>>Spartans, T-Birds, Commodores Top Seeds
(Undated) -- Lima Senior, Lima Central Catholic and Perry each earned top seed for their respective district tournaments yesterday. For all the brackets click here for the OHSAA site.
>>Broncos Win Super Bowl
(Santa Clara, CA) -- The Denver Broncos are champions of Super Bowl 50. The Broncos defense dominated the Panthers top-scoring offense, pulling out a 24-10 victory at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It was the third Super Bowl win in franchise history and the second championship for Peyton Manning. Denver sacked Cam Newton six times, two-and-a-half coming from game MVP Von Miller, one of which led to Malik Jackson's touchdown on a fumble recovery in the first quarter. The Broncos led 10-0 before Jonathan Stewart cut it to 10-7 early in the second quarter. That was the closest Carolina would get.
C.J. Anderson's two-yard touchdown run with 3:08 left in the fourth quarter and Manning's two-point conversion to Bennie Fowler capped the victory. Anderson finished with 90 yards rushing on 23 carries. Manning threw for 141 yards with zero touchdowns and an interception. On the losing side, Newton had three of the Panthers four turnovers and didn't get into the end zone through the air or on the ground. He completed 18-of-41 passes for 265 yards. Carolina is 0-and-2 in Super Bowls.
>>Dominant D Carries Manning, Broncos to 24-10 Super Bowl Win
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) With his prolific passing and complete control of the game at the line of scrimmage, Peyton Manning helped usher in the NFL's wide-open era of high-scoring offenses and
pass-happy game plans.
Manning's possible farewell game in Super Bowl 50 was a throwback to the 1970s when his father Archie was running away from dominant defenses such as the Steel Curtain and Doomsday.
Von Miller forced fumbles that set up both of Denver's touchdowns, led a defense that harassed MVP Cam Newton and helped carry Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
''Whenever you're doing something for your buddies, it means a little bit more,'' Miller said. ''As human beings, we're selfish but when you're doing something for somebody else, that's when the magic happens.''
For so many years, Manning's career was defined by his gaudy regular season numbers that weren't enough come playoff time. A lack of help from teammates or the inability to thrive against
stellar defenses from teams such as New England and Seattle left Manning with just one Super Bowl title in his first 13 playoff trips.
So perhaps it was fitting that after carrying teammates for most of his career, he was carried over the finish line in this game by Miller and the coordinator Wade Phillips' ''Orange Rush'' defense.
''I certainly knew that (with) this defense, this team would have a chance,'' Manning said. ''Our defense has just been, from the get-go, they've been nothing but awesome. Being hurt and struggling early in the season wasn't a lot of fun so I was grateful to get back healthy and to try and play my part these last couple of weeks.''
But now after throwing for more yards, more touchdowns and winning more starts than any other quarterback in NFL history, Manning could be ready to hang it up. Manning wouldn't say after the game whether this was his final one.
''I got some good advice from Tony Dungy,'' Manning said of the first of four coaches with whom he's been to the Super Bowl. ''He said, `Don't make an emotional decision.' This has been an
emotional week, an emotional night. I'm going to take some time to reflect.''
Miller set the tone early when he blew past tackle Mike Remmers and ripped the ball out of Newton's grasp. Malik Jackson recovered the ball for a touchdown to put Denver up 10-0.
Then in the fourth quarter with the Broncos protecting a 16-10 lead, Miller struck again. Once again, he got around Remmers and knocked the ball out of Newton's hands. T.J. Ward recovered at the 4 and C.J. Anderson sealed it with a TD run.
After knocking off former Super Bowl champions Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady to make it here and then holding Newton and the NFL's highest-scoring offense to its lowest point total of the season, the Broncos stated their case to stand next to Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain defenses of the 1970s, the dominant 1985 Chicago Bears, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2013 Seattle Seahawks on the list of top defenses.
Denver recorded 14 sacks, forced seven turnovers and allowed just four touchdowns in the three playoff wins.
The Panthers defense was just about as stingy, but couldn't come up with the game-changing turnovers that Denver provided. Carolina held Denver to 194 yards - the fewest ever for a Super Bowl winner - and didn't allow a first down on eight of 14 drives.
But it wasn't enough.
Newton, who threw for 38 touchdowns and ran for 12 in his first 18 games, produced no touchdowns for the first time all season. Denver tied a Super Bowl record with seven sacks and frustrated the player nicknamed Superman.
It didn't help that Newton's receivers dropped passes and the running game never got going against Denver's stout front.
''They made more plays than us and that's what it comes down to,'' Newton said during a brief three-minute interview. ''We had our opportunities and it was nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over. We gave up sacks. We threw errant passes. That's it.''
>>Orlando Pace Heading To Hall Of Fame
(Undated) -- Former Ohio State star Orlando Pace is a part of the 2016 class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The left tackle spent his entire 12-year career with the Rams. He played for the Buckeyes from 1994-to-1996. Additionally, Brett Favre can add first ballot Hall of Famer to his illustrious NFL resume. He’s the headliner of the new class which also includes wide receiver Marvin Harrison, linebacker Kevin Greene, and head coach Tony Dungy. Guard Dick Stanfel and quarterback Ken Stabler were selected as members from the seniors committee, and former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Junior will be inducted as a contributor. The Class of 2016 Enshrinement Ceremony is set for Saturday, August 6th at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
>>Ohio State At Northwestern Tomorrow
(Columbus, OH) -- After having the weekend off, Ohio State returns to action tomorrow night. The Buckeyes host Northwestern looking to end a two-game losing streak. Ohio State is 14-and-10 and 6-and-5 in the Big Ten, coming off an 11-point loss to Wisconsin on Thursday.
NCAA Top-25 Men's Basketball
#7 Iowa Hawkeyes 77, Illinois Fighting Illini 65
(Champaign, IL) -- Peter Jok dropped in 23 points to lead seventh-ranked Iowa to a 77-65 win over Illinois in Champaign. Jarrod Uthoff had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who have won three straight to move to 19-and-4 on the season and 10-and-1 in Big Ten play. Iowa travels to 21st-ranked Indiana on Thursday.
#15 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 75, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 68
#17 Oregon Ducks 76, Utah Utes 66
>>Cavs Host Kings
(Cleveland, OH) -- The Cavaliers play the third game of a five-game homestand tonight against the Kings. Cleveland lost the Celtics on Friday before beating the Pelicans on Saturday. The Cavs are 26-and-14. Sacramento is 21-and-30.
Denver Nuggets 101, New York Knicks 96
Orlando Magic 96, Atlanta Hawks 94
Boston Celtics 128, Sacramento Kings 119
Los Angeles Clippers 100, Miami Heat 93
>>Blue Jackets Host Isles Tomorrow
(Columbus, OH) -- The Blue Jackets welcome the Islanders to Nationwide Arena tomorrow night. Columbus has won four of five coming off a 2-1 win over the Flames on Friday. The Jackets have 47 points, while New York has 60.
PGA Tour -- Waste Management Phoenix Open (at Scottsdale, AZ)
1. Hideki Matsuyama -14 (wins playoff) 2. Rickie Fowler -14 (lost playoff)