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  • Super Bowl Sunday kicks off with scandal and spectacle
    Super Bowl Sunday kicks off with scandal and spectacle

    The Super Bowl kicks off Sunday as American football seeks to put a scandal-plagued season behind it, with this year's spectacle featuring a Katy Perry concert, ultra-expensive commercials and a compelling clash between Seattle and New England. The extravaganza is expected to draw a whopping 115 million viewers -- or about one in three Americans -- and amounts to an unofficial holiday in the United States, where even those with no interest in the sport gather at countless Super Bowl parties. This year's championship comes with the National Football League battling back from a season of turmoil, accused of complacency and even conspiracy in its handling of issues ranging from domestic violence to concussion dangers. The latest controversy -- accusations that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs -- has dominated news coverage in the days leading up to the game.

  • Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight
    Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight

    Unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather dampened talk of a possible mega-fight agreement with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, a day after the Asian star's promoter said a deal was near. Mayweather posted a message on his Shots account that said in part "While they continue to lie about making the fight... I'm just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the New York Post on Friday that he was optimistic a Pacquiao-Mayweather deal for a May 2 fight in Las Vegas would be completed in the next couple of days, with only a few final details to be settled between rival telecasters HBO and Showtime, the rights holders for Pacquiao and Mayweather respectively. Mayweather, who turns 38 on February 24, left England's Amir Khan hanging for months until announcing on his birthday last year that he would fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana instead.

  • Murray under microscope after Melbourne Park meltdown

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray blamed Novak Djokovic's physical problems in their Australian Open final on Sunday for throwing him off his game but that could hardly explain the meltdown that saw the Scot lose 12 of the last 13 games. After leveling at one-set apiece, Murray led 2-0 in the third but collapsed to lose the match 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, his fourth defeat in Australian Open finals and third to Djokovic.

  • Super Bowl XLIX: Live Report Coming Soon
    Super Bowl XLIX: Live Report Coming Soon

    Glendale (United States) (AFP) - AFP will launch a live report on the NFL Super Bowl at 23:00 GMT. Check back for coverage of the clash between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.

  • Neymar, Messi lead Barca fightback against Villarreal
    Neymar, Messi lead Barca fightback against Villarreal

    Barcelona moved back to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid as they twice came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2 in a thrilling encounter on Sunday. Madrid loanee Denis Cheryshev put Villarreal ahead against the run of play after half an hour only for the in-form Neymar to level just before the break. A crazy four-minute spell early in the second-half then yielded three goals as Luciano Vietto put Villarreal back in front, but Rafinha quickly equalised before Lionel Messi struck a memorable winner from the edge of the box.

  • Map: Where Super Bowl XLIX players went to high school
    Map: Where Super Bowl XLIX players went to high school

    Photos by MaxPreps photographers Where Super Bowl XLIX Players Went to High School California - 17 Richard Sherman   Dominguez (Compton)  -  Seahawks DeShawn Shead   Highland (Palmdale)  -  Seahawks Malcolm Smith   Taft (Woodland Hills)  -  Seahawks Bobby Wagner   Colony (Ontario)  -  Seahawks Marshawn Lynch   Oakland Tech  -  Seahawks Robert Turbin   Irvington (Fremont)  -  Seahawks Jeron Johnson   Dominguez (Compton)  -  Seahawks Cooper Helfet   Redwood (Larkspur)  -  Seahawks Chris Matthews   Dorsey (Los Angeles)  -  Seahawks Akeem Ayers   Verbum Dei (Los Angeles)  -  Patriots Tom Brady   Serra (San Mateo)  -  Patriots Brandon Browner   Sylmar  -  Patriots Patrick Chung   Rancho Cucamonga  -  Patriots Julian Edelman   Woodside  -  Patriots Matthew Slater   Servite (Anaheim)  -  Patriots Shane Vereen   Valencia  -  Patriots Ryan Wendell   Diamond Bar  -  Patriots Texas - 15 Jeremy Lane   Tyler  -  Seahawks Michael Bennett   Alief Taylor (Houston)  -  Seahawks David King   Strake Jesuit (Houston)  -  Seahawks Steven Terrell    Allen  -  Seahawks Earl Thomas   West Orange-Stark (Orange)  -  Seahawks Mike Morgan   Skyline (Dallas)  -  Seahawks Clint Gresham    Ray (Corpus Christi)  - Seahawks Christine Michael   Westbrook (Texas)  -  Seahawks Russell Okung   Fort Bend Bush (Richmond)  -  Seahawks Keavon Milton   Canton  - Seahawks Danny Amendola   The Woodlands  -  Patriots Josh Boyce   Copperas Cove  -  Patriots Marcus Cannon   Odessa  -  Patriots Cameron Fleming   Cypress Creek (Houston)  -  Patriots Brandon LaFell   Lamar (Houston)  -  Patriots Florida - 9 Cliff Avril   Clay (Green Cove Springs)  -  Seahawks Lemuel Jeanpierre   Timber Creek (Orlando)  -  Seahawks B.J. Daniels   Lincoln (Tallahassee)  -  Seahawks Doug Baldwin    Gulf Breeze (Gulf Breeze)  -  Seahawks LeGarrette Blount   Taylor County (Perry)  -  Patriots Bryan Stork   Vero Beach  -  Patriots Brian Tyms   Dillard (Fort Lauderdale)  -  Patriots James White   St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)  -  Patriots Vince Wilfork   Santaluces (Lantana)  -  Patriots Illinois - 7 O'Brien Schofield   North Chicago  -  Seahawks Tony Moeaki   Wheaton-Warrenville South (Wheaton)  -  Seahawks Darius Fleming   St. Rita (Chicago)  -  Patriots Jimmy Garoppolo   Rolling Meadows  -  Patriots Michael Hoomanawanui   Bloomington Central Catholic  -  Patriots Zach Moore   Simeon (Chicago)  -  Patriots Rob Ninkovich   Lincoln-Way Central (New Lenox)  -  Patriots Mississippi - 6 K.J. Wright   Olive Branch  -  Seahawks Kevin Norwood   D'Iberville  -  Seahawks Malcolm Butler   Vicksburg  -  Patriots Jamie Collins   Franklin County (Meadville)  -  Patriots Stephen Gostkowski   Madison Central (Madison)  -  Patriots Chris White   Vancleave  -  Patriots Georgia - 4 Demarcus Dobbs   Calvary Baptist (Savannah)  -  Seahawks Bruce Irvin    Stephenson (Stone Mountain)  -  Seahawks James Carpenter   Hephzibah  -  Seahawks Ricardo Lockette   Monroe (Albany)  -  Seahawks New Jersey - 4 Casillas, Jonathan Casillas   New Brunswick  -  Patriots McCourty, Devin McCourty   St. Joseph Regional (Montvale)  -  Patriots Ryan, Logan Ryan   Eastern (Voorhees)  -  Patriots Wright, Timothy Wright    Wall Township (Wall)  -  Patriots Pennsylvania - 4 Garry Gilliam   Milton Hershey (Hershey)  -  Seahawks James Develin   Boyertown  -  Patriots Rob Gronkowski   Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh)  -  Patriots Darrelle Revis Aliquippa  -  Patriots Virginia - 4 Marcus Burley   Highland Springs  -  Seahawks Russell Wilson   Collegiate (Richmond)  -  Seahawks Kam Chancellor    Maury (Norfolk)  -  Seahawks Danny Aiken    Cave Spring (Roanoke)  -  Patriots Louisiana - 3 Tharold Simon   Eunice  -  Seahawks Patrick Lewis   East St. John (Reserve)  -  Seahawks Brandon Bolden   Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)  -  Patriots South Carolina - 3 Byron Maxwell   Fort Dorchester (North Charleston)  -  Seahawks Landon Cohen    Spartanburg  -  Seahawks Tony McDaniel   Keenan (Columbia)  -  Seahawks Utah - 3 Will Tukuafu   East (Salt Lake City)  -  Seahawks Jordan Devey   American Fork (American Fork)  -  Patriots Sealver Siliga  Copper Hills (West Jordan)  -  Patriots Canada - 2 Jon Ryan   -  Seahawks Luke Willson  -   Seahawks Missouri - 2 Justin Britt   Lebanon  -  Seahawks Dan Connolly   Marquette (Chesterfield)  -  Patriots New York  - 2 Chandler Jones   Union-Endicott (Endicott)  -  Patriots Joe Vellano   Christian Brothers Academy (Albany)  -  Patriots Ohio - 2 Nate Ebner   Hilliard Davidson  -  Patriots Josh Kline   Mason (Ohio)  -  Patriots Washington - 2 Jermaine Kearse   Lakes (Lakewood)  -  Seahawks Bryan Walters    Juanita (Kirkland)  -  Seahawks Alabama - 1 Tarvaris Jackson   Lanier (Montgomery)  -  Seahawks Arkansas - 1 Kevin Williams    Fordyce  -  Seahawks Arizona - 1 Zach Miller   Desert Vista (Phoenix)  -  Seahawks Colorado - 1 Nate Solder   Buena Vista  -  Patriots Delaware - 1 Duron Harmon   Caesar Rodney (Camden)  -  Patriots Germany - 1 Sebastian Vollmer   Quirinus Gymnasium (Kaarst)   -  Patriots Hawaii - 1 Max Unger   Hawaii Prep (Kamuela)  -  Seahawks Indiana - 1 Chris Jones  Brownsburg (Ind.)  - Patriots Massachussetts - 1 Steven Hauschka    Needham  -  Seahawks Maryland - 1 Kyle Arrington   Gwynn Park (Brandywine)  -  Patriots Michigan - 1 Jonas Gray   Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills)  -  Patriots Montana - 1 Brock Coyle   Bozeman  -  Seahawks North Carolina - 1 J.R. Sweezy   Mooresville  -  Seahawks New Mexico - 1 Alan Branch   Cibola (Albuquerque)  -  Patriots Oklahoma - 1 Alvin Bailey   Broken Arrow  -  Seahawks Oregon - 1 Ryan Allen   West Salem (Salem)  -  Patriots Tennessee - 1 Dont'a Hightower   Marshall County (Lewisburg, Tenn.)  -  Patriots Washington, D.C. - 1 Tavon Wilson   Woodson  -  Patriots Marshawn Lynch high school interview and highlights 56,933 views0:43

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