2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Obsessions
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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.
- 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 55,698 views0:43
- Motor racing-Newey plays down Red Bull's title chances
Red Bull may win races this season but they cannot realistically expect to mount a Formula One title challenge, according to their championship-winning designer Adrian Newey. "I think we should be realistic about our expectations for this year," the Briton, who has stepped back from his full time role as technical supremo at the former champions, said in an interview published by Red Bull. I think it's really a season that will be very much about trying to extract the most we can and build on it for the future." Red Bull won three races last year, to 16 for Mercedes, and relinquished both drivers' and constructors' titles they had held for four years in a row. The 2014 season featured the introduction of a new V6 turbo hybrid power unit, with Mercedes emerging as the pick of the field while Red Bull's partners Renault struggled with reliability and performance.