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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Super Bowl outage traced to faulty device
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Superdome's power company is taking the blame the Super Bowl blackout. Officials of Entergy New Orleans say the cause was a faulty device that had been installed in its switching gear and designed to prevent a failure of electric cables leading to the stadium.
Company officials say the device performed without problem during January's Sugar Bowl and other earlier events.
They say the device has been removed and replacement equipment will be installed.
The power failure at Sunday's big game cut lights to about half of the stadium for 34 minutes early in the third quarter. The San Francisco 49ers rallied after the delay but came out on the short end of a 34-31 score to the NFL champion Baltimore Ravens.
Illini surprise Hoosiers
UNDATED (AP) -- There's still a buzz following last night's college basketball game at Illinois.
A defensive breakdown on an in-bounds pass led to Tyler Griffey's uncontested layup at the buzzer, giving Illinois a 74-72 come-from-behind victory over top-ranked Indiana.
The Illini trailed by double digits most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36.
It's the fifth time in five weeks the No. 1 team in the AP poll got knocked off.
Hernandez about to cash in
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez is close to becoming the highest-paid pitcher in the majors. A person with knowledge of the contract tells The Associated Press the Mariners and Hernandez are working on a seven-year, $175 million package. Hernandez's total dollars would top CC Sabathia's (suh-BATH'-ee-uhz) original $161 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees and his $25 million average would surpass Zack Greinke's (GREHN'-keez) $24.5 million under his new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Seattle would add $134.5 million of guaranteed money over five years to the contract of the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, whose current agreement calls for him to receive $40.5 million over the next two seasons.
Still a long way to go
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Second-round play at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is getting under way with a tie atop the leaderboard. Russell Knox and Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) both shaved six strokes from par in near ideal conditions Thursday.
Greg Owen, Scott Langley and Ryuji Imada were all 5-under after 18 holes on the Monterrey Peninsula.
Defending champion and last week's winner at Phoenix Phil Mickelson began the day five shots off the lead.
Everybody in the pool
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- The Champions Tour is playing its first full-field event of the year, beginning today in Florida.
Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn) won his first Champions Tour title in Boca Raton last year, beating Peter Senior with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt) and Bart Bryant are making their first starts on the 50-and-over tour. Mediate won the last of his six PGA Tour titles in 2010. Bryant is a three-time winner on the regular tour.
Spurs hit the Motor City on a roll
UNDATED (AP) -- The hottest team in the NBA returns to the court after a night off. The league-leading San Antonio Spurs bring an 11-game winning streak into their outing at Detroit. The Pistons will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss.
Also this evening, Eastern Conference leader Miami puts a three-game winning streak on the line at home against the Pacific Division-leading L.A. Clippers, Central leader Indiana aims for a sixth straight victory when it hosts Toronto, Chicago is one and a-half games behind the Pacers entering its road game against Utah, Washington is home to Brooklyn, New Orleans visits Atlanta, Houston is home to Portland, Memphis entertains Golden State, Atlantic Division leader New York is at Minnesota, Phoenix plays at Oklahoma City, and Orlando looks to end an 11-game skid when it plays at Cleveland.
One and done
UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL isn't giving you much to choose from tonight. Anaheim at Dallas is the lone game on the schedule.
The visiting Ducks are riding a four-game winning streak into Big D. The Stars have won three of their last four outings.
Dallas leads the league in playing short-handed while Anaheim owns the NHL's best power play, scoring at a 26.7 percent clip.
AP-WF-02-08-13 1552GMT

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