» Friday, February 5, 2016

Bucs WR Vincent Jackson wins NFL military award

10:02 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Vincent Jackson's commitment to supporting the military has earned him the NFL's Salute To Service Award.

Super Bowl ads go for the safety

3:48 AM

NEW YORK (AP) Talking animals, celebrity cameos and crowd-pleasing rock songs: This year's Super Bowl advertisers are sticking to the classics in their efforts to win over Big Game viewers on Sunday.

Both kickers hoping Super Bowl 50 comes down to them

3:24 AM

SANTA CLARA, California (AP) It may not be the mighty legs of Cam Newton or the beautiful mind of Peyton Manning that will decide who wins Sunday when the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos meet in the Super Bowl.

Unlikely Super Bowl stars from Timmy Smith to Larry Brown

2:28 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Super Bowl history is filled with great performances from the biggest stars, such as Jerry Rice, Tom Brady and Emmitt Smith.

Mike Tolbert is a rare, old-school fullback in today’s NFL

2:26 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Mike Tolbert is the best at a position that's going out of style.

Ex-49ers owner DeBartolo anxiously awaits Hall of Fame fate

2:24 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Edward DeBartolo Jr. played no favorites. When it came to the way he treated his employees, from the stars on the field to the office workers behind the scenes, nobody argued how much he cared.

Ohio plant workers take pride in making Super Bowl footballs

2:01 AM

ADA, Ohio (AP) Every time Peyton Manning throws a pass or Cam Newton takes off to run in Sunday's Super Bowl, they'll be gripping a football made in a quaint Ohio village 2,000 miles away.

Manziel not charged despite claims he hit ex-girlfriend

1:34 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) Despite disturbing allegations that he struck his ex-girlfriend, troubled Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has not been charged with a crime and two Texas police departments have closed their cases on a possible assault.

J.J. Watt feels concussions are an expected injury

1:12 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says he knew concussions were a risk when he decided to play football, so he's not any more alarmed by the studies of prolonged head trauma suffered by NFL players.

Broncos take a chance, and it pays off with Kubiak

12:40 AM

SANTA CLARA, California (AP) It's hard to know who took the bigger risk when the Denver Broncos hired Gary Kubiak as head coach.

Super Bowl 50 Capsule

12:27 AM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) A capsule look at the Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers:

» Thursday, February 4, 2016

Broncos, Panthers have full participation in practice

9:44 PM

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers had full participation at practice from all 53 players on their respective rosters on Thursday.

NFL critic crashes news conference about concussions

9:40 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) An uninvited guest at the NFL's annual pre-Super Bowl news conference about health and safety, Chris Nowinski stood nearby and listened Thursday as one of the league's chief advisers about concussions declined to acknowledge a link between football and the brain disease called CTE.

Union: Raiders, Jaguars far under spending minimum

9:29 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars are the only two NFL teams below the 89 percent cash spending required by next year, and they are significantly under the minimum, the players' union said Thursday.

Coldplay to honor past, present and future at Super Bowl

9:25 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the band's Super Bowl halftime show will try to honor the past, present and future.

Manning’s legal team looked into documentary

9:22 PM

Private investigators working for Peyton Manning visited the source of a report that he and other star athletes had obtained performance-enhancing drugs before the documentary aired late last year, according to a report from The Washington Post on Thursday.

Fan gets suite sleepover at Levi’s night before game

9:13 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) One suite at Levi's Stadium is going to get a little extra use on Super Bowl weekend.

Cam, Kuechly aside, Panthers loaded with veterans

8:27 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The Carolina Panthers are older than you think.

Lions’ website says Sheldon White relieved of his duties

7:49 PM

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have relieved Sheldon White of his duties, according to a report on the team's website.

’Keep pounding’ has become a way of life for Panthers

7:45 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) ''Keep pounding.''

Column: Goodell riding high, and so is the unstoppable NFL

7:02 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Roger Goodell might as well mail this one in.

Denver’s Marshall and Trevathan bounce back from injuries

6:23 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The Super Bowl linebackers getting all the attention this week are Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.

TV deal means Las Vegas fans won’t miss Super Bowl after all

6:16 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) Las Vegas football fans won't miss the Super Bowl after all.

AP Source: NFL planning game next season in Mexico

5:25 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The NFL is planning to play a regular-season game in Mexico City this year, with the Raiders hosting the Texans.

Coldplay to honor past present and future at Super Bowl

4:03 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the band's Super Bowl halftime show will try to honor the past, present and future.

CBS aims to strike balance with added Super Bowl cameras

3:55 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) With some 70 cameras located from the pylons in the end zone to those isolated on single players, the ability to show plays from a 360-degree perspective and tracking technology that determines how fast and far players run, almost no aspect of the Super Bowl will be out of reach for the CBS crew.

Browns say they’re interested in Columbus practice facility

3:40 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Browns said Thursday that 2016 summer training camp will be at their Berea facility, as machinations continue to eventually move the camp to Columbus.

Ape at Utah zoo predicts Panthers to win Super Bowl

3:23 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) An ape at the Salt Lake City zoo has predicted the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl.

Goodell to require teams to interview women for exec jobs

3:20 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement a ''Rooney Rule'' requiring that women be interviewed for executive positions with teams around the league and in his own office, too.

Some of NFL’s biggest stars never played in Super Bowl

3:07 PM

Some of the NFL's biggest all-time stars have a gaping hole on their playing resumes.

Will Peyton’s dream scenario come true vs Panthers?

2:57 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) It's the perfect scenario, a Hollywood-type script: Peyton Manning emulates John Elway and rides off into the sunset with the Lombardi Trophy in his grip.

The Latest: Browns say 2016 training camp will be in Berea

2:47 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Latest on the Cleveland Browns plans to move their summer training camp to Columbus (all times local):

Broncos’ Smith preparing to play Super Bowl with heavy heart

1:40 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) At first, Antonio Smith thought about running out of the team hotel and catching the first flight home after his mother awakened him with news of his father's death following heart surgery.

Denver (NC) is backing Panthers, not Broncos in Super Bowl

1:19 PM

There are hardly any Broncos fans these days in Denver - not Denver, North Carolina, that is.

Run-DMC to open for Chili Peppers at pre-Super Bowl concert

7:42 AM

ATLANTA (AP) Run-DMC will open up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers at a pre-Super Bowl concert in San Francisco.

Losing in the Super Bowl haunts some players

4:28 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The pain of losing a Super Bowl never really disappears. It drives players who have experienced it to get back and get it right.

From Riggins to Allen to Elway, the best Super Bowl runs

2:41 AM

Last year's Super Bowl is best remembered for a team's unsuccessful decision to throw on what appeared to be an obvious running down near the goal line, the sort of thing that maybe shouldn't surprise anyone, given the emphasis on passing in today's NFL.

» Wednesday, February 3, 2016

49ers reschedule Girl Scouts sleepover at Levi’s Stadium

11:36 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The Girl Scouts of Northern California are getting their big sleepover at Levi's Stadium after all, just rescheduled from its original date.

Furniture Row Racing on different track for Super Bowl

11:10 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Denver-based NASCAR team is in a precarious position among the teams it competes against in the Sprint Cup Series.

EX-Badgers QB Wilson to give Wisconsin commencement speech

10:01 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The University of Wisconsin says Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will return to Madison this spring to give the school's commencement address.

Ward, Stewart participate in Broncos practice

9:19 PM

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) The Denver Broncos began final preparations for Super Bowl 50 on Wednesday with their two rehabbing starting safeties limited but running freely on the natural grass inside Stanford Stadium.

Dozens protest homeless removal from Super Bowl area

9:08 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Dozens are protesting what they say is the mayor of San Francisco's plan to push homeless people out of the scenic bay-front Embarcadero, where Super Bowl festivities are being held.

Some notable names who walked away as winners

8:53 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) If the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl on Sunday, 39-year-old Peyton Manning will have a chance to join some very select company.

NFL and law enforcement: No credible threat to Super Bowl 50

8:52 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) NFL security leaders and top law enforcement officials say there is ''no credible threat'' to Super Bowl 50.

Halftime at the big game is among the top culture

8:26 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Warren Duncan has something in common with Madonna, Beyonce, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Prince - and doesn't hesitate to let his grandchildren know about it every year about this time.

Jets sign RB-KR Dri Archer to reserve/future deal

8:12 PM

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed speedy running back-kick returner Dri Archer to a reserve/future contract.

Newton, Panthers stay true to personality at Super Bowl

8:04 PM

SAN JOSE, California (AP) Cam Newton wearing $850 Versace gold and zebra-print pants on a cross-country flight. Josh Norman sporting a Mexican wrestling mask with a Panthers logo and calling himself ''El Bandolero'' on Opening Night. Teammates photobombing each other at news conferences and teaching Miss Universe how to ''dab.''

Document: Ex-NFL star Sharper, US renew plea negotiations

8:04 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Federal court papers state that former NFL star Darren Sharper has renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors and is preparing a trial defense - which could indicate that his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off.

Column: Stabler’s brain damage intrudes on Super Bowl fun

7:54 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) For a guy who loved a good party, it's hard to imagine Ken Stabler ever thought he'd be crashing one this week.

Like Elway, Manning has chance to tie things up with a title

7:42 PM

SANTA CLARA, California (AP) The last time the world saw John Elway in a Broncos uniform, he was facing the stands, both hands aloft, holding his helmet in his left hand, and his right hand clenched into a tight, celebratory fist. He flashed that toothy smile, knowing that a few minutes later, he would be cradling his second Super Bowl trophy.

B. Colquitt wants a SB ring to add to the family collection

6:28 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Broncos punter Britton Colquitt always knew that he would get a Super Bowl ring someday. The only question is whether it'll be bequeathed to him or bestowed upon him.

Microsoft shows off possible future of football viewing

6:01 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Imagine being able to watch all 22 players at the snap with video that expands from your living room television set to the entire wall.

Cam Newton took fancy pants where other pros dare not go

5:11 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Lots of athletes have style, but could they rock the Cam pants?

5 of the most memorable Super Bowl halftimes

5:05 PM

Coldplay tries to make its mark before 100 million people Sunday at halftime of the Super Bowl. Here are five of the most memorable shows, for different reasons.

With results ’unacceptable’, owner promises to fix Titans

5:05 PM

Tennessee controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk is promising season-ticket holders she will do ''everything in her power'' to return the franchise to the success the Titans enjoyed 15 years ago.

Halftime at the big game is among the top culture moments

4:55 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Warren Duncan has something in common with Madonna, Beyonce, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Prince - and doesn't hesitate to let his grandchildren know about it every year about this time.

Osweiler and Anderson are better than your average backups

4:18 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Backup quarterbacks are always one play away from being the man, and preparing for the Super Bowl is no different.

Father of Broncos D-lineman dies

3:21 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Denver Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith plans to play in the Super Bowl despite learning of his father's death Wednesday.

Denver Broncos’ Ryan Murphy questioned in prostitution sting

2:49 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Broncos coach Gary Kubiak says he's disappointed he had to send home one of his practice squad players who was caught up in a prostitution sting a few miles from the team hotel.

Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler had brain disease CTE

1:35 PM

BOSTON (AP) Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, the late NFL MVP and Super Bowl winner who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with the brain disease CTE, Boston University researchers said Wednesday.

Las Vegas fans scramble as cable fight threatens Super Bowl

12:40 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) From the taco bar to the chicken wings, Me Ray Shook has long had the potluck planned for her annual Super Bowl party. It's how to watch the big game that she hasn't figured out.

Jets hire Brant Boyer as special teams coordinator

11:53 AM

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have hired former Indianapolis Colts assistant Brant Boyer as their special teams coordinator, replacing the fired Bobby April on Todd Bowles' coaching staff.

Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler had brian disease CTE

8:24 AM

BOSTON (AP) Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, an NFL and Super Bowl MVP who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with the brain disease CTE, Boston University researchers said Wednesday.

’What If’ moments that defined Super Bowl legacies

2:16 AM

Imagine a world where the name Scott Norwood evokes awe in Buffalo, not ''aww, dude.''

Super Bowl rosters filled with castoffs from other teams

2:16 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Evan Mathis got released by the Eagles because Chip Kelly didn't want to give the two-time Pro Bowl guard a raise. Kurt Coleman got dumped by Kelly a year earlier.

The party’s over: Browns to part ways with Johnny Manziel

2:15 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) Johnny Manziel famously made his entrance into the NFL by putting on a Browns baseball cap and strutting onto the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall while rubbing his fingers together.

From O’Brien to Vinatieri, Super Bowl’s most crucial kicks

2:13 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When the Super Bowl comes down to the kicker, all eyes are on the smallest, least athletic guy on the field.

» Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Newton wants black QB issue put away for good

11:18 PM

SAN JOSE, California (AP) Cam Newton wants any discussion of black quarterbacks in a Super Bowl put away.

Tight ends Olsen and Daniels could be decisive in Super Bowl

9:25 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In a tight spot, Cam Newton and Peyton Manning just might look for their tight ends.

No language barrier for Cam on Panthers’ Spanish broadcast

8:53 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Excitement transcends all languages, and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had a good quip was asked Tuesday about the popularity of the team's Spanish language radio broadcasters.

Raiders still seeking info on Mario Edwards’ injury

8:44 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Oakland Raiders are still seeking answers about the significant neck injury that sidelined rookie defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. in the final month of the season.

NFL considers use of video on sideline tablets

7:47 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Back when Joe Montana played, he viewed grainy photos of formations between series that were sent to the sideline from the press box attached to a wire with a metal clip.

Eagles agree to 5-year deal with defensive end Vinny Curry

7:45 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defensive end Vinny Curry and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a five-year contract.

Newton: Carolina’s nice guy LB Kuechly has ’alter ego’

7:29 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Luke Kuechly strolls happily through the Carolina Panthers locker room smiling and addressing teammates as he passes.

Practice squad receiver helped Manning get to Super Bowl 50

7:02 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jordan Taylor sauntered into the locker room, a spiffy custom-made charcoal suit slung over his right shoulder.

Vernon Davis hopes to play a role in Super Bowl with Broncos

7:00 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Vernon Davis got to sleep at home for a night in the Bay Area, stay in the same hotel where he lived during 49ers training camp last summer, and the equipment staff even promised him his old locker at Levi's Stadium this weekend.

Chip off the ol’ Bum: Wade Phillips gets best from Denver D

6:50 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) A few weeks ago, Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips went to great pains to describe glowingly a certain coach with the initials ''B.B.'' - a coach he would go on to out-scheme and beat a few days later to punch his ticket to the Super Bowl.

Column: Norman rides his horse as well as he rides receivers

5:58 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Like many rookies, Josh Norman spent part of his bonus on a new ride when he signed with the Carolina Panthers a few years back.

Robinson to Panthers: Don’t do what I did at Super Bowl

5:52 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Before the Carolina Panthers went to California for the Super Bowl, team broadcaster Eugene Robinson had a message for the players: Don't mess up like I did.

APNewsBreak: Lady Gaga to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

5:27 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Lady Gaga is set to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

From Montana to Manning: Superb Super Bowls finishes

4:31 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Every Super Bowl kicks off with the hopes of a thrilling game, capped by a dramatic drive in which the champion seizes control to capture the Lombardi Trophy.

Browns tired of Johnny Manziel’s antics, point to release

2:35 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns are about to throw Johnny Football away.

Jets WR Brandon Marshall added to Super Bowl pregame show

12:49 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall will appear on the Super Bowl pregame show on CBS.

Super Bowl ads this year might be a snooze

11:31 AM

NEW YORK (AP) No GoDaddy. Not a bikini in sight. Service messages instead of crotch or fart jokes. As the Super Bowl turns 50 and faces middle age, will this be the year that advertisers stick to - gasp - good taste?

Newton to Oher: ’I need you’ to play in Carolina

11:08 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) When Cam Newton discovered the Carolina Panthers planned to make a run at signing Michael Oher last offseason, he texted the free agent offensive tackle: ''I need you. I don't want you. I NEED you.''

Panthers, Broncos meet reporters at Super Bowl media circus

3:01 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) What happens when you put Peyton Manning, Miss Universe, an orange-and-blue leprechaun and 200 TV cameras into the same room?

Miller’s the loose leader of the Denver Broncos

2:14 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) When the NFL turned its anvil into a carrot, giving Von Miller a way out of its drug program, Denver's star linebacker was free to be himself this season - and was he ever.

Broncos team buses involved in minor accident

12:16 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The Denver Broncos were prepared for all kinds of wackiness and quirky questions on Super Bowl Opening Night. They ended up getting asked a lot about the wreck they were in an hour earlier.

» Monday, February 1, 2016

Broncos’ Elway won’t rush Manning into decision about future

11:52 PM

SAN JOSE, California (AP) Denver general manager and former All-Star John Elway realizes as well as anyone just how difficult a decision it is for an elite quarterback to retire, and he has no plans of putting pressure on Peyton Manning to make up his mind.

The Latest: Panthers linebacker Davis returns to practice

11:09 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The latest on the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos meeting reporters at media day, now known as Super Bowl Opening Night (all times local):

Lions hire Al Golden as tight ends coach

9:23 PM

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Former Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden has been hired as tight ends coach of the Detroit Lions.

Cardinals re-sign tight end Darren Fells

7:24 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed Darren Fells to a one-year contract.

Browns fans boycotting Johnny Manziel for month on Twitter

6:49 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) Floating on an inflatable swan was one thing. Being hunted by a police helicopter was too much.

Raiders look for short-term lease before long-term home

6:44 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) With the Oakland Raiders' hopes of moving to Los Angeles on hold right now, Mayor Libby Schaaf said the team's primary focus is on securing a lease to remain at the Coliseum for the 2016 season.

’Thursday Night Football’ to air on both CBS and NBC

6:41 PM

''Thursday Night Football'' will bounce around among CBS, NBC and NFL Network next season, and league executives are confident fans will find the games just fine.

Raiders DE Justin Tuck retires after 11 NFL seasons

5:38 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL.

Titans add Keith Willis, Brandon Blaney to defensive staff

5:02 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have hired Keith Willis as an assistant defensive line coach and Brandon Blaney as a defensive assistant.

Son of former Giants’ player pleads guilty in hit-and-run

4:38 PM

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) The son of a former New York Giants Super Bowl champion has pleaded guilty in New Jersey in an assault-by-auto case.

Pharrell, Metallica part of Super Bowl concerts lineup

4:27 PM

NEW YORK (AP) The Super Bowl takes place a week before the Grammys, but the big game is rivaling the awards shows with a plethora of live concerts and on-site musicians, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica to Pharrell and Skrillex.

Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle arrested in Texas

3:51 PM

IRVING, Texas (AP) Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle has been arrested in Texas after it was determined he was wanted for speeding.

The Super Bowl’s most memorable trick plays

3:19 PM

The appetite for gadgets and gimmicks at the Super Bowl is typically low. Surprising the other team with a safety blitz or deep pass, sure, but the risk of true trickery can often seem too steep with a title on the line.

AP survey: Concussions not most NFL players’ chief concern

11:22 AM

During a 15-year NFL career that sent him pinballing over the middle of the field too many times to count, absorbing hits as wicked as they come, former Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley endured injuries that literally ran from head to toe.

Broncos, Elway driven by desire to honor ailing owner

3:23 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Ever since he returned to his beloved Broncos five years ago, John Elway has been eager to utter four words in particular.

Russell Wilson throws 3 TDs in 49-27 Pro Bowl victory

1:36 AM

HONOLULU (AP) With no Super Bowl trip this season for the Seattle Seahawks, their stars came to play - and dominate - at the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

NFL using videos on tablets at Pro Bowl

1:24 AM

The NFL allowed coaches and players to use video on the Microsoft Surface tablets rather than just still photos for the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Sunday.

Lions say they’re still giving Johnson time to decide future

12:09 AM

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions are still giving Calvin Johnson time to ponder his future.