Super Bowl 2013

New Orleans Saints
1:12 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Saints GM Loomis Quietly Signed 5-year Extension

New Orleans Saints spokesman Greg Bensel says general manager Mickey Loomis has a contract that runs through 2017.

Bensel says Loomis agreed to the deal last August but the team chose not to discuss it publicly until Monday, when the subject came up during media events connected to the Super Bowl. The game will be played in New Orleans this Sunday.

Super Bowl XLVII
1:06 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Alex Smith Handles Role with Unselfishness, Class

Alex Smith ran off the field at Candlestick Park two weeks ago to a standing ovation and cheers from the sellout crowd, not so much different from the reception last January when he took the San Francisco 49ers oh so close to a Super Bowl.

Now relegated to a backup role with the NFC champions, Smith's trip to the Big Easy this week leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl against Baltimore is hardly how he envisioned it.

Super Bowl XLVII
9:34 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Ravens, 49ers Bring Big-Hitting 'D' to Super Bowl

In an era of high-powered offense in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers both bring hard-hitting defense to next Sunday's Super Bowl.

Second-half shutouts — and injured opponents — in the conference title games are the latest reminder that defense still matters.

The 49ers' defense ranked third this season in points allowed at 15.5. The Ravens gave up 20, but were missing Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs for stretches.

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Super Bowl XLVII
9:05 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Harbaugh Parents Could Become Super Bowl TV Stars

It might be the most interesting TV drama at the Super Bowl.

How will Jack and Jackie Harbaugh look as they watch their sons coach the teams in the NFL championship?

Wherever the Harbaughs sit for Sunday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, parent cams from CBS will surely be trying to find them.

Parent cams have become valuable in sports coverage.

Mardi Gras 2013
9:03 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Alabama Mardi Gras Off To Slow Start On Coast

Mardi Gras celebrations are off to a modest start on the Alabama coast.

The weather was nice in Mobile this weekend, but area businesses say the crowds were smaller than anticipated.

Downtown bar employee Dawn McAleer tells WALA-TV she hasn't seen business so slow in previous years of Mardi Gras.

McAleer thinks crowds may have been smaller this weekend because the Senior Bowl was held on Saturday at Mobile's Ladd Stadium.

Vendor Joshua Bear says people love Mardi Gras, but they also love football.

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Super Bowl XLVII
8:55 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

In New Orleans, an Unwelcome Mat for Goodell

New Orleans Saints fans are celebrating the return of coach Sean Payton from his suspension following last year's "bountygate" scandal.

But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who will present the NFL championship trophy when the Super Bowl is played in New Orleans on Feb. 3, is getting a less-than-warm welcome in some quarters.

Some hold a grudge over the suspension of Payton and key players and coaches. Signs saying Goodell won't be served are posted at some bars and eateries. And Goodell's image adorns the dart board at one lounge.

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Super Bowl XLVII
8:51 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Charges Won't be Filed Against 49ers' Crabtree

San Francisco's district attorney won't file criminal charges against 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after reviewing evidence of an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team's playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers.

After examining a "thorough investigation" submitted by police, District Attorney George Gascon said Friday his office determined that no charges would be filed "at this time."

Crabtree's attorney, Joshua Bentley, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment, and the team has referred all questions about the matter to him.

Super Bowl XLVII
8:20 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

ACLU's Suit Over Super Bowl "Clean Zone" Settled

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans have agreed to a settlement resolving the group's lawsuit over the city's plans to enforce a "clean zone" where the use of banners, signs and flags would be restricted during Super Bowl week.

The agreement filed Monday would allow the city to enforce some limits on commercial activity in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods. The filing says the city can prohibit "off-site and mobile advertising," such as signs attached to a vehicle or worn by a person.

Super Bowl XLVII
8:12 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

OneRepublic & Matchbox Twenty to Perform at Super Bowl

Multi-platinum rock bands OneRepublic and Matchbox Twenty will be performing as part of the Super Bowl XLVII pregame show in New Orleans on Sunday.

The two groups will perform at the NFL Tailgate Party.

Beyonce will perform in the halftime show and Alicia Keys will sing the national anthem.

Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3
7:39 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Super Bowl Memories: SB VI

As New Orleans prepares to host its tenth Super Bowl, Jacob Mayer is taking a look back at the city's rich Super Bowl history. Stay tuned to Morning Edition and All Things Considered all this week for stories from the Big Game.

 

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