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Brothers share stage as Super Bowl coaches
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The boys who shared a bedroom until their college years, shared the Super Bowl stage as Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh held a joint news conference in a friendly family affair on Friday. The Harbaughs are the first brothers to coach against one another in a Super Bowl and the family theme extended to the first row of seats where their parents, long-time college coach Jack and Jackie, sat alongside 97-year-old Grandpa Joe.
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Brothers go head-to-head in Super Bowl like no other
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A National Football League (NFL) season where nothing seemed to follow the script has produced a classic Super Bowl encounter with a subplot fit for a Hollywood blockbuster. Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will be the first time in the 47 years of the Super Bowl that two brothers will go head-to-head for the biggest prize in American Football, not on the field, but on the sidelines.
NFL draftees beat rookies 21-7 in Madden Bowl XIX
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - They have yet to play an NFL down, but a trio of 2013 NFL draftees defeated three current league rookies in a virtual showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons before more than 5,000 football fans on Thursday night. Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson are all expected to be part of the 2013 NFL rookie class, but they managed to become the first draftee team to win the Madden Bowl in its 19-year history. The score was 21-7, at the EA Sports event held at the New Orleans Bud Light Hotel.
Analysis of San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - How the National Football League's (NFL) San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens match up for Sunday's Super Bowl in New Orleans. - - - -
Cowboys' Witten makes good on pledge to serve community
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten felt the sting of domestic violence as a youth and became determined to make a difference when he got the chance. "A lot of people made sacrifices to help get you to this point (in the NFL)," the eight-time Pro Bowler told Reuters on Friday. "For me, my grandfather made a huge impact on my life.
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Predators dethrone Kings in shootout
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The struggling Nashville Predators snapped a three-game losing streak when they upset the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings with a nerve-jangling 2-1 shootout victory on Thursday. Despite being outshot 22-11 in regulation, the Predators kept coming up with crucial blocks to stay alive before left wing Sergei Kostitsyn scored the decisive goal in the eighth round of a tense shootout.
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Sterne stays one clear in Dubai as Westwood loses ground
DUBAI (Reuters) - South Africa's Richard Sterne maintained his one-shot advantage at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday with a birdie on the 18th as world number eight Lee Westwood slipped six shots back. Five-times European Tour winner Sterne, who carded a two-under-par 70 for a halfway total of 132 (12-under), found the going a great deal tougher in the swirling winds than when he opened with 10 birdies in a flawless round on Thursday.