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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Ravens win emotional Super Bowl against 49ers
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens reclaimed the greatest prize in North American sports after a dramatic, nail-biting 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Inspired by their power-packed quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens survived a ferocious comeback from the 49ers and a bizarre power outage that stopped the game for more than half an hour to win their second Super Bowl.
Flacco confident of new deal after Super Bowl triumph
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Joe Flacco heads into new contract negotiations with the Baltimore Ravens in the strongest position of all - as a Super Bowl winner. Flacco has just completed the last of his five-year rookie deal with the Ravens but, after leading his team to victory over the San Francisco 49ers, says he expects a new deal to be reached.
Investigators expose global soccer fixing scam
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Hundreds of soccer matches have been fixed in a global betting scam run from Singapore, police said on Monday, in a blow to the image of the world's most popular sport and a multi-billion dollar industry. About 680 suspicious matches including qualifying games for the World Cup and European Championships, and the Champions League for top European club sides, have been identified in an inquiry by European police forces, the European anti-crime agency Europol, and national prosecutors.
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NFL says no indication Beyonce show caused Super Bowl outage
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The National Football League was still working with New Orleans officials on Monday to determine what caused the power outage at Sunday's Super Bowl at the Superdome, so far dismissing any connection with the Beyonce halftime show. With a record U.S. television audience watching along with viewers in 180 countries, about half the stadium lights went dark early in the second half of the game, in which the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.
Life is wunderbar for happy Hamilton
JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton has a new best friend, a new private jet and a new sense of purpose as he prepares for a fresh start with Mercedes. The 2008 Formula One world champion is, as he made abundantly clear at the launch of his team's new car in Spain on Monday, happy with the way things are shaping up so far after his move from McLaren.
49ers crestfallen after ending five yards short of comeback
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers came close to a record Super Bowl comeback but were left distraught after failing to convert three times from the five-yard line with the Lombardi Trophy within their grasp. "Five yards short, all the work we did in the offseason, the whole entire season, everything came down to five yards and we weren't able to get it done," said dejected 49ers tackle Joe Staley.
Hamilton shows off his new Mercedes
JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton showed off his new silver Mercedes Formula One car with determined talk on Monday, even if the 2008 world champion was clearly still adjusting to life after McLaren. "When I first drove in, I stopped by a McLaren and I thought it was just strange to see it and not be going to it this time," he told reporters after unveiling the F1 W04 car on the Jerez pit straight with team mate Nico Rosberg.
Spain face world group playoff after Canada defeat
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain have found themselves in the unusual position of contemplating a Davis Cup playoff tie to secure their status in the elite world group after the weakened top seeds were dumped out in the first round by Canada on Sunday. Milos Raonic, the world number 13, sealed Canada's first passage to the quarter-finals with victory against 82nd-ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, drafted into the Spain side in the absence of Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro.
Players and coaches unfazed by Super Bowl power outage
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The power failure that halted Sunday's Super Bowl might have embarrassed the National Football League (NFL) but the players and coaches took it all in stride. While not uncommon in sports events played at night, the NFL and New Orleans officials were left red-faced and scrambling for answers after the biggest event on the U.S. sporting calendar was stopped for 35 minutes because of a power outage.