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  • Football: Super Bowl is most-watched program ever

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl has set a record for American television viewing.
    The Nielsen Co. said Monday that an estimated 111 million people watched the Green Bay Packers outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers in professional football’s ultimate game. That tops the 106.5 million who watched the 2010 game between New Orleans and Indianapolis.
    “M-A-S-H” had held the title of the most-watched TV show in the United States for 27 years.

  • Football: Tickets to rally at Lambeau sell out

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Giddy fans reveling in the Green Bay Packers’ fourth Super Bowl title bought out all 50,000 seats to Tuesday’s celebration at Lambeau Field in a matter of hours, despite forecasts that call for frigid conditions.
    Tickets to the “Return to Titletown” event went on sale Monday morning for $5 each and were sold out by that evening, team spokesman Aaron Popkey said. Tickets were selling on the online ticket sales site StubHub on Tuesday for as much as $140.

  • Labor woes continue to cast long shadow on Super Bowl

    DALLAS (AP) — Roger Goodell recognized the questioner, even kidded him.
    Chad Ochocinco was in no joking mood.
    The Bengals receiver, reporting for his own OCNN network, stood up at Goodell’s annual Super Bowl news conference Friday and asked the NFL commissioner how close the league and players union were to a new contract that would avoid a potential lockout.

  • Super Bowl hair: He could-grow-all-the-way

    DALLAS — Vince Lombardi surely would’ve loved to have Clay Matthews or Troy Polamalu on those great Packers teams of the 1960s.
    Their hair? Uhhh, that might’ve been a problem.
    At a Super Bowl where there’s been nearly as much focus on shampoos and conditioners as zone blitzes and passing schemes, one of Lombardi’s former players huffed at all the attention going to all that hair, from Polamalu’s out-of-control curls to Matthews’ stringy locks.

  • Steelers-Packers should be lots of fun

    I guess there’s some sort of football game going on this weekend.
    The folks over there in Dallas are calling it the “Super Bowl.” I’ve never heard of it, but I guess it’s a pretty big deal there in Big D. You know how wacky those Texans are about their football.

  • Football: Belichick named Coach of Year

    DALLAS (AP) — Bill Belichick is closing in on Don Shula.
    The New England coach Bill Belichick won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Coach of the Year award on Wednesday, the third time Belichick has earned the honor. Belichick, who also won in 2003 and 2007, now trails only Don Shula, a four-time winner of the award.

  • Football: A Super Bowl shiver hits Texas

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — One Pittsburgh safety kept interrupting reporters' questions about the Super Bowl to complain it was too chilly. A Green Bay receiver bragged that the snow outside made the Packers "the home team."

    Even the player known as "The Freezer" said Texas was just too cold.

  • Football: Polamalu voted top defensive player

    DALLAS (AP) — Now that the voters have chosen Troy Polamalu over Clay Matthews for The Associated Press 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, the two stars can prove their worth against each other on the field.
    In the Super Bowl.
    Pittsburgh safety Polamalu received 17 votes Monday from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who cover the league, edging Green Bay linebacker Matthews by a hair — two votes.

  • NFL, union set up formal labor talks for Saturday

    DALLAS (AP) — After weeks of talking to fans, reporters and Congress about their lagging labor negotiations, the NFL and its players' union are getting around to talking to each other.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union executive director DeMaurice Smith met Monday in New York in an effort to kick-start efforts toward a new collective bargaining agreement. They agreed to a series of bargaining sessions between now and the early March deadline for a deal.

  • Golf: Haas, Mickelson tied for lead while Tiger falters

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The way Phil Mickelson likes to play golf, he didn't have much fun Saturday at Torrey Pines.

    Based on how he needs to play the South Course, Phil was thrilled.

    Mickelson gave up on his swashbuckling style by playing it safe in the Farmers Insurance Open, making eight pars and a birdie on the back nine for a 4-under 68 that gave him a share of the lead with Bill Haas.