NEW ORLEANS (AP) The cause of a 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl remained under investigation, but public records showed that Superdome officials were worried about a power outage several months before the big game Sunday night.
An Oct. 15 memo released Monday by the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, which oversees the Superdome, said tests on the dome's electrical feeders showed they had ``some decay and a chance of failure.''
The memo also said 2011 blackouts that struck Candlestick Park, where the San Francisco 49ers were playing a nationally televised Monday night football game, was one reason for ordering the tests. The state board later authorized spending nearly $1 million on Superdome improvements, including more than $600,000 for upgrading the dome's electrical feeder cable system.
The cause wasn't Beyonce's electrifying halftime performance, according to Doug Thornton, manager of the state-owned Superdome, since the singer had her own generator. And it apparently wasn't a case of too much demand for power.
While declining to be specific, NFL vice president of business operations Eric Grubman said the league has ``backup plans'' for continuing the game. Those plans all focus on playing the full 60 minutes, regardless of whether it is the same day or on another day. So the Ravens, ahead 28-6 at the time of the partial blackout, wouldn't have simply been declared the winners.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Super Bowl fell short of setting a viewership record, but it stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history.
The Nielsen Co. said an estimated 108.4 million people watched the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The most-watched events in U.S. TV history were last year's game, seen by 111.3 million, and the 2010 game, with 111 million viewers.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said.
Unaudited tallies show 183 sports books made $7.2 million on the football action. The San Francisco 49ers started out as a 5-point favorite but the Baltimore Ravens won 34-31. Odds makers say California fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and the Lake Tahoe area with wagers on the hometown team, which hadn't been in the Super Bowl since 1995.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
For the fifth straight week there is a new No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll. This time it's Indiana.
The Hoosiers, the preseason No. 1 who held the top spot for the first five weeks of the regular season, moved up two spots, following their weekend win over No. 1 Michigan and No. 2 Kansas' loss to Oklahoma State.
Duke started the current streak of new No. 1s and was followed by Louisville, Duke again, Michigan and Indiana. The last time there were five straight new No. 1s was the last five polls of 2008-09 when it was Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Connecticut again, North Carolina and Louisville.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Baylor remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for a fifth straight week after cruising to two more Big 12 wins.
The Lady Bears had easy victories over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State and have 32 straight Big 12 regular-season wins. Baylor had 37 first-place votes Monday and will host Kansas before visiting Texas this week.
Brandon Webb, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006 and was one of the top pitchers in baseball before being beset by arm injuries, is retiring.
The right-hander's agents, Mike Montana and Jonathan Maurer of Millennium Sports Management, confirmed Monday night that Webb was calling it a career. The 33-year-old Webb hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder problems.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction will be heard by three federal judges who were each appointed by a different Democratic president.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unveiled its February schedule, which showed publicly for the first time the three judges assigned to Bonds' case.
Senior Circuit Judges Mary M. Schroeder and Michael Daly Hawkins along with Judge Mary H. Murguia will hear oral arguments Feb. 13.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sitting on a stage with their manager and GM during a fundraiser, Mariano Rivera and Mark Teixeira vowed to welcome Alex Rodriguez back to the New York Yankees following the latest drug allegations against the New York Yankees star.
Rodriguez is recovering from hip surgery expected to sideline him until at least the All-Star break. The Miami New Times reported last week that Rodriguez is included in records the paper claims show he bought performance-enhancing drugs from a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez denied the charges.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers.
Right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi also went to Houston in the deal between franchises that will be playing in the same division for the first time following the Astros' move from the NL Central to the AL West in 2013.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Keeping a campaign promise, Pennsylvania's new attorney general appointed a special deputy Monday to investigate Gov. Tom Corbett's handling of the Penn State child sexual abuse case and why it took so long to bring charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The appointee, H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., is ``a highly respected former federal prosecutor who will assist us in providing a comprehensive and independent examination of the facts,'' Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in a news release announcing the move.
Kane, who was sworn in last month as the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general, said she would make the findings public ``once the facts have been uncovered,'' but she did not set a timeline for completing the probe nor comment further. She had pledged during her campaign last year to investigate why it took the attorney general's office nearly three years to charge Sandusky.
Sandusky was arrested in November 2011, nearly a year after Corbett was sworn in as governor. Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 child sexual abuse counts and is serving a prison term of 30 to 60 years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Blake Griffin's streak of 197 consecutive games came to an end when the Los Angeles Clippers forward was a late scratch against the Washington Wizards because of a strained left hamstring.
Griffin's name was originally listed among the starters, but he sat out the Clippers' 98-90 loss.
ATLANTA (AP) - Five-star linebacker prospect Reuben Foster will play for Alabama after a recruiting process that left him torn between the state's two rivals - and sporting an Auburn tattoo.
The Auburn (Ala.) High School star said Monday night on Fox SportsSouth that he plans to sign with the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide over the Tigers - where he had committed at one point - and Georgia. He had switched his initial commitment from Alabama to rival Auburn, and then withdrew his pledge to the Tigers after the firing of coach Gene Chizik. Before flipping, though, he got an Auburn tattoo etched onto his right forearm.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Organized crime gangs have fixed or tried to fix hundreds of soccer matches around the world in recent years, including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games, Europol announced.
The European Union's police agency said an 18-month review found 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America. It also found evidence that a Singapore-based crime syndicate was involved in some of the match-fixing.
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Rangers traded rugged forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.
The deal was announced hours before the Wild faced the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona.
The Rangers have been looking for depth at forward to complement their top line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and former Wild star Marian Gaborik. New York is also dealing with the loss of captain Ryan Callahan, who is currently sidelined by a dislocated shoulder.
VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) - Rafael Nadal's ailing left knee may still bother him for a few more weeks, his coach said.
Nadal practiced for 90 minutes with Nicolas Massu of Chile, his fourth straight day of training since arriving in the country for his first match in more than seven months. Nadal opens up Tuesday in the VTR Open, playing doubles with Argentina's Juan Monaco.