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  • 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.

  • Coaches Update Injuries Ahead of Super Bowl

    Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin met the media Friday morning for the final time before the Super Bowl. Belichick says all pro Tight End Rob Gronkowski's ankle continues to improve.

  • Former Ali trainer Angelo Dundee dead at 90

    There was no way Angelo Dundee was going to miss Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday party.
    The genial trainer got to see his old friend, and reminisce about good times. It was almost as if they were together in their prime again, and what a time that was.
    Dundee died in his apartment in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday night at the age of 90, and with him a part of boxing died, too.
    He was surrounded by his family, said his son, Jimmy, who said the visit with Ali in Louisville, Ky., meant everything to his Dad.
    “It was the way he wanted to go,” the son said. “He did everything he wanted to do.”

  • Super Bowl is a security challenge

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — From pickpockets and prostitutes to dirty bombs and exploding manhole covers, authorities are bracing for whatever threat the first Super Bowl in downtown Indianapolis might bring.

    Some — nuclear terrorism, for instance — are likely to remain just hypothetical. But others, like thieves and wayward manhole covers, are all too real.

    Though Indianapolis has ample experience hosting large sporting events — the Indianapolis 500 attracts more than 200,000 fans each year, and the NCAA's men's Final Four basketball tournament has been held here six times since 1980— the city's first Super Bowl poses some unique challenges.

  • Marshall's 4 TD Catches Lifts AFC in Pro Bowl

    Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 176 yards and a Pro Bowl-record four touchdowns and the AFC used a second-half surge to beat the NFC 59-41 Sunday.

  • Fired Penn State coach Joe Paterno dead at 85--VIDEO EXTRA

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal has died. He was 85.

    His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death.

    Paterno's son Scott announced Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in mid-November during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.

    The storied career of "JoePa" included 409 wins in 46 seasons and two national championships.

  • Brady, Manning tough to beat

    The playoffs have a way of bringing out the pedigree in NFL quarterbacks. Simply take a look at the fingers of Tom Brady and Eli Manning to recognize it.
    Brady has three Super Bowl rings, with another taken away by Manning and the Giants in 2008. Both have their teams on course for a reprise of that memorable title game.
    Standing in their way are two inconsistent QBs seeking to fill out their own championship resumes: Joe Flacco of Baltimore and Alex Smith of San Francisco.
    Based on their histories and the way they have performed this season, Brady and Manning overmatch Flacco and Smith. When things have gotten tight for New England or New York, the quarterback often has provided the winning edge.

  • Canadian Freestyle Skier Sarah Burke Dies

    Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Thursday, nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah.

  • Djokovic, Williams advance

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was having an easy time of it in his first-round match at the Australian Open, so he decided to experiment by coming to the net.
    Like pretty much everything he does on the tennis court these days, it was an unqualified success. He easily beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 Tuesday to advance to the second round, as did five-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams.
    Djokovic is attempting to join Rod Laver, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in winning three straight Grand Slam singles titles.