$4 million dome home, owl surprise Christmas guest, cold sea turtles, red snapper: News from around our 50 states

From USA TODAY Network and wire reports Published 2:18 AM EST Dec 23, 2019 Alabama  Cullman: Money raised by an 11-year-old girl to help a north Alabama animal shelter is being used to fund animal adoptions as an early Christmas treat. The Cullman Times reported that sixth-grader Denna Chivers has been helping the Cullman County…

Opinion: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs look as if they’re peaking at perfect time

Nancy Armour USA TODAY Published 2:19 AM EST Dec 23, 2019 CHICAGO — Don’t overlook the Kansas City Chiefs. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are the NFL’s new darlings, and with good reason. The New England Patriots are going to strike fear in the hearts of everyone until Tom Brady is retired and Bill…

An Eagles fan snuck into Doug Pederson’s press conference, asked a question, then got booted

By: Andy Nesbitt | December 23, 2019 12:20 am Have you ever been so excited about a big win by your team that you wished you could go down to the bowels of the arena where the postgame press conferences are held and ask the coach a question? That apparently happened in Philadelphia on Sunday…

Clippers’ Paul George returns to Oklahoma City to warm reception: ‘It made me feel appreciated’

Mark Medina USA TODAY Published 12:05 AM EST Dec 23, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY — Just like when he first visited this city two years ago, Paul George met legions of Oklahoma City Thunder fans eager to see him. Unlike when he first met them, George greeted them wearing a different uniform Sunday. No matter. About…

Former Dodgers standout Hyun-Jin Ryu reaches four-year, $80 million deal with Blue Jays

Jace Evans USA TODAY Published 12:35 AM EST Dec 23, 2019 It’s been quite the offseason for Scott Boras.  The baseball super agent cleared $1 billion in deals negotiated this winter as pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told USA…