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matt ryan becomes first falcons player to win nfl mvp award


quarterback matt ryan is the first atlanta falcons player to win the ociated press nfl most valuable player award.ryan, also voted to the 2016 all-pro team by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the nfl, earned 25 votes in balloting announced urday night at the nfl honors show. he beat out new england quarterback tom brady, who received 10 votes.they will meet in sunday's super bowl.ryan topped the nfl in p er rating (117.1), throwing for 38 touchdowns with seven interceptions. he led the falcons (11-5) to the nfc south title.it's the fourth consecutive year and ninth in the past 10 a quarterback has won the award.dallas rookie running back ezekiel elliott and oakland qb derek carr each received six votes. ociated press






high praise from david shaw


where john lynch, the 49ers and quarterback evaluation intersect, there is david shaw.ok, maybe shaw is on the outskirts of that intersection. but the stanford coach has a unique perspective on lynch, the 49ers’ new general manager, and his no. 1 priority: finding a franchise quarterback.shaw played with lynch at stanford in the early 1990s and has stayed in touch over the years. (his father, willie, an istant coach at the time, was instrumental in lynch’s move from quarterback to safety.)shaw evaluates quarterbacks for his role as draft analyst for the nfl network; he went head-to-head last season with two of the top quarterback prospects in the 2017 draft (north carolina’s mitch trubisky and notre dame’s deshone kizer).and from a few miles away, shaw has watched the 49ers s and scramble






football: st. francis now has three-way competition at quarterback


jim bonds was a quarterback at ucla and his ability to develop quarterbacks as the football coach at st. francis is apparently attracting aspiring quarterbacks.in the spring semester, st. francis has accepted two qb transfers: junior erik zimmerman from sherman oaks notre dame and sophomore darius perrantes from crespi.they will join junior greg dlcich, last season's backup, in competing for the starting job in the fall."they'll compete and we'll see who has best chance to help us win," bonds said.for the latest on high school sports, follow @latsondheimer on twitter






despite injury, teddy bridgewater tops vikings player merchandise sales


teddy bridgewater missed the entire 2016 season with a knee injury, but that didn’t keep fans from buying the vikings quarterback's jersey, bobbleheads, t-shirts or any other merchandise branded with his name.bridgewater accounted for the most total sales of officially licensed merchandise among vikings players from march 1 through nov. 30, according to the nfl players ociation’s top 50 sales list. bridgewater ranked no. 34 overall.the vikings ranked four players in the top 50. behind bridgewater, harrison smith ranked no. 41, stefon diggs no. 43 and adrian peterson no. 49.smith and diggs were two of three new additions to third quarterly list. diggs also made the jump from from the 2016 nflpa rising 50 list, where he was placed 33rd. new england quarterback tom brady, who will play for a






brady suspects game jersey was stolen after super bowl win


houston — tom brady thinks his super bowl jersey has been picked off.the patriots quarterback, selected the mvp of new england's 34-28 victory over the atlanta falcons on sunday night, couldn't find his game-worn no. 12 jersey in the locker room after the big win. he told a patriots equipment manager that he remembered placing it in his locker, adding that "someone stole it."after looking through his bags to no avail, brady told owner robert kraft that "someone stole my game jersey." kraft told brady: "you better look online."while brady walked to the team bus, a reporter asked the quarterback if he had recovered the jersey. brady said he hadn't and added: "yeah, it's going to be on ebay at some point."






san jose state football: spartans sign two qbs


new san jose state coach brent brennan was expected to introduce a 23-man cl on national signing day wednesday, headed by at least four bay area players and two quarterbacks.the signatures of signal-callers ryan johnson and terrell carter were in early wednesday morning. mcclymonds running back jerrell alberty and deer valley defensive lineman jamaar hardy also had their paperwork in well before 10 a.m.one of the bigger challenges facing brennan and his staff will be replacing senior quarterback kenny potter.there are four quarterbacks in addition to the two newcomers on the roster, but they don’t have a great deal of playing time. sophomore josh love was the primary backup last season. he started against iowa state when potter was hurt.johnson, a big quarterback at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, c






as expected, matt ryan named nfl mvp


houston – quarterback matt ryan be e the first atlanta falcons player to win the ociated press nfl most valuable player award.ryan, also voted to the 2016 all-pro team by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the nfl, earned 25 votes in balloting announced urday night at the nfl honors show. he beat out new england quarterback tom brady, who received 10 votes.they will meet in sunday’s super bowl.ryan topped the nfl in p er rating (117.1), throwing for 38 touchdowns with seven interceptions. he led the falcons (11-5) to the nfc south title.it’s the fourth consecutive year and ninth in the past 10 a quarterback has won the award.dallas rookie running back ezekiel elliott and oakland qb derek carr each received six votes. ociated pressother winnersoffensive player of the






poll: which quarterback will p for the most yards in sunday’s super bowl?


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ryan, falcons, cowboys big winners on nfl awards night


houston (ap) — matt ryan and the dallas cowboys were big winners urday night.the atlanta falcons quarterback was voted the ociated press 2016 nfl’s most valuable player and top offensive player. cowboys quarterback dak prescott took offensive rookie of the year and jason garrett was selected coach of the year by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.on the eve of the super bowl in which he will face off with two-time league mvp tom brady, who finished second in this year’s balloting, ryan easily outdistanced brady 25-10 for mvp. he beat green bay quarterback aaron rodgers 15½ to 11 for offensive player of the year.garrett drew 25 votes for best coach, beating out new england’s bill belichick (14). prescott, in a two-man race with his running back, ezekiel el






ucla's defense is 'moving in the right direction,' steve alford says as oregon l


captiontom brady leads patriots to epic super bowl comeback victoryafter a first half in which he played like that impostor in a tom brady mask, the new england patriots quarterback put on a super bowl performance for the ages sunday, leading his team back from a 25-point deficit to beat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28.after a first half in which he played like that impostor in a tom brady mask, the new england patriots quarterback put on a super bowl performance for the ages sunday, leading his team back from a 25-point deficit to beat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28.






los angeles kings take hope and health into a two-game florida swing


captiontom brady leads patriots to epic super bowl comeback victoryafter a first half in which he played like that impostor in a tom brady mask, the new england patriots quarterback put on a super bowl performance for the ages sunday, leading his team back from a 25-point deficit to beat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28.after a first half in which he played like that impostor in a tom brady mask, the new england patriots quarterback put on a super bowl performance for the ages sunday, leading his team back from a 25-point deficit to beat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28.






full coverage | super bowl li: atlanta falcons vs. new england patriots


the week before the super bowl is historically filled with all sorts of sordid distractions, from cocaine to prostitutes to the infamously bared of a quarterback. but there has never been anything like the divisive presence that will soon threaten to fracture the attention of the new england patriots. he is president trump, and beginning next week in houston, he will be the patriots’ disturber in chief. the patriots’ holy trinity has formed what some sports fans might consider an unholy alliance with trump. now that he’s running the country, the three men are already running from the questions. give the atlanta falcons the early edge, because the patriots will begin the week playing defense. tom brady, the patriots’ quarterback, doesn’t want to talk about his openly displayed trump c






analysts agree: time for jay cutler and bears to part ways


troy aikman’s reaction on tuesday was nearly identical to the one he had 12 years ago when he was asked a related question on the topic of the bears’ quarterback situation — or quandary, if you will.it was before super bowl ix in jacksonville, fla., that i asked him why sid luckman still held the majority of significant career-p ing records for the franchise. aikman slowly pushed back from the table, turned toward me laughing and said he wanted an answer to the same question.on tuesday, aikman and the fox sports talent preparing for super bowl li had a free-forum media availability. when i asked the hall of fame quarterback about the bears’ current qb predi ent, he chuckled again — although it’s hardly a laughing matter for fans.“what do the bears need to do? man, i don’t know,” aikman sai






49ers qb options: shanahan likes garoppolo, cousins


if the 49ers next quarterback can’t be bay area neighbor derek carr, then maybe it will be fellow 2014 draft product jimmy garoppolo, the two who rated highest coming out of college in kyle shanahan’s mind.garoppolo will be the new england patriots backup quarterback for at least one more game — sunday’s super bowl — before possibly hitting the trade market. meanwhile, shanahan will be the atlanta falcons offensive coordinator for one more game — sunday’s super bowl — before taking the 49ers coaching job, by all expectations.did shanahan really like garoppolo while scouting him as the cleveland browns offensive coordinator in 2014?“yes, i did,” shanahan told reporters thursday at the falcons media session in houston, according to the cleveland plain-dealer.“he was a very good thrower,” sha






a super bowl curse for nfl's high-scoring mvps?


if matt ryan is named league mvp next urday as expected, he would become the 14th mvp quarterback to play on a super bowl team that led the league in scoring. the previous signal-callers in that category have gone 6-7. here’s a look at the seven who fell short:y.a. tittledec. 29, 1963completed 11 of 29 attempts and was picked off five times against chicago.johnny unitas, dec. 27, 1964managed just 125 total yards (95 p ing) in a shutout loss to cleveland. washington redskins quarterback joe theismann (7) wears a grim look as he walks of the field during first quarter super bowl xviii action against the los angeles raiders, sunday, jan. 22, 1984 at tampa stadium. (ap p o) org xmit: aphs179175 joe theismannjan. 22, 1984no p ing tds, two ints and six sacks made for a long day against the l.a.






judge who ruled for brady in "deflategate" weighs in on super bowl


new york -- the federal judge in new york who ruled against the national football league in “deflategate” says the new england patriots showed with their super bowl victory “never to quit.”judge richard berman in manhattan made the comment monday in an email to the ociated press.berman nullified tom brady’s four-game suspension in 2015, finding that the nfl had overstepped in its investigation of new england’s quarterback. the suspension resulted from claims the patriots deflated footballs to gain a competitive a ntage.a federal appeals panel reversed berman’s decision. brady served the suspension at the start of the season capped by sunday’s 34-28 overtime victory against the atlanta falcons.berman offered his congratulations to the patriots, saying they showed “us all never to quit, ever






josh mcdaniels on head coaching in nfl


houston — what if josh mcdaniels had a checklist, a scroll of the mistakes made and lessons learned from his nearly two seasons in denver as a young head coach?what if the longtime offensive coordinator, who’s on the cusp of earning his fifth super bowl title with new england quarterback tom brady and coach bill belichick, had a ready reminder of the 23 months that are revisited almost every january, when new nfl coaches are interviewed and some are plucked away for a fresh start?what if mcdaniels, who was 32 when he took over in denver and now is 40, was ready for a second chance at being an nfl head coach? would he even know it?“well, the first time you’re not,” he said with a smile. “i think there’s always a part of it that you’re going to be learning on the job. and you’re going to fai






michael vick pens heartfelt letter to the city of atlanta


when the atlanta falcons take on the new england patriots in super bowl li sunday (feb. 5), a familiar face will be in the building. michael vick may not be playing quarterback, but will be cheering on the team who once upon a time drafted him first pick overall, back in 2001. the 36-year-old did not play in the nfl this season, and knows it could be time to turn the page onto the next chapter of his life. today (feb. 1), vick had the opportunity to do something that was long overdue: pen a heartfelt letter to the citizens of a city he once carried, the good people of atlanta, georgia.read: throw no stones: the nyt should get off michael vick’s d***the all-time rushing yards leader as a quarterback played a crucial role in the culture that has been developed for the current super bowl-boun






paxton lynch gives broncos best s at super bowl run


around here, there’s nothing super about the super bowl unless the broncos are in it. if denver wants back in the big game, the team must find out if paxton lynch is a big-time quarterback asap.here in broncos country, conventional wisdom declares trevor siemian is far more a nced as a quarterback than lynch. it’s a nice theory. but it’s total bunk on the football field.take a glimpse at the two young denver quarterbacks through the lens of performances against new england and atlanta, which both beat the broncos on their way to the super bowl. what do you see?siemian was inept against the patriots, unable to get the offense into the end zone during a 16-3 home loss so foul it left rancid air of inevitability to denver’s late season-collapse.  against atlanta earlier in the season, lynch w






paxton lynch gives broncos best s at super bowl run


around here, there’s nothing super about the super bowl unless the broncos are in it. if denver wants back in the big game, the team must find out if paxton lynch is a big-time quarterback asap.here in broncos country, conventional wisdom declares trevor siemian is far more a nced as a quarterback than lynch. it’s a nice theory. but it’s total bunk on the football field.take a glimpse at the two young denver quarterbacks through the lens of performances against new england and atlanta, which both beat the broncos on their way to the super bowl. what do you see?siemian was inept against the patriots, unable to get the offense into the end zone during a 16-3 home loss so foul it left rancid air of inevitability to denver’ late season-collapse.  against atlanta earlier in the season, lynch wa






donald trump banning muslims is ‘just like tom brady’ winning the super bowl


nfl analyst and former quarterback joe theismann on sunday said that americans need to come together and “respect” president donald trump because he has a job to do “just like tom brady.”after the news broke on sunday that a federal appeals court rejected the trump administration’s attempt to restore a ban on travel from seven mostly muslim countries, fox & friends asked theismann for his analysis of the controversy. “you’re a guy that watches the news a lot,” fox news host steve doocy noted. “what do you make over the brouhaha — the liberal left is aflame over this travel restriction, which the court of appeals now out in california now says, forget about it, those people can come into the country.”according to theismann, the country has become “polarized” because of social media.“you






how the pac-12 football recruiting battle stacked up – the denver post


a closer look at the recruiting battle in the pac-12, with rankings and signing numbers from scout.com:1. uscno. 5 nationally, 25 signees, four five-star, 13 four-star recruitsthe trojans signed five-star players at wide receiver, running back, offensive tackle and defensive tackle, giving ver ility to a top-five cl for the defending rose bowl champions.2. oregonno. 16, 24 signees, nine four-star recruitswillie taggart used a strong late push to put together an impressive cl that should help the ducks bounce back from a puzzling losing season in 2016. cornerback deommodore lenoir should boost a p defense that was among the worst in the pac-12 last season.3. uclano. 21, 18 signees, two five-star, seven four-star recruitsjaelan phillips, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end from redlands, cal






from boring to best in two quarters?


feb. 5, 2017, 8:32 p.m. the new england patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28, at nrg stadium in houston on sunday, making tom brady the first quarterback to win five super bowl games.






from boring to best in two quarters?


feb. 5, 2017, 8:03 p.m. the new england patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28, at nrg stadium in houston on sunday, making tom brady the first quarterback to win five super bowl games.






meanwhile, in florida . . .


president trump cited his friendships with patriots owner bob kraft and quarterback tom brady when making his super bowl prediction: new england to win by eight over the atlanta falcons. he made the prediction during an interview shown by fox before the game. the president later took to twitter, hoping all enjoyed the game.






this about sums it up for falcons fans right now


feb. 5, 2017, 8:32 p.m. the new england patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28, at nrg stadium in houston on sunday, making tom brady the first quarterback to win five super bowl games.






this about sums it up for falcons fans right now


feb. 5, 2017, 8:03 p.m. the new england patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28, at nrg stadium in houston on sunday, making tom brady the first quarterback to win five super bowl games.






president trump congratulates patriots on win


feb. 5, 2017, 8:03 p.m. the new england patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28, at nrg stadium in houston on sunday, making tom brady the first quarterback to win five super bowl games.






president trump congratulates patriots on win


feb. 5, 2017, 8:32 p.m. the new england patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28, at nrg stadium in houston on sunday, making tom brady the first quarterback to win five super bowl games.






ryan, falcons, cowboys big winners on nfl awards night


houston — matt ryan and the dallas cowboys were big winners urday night.the atlanta falcons quarterback was voted the ociated press 2016 nfl's most valuable player and top offensive player. cowboys quarterback dak prescott took offensive rookie of the year and jason garrett was selected coach of the year by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.on the eve of the super bowl in which he will face off with two-time league mvp tom brady, who finished second in this year's balloting, ryan easily outdistanced brady 25-10 for mvp. he beat green bay quarterback aaron rodgers 15½ to 11 for offensive player of the year.ryan, of course, was not on hand at the "nfl honors" tv show.garrett drew 25 votes for best coach, beating out new england's bill belichick (14)."this






falcons quarterback matt ryan has shown toughness and grit since his boston coll


the atlanta falcons have themes for several days of the week. there’s competition wednesday, turnover thursday, finish friday…and now sleepless sunday.the falcons are still trying to w their heads around their first trip to the super bowl since the 1998 season, the result of their 44-21 thrashing... (sam farmer)






patriots pull off stunner to win super bowl li


james white plunged in from two yards and the new england patriots completed an amazing comeback to defeat the atlanta falcons, 34-28, in overtime of super bowl li. the patriots were down 28-3 in the third quarter and scored 31 unanswered points to make tom brady the first quarterback to win five super bowls.






tom brady on verge of adding to his 'greatest quarterback' résumé


“he acts like a rookie coming in, like a guy who has to re-prove himself. it’s amazing. i don’t know how at 39 he’s able to do that. … i think that fear of failure is a driving force. at his stature, how much success he’s had over the years, he doesn’t want to trip. he wants to stay on top, and i think when everyone’s shooting for you, it drives him to even higher heights.”[email protected] sam farmer on twitter @latimesfarmer






not strange to find brady, edelman back in super bowl


in the halls of his alma mater, new england patriots quarterback tom brady is much less likely to be viewed as a conspirator in deflategate, the scandal that brought a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season but didn’t keep the 39-year-old out of serra high in san mateo from this year’s super bowl.“the only miserable thing about it is he’s not playing for the niners,” said serra football coach patrick walsh, who no doubt wishes he could go back in time to change the events of the 2000 nfl draft, when brady slipped to the sixth round and the san francisco 49ers selected quarterback giovanni carmazzi out of hofstra in the third round with the 65th overall pick. “other than that, everybody at serra roots for tom brady. we just have to overcome our local allegiances, and then once






will it be a patriots crowd? early signs say yes


the early-arriving crowd appears to be heavy on new england patriots faithful. atlanta specialists were roundly booed when they e onto the field at nrg stadium for pregame warm-ups. the crowd roared when the patriots e out, especially when quarterback tom brady and back-ups jimmy garoppolo and jacoby brissett followed a few minutes later.






the latest: patriots' super bowl parade underway in boston


boston — the latest on the boston parade celebrating the new england patriots' fifth super bowl win (all times local):11:35 a.m.the super bowl-winning new england patriots are getting their moment in the snow.world war ii-era amphibious vehicles known as duck boats are carrying mvp quarterback tom brady, head coach bill belichick and the rest of the team through downtown boston.tens of thousands of jubilant fans have braved snow squalls and chilly winds to celebrate the patriots' fifth super bowl title. many are shouting: "brady! brady!" and "tb12!"some are holding "roger that" signs. that's a reference to nfl commissioner roger goodell, who handed brady a four-game suspension at the start of the 2016 season for his role in the "deflategate" scandal.security is tight for tuesday's parade.






qb michael vick tells espn he is retiring


michael vick, who rose to stardom with the atlanta falcons before he was sent to prison for running a dogfighting operation, tells espn he is retiring from playing in the nfl.the 36-year-old vick, a dynamic dual threat with his speedy legs and powerful left arm, p ed for 22,464 yards and 133 touchdowns during his 13 seasons with the falcons, eagles, jets and steelers. his 6,109 career yards rushing are an nfl record by a quarterback.he did not play this season.vick says he is “ready to move on to different things in my life and different facets of my life.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.vick was selected by atlanta with the no. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft. he made three pro bowl appearances with the falcons and be e the first quarterback in league history to






will the falcons upset the patriots in super bowl li? – the denver post


will atlanta pull the upset and beat new england in the super bowl?kiz: while it might be must-see tv to watch nfl commissioner roger goodell award the vince lombardi trophy to bill belichick and tom brady, is there a single person in colorado that actually wants to see the patriots win? it’s the top-ranked defense of crusty belichick against the offensive fireworks of kyle shanahan and the falcons. it’s a meeting of the football masterminds, old and young. who wins?jhabvala: i’m going with the patriots. kyle shanahan has turned the falcons into one of the most explosive and exciting offenses in the league, running roughshod over even the best defenses (hi, denver) and exploiting the talents of their two running backs devonta freeman and tevin coleman. he’s helped matt ryan become an mvp-c






president trump leaves his super bowl party early


feb. 5, 2017, 8:32 p.m. the new england patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28, at nrg stadium in houston on sunday, making tom brady the first quarterback to win five super bowl games.






president trump leaves his super bowl party early


feb. 5, 2017, 8:03 p.m. the new england patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the atlanta falcons in overtime, 34-28, at nrg stadium in houston on sunday, making tom brady the first quarterback to win five super bowl games.






not strange to find brady, edelman back in super bowl


in the halls of his alma mater, new england patriots quarterback tom brady is much less likely to be viewed as a conspirator in deflategate, the scandal that brought a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season but didn’t keep the 39-year-old out of serra high in san mateo out of this year’s super bowl.but if serra football coach patrick walsh had one wish, it would be to invent a time machine to change the events of the 2000 nfl draft.“the only miserable thing about it is he’s not playing for the niners,” said serra football coach patrick walsh, who no doubt wishes he could go back in time to change the events of the 2000 nfl draft, when brady slipped to the sixth round and the san francisco 49ers selected quarterback giovanni carmazzi out of hofstra in the third round with the 6






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patriots rally to stun falcons in super bowl thriller


the new england patriots stormed back from a 25-point deficit to win their fifth super bowl with a stunning 34-28 overtime win over the atlanta falcons on sunday in the national football league’s championship game.the patriots, who seemed to have nothing go their way all night, e alive with a 19-point fourth quarter to force overtime where they put the finishing touches on their record comeback when james white scored on a two-yard run.with the win, tom brady becomes the first quarterback to win five super bowl championships and, at 39, the second oldest at his position to win the nfl’s biggest prize.brady was also named the super bowl’s most valuable player for the fourth time in his illustrious career while the atlanta falcons were denied a maiden nfl title.“we all brought each other bac






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n