Ravens hold on after lengthy delay
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Ravens used a last-gasp defensive stand to hold off the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 and capture their second Super Bowl title in 12 years.
Game MVP Joe Flacco threw for three touchdowns while helping Baltimore build a 21-6 halftime advantage.
Then, not long after Jacoby (jah-KOH'-bee) Jones opened the second half with a 108-yard kickoff return that increased the Ravens' lead to 28-6, a power outage held up play for 34 minutes.
The Niners regrouped, and Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) directed four second-half scoring drives.
The Niners' final touchdown cut the deficit to 31-29. They missed a two-point conversion try before Baltimore added a late field goal and then took a safety in the final seconds.
It is San Francisco's first loss in six Super Bowl appearances.
It was Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis' final game after a 17-year pro career.
Flacco wraps up flawless postseason
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Quarterback Joe Flacco put off contract talks with the Baltimore Ravens until after the season was done.
Seems like a pretty good decision in hindsight.
Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns and earned Super Bowl MVP honors for leading the Ravens to their Super Bowl victory. He had 11 postseason TD passes and no interceptions.
John beats Jim again
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Baltimore coach John Harbaugh is now 2-0 with younger brother Jim on the other sideline.
His Ravens' dramatic 34-31 victory in the Super Bowl was preceded by a 16-6 win over the 49ers on Thanksgiving night back in 2011.
Last night's game sets TV record
NEW YORK (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers has set a record for highest overnight ratings in Super Bowl history.
The Nielsen company reported the game scored a 48.1 rating and 71 share in its select measurement of big cities. That's 1 percent over a similar measurement in last year's game.
For three years in a row, the Super Bowl has set a new record for most-watched event in U.S. television history. Nielsen is expected to have an estimate of how many people watched the game later on Monday.
One ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share means that 71 percent of TVs that were on at the time were tuned to the Super Bowl.
Wire-to-wire win for Mickelson
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Mickelson completed an outstanding week of golf with a four-shot win in the Phoenix Open. Mickelson, who opened with an 11-under-60 on day 1, shot a final round 67 to finish 28 shots under par. Brandt Snedeker (SNEH'-deh-kur) was second at 24-under after a 6-under-65.
The round of the day belonged to Scott Piercy who shot a 10-under-61 to finish in third at 23-under.
Hoosiers in line for No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — There will be a new No. 1 when this week's AP basketball poll is released today.
Top-ranked Michigan and No. 2 Kansas both lost on Saturday. The Wolverines fell to No. 3 Indiana, which spent time at the top of the rankings earlier this season. Tom Crean's squad is 20-2.
As it stands now, Syracuse is the only poll member scheduled to take the court tonight. The sixth-ranked Orange will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's 10-point loss at Pittsburgh when they host Notre Dame.
No place like home for the Heat
UNDATED (AP) — The two teams fighting it out for first place in the East are on tonight's eight-game NBA schedule. The conference-leading Heat are home to a Charlotte team that has lost three in a row and is tied with Washington for the worst record in the league. Miami is 18-3 at home. The second-place New York Knicks have won four straight and are just a half-game back heading into their outing against visiting Detroit.
Also tonight, Washington entertains an L.A. Clippers club that's looking to avoid a third straight loss, Indiana trails Central leader Chicago by one game heading into their matchup on the Bulls' home court, Orlando plays at Philadelphia, Portland is at Minnesota, Oklahoma City hosts Dallas and Sacramento is at Utah.
Sharks return to the ice
UNDATED (AP) — San Jose will be looking to rebound from its first loss in eight games this season when it hosts Anaheim tonight. The Sharks lost to visiting Nashville in a shootout on Saturday. Sharks versus Ducks is part of the NHL's five-game slate that also includes Carolina at Toronto, Dallas at Colorado, Phoenix home to Minnesota and Vancouver at Edmonton.
Star women's baseball player dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the women who helped inspire the movie "A League of Their Own" has passed away. Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis was a star in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s. She was 88.