- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - After his Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl 24-10 over the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Peyton Manning said he would “take some time to reflect” before deciding if he will retire.

The 18-year veteran got his 200th career victory and second title in this Super Bowl. It ended an at-times rocky season for Manning in the Broncos, and the quarterback said “this game was much like this season has been, testing our toughness, our resiliency, our unselfishness. It’s only fitting that it turned out that way.”

Manning wouldn’t budge on whether this was, in fact, his last game.

“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 got a couple priorities first,” he added. “I’m going to go kiss my wife and my kids. … I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.”

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brett Favre, Ken Stabler, Marvin Harrison, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace and Tony Dungy have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The class of 2016 also includes contributor Ed DeBartolo Jr. and senior selection Dick Stanfel.

The announcement was made a day before the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.

Five nominees were eliminated in the final vote: players Terrell Davis, Joe Jacoby, John Lynch and Kurt Warner, and coach Don Coryell.

Earlier Saturday, the selection committee reduced the list of 15 modern-day finalists by cutting Terrell Owens, Edgerrin James, Steve Atwater, Alan Faneca and Morten Anderson.

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch may have given indication he’s retiring.

Lynch sent a tweet during the fourth quarter the 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. Messages left for Lynch’s representatives were not immediately returned.

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

ESPN reported earlier Sunday without identifying its sources that Lynch had been telling close friends he was planning to retire.

Lynch will turn 30 in April and is coming off an injury-plagued 2015 season where he was limited to just seven games in the regular season and one of Seattle’s two playoff games.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cam Newton won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide.

The Carolina Panthers’ All-Pro quarterback received 48 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. Fellow QBs Tom Brady, a two-time MVP, and Carson Palmer each got one vote.

In his fifth pro season, Newton also earned Offensive Player of the Year. In 2011, he was the league’s top offensive rookie.

Newton set an NFL mark for the position with 45 touchdowns this season: 35 passing and 10 rushing. He also ranked sixth in passer rating (99.4) while throwing for 3,837 yards. His 636 yards on the ground easily led all QBs, and the 10 touchdowns rushing were more than All-Pro running back Doug Martin of Tampa Bay scored.

Newton’s coach, Ron Rivera, took home Coach of the Year award for the second time in three years. J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans was named Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in five seasons, tying Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor as the only players to take that award three times.

Other winners included the Chiefs’ Eric Berry (Comeback Player of the Year) and Marcus Peters (Defensive Rookie of the Year), the Rams’ Todd Gurley (Offensive Rookie of the Year) and Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (Assistant Coach of the Year).


MIAMI (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.

Rivers was hurt during the Clippers’ home game against Minnesota on Wednesday, and the injury was originally diagnosed as a bruise. But when the pain persisted, further exams were performed, and the break was found.

Rivers, the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, has averaged 8.1 points in about 22 minutes per game this season.

The Clippers are still without forward Blake Griffin, first because of a torn left quad tendon and now also because of a broken right hand after he punched a team employee in January. The NBA is investigating that circumstances surrounding that incident, and the elder Rivers said Sunday he expects that probe to “be done pretty soon.”


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Glory Johnson says her twin daughters are out of the hospital and back home with her after they were born premature last fall.

“They’re both doing well,” the former WNBA All-Star said at a basketball camp she was conducting with former Tennessee men’s basketball player Bobby Maze. “There are no issues, no signs of any deficits or anything like that, so they’re doing great.”

Johnson said she was 24 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to her twins - Ava Simone and Solei Diem - on Oct. 12. Johnson said Ava Simone has been home for about two weeks and Solei Diem came home nearly a week ago. Solei Diem had to stay in the hospital longer to undergo laser eye surgery.

When they were born, one weighed 1 pound, 9 ounces, and the other weighed 1 pound, 7 ounces. Johnson said their weights dropped to 1 pound, 4 ounces, and 1 pound, 3 ounces at one point.

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