Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Ravens survive 49ers rally, power outage to win Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens survived a furious second-half rally by San Francisco and a momentum-sapping power outage at the Superdome to defeat the gritty 49ers 34-31 in the Super Bowl on Sunday. A Super Bowl-record 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jacoby Jones to open the second half gave the Ravens a 28-6 but the 49ers scored 17 straight points after a 35-minute power outage and nearly pulled off a stunning comeback.
Baltimore quarterback Flacco named Super bowl MVP
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was named the Most Valuable Player in Sunday's 47th Super Bowl after leading his team to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The 28-year-old Flacco threw three touchdown passes and no interceptions in a brilliant overall performance. It was the 27th time a quarterback had won the award.
Super Bowl extravaganza hit by power failure
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The biggest U.S. sports event of the year and parties across the world were interrupted by a 35-minute power outage during the Super Bowl at the Superdome on Sunday. Moments after Baltimore's Jacoby Jones opened the second half with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead early the third quarter, the scoreboard and half of the overheard lights in the Superdome went out.
Mickelson wins Phoenix Open by four shots
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Spain crash out, Czechs through in Davis Cup
LONDON (Reuters) - Top seeds Spain crashed out of the first round of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2006 when Milos Raonic beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to give Canada an unassailable 3-1 lead in their world group tie on Sunday. The under strength five-times champions had struggled from the start of the tie in Vancouver and Raonic killed them off with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Garcia-Lopez to secure Canada's first ever triumph at this level of the men's team competition.
Minnesota's Peterson runs away with top awards for 2012
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson carried off two top awards, including Most Valuable Player honors, at the National Football League awards show on Saturday. Peterson, who overcame a career-threatening injury to lead the Vikings into the playoffs, was also named Offensive Player of the Year after coming within nine yards of setting a single season NFL rushing record.
Vikings running back Peterson named league MVP
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who overcame a career-threatening injury to lead his team into the playoffs, was named the National Football League's Most Valuable Player on Saturday. Peterson, whose 2011 season ended with a torn knee ligament, came within nine yards of setting a single season NFL rushing record and was named the Offensive Player of the Year at the NFL's awards show.
NFL's Goodell: no brain damage cover-up in football
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Football League, in remarks before the Super Bowl on Sunday, defended his organization's efforts to make the game safer and flatly denied an allegation that it had deliberately covered up the risks of head injuries in the sport. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," said there had been no effort by the NFL to hide the dangers of brain damage in football, as claimed in a lawsuit by the family of an NFL player who killed himself last year.
Celtics win fourth straight without injured Rondo
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Baltimore Ravens 34, San Francisco 49ers 31: Final
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Scoring summary from Sunday's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, won by the AFC champion Ravens 34-29 at the Superdome: 1st quarter