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Broncos defeat Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are Super Bowl champions.

Von Miller forced two fumbles to set up Denver's two touchdowns and the Broncos defense frustrated Cam Newton all game to carry Peyton Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Manning threw for just 141 yards and committed two turnovers in one of the least productive games of his brilliant career that could be coming to an end.

But with Miller leading a defense that recorded seven sacks and forced four turnovers for the Broncos (15-4), Manning ended with another title to go with the one he won with Indianapolis nine years ago.

Newton's MVP season ended in disappointment for the Panthers (17-2). He lost two fumbles, threw an interception and failed to produce a touchdown for the only time this season.


Bronco fans celebrate Super Bowl win in Denver streets

DENVER (AP) — Some Broncos fans celebrated Denver's Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers in downtown streets, and police reported some arrests.

Scores of fans gathered after the game Sunday night in central Denver for impromptu partying.

The crowd became unruly at times, but police for the most part watched the celebration from the sidewalk.

The Denver Post says police reported 12 arrests, mainly for criminal mischief.

The paper says police did use pepper spray on some people, and a window on a police cruiser was shattered in an area where people tossed trash cans in the street.


Broncos linebacker Von Miller earns Super Bowl MVP honors

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Linebacker Von Miller earned Super Bowl MVP honors Sunday night, forcing two fumbles and getting 2 1/2 sacks to help the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 for the championship.

Five years after being drafted No. 2 behind Cam Newton, Miller harassed Carolina's quarterback from start to finish.

Denver's first touchdown came when Miller ripped the football away from Newton, and the fumble was recovered in the end zone by defensive end Malik Jackson to put the Broncos ahead 10-0 about 8 1/2 minutes into the game.

And Denver's other TD came on a 4-yard drive after Miller knocked the ball out of Newton's hand again, this time with 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter.


Mudiay, Nuggets hand Knicks fifth straight loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay scored nine of his 15 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run, and the Denver Nuggets beat the fading New York Knicks 101-96 on Sunday.

Former Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton each had 19 points to lead the Nuggets, who won for the third time in four games. But it was Mudiay, who was just 2 for 12 through three quarters, who delivered nearly all the points during an 11-2 spurt that put the Nuggets in control after the game was tied at 86-all.

Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost five in a row and nine of 10 since they were 22-22 and looking like a realistic playoff team.

Carmelo Anthony returned to face his former team after missing a game to rest his sore left knee, finishing with 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds.


Balance leads Utah women past Colorado 76-68

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Emily Potter led a balanced attack with 13 points and six blocks and Utah closed the game on a 12-5 run to defeat Colorado for the second time in four days, 76-68 on Sunday.

Danielle Rodriguez and Joeseta Fatuesi had 12 each and Malia Nawahine and Katie Kuklok 10 apiece for the Utes (14-9, 6-6 Pac-12). The Utes also had five in double figures Thursday when they won 71-55 at home.

Jamee Swan had 24 points for the Buffaloes (6-17, 1-11) and Alexis Robinson 13.

Colorado led most of the way until Potter had back-to-back baskets to put Utah up 64-61. Kennedy Leonard made it a one-point game with 6:21 to play but Kuklok hit a 3, Rodriguez a layup and Paige Crozon had a 3 to make it 72-63 with 2:54 to play.

The Buffaloes made just two of their last 12 shots after Leonard's basket.


Uphill skiing grabs hold in Colorado mountains

(Information in the following story is from: Post Independent,

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Skiers looking for new thrills are heading to ski resorts after dark, filling parking lots and climbing ski runs after the sun goes down.

It's all part of a sport called "uphilling," and it's seeing a big surge in popularity.

In addition to Aspen Skiing Co.'s four mountain ski areas, Sunlight has helped make the valley a destination, with the support of ski areas, compared with other areas of the country that have limited or even prohibited uphill skiing.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports resorts are setting rules to make safety a priority, including requirements to avoid ski grooming and other equipment that are used on ski routes after the day skiers go home.