Greek default fears sharpen Growing political turmoil intensifies concerns that Greece may be spiraling toward default, potentially igniting a new phase in Europe’s debt crisis. (By Anthony Faiola and Howard Schneider)
A new low for U.S., Pakistan Officials say the security relationship between the two nations is the rockiest it’s been since 2001. (By Karen DeYoung and and Griff Witte)
White House report on Libya does little to soothe anger among lawmakers on Capitol Hill WASHINGTON — The White House is vigorously defending President Barack Obama’s right to keep the U.S. military engaged in Libya without seeking congressional approval, a move that appears to have done little to soothe anger among Republican lawmakers and anti-war Democrats over the president’s consultations with Congress during the nearly three month-long campaign. ( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Miss Manners: Who wins in ‘culture’ clash? Dear Miss Manners: When cultural differences result in different expectations of the hostess and guest obligations, to whose culture should we defer; the hostess’s or the guest’s? (, United Media)
SPORTS Wednesday's Sports In Brief VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Tim Thomas drew a virtual line in his crease throughout the crazy, contentious Stanley Cup finals, and Boston’s brilliant goalie just wouldn’t allow the Vancouver Canucks to cross it whenever it really mattered. ( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
TECHNOLOGY Citigroup says hackers stole data on 360,000 HONG KONG — Hackers stole account information of more than 360,000 of Citigroup Inc.’s U.S. credit card customers in a recent data breach, the bank said Wednesday, almost double the number initially thought. ( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Greek PM may resign amid austerity riots Greece’s beleaguered government was in power-sharing talks with the opposition conservatives and negotiating the resignation of Prime Minister George Papandreou, an effort to ensure approval of new austerity measures required to avoid bankruptcy. ( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Citigroup says hackers stole data on 360,000 HONG KONG — Hackers stole account information of more than 360,000 of Citigroup Inc.’s U.S. credit card customers in a recent data breach, the bank said Wednesday, almost double the number initially thought. ( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS CIA to search bin Laden compound The arrangement would allow the CIA for the first time to enter a complex that it had previously scrutinized only from a distance. (By Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung)
Serbia arrests Ratko Mladic on war crimes charges Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general charged with orchestrating the largest mass killing of civilians in Europe since World War II, was arrested Thursday in Serbia, ending a nearly 16-year manhunt. (By Colum Lynch)
Online letters claim innocence in Md. slaying An interest in yoga brought a businessman-poet and AU professor together. Now he’s accused in her death. In online letters, the man — believed to be in Mexico — says he’s not guilty. (By Dan Morse)
Mitt Romney launching campaign on June 2 Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will formally announce his presidential campaign next Thursday, June 2, in New Hampshire. (By Chris Cillizza and Rachel Weiner)
POLITICS Obama signs Patriot Act extension; will continue anti-terror surveillance powers WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. Votes taken in rapid succession in the Senate and House came after lawmakers rejected attempts to temper the law enforcement powers to ensure that individual liberties are not abused. ( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Congress approves extension of Patriot Act provisions Racing against the clock, Congress passed an extension to key provisions of the USA Patriot Act that allow investigators to keep using aggressive surveillance tactics. ( by Paul Kane and Felicia Sonmez , The Washington Post)
Gingrich casts self as ‘comeback kid’ The roughly 600 people who came to see Newt Gingrich during his two-day campaign swing through New Hampshire were largely uninterested in his purchases at Tiffany & Co. ( by Nia-Malika Henderson and Dan Eggen , The Washington Post)
Paul and the Other Paul The most memorable moment of Paul Simon’s concert comes with the star attraction happily observing. ( by David Malitz , The Washington Post)
SPORTS Tillman’s tactics help Terps The Final Four-bound Maryland men’s lacrosse team has responded to first-year Coach John Tillman’s team-building techniques. ( by Christian Swezey , The Washington Post)
AL Capsules DETROIT — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer in a five-run second inning, and the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox went on to rout the Detroit Tigers 14-1 in an eight-inning, rain-shortened game Thursday. ( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Lisa de Moraes on the TV Column Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes is back and ready to chat about all the drama, comedy and heartbreak of the world of television -- both onscreen and behind-the-scenes! (, vForum)
Competing plans on job growth President Obama and Congressional Republicans unveil competing plans to reduce the cost of doing business for U.S. companies. ( by Zachary A. Goldfarb , The Washington Post)
Ex-Nasdaq exec pleads guilty to fraud Former executive traded on confidential information about companies listed on the Nasdaq, reaping more than $755,000 from 2006 to 2009. ( by David S. Hilzenrath , The Washington Post)
David Lee scored a season-high 28 points in his return to New York, Dorell Wright made two huge baskets in the final two minutes, and the Golden State Warriors improved their best start in 16 years to 6-2 by beating the Knicks 122-117 on Wednesday night.
Stephen Curry added 25 points and Monta Ellis had 22 for the Warriors, who blew a 19-point lead in the second half but were bailed out by Wright, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:58 remaining and added an insurance basket a minute later.
Lee grabbed his 10th rebound after Wilson Chandler missed a tying 3-point attempt and sank two clinching free throws with 1.5 seconds left, and the longtime fan favorite later jogged off to cheers after completing some postgame interviews on the court.
Amare Stoudemire, who essentially replaced Lee over the summer, had a season-high 33 points for the Knicks, who lost their third straight. Chandler added 27 and Raymond Felton scored 20.
Lee's three-point play ignited a big Golden State run in the third quarter, and another basket started a second key spurt when the Knicks cut it to three early in the fourth. Things looked settled at that point, but New York took a 113-111 lead on Felton's free throws with 2:11 remaining.
Wright then drilled his 3-pointer, and recovered a loose ball after Chandler's block and put it back in for a 116-113 edge with 59 seconds left. A free throw by Lee gave the Warriors' a two-score advantage, but the Knicks were back within one when Stoudemire nailed a 3 with 14 seconds to play before the Warriors closed it out from the line.
It's Golden State's best start since opening 7-2 in 1994-95.
Lee was a late first-round pick in 2005 who got better every year, becoming an All-Star last season when he averaged 20.9 points and 11.7 rebounds. But the Knicks were looking for something more last summer, hoping they could land two superstars from the free agency class.
Re-signing Lee would have jeopardized that, so Lee said he realized by the end of the season that he would probably be moving on. The Knicks at least helped him get richer, arranging a sign-and-trade with the Warriors that allowed him to earn a more lucrative contract that will pay him $80 million over six years. CONTINUE READING...
(11-01) 19:49 PST ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Giants serenaded their thirsty fans with the perfect anthem before the first pitch of the 2010 World Series. The song they piped through AT&T Park was U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
The search lasted more than half a century and seemed so futile at times. Finally, the team and its long-pained fans have found what they were looking for. For the first time since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958, they are the champions of baseball.
The Giants won the 2010 World Series against the Texas Rangers four games to one, ending it with a 3-1 victory on a slightly chilly Monday evening at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
The unlikely hero for a Series winner that few predicted was Edgar Renteria, an injury-plagued shortstop from Colombia who declared he expected to retire after the season and whose two-year $18.5 million contract was ridiculed because the Giants gave it to a player thought to be washed up.
Renteria joined the pantheon of World Series greats when he hit a three-run homer against Cliff Lee with two outs in the seventh inning to break a 0-0 tie.
Actually, Renteria already had a seat in the temple. In 1997, then 21 years old and a big-leaguer for less than two seasons, he won a World Series for Florida with an 11th-inning single in Game 7 against Cleveland.
Tim Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young Award winner whose photo adorned the cover of the Giants' 2010 media guide, allowed three hits and struck out 10 in eight innings in the most important win of his 26-year-old life.
The Series ended with closer Brian Wilson on the mound, as usual, retiring the final hitter. He struck out Nelson Cruz swinging to set off a celebration sure to rock the Bay Area for long time. After all, everyone had generations to plan it.
With the first toast, revelers could bid good riddance to the ghosts of failures past.
Willie McCovey's line drive to Bobby Richardson in 1962, the earthquake sweep in 1989 and the Game 6 collapse in 2002 - their power to spook the faithful is gone, defused by an accomplishment that few in baseball thought the Giants could achieve in a season in which they did not even secure a division title until the 162nd game of the regular season.
The Giants leaped atop one another in celebration of the final out was a sight that many Northern Californians feared they would not see before they themselves became ghosts.
The championship is the sixth in franchise history and first since 1954, when Willie Mays roamed center field of the Polo Grounds in New York and led the team to a four-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians.
Lincecum and Lee gave viewers the great pitching duel they were expected to provide in Game 1, when Lincecum was shaky and Lee was worse. The Giants stung him for seven runs in an 11-7 win.
Game 5 was a bare-knuckle pitching brawl with neither man giving any quarter until Cody Ross and Juan Uribe opened the seventh inning with singles.
In a perfect symbol of the team concept that defined these champions, Aubrey Huff, the Giants' biggest power hitter all season, advanced the runners with his first career sacrifice bunt.
Pat Burrell struck out for the 10th time in 12 at-bats in the Series for the second out before Renteria built the count against Lee to 2-0 and drove a cut fastball into the bleachers in left-center field for his second homer of the Series and the biggest of his life.
Cruz cut into the lead in the bottom half with a solo homer to left, which ended a string of 18 scoreless innings by Giants pitchers. Lincecum then walked Ian Kinsler, but he struck out David Murphy and former Giant Bengie Molina to preserve the two-run lead.
Both pitchers shot out of the chute better than they did in Game 1. Lincecum was particularly sharp, inducing weaker outs.
He did not have a strikeout until the third inning then struck out the side. He did not allow a hit until Michael Young's leadoff single in the fourth, a groundball through the middle, and struck out two of the next three Rangers to keep him at first base.
Against Lee, the Giants stuck with their same schematic from the first game, when they attacked him early in the count. In Game 1, the left-hander left a lot of pitches over the plate and was roughed up. He did a better job locating in Game 5, though the Giants hit some bolts for outs.
With Andres Torres at first base and two outs, Lee raised his glove to spear a Freddy Sanchez line drive to steal a hit and end the top of the third.
Buster Posey worked Lee for 10 pitches in the fourth inning before grounding out on the 11th.
Next time Posey batted, with Freddy Sanchez on base and two outs in the sixth, it looked for a moment as though the rookie had given the Giants a 2-0 lead with a high drive to right. But Cruz tracked it down at the wall to preserve the scoreless tie.
Somalia-born singer/MC K’naan
is playing a major role in bringing the world’s eyes and ears to
With his ode to patriotism “Wavin’ Flag” chosen as the theme song for
the 2010 FIFA World Cup, K’naan performed the song in the games’
opening ceremony last Friday (June 12) in Johannesburg. This year’s
World Cup Games is expected to be the most watched event in television
history, with each game is expected to draw in more then 125 million
“I wanted [‘Wavin Flag’] to be a reflection of what
the World Cup really means to people around the globe. When I finished
performing, you could still hear the whole stadium singing my song,”
K’naan tells VIBE during a brief intermission from the World Cup tour.
As a child, K’naan remembers soccer as a huge part
of his adolescence. Growing up in a country where futbol is the
number one sport and form of recreation, the opportunity to be a part
of its most prestigious tournament is more than K’naan could have ever
“It was the first World Cup game that ever took
place in South Africa and my ticket said 1A.,” Knaan says. “I’ll
never ever forget that—it was my one and only baller moment [laughs]."
With the spirit of Bob Marley
living through the song's uplifting melody, “Wavin' Flag” has been
embraced as a call for unity among the World Cup’s international
audience. K’naan recalls receiving support from artists all across the
board, including the Canadian phenom Drake.
“[Drake] was telling that me he appreciates me
bringing Hip-Hop into the homes of people who otherwise wouldn’t have
listened. He just recognized what I was doing,” K’naan says of the
encouraging words that Drake passed along to him during a joint
As the whirlwind of performances and media
obligations grows more demanding with every game that's played, just
keeping up with the World Cup’s grueling schedule has been a challenge
all in its own for the leading musical performer. K’naan offered a few
tips for those in who plan on attending the 2010 World Cup, “You need
ear plugs, plenty of water and be prepared to stay up for days because
after the games over—people go out all night and then do it all over
again. It doesn't stop!”
The final match talkes place on July 11, and it's
projected that over 715 millions viewers will tune in, surpassing the
record set in the 2006 World Cup Championship. —Mikey Fresh
Pau Gasol, struggling from the line all night, made two free throws to push the Lakers' lead to 70-64 with 4 1/2 minutes to play and the chants of "Defense, Defense" could result in hearing loss. Paul Pierce answered that with a fadeaway to make it a four-point game.Kobe Bryant, usually automatic in these situations, then missed the first of two free throws before making the second. Kevin Garnett, on a pass from Rasheed Wallace, put down one of the few dunks in this game on the next possession.
The Lakers continue to push the ball inside and draw fouls, and Gasol returned to the line with 2:47 to play. He made both to get the lead back to five.
After swarming defense led to a miss by Wallace, the Celtics fouled again and sent Gasol back to the line. He made one of two, 74-68.
Boston's turn at the line, Pierce this time.
Two free throws later, the lead was down to four.
Gasol then backed down Wallace and dropped in a bucket to give the Lakers a 76-70 lead and produce a Boston timeout. The Lakers are feeling a second straight NBA title.
Kobe Bryant went to the line for three free throws after being fouled by Ray Allen. At that point, the Lakers were only nine for 17 from the line, but Bryant made all three to cut Boston's lead to one, 59-58.
Allen then came right back and sank a baseline jumper. The Lakers' offensive juggernaut, Ron Artest, then drove across the lane for a bucket and a foul with 7:29 to play and he tied the score. The Lakers' crowed sounded like it had been transplanted from Oklahoma City.
Allen briefly quieted things by drawing a foul, but enlivened things when he missed the first of two free throws. He made the second and Boston was back on top by one.
Both teams are playing with a lot of emotion, diving for loose balls and playing tight defense inside.
The Lakers' free-throw problems continued when Gasol missed two free throws for the second time tonight, failing to give the Lakers a lead when he had the chance. He is two for seven from the line.
Allen had no such problem, making two with 6:29 to play to push the tentative lead to 64-61.
But Derek Fisher, who had just returned to the game, canned a three-pointer shortly thereafter and the score was suddenly tied.
LAS VEGAS(AP) —Floyd Mayweather Jr. put on a virtuoso display of boxing skill in an unanimous decision over Sugar Shane Mosley on Saturday night, keeping his perfect record intact.Mayweather gave a masterful effort in his most dangerous fight in several years against the 38-year-old Mosley, who put Mayweather on his heels with several rocking punches in the second round. Mayweather regained his composure and thoroughly outboxed the veteran champion.Mosley didn’t have the power or precision to follow up his dynamic second round, losing in his first fight since stopping Antonio Margarito in January 2009.Mayweather accepted this fight when negotiations with Manny Pacquiao broke down over Mayweather’s drug-testing demands. He could fight Pacquiao later this year.
Hate it or love it, Floyd Mayweather has been one of boxing's main
draws for years now. But according to the still undefeated boxer, he's
brought a few more things than just blockbuster events.
In the final press conference leading up to his showdown against
Shane Mosley on Saturday (May 1) in Las Vegas, he boasted about a few
things -- making lowers weight classes the hot ticket was one of them.
"Whatever weight class I'm at is the hot weight class," Mayweather
said. "What's so crazy is that when I started fighting at welterweight, I
made the world pay attention to the small man."
Additionally, during Mayweather and Mosley's training camps, both
fighters endured Olympic-style USADA drug testing. He says if this was a
requirement, it will better the sport of boxing.
"I brought USADA in to keep the sport on an even playing field.
Everyone knows this is done for the betterment of the sport," he says.
"After I get blood taken, I'll go in and box 12 or 13 rounds, no problem
As far as the fight itself, he simply says Mosley is not on his
"I'm pretty sure Shane is in good shape. I don't think he is in
better shape than me," Mayweather boasted. "As far as drawing power and
superstardom, me and Shane are not on the same level."
Mosley, on the other hand, was undeterred by Floyd's comments. He
says Mayweather better be ready, because he's predicting a knockout.
"I hope Mayweather is ready for this," Sugar Shane said. This will be
one of the great fights of this decade or maybe even history. It's
going to be a great fight.
"I always predict a knock out. We are going to make a magnificent
Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking? is taking place at the MGM
Grand in Las Vegas on May 1st, and will also be available on HBO
Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
James and Bonheur, who met on an Internet
site for competitive pairs skaters seeking partners, finished 14th on
the evening. But with a series of high-flying jumps and high-risk lifts
and throws, they were an audience favorite. Bonheur, 27, took the moment in his stride, saying he did not set out to find a black partner."We
hope that in the future we can win many medals and have a black coach
and officials in pairs skating," Bonheur told reporters after the
performance."I didn't search for a black girl in the first place, just a girl who wanted to try and work for it."James,
22, has skated with Bonheur for three years. Born in Canada, she had
competed for Britain as a single. She was granted French citizenship
last year.She said their performance at the Winter Games showed the door had finally been opened for black pairs skaters.They were not the first black skaters in the Olympics,
however -- Debi Thomas, for example, won a bronze medal at the Calgary
games in 1988. Surya Bonaly of France competed in three Olympics in the
1990s."I hope we do see more black skaters and we see more couples," James said.
NEW ORLEANS — For once, Brett Favre looked his age after the Minnesota Vikings’ loss Sunday in the National Football Conference championship game. After being battered by the New Orleans Saints in the 31-28 overtime defeat, the 40-year-old Favre struggled to dress in the locker room. He winced as he put a tennis shoe on his left ankle, which was injured
in the third quarter when he was high hit by Saints defensive tackle
Remi Ayodele and low by defensive end Bobby McCray. But Favre had a
question for nearby reporters about the hit: “Did it look bad?” Told by one reporter that it looked terrible, Favre acknowledged that he thought he had broken his ankle. “I can’t even move,” Favre said, adding that he felt 49 years old. But
in typical Favre fashion, he stayed in the game, only to throw a costly
interception near the end of regulation with his team close to
field-goal range. Before the third-and-15 play from the New Orleans 38,
Minnesota was flagged for a 5-yard penalty for having 12 players in the
huddle. The penalty moved the Vikings out of field-goal range. The
play was supposed to go to Minnesota wide receiver Bernard Berrian in
the flat, but the Saints changed their coverage. So instead Favre made
a late throw to Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice that was intercepted
by New Orleans cornerback Tracy Porter at the New Orleans 22-yard line
with about 19 seconds left. Instead of throwing the ball, Favre
said he should have run. He did not get a chance to redeem himself
because Minnesota did not get the ball in overtime. CONTINUE READING...
With the largest home crowd in Indianapolis Colts
history on its feet, counting it down, 3 . . . 2 . . . 1, and the
glitter guns along the sidelines about to fill the air with blue and
white sparkles, coach Jim Caldwell stood in front of the Colts bench,
shoulder to shoulder with quarterback Peyton Manning.If you had the run of the house Sunday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium, where else would you want to be?
performs best in the most difficult situations," Caldwell said of
Manning after the glitter had settled on the Colts' 30-17 AFC
Championship Game victory against the New York Jets. "We faced as fine a defense as we've faced all year and he takes his game to different level."
Wow. Manning completed 26-of-39 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions against the NFL's No. 1
defense. He brought the Colts (16-2) back from an 11-point deficit. The
league's only four-time Most Valuable Player strutted his stuff.
His next opportunity will come Feb. 7 in Super Bowl XLIV.
The Colts are going back to Miami, back to Sun Life Stadium, where they
won Super Bowl XLI following the 2006 season, this time to meet the New
Orleans Saints, who beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime Sunday
night in the NFC Championship Game.
when three mistakes put the Colts down 17-6 with two minutes to play in
the first half, Manning flashed back to that 2006 season.
"It really reminded me of our championship game against New England," he said.
The Colts trailed 21-3 late in the first half that day. They came back to win 38-34.
time, through the guts of the game, with the crowd of 67,650 roaring
and the Jets reeling, the Colts had five possessions and scored on
four. Manning was 17-of-23 for 236 yards and three touchdowns on those
four series. CONTINUE READING...
ARLINGTON, Texas - Guys wearing jeans and cowboy hats ran through dry ice and past the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, sparklers firing from the tips of the flagpoles they carried. Michael
Buffer gave his signature introduction, the music blared, the
highlights rolled and, finally — walking through the same tunnel the
Cowboys use to enter and exit their home turf — out came boxing
superstar Manny Pacquiao. No, this wasn't a test run for Pacquiao's March 13 welterweight fight against Joshua Clottey in the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium. CONTINUE READING...
Rookies Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene led New
York to a stunning 17-14 upset of San Diego in the divisional playoffs
Sunday, each providing a touchdown in the fourth quarter that marked
another Chargers postseason pratfall.
"It's a big win for our franchise," Sanchez said, "and we're not done."
Sanchez threw a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown pass
to tight end Dustin Keller three plays into the fourth quarter, then
Greene gave the Jets some breathing room with a 53-yard scoring run on
their next possession.
The upstart Jets (11-7), who have won seven of
their last eight, advanced to the AFC championship game for the first
time since 1999. They'll play at top-seeded Indianapolis next Sunday.
"A matchup that probably nobody wanted, but too bad," Ryan said. "Here we come!"
Of course, it was the Colts who pulled Peyton Manning
and other starters in the second half of their Week 16 game against the
Jets, who rallied for a victory that put them in control of their
Before that game, Ryan said his holiday wish was for the Colts to rest Manning & Co.
"I don't know if Santa Claus will be that good
to me again," Ryan said. "But I will say that I'd like to see Peyton
Manning play this week."
After the Jets finally did clinch a playoff spot
by routing Cincinnati the following week, Ryan, their rookie head
coach, created a postseason itinerary for his players that included the
Super Bowl in Miami followed by a parade two days later. CONTINUE READING...
MINNEAPOLIS — Sidney Rice has always shared a last name and a position with one of the best to ever play the game.
Now he shares a record with Jerry Rice, too.
had six receptions for 141 yards and tied a playoff record with three
touchdown catches to help the Minnesota Vikings to a 34-3 victory over
the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional playoffs Sunday.
scoring catches of 47, 16 and 45 yards from Brett Favre to help the
Vikings (12-4) earn their first trip to the NFC title game since 2001.
was the 15th time in NFL history that a player has hauled in three
touchdown receptions in a game. Jerry still has the edge on Sidney,
though. He did it three times in his brilliant career.
good," Sidney Rice said of the record. "But at the same time, I'm just
happy for this team. We came out and fought hard, all three phases. It
was a great team victory for us."
The monster performance was the
culmination of a banner third season for the former second-round pick
out of South Carolina. After a quiet first two years, Rice emerged as
one of the rising young stars in the league. He led the Vikings with 83
catches for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns to earn his first trip to
the Pro Bowl.
Of course, a certain 40-year-old quarterback has had something to do with that.
worked harder in the off-season than he ever had before, participating
in a demanding program with Cardinals All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald, former
Vikings great Cris Carter and several of the other top receivers in the
league. Then Favre arrived in August, and the two quickly became a
"With the addition of No. 4, it's been huge
for me," Rice said, referring to Favre. "It's been great for me, and
I'm thankful for that."
As good as Favre has been for Rice, the
reverse also applies. In Rice, Favre has a six-foot-four leaper who
towers over most defensive backs and makes even some of the toughest
catches look routine.
And now that he has learned the art of body
positioning and getting off of press coverage, Rice has solidified
himself as a true No. 1 receiver.
"I've said that from Day 1,
Sidney is that type of player," Favre said. "I hate to compare him or
put him in categories, because I think he is in a category by himself."
He did a little bit of everything Sunday.
set the tone early when he got behind Dallas safety Gerald Sensabaugh
on a go route and reeled in a perfect throw from Favre for a 47-yard
score to put the Vikings on top in the first quarter. CONTINUE READING..
Joe Flacco (right) and the Ravens were once again outdone by Peyton
Manning (left), the four-time NFL Most Valuable Player, who threw two
touchdowns in the top-seeded Colts' 20-3 win Saturday night in an AFC
divisional playoff game. The sixth-seeded Ravens (10-8) failed to score
a touchdown against Indianapolis for a third straight game and turned
the ball over four times. "Obviously, we're not where we want to be
right now," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We want to [get to] the
point where we can win the divisional playoff game, we can win the AFC
championship game and we can win the Super Bowl."INDIANAPOLIS -
- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is causing more heartache for Baltimore fans these days than Bob Irsay. Allowing the four-time NFL
Most Valuable Player to throw two touchdown passes in the final two
minutes of the first half, the Ravens were once again undone by Manning
in a 20-3 loss to the top-seeded Colts in an AFC divisional playoff
game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The sixth-seeded Ravens (10-8) could never seize the momentum from him,
failing to score a touchdown against Indianapolis for a third straight
game and turning the ball over four times (two interceptions and lost
fumbles by Ray Rice and Ed Reed).
The Colts (15-2) stopped their run of abrupt exits in the playoffs as a
high seed - they had been 0-3 after first-round byes - and advanced to
play the winner of today's San Diego Chargers- New York Jets game in next Sunday's AFC championship. By the end of the night, it was another painful reunion with the Colts,
who were moved from Baltimore on March 28, 1984, (9,425 days ago) by
Irsay. "We didn't play well enough to win this game on this day against this team," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. The loss hit Reed so hard that it could be his last. Standing at his
locker after the game, Reed, 31, said it's "50-50" whether he retires.
The Pro Bowl safety has been dealing with a nerve impingement in his neck for two years. He nearly turned the game around twice in the third quarter. But his
first interception ended with him fumbling, and his second one was
negated by Corey Ivy's pass-interference penalty. Manning has beaten the Ravens eight straight times, including twice in the playoffs. He stopped their Super Bowl run in January 2007 despite not having a stellar game. And he did it again Saturday in more Manning-like fashion.
NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Superdome has hosted plenty of Super Bowls,
but its home team has never been to one, here or anywhere else. But the Saints are one victory away from playing for the championship after beating the Arizona Cardinals, 45-14, Saturday afternoon in a National Football Conference divisional playoff game. The Saints will play host next Sunday to the Minnesota Vikings or the Dallas Cowboys in the N.F.C. championship game, with the winner going to the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The
Saints have played only nine playoff games, and Saturday’s victory
raised their record to 3-6. They reached the N.F.C. championship game
three seasons ago but lost to the Chicago Bears, 39-14, on Jan. 21,
2007, at Soldier Field. Drew Brees, the Saints’ veteran quarterback, led a balanced attack by completing 23 of 32 passes for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Saints running back Reggie Bush played the most dazzling game of his
somewhat disappointing professional career by scoring two touchdowns,
one of them on an 83-yard punt return that gave the Saints a 45-14 lead
late in the third quarter. Bush also scored on a 46-yard run from
scrimmage in the first quarter and accumulated 217 total yards: 84 on
running plays, 24 on pass receptions and 109 on returns. The Cardinals’ veteran quarterback, Kurt Warner, left briefly late in the second quarter with what was described as a chest injury as the Saints built a 35-14 halftime lead. Warner
returned to direct the offense on the Cardinals’ first possession of
the second half but was not much of a force Saturday after leading his
team to the Super Bowl last season and sending it to a 51-45 victory
over Green Bay last weekend in the wild-card game. Late in the third quarter, trailing by 31 points, the Cardinals tried to come back and drove to the Saints’ 9. CONTINUE READING...
The two teams combined for 1,024 yards (Green Bay 493, Arizona 521).They combined for 62 first downs. Each punted only once.*Warner finished his day 29 of 33 for 375 yards and 5 touchdowns.
This may have been the finest playoff performance of his already
stunning postseason career.*After all that, it was a defensive touchdown that proved the difference. Who could have seen that coming?’ll leave you tonight with this question. Without considering the
time your team won the Super Bowl or scored a stunning playoff upset,
where does this game rank among the great playoff games you’ve ever
seen? What if we limit it to merely the last decade of postseason play?:01 p.m. | And there’s the game. Under pressure,
Rodgers has the ball knocked loose by Arizona cornerback Michael Adams;
the ball pops right into the hands of Karlos Dansby, who runs untouched
into the end zone from 17 yards out. Touchdown, Arizona. You know what
they say: defense wins championships. The final is Arizona 51, Green Bay 45.
What a game. A bitter end for a very young Packers team, one that will
certainly be in position to return to the postseason in 2010. Arizona
will move on to New Orleans, where the two teams may combine for 100