SUPER BOWL-POWER OUTAGE
Were telltale signs overlooked?
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Superdome officials warned just months before the Super Bowl that the venue's electrical system could suffer a power outage and rushed to replace some of the equipment ahead of the big game.
While the cause of Sunday's 34-minute outage is still under investigation, records released Monday show that Superdome officials were worried in October about losing power during the NFL championship.
In a memo dated Oct. 15, state officials warned that tests on the electrical feeders that connect incoming power from utility lines to the stadium showed decay and "a chance of failure." The documents, obtained through a records request by The Associated Press, also show the utility that supplies the stadium expressed concern about the reliability of the service before the Super Bowl.
SUPER BOWL-RAVENS CELEBRATION
Charm City cheering its champions
BALTIMORE (AP) — Charm City is honoring its Super Bowl champions today.
Ravens players and team officials are taking part in a parade through downtown Baltimore. It will end at the team's stadium with a free celebration.
SKIING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS-WOMEN'S SUPER-G
Vonn taken to hospital...Maze wins race
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn crashed during the women's super-G and has been taken by helicopter to a hospital from the world championships. It appears she injured her right knee.
The American lost balance on her right leg while landing after a jump. Her ski came off immediately, and Vonn slid off course and hit a gate before coming to a standstill.
Vonn received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before going to the hospital.
Tina Maze (MAH'-zeh) of Slovenia won the race while American Julia Mancuso finished third.
Wolverines out for revenge
UNDATED (AP) — Three basketball teams are tied for second place in the Big Ten, and two of them will be going head-to-head tonight.
Michigan returns to the court for the first time since Saturday night's loss at Indiana dropped them from first to third in the AP poll and will host No. 10 Ohio State. The Buckeyes handed the Wolverines their only other loss of the season, winning 56-53 on Jan. 13 in Columbus. Both are 7-2 in conference play, same as Michigan State, and one game behind Indiana.
Also on the college hardwood this evening, No. 2 Florida will be out to defend its unbeaten record in SEC play when the Gators take the court at Arkansas. No. 8 Miami is undefeated in the Big East headed into its outing against visiting Boston College. And No. 13 Kansas State begins its game at Texas Tech one game behind Big 12 leader Kansas in the conference standings.
No place like home for the Pacers
UNDATED (AP) — Coming off last night's win over visiting Chicago that pulled them into a tie with the Bulls atop the NBA's Central Division standings, the Pacers are preparing to host the Hawks. Indiana will be aiming for its fourth straight win and 15th straight victory at home.
Elsewhere tonight, the L.A. Lakers will be chasing a third straight win in their first trip to Brooklyn to play a Nets team they've beaten nine straight times, Golden State is at Houston and hunting a fifth straight W, Phoenix plays at Memphis and Denver puts a six-game winning streak on the line against visiting Milwaukee.
Good matchup in the Golden State
UNDATED (AP) — It will be a busy night on the ice, with 10 games on the NHL schedule, including a matchup of the top two teams in the league.
The Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks are 7-0-2 heading into their road contest against the 7-1-1 San Jose Sharks. The visitors are the only NHL team that hasn't lost in regulation. The Pacific Division-leading Sharks are coming off their first regulation loss.
Also tonight, the N.Y. Rangers are at New Jersey, the New York Islanders are home to Pittsburgh, Toronto skates at Washington, Columbus hosts Los Angeles, Buffalo is at Ottawa, Tampa Bay plays at Philadelphia, Detroit hosts Calgary, Florida skates at Winnipeg and Nashville is at St. Louis.
Tigers avoid arbitration with Scherzer
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) by working out a one-year pact worth over $6.7 million. Scherzer was 16-7 with a 3.74 ERA and 231 strikeouts during the 2012 regular season before going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the postseason, helping Detroit reach the World Series.
In other major league news:
— The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter, pitching prospect Brad Peacock and minor league catcher Max Stassi. Lowrie batted .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games with Houston last season, missing two months with ankle and thumb injuries. Carter batted .239 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs in 67 games with Oakland last year.
— Former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb has retired due to shoulder problems that have prevented him from pitching in the majors since 2010. Webb was a 22-game winner in 2008, two years after winning the Cy Young Award with a 16-8 record and a 3.10 ERA.