Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says he has seen enough of the NFL's investigation of fake crowd noise at Atlanta's home games to acknowledge wrongdoing.
The NFL is trying to determine if the Falcons pumped artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome for home games the last two years. Apparently, the answer is yes.
Blank said Tuesday "I think what we've done in 2013 and 2014 was wrong."
Blank says he expects the league to report its findings in two to three weeks.
The Falcons could be fined or penalized with the loss of a draft pick if found to have added fake crowd noise during the opposing team's huddles when trying to call a play.
Blank says the team has cooperated with the investigation.
Taurasi paid to sit out season
The toll of playing year-round basketball finally caught up with Diana Taurasi.
But instead of taking a season off from her club team, Taurasi is going to skip the 2015 WNBA season so she can rest.
Less than a year after leading the Phoenix Mercury to its third WNBA title, Taurasi announced she has accepted a lucrative offer from UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia to rest this summer instead of playing in the WNBA.
Taurasi said she will return for the 2016 WNBA season.
"The year-round nature of women's basketball takes its toll and the financial opportunity with my team in Russia would have been irresponsible to turn down," Taurasi said.
Vonn finishes third in super-G
Anna Fenninger of Austria added a world championship super-G title to her Olympic gold medal, winning the event Tuesday on a shortened course and in blustery conditions.
Fenninger found the perfect line and finished in 1 minute, 10.29 seconds. Tina Maze was second, 0.03 seconds behind, and Lindsey Vonn was third, 0.15 seconds back despite a wind gust standing her up early in her run.
"I thought I skied pretty well," Vonn said. "I'm happy with the way I skied. I'm happy with the result. I just wish the weather was a little bit better."
Golf pioneer Sifford dies
Charlie Sifford, who was often called the Jackie Robinson of golf, died, according to ESPN and multiple other sources. He was 92.
The cause of death was not announced. Sifford suffered a stroke and was hospitalized late last month in Cleveland, according to the Golf Channel. He also was battling a bacterial infection.
The golf pioneer played a crucial role in getting the PGA of America to rescind its Caucasians-only clause in 1961 and became the first African-American to earn what is now called a PGA Tour card.
He won twice after that, at the 1967 Greater Hartford Open and the 1969 Los Angeles Open, although most of his prime golfing years came prior to being allowed to play on the PGA Tour.
AROUND THE HORN
Soccer: Frank Borghi, the goalkeeper in the United States' 1-0 upset victory over England in the 1950 World Cup, died. He was 89.
College basketball: Bill Raftery and Grant Hill will be the analysts alongside play-by-play man Jim Nantz for this year's Final Four,
College hockey: Wild 2011 draft pick Steve Michalek made 63 saves but Harvard still fell to Boston University 4-3 in double overtime in the Boston Beanpot tournament. Northeastern beat Boston College 3-2 in the second game.
Baseball: Angels slugger Josh Hamilton could be out for two months after surgery on his right shoulder, putting in doubt his availability for opening day. ... Reliever John Axeford agreed to a minor leage deal with the Rockies and will try to be the setup man for closer LaTroy Hawkins.