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Seahawks' Baldwin blasts analyst, HOFer Carter

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin says ESPN analyst Cris Carter should "stick to playing football because your analytical skills ain't up to par yet."

Baldwin has been fuming because of some comments Carter made about the Seahawks receivers, suggesting they were just average.

Not mentioning the Hall of Fame receiver by name, Baldwin said after Seattle won the Super Bowl on Sunday that Carter said to Google him, "but I didn't see any Super Bowl appearances and I also saw two losses in the conference championships."

Baldwin had five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos.

Seattle LB Smith earns Super Bowl MVP award

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Standing near his locker, the one where two footballs were tucked away for safekeeping, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith repeated the word "fortunate" over and over again.

The third player at his position in NFL history to earn Super Bowl MVP honors, he spoke about feeling "fortunate to be a part of it" and "fortunate to get opportunities."

Truth is, the Seahawks were the lucky ones.

Because even though Smith was only a seventh-round draft pick, a guy who was not supposed to be a starter this season, he always was ready when called upon. Never more so than Sunday night, when Smith returned an interception of regular-season MVP Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown in the first half, recovered a fumble in the second half, and was part of a dominating defensive performance that helped Seattle beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 for the championship.

"He's one of the guys that plays with a chip on his shoulder," fellow linebacker K.J. Wright said. "He almost didn't get drafted. For him to come in, start from the bottom and work his way up to Super Bowl MVP, it shows how much character he has, how resilient he is."

Sure is. And it was rather appropriate that a member of Seattle's league-leading "D" would be the MVP of the Super Bowl, considering the way the Seahawks shut down Manning and Denver's record-breaking offense, forcing four turnovers and holding the Broncos scoreless until the last play of the third quarter.

Smith joined Ray Lewis of Baltimore in 2001, and Chuck Howley of Dallas in 1971 as the only linebackers to be picked as the top player in a Super Bowl. Only eight of 48 Super Bowls have ended with someone who plays defense getting the honor; the last example was Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dexter Jackson in 2003.

And Smith, who is 24, is the fourth-youngest Super Bowl MVP.

His older brother, Steve, was a wide receiver on the New York Giants' 2008 Super Bowl title team and was at Sunday's game.

"I just told him to enjoy the moment, go out before pregame and take some pictures and really enjoy it," Steve said, "because you never know when it could end and you could never be back again."

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas were first-team All-Pro selections this season, and both finished among the top five vote-getters for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Safety Kam Chancellor was a second-team All-Pro choice.

That trio of defensive backs is part of a talented secondary known as the "Legion of Boom," and guys such as Smith often get overshadowed.

"You might have been overlooked," Malcolm Smith said, explaining that he's derived motivation from snubs such as not being invited to the NFL draft combine for top prospects coming out of college. "You might feel like you can make plays and never got the opportunity."

But it was Smith who wound up with the victory-sealing interception at the end of Seattle's NFC championship game victory two weeks ago, grabbing the football after Sherman deflected a pass in the end zone.

And then, in the biggest game of all, Smith's pick-6 off a fluttering ball - after teammate Cliff Avril made contact with Manning during the throw - made it 22-0 late in the first half Sunday, and Seattle was on its way.

"I was like, `Again!? No way.' I didn't believe it," Smith said, wearing a gray sweatshirt over his uniform.

He grabbed a fumble in the third quarter, too, as the Seahawks made sure the Broncos never made things interesting.

In many ways, Smith is emblematic of Seattle's success this season.

First and foremost, he plays defense, the unit that is the heart and soul of the team.

He's a young guy on a young roster, in only his third year in the league after playing for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll in college at Southern California.

"When you look at the guys that we have on this team, they're all a bunch of misfits that fit together," special teamer Chris Maragos said. "To see what Malcolm has been able to do is just phenomenal. He's a great worker, he's humble, he plays hard, he studies hard."

Pegged mainly as a special teams guy, Smith's speed and ability to handle both outside linebacker slots earned notice.

When Bruce Irvin was suspended for four games in May for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, it was Smith who filled in as a starter.

When Bobby Wagner was sidelined, and Wright slid over to middle linebacker, Smith got another opportunity to start. And when Wright broke his right foot late in the season, well guess who Seattle called upon? Yep, Smith, of course.

Then suddenly, on Sunday, there he was at the Super Bowl, in the right place and right time, as usual.

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Best defense in NFL carries Seattle to title

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Richard Sherman felt the need to apologize.

While the rest of his teammates bounced around in celebration, Sherman hobbled on a pair of crutches, the pain in his right ankle keeping him from enjoying the rain storm of confetti.

"This championship hat, winning, achieving a dream it really numbs the pain a lot. It was really hurting and I was sad I let my teammates down I wasn't able to finish the game," Sherman said. "I knew they would step up for me and do that. This feeling is just unbelievable. It's a dream come true."

Led by its All-Pro cornerback, Seattle's "Legion of Boom" secondary and the nastiest defense in the NFL proved the strength of the Seahawks was greater than the record-setting arm of Peyton Manning in their stunning 43-8 rout on Sunday night.

Sherman's night was, well, kind of boring. After two weeks of so much attention landing at Sherman's feet for what happened at the end of the NFC championship game, his Super Bowl night was rather uneventful.

That was by design. Manning wasn't about to mess with arguably the best cornerback in the NFL.

Manning carefully tried to avoid throwing at Sherman, leaving the rest of his mates in the secondary to make the plays. Safety Kam Chancellor flattened Demaryius Thomas on Denver's third offensive play, a tone setting moment that epitomized what Seattle was hoping to accomplish against the Broncos talented receivers.

"I definitely think it did. It just sends a message that anytime you come across the middle you have a chance of getting wrecked," Chancellor said. "And that's the way we play on defense. We play physical. We want to instill our will. We want to be a grimy defense."

Chancellor later had an interception on an overthrown pass, cornerback Byron Maxwell forced a fumble in the third quarter and safety Earl Thomas cleaned up everything leftover - which wasn't much.

The result was one of the most lopsided Super Bowl's ever against the most prolific offense the league had even seen.

"You can never expect it but I wasn't really shocked. I expected us to stand up," Sherman said. "I didn't expect us to give up a whole lot of points. It's not our standard to give up a whole lot of points. We haven't done it all year. We knew we would play sound football."

That secondary got plenty of help along with way from a defensive line that got enough pressure to make Manning uncomfortable. They only sacked Manning once, but disrupted the timing of the Broncos pass game regularly. Manning either made an extra pump, or had to take an extra slide step because of the pressure coming at him and the coverage in the secondary.

And when the passes were thrown, there was almost always someone there to make the tackle. As was their approach all season, Seattle was not going get beaten by the big play. Everything was thrown underneath.

Denver's longest pass play was 23 yards.

"Tackling was going to be so important in this game," Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. "It was something we stress all the time, but for us when we play our zone coverages how fast can we close and really eliminate the yards after contact."

Sherman was targeted only once in the first half when Manning threw a pass away that floated out of bounds. It came during the only drive of the half where Denver threatened to score, only to get turned away on fourth down.

Sherman was targeted more in the second half and twice had to be tended to by trainers for injuries. The last time finally sent him to the locker room and left Sherman on crutches and in a boot for the celebration.

But Sherman insisted he would be healthy enough for the championship parade coming on Wednesday after the Seahawks gave a performance that showed their success goes beyond their spotlighted secondary.

"It's a lot of guys a lot of people haven't heard of and probably should be in the Pro Bowl and All-Pros and things like that," Sherman said. "I think they learned how complete of a team we are, how complete our defense is.

"It's not just the `Legion of Boom' back there with four guys who play good football."

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Sherman suffers high ankle sprain in Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been taken to the locker room on a cart after appearing to hurt his right leg in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl.

Sherman was hit by teammate Earl Thomas as the pair attempted to break up a pass early in the fourth quarter. Sherman had been down earlier in the second half after appearing to get his legs tangled on a block, but he ran off the field after being looked at by trainers.

The second time, trainers again looked at his right leg and he limped off the field with his arm around teammate Walter Thurmond.

The team said Sherman was doubtful to return.

Murray beats Querrey; Brits top US in Davis Cup

SAN DIEGO (AP) Less than five months after having back surgery, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray propelled Britain into the next round of the Davis Cup and earned some time off.

Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britain's opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park.

"I'm proud of the way I'm playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseball's San Diego Padres.

"I'm still not quite there yet," said Murray, who beat Donald Young in straight sets on Friday. "Winning matches of that length and quality so soon after the surgery is good. And changing surfaces and stuff. I've done 13 weeks consecutively without a break of training and playing tournaments to try and get myself back. I need a break now to take some days off after I get back home. I deserve it."

Murray won his 18th straight Davis Cup singles match and Britain beat the Americans for the first time since 1935.

Britain advanced to the World Group quarterfinals for the first time since 1986. It will face Italy, which defeated Argentina. The United States is relegated to the World Group playoff in September and will need to win to stay in the World Group.

The last time Great Britain won in the United States was in 1903 in the World Group Challenge Final at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston.

American captain Jim Courier was asked to put that in perspective.

"It feels great to be alive in 2014," Courier said. "We certainly don't feel a lot of kinship to the last team that lost to the Brits on American soil since they've been dead a long time. It has nothing to do with us. We come to play on our own terms."

Murray split tiebreakers with Querrey in the first two sets, breezed through the third set in 29 minutes and won the match when Querrey returned a serve long.

Murray leaned back and pumped both fists, and then swatted the ball into the stands on the opposite end of the court before joining his teammates in a celebration huddle. Later, he had a hot bath, an ice bath and other treatment on his back.

Britain clinched the match at 3-1. The fourth singles match was canceled.

Murray reached matched point on Querrey's serve in the eighth game of the fourth set before the American won three straight points to stay alive.

After falling behind 15-30 in the ninth game, Murray got a new racket. He then double-faulted, giving Querrey break point. Murray won the next three points to clinch the match.

In the first-set tiebreaker, Murray was down a mini-break before rallying to win when Querrey hit a drop volley into the net.

"I tried to do a little too much with it," Querrey said "Every now and then you miss an easy one. It happened to be at a big moment."

Querrey won the second-set tiebreaker on a forehand passing shot and then jumped for joy.

Murray immediately rebounded by breaking Querrey twice to go up 4-0 in the third set. He broke Querrey again to win the set in a seventh game that went to deuce four times, clinching it when Querrey hit into the net.

Murray said it was important to win the first set "because I felt like I was playing the better tennis for the most part of it. Then he started playing better at the end of the set. He probably played a better tiebreak than me as well. Just missed a couple of shots, like the volley on set point was a bad one, but he got himself into a great position.

"If I had lost that it would've been tough after having served for it. Yeah, in these sorts of matches, first set can be crucial."

Although Murray struggled on clay last year, he said he was surprised the Americans chose that surface for this match. He said the clay might have affected Querrey in his five-set loss to James Ward on Friday.

"When we got here the court was pretty slippery and tough to move on," Murray said. "I would say for myself, one of my strengths is my movement on the court. I didn't know if that was something they had done intentionally or just the nature of putting down a temporary clay court.

"Obviously it did have a bearing in the tie, you know, for Sam especially. I think his best surface is hard courts. He will have had all his best results on hard courts."

Kevin Stadler wins Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Stadler won the Phoenix Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-footer for par on the final hole.

Stadler, the 33-year-old son of PGA Tour winner Craig Stadler, closed with a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet.

Stadler won in his 239th PGA Tour start, earning a spot in the Masters - a tournament his father won in 1982. The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in tour history.

Stadler finished at 16-under 268 at TPC Scottsdale, his home course. Raised in Colorado, he played in Denver Broncos colors, wearing an orange shirt and blue pants and hat.

Watson shot a 71, and DeLaet had a 65.

After Stadler and Watson each saved par after hitting into the water on the par-5 15th, Stadler tied Watson for the lead with a par on the par-3 16th hole. Watson hit into the front left bunker on the stadium hole and his 6-footer for par slid by the left side.

They each two-putted for birdie from 90 feet - Watson holing out from 18 feet and Stadler from 5 - after driving the green on the 347-yard hole.

Stadler hit a 344-yard drive on the par-4 18th and hit his 110-yard approach to the back right pin to 10 feet. Watson hit a 342-yard drive into the right rough and hammered his second from 120 yards over the green and into the spectators seated on a hill.

Watson bladed his shot from the trampled rough into the bank next to the green and it ran 5 feet past the hole. After Stadler missed his birdie try and tapped in for par, Watson's par try slid by the left side to end the tournament.

Stadler's previous biggest win was in Australia in the European Tour's 2006 Johnnie Walker Classic. In that event, he hit a 3-iron to a foot for an eagle on the final hole for a two-stroke victory. He also won the Argentine Open that winter and has four Nationwide Tour wins.

Watson, the third-round leader, is winless since the 2012 Masters.

Hunter Mahan and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama tied for fourth at 14 under. Mahan, the 2010 winner, finished with a 68, and Matsuyama shot 69.

Charles Howell III had a 65 to join Brendan Steele (69) and Ryan Moore (70) at 13 under.

Phil Mickelson closed with a 71 to tie for 42nd at 3 under. Lefty was making his 25th appearance in the event he won in 1996, 2005 and 2013.

He showed no signs of the back pain that forced him to withdraw last week at Torrey Pines, and will play next week at Pebble Beach.

The event drew an estimated 563,008 fans, breaking the seven-day record of record of 538,356 set in 2008. The tournament set records the last five days, drawing a golf-record 189,722 on Saturday and 60,232 on Sunday.

Bradshaw off Fox's coverage after father's death

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw did not take part in the network's Super Bowl coverage after the death of his father.

Bill Bradshaw died Thursday after a long illness, Fox said Sunday. He was 86. Terry Bradshaw was with his family in Louisiana.

Fox Sports dedicated the broadcast to the Bradshaws.

Michael Strahan, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame a day earlier, replaced Bradshaw on Sunday's pregame show. Strahan, the former New York Giants defensive end, was originally scheduled to help host Fox's red carpet coverage.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Bill Bradshaw retired as vice president of manufacturing for Riley Beaird.

Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers before going into TV. The Hall of Famer joined Fox's pregame show in 1994.

Ovechkin scores in OT; Capitals top Reds Wings 6-5

WASHINGTON (AP) For the second time in three days, Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal late against the Detroit Red Wings.

This one won't be taken away.

Ovechkin's one-timer from the left circle on a power play 2:37 into overtime gave the Capitals a 6-5 win Sunday over the Red Wings, earning a split of a home-and-home set and tightening up things even more in the bottlenecked bottom half of the Eastern Conference.

Ovechkin was originally credited with the goal that tied the score with 7 seconds left in regulation on Friday in Detroit - a game the Red Wings eventually won in a shootout. The NHL has since reviewed the play and decided it instead belongs to Joel Ward on a deflection.

Ward kept it up Sunday, getting two goals and an assist as he again benefited from the extra attention paid to Ovechkin, particularly on the power play.

In overtime, however, the power play is 4-on-3, and that left plenty of space for the Russian Olympian to drive home the game-winner after Brendan Smith was sent off for tripping.

"I was pretty much open," Ovechkin said. "Sometimes it's kind of boring when they put one guy close to you and you're basically out of the game, but Wardo and everybody do a great job."

Jason Chimera, John Carlson and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Capitals, who got a touchdown's worth of goals in their fifth consecutive Super Bowl Sunday home matinee. Michal Neuvirth made 25 saves.

The Capitals and Red Wings are tied at 59 points in the standings, in the middle of a six-team pack in which two points separate eighth place from 13th place in the East. Washington had lost seven of nine and three in a row at home.

"It'll go right down to the end," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "That's why you've got to get as healthy as you can. Every point matters. Hopefully your wave will come, and it'll come at the right time."

Ward has 17 goals, matching his career high for a season and making him the unlikely No. 2 scorer on the Capitals.

"I definitely know I've got a role on this team, and that's obviously to try to chip in as much as I can," Ward said. "But by no means I'm not trying to be no superhero or Batman. I'm just trying to help the team win."

Gustav Nyquist had his first career hat trick and added an assist, and Tomas Tatar and Justin Abdelkader also scored for the Red Wings, who at least managed to end a long scoring drought away from home. Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots.

Nyquist's goal at 11:40 of the first period ended the Detroit's road scoreless run at 194:14. The Red Wings had been shut out for three consecutive away games, a streak equaled in franchise history only by the 1927-28 Detroit Cougars.

It was one of those games where a trip to the concession stand was a risky proposition. The first period included three power-play goals in just 53 seconds of man-advantage time. In the second period, Tatar and Ward scored 19 seconds apart. Nyquist finished his hat trick just 42 seconds into the third period.

"It was an old-fashioned pond hockey game out there," Howard said. "Every once in a while those games happen. The only thing we've got to take out of this is we found a way to get a point, and a lot of guys played well."

Notes: Capitals D Mike Green missed his second consecutive game. He has been evaluated for concussion-like symptoms since getting hurt against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. ... Capitals F Brooks Laich sat out with a lower-body injury.

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Rondo scores 19 for Boston in 96-89 win over Magic

BOSTON (AP) Rajon Rondo had season highs with 19 points and 10 assists and the Boston Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak with a 96-89 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Jared Sullinger scored seven of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics, who let a 12-point lead slip to one in the final period before pulling away at the end.

Brandon Bass had 19 points and nine rebounds and Avery Bradley scored 17 in his return after missing five games with a sprained ankle.

Jeff Green was the only Boston starter not to score in double figures as the Celtics won for the third time in four games against the Magic, who have lost four of five.

Arron Afflalo had 18 points and Nikola Vucevic finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who lost their 11th straight road game. Glen Davis had 15 points, Tobias Harris scored 13 and Victor Oladipo had 12 points as all five Orlando starters scored in double figures.

The only game on the NBA schedule Sunday featured two of the league's bottom teams.

Boston entered Sunday winless in six games since Rondo's return last month after missing nearly a year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. His season highs were 13 points and eight assists before going 9 of 10 from the floor Sunday and adding six rebounds.

Orlando, which has just three road wins this season, rallied after making a push in the fourth quarter. The Magic went without a field goal in the fourth quarter until Maurice Harkless' layup cut Boston's lead to 75-68 with 9:01 left to play. E'Twaun Moore and Davis added layups during an 10-2 run that pulled the Magic within 77-76 on a pair of free throws by Kyle O'Quinn with 6:11 left to play.

It was as close as Orlando would get. Rondo answered with hook shot for the Celtics and Bradley followed with a field goal and two foul shots as Boston started to pull away. The Celtics sealed it with an 8-2 run in the final two minutes.

Notes: Rondo was 5 for 6 in the first half while scoring 13. ... The Celtics scored 27 in each of the first two periods and led 54-45 at halftime. ... Boston G Avery Bradley returned after missing five games with a sprained right ankle. ... Orlando G Jameer Nelson did not travel with the Magic because of a sore left knee. ... Boston was 0-6 in games with Rondo in the lineup since returning from a torn ACL. ... Orlando last won on the road Dec. 16, beating Chicago 83-82. ... The Magic's 3-22 road record is the worst in the NBA.

Brogdon's 3 gives UVA a 48-45 win over Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) Malcolm Brogdon made a last-second 3-pointer to give Virginia a 48-45 victory against No. 18 Pitt on Sunday.

Brogdon finished 16 points for Virginia (17-5, 8-1), which maintained sole possession of second place in the ACC. The Cavaliers have won five consecutive games since losing at Duke on Jan. 13.

Pitt (18-4, 6-3) lost consecutive games for the first time this season and fell into a third-place tie with Duke in the conference standings. The Panthers have lost three of their past five after opening with a 16 wins in their first 17 games.

Pitt freshman Jamel Artis led the Panthers with 11 points, but he missed a wide open layup with 10 seconds remaining after an offensive rebound.

Neither team held more than a four-point lead at any time throughout the game in a matchup of two of the ACC's top defensive teams.

The score was tied at 41 when Cameron Wright made a 3-pointer as the shock clock expired for a 44-41 lead with 6:52 remaining. Wright fumbled a pass, picked the ball off his shoetops and released in one awkward motion to make an improbable shot much to the dismay of Virginia coach Tony Bennett.

Virginia did not let the bad luck affect their psyche. The Cavaliers tied the score again after London Perrantes made two free throws with 4:47 to go to make it 44-44. The score was tied 17 times in the game and changed hands seven times.

The first half was tight throughout with neither team holding more than a three-point lead at any time. Pitt took a 23-21 lead into halftime after James Robinson stole the ball from Justin Anderson and fed Cameron Wright for a layup with one second remaining in the half.

Both teams had their struggles offensively in the first 20 minutes as they both were 9 for 24 from the field.

Ferrell lifts Indiana to upset of No. 10 Michigan

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Yogi Ferrell scored 27 points, hitting seven 3-pointers in eight tries, to lead unranked Indiana to a 63-52 upset of No. 10 Michigan on Sunday.

Indiana (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten) had lost three of four but led most of the way in improving to 12-2 at Assembly Hall. Noah Vonleh added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Hoosiers, who shot 54 percent to the Wolverines' 40 percent.

Michigan (16-5, 8-1) produced a season-low point total as a 10-game winning streak came to an end. Derrick Walton Jr. scored 13 points and Caris LeVert had 12. They were the only Wolverines in double figures, as leading scorer Nik Stauskas was held to six points.

Pavlyuchenkova beats Errani in Paris final

PARIS - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Open GDF Suez for her sixth career title.

Pavlyuchenkova captured her first title of the season and her first since winning the Portugal Open in May 2013.

The unseeded Russian dictated the points, making 48 winners to 18 for Errani.

Errani won seven straight games to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the first set and lead 2-0 in the second. But Pavlyuchenkova responded by also winning seven straight games to even the match and lead 1-0 in the third.

In the final set, Pavlyuchenkova hit a backhand return winner to break for a 5-3 lead and sealed the victory with a forehand winner.

Pavlyuchenkova got off to a good start by breaking Errani in the third game. But she made numerous unforced errors to squander that advantage, dropping serve at 3-2 with a wide backhand and at 4-3 with a forehand into the net. Errani hit a backhand drop shot to take the opening set.

Errani broke Pavlyuchenkova in the opening game of the second set with a forehand pass. Pavlyuchenkova saved a break point at 2-0 to stay in the match and the momentum suddenly changed.

Pavlyuchenkova slapped forehand return winners to break serve at 2-1 and 3-2 in the second set before Errani sent a forehand long to lose the set.

In the decider, Errani capitalized on a backhand error from Pavlyuchenkova to break for a 2-1 lead. However, Pavlyuchenkova broke back in the sixth game when Errani's backhand sailed long.

Pavlyuchenkova has defeated three top 10 players in the same tournament for the first time in her career. She beat Maria Sharapova of Russia in the semifinals and Angelique Kerber of Germany in the quarterfinals.

Errani lost in the final of the Paris tournament for the second straight time.

5 things to know heading into Super Bowl Sunday

NEW YORK -- It's time. Finally.

After a week of interviews, practices and plenty of hype, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are ready to kick off the Super Bowl in a matchup that makes even the most casual football fans drool.

It's Peyton Manning and the Broncos' top-rated, record-setting offense going against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks' No. 1-ranked, stingy defense.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the first Super Bowl held outdoors at a cold-weather site.

"We're ready to go," Seattle coach Pete Carroll declared Saturday after his team's final walkthrough. "That's kind of how we are. I don't know if it's loose, but we're where we're supposed to be."

The chilly conditions that concerned so many were a non-factor Saturday, with temperatures in the mid-40s under clear, blue skies. In the weeks and months leading up to the big game, many wondered if the Super Bowl would be played in bone-chilling temperatures with some snow - or even worse, a blizzard.

It won't be a winter wonderland Sunday in New Jersey, although there was a 50 percent chance of rain or snow flurries. Fans will still have to bundle up a bit, but it probably won't even be the coldest Super Bowl.

Forecasters were calling for a high of 49 degrees, with the evening low only expected to dip to 32 degrees - likely after the game is over. The coldest Super Bowl was in 1972 in New Orleans, when the temperature was a reported 34 degrees with a wind chill of 24.

"We're pretty much weather-proof," Broncos coach John Fox said. "We live in Denver, so we practice in just about every element there is."

Here are five things to know Sunday as the Super Bowl draws closer to kickoff:

MEATY MATCHUP: The Super Bowl features the classic pocket passer in Denver's Peyton Manning against Seattle's quick-footed, quick-witted scrambler in Russell Wilson, who represents the new guard at quarterback in the NFL along with the likes of Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton.

Seattle's defense will be looking to make Manning uncomfortable by forcing him outside the passing pocket. Denver, meanwhile, will try to contain Wilson by keeping him in the pocket and prevent him from making plays by scrambling.

Both teams are 15-3 and have relied on their quarterbacks to get them here, despite their different styles.

"It'll be great to go against Peyton," Wilson said. "Obviously, it's not me versus him, but he's a guy that I have so much respect for. All of the amazing things he's done over his career, he's built this unbelievable legacy, and he's one of the best - if not the best - quarterbacks to ever play the game. One day I want to be like him in terms of the way he thinks.

"He's just a master of the game."

SOUNDS OF THE GAME: Listen up!

In the hours before the Super Bowl, several members of the Broadway cast of "Rock of Ages" will perform two 30-minute sets outside MetLife Stadium. The second will close out Fox's pregame show from 5:10-5:40 p.m. EST. Phillip Phillips and The Band Perry also will perform before the game, and Bill O'Reilly will have a live interview with President Barack Obama.

Queen Latifah, along with the New Jersey Youth Chorus, will sing "America The Beautiful" before the game, and opera singer Renee Fleming will perform the national anthem.

Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars will perform during the halftime show and will be joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

NFL HONORS: Manning won his fifth The Associated Press NFL MVP award Saturday night in a landslide.

Denver's record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC's best record this season, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote.

Manning also won the AP's Offensive Player of the Year award for the second time.

Carolina grabbed two major awards, with Ron Rivera winning AP NFL Coach of the Year and linebacker Luke Kuechly voted top defensive player.

Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were the top rookies. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers took the Comeback Player of the Year award.

PUNTERS REJOICE: Ray Guy's wait is over.

Guy became the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, highlighting a class that included defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey. Two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones, also were selected.

Among the finalists who didn't get in were two with ties to Manning and the Indianapolis Colts - coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison.

"Good things are worth waiting for," said Guy, who last played for the Raiders in 1986. "It's just a matter of time when it will show up. And I knew it would, sooner or later. It had to, whether it was me or somebody down the road. But sooner or later, it had to show up, because that is a part of a football game."

SECURITY! The Transportation Security Administration added about two dozen dogs to monitor passengers coming in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport around the Super Bowl.

The TSA has also added 200 screeners at Newark to handle the larger volume of travelers, and TSA agents from LaGuardia Airport will be screening train passengers at New York Penn Station and New Jersey's Secaucus Junction on Sunday.

The TSA said Friday that fans will not be allowed on the rail line that serves MetLife Stadium on Sunday unless they show their tickets to the game and adhere to the NFL's bag policy.

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AP Pro Football Writers Howard Fendrich and Barry Wilner, AP Sports Writers Tim Booth, Tom Canavan and Rachel Cohen, and AP National Writer Paul Newberry contributed to this report.

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Manning wins 5th MVP award and AP offensive player

NEW YORK (AP) Peyton Manning made his fifth MVP award a family affair.

Manning's record-setting season earned him The Associated Press NFL MVP award Saturday night in a landslide. No other player has won more than three.

Denver's record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC's best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote.

Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis in 2003, `04, `08 and `09. He also was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson.

"I am humbled by this recognition and grateful to my family, (Broncos owner) Pat Bowlen, John Elway, John Fox and the entire Denver Broncos organization, and of course, my coaches and my teammates," Manning said in a prepared video acceptance speech. He was not on hand as he gets ready for Sunday's Super Bowl against Seattle.

"Now, I sent a couple of guys over there tonight to pick up the trophy on my behalf: my father Archie and my son Marshall. Thank you very much and God bless you."

Archie Manning, holding his grandson Marshall in his arms, accepted the award from two more MVPs, Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers.

Manning still trails several Hall of Famers for total MVPs in their sport. Wayne Gretzky won nine NHL MVPs, Barry Bonds owns seven in baseball, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six in the NBA.

Manning also took the AP's Offensive Player of the Year award for the second time. Elway accepted the Offensive Player award on Manning's behalf.

"I can say I have never seen a better year played by a quarterback than Peyton Manning," said Elway, a Broncos executive who won the MVP award in 1987. "To see what he did this year, it was truly amazing."

Manning received 33 votes for the offensive player honor. He also was runner-up last year to Peterson for the award.

This time, running back LeSean McCoy of Philadelphia was second with 10 votes, followed by Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles with four.

Carolina grabbed two major awards, with Ron Rivera winning AP NFL Coach of the Year and linebacker Luke Kuechly voted top defensive player.

Rivera engineered the Panthers' turnaround from a 7-9 record to 12-4, the NFC South title and a first-round playoff bye. Kuechly keyed a defense that allowed 241 points, less than every team except NFC champion Seattle.

"I had no idea," he said of adding the award to the top defensive rookie honors he got last season. "You look at the list of guys: Robert Mathis, a sack master, a guy that forced a lot of fumbles. And obviously, everybody knows about Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. Those guys are both studs."

Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were the top rookies for 2013.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers took the Comeback Player of the Year award at the NFL Honors show.

Rivera's fine work in his third season in charge in Carolina brought him 21 1/2 votes. That outdistanced Kansas City's Andy Reid, who got 13 1/2 votes. In his first year with the Chiefs, Reid took them from 2-14 to 11-5 and an AFC wild-card berth.

"I do feel a lot of pride because it has been a long journey, but it also was a part of the process," Rivera said. "Just like us getting to where we are winning 12 games was part of the process. We started, the team was 2-14 before I got there and we went to 6-10 and then 7-9, and this year we broke through at 12-4. It was part of the process of growing and developing."

Rivera is the second Panthers coach to win the award. Dom Capers was AP Coach of the Year in 1996, Carolina's second season in the NFL.

All-Pro Kuechly received 19 votes, ahead of Indianapolis All-Pro linebacker Mathis, who earned 11 1/2.

Kuechly was credited with 96 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, eight passes defensed, and was a presence from sideline to sideline on the NFL's No. 2 unit.

A second-round pick (61st overall) from Alabama, Lacy was a key performer in the Packers' offense, particularly when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined for seven games. He rushed for 1,178 yards on 284 carries (4.1 average), with 11 touchdowns. He also had 35 receptions.

That was good enough for 35 votes.

"I'm comfortable where I am, and my teammates believe in me, and they make me feel comfortable, so I'm able to play the way I'm capable of playing," said Lacy, who beat out San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen, who received 12 votes.

Richardson, the 13th overall pick in April's draft on a selection acquired when New York traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay, won a close race over Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso. Richardson received 23 votes; Alonso, a second-round choice (46th overall), got 19.

Often double-teamed as the season wore on, Richardson made 42 tackles and had 3 1/2 sacks. He clogged the running lanes so effectively that the Jets ranked third against the run this season.

"I'm surprised," Richardson said of beating Alonso and Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu, who got two votes. "Kiko and Tyrann most definitely had outstanding rookie years and it was a toss-up to me. Kiko made a lot of tackles and Tyrann made a lot of plays down the field. Unfortunately he got hurt, but it was a tight race."

Richardson joked about the possibility of winning both awards - he scored two touchdowns as a fullback in goal-line situations.

"Eddie Lacy beat me out there," Richardson said. "He had a few more touchdowns than I did."

Rivers led the Chargers to a wild-card playoff spot with four straight victories to close out the schedule, giving them a 9-7 record. He led the league with a 69.5 completion rate and threw for 32 TDs against 11 interceptions.

He received 13 votes in balloting so widespread that 12 players got votes. He was not at the awards show at Radio City Music Hall.

Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and accepted the honor with tears in his eyes.

"As a Chicago Bear, this award has a special meaning to me," Tillman said.

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AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. and Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this story.

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Cal topples No. 1 Arizona on last-second shot

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Justin Cobbs hit a step-back jumper with 0.9 seconds left, and California stunned No. 1 Arizona 60-58 on Saturday night to hand the Wildcats their first loss of the season.

Cobbs dribbled to his left and beat Nick Johnson, then pulled up in front of a defender to sink the winning shot that sent a raucous, gold-shirt wearing crowd at Haas Pavilion spilling onto the court. Cal coach Mike Montgomery and security had to usher fans away before the final play.

Gabe York's full-court pass was knocked down after the timeout to give the Golden Bears (15-7, 6-3 Pac-12) their first victory over a top-ranked opponent since Jan. 30, 1994, when they beat UCLA 85-70 at the Oakland Coliseum.

Arizona (21-1, 8-1), which had won a school-record 21 straight games, was one of just three unbeaten teams left in Division I. Now only second-ranked Syracuse (21-0), which outlasted No. 17 Duke 91-89 in overtime Saturday, and No. 4 Wichita State (23-0) remain.

Cobbs finished with 19 points and seven assists, David Kravish had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Richard Solomon scored 12 points to propel Cal to one of the biggest wins in school history. The Bears improved to 3-24 against teams ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll, and they had never beaten a top-ranked team in Berkeley.

Kaleb Tarczewski scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, and T.J. McConnell scored 13 points for the Wildcats, who shot just 32.3 percent from the floor. Cal shot 44.6 percent.

Cal attracted quite an audience for this one, too.

There were 21 scouts from 14 different NBA teams in attendance. Former Wildcats coach Lute Olson sat in the stands behind Arizona's bench, and Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin - a Cal alum - also supported his Bears.

The Wildcats rallied from nine points down in the first half and eight in the second to set up a furious finish.

Arizona took the lead twice in the final minutes, and twice Cobbs came back with a tying score - first on a runner in the lane and then on a pair of free throws.

On the final sequence, Johnson missed a short jumper in the lane and Cal corralled the rebound. Cobbs let the clock tick down, then beat Johnson for a shot that will long be remembered in Berkeley.

Fans had to be pushed back off the court in a weird and wild scene, with the public address announcer screaming for them to get back. The Bears soon gave them reason to celebrate, keeping Arizona's big front line at bay - just at it had from the start.

Kravish found Solomon for an alley-oop on Cal's first possession. The pair took advantage even more on the inside after Arizona forward Brandon Ashley turned his right ankle going for a rebound and sat out on the bench the remainder of the game with a walking boot on his foot.

Solomon made his first six shots, including a short jumper that put the Bears ahead 28-19 late with 5:18 remaining in the first half. Arizona answered back by converting steals into easy baskets, closing the half on a 10-2 run to cut Cal's lead to 30-29.

It was the seventh time Arizona has trailed at the half this season.

Both teams had to overcome adversity after the break. Johnson seemed to be bothered by an injury to his left hand - repeatedly shaking his wrist after shots and grimacing - and Solomon was stuck in foul trouble.

The Bears began to pull away, taking a 50-42 lead on a pair of free throws by Cobbs with 11 minutes to play. But Arizona, just like it did all game, came back and tied the game at 54 with 6 minutes left to set up a wild sequence down the stretch.

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No. 2 Syracuse beats No. 17 Duke 91-89 in OT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24 and Jim Boeheim's No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski's No. 17 Duke 91-89 on Saturday in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history.

C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 ACC) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season.

Playing in front of a charged-up crowd of 35,46, the largest ever at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse remained one of three undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Wichita State.

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied.

Jabari Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in regulation for Duke (17-5, 6-3).

Guy, Brooks, Jones among 7 elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) The hang time is over for Ray Guy. The longtime punter for the Oakland Raiders is all by himself once again.

After waiting 23 years, Guy is the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"Good things are worth waiting for," Guy said Saturday night after being elected along with six other players. "It's just a matter of time when it will show up. And I knew it would, sooner or later. It had to, whether it was me or somebody down the road. But sooner or later, it had to show up, because that is a part of a football game."

Defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey also were part of the class of 2014. Two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones, were selected.

The announcement was made at the NFL Honors award show, less than 24 hours before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in the first Super Bowl.

Among the finalists who didn't get in were two with ties to the Indianapolis Colts and current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning - coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison.

Each incoming Hall of Famer walked to the stage and was announced individually. Strahan, who helped the Giants make two Super Bowls, got a huge cheer from the home crowd.

Induction will be on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio.

Guy turned the punting job into a defensive weapon after he became the first player at his position to be selected in the first round of the draft in 1973. He made "hang time" part of the football vernacular while playing all of his 207 games in 14 seasons with the Raiders.

The Southern Mississippi product averaged 42.4 yards for his career. Only three of his 1,049 punts were blocked, and he had 209 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

"It's gratifying to now see a punter go into the Hall of Fame," Guy said, who joins Jan Stenerud as the only kickers enshrined . "Whether it was me or somebody else, they needed representation in that position."

Brooks was the cornerstone of a Bucs defense that led the league in 2002 and `05, and the NFC five times. He was The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year when Tampa Bay won its only Super Bowl after the 2002 season.

The linebacker never missed a game in his 14 seasons and averaged a remarkable 146 tackles. Six of his 25 interceptions were returned for touchdowns, including a league-record three in `02.

Seattle certainly got a winner when it moved up to the No. 6 spot in the 1997 draft to take Jones. He immediately provided blindside protection for Warren Moon and quickly became the first Seahawks lineman to earn a Pro Bowl spot. He was one of the chief road graders who helped Shaun Alexander rush for 266 yards in a 2001 game - the fourth-highest total in NFL history - and then rush for a team-record 1,880 yards and 28 TDs in his MVP season in 2005.

"Coming into the league all I wanted to do was get here, and ... say I could play this game," Jones said. "For me to be here now, and for my team that I started with and finished with, to be here in the Super Bowl is just like the icing on the cake."

Strahan set the NFL record for sacks in a single season, getting 22 1/2 in 2001. The one most people remember is the record-setter in the final game of the regular season, when Green Bay's Brett Favre seemed to lay down on a play late in the game.

While there is controversy about that play, the gap-toothed Strahan was one of the top two-way defensive ends. Younger teammates said he taught them how to work to become NFL players, and he walked away from the NFL after winning the Super Bowl in February 2008.

"It's hard to find guys with everything, but this guy had everything . size, speed, power, toughness, endurance, motor, smarts, leadership, heart, love for the game, but what I admired most about Michael was his pride," Giants general Jerry Reese said. "No matter what the circumstances were, when he walked out on that field on Sunday, he was going to give it ALL to you. There aren't many guys who can say that."

Reed came out of little Kutztown (Pa.) University and played his first 15 seasons with Buffalo, getting to four Super Bowls, but never winning one. His final season was with Washington. His 951 career receptions are third in league history, highlighted by nine consecutive seasons of 50-plus catches.

Long before people spoke about yards after the catch, Reed was doing it. He finished with 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns.

"Having to wait this long for him is a sin, but the bottom line is he's in and that's what counts," former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly said of Reed's nine-year wait to get into the Hall.

A walk-on at Southern University, Williams was a shutdown cornerback in his 14 NFL seasons, the first 10 with the Cardinals and the last four with the Rams. He had 55 career interceptions, getting at least one in every season except his last. He had five or more in picks in six seasons, with nine being his best in 1994.

Williams spent his last four seasons with St. Louis. He started at cornerback for the Rams in the 2001 Super Bowl and played safety in his final two seasons.

The Hall of Fame doors finally opened for Humphrey on his 28th year of eligibility and his fifth as a finalist. The durable six-time Pro Bowl pick had 122 career sacks in 14 seasons with the Falcons and Eagles, who acquired him after a brief retirement in the 1978 season.

"I never really gave up hope," said Humphrey, whose only regret was his wife died in July and didn't get to see his election. "I always figured there was a place for me here."

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AP Sports Writers Tim Booth and Dennis Waszak Jr., and Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this story.

San Diego's Rivers wins AP Comeback Player

NEW YORK (AP) Philip Rivers' turnaround season has earned him The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.

Rivers led the San Diego Chargers to a wild-card playoff spot with four straight victories to close out the schedule, giving them a 9-7 record. He led the league with a 69.5 completion percentage and threw for 32 TDs against 11 interceptions.

He received 13 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. The balloting announced Saturday night was so widespread that 12 players got votes.

Finishing behind Rivers were Denver running back Knowshon Moreno and Philadelphia left tackle Jason Peters with eight selections apiece. Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis got six votes.

Rivers is the second Chargers quarterback to win the award; the man he replaced, Drew Brees, won in 2004.

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Packers RB Lacy AP top offensive rookie

NEW YORK (AP) Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has won The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

A second-round pick (61st overall) from Alabama, Lacy was a key performer in the Packers' offense, particularly when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined for seven games. He rushed for 1,178 yards on 284 carries (4.1 average), with 11 touchdowns. He also had 35 receptions.

That was good enough for 35 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league in balloting announced Saturday night.

The first Packer to win the award since John Brockington in 1971, Lacy beat out San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen, who received 12 votes.

He is the first running back to take the offensive rookie honors since Adrian Peterson in 2007.

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Jets DT Richardson AP top defensive rookie

NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets tackle Sheldon Richardson has won The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Richardson, the 13th overall pick in April's draft on a selection acquired when New York traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay, won a close race over Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso. Richardson received 23 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Alonso, a second-round choice (46th overall), got 19 in balloting announced Saturday night.

Often double-teamed as the season wore on, Richardson made 42 tackles and had 3 1/2 sacks. He clogged the running lanes so effectively that the Jets ranked third against the run this season.

He is the fourth Jet to win the award, joining Jonathan Vilma, Hugh Douglas and Erik McMillan.

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