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Cam Newton wins NFL Most Valuable Player award

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cam Newton has won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide. The Carolina Panthers’ All-Pro quarterback, who will lead his team in Sunday’s Super Bowl against Denver, received 48 votes from a nationwide panel of 50...

MVP Newton, Watt, Rivera, Berry big winners of NFL awards

AP Photo/David Goldman SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cam Newton is now a Super Bowl quarterback with an MVP award. Offensive Player of the Year, too. And his coach, Ron Rivera, owns a second NFL honor as well. Newton, the Carolina Panthers star, won The Associated Press NFL Most...

Favre, Stabler, Harrison, Greene, Pace, Dungy voted to Hall

AP Photo/Morry Gash SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brett Favre and the late Ken Stabler, a pair of kindred-spirit QBs who each won a Super Bowl, were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Also voted in for the class of 2016 a day before the Super Bowl were modern-day...

Denver’s Wade Phillips wins assistant coach award

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has won The Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award. Phillips built a defense that ranked first in the league and which is greatly responsible for the Broncos making the Super Bowl. He...

Rams RB Gurley wins top offensive rookie award

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley, who came off knee surgery in college to rush for 1,106 yards, has won The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Gurley missed the first two games of 2015, then went on a tear that included four...

Danny Lee takes Phoenix Open lead in front of record crowd

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Danny Lee took the lead Saturday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in front of the largest crowd in golf history. With an estimated 201,003 fans packing TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, Lee shot a 4-under 67 to move three strokes ahead of...

Panthers too good, versatile for Broncos No. 1 defense

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Denver Broncos and their top defense haven’t seen anything quite like Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, the No. 1 scoring offense in the league. The Panthers (17-1) are on a roll, jumping on playoff...

Little-known receivers help Panthers get to Super Bowl

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Cam Newton throws passes to a bunch of no-name receivers. The Carolina Panthers have a group of wideouts who’ve embraced their roles, checked their egos and do whatever it takes to win. “We know we...

Denver brings dominant defense into Super Bowl 50

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Peyton Manning wanted to make one thing perfectly clear when he arrived in the Golden Gate City for the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl: “Our defense is what got us here.” Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr., Derek Wolfe,...

Teammates, coaches say Cam Newton’s success not by accident

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Cam Newton didn’t just stumble into becoming the NFL’s best player. Sure, he has all the physical attributes any quarterback could ask for – he’s 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds of muscle with a strong arm...