Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
49ers' return to Super Bowl still a family affair 2013-01-31T200145Z_1_BRE90U195_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-SUPERBOWL-YORK. XML () -
49ers' Culliver under fire at Super Bowl for anti-gay remarks
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver faced intense media scrutiny on Thursday for saying he would not accept a gay teammate in the team's locker-room. Culliver came under fire for the comments he made this week on comedian Artie Lange's radio show but apologies from the player and National Football League team in statements late on Wednesday did little to diffuse the situation.
Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad ''racist''
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola <KO.N> Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. "Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC.
Ravens' Bisciotti turns boyhood dream into reality 2013-01-31T200517Z_1_BRE90U199_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-SUPERBOWL-BISCI OTTI.XML () -
Ravens defense gearing up to handle multi-threat Kaepernick
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees gets a kick out of watching Colin Kaepernick play, but would most enjoy keeping the San Francisco quarterback in check in Sunday's Super Bowl. The multi-threat Kaepernick, who gained a record 181 yards rushing in his first NFL playoff game this postseason against Green Bay, runs a read-option package that has kept defenses guessing on whether a run or a pass is coming.
Contrasting transfer deals for Beckham and Samba
LONDON (Reuters) - Paris St Germain signed a cut-price David Beckham on Thursday while English Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers took a big gamble on the costly Christopher Samba during transfer deadline day. Former England captain Beckham, 37, who signed a five-month contract with the French club, said his salary would be donated to a children's charity in Paris.
Beyonce says sang along to pre-recorded track at inauguration
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Singer Beyonce said she sang along to a pre-recorded track at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, but delivered a stirring a cappella version of the U.S. national anthem at a Super Bowl news conference on Thursday. She also said would be singing live at the half-time show of the National Football League championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens at the Superdome on Sunday.
Singh withdraws from Phoenix Open 2013-01-31T230214Z_3_BRE90U1D2_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-PGA-SINGH.XML () -
Ex-Chicago Cubs star Mark Grace gets 4 months jail for DUI
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace, a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star, was sentenced on Thursday to four months in jail, stemming from a drunk driving arrest in August. Grace, 48, who also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and worked for them as a television analyst, had pleaded guilty in a Phoenix court to endangerment and driving under the influence (DUI). He had faced four felony counts of aggravated drunk driving in what was his second arrest in 15 months.
Beckham's football passion to light up Paris?
LONDON (Reuters) - Dressed in a sharp grey suit, blond hair neatly side-parted and wooing a crowd of French reporters with his boyish English charm, David Beckham began the latest, and possibly final, chapter of an extraordinary boys' own football tale on Thursday. Given the clamor surrounding his signing of a five-month deal with Paris St Germain, the marketing gurus will already be rubbing their hands at the thought of Beckham sprinkling his magic dust on the ambitious club's global profile.