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FBN--SUPER BOWL--MEDIA DAY
INDIANAPOLIS - Rob Gronkowski was asked if he could name three Kardashians (he could). Victor Cruz salsa danced. A guy in a superhero costume asked the Patriots and Giants what super power they'd most like to have. Welcome to Media Day, the annual circus at the Super Bowl. And, for the first time, fans had a front-row view. By National Writer Nancy Armour.
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INDIANAPOLIS - Yo soy fiesta? How about yo soy dia a dia? That's the status of Patriots tight end Rod Gronkowski, who has the most talked about body part in Indianapolis and whose attempts at Spanish sparked an Internet sensation. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg.
- FBN--Super Bowl-Patriots-Gronkowski. By Howard Ulman. Sent.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-LOCKOUT REUNION
INDIANAPOLIS - When owners Bob Kraft and John Mara ran into players' union executive director DeMaurice Smith at the Super Bowl, the lockout that almost wiped out the season was a faded memory. By Jim Litke.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-PEYTON'S SHADOW
INDIANAPOLIS - The Super Bowl matchup is Eli vs. Brady, but Peyton Manning is still the talk of Indianapolis. Questions about his future with the Colts are intensifying, with the uncertainty casting a shadow over the NFL's marquee event. By Michael Marot. Sent.
FBN--SUPER BOWL--TURNING POINT
INDIANAPOLIS - Midway through the season, the Patriots were reeling from two straight losses and the Giants were rolling at 6-2. Then came the first of many turning points for each team. Oddly, the victories that put both clubs on winning streaks that have not ended were against the Jets. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-PATRIOTS DEFENSE
INDIANAPOLIS - The Patriots' maligned defense has been good enough to help the team win the last 10 games and reach the Super Bowl. It might be peaking at the most important time as it awaits Eli Manning and the Giants. By Howard Ulman.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-GIANTS OFFENSE
INDIANAPOLIS - The days of the Giants being a run-oriented offense are over. With Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks offering Eli Manning two deep-threat targets, the pass now sets up the run. And it might be the biggest advantage Tom Coughlin's team has in the Super Bowl. By Tom Canavan.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-OCHOCINCO'S MOMENT
INDIANAPOLIS - Chad Ochocinco spent 10 years in Cincinnati wishing he had the biggest stage of all - the Super Bowl. He's finally got it with New England, but it came at a price - giving up his look-at-me antics for the more humbling role of backup receiver. By Joe Kay.
- INDIANAPOLIS - FBN--Super Bowl-Notebook. By Cliff Brunt.
- NEW YORK - Digital Life-Tech Test-Super Bowl Online. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun.
- CHICAGO - Super Bowl-Chimp Ads. By Don Babwin.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Prosecutors say they'll tell Jerry Sandusky the names of the 10 young men identified as victims of his alleged sex abuse by the end of the week. Sandusky, who was Joe Paterno's top assistant for years until he retired in 1999, denies the allegations. By Mark Scolforo. Sent.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - An emotionally shaken Kyle Flood is introduced as Rutgers' football coach. The longtime Scarlet Knights assistant succeeds Greg Schiano, who left to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Flood gets the job after Rutgers was spurned by Florida International's Mario Cristobal. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. Sent.
WORCESTER, Mass. - Serena Williams says Venus is "coming along awesome'' and will be ready to play in the Fed Cup on Feb. 4-5. The sisters highlight a U.S. team that will face Belarus and new No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, the Australian Open champion. By Jimmy Golen. Sent.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-013112
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Robert Garrigus saw all the text messages on his phone, along with the voice mails, and without ever seeing the conclusion at Torrey Pines, he knew what had happened to Kyle Stanley. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.
- GLF--Golf Notes. By Doug Ferguson.
NFL PLAYER CONCUSSIONS-LAWSUITS
PHILADELPHIA - At least four lawsuits blaming the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain disease are being consolidated in Philadelphia, and more than a dozen could follow. The lawsuits represent more than 300 retired players or spouses, including Jim McMahon. By Maryclaire Dale. Sent.
PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Andy Reid breaks his monthlong silence since his team ended play for the year and talks about a bleak season that began with such big hopes. By Rob Maaddi. Sent.
- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - FBN--Panthers-Chudzinski. By Steve Reed.
- NEW ORLEANS - Who Dat Lawsuit. By Michael Kunzelman. Sent.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The No. 2 Notre Dame women try to extend their winning streak to 19 games when they play No. 13 Rutgers, which will be without Khadijah Rushdan. She had a mild concussion in a loss to Georgetown on Sunday. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. Game starts 7 p.m.
BKC--DADS COACHING SONS
OMAHA, Neb. - Theresa McDermott is the ultimate basketball wife and mom. Her husband, Greg, coaches No. 13 Creighton. Her son, Doug, is the headline player for the Bluejays. "Now I've got what I always wanted - Greg to coach Doug,'' she says. "The way it all evolved was perfect.'' By Eric Olson.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Erik Murphy has improved considerably since last year, becoming the team's most dangerous shooter and a key part of No. 12 Florida's offense. By Mark Long.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Not since Stephen Curry led Davidson on an improbable run to the Elite Eight has there been this much interest in the Wildcats. They're in first place in the Southern Conference and have a big win over Kansas, but coach Bob McKillop says expectations should be kept in check. By Steve Reed. Sent.
- NEW YORK - BKC--Syracuse-Fine Investigation. Sent.
- AUSTIN, Texas - BKC--Texas Troubles. By Jim Vertuno.
- MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - BKC--Struggling WVirginia. By John Raby. Sent.
As football recruits sign their letters of intent Wednesday, coaches and fans will agonize over those 25 or so names on the list. The reality is much of the success of the class may depend on how many and which of those players actually play for the program as juniors and seniors. By Rachel Cohen.
Getting ready for his first real gymnastics meet since 2008, Olympic champion Paul Hamm discusses the comeback trail and the aftermath of his arrest on assault charges last summer. By National Writer Eddie Pells. Sent.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein, who left the Red Sox to become president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, discuss their jobs and the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry during a forum at Sacred Heart University.
LONDON - European soccer's January transfer window is closing, with the leading clubs appearing to avoid any lavish outlays in the first season of strict new financial controls. By Rob Harris. Sent.
- CLEVELAND - BBA--Rays-Indians Trade. Indians acquire Russ Canzler, last year's MVP of the International League, from Tampa Bay for cash. By Tom Withers. Sent.
- NEW YORK - BKN--Jackson-Memoir. Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson is writing his memoir, "Eleven Rings,'' with release set for next year. Sent.
- OMAHA, Neb. - FBO--UFL Commissioner Resigns. Michael Huyghue resigns as commissioner of second-tier United Football League. Sent.
- LONDON - TEN--Davis Cup-Murray Out. Andy Murray will miss Britain's Davis Cup match against Slovakia because of injuries during his run to the Australian Open semifinals.
- ZAGREB, Croatia - TEN--Zagreb Indoors. Alex Bogomolov Jr. advances at Zagreb Indoors. Sent.
- MONTPELLIER, France - TEN--Montpellier. Philipp Kohlschreiber reaches second round of Open Sud de France. Sent.
- VINA DEL MAR, Chile - TEN--Vina Del Mar. Play resumes at VTR Open.
- SOC--Euro Rdp. The three teams expected to vie for the English Premier League title - Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham - are all playing.
- FRANCEVILLE, Gabon - SOC--African Rdp. Co-host Gabon beats Tunisia 1-0 to win Group C at African Cup of Nations. Sent.
- SOFIA, Bulgaria - SOC--Doping-CSKA Sofia. Three players in Bulgarian soccer league banned three months for doping. Sent.
- LAS VEGAS - MMA--Overeem-Battery. UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem charged with misdemeanor battery. Sent.
- MUNICH - CAR--F1-Sutil Trial. Formula One driver Adrian Sutil suspended 18 months for nightclub fight in China. Sent.
- BKN---NBA Capsules.
- HKN---NHL Capsules.
- BKC--T25-Top 25 Capsules.
- BKW--T25-Top 25 Capsules.
Tuesday's Time Schedule (EST)
Boston at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Detroit at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Charlotte at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Winnipeg at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Anaheim at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Colorado at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
Chicago at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Columbus at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
College Basketball (Top 25)
No. 1 Kentucky vs. Tennessee, 7 p.m.
No. 5 North Carolina at Wake Forest, 9 p.m.
No. 9 Michigan State at Illinois, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Marquette vs. Seton Hall, 8 p.m.
No. 16 Virginia vs. Clemson, 7 p.m.
No. 19 Wisconsin at Penn State, 8 p.m.
No. 25 Vanderbilt at Arkansas, 9 p.m.
No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 13 Rutgers, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Louisville at DePaul, 9 p.m.