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By: Associated Press

Ravens Coach and QB share the spotlight
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh) says he doesn't anticipate any problems signing a new contract with the Ravens now that his old deal has expired. And Baltimore coach John Harbaugh says it wasn't easy walking across the field to shake his younger brother's hand after beating Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL championship game.
Both Flacco and Harbaugh appeared at a morning-after news conference.
Flacco says he was dead tired when he got back to his hotel after Sunday's game but had trouble closing his eyes while thinking about winning the title. Flacco threw 11 touchdowns without an interception over four postseason victories, including three first-half TD tosses against the Niners.
Harbaugh says Flacco isn't the kind of guy to rest on his laurels and he'll be an even better quarterback next season.
New Orleans and NFL shrug off power outage
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (LAN'-droo) and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') both say they don't think the 34-minute power failure during the Super Bowl will hurt the Big Easy's chances of landing the 2018 NFL championship game.
In an interview Monday with WWL-AM, Landrieu said league owners were impressed with his city's performance -- a sentiment echoed by Goodell at a morning news conference.
Officials for the company that manages the Superdome and power provider Entergy New Orleans say an "abnormality" occurred where stadium equipment intersects with an electric feed early in the third quarter of Sunday's game. Much of the stadium's interior lighting was shut down while the system recycled.
Charm City ready for parade of champions
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore is in party-planning mode a day after the Ravens' Super Bowl victory.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city's parade for the team will begin at City Hall around 10:45 Tuesday morning and end with a free celebration at M&T Bank Stadium.
The lineup is still being finalized.
Another large audience tunes into NFL title game
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baltimore's win over San Francisco in the NFL championship game fell short of setting a fourth straight viewership record. An estimated 108.4 million people watched Super Bowl 47 on CBS, which requested that the ratings figure not include a 30-minute period when there was a partial power outage in the Superdome.
The Nielsen Company says the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the 49ers was the third most-viewed program in television history. Both the 2010 and 2011 games hit the 111 million mark.
Football viewership in general declined this year. But with a thrilling finish, this year's game did become the fourth Super Bowl to record more than 100 million viewers.
Hoosiers back on top
UNDATED (AP) -- For the fifth straight week there is a new No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll. This time it's Indiana.
The Hoosiers held the top spot for the first five weeks of the regular season. They moved up two places following their weekend win over No. 1 Michigan and No. 2 Kansas' loss to Oklahoma State.
Duke started the current streak of new No. 1s and was followed by Louisville, Duke again, Michigan and Indiana.
The Hoosiers received 58 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel while Florida, which jumped two spots to second, got the other seven.
Michigan fell to third and is followed by Duke, Kansas, Gonzaga, Arizona, Miami, Syracuse and Ohio State.
Top 25 matchup in Upstate New York
UNDATED (AP) -- Three members of the AP's Top 25 are slated for action tonight, all of them from the Big East.
Ninth-ranked Syracuse will host No. 25 Notre Dame, looking to extend a nation's best 35-game home winning streak. The 18-3 Orange dropped three spots in the poll after Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh, while the 18-4 Fighting Irish have won three straight and are one of four teams jumping into the poll this week. Syracuse is 6-2 in conference play and tied for first place with idle Marquette, a-half game better than Notre Dame and three other teams.
Pitt is also a newcomer in the poll at No. 23. The 18-5 Panthers begin tonight's home game against conference rival Seton Hall one game out of first place in the Big East. They are 6-4 in league play.
Baylor continues run at the top
UNDATED (AP) -- Baylor remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for a fifth straight week after cruising to two more Big 12 wins.
The Lady Bears received 37 first-place votes.
The first six stayed unchanged with Notre Dame, Connecticut, Stanford, Duke and California following Baylor. UConn got the other three first place votes.
No place like home for the Heat
UNDATED (AP) -- The two teams fighting it out for first place in the East are on tonight's eight-game NBA schedule. The conference-leading Heat are home to a Charlotte team that has lost three in a row and is tied with Washington for the worst record in the league. Miami is 18-3 at home. The second-place New York Knicks have won four straight and are just a half-game back heading into their outing against visiting Detroit.
Also tonight, Washington entertains an L.A. Clippers club that's looking to avoid a third straight loss, Indiana trails Central leader Chicago by one game heading into their matchup on the Bulls' home court, Orlando plays at Philadelphia, Portland is at Minnesota, Oklahoma City hosts Dallas and Sacramento is at Utah.
Rangers and Wild deal
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Rangers have traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe (pow) and Nick Palmieri (pawl-mee-AYR'-ee).
The Rangers have been looking for depth at forward to complement their top line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and former Wild star Marian Gaborik (MEHR'-ee-uhn GAB'-ohr-ihk). New York is also dealing with the loss of captain Ryan Callahan, who is currently sidelined by a dislocated shoulder.
Sharks return to the ice
UNDATED (AP) -- San Jose will be looking to rebound from its first loss in eight games this season when it hosts Anaheim tonight. The Sharks lost to visiting Nashville in a shootout on Saturday. Sharks versus Ducks is part of the NHL's five-game slate that also includes Carolina at Toronto, Dallas at Colorado, Phoenix home to Minnesota and Vancouver at Edmonton.
Soccer dealing with disturbing news
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A wide-ranging match-fixing investigation has uncovered more than 680 suspicious games and found evidence that a Singapore-based crime gang is closely involved in match-fixing, according to Europol. The list includes World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games.
An 18-month investigation by the European Union's joint police body found 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.
The director of security at world soccer's ruling body FIFA (FEE'-fuh), says the report highlights the need for soccer authorities and police to tackle corruption together.
Star women's baseball player dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One of the women who helped inspire the movie "A League of Their Own" has passed away. Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis was a star in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s. She was 88.

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