Allen, Carter, Ogden, Parcells and Sapp elected to the Hall
NEW ORLEANS – Coach Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The class of 2013 also includes a pair of senior selections, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson. The announcement was made Saturday in New Orleans, a day before the Super Bowl.
Five players were eliminated in the Hall’s final vote: Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams.
Earlier Saturday, the selection committee eliminated Tim Brown, Kevin Greene, Will Shields and former owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Art Modell.
Peterson is the AP NFL MVP; Manning is the Comeback
NEW ORLEANS – Adrian Peterson’s sensational season after major knee surgery earned him The Associated Press 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
Earlier Saturday, Peterson won Offensive Player of the Year.
The Minnesota Vikings running back finished with 2,019 yards, a mere nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s rushing record. Peterson beat out Peyton Manning, who in his first season as Denver’s quarterback contended for a fifth MVP trophy. Manning’s four are a record.
Peterson received 30½ votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Manning got the other 19½ votes.
Peterson led the Vikings from a 3-13 mark to 10-6 and a wild-card playoff berth. He is the first running back to win MVP since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.
The other award winners:
Robert Griffin III beat out fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson to win The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Bruce Arians became the first interim coach to win NFL Coach of the Year honors. Now the head coach in Arizona, he replaced Chuck Pagano in September when the Colts’ coach was diagnosed with leukemia. Arians went 9-3 before Pagano returned, and Indianapolis made the playoffs at 10-6, making Arians an easy winner.
Manning, after a series of offseason neck surgeries, won the Comeback Player of the Year award, earning 31 votes to Peterson’s 17.
Houston end J.J. Watt swatted the competition for Defensive Player of the Year, getting 49 votes; Denver’s Von Miller got the other in the most lopsided balloting of all the awards.
Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, the league’s leader in tackles with 164, won the top defensive rookie award.
Brazil upsets Bryan brothers to force reverse singles
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Brazil’s doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and kept the United States from clinching the first-round Davis Cup match.
It was only the third time the Bryan brothers dropped a Davis Cup match. It was just the second time they dropped a five-set match in ATP competition.
USA has a 2-1 advantage heading into today’s reverse singles.
The United States’ John Isner will face Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in the opening match. If Bellucci wins to even the score at 2-2, Sam Querrey of the United States and Brazil’s Thiago Alves will meet in the deciding match.
Cycling seeks 6 new events for Rio’s 2016 Olympics
AIGLE, Switzerland – The International Cycling Union wants the International Olympic Committee to add six medal events to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic program, including the restoration of track points races.
The UCI’s proposal comes amid calls to scrap cycling’s Olympics status after the Lance Armstrong case and criticism of the governing body’s management of anti-doping measures.
The UCI said its management board supports restoring the individual points event, plus introducing BMX freestyle and mountain bike eliminator events.