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An update of the AP's all-format plans for Super Bowl coverage today. All times EST.



NEW ORLEANS - A power outage at the Super Bowl put the nation's biggest sporting event on hold for more than a half-hour, interrupting an otherwise electric, back-and-forth game that ended with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens as NFL champions thanks to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. By AP Football Writer Barry Wilner.

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NEW ORLEANS -The Super Bowl was halted because of a power outage, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness and leading to a 34-minute delay in the biggest game of the year. The Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 when most of the lights in the 73,000-seat building went out with 13:22 left in the third quarter. By National Writer Paul Newberry.

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NEW ORLEANS - Around Super Bowl XLVII and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of everything surrounding the game. A running feed of items from New Orleans and around the world.

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NEW ORLEANS - Suicides by former NFL players. Thousands of others suing the league over concussions. New studies linking football to brain disease. Still no testing for human growth hormone. A pay-for-pain bounty scandal. And more. What does the future hold for a sport truly coming to grips with its dangers only in the past few years? By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich.

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NEW ORLEANS - Win or lose, the Super Bowl will be the last game of a sensational career for Ravens' star linebacker Ray Lewis, who retired after 17 years. By National Writer Paul Newberry.

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NEW ORLEANS - Tim Dahlberg's column from the Super Bowl matching the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens. By AP Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg.

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- SUPER BOWL-MVP- A look at the Super Bowl MVP. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. AP photos.

- SUPER BOWL-KEY - The key play or development of the game.

- SUPER BOWL-RAVENS - A look at the performance of the Baltimore team. By David Ginsburg. AP photos.

- SUPER BOWL-49ERS - A look at the performance of the San Francisco team. By Janie McCauley. AP photos.

- SUPER BOWL-NOTEBOOK -By Brett Martel. To be sent before game, updated after the game.

- SUPER BOWL-GOODELL - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would ``absolutely'' want his own child to play football. AP photo.

- OBAMA-FOOTBALL - Obama: Safety a concern for young football players, says he's less worried about pro football.

- SUPER BOWL-ALI - Ali's daughter: Spoke to dad, he's fine and watching the Super Bowl.

- SUPER BOWL-NEW JERSEY - With a year to go, freezing temperatures in New Jersey doesn't mean cold-weather Super Bowl. AP photos.



Lights out? Blame Beyonce's electrifying performance. If naysayers still doubted Beyonce's singing's talents - even after her national anthem performance this week at a press conference - the singer proved she is an exceptional performer at the Super Bowl halftime show. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu.

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NEW ORLEANS -A power outage during the Super Bowl sent CBS scrambling and knocked its announcers off the air. The biggest broadcast event of the year was suddenly jolted by silence and darkness when a portion of the Super Dome in New Orleans lost power early in the game's second half. CBS' announcers, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, were part of the outage and unable to explain the situation to viewers. By Jake Coyle. To be updated throughout game.

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- SUPER BOWL-NEWTOWN CHOIR -Sandy Hook choir, Jennifer Hudson stir Super Bowl crowd with ``America the Beautiful.' By Brett Martel. AP photos.

- SUPER BOWL-MOVIE ADS -The Super Bowl resembled a trip to the movie theater with several potential summer blockbusters airing new ads. By Anthony McCartney. AP photos.



NEW YORK -Sex sells. Babies sell even more. And advertisers are hoping animals will make you laugh all the way to their stores. While the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens battle on the field during Super Bowl XLVII, marketers from Best Buy to M&M to Toyota are competing against each other on advertising's biggest stage. And they're doing so by pulling out the most persuasive tools of their trade. By Mae Anderson. Will be updated after each quarter and at the end of the game.

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super-bowl-power-outage: The Super Bowl was delayed because of a power outage.

AP video will file postgame packages with reaction from both teams in New Orleans and packages with fan reaction in San Francisco and Baltimore.


SUPER BOWL: Interactive includes a visual history of Super Bowl tickets; historical information on each game; a Football 101 video explainer; and a quiz on Super Bowl trivia.

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?