Denver gets defensive in winning Super Bowl 50

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Denver's defense was pretty nifty in Super Bowl 50.

Harry How

The Broncos defense had powered Denver all season. And for one final game, the Broncos defense carried Denver to its third Super Bowl triumph, 24-10 over the mistake-prone Carolina Panthers.

In what may have been his final game, 39-year-old Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did just enough to manage the victory to give him a 2-2 record lifetime in Super Bowls. This was Manning's 200th career victory.

Manning was 13 of 23 for 141 yards with one interception. That was enough for him to outplay Carolina QB Cam Newton, who struggled all game. Newton finished 18 of 41 for 265 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He fumbled twice, leading directly two touchdowns, and was sacked six times.

One of Newton's fumbles was recovered in the end zone by Malik (mah-LEEK') Jackson for the first TD of the game that gave Denver a fast 10-0 lead. His final fumble led to C.J. Anderson's clinching 3-yard TD run with 3:08 left.

Special teams did their part for Denver. Jordan Norwood set up Brandon McManus's 33-yard field goal with the longest punt return in Super Bowl history, a 61-yard scamper down the sideline.

The game was no artistic beauty. It featured just two offensive touchdowns, 18 penalties, six combined turnovers and 12 sacks. The Broncos won despite managing just 11 first downs.

Denver has now won three Super Bowls. They won back to back in 1998 and 1999, with John Elway at the helm. They added Super Bowl 50 with Elway as Denver's vice president of football operations and GM.

Carolina is 0-2 in Super Bowls.


Manning hints at retirement

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)— If this was Peyton Manning's final game, he's going out on top.

The 39-year-old Broncos quarterback said immediately after winning Super Bowl 50 that he was taking some advice from Tony Dungy, his former coach when he played in Indianapolis: "Don't make any emotional decisions." Manning did say he had an emotional Saturday night with his teammates and coaches, perhaps realizing this Super Bowl would be his final game.

"This has been a tough, resilient, unselfish group of guys," Manning said afterward.

Immediately afterward, Manning demurred on the question of his retirement. But he did say he was "very, very grateful" for his career and said he would take "some time to reflect" before making any retirement announcement.

But Manning said of a year that saw him go from starter to injured backup to Super Bowl champion: "It's been a unique season."


Broncos linebacker Miller wins MVP

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In a game won by Denver's defense, it was only fitting that the MVP of Super Bowl 50 was a defensive star.

Linebacker Von Miller earned Super Bowl MVP honors after forcing two fumbles and getting 2 1/2 sacks to help the Denver Broncos beat Carolina in Super Bowl 50.

Five years after being drafted No. 2 behind Cam Newton, Miller harassed Carolina's quarterback from start to finish.

"Von was awesome," Peyton Manning said afterward. "He deserved it."

Denver's first touchdown came when Miller ripped the football away from Newton, and the fumble was recovered in the end zone by defensive end Malik Jackson to put the Broncos ahead 10-0 about 8 1/2 minutes into the game.

And Denver's other TD came on a 4-yard drive after Miller knocked the ball out of Newton's hand again, this time with 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter.


Newton struggles in first Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Cam Newton's dream season ended with a nightmare performance.

Fresh off being named the league's MVP, the Panthers fifth-year quarterback was stymied by an aggressive Denver Broncos defense in his first Super Bowl.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound quarterback who scored 45 touchdowns during the regular season — and five more in the playoffs — failed to produce a TD running or throwing for the first time this season.

Newton didn't get much help from his offensive line which allowed a Super Bowl record-tying seven sacks, or his wide receivers, who dropped big passes at key times.

Newton spent much of the game under heavy duress as the Panthers were unable to handle the pressure of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Miller had 2 1/2 sacks, including two strip-sacks against overmatched right tackle Mike Remmers that led to Denver's two touchdowns.


Running back indicates he's retiring

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is indicating he's retiring. Lynch turns 30 in April.

Lynch sent a tweet during the fourth quarter of Sunday night's Super Bowl with a pair of cleats hanging from a power line, along with an emoji depicting a peace sign.

Lynch's tweet was immediately followed by statement of thanks and congratulations from teammates including Richard Sherman and Bruce Irvin.

Seattle general manager John Schneider indicated in a pair of radio interviews after the Seahawks' season that Lynch was leaning toward retirement.


Hawkeyes win 19th...SMU 20-2

UNDATED (AP) — Four games were on the Top-25 men's basketball schedule on Super Bowl Sunday. In Champaign, Illinois, the fifth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes got 23 points from Peter Jok in a 77-65 win over Illinois. Jarrod Uthoff added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners, who are now 19-4 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten. Adam Woodbury added a double-double for the Hawkeyes with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

— Shake Milton scored 22 points and Nic Moore added 17 as No. 12 SMU rebounded from its second loss of the season with a 92-58 rout of struggling South Florida. The win gives the Mustangs 20 wins in 22 games. They never trailed, scoring the game's first 11 points.

— Sheldon McClellan scored 22 points as No. 17 Miami beat Georgia Tech 75-68. The win is Miami's fifth in six games. In a game that was tight all the way, the Hurricanes, who are 18-4 and 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference play, made nine straight free throws in the final minute. All eight of Tech's conference defeats have been by less than 10 points.

— And 16th-ranked Oregon had an easy time of things beating Utah 76-66. The Ducks are now 20-4. Dillon Brooks had 30 points and nine assists, both career highs, in the win.


Four in a row for Celtics

UNDATED (AP) — In deference to the Super Bowl the NBA had only four games on its Sunday schedule. In Boston the Celtics won their fourth straight, beating the Kings 128-119. Avery Bradley scored 25 points in the win while Isiah Thomas added 22. The Celts have won nine of their last 10 games.

DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento, which has lost seven of eight, with 31 points.

In other NBA:

— Nik Vucevic hit an 18-footer at the buzzer and the Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 96-94. Elfrid Payton, who set up Vucevic's winning shot with an inbounds pass, scored or assisted the Magic's final six baskets as they won for only the third time in 18 games in 2016. Vucevic led Orlando with 22 points and nine rebounds while Evan Fournier added 21 points. Jeff Teague scored 24 for the Hawks, who had won three straight and had beaten Orlando in 17 of their 20 preceding meetings.

— Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay scored nine of his 15 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run as Denver beat the Knicks in New York 101-96. The Nuggets have won three of their last four outings. For New York, rookie Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points and 13 rebounds. The Knicks have lost five in a row and nine of 10 since they were 22-22.

— Consecutive 3-pointers in the final minutes by Chris Paul proved to be the difference in the Clippers win over the Heat in Miami 100-93. He finished with a game high 22 points. It was a balanced attack for the Clippers as J.J. Redick scored 14 points, Wesley Johnson had 10 and DeAndre Jordan and Cole Aldrich grabbed 11 rebounds each for L.A. The Heat had three players scoring 17 points, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic.


Rivers, the player, is out

MIAMI (AP) — L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers has another hole to fill as his son, guard Austin Rivers, is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand. The younger Rivers joins Blake Griffin on the sideline. He is out with a broken right hand as well as other injuries.

Austin Rivers was hurt during the Clippers' game at Minnesota on Wednesday. The coach's son has averaged 8.1 points in about 22 minutes per game this season.


Caps edge Flyers

UNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin  became the third player in NHL history to reach 30 goals in his first 11 seasons as the Capitals beat the Flyers 3-2 in their traditional Super Bowl Sunday matchup. Adding to the win was the play of goalie Braden Holtby who had 33 saves. The Caps now top the league with 80 points.

In other hockey:

— Kyle Okposo scored a hat trick for the Islanders in a lopsided 8-1 win over the Oilers. Thomas Greiss had 30 saves for the Islanders, who moved within three points of the Rangers for second-place in the Metropolitan Division behind Washington.

— Sven Andrighetto was the only player to score in a five-round shootout, leading the Montreal Canadiens past the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1.


Fowler self-destructs on fourth playoff hole

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama earned an unexpected victory in the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth playoff hole when Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole.

After blowing a two-shot lead on the 317-yard hole in regulation when he blasted a driver through the green and into the water, Fowler pulled a 5-wood into the lake on the fourth hole of a playoff to set up the deciding bogey. Matsuyama two-putted for par from 6 feet to win the playoff. They each shot 4-under 67 to finish at 14-under 270.

Harris English finished third, two shots off the pace.


Toledo wins playoff on the Champions Tour

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) —Esteban Toledo beat Billy Andrade on the third hole of a playoff to win the Champions Tour Allianz Championship. Each finished regulation tied at 11-under and on the third extra hole Toledo got a par-4 while Andrade took a bogey-5.