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Feb 5, 2013

Ravens’ Lewis delights fans with dance at Super Bowl parade

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Thousands of fans attending a parade honoring the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were treated to one last dance by future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.

For 17 National Football League (NFL) seasons Lewis’s pre-game dance got Ravens fans fired up and it was no different on Tuesday when he delighted them with his signature moves at M&T Bank Stadium.

Feb 4, 2013

Analysis: Mild-mannered Flacco lets his arm do the talking

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Joe Flacco put an exclamation point on his amazing playoff run and proved he belongs in the fraternity of the National Football League’s elite quarterbacks by leading the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl title.

After out-duelling Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to reach the Super Bowl, Flacco proved to be the steady hand in a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Feb 4, 2013

Ravens survive 49ers rally, power outage to win Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens survived a furious second-half rally by San Francisco and a momentum-sapping power outage at the Superdome to defeat the gritty 49ers 34-31 in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

A Super Bowl-record 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jacoby Jones to open the second half gave the Ravens a 28-6 but the 49ers scored 17 straight points after a 35-minute power outage and nearly pulled off a stunning comeback.

Feb 4, 2013

Ravens lead 49ers 21-6 at halftime of Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes to give the Baltimore Ravens a commanding 21-6 halftime lead over the turnover-prone San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Flacco found Jacoby Jones on a spectacular 56-yard scoring strike on the first play after the two-minute warning to put the Ravens comfortably in front.

Feb 3, 2013

Redskins’ Griffin, Panthers’ Kuechly win awards as top rookies

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Quarterback Robert Griffin III, who led the Washington Redskins to their first division title since 1999, was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly, who led the NFL in tackles (164) and started all 16 games for the Carolina Panthers, grabbed the award for defensive rookies.

Feb 2, 2013

Louisiana native Carville plays politics with Goodell

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Democratic strategist, political pundit and media guru James Carville admits there are few things he’s more passionate about than the New Orleans Saints.

And despite his zeal, the architect of Bill Clinton’s path to the White House insists he’s over the angst the rest of the city still feels toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Feb 1, 2013

Cowboys’ Witten makes good on pledge to serve community

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten felt the sting of domestic violence as a youth and became determined to make a difference when he got the chance.

“A lot of people made sacrifices to help get you to this point (in the NFL),” the eight-time Pro Bowler told Reuters on Friday. “For me, my grandfather made a huge impact on my life.

Feb 1, 2013

Player safety remains top priority for union

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – The National Football League (NFL) players union has a number of ongoing disputes with the league but player safety is the top priority, Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said on Thursday.

Smith, head of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), cited the union’s recent $100 million grant to Harvard University for a study on a range of health problems, from brain damage to heart conditions.

Jan 25, 2013

Canadiens use four-goal salvo to keep Capitals winless

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Montreal Canadiens used a four-goal barrage in the second period to rout Washington 4-1 on Thursday and leave the Capitals still searching for their first win of the lockout-reduced season.

Goals by Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges secured the Canadiens’ second successive victory after a lackluster season-opening loss to Toronto.

Jan 24, 2013

No sentimental thoughts for Lewis until after Super Bowl

OWINGS MILLS, Maryland (Reuters) – Ten days before playing the final game of his illustrious career, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says he is too busy to become sentimental.

The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on February 3, a fitting finale for the fiery future Hall of Famer regarded by many as the best linebacker of his generation.