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Concussions down 25%, says NFL

The number of reported concussions suffered by players in NFL games declined 25 percent in the 2014 season, the league said, ahead of the Super Bowl. Concussions has been a hot-button issue for the sport, amid accusations the NFL is not doing enough to protect players. In a health and safety briefing on Thursday, the league said the number of concussions caused by helmet-to-helmet hits had falle

Rookie Jang leads LPGA season opener by four shots

South Korean rookie Jang Ha-Na fired a seven-under 65 to leap four shots clear of the field after the second round of the season-opening LPGA Tour's Coates Golf Championship. The 22-year-old Jang completed 36 holes at 12-under-par 132 in the event which was suspended by darkness Thursday for the second straight day. Jang only qualified for the tournament on Saturday. "I had very nice iron shots

Seahawks seek to topple Patriots dynasty in Super Bowl 49

Tom Brady and the scandal-tainted New England Patriots will aim to strike a blow for the old order in Super Bowl 49 on Sunday as they face a formidable Seattle Seahawks team bidding to forge a dynasty. After a build-up dominated by the "deflategate" saga, the Patriots are determined to puncture the dreams of a Seahawks outfit chasing back-to-back Super Bowls for only the eighth time in history.

Durant, Thompson added to NBA all-star game

Reigning MVP Kevin Durant and first time all star Klay Thompson were selected to the NBA all-star game as reserve players, the league announced. Durant, who was named MVP of the 2012 all-star game and will be appearing in the marquee affair for the sixth consecutive time, has only played in 21 of Oklahoma City's 46 games while dealing with foot and toe injuries. Golden State Warriors sharpshoote

Tiger Woods struggles in first tournament of 2015

Tiger Woods admitted it had been "a grind" after he labored to a 73 in the opening round of the Phoenix Open, his first full-field tournament of the season. Ryan Palmer fired a seven-under 64 Thursday to lead the PGA Tour event at TPC Scottsdale, which is just down the road from where the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will meet in Sunday's NFL Super Bowl spectacle. They were joined b

Seahawks' Lynch blasts Super Bowl reporters with rant

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, whose preference not to talk to the media has cost him plenty in fines, finally opened up on Thursday as he blasted reporters for continuing to badger him. "I'm here preparing for a game," Lynch continued.

NFLPA vows to fight league's new personal conduct policy

By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - The National Football League Players Association will do all it can to prevent the NFL's newly-imposed personal conduct policy from being implemented, the union's leaders said on Thursday. NFLPA President Eric Winston and Executive Director DeMaurice Smith were in defiant form ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, both saying they will resist any proposed changes to

Belly putter fan Bradley adapting well to shorter version

By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - So far, so good for Keegan Bradley, who four months ago traded a belly putter for a conventional one in a bid to prepare himself for a major change to be implemented by golf's rulemakers at the end of this year. As of Jan. 1, 2016, the Royal & Ancient and United States Golf Association will ban long putters being anchored to the body, forcin

Singer Dave Matthews raises Seattle Seahawks flag on Space Needle before Super Bowl

By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Musician and Seattle resident Dave Matthews showed his support for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, raising the team's 12th man flag on top of the city's emblematic Space Needle ahead of the National Football League's title game. "It's a huge honor," Matthews, who moved to Seattle over a decade ago, told local broadcaster KIR

Gronkowski and Chancellor set for epic battle

By Simon Evans PHOENIX (Reuters) - There will be no shortage of fascinating match-ups in Sunday’s Super Bowl but the clash between New England tight end Rob Gronkowski and Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor could be the most crucial. Gronkowski caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season with his power and positional astuteness making him quarterback Tom Brady’

Rusty Woods delivers good, bad and ugly

By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Tiger Woods mixed the good and bad with a fair dose of the ugly on the way to an opening two-over-par 73 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday in his first PGA Tour start of the season. Woods sprayed his drives, under-hit several approaches and was a frustrated figure after duffing a few chip shots from just off the green before end

Woods struggles as Palmer sets pace in Phoenix

By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - While Tiger Woods struggled in his first PGA Tour start of the season, Ryan Palmer birdied two of his last three holes to seize a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday. Palmer, bidding for his fourth career victory on the U.S. circuit, covered his last seven holes in five under par to card a seven-under 6

Golf-Woods struggles as Palmer sets pace in Phoenix

* Rusty Woods struggles to a 73 * Nine players yet to finish first round (Updates at end of play) By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 29 (Reuters) - While Tiger Woods struggled in his first PGA Tour start of the season, Ryan Palmer birdied two of his last three holes to seize a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday. Palmer, bidding for his fourth ca

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Phoenix Open scores

Jan 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Phoenix Open at the par-71 course on Thursday in Scottsdale, Arizona holesplayed rounds -7 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 18 64 -6 Bubba Watson (U.S.) 18 65 Daniel Berger (U.S.) 16 Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 18 65 -5 Robert Streb (U.S.) 18 66 Ben Martin (U.S.) 18 66 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 18 66 Martin Laird (Britain) 18 66 -4 Justin Leonard (U.S.) 18 67 Willi

Patriots rise from humble beginning to become powerhouse

(Reuters) - From a humble beginning in 1960 in the old American Football League, the New England Patriots have risen to a modern powerhouse with three Super Bowl victories this century. Initially named the Boston Patriots, the franchise competed for 10 seasons in the AFL before the AFL and NFL merged and the team was placed in the AFC East. In 1971, the franchise moved to the Boston suburb of Foxb

Seahawks have enjoyed plenty of riches since inception

From an expansion team in 1976, the Seattle Seahawks have become one of the National Football League's best who will be seeking their second consecutive Super Bowl title on Sunday. Along the way, the NFL's only franchise in the Pacific Northwest has developed one of the most raucous fan bases in America. Seattle wasted little time showing their intentions to being a contender. The Seahawks returne

Super Bowl poised for great game, great debate

By Steve Keating PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots could produce one of the greatest Super Bowls of all-time on Sunday but the real winner may be debated for decades given the "deflategate" scandal hanging over the game. During the Super Bowl buildup both teams have desperately tried to push the focus back onto the game but the whiff of scandal has refused to drif

Five Super Bowl storylines to watch

(Reuters) - Five storylines to watch for Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots: - - - Seahawks look for repeat With a victory over New England, the Seattle Seahawks would become the eighth franchise to win back-to-back Super Bowls, carving out a little place in NFL history. After last year’s thrashing of the Denver Broncos, 43-8 in the championship game, a win S

Super Bowl to showcase cream of cornerback corps

Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis won't face each other on the field Sunday, but the elite defenders will be measured against one another with the outcome of Super Bowl 49 the ultimate yardstick. The two are the cream of the NFL's cornerback corps. Sherman, a key member of Seattle's "Legion of Boom" defensive secondary, is a crucial part of the Seahawks' bid for a second straight Super Bowl cro

Five players who could have impact on Super Bowl outcome

(Reuters) - Five players who could have a game-changing impact in Sunday's Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots: - - - Rob Gronkowski At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, New England tight end Gronkowski will be the most dominant pass-catcher on the field when the two teams line up at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday. A unanimous first-team All-Pro selection, Gronkowski i

Super Bowl facts and figures

(Reuters) - Facts and figures about Sunday's 49th Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona: Date: February 1, 2015 Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET (2330 GMT) Teams: New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks Site: 72,000 seat University of Phoenix Stadium At stake: The winning team receives the National Football League's (NFL) Vince Lombardi Trophy, named in memory of the former Green Bay Packers coach, winning coach

Factbox: List of Super Bowl winners

(Reuters) - List of National Football League Super Bowl champions. Feb. 2, 2014 - Seattle 43, Denver 8 Feb. 3, 2013 - Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31 Feb. 5, 2012 - New York Giants 21, New England 17 Feb. 6, 2011 - Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25 Feb. 7, 2010 - New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17 Feb. 1, 2009 - Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23 Feb. 3, 2008 - New York Giants 17, New England 14 Feb. 4, 2007 - India

Profile of New England Patriots

(Reuters) - Profile of the New England Patriots, who play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Founded:1959. The Pats, as they are commonly known, joined the American Football League in 1959 as the Boston Patriots. In 1971 they moved to the current home in Foxborough, Massachusetts and changed their name to the New England Patriots. - - AFC titles (season): 8 (1985, 1996, 2001, 2003,

Profile of Seattle Seahawks

(Reuters) - Profile of the Seattle Seahawks, who play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. Founded: 1975. The Seahawks, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, began play in the NFC West in 1976, but switched to the AFC West a year later. They returned to the NFC West in 2002 as a part of NFL realignment. They played home games in the Kingdome (1976-2000) and Husky Stadium (2001

Golf-Rusty Woods delivers good, bad and ugly

* Four bogeys and a double cost Woods dearly * Says still struggling with swing change (Adds quotes, detail) By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods mixed the good and bad with a fair dose of the ugly on the way to an opening two-over-par 73 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday in his first PGA Tour start of the season. Playing in only his second tour

League says reported concussions drop 25 percent

The National Football League said on Thursday the number of reported concussions dropped 25 percent during regular season games in 2014 compared to the previous campaign. There were 111 concussions reported in 2014, down from the 148 during the 2013 season and down nearly 36 percent from the 173 in 2012, the NFL said during its annual pre-Super Bowl health and safety news conference. "Players ar

Taking the pizza? Couple's 1,400-mile Super Bowl delivery

A Canadian couple are going to extreme lengths as they prepare to watch Sunday's Super Bowl by placing a pizza delivery order from their favorite restaurant -- more than 1,400 miles away. Lee and Carol Brown, who recently moved to Regina, Saskatchewan from Windsor, Ontario, told Canadian media they placed the order after failing to find a local pizza parlor to their liking. So as the Browns hunk

Seahawks star Lynch breaks silence, sort of

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch broke his self-imposed Super Bowl week silence on Thursday with a scolding for reporters. "All week I done told y'all what's up," Lynch said as the Seahawks held their last NFL-mandated media availability before Sunday's championship game.

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