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2dBill Barnwell

Barnwell's Super Bowl preview: Denver faces a distinct threat

There is no question that Denver has the NFL's best defense this season. What the Broncos haven't seen is an offense that can target their weaknesses quite like the Carolina Panthers'.

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1dJohn Clayton

Clayton: Broncos' defense is among best ever

Though Denver's defense doesn't quite have a nickname to match its stellar play, it does have the talent and swagger to be considered among the best units of all time.

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Peyton oldest QB to start a Super Bowl

Peyton Manning is 39 years old. The previous oldest QB was John Elway at 38, when he won the second of his two straight titles in Super Bowl XXXIII, the final game of his career. (via Elias)

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Teammates still attempting to change his mind, but Seahawks' RB Marshawn Lynch has told some close to him he plans to retire, per sources.

Source: Lynch telling people he's retiring

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has told people close to him that he plans to retire, according to Adam Schefter. The 29-year-old just finished his 9th season in the NFL.

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Sunday's bookmaker roundtable

Jay Kornegay from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook says there's a 14-to-1 ticket imbalance on if there will be a safety. Line moves, sharp bets (Insider)

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Sanders: Losing Megatron 'Devastating'

On the possibility of Calvin Johnson retiring, Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders told the Detroit News: "Hey, it would be devastating, no question about it." Plans to talk in June

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Panthers looking to make history

With a win in Super Bowl 50, the Panthers will become the fourth team in NFL history to win 18 games in a single season.

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Owens: My numbers speak for themselves

Terrell Owens joined SportsCenter to discuss not being selected to the 2016 Class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, feeling disrespected not surprised.


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Those who showed up in SF hoping to get a cheap ticket to Super Bowl 50 are out of luck. $3K get-in price holding as it has been all week.

Source: Broncos to tag Von Miller

Unless the two sides can reach a long-term deal in the next month, the Broncos will use their franchise tag on Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller, league sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carolina is a 5-point favorite over Denver at a majority (9 of 14) of Las Vegas sports books this morning. The line had been on a downward trend this weekend, but the two books who were at Carolina -4.5 late last night (Treasure Island and the CG Technology network) went back to 5 this morning.

Dave Duerson's son calls out Goodell

Tregg Duerson is not happy the league is downplaying the danger of head trauma in football during media sessions at the Super Bowl. Story

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JJ Watt @justinjames99

So glad I finally got to meet the one and only Leah Still last night along with her father @man_of_still75. A true inspiration and such a sweetheart of a girl. Very glad to welcome them to the Texans family! #LeahStrong

Non-Beyonce celebrity Super Bowl picks

Much to his dismay, Kenny Mayne didnt get Beyonces pick. But he did settle for Steph Curry, Kendrick Lamar and Jim Harbaugh.


Curry predicts a Panthers blowout

Steph Curry & Co. took care of business. Then, he predicted the Panthers would take care of business.


Outside the gimmicks -- Panthers are good

They dab and dance. They give footballs to kids after TDs and rip down banners to defend their home turf. They shoot music videos in the locker room, and their QB wears sequined shoes and designer pants. Reality TV show?


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

On this Super Bowl morning, we bring you food artist Kaiko Shimura's Cam Newton made out of cereal

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The 2016 pro football Hall of Fame Class

QB Brett Favre, WR Marvin Harrison, OT Orlando Pace, LB Kevin Greene and coach Tony Dungy were elected among the modern-day candidates. QB Ken Stabler and OL Dick Stanfel were elected from the senior committee, and ex-49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo was elected as a contributor.

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That's a lot of Thin Mints

On Mission and 4th in downtown San Francisco, a group of enterprising girl scouts won a special lottery to set up a booth, according to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. The paper reports by noon yesterday, the girls were well on their way to selling $10K in cookies.

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Favre: HOF 'going to take a while to sink in'

Former Packers QB Brett Favre on being part of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class: "I just can't believe I'm amongst the guys I emulated and hoped to be some day."