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

49ers CB Chris Culliver Makes Anti-Gay Comments

The San Francisco 49ers say they have addressed anti-gay remarks made by cornerback Chris Culliver during aSuper Bowl media day interview. The team didn't say whether the second-year player will face disciplinary action or a fine.

During an interview Tuesday at the Superdome, Culliver responded to questions from comedian Artie Lange by saying he wouldn't welcome a gay player in the locker room. He also said the 49ers didn't have any homosexual players and, if they did, those players should leave.

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:28 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Ravens: Lewis Report Won't be a Distraction

The Baltimore Ravens say a report linking linebacker Ray Lewis to performance-enhancing drugs won't be a distraction in their preparation for the Super Bowl.

An article in Sports Illustrated said Lewis sought help from a company that says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a banned product connected to human growth hormone.

Lewis on Wednesday denied ever using the drugs in his effort to return from a torn right triceps.

The Ravens and the 37-year-old linebacker are preparing to face San Francisco in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Super Bowl XLVII
12:25 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Brees Wants to Bury Bounty Probe, Help New Orleans

Drew Brees says the Saints are ready to put the bounty scandal "to bed," be gracious Super Bowl hosts and look forward to next season.

Brees has been an ambassador for New Orleans since he arrived in 2006, and is maintaining that role with a busy schedule this week as the Big Easy prepares to host its first Super Bowl in more than a decade on Sunday.

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

NFL to Honor Richard Dent During Super Bowl

The NFL announced it will salute former Chicago Bears legend and Super Bowl XX MVP Richard Dent during Super Bowl XLVII.

Dent, who played the majority of his 14-year career with the Bears at defensive end, will participate in the Vince Lombardi Trophy ceremony at the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVII. Dent will carry the trophy to the stage and deliver it to Commissioner Roger Goodell, who will present it to the Super Bowl champion.

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:07 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Long Snappers: Looking at Football Upside Down

They make a living looking upside down between their legs.

The only time they get noticed is when they mess up.

Such is life for a long snapper.

In Sunday's Super Bowl, Brian Jennings of the 49ers and Morgan Cox of the Ravens will be the guys doing the snapping for punts, field goals and extra points. They have the same goal: stay completely anonymous.

Super Bowl XLVII
12:04 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Crabtree Caps Career Year with Super Bowl Berth

Michael Crabtree refused to remove the black 49ers beanie and reveal his hair. Nope, not going to do it.

Crabtree is trying to maintain every possible element of surprise he might still have left heading into his first Super Bowl — and will certainly take any advantage he can get this week.

Super Bowl XLVII
11:59 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Lewis Says He's 'Agitated,' Not Angry About Story

Smiling, even laughing, at questions about a report linking him to a company that purports to make performance-enhancers, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says he "never, ever took" the stuff.

Lewis also says he's "agitated," not angry, that the story has become part of the Super Bowl-week prelude to Baltimore's game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Super Bowl XLVII
11:50 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Jamaica Embraces Controversial Super Bowl Ad

The predominantly black country of Jamaica is embracing a controversial Super Bowl commercial that depicts a white office worker from the U.S. Midwest feigning the Caribbean island's lilting patois accent to display a cheerful, upbeat outlook.

Some U.S. critics have described the pregame Super Bowl ad from Volkswagen of America as offensive and culturally insensitive. But the charged reaction has met with puzzlement in Jamaica, which has very visible white, Asian, Middle Eastern and mixed-race minorities that also often speak with the local accent.

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Super Bowl XLVII
11:41 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Quotes from the Baltimore Ravens Media Session: Safety Ed Reed

Baltimore Ravens Safety Ed Reed

On the impact that Doug Williams had on him as a fellow Louisiana native:

“Just watching him, how he played the game with such passion. It just means a lot for what he’s done for guys opening doors as a quarterback. That’s awesome.”

On if he appreciates his first Super Bowl appearance more with it coming later in his career:

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Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10
10:57 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Super Bowl Memories: SB XX

Super Bowl XX played out exactly how everyone expected. The Chicago Bears crushed the New England Patriots 46-10.

The Bears, coached by Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (who won Super Bowl VI in New Orleans as a player), finished the season with a 15-1 record and dominated almost every opponent they faced during the 1985 season, while the Patriots earned a wild card playoff berth and went on an improbable playoff run to reach the Big Game.

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