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers ...
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