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North Korea, Malaysia tussle over corpse; 4th suspect nabbed
North Korea, Malaysia tussle over corpse; 4th suspect nabbed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - At a hospital morgue in Malaysia's capital, the tightly guarded corpse of a middle-aged man has become the focus of a dizzying case of international intrigue involving five countries, combative North Korean diplomats and an apparently duped female assassin.

Kraft to pursue Unilever after $143 bn bid spurned
Kraft to pursue Unilever after $143 bn bid spurned

Kraft Heinz signaled Friday it will press ahead with a campaign to acquire Dutch-British consumer products giant Unilever after an initial bid worth about $143 billion was spurned. A deal would create a giant in global food, joining the maker of Kraft cheese and Heinz ketchup to its European counterpart, whose products include Q-tips, Hellmann's mayonnaise and Ben & Jerry's ice cream. In early trading, Kraft Heinz jumped 7.5 percent to $93.81, while Unilever surged 9.5 percent to $46.62.

Abortion Opponents Are One Step Closer Toward Defunding Planned Parenthood
Abortion Opponents Are One Step Closer Toward Defunding Planned Parenthood

The vote Thursday overturned a rule inducted by the Obama administration prohibiting states from withholding money from Planned Parenthood and health care providers that offer abortions.

Football-Fans call shots in futuristic football league

The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles take flight on Thursday as the normally low profile Indoor Football League offers a glimpse into the future of interactive sports. The expansion team's site, coach, logo, mascot, cheerleaders and players have already been chosen by fans, who will use an app to pick the Screaming Eagles' plays in real time when they meet the visiting Nebraska Danger at 8,000-seat Maverik Center. "That's the future of sports," club owner and co-founder of Project FANchise Sohrab Farudi told Reuters.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, with five Super Bowl rings, made it clear -- again -- he has no plans to retire and wants to keep playing into his mid-40s. After telling Peter King of MMQB.com that his record-setting performance in Super Bowl LI wasn't his best game ever despite the historic 25-point rally over the Atlanta Falcons, the 39-year-old Brady believes he can maintain his level of play long past the age of any everyday quarterback in NFL history. "I'd like to play until my mid-40s," Brady told King during a two-hour interview on Sunday while in Montana on a family vacation.

NFL- Only five players make trip to Israel

Only five NFL players arrived on a sponsored trip to Israel after six players decided to skip the goodwill tour due to human rights concerns. The five players arriving Tuesday were Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Dan Williams, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, according to The Times of Israel.

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Despite his well-documented friendship with President Donald Trump, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he doesn't have an issue with his teammates skipping the team's White House visit. "Everybody has their own choice," Brady told PFT Live on Tuesday. Since beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in the Super Bowl, six Patriots players -- Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower, Chris Long and Alan Branch -- said they would not attend the traditional White House celebration.

NFL-Atlanta zoo welcomes baby cockroach 'Tom Brady'

Atlanta Falcons fans no doubt were calling Tom Brady all sorts of names after this month's Super Bowl, and now the city has a cockroach named after the New England quarterback. Brady and the Patriots proved hard to kill off in the Super Bowl and Zoo Atlanta commemorated New England's historic 25-point comeback victory by paying off a losing bet to its northern counterpart. The Atlanta zoo and the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village in Rhode Island had agreed the losing side would name a baby animal after the winning team's star quarterback.

Double-murder trial for ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez set to begin

Former National Football League star and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is due back in a Boston courtroom on Tuesday for his second murder trial, this time on charges that he shot two men dead outside a nightclub after a dispute over a spilled drink. Prosecution and defense lawyers are set to begin the lengthy process of selecting a jury from a pool of 600 candidates, a week after his former teammates paraded through the city to celebrate their fifth Super Bowl win. Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke has set aside more than two weeks for jury selection, with prosecutors' opening statements not expected until March.

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The New York Giants released veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings in a pair of salary-cap moves, the team announced Monday. The 30-year-old Cruz finished the 2016 season with just 39 catches for 586 yards and one touchdown in 15 games after coming back from major knee surgery. Jennings, the de facto No. 1 in a backfield committee the past two seasons, led the team with 593 yards rushing and three touchdowns, but averaged only 3.3 yards per carry -- the second-lowest total of his career.

Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's son charged with child sex abuse

(Adds details on charges, background on father's conviction) Feb 13 (Reuters) - A 41-year-old adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing young boys, was charged in Pennsylvania on Monday with sexually abusing two teenage sisters. Pennsylvania state police arrested Jeffrey Sandusky on Monday and he faced 14 counts of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, sexual abuse of a minor and other charges, according to a criminal complaint filed in court in Bellefonte, a town near the university's main campus.

NFL-Pats' QB Brady says Super Bowl comeback not his best game

Tom Brady set several records as he rallied the New England Patriots to an unthinkable Super Bowl win but on Monday the quarterback said his play in the NFL's title game was far from the greatest of his stellar career. Brady authored the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history when he shook off an uncharacteristically sluggish start to lead his team back from a 25-point deficit and secure a thrilling 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons. "I don't really think that is necessarily the case," Brady, 39, told TheMMQB when asked if that game marked the finest work of his Hall of Fame career.

Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's son charged with child sex abuse

The 41-year-old son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, was charged in Pennsylvania on Monday with sexually abusing two young sisters, according to a police complaint filed in court. Jeffrey Sandusky was accused of soliciting oral sex and naked photographs from the teenage daughters of a woman he was dating and living with, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

NFL-Pats owner unfazed with players skipping White House visit

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft downplayed the growing number of his players who have said they will boycott a visit to the White House, saying on Monday that it is America and people are free to do what they want. At least six Patriots players have publicly said they will not make the trip to the White House - a longstanding tradition among pro sports teams after winning a championship - and some cited U.S. President Donald Trump as their reason. Kraft, a Trump friend and supporter who attended the presidential inauguration last month, said on NBC's "Today" show that players were able to make up their own minds and added that members of the team have skipped the visit in the past.

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Roger Goodell reportedly was not happy when he saw New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia taking a shot at him by wearing a T-shirt that depicted the NFL commissioner as a clown. An unnamed ownership source told CBS Sports that the T-shirt upset Goodell, who also wasn't too pleased with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and how the Patriots handled their victory in Super Bowl LI. Goodell, who suspended quarterback Tom Brady for four games to open the 2016 season over the Deflategate scandal, was booed Sunday night as he presented Kraft with the Lombardi Trophy at NRG Stadium in Houston after the Patriots' stunning 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

NFL-Raiders head coach Del Rio handed new four-year deal

Head coach Jack Del Rio has been handed a fresh four-year contract by the Oakland Raiders after leading the National Football League team to the playoffs last season, the franchise announced on Friday. Financial details of the new deal were not disclosed by Oakland. "The Raiders have torn up Jack Del Rio's original contract and rewarded him with a new four-year deal," Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement.

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The Atlanta Falcons promoted secondary coach Marquand Manuel to defensive coordinator. The team also named Raheem Morris as wide receivers/passing game coordinator/assistant head coach. In addition, Doug Mallory was promoted to defensive backs coach to replace Manuel and former NFL standout Bryant Young was hired as defensive line coach.

Super Bowl star White gets truck from talk show host
Super Bowl star White gets truck from talk show host

New England Patriots running back James White, who scored the title-winning touchdown in last Sunday's Super Bowl, has a new truck for his effort thanks to television show host Conan O'Brien. The surprise move came Thursday on the Turner Broadcasting show and stemmed from comments by Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Tom Brady after his team's 34-28 victory over Atlanta in Houston. Brady, the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl crowns, had given away the truck he received as MVP from Super Bowl 49 two years ago to cornerback Malcolm Butler, who made a late game-saving interception to hold off Seattle.

U.S. college athletics league cuts Baylor funds after sex scandal

The Big 12 athletics conference decided on Wednesday to withhold a portion of the revenue due to Texas' Baylor University as it checks reforms implemented at the world's largest Baptist college in response to sexual assaults by it athletes. The university has been rocked by scandals for more than a year over whether it failed to do enough to prevent and investigate sexual assaults against women by football players and others. The scandals, which coincide with growing outrage over sexual assault on U.S. college campuses, led to the ouster of the school's president and its football coach.

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Atlanta didn't wait long to replace outgoing offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, hiring Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian two days after its 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Falcons coach Dan Quinn quickly moved to secure Sarkisian, who he sees as a great fit for the current offensive system.

NFL-Brady's wife urged him to retire after Super Bowl comeback

If Gisele Bundchen had her way, Tom Brady would have called it a career after winning his record fifth Super Bowl championship on Sunday. The Patriots quarterback told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Bundchen, his wife of eight years, pleaded with him to retire after leading New England to a come-from-behind 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. "And I said, 'Too bad, babe, I'm having too much fun right now.'" Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit en route to winning his record fourth Super Bowl MVP Award.

Snow, confetti mix as Boston celebrates Patriots Super Bowl win

(Parade begins) BOSTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of New England Patriots fans lined Boston's streets on Tuesday, defying a driving snowstorm to cheer the team's players in a parade celebrating their latest Super Bowl victory. Stars including quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman waved from the cavalcade of flatbed trucks and amphibious vehicles known as duck boats. Blowing confetti mixed with snow as the team celebrated its fifth National Football League championship since 2002.

BRIEF-RD Legal Funding is sued by US CFPB, NYAG over advances to 9/11 victims, NFL retirees

Feb 7 (Reuters) - * Rd legal funding llc is sued by u.s. Consumer financial protection bureau, new york attorney general -- court filing * Lawsuit accuses rd of engaging in deceptive and abusive acts in extending credit to people awaiting payouts from settlement funds * Lawsuit contends that rd's transactions are loans at usurious interest rates, and therefore are void * Lawsuit says rd advances money to first responders to 9/11 attacks, as well as to former national football league players with brain injuries * Lawsuit says consumers often end up paying back more than twice as much as the ...

Boston readies duck boats, umbrellas for Patriots' victory parade

By Scott Malone BOSTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of New England Patriots fans are expected to brave snow and rain on Tuesday to try to catch a glimpse of the Super Bowl champions as they parade through Boston on World War Two-style amphibious vehicles. "Fire up the duck boats," was the rallying cry of Mayor Marty Walsh as the city prepared for its fifth National Football League championship parade since 2002, following Sunday night's stunning 34-28, come-from-behind overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston.

NFL-Falcons at crossroads after Super Bowl meltdown

The Atlanta Falcons were left to wonder what might have been and what will be of their future in the aftermath of their Super Bowl collapse on Sunday. Atlanta's 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots was a study in improbability for a talented NFC team that looked destined to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. When the Falcons entered the fourth quarter with a 28-9 advantage, it looked to be the start of an exciting future for the franchise which finds itself at a crossroads instead.

NFL-Super Bowl sets gambling record at Nevada sports books

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were not the only ones breaking records at Sunday's Super Bowl as gamblers in Nevada set a new mark for betting on the NFL's championship game. The $138.5 million that was bet in Nevada's 196 sports books easily surpassed the previous high of $132.5 million for last year's Super Bowl, according to unaudited figures released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board on Monday.

NFL-Shanahan named 49ers head coach, a day after Super Bowl loss

The San Francisco 49ers officially named Kyle Shanahan as the 20th head coach in franchise history on Monday. The move came just hours after Shanahan watched as the Atlanta Falcons squandered a late 25-point lead to fall to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The 37-year-old Shanahan, who completed his second season as the Falcons' offensive coordinator, becomes the second youngest coach in the NFL behind Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams.

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The game-winning jersey Tom Brady wore en route to his record fourth Super Bowl MVP award was still missing on Monday. NFL.com posted a locker room video Sunday night showing Brady telling New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft, "Someone stole my game jersey." USA Today reported that Brady searched unsuccessfully for the white No. 12 shirt he wore while guiding the Patriots to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, a 34-28 overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons in Houston.

Despite overtime finish, NFL Super Bowl draws lower TV ratings

(Adds further viewership details, halftime show viewers, context around NFL's ratings problems this season) By Tim Baysinger Feb 6 (Reuters) - Fox Television's broadcast of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night drew 111.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen data released by the network on Monday, the smallest audience for the National Football League's title game in four years. The contest included a thrilling finish, with the New England Patriots staging a comeback to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football league's first-ever Super Bowl overtime.

NFL-Suspension motivated Brady no more than usual, says Belichick

By Larry Fine HOUSTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Observers have speculated that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was driven more than ever this season, embittered by the four-game suspension handed down by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in Deflategate. New England coach Bill Belichick bristled when the hypothesis was hinted at in Monday's Super Bowl news conference following the remarkable 25-point comeback and 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. According to Belichick, Brady could not have played with any more purpose this season, because he always gave 100 percent in previous years.

NFL-Brady loses his shirt, but smiling after emotional Super win

By Larry Fine HOUSTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Triumphant quarterback Tom Brady lost his shirt, but the New England quarterback wore a smile on Monday, unlike those bettors who backed the Atlanta Falcons and were counting their winnings with a 25-point lead. Brady crowned his legacy as one of the National Football League's all-time best in leading the Patriots to a record-setting 34-28 overtime win on Sunday and walked away with Most Valuable Player honors for a record fourth time in his record fifth Super Bowl triumph. "It took a kind of miraculous effort to do it and just so happy we were able to get it accomplished," Brady said about the Patriots overcoming a 28-3 third-quarter deficit for...

NFL-'Patriot Way' paves road to New England dynasty

By Steve Keating HOUSTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots engineered the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to claim a breathtaking 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, cementing their status as true a NFL dynasty. With the victory, Brady becomes the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl championships and, at 39, the second oldest at his position to win the NFL's biggest prize.

NFL-Many Patriots heroes, including White and Edelman

By Larry Fine HOUSTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Record-setting quarterback Tom Brady got the hardware as Super Bowl most valuable player but there were many heroes in the New England Patriots' amazing 34-28 come-from-behind, overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. All purpose running back James White scored a Super Bowl record-tying three touchdowns and ran in a two-point conversion in a sensational performance, setting a Super Bowl record with 14 catches.

NFL-No tailgating, but no lack of partying at Super Bowl

(Fixes event's cause in fifth paragraph) By Larry Fine HOUSTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Despite the absence of tailgating, there was no shortage of partying for Sunday's Super Bowl, as what has grown to become a virtual U.S. national holiday was set to kick off at Houston's NRG Stadium. Heavy security surrounding the suburban Houston site for the NFL title clash between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons shut the door on tailgating as fans had to park remotely and ride buses to the 73,000-seat stadium.

NFL-Falcons 'ran out of gas' in painful Super Bowl loss, says coach

By Larry Fine HOUSTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The Atlanta Falcons came agonizingly close to winning their first Super Bowl title on Sunday, and head coach Dan Quinn admitted the 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots was hard to take. "No doubt that was a tough one for us," said Quinn. "That's a hard one in the locker room." The Falcons looked headed for a romp, turning the Patriots over twice in the first half on the way to a 21-3 lead at intermission.

NFL-Pats' Brady named Super Bowl MVP after record comeback

(Adds background, quotes) By Larry Fine HOUSTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl on Sunday after leading his team on a record comeback over the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League championship game. Brady, a five-times Super Bowl winner and four-times MVP of the championship game, completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the 34-28 overtime victory, the first Super Bowl decided in extra time.

NFL-Patriots rally to stun Falcons in Super Bowl thriller

* Patriots stage biggest comeback in Super Bowl history * Brady named Super Bowl MVP for fourth time in his career (Adds detail, quotes) By Steve Keating HOUSTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The New England Patriots stormed back from a 25-point deficit to win their fifth Super Bowl with a stunning 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the National Football League's championship game. The Patriots, who seemed to have nothing go their way all night, came alive with a 19-point fourth quarter to force overtime where they put the finishing touches on their record comeback when James White scored on a two-yard run.

NFL-List of Super Bowl MVP winners

Feb 5 - List of Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) winners: Feb. 5, 2017 - Tom Brady (New England) Feb. 7, 2016 - Von Miller (Denver) Feb. 1, 2015 - Tom Brady (New England) Feb. 2, 2014 - Malcolm Smith (Seattle Seahawks) Feb. 3, 2013 - Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) Feb. 5, 2012 - Eli Manning (New York Giants) Feb. 6, 2011 - Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) Feb. 7, 2010 - Drew Brees (New Orleans) Feb. 1, 2009 - Santonio Holmes (Pittsburgh) Feb. 3, 2008 - Eli Manning (New York Giants) Feb. 4, 2007 - Peyton Manning (Indianapolis) Feb. 5, 2006 - Hines Ward (Pittsburgh) Feb. ...

NFL-Pats' Brady named Super Bowl MVP after historic comeback

HOUSTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl on Sunday after leading his team on a record comeback over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL's championship game. Brady, a five-time Super Bowl winner and four-time MVP of the championship game, completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the 34-28 overtime victory. (Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Frank Pingue)

NFL play-offs super bowl result

Feb 6 (Gracenote) - Result from the NFL Play-offs Super Bowl match between Atlanta and New England on Sunday (home team in CAPS) 1 2 3 4 OT T ATLANTA 0 21 7 0 0 28 New England 0 3 6 19 6 34

NFL-List of Super Bowl winners

Feb 5 (Reuters) - List of the National Football League's Super Bowl champions. Feb. 5, 2017 - New England 34, Atlanta 28 (OT) Feb. 7, 2016 - Denver 24, Carolina 10 Feb. 1, 2015 - New England 28, Seattle 24 Feb. 2, 2014 - Seattle 43, Denver 8 Feb. 3, 2013 - Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31 Feb. 5, 2012 - New York Giants 21, New England 17 Feb. 6, 2011 - Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25 Feb. 7, 2010 - New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17 Feb. 1, 2009 - Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23 Feb. 3, 2008 - New York Giants 17, New England 14 Feb. 4, 2007 - Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17 Feb. ...

NFL-Patriots rally to stun Falcons in Super Bowl thriller

The New England Patriots stormed back from a 25-point deficit to win their fifth Super Bowl with a stunning 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the National Football League's championship game. The Patriots, who seemed to have nothing go their way all night, came alive with a 19-point fourth quarter to force overtime where they put the finishing touches on their record comeback when James White scored on a two-yard run. With the win, Tom Brady becomes the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl championships and, at 39, the second oldest at his position to win the NFL's biggest prize.

NFL-Falcons lead Patriots 21-3 at halftime of Super Bowl

The Atlanta Falcons came to life in the second quarter with three touchdowns to lead the stunned New England Patriots 21-3 at halftime of the Super Bowl on Sunday. After a scoreless opening quarter it was the Falcons who struck first when they turned a LeGarrette Blount fumble into a touchdown five plays later when Devonta Freeman rushed it in from five yards out early in the second quarter. Atlanta added to their lead less than four minutes later when Matt Ryan, who on Saturday was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player, found Austin Hooper with a 19-yard pass to go ahead 14-0.

NFL-No tailgating, but no lack of partying at Super Bowl

By Larry Fine HOUSTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Despite the absence of tailgating, there was no shortage of partying for Sunday's Super Bowl, as what has grown to become a virtual U.S. national holiday was set to kick off at Houston's NRG Stadium. Heavy security surrounding the suburban Houston site for the NFL title clash between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons shut the door on tailgating as fans had to park remotely and ride buses to the 73,000-seat stadium. There was something for everyone, from the NFL Experience that catered to family fun, to booming dance clubs.

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Pro Bowl center Alex Mack was active and in the starting lineup for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Mack did not practice this week because of a left fibula injury, reportedly a chip fracture, which could limit a player considered vital to the Falcons' zone-running scheme. Mack is light on his feet and essential to a series of running plays in which he is called upon to pull or reach linebackers to seal lanes for running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

NFL-Patriotism and protests part of Super Bowl kickoff

By Steve Keating HOUSTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - From U.S. President Donald Trump to the Pope, the world was settling in for a rousing Super Bowl Sunday with the Atlanta Falcons taking on the New England Patriots in an NFL title game that will be played with deep political undertones. President Trump will kick off the pre-game buildup with a television interview while Vice-President Mike Pence will be among the estimated 73,000 fans packing NRG Stadium. While there will be no shortage of flag-waving patriotic pageantry around the game there were also protests, with reports of close to 500 demonstrators gathering at a park nearly two miles (3.2 kilometers) from the stadium with plans to march...

Super Bowl goes social as NFL seeks China touchdown

By Cate Cadell and Lisa Richwine BEIJING/LOS ANGELES, Feb 5 (Reuters) - As millions around the world settle into couches and tune into the Super Bowl on big-screen TVs on Sunday, fans in China will be watching the American football championship on mobile phones and tablets - on their way to work. The National Football League is looking to score with audiences in China, where the game starts during morning rush hour, via a push on social media. For the first time, the Super Bowl will stream live on popular messaging platform Sina Weibo .

NFL-Warner's against-all-odds career earns him Hall of Fame nod

By Frank Pingue Feb 5 (Reuters) - Kurt Warner's unlikely rise from stocking shelves at a grocery store in his mid-20s to arena league star quarterback before making it to the NFL where he became a Super Bowl MVP was already an incredible rags-to-riches story. Warner's ability to continually overcome obstacles proved so impressive that 20th Century Fox bought the movie rights to his biography "All Things Possible". If the film comes to fruition, however, the script will need some tweaking as Warner was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 on Saturday in his third year of eligibility.

NFL-Falcons QB Ryan named league's Most Valuable Player

Quarterback Matt Ryan was named the National Football League's Most Valuable Player on Saturday after a landmark season in which he led the offense-minded Atlanta Falcons to an 11-5 record. The 31-year-old Ryan garnered 25 votes to earn the NFL's most prestigious award at the ceremony in Houston, with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finishing second (10 votes). Ryan, who was not at the awards show since he was preparing to face Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, was also named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year.

NFL--Tomlinson, Jerry Jones lead 2017 Hall of Fame class

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and longtime Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley were selected to the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, along with LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis, Jason Taylor, Kurt Warner and Morten Andersen. Notably absent from the class are former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and wide receiver Terrell Owens, who called the process "flawed" on Saturday after learning the selection committee did not vote the mercurial receiver into the Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility.

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