January 2016


The NFL couldn't have scripted this Super Bowl much better. Peyton Manning and Cam Newton are the stars, but there will be no shortage of storylines to chew on as the Super Bowl returns to the Bay Area for the first time in 31 years.
If the Carolina Panthers had their way, maybe Peyton Manning would be playing for them - not against them - in the Super Bowl. When Manning was coming out for the 1998 draft, the Panthers approached Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian with a megadeal offer. It included trading fourth-year quarterback Kerry Collins and multiple draft picks, including their first-round selection that year, for the right to take Manning with the No. 1 overall selection.
Michael Bennett did his best imitation of Deion Sanders on Friday. Bennett, a Seattle Seahawks defense end and member of Team Rice for Sunday's Pro Bowl, did a little bit of everything at Friday's 45-minute practice session on Oahu's north shore. Bennett later lined up next to Philadelphia's Darren Sproles as dual punt returners during special teams drills and was the recipient of a reverse from the latter on one return.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have hired Matt Harriss as vice president for football administration.
Projected starters and key players for the Super Bowl at Santa Clara, California:
New York (AFP) - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and receiver Odell Beckham will be teammates again Sunday at the NFL Pro Bowl, the league's annual all-star showcase matchup in Honolulu.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams is one win away from another Grand Slam milestone after beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal that was almost a non-contest between the players who'll be Nos. 1 and 3 in the next women's rankings.
(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was the first overall selection for the 2016 Pro Bowl as teams were chosen on Wednesday for the star-filled exhibition. Hall of Fame captains Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice were the two picking the teams from a pool of All Stars set to compete in Sunday’s game in Honolulu. Irvin went with Wilson first while Rice countered with New York Giants QB Eli Manning. Rice’s team also snagged Minnesota running backs Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin along with wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Amari Cooper. ...
Jan 27 (Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was the first overall selection for the 2016 Pro Bowl as teams were chosen on Wednesday for the star-filled exhibition. Hall of Fame captains Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice were the two picking the teams from a pool of All Stars set to compete in Sunday's game in Honolulu. Irvin went with Wilson first while Rice countered with New York Giants QB Eli Manning. Rice's team also snagged Minnesota running backs Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin along with wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Amari Cooper. ...

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