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Factbox: Profile of Super Bowl MVP winner Malcolm Smith

(Reuters) - Profile of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was named on Sunday as the Most Valuable Player in the 48th Super Bowl after helping his team defeat the Denver Broncos 43-8. * Born July 5, 1989 in California. * Smith played for the University of Southern California under Pete Carroll, who is now the coach of the Seattle Seahawks. * He was drafted by the Seahawks as the 242nd overall pick after he initially looked set to miss out on the NFL after not being invited to the combine.

NFL: Record crowds pack trains ahead of Super Bowl

Record throngs of train transit riders packed a key transfer station Sunday on the way to Super Bowl 48 as crowds arrived to watch the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks. More than 79,000 spectators were set to fill the $1.7 billion MetLife Stadium, the regular-season home of the New York Jets and New York Giants, for the National Football League title game.

Americans count down the hours until Super Bowl XLVIII

New York, Feb 2 (EFE).- People across the United States are counting down the hours until the kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. More than 100 million people are expected to tune in on television to watch the Denver Broncos battle the Seattle Seahawks for the NFL title, with viewers focusing as much on the television ads as on the action on the field. Advertisers are paying millions of dollars to get their message out during the Super Bowl, which draws the largest audience of any televised event, with catchy spots, many of which have already been unveiled on YouTube.

Americans count down the hours until Super Bowl XLVIII

New York, Feb 2 (EFE).- People across the United States are counting down the hours until the kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. More than 100 million people are expected to tune in on television to watch the Denver Broncos battle the Seattle Seahawks for the NFL title, with viewers focusing as much on the television ads as on the action on the field. Advertisers are paying millions of dollars to get their message out during the Super Bowl, which draws the largest audience of any televised event, with catchy spots, many of which have already been unveiled on YouTube.

New York, New Jersey ready for Super Bowl close-up

By Scott Malone and Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some 80,000 football fans from around the world are set to pack into New Jersey's Met Life Stadium on Sunday for the first NFL Super Bowl championship played in the New York area, an event that has shone a fresh spotlight on the region.

Canadians prefer Super Bowl TV ads to game itself; survey suggests

TORONTO - The millions of Canadians tuning in the Super Bowl on Sunday night are more eager to take in the lavish television ads than the football game itself, a new survey suggests. A recent Harris/Decima poll found that while a third of Canadians plan to tune into the National Football League's marquee event, 46 per cent intend to watch the ads that air throughout the game.

Health scare puts Super Bowl in perspective for Fox

By Julian Linden NEW YORK (Reuters) - Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is making his third trip to the Super Bowl this weekend. If his past experiences count for anything, Fox would appear to have an edge over his Seattle Seahawks counterpart Pete Carroll, who is going to the big game for the first time. But Fox does not buy into that notion, noting that his two previous trips to the National Football League's title game both resulted in losses.

Opera star Fleming admits to Super Bowl jitters

Renee Fleming admits she is "overwhelmed" at the prospect of singing the US national anthem at Sunday's Super Bowl, when she'll become the first opera singer to perform at America's biggest sporting event. The celebrated soprano, winner of four Grammy Awards, sang at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II and also at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But she said Thursday that Super Bowl 48, which will be watched by more than 110 million people in the United States and hundreds of millions of others around the world, was another level entirely.

Opera star Fleming admits to Super Bowl jitters

Renee Fleming admits she is "overwhelmed" at the prospect of singing the US national anthem at Sunday's Super Bowl, when she'll become the first opera singer to perform at America's biggest sporting event. The celebrated soprano, winner of four Grammy Awards, sang at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II and also at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But she said Thursday that Super Bowl 48, which will be watched by more than 110 million people in the United States and hundreds of millions of others around the world, was another level entirely.

NFL: Bruno Mars 'ain't scared' over Super Bowl show

Hit singer Bruno Mars shrugged off the pressure of his half-time performance at Sunday's Super Bowl, saying he's not scared of the National Football League championship spectacle's global spotlight. The 28-year-old from Honolulu, whose mother was from the Philippines and whose father was from New York, will perform during Super Bowl 48, which pits the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos for the NFL crown.
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