Seahawks blow out Broncos; win Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks’ ferocious defense shut down the Denver Broncos and record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning in a 43-8 rout on Sunday (February 2) to claim their first Super Bowl title. Seattle, the NFL’s top-ranked defense, turned two interceptions into second-quarter touchdowns for a 22-0 lead at intermission, the second coming on a 69-yard interception return by linebacker Malcolm Smith. The Seahawks also recovered two fumbles in the lopsided contest that gave them their first Super […]

Manning wins fifth MVP award, Super Bowl beckons

Peyton Manning claimed a fifth National Football League most valuable player award on Saturday (February 1) but the Denver Broncos quarterback will need another Super Bowl ring to cement his place among the all-time greats. Manning, who will lead the Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday, was the clear favorite in the MVP race after he set single season marks for touchdown passes (55) and yards (5,477). Manning, who had neck surgery in 2011 and missed […]

Japan down Canada to make maiden Davis Cup quarters

(Reuters) – Hosts Japan sailed into the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time with a 4-1 victory against an injury-plagued Canada on Sunday. Japanese number one Kei Nishikori was leading 6-2 1-0 on the indoor hard court at Tokyo’s Ariake Coliseum when his opponent Frank Dancevic retired with injury, surrendering the tie in their first meeting since 1938. Nishikori pocketed the first set in 29 minutes and broke Dancevic in the first game of the second […]

Stern ends 30-year stint as NBA Commissioner; deputy Silver takes over post

(Reuters) — A new era began for the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Saturday when David Stern’s 30-year run as commissioner ended with his deputy, Adam Silver, taking over the helm. Stern had stated in October 2012 his intention to retire after exactly 30 years in charge and the league’s owners unanimously approved Silver as his successor. The handover was officially confirmed by the NBA on its Twitter account on Saturday with a picture of Silver, holding a basketball, […]

Broncos and Seahawks finish off Super Bowl preparations

(Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos put the finishing touches to their preparations for this weekend’s 48th Super Bowl by completing their final practice sessions on Friday. The NFC Champion Seahawks trained for just over an hour inside the New York Giants practice facility near MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where Sunday’s game will be played. “And now, we wait” Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters. “We had a great day today. […]