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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 …

Man City Pulls Managerial Surprise

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Manchester, England — Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have long been considered a likely match: Soccer’s most-admired coach and a club with massive spending power seeking to become the dominant force in Europe. It’s been four years in …

West Wide Open, but Chicago a Factor

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Those offseason predictions of the Chicago Blackhawks’ decline were a bit premature. The Western Conference leaders and defending Stanley Cup champions still face a host of challenges to their reign when the West playoff race resumes Tuesday. Chicago …

A Celebration of Excess: Super Bowl Media Day Repackaged for Nighttime Consumption

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

San Jose, Calif. — What happens when you put Peyton Manning, Miss Universe, an orange-and-blue leprechaun and 200 TV cameras into the same room? Answer: Super Bowl Opening Night. The NFL took a good idea gone surreal — …

Storm Only Slows Snedeker

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

San Diego — With his glove tucked in his back pocket and a putter in his hand, Brandt Snedeker walked off the green pumping his arms to celebrate a six-shot comeback to win the Farmers Insurance Open. That …

Aldridge, Spurs Trick Orlando

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

San Antonio — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Orlando Magic 107-92 Monday night to remain undefeated at home. Aldridge shot 9 for 13 from the field in leading San …

Djokovic Wins Lovefest

Monday, February 1, 2016

Melbourne, Australia — In five previous Australian Open wins, Novak Djokovic had never felt so much love. After maintaining his perfect record in six finals at Melbourne Park — and extending his old friend Andy Murray’s streak to …

Survey: NFL Players, Teams View Injuries Differently

Monday, February 1, 2016

Denver Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith is a rarity in the NFL: He does not get injured. Super Bowl 50 on Sunday will mark his 179th appearance in 180 games since the middle of the 2005 season, a …

U.S. Opens 2016 With Victory

Monday, February 1, 2016

Carson, Calif. — Steve Birnbaum and the U.S. men’s national team both need some time to shake off an up-and-down 2015 season. The D.C. United defender and his American teammates all got off to a fine start on …

Broncos, Panthers Reach Bay Area for Super Bowl

Monday, February 1, 2016

San Francisco — They’re here. The Denver Broncos arrived in the Bay Area on Sunday for Northern California’s first Super Bowl since 1985, followed soon after by the Carolina Panthers. Denver’s flight into San Jose, Calif., was delayed …

Wind Plays Havoc With PGA Final Round

Monday, February 1, 2016

San Diego — Brandt Snedeker called it one of the best rounds he ever played, one he doubts he could repeat if he had to start over. Still to be determined was whether his 3-under 69 in a …