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  • Big wreck at end of Daytona race

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Only six of 43 cars made it unscathed to the finish line of the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.

    James Buescher was not driving one of those clean cars.

    Still, he managed to dodge and weave his way through an 11-car accident on the last lap of Saturday's race, stealing the victory and setting the stage for what's expected to be a wild Daytona 500.

    Buescher joined unknown John King, winner of Friday night's Truck Series opener, as surprise winners this weekend at Daytona. Both came from nowhere to win crash-marred races. Elliott Sadler, runner-up to Buescher on Saturday, said Sunday's race will be much of the same.

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  • ‘Prince Albert’ will have a fresh start

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Decked out in Angels’ gear from head to toe, Albert Pujols looked like the same slugger whose swing in St. Louis became as symbolic as the Gateway Arch.
    With a halo-topped “A’’ logo on his cap, Pujols, his massive chest and arms filling out every corner of his red shirt, sat behind a microphone and excitedly announced the start of a new stage of his career.
    “Here I am,” he said.
    And here he goes.

  • Woods goes from inevitable to unpredictable

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has beaten Tiger Woods the last five times they have played together in the final round.

    But never like this.

    This was a pounding at Pebble Beach. Mickelson shot a 64 on a day when no one else could do better than 67. Woods had a 75 on a day when only four players — none of whom were in contention — shot worse.

    One guy left with the trophy, the other guy left with a lot to think about.

  • Raw Video: Giants Celebrate Another Super Bowl

    Thousands of fans roared as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hoisted the team's Super Bowl trophy from a glittering blue-and-white float Tuesday during a victory parade through New York City.

  • Big Apple celebrates Giants' victory

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Giants are returning from their Super Bowl win to a celebration the likes that only New York can throw: a ticker-tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes on Broadway, where the city has honored stars for almost a century.

    Members of the Giants will be showered with a mile of confetti as they travel up Broadway from Battery Place. Then, in a ceremony at City Hall Plaza, the team will be presented with symbolic keys to the city.

  • Giants beat Patriots 21-17 to win the Super Bowl

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Take that, Brady. You too, Peyton.

    Eli Manning is the big man in the NFL after one-upping Tom Brady and leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl — in older brother Peyton's house, at that.

    Just as Manning did four years ago when the Giants ruined New England's perfect season, he guided them 88 yards to the decisive touchdown, which the Patriots didn't contest as Ahmad Bradshaw ran 6 yards with 57 seconds left.

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick reasoned the Giants would run the clock down and kick a short field goal, so he gambled by allowing the six points.

    The gamble failed.

  • Rodgers Wins AP MVP at 'NFL Honors'

    'NFL Honors,' a primetime special on NBC, presented the AP's NFL awards in Indianapolis Saturday night. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers took home the 2011 Associated Press Most Valuable Player award.

  • Front four for Giants could play a big role

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Defense for the New York Giants starts with the front four.
    Stopping the run and forcing the opposition into passing situations will let loose possibly the best group of pass rushers in the NFL. It was the formula the Giants used in 2008 in pounding Tom Brady and stunning the previously unbeaten New England Patriots in the Super Bowl — and the game plan hasn’t changed for next weekend’s title game rematch in Indianapolis.
    The Giants (12-7) want Brady on edge every time he passes. Throw a ball. Expect to be hit. Even the threat of being hit might be enough to influence a play. And that just might be the difference.

  • Sights and Sounds: Football Fans Pour Into Indy

    As the Super Bowl approaches, fans of the Giants and Patriots are pouring into Indianapolis.