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NHL: Penguins hold off Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Sidney Crosby managed to smile despite a swollen nose that was still bleeding long after it was struck by a puck.
The Penguins captain had reason to be happy. His nose wasn’t broken, and Pittsburgh held off the New York Islanders in a third period that turned more tense than expected.
FOOTBALL: NFL says it was ready with a backup power system
NEW ORLEANS — NFL officials were sure they’d get the Super Bowl finished on Sunday night.
And if they couldn’t, the league championship still would not have ended where it temporarily stopped, with less than two minutes gone in the third quarter. The Lombardi Trophy goes to the winner after 60 minutes, not 32.
Peterson double winner of AP NFL awards
Adrian Peterson called it a blessing in disguise.
Strange way to describe career-threatening major knee surgery.
NFL: Ray Lewis: One last ride for a man with many sides
NEW ORLEANS — In the final week of his career, we got to see the many sides of Ray Lewis.
There was Reverend Ray — reciting Bible verses and recalling singing in the church choir as a child, talking passionately about his relationship with God, the voice rising like a revival-tent preacher as he warned everyone that “the trick of the devil is to kill, steal and destroy. That’s what he comes to do. He comes to distract you from everything you’re trying to do.”
NFL: Ex-coaches say Rooney Rule is broken
NEW ORLEANS — Three black former NFL head coaches say the league needs to rethink its Rooney Rule for promoting minority hiring after 15 top vacancies — eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager positions — were all filled by white candidates since the regular season ended a month ago.
“I know the concept is good and something we need to do,” said Tony Dungy, who was with the Indianapolis Colts during the 2006 season when he became the first black coach to win a Super Bowl. “Obviously, it’s not working the way it should.”
Packers' Driver to retire
No other uniform would fit Donald Driver.
NFL: This season’s NFL rookies ‘as good as any group’
Good as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have been, look beyond the first-year quarterbacks making a strong first impression and check out the other NFL rookies delivering dynamic performances.
It’s a deep class, from Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin, Cleveland’s Trent Richardson and Griffin’s Redskins teammate Alfred Morris at running back, to the Rams’ Chris Givens and Titans’ Kendall Wright at wide receiver, to Minnesota’s Matt Kalil and Cleveland’s Mitchell Schwartz on the offensive line, to Dallas’ Morris Clairborne and New England’s trio of Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower and Tavon Wilson on defense. Even kickers Greg Zuerlein and Blair Walsh are getting in on the act.
Football-ticket tax break helps colleges get millions from fans
Theodore L. Jones has held season tickets on the 43-yard line at Tiger Stadium, home of the perennial football powerhouse Louisiana State University, for almost 20 years. Because of the Baton Rouge lawyer's lobbying in Congress in 1986, he and thousands of other fans get a tax break on donations they make as a condition for buying seats.
Sooner fans plan colorful greeting for Irish
Notre Dame's Fighting Irish will be seeing red, and white, when they meet Oklahoma Saturday.
Tigers top Yankees 2-1, need one win for pennant
Justin Verlander took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Tuesday night for a 3-0 lead in the AL championship series.
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