Super Bowl XLVII
1:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Patrick Willis Will Carry on Lewis' No. 52 Legacy

Two of the league's most imposing inside linebackers both happen to wear No. 52.

This story is about the other one.

Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers already has done plenty to prove his is the dominant 52 on the left coast and beyond, having been an All-Pro in five of his six NFL seasons. After enduring years of losing, he finally gets to flaunt his talent on the NFL's biggest stage at Sunday's Super Bowl, where he'll meet up with ... you guessed it. ...

No. 52 of the Baltimore Ravens, retiring Ray Lewis.

Super Bowl XLVII
1:34 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Ravens Backup QB Taylor Ready for Action

Tyrod Taylor is the forgotten quarterback at the Super Bowl.

Everyone knows the starters, of course, Baltimore's Joe Flacco and San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick.

They even know about Alex Smith, who started for the 49ers until he was sidelined with a concussion in November and Kaepernick stepped in.

And Taylor? His resume can be summed up on the top half of an index card: Two years, no starts and 30 passes — 25 of them in the Ravens' meaningless regular-season finale against Cincinnati last month.

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Super Bowl XLVII
1:26 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

New Orleans City Hall Closing to Avoid Super Bowl Crowds

New Orleans officials are expecting big crowds in the downtown area around the Superdome days in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl, so they are shutting down the nearby City Hall building on Friday.

City officials extended the hours at City Hall on Monday through Thursday to make up for Friday's planned closure.

Preparations for the game have already been causing traffic congestion in downtown New Orleans with lanes on heavily traveled Poydras Street in front of the Superdome closed to traffic.

1:17 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Two NFL Seasons Since Agreement, Still No HGH Tests

When the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers meet in the Super Bowl on Sunday, two complete seasons will have come and gone without a single HGH test being administered, even though the league and the NFL Players Association paved the way for it in the 10-year collective bargaining agreement they signed in August 2011.

Since then, the sides have haggled over various elements, primarily the union's insistence that it needs more information about the validity of a test that the Olympic sports and Major League Baseball use to detect the banned performance-enhancing drug.

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Super Bowl XLVII
1:15 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Sandy Hook Chorus to Sing "America the Beautiful" Before Super Bowl

The chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School will sing "America the Beautiful" before Sunday's Super Bowlbetween the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.

The chorus features 26 children from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in a Dec. 14 shooting rampage.

The performance will be part of CBS's pre-game show, and will be broadcast live. Alicia Keys will sing the national anthem.

Super Bowl XLVII
1:06 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Bubba Watson Squeamish About Deer-Antler Spray

Bubba Watson wants no part of deer-antler spray. The name alone makes the Masters champion a bit squeamish.

When asked about it Wednesday at the Phoenix Open, Watson said: "It sounds like something I would never want near me."

Days after a Sports Illustrated article on Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis put deer-antler spray in the news at the Super Bowl, Vijay Singh admitted he used the substance.

The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview for the Sports Illustrated story.

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Super Bowl XLVII
1:04 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

'Dry Run' Gives Harbaughs Idea of What to Expect

Jack and Jackie Harbaugh still don't know where they'll be sitting during the Super Bowl.

They do know where they'll be after the game.

The parents of John and Jim Harbaugh say they'll visit with each of their sons after the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens play in Sunday's Super Bowl. But while their victorious son will be elated and surrounded by well-wishers, the Harbaughs say it will be the son on the losing end who is likely to need his parents more.

Super Bowl XLVII
12:53 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Quotes from the San Francisco 49ers Media Session: Wide Receiver Ted Ginn, Jr.

San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Ted Ginn, Jr.

On what it feels like to be at the Super Bowl:

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity to have a playoff run and to go to the Super Bowl. It’s great.”

On if he ever thought he would get to the Super Bowl:

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:46 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NFL Outlines Super Bowl Security and Game Day Plans

Security screening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be significantly heightened for the Super Bowl. The National Football League is strongly recommending that spectators minimize the number and size of all items carried into the stadium.

Items carried by spectators will be carefully inspected. Everyone entering the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday will be subject to security screenings, including metal detectors, pat-downs, and other special security checks. Spectators choosing not to consent to the NFL's security requirements will be refused admission. 

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:37 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

After Anti-Gay Comments, 49ers Chris Culliver Says 'I Have Gay Relatives'

Chris Culliver of the San Francisco 49ers addresses the media at the New Orleans Marriott on Thursday.
Scott Halleran Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 12:26 pm

A Media Day interview has turned into a maelstrom for Super-Bowl-bound Chris Culliver, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback.

Wednesday, during a short interview with radio host Artie Lange, Culliver was asked if there were any gay players on his team.

"Nah," he answered. "We ain't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah, can't be in the locker room."

Lange went on to ask if players should stay in the closet.

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