2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- 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 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.
- 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
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 56,918 views0:43
- Super Bowl XLIX: Live Report Coming Soon