The week leading up to Super Bowl 50 was supposed to celebrate the game, but it offered constant reminders of a number of crises that could end up casting a dark shadow over the league for years.
Miller forced two fumbles, with each ending in a touchdown for the Broncos, and their defense had a Super Bowl record-tying seven sacks in a 24-10 victory over the Panthers on Sunday night.
Matt Niskanen’s third-period goal gave the Capitals the advantage in a 3-2 victory over the Flyers on Sunday afternoon. Their ability to score in different ways has helped them despite an outage on the power play.
Maryland survived a different kind of test in a victory over Purdue on Saturday, and it enters the final month of the regular season in position to claim one of the top seeds in the NCAA tournament.
The meeting between the two teams on Sunday night will mark the first time the team that has forced the most turnovers will face the team that has allowed the fewest yards in the Super Bowl.
Newton picked up his first MVP award and added the offensive player of the year award, while Panthers coach Ron Rivera was named the coach of the year at the NFL’s annual awards ceremony on Saturday.
John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter each scored more than 20 points for the Wizards, who couldn’t hold on in the second half and lost to the Hornets, 108-104, on Saturday for their third defeat in four games.
Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie each scored in a shootout and Andre Burakovsky had a goal in his fifth consecutive game as the Capitals tied the score in the third period and then won, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon.
Favre and Stabler, a pair of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, were voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night, as were former coach Tony Dungy, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and others.
Sulaimon had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Robert Carter Jr. added 19 points as Maryland won its 25th consecutive home game, beating Purdue, 72-61, on Saturday.
Brogdon scored 21 points and London Perrantes added 14 as Virginia continued to move past a rough stretch in January on Saturday afternoon by handily defeating Pittsburgh, 64-50, on the road.
Brown, a Washington native who started his broadcast career with the Washington Bullets, addresses being a part owner of the Nationals, the need for football to get safer and how the city is perceived as a sports town.
Manning hasn’t stated whether he will be retiring after the season, but the 39-year-old quarterback could follow in the footsteps of several others, including the Broncos’ John Elway, if his team beats the Panthers.
The last title game before the Super Bowl era, which featured the Packers and the Browns, marked the final appearance of running back Jim Brown, who retired after the game to begin an acting career.
Stewart broke his back in a crash in Southern California on Sunday and underwent surgery that will sideline for the first portion of what is still expected to be his final season.
Ovechkin, forced to sit out the Capitals’ loss to the Panthers on Tuesday because he missed the All-Star Game, scored 17:20 into the third period to give his team a 3-2 victory over the Islanders.
The Warriors attended Obama’s annual thank-you at the White House on Thursday, a day after they defeated the Wizards to continue a torrid run in defense of their title.
The problem isn’t recognizing that Newton, the Panthers’ quarterback, is black. It’s that a series of assumptions, preconceptions and stereotypes typically accompany that label.