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49ers hope to quiet Seahawks' '12th Man'

In what has emerged as arguably the NFL's best rivalry, San Francisco is riding an eight-game winning streak as it returns to the Pacific Northwest for Sunday's NFC title game against the Seahawks.

Manning's neck might determine his future

Peyton Manning, who is coming off the most statistically-brilliant season of his career, says he's focused on winning his next playoff game against the Patriots, not reports by ESPN that his neck might keep him from playing next year.

Nearby N.J. towns hope to benefit from Super Bowl bucks

The towns of East Rutherford and Secaucus, both in New Jersey, have planned outdoor festivals to coincide with the Super Bowl in hopes of profiting off of the estimated $500 million that the game is expected to bring to the area.

Josh Brent wasn't driving drunk, attorney says at trial

The former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle's lawyer said in his opening statement that Josh Brent can drink more than the average person without becoming intoxicated.

Luck, Colts see improvements in playoff performance

While the Colts failed to achieve their goal of winning a Super Bowl, they have reason for optimism going into the offseason.

Whisenhunt named Titans head coach, returns to Nashville

The Tennessee Titans announced Monday that San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will serve as the team's new head coach.

For Chargers, a year of highs and lows

The San Diego Chargers (10-8) proved to be a dangerous team on several occasions this year, but they came up short against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Blount has 4 TD runs, Pats top Colts 43-22

LeGarrette Blount ran the Patriots into their third straight AFC championship game.

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas make MLB Hall of Fame

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other stars whose accomplishments were muddied by accusations of steroids use lost even more ground, dropping below 40 percent in an election where a 75 percent majority is needed.

Smith fined $50K for shoe-lace shenanigans

The New York Knicks' J.R. Smith was fined $50,0000 when he ignored an NBA warning and attempted to untie a second player's shoe laces on Tuesday — Smith had a similar incident on Sunday.

Warrant links Patriots' Aaron Hernandez to Boston shooting

Police believe former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was in an SUV when someone inside shot two people to death in Boston in 2012, according to a search warrant filed in Connecticut.

Lindsey Vonn not heading to Sochi after knee injury

Lindsey Vonn announced Tuesday that she will miss this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi. Her decision comes after facing numerous setbacks and injuries.

Andrew Luck measures up to Peyton Manning, looks to best Brady

Andrew Luck used to emulate Tom Brady; now he'll face him in a playoff game when the Indianapolis Colts hit the road to face the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady's fire still fuels Patriots

The New England Patriots quarterback has had plenty of success in his illustrious career, but he still gets fired up about playoff football.

Five women to look out for at Winter Olympics in Sochi

Lindsey Vonn's withdrawal from the Winter Olympics was a shock, but here's five women to look out for at Sochi.

Denver's John Fox coaching with more gumption

While Mark Fox said his health scares have not caused him to change his coaching style, the Denver Broncos coach has been taking more risks in recent games.

Ashley Caldwell looks to prove doubters wrong in Sochi

Ashley Caldwell has a sense of humor about her injuries, but she's serious about proving doubters wrong in Sochi

Jameis Winston leads Florida State past Auburn for 3rd national title

Jameis Winston threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 on Monday to win the last BCS national championship game.

Sochi Olympics: The good and the bad

Tuesday marks the 1-month countdown to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a defining moment on the world stage for Russia and president Vladimir Putin.

The BCS Championship: six memorable moments

From Vince Young's magical performance against Southern California to Michael Dyer's determined run against Oregon, here's six memorable moments from BCS national championship games.

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