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Erickson: If this is it, Peyton Manning penned perfect ending to career in Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 victory

Denver Broncos Peyton Manning (18) celebrates with his son Marshall and daughter Mosley after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning isn’t ready to answer the question everybody asked after the Denver Broncos carried him to his second Super Bowl ring. Flush with emotion at the end of a tumultuous season filled with injury, speculation and accusation, Manning stayed away from the feel-good ending of announcing his… Continue reading →

Peyton Manning scores second Super Bowl title as dominant Broncos defense silences Panthers in 24-10 win

Denver Broncosí Peyton Manning (18) holds up the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  ORG XMIT: NFL616

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A reborn Orange Crush might have sent Peyton Manning into retirement with a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the impenetrable Denver defense harassed Carolina quarterback Cam Newton all game Sunday, and the Broncos made enough big plays for a 24-10 victory in Super Bowl 50, Manning’s 200th… Continue reading →

Super Bowl three and out: Broncos 24, Panthers 10

1 What we learned Defenses rarely take the spotlight in the avalanche of coverage leading up to a Super Bowl, but defenses usually decide who takes home the Lombardi Trophy. Widely predicted to go down in a blowout, Denver’s defense instead brought Cam Newton and Carolina’s top-ranked scoring offense to its knees.… Continue reading →

Today’s broadcast highlights

TV NBA 7 p.m. -- Pelicans at Timberwolves -- FSNO MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m. -- Inside LSU -- FSNO 6 p.m. -- Louisville at Duke -- ESPN 6 p.m. -- Oklahoma State at TCU -- ESPNU 6 p.m. -- St. John’s at Georgetown -- FS1 8 p.m. -- Texas at Oklahoma -- ESPN 8 p.m. -- Clemson… Continue reading →

Cam Newton’s success is not by accident, teammates and coaches say

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Cam Newton didn’t just stumble into becoming the NFL’s best player. Sure, he has all the physical attributes any quarterback could ask for — he’s 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds of muscle with a strong arm and wide receiver speed. He even has a million-dollar smile and the confidence of a player… Continue reading →

Ken Stabler, Brett Favre, Tony Dungy among the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016

In this Dec. 27, 1976, AP file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler stands on the sidelines during the second half of the AFC championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Oakland, Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Bay Area had plenty of reason to rejoice on Super Bowl Eve. Former Oakland Raiders great Ken Stabler and 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo were both elected to the Hall of Fame on Saturday, joining former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison; Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy; Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace; former Lions offensive lineman and… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Forget about Super Bowl 50 — Peyton Manning deserves to be remembered as one of the NFL’s best ever, no matter the outcome

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks to reporters in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

It sounds like a plot from some ancient western: The sheriff tells the villain he had just conquered that this could be his last rodeo. The rodeo, of course, is Sunday’s Super Bowl 50. And if the sheriff, Peyton Manning, can win it, he’ll ride off into the sunset like Roy Rogers, leaving black-hoodied Bill Belichick to… Continue reading →

Recruiting stunts helping coaches stand out in social media

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Rashan Gary, of Paramus, N.J., talks to members of the media in Atlanta, while on hand to receive the Bobby Dodd national high school lineman of the year award at the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. The defensive tackle from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey and most-wanted recruit in the country is weighing whether to play for one of those Southern power programs such as Alabama and Clemson or head to Michigan to be part of the Wolverines' rebirth under Jim Harbaugh. Clemson recently gave Garys mother a cake. Every little gesture can help. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

In the wacky world of recruiting, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sleeping over at a prospect’s house somehow makes perfect sense. Just ask Gerry DiNardo, who used to coach in the Big Ten himself. “We felt like whatever we could do to distinguish ourselves within the rules, we would do,” said DiNardo, who coached at Indiana… Continue reading →

Despite long odds, Emery, Tulane ready for No. 1 UConn

Like almost every girl who grows up playing basketball, Taylor Emery wanted one day to be at least considered good enough to play for UConn. But even though she was a Parade All-American and Miss Florida Basketball at Freedom High in Tampa, Florida, the Huskies never showed any interest. “Maya Moore, she was my… Continue reading →

Randall Little wins Howell Park Polar Bear Open

Randall Little fired a 3-under-par 69 to win the championship flight of the Howell Park Polar Bear Open golf tournament on Saturday, while Suzanne Seefield had a net score of 68 to clip Tracy Simoneaux (69) for the ladies championship. Michael McDonald (even-par 72 finished second in the championship flight, followed by Gregg Barthe in third (even-par 72).… Continue reading →

Running opportunities continue to grow for New Orleans-area athletes

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONPeople run in the French Quarter during the Crescent City Classic on April 4.

When Chuck George began directing local road races more than a quarter century ago, he said the public’s pickings were much slimmer than they are today. “I’d say there are more than 100 races in the metro New Orleans area today,” the longtime racing aficionado said. “There may have been 40 races about 20… Continue reading →

SEC West quarterbacks help lead South team to win at Senior Bowl

Associated Press photos by BRYNN ANDERSON -- South team quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State looks to pass during the first half of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

MOBILE, Ala. — Dak Prescott didn’t want to let his turn at the Senior Bowl end quietly. The Mississippi State quarterback’s first drive of the second quarter included a false start penalty and led only to a punt, but he bounced back on his second chance and helped lead the South to a 27-16 victory… Continue reading →

P-B-U: Jalen Mills, Harlan Miller each break up a touchdown pass as South’s starting cornerbacks in the Senior Bowl

Associated Press photos by BRYNN ANDERSON -- South team quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State looks to pass during the first half of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

MOBILE, Ala. – Jalen Mills and Harlan Miller represented Louisiana defensive backs just dandy during Saturday’s Senior Bowl. They both stole touchdowns. “We got some pretty good DBs in the state of Louisiana,” a smiling Miller said. On Saturday in front of a national audience on watching on NFL Network, Mills, a former LSU star, and Miller, a… Continue reading →

Jay Hopson hired as Southern Miss football coach

Associated Press photo by Eric Christian SmithAlcorn State coach Jay Hopson poses with the Eddie G. Robinson Trophy after Alcorn State defeated Grambling 49-21 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Gameon Saturday in Houston.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern Miss hired Alcorn State’s Jay Hopson as its next football coach. Southern Miss Athletic Director Bill McGillis announced the hiring Saturday. Hopson replaces Todd Monken, who left last week after three seasons to become offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hopson became the first white head football coach in… Continue reading →

Disqualified Louisiana Marathon runner didn't care about winning race, but 'just didn't want to quit'

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Mandy West was disqualified from her first place position Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 during the Louisiana Full Marathon downtown Baton Rouge.

Mandy West, the 39-year-old Olympic Trials hopeful who was disqualified after finishing first at the Louisiana Marathon for receiving aid from a bicyclist despite multiple warnings, told Runner's World the incident was a "very unfortunate miscommunication" while also adding she "did not care at all about winning that race." West, who did not return phone messages and emails from The Advocate… Continue reading →

New York native Marcus Beckford’s boxing career taking off as he trains under Beau Williford in Lafayette

Alexander Williford, Beau Williford

LAFAYETTE — Since he relocated to Lafayette and began training with Beau Williford at the Ragin’ Cajun Boxing Club, things have changed quite a bit for Marcus Beckford. The native of Uniondale, Long Island, New York, came to Acadiana in June sporting a 1-1 professional boxing record with three draws, and the welterweight (147-pound)… Continue reading →

Lewis: It’s a super time for Manning family

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

By now, Archie Manning has his pre-Super Bowl Week routine down pat. As anyone with a son quarterbacking one of the teams for the sixth time in the past 10 years should. Come to think of it, though, there isn’t anyone else who has ever been in Archie’s shoes. So as usual,… Continue reading →

Weekly wrapup: Cox captures Howell Park Shootout

Jeff Cox was the overall winner and the low front-nine winner, and Lam Hill was the low back-nine winner and finished second overall in the Howell Park Sunday Shootout. The format is is low front-nine winner, low back-nine winner and overall champion. Cox fired a 36 for the low front-nine score and a 71 for the… Continue reading →

Fun & Fitness calendar

BASEBALL BREC UPPER DECK BATTING CAGES: Open daily, BREC Milton Womack Park, 6201 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Richard Bentley-Smith (225) 273-6403. Email: rsmith@brec.org. TRYOUTS: 2 p.m., Jan. 30, State Fairgrounds, Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. Ascension Renegades 14-under team. All positions. Call Forest Williams (225) 253-4125. Email: forestwllms70@yahoo.com. YMCA AMERICAN LEGION REGISTRATION: Through January, Cedar Ridge… Continue reading →