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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Ravens get royal sendoff on their way to Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens arrived in New Orleans on Monday, a day later than their opponents for Sunday's Super Bowl, but inspired by a rousing farewell they received from their most dedicated supporters. Ravens coach John Harbaugh was still beaming when he touched down with his team in the Big Easy and went straight to his first news conference ahead of Sunday's title game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Nets dispel Magic to get back to winning ways
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Woods triumphs by four shots at Torrey Pines
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Tiger Woods withstood a late bogey, double-bogey, par, bogey wobble in strengthening winds to end a week of dominant golf by clinching his 75th PGA Tour title by four shots at the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday. Six strokes in front overnight at 17 under with 11 holes to play in the fog-delayed final round, Woods kept his closest challengers at bay as he signed off with a level-par 72 on a cold, sun-splashed afternoon at Torrey Pines.
New Orleans aims for a perfect "10" as Super Bowl hosts
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans joins Miami as the most frequent host of the Super Bowl when it stages its 10th NFL title game on Sunday, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city was already the big winner. "We are aiming for a perfect 10," Landrieu told a media conference on Monday in an official welcome to Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.
Ravens and 49ers get Super Bowl week under way
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens will fly into New Orleans on Monday to join Super Bowl rivals the San Francisco 49ers as the week-long build-up to America's biggest and most celebrated game gets fully under way. The Harbaugh brothers, 49ers coach Jim and Ravens boss John, have five straight days of media conferences ahead of them, including a joint session on Friday as the NFL and an insatiable sports media takes full advantage of the fascination with the pair.
Key testimony delayed on Puerto trial first day
MADRID (Reuters) - The high-profile and much-delayed trial of a Spanish doctor accused of masterminding a doping ring in cycling got off to an anti-climactic start on Monday when his testimony was postponed until Tuesday. Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and four other defendants are appearing in a Madrid court almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags as part of a probe code-named "Operation Puerto".
Cowboys' Ratliff had high blood-alcohol level at time of crash
DALLAS (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys player Jay Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit in Texas when his pickup truck hit an 18-wheeler truck on January 22, police said on Monday. Ratliff, a 31-yar-old nose tackle, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving at the scene of the crash. He was released on $500 bail last Tuesday from the municipal jail in Grapevine, a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb.
FIFA warns Brazil against delays in World Cup preparations
BRASILIA (Reuters) - With just 500 days to go until the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, soccer's world governing body FIFA warned that the hosts cannot afford any further delays in getting their venues ready. The global soccer tournament, followed by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro two years later, will test Brazil's aspiration to become a developed nation. But delays in building stadiums and preparing hotels and airports to receive more than half a million soccer fans could turn the event into an embarrassment.
49ers name Aldon Smith team's most valuable player
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has dominated the headlines for getting his team to the Super Bowl but the 49ers chose outside linebacker Aldon Smith as their most valuable player. Head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed on Monday that second year Smith, who was second in the National Football League during the regular season with 19.5 sacks, was named most valuable player after a vote by the team's players and coaches.
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