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Falcons player’s wife goes into labor during playoff win

Chipper Jones wasn’t the only Atlanta sports figure anxiously awaiting the birth of a child.

Falcons offensive guard Andy Levitre and his wife, Katie, were also expecting a birth. 

As the Falcons played the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday in the NFC Divisional playoff game, Katie Levitre went into labor while watching the game at the Georgia Dome. 

>> Read more trending storiesKatie Levitre, a former swimsuit model and NFL cheerleader, was on social media during the game, retweeting an NFL video of her husband spiking the football following a touchdown.

After the game, she waited for her husband to go through his usual post-game routine before heading out into Atlanta traffic.

The two were at an Atlanta hospital within hours. Their daughter, Lily, was born at 12:07 a.m. Sunday, about four hours after the game ended.

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Levitre was acquired by the Falcons before the 2016 season in a trade from the Tennessee Titans for a sixth-round draft pick.

Lady Gaga teases Super Bowl performance with behind the scenes video

On Feb. 5, Lady Gaga will take the stage during the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Less than three weeks before the championship game, Pepsi, who is sponsoring the halftime show, released a teaser video of the pop superstar as she prepares for her performance.  

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In the behind the scenes video, Gaga can be seen at other appearances, and clips show dancers preparing choreography for the big event. "Bad Romance" is one song fans might expect from Gaga during the show, according to the video.

"This is, obviously, a humongous platform. This is, probably, like, the greatest 12 minutes of our lives," said choreographer Richy Jackson, who has worked with Lady Gaga for at least 10 years. "We're just going to see a humble, appreciative yet showmanship side of Gaga. And we haven't seen her like this because we haven't been on a stage like this. It'll be a new face, a different kind of energy."

"It will be special because I've been planning this since I was 4," Gaga said in the preview. "So I know exactly what I'm going to do." 

Hold on to your hats! Your first look#BTS of #PepsiHalftime as @RICHYSQUIRREL gets @LadyGaga's dancers ready to make us Feb 5th! pic.twitter.com/NlteGrS7Wa— Pepsi(@pepsi) January 18, 2017

Gaga, who recently performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, has teased photos of her Super Bowl preparations on Instagram and said that she and her dancers built a tent in her backyard with a dance floor to practice.

"The thing is, it's such a big world stage in terms of how many people see it," Gaga said in the Pepsi behind the scenes video. "It's been done so many times (that) I think the challenge is to look at it and say, you know, 'What can I do differently? How can I elevate certain little things here and there?"

Last year, Lady Gaga sang the national anthem before the start of the Super Bowl game. She released her fifth studio album, "Joanne," in October.

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Seattle's Bennett berates reporter after playoff loss to Falcons

Frustration boiled over for Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett as he lashed out at a reporter after Seattle’s 36-20 NFC playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, ESPN reported.

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Bennett became angry when a reporter mentioned that the Seahawks’ rushers had difficulty putting pressure on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Bennett challenged the reporter’s observation.

 "We got a lot of pressure," Bennett said. “He threw the ball really fast. There was some busted stuff going on so obviously you don’t know football. He threw the ball pretty fast. He did his thing. We rushed as good as we could. Don’t point and say we didn’t do what we needed to do, OK? Don’t do that.”

Ryan completed 26 of 37 passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns and was not intercepted. The Seahawks had three sacks and eight quarterback hits during the game.

"Get out of my face now," Bennett continued. "Don’t tell me I didn’t do my job. … Get … out of my face. Don’t play with me. I just put my heart on the … field. … Try me again, see what happens. I ain’t one of these … out here. Don’t try to tell me what I didn’t do."

Raiders file paperwork to move to Las Vegas

The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to make a big move that will undoubtedly be controversial with fans.According to The Associated Press, the Oakland Raiders filed official forms Thursday to move the football franchise from Oakland to Las Vegas. The team has not been able to secure a satisfactory stadium option in Oakland, prompting the desire to move, according to sources.

Oakland Raiders file papers to move to Las Vegas. https://t.co/YQhabEgnKP #NFL #sportsbiz pic.twitter.com/4GHr2IoPcN— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) January 19, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

>> Read more trending stories The Raiders will need to gain the support of 24 NFL team owners to make the move official. That vote would occur in the spring. The Chargers announced recently that the team is moving from San Diego to Los Angeles, giving the city two NFL teams after having no team for 20 years. The St. Louis Rams relocated to L.A. for the 2016 season.

>>Fans react to Chargers new logo

Chargers reveal new logo before move to Los Angeles; fans react

The former San Diego Chargers will become the Los Angeles Chargers as the team leaves the city it has called home for the last 56 years and moves north, Chargers CEO Dean Spanos confirmed Thursday.

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"After much deliberation, I have made the decision to relocate the Chargers to Los Angeles, beginning with the 2017 NFL season," Spanos said in a statement. "Today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers."

A letter from Dean Spanos pic.twitter.com/rTNIvrsN1A— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 12, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The Chargers revealed a new logo later in the day, which caused a buzz from both fans and critics.

Many people said they didn't like the new logo, and many compared it to the L.A. Dodgers' logo.

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But Spanos is determined to make the best of the changes. 

"We must earn the respect and support of LA football fans," he said. "The Chargers are determined to fight for LA, and we are excited to get started."

Chargers confirm move to Los Angeles

The San Diego Chargers will move north to Los Angeles, Chargers CEO Dean Spanos confirmed Thursday.

The move will end the team's 55-year stay in the city.

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The Chargers notified NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other league owners of their intent to move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season, ESPN reported. Annie Heilbrum of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweeted Wednesday that the team was expected to make an announcement sometime Thursday.

I'm told by a #Chargers source that the team is expected to officially announce tomorrow. Still getting the word "expected."— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) January 12, 2017

The Chargers are expected to share the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the Rams for the next two seasons before moving into a $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, which is expected to open in 2019, ESPN reported. 

The move gives Los Angeles two NFL franchises after two decades without a team. The Rams returned to Los Angeles last season, going 4-12.

The Chargers were established in 1960 and played their inaugural season in L.A. for the old American Football League before moving south to San Diego in 1961.

Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News tweeted that the Chargers will consider rebranding but noted it wouldn't be done in time for the 2017 season, if it's done at all.

"More than anything I'm shocked," Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget told ESPN. "I didn't think it was going to happen. I thought we were going to stay in San Diego. I thought something would've got done and worked out...So I guess L.A. is our new home then." 

An NFL source told ESPN on Wednesday night that Chargers chairman Dean Spanos had yet to send a formal relocation letter to the NFL or notify public officials in Los Angeles or San Diego of the team's move. 

"At first, I hoped it was fake news. It's something that is unfathomable, but it is reality," Chargers quarterbacking great Dan Fouts told ESPN. 

Chargers wideout Keenan Allen told ESPN that "It's different to hear the Los Angeles Chargers, but it should be dope." 

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the front of Chargers Park was egged amid reports of relocation.

How's San Diego taking news of imminent relocation? Front door of Chargers Park egged tonight. San Diego police monitoring facility now. pic.twitter.com/t0gYwfpauF— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) January 12, 2017

During the Chargers’ time in San Diego, they won the 1963 AFL championship and made Super Bowl XXIX, losing to the San Francisco 49ers.

Spanos has unsuccessfully tried to land a new stadium with taxpayer funding for more than two decades, according to Bleacher Report. Qualcomm Stadium, which opened in 1967, is the fifth oldest among current NFL stadiums. 

In November, San Diego citizens voted against funding for a new Chargers stadium.

Dallas Cowboys now accepting bandwagon fans

The Dallas Cowboys are welcoming all fans, even those who are just now jumping on the bandwagon.

At 13-3, the NFC top seed is preparing to play the Green Bay Packers in a divisional playoff game on Sunday. The Cowboys have a dynamic offense this season, led by a pair of rookies, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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To make it easy for bandwagon fans, the Cowboys posted an application on the team’s official Twitter page. The humorous document asks about any previous experience in being a Cowboys fan, and if the applicant has ever talked trash about the Cowboys. The document asks whether the applicant has ever cheered for any of the Cowboys’ adversaries, which, the application notes, could lead to further questioning. As a nod to the Cowboys’ schedule, which traditionally includes a Thanksgiving game, applicants are asked if they mind working on Thanksgiving.

Thanks for your inquiry about the Dallas Cowboys' bandwagon. Spots are filling up fast, don't miss out! Download: https://t.co/RljLeEaqHo pic.twitter.com/2euKnUZ30N— Dallas CowboysJanuary 10, 2017

The team said bandwagon spots are filling up fast.

Young cancer patient gets personal video from Patriots’ Gronkowski

A plea on Twitter took less than 24 hours to go viral and get a response from New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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The Twitter campaign is for 13-year-old Hunter Pietrowski, who is battling cancer and about to undergo his final treatment.

"What's up, Hunter, it's your buddy Rob Gronkowski here," Gronkowski says in the video's opening.

Hunter was hoping for a meet and greet with Gronkowski, but said the video was just as special.

"I was excited and speechless,” Hunter said.

Hunter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in June. It already had spread to his spine when doctors found it.

Treatment began a short time later at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina, where his family now lives.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady visited the hospital, but Hunters’ favorite player, Gronkowski, wasn’t able to join him.

After that, the family began a Twitter campaign to get Hunter a meet and greet.

"Just hearing about your story Hunter so I just want to say congratulations on your last chemo session coming up on Thursday,” Gronkowski told him in the personalized message. 

It seems what kept the tight end off this playing field put him on the same one as Hunter.

"We're both going through a little setback right now, but we're both gonna come back with major comebacks, Hunter, so let's do it. Stay strong and let's fight through this, let's go,” Gronkowski said.

Hunter couldn’t be happier.

"Just getting something from your favorite player, it's just something you wouldn't expect,” he said.

The video has been playing on a loop in Hunter’s room.

"It's really nice to see that twinkle and that smile and I think we've probably played it 50 times last night just over and over so we'll continue to keep playing it over and over,” said Hunter’s mother, Tiffany Pietrowski.

@PatriotsUnite12 ⚡️ “Gronk RTs” by @DanversPolicehttps://t.co/5VcAo7bZbD — PatriotsFan-Mom (@Tedybruschifan) January 11, 2017

J.J. Watt visits hospital bedside of boy injured in crash, replaces destroyed jersey

He has the looks. He has the skill. And apparently, he has the heart.

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt answered a social media call when one his fans was injured in a New Year's Eve crash.

Noah Fulmer was injured when a driver hit two parked cars in Houston. One of the cars hit Noah, his younger sister and two other family members, KPRC reported.

Noah was injured, and as paramedics attended to the 8-year-old they had to cut off his favorite football jersey.

The jersey was Watt's number 99.

Noah's father, Cory, said his son was fighting the paramedics to save his beloved jersey.

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Noah's cousin took to Twitter to give the boy hope while he was recovering, telling Watt what happened.

To their surprise, Watt responded, telling the family that he'd personally deliver a new jersey to Noah's hospital room, ESPN reported.

That is terrible, is he ok? Tell him I'll bring him a new jersey tomorrow. https://t.co/jSYhbhxU1H— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 3, 2017

Last week, he did.

@JJWatt @HoustonTexans JJ Watt surprised Noah after surgery. Thank you Watt #Nfl #JJWATT #thankyou #teamnoah #prayfornoah #hejustwokeup pic.twitter.com/d68wMhDelT— Marc (@carapia116) January 3, 2017

Watt actually showed up with several jerseys, including his game jersey. Watt autographed that one with a message of hope for Noah. The jersey is as big as Noah, blanketing him before he headed to the operating room.

Noah went in for his 3rd surgery. He will be having more to prevent infections since he was hit at a beach. #TeamNoah #PrayForNoah #JJWatt pic.twitter.com/haUiwOk3hH— Marc (@carapia116) January 6, 2017

Noah is recovering from two broken legs and a damaged foot. He's already had at least three surgeries to fix the damage.

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