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Super Bowl XLVIII: Kicker Prater having history season

Matt Prater

(Credit: Matt Prater hit a 64-yard field goal earlier this season to set an NFL record. (Getty))

Counting field goal, extra-point and kickoff attempts, the average NFL team in 2013 trotted out a kicker about 155 times.

Broncos kicker Matt Prater, who handles all three duties, was involved in 215 such plays -- by far the most in the league.

The fact that Prater, who has battled illness during the past week, led the NFL in field goal percentage (96.2%) and touchbacks (81) and was...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Running game key for Seattle

marshawn lynch

(Credit: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (MCT))

In an era of gaudy passing numbers, the Seahawks are a throwback to what NFL offenses resembled for much of the league's history.

They run, and run, and run some more -- and then throw deep. In fact, Seattle is the first team to run more than 500 times in a season and make the Super Bowl since the 2006 Bears -- a team that lost to Peyton Manning's Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Almost surely,...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks coach could join rare company

seahawks coach

(Credit: Head coach Pete Carroll and defensive end Cliff Avril #56 of the Seattle Seahawks (Getty))

Just two men have coached champions in the NCAA and the NFL. Pete Carroll can become the third if his Seahawks are victorious Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Carroll, in his fourth season guiding Seattle after nine years with USC, won two AP National Championships with the Trojans.

He would follow in the footsteps of Jimmie Johnson, who won at the college level with the Miami Hurricanes,...

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Rangers coach 'surprised' by outdoor ice conditions

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The condition of the ice at Yankee Stadium will be under intense scrutiny tomorrow night when the Rangers take on the Islanders.

The Blueshirts pounded the Devils, 7-3, on Sunday, but the main story after the game was the poor ice, which Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said was "the worst ice I ever played hockey on."

The complaints weren't unanimously coming from the Devils' side,...

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Peyton is superior QB; weather a wild card

Peyton Manning

(Credit: Peyton Manning's numbers aren't as impressive in cold weather this season. (Getty))

Even the least-informed fan tuning in to Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII knows this much: Peyton Manning is awesome.

Indeed, that guy from the Papa John's and Buick commercials is more than just a likable pitchman. Manning was unquestionably the world's best quarterback in 2013.

And one look at his numbers next to those of Seahawks passer Russell Wilson is all that's needed in order to know...

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Melo named All-Star for 7th time

Carmelo Anthony

(Credit: Carmelo Anthony will start his sixth All-Star Game. (Jim McIsaac))

Another year, another All-Star nod for Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks forward was one of five named to the Eastern Conference starting lineup yesterday after placing third in the fan vote for frontcourt players with 935,702 votes, 410,893 ahead of Roy Hibbert.

The Knicks forward is an All-Star for the seventh time in his 11th season.

Anthony, an All-Star starter for the sixth time,...

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Yankees no strangers to Japanese pitchers

Masahiro Tanaka

(Credit: Masahiro will become the fifth Japanese pitcher to play for the Yankees. (Getty))

Masahiro Tanaka will get the chance to write his own Yankee legacy beginning this spring. But deserved or not, he'll be compared with his fellow countrymen who have pitched in pinstripes. Here's a look back at the four other Japanese pitchers the Yankees have sent to the mound.

HIDEKI IRABU (1997-99)

Two years after Hideo Nomo started turning heads with the Dodgers, the Yankees took...

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Giants hire veteran Craig Johnson as RB coach

Craig Johnson

(Credit: Craig Johnson served as the Vikings' quarterbacks coach last season. (Getty))

The Giants officially named Craig Johnson as their running backs coach yesterday.

Johnson, who spent the last three seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the Minnesota Vikings, will enter his 15th season coaching in the NFL and 32nd season overall.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to join such a great franchise. I'll come here to do my part to help the Giants get to and...

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Yankees sign pitcher Masahiro Tanaka for $155M

Masahiro Tanaka

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UPDATED 1/22, 7 PM: Going into Wednesday, the Yankees had spent nearly $300 million on free agents this offseason. But they felt they were not yet good enough to compete for a World Series title.

So they waited very anxiously for Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka, the top pitcher on the market, to decide if he wanted to bring his prized right arm to Yankee Stadium. So did baseball fans in...

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Nash's hot streak has Rangers surging

Rick Nash

(Credit: Rick Nash has notched three goals in his past two games. (Jim McIsaac))

Rick Nash will look to continue his big January tonight when the Rangers take on the Islanders at the Garden.

Nash scored two goals in Sunday night's 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals and enters tonight with three goals in his last two games. Nash, who has been selected to represent Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics, has seven goals this month, his highest one-month total since...

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