Monday, February 8
Broncos D dominates Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Von Miller forced two fumbles to set up Denver's two touchdowns and the Broncos defense frustrated Cam Newton all game to carry Peyton Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Manning threw for just 141 yards and committed two turnovers in one of the least productive games of his brilliant career that could be coming to an end.
But with Miller leading a defense that recorded a Super Bowl record-tying seven sacks and forced four turnovers for the Broncos (15-4), Manning ended an up-and-down, injury-riddled season with another title to go with the one he won with Indianapolis nine years ago.
Newton's MVP season ended in disappointment for the Panthers (17-2). He lost two fumbles, threw an interception and failed to produce a touchdown for the only time this season.
SUPER BOWL ADS
NFL sponsors domestic violence ad — again
NEW YORK (AP) — For the second year in a row, an NFL-sponsored Super Bowl ad has focused on ending domestic violence. The NFL donated airtime for the spot from No More, an advocacy group that works to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.
The ad's timing may raise eyebrows. On Friday, Dallas police said they're launching a criminal investigation into a domestic-violence assault complaint filed against Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. The NFL said it has reached out to Manziel's family offering help.
Last year's ad followed the NFL's suspension (later overturned) of running back Ray Rice for punching his then-fiance in a casino elevator. That ad featured a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling the police with her attacker still in the house.
NBA reviewing if jump-on-back foul should be flagrant
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is reviewing whether the act of jumping on a player's back to intentionally foul him should be interpreted as a flagrant foul.
Dwight Howard and Andre Drummond have both been subjected to the act, when a player jumped on their backs to send the poor free throw shooters to the line. They are frequently fouled intentionally away from the ball, along with the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, because they are among the league's worst free throw shooters.
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters Sunday that a memo from the NBA said that act would now be ruled as a flagrant 1 foul. But a league spokesman says there has been no rule change, only that league officials are discussing how the play should be interpreted.
If it became a flagrant 1, the team that was fouled would keep possession after the two free throws.
BODY FOUND-OHIO CREEK
Police: college soccer player's body found in Ohio creek
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Police are investigating the death of an Ohio Wesleyan University soccer player whose body was found in a creek in central Ohio.
Delaware police say the body of 19-year-old Luke Gabbert was found Saturday morning in Delaware Run Creek in the city about 20 miles north of Columbus.
Investigators say the cause of death wasn't immediately determined.
Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones confirmed in a statement emailed to the campus that the body was that of the freshman from Lewis Center.
Ohio Wesleyan soccer coach Jay Martin recruited the 5-foot-9, 155-pound back to play for the Battling Bishops. Martin told The Columbus Dispatch that Gabbert did everything for his family, his friends and his teammates.
Martin said he and the team planned to spend the weekend supporting Gabbert's family.