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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning waves to spectators following the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A Super Legacy? Manning’s Reputation Could Hinge on Tonight’s Game

Sunday, February 7, 2016

San Francisco — Peyton Manning will walk off a field for the 293rd and perhaps final time tonight as an active NFL quarterback. The confetti will be falling and someone, whether it’s Manning’s Denver Broncos or Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers, will be in the initial stages of savoring and reaping the rewards of a Super Bowl triumph. Will it matter …

The Super All-Analytics Team

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors created their “Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.” And now you will see the all-analytics Super Bowl 50 team. Analytical data isn’t as pervasive in football as it is in the other pro sports, and there is even less analytical data covering the NFL’s playoff history, but I was able to find players who not …

Plenty of Cameras to Go Around at Super Bowl

Sunday, February 7, 2016

San Francisco — With some 70 cameras located from the pylons in the end zone to those isolated on single players, the ability to show plays from a 360-degree perspective and tracking technology that determines how fast and far players run, almost no aspect of the Super Bowl will be out of reach for the CBS crew. The job for producer Lance Barrow …

Lightning Freeze Penguins

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tampa, Fla. — Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman both scored twice, Tyler Johnson had a goal and two assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Friday night for their eighth consecutive home win. Tampa Bay, 10-1 overall since Jan. 8, also got a …

Analytics Idea Wins Super Bowl Tickets

Saturday, February 6, 2016

San Francisco — A 30-year-old logistics and operations worker from Seattle has won a Super Bowl technology contest that earned him $50,000 and tickets to the game. Colin Edwards’ idea, called “PlayerMetrics,” was selected Friday by Microsoft over two other submissions. Edwards works for Alexander Exhibit, an engineering …

In Brief: Driver Stewart Sidelined

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Charlotte, n.c. — Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle. Stewart-Haas Racing said the three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of the L1 vertebra” when he crashed on an ATV Sunday. He …

Bruins’ Spooner Sticks Fork in Sabres

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Buffalo, n.y. — Ryan Spooner scored in regulation and the shootout to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Brad Marchand helped Boston erase a two-goal deficit, and Tuukka Rask …

Spurs Star Out at Least a Month

Thursday, February 4, 2016

San Antonio — Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is out for at least a month after surgery Thursday for a testicle injury he suffered during the team’s win over New Orleans earlier this week. Ginobili was injured with 2:26 remaining in the game Wednesday night. New Orleans forward Ryan …

Big Risk, Big Reward: Broncos’ Hire of Kubiak Works Out

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Santa Clara, Calif. — It’s hard to know who took the bigger risk. Was it the team, the Denver Broncos, who were hiring a coach with recent health problems and a penchant for not maxing out talent? Or …

USSF Moves to Seal Suit

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The U.S. Soccer Federation’s original lawsuit against the union for its champion women’s national team has been sealed after the governing body realized it had disclosed the home addresses and email accounts of many players. A day after the original complaint was filed, the USSF filed a motion …

Player Suspended 20 Games For Cross-Chekcing Official

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New York — The NHL suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games on Wednesday for cross-checking a linesman last week during a game, the second-longest suspension in NHL history for abusing an official. Wideman was suspended for violating the league rule on physical abuse of officials after …

Commentary: Football’s Brain Issue Won’t Go Away

Thursday, February 4, 2016

San Francisco — For a guy who loved a good party, it’s hard to imagine Ken Stabler ever thought he’d be crashing one this week. Not at this Super Bowl, the 50th anniversary version that has been carefully …

C’s Hold Off Pistons

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Boston — Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and seven assists to help the Boston Celtics hold off the Detroit Pistons 102-95 on Wednesday night. Avery Bradley added 15 points for Boston, which has won six straight home games …