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|Rodgers wins MVP, Watt unanimous top AP defensive player
PHOENIX (AP) Just living the dream. And looking for more.
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive honors.
Rodgers, also the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award winner, took this one in somewhat surprisingly easy fashion over Watt. The Packers quarterback received 31 votes for the 2014 award from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Houston's Watt, seeking to become the first defensive player to win MVP since 1986, got 13 votes.
Rodgers threw for 38 touchdowns and a league-low five interceptions; he has thrown 512 passes at home without a pick. He led the Packers to two victories at season's end despite playing with a severe calf injury.
"I feel so fortunate to live out my dreams, year after year," Rodgers said Saturday night. "
"It can't help but sink in when you play for the Packers. When you live in Green Bay you know about the Lombardi years, Bart Starr and all the guys who made those teams special. You like to be part of something special yourself."
Watt, the ultra-energetic and versatile Texans end, is the first unanimous choice for an AP award since Tom Brady won Most Valuable Player in 2007, and the first for top defensive player under the current voting setup.
"I'm always trying to raise the bar," he said. "The moment you get complacent is the moment you begin your decline. When you start to feel like you've made it, when you feel like you're doing pretty good, that's when you start to fall back."
NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray of Dallas won Offensive Player, while the Arizona Cardinals swept coaching honors. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took the Comeback Player award, but was not on hand because, well, New England has a rather important date with Seattle on Sunday in the Super Bowl.
Murray, who ran away with the rushing title with 1,845 yards - nearly 500 more than any other player - also topped the NFL with 2,261 yards from scrimmage. He scored 13 touchdowns in helping the Cowboys win the NFC East.
That overwhelming performance earned him 26 votes as Murray easily outdistanced Rodgers (15 votes).
"I want to say thank you to the Jones family for taking a chance on me four years ago out of Oklahoma," Murray said. "It's been a privilege to play there. Hopefully we can continue that."
Murray's contract is up.
"I don't think it's any surprise or any secret where I want to play next year," he said.
Arians took his second Coach of the Year award in three seasons after leading his injury-ravaged Cardinals to an 11-5 record and a wild-card playoff berth. He was the top coach in 2012 as an interim, stepping in for the ill Chuck Pagano and leading the Colts to the postseason.
His defensive coordinator in Arizona, Todd Bowles, won the first Assistant Coach of the Year award. Bowles has parlayed his work with the Cardinals into a head coaching job with the Jets.
"I wouldn't be head coach of the year if it wasn't for him and the job he did," Arians said. "I'm so happy that we started that award and he got it for the first time. Now he's going to do a great job for the Jets."
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who made the play of the year against the Cowboys with a one-handed snag of a touchdown pass while falling backward, was voted top offensive rookie. Beckham tied Michael Irvin's NFL mark with nine consecutive games of 90 yards receiving and finished with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 TDs.
"This is a great class that I came in," Beckham said. "Part of the reason that I wanted to come out (early from LSU) was to be included in this class."
Rams tackle Aaron Donald won top defensive rookie honors. A force against the run and the pass, Donald had 37 tackles, nine assists, and led all rookies with nine sacks. He was one of three rookies initially selected for the Pro Bowl.
"Hard work pays off," Donald explained.
In his fourth pro season, Watt earned his second such honor with 20 1-2 sacks, 78 tackles - 29 for losses - 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes.
He is the first NFL player with multiple 20-sack seasons. Watt also had 20 1-2 sacks in 2012, his other top defensive player season.
The AP awards were given out during the "NFL Honors" TV program. Also during the show, Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
"This award means a great deal to me, as it symbolizes the valued work that the NFL, its players, and its 32 teams do in the community," said Davis, a 10-year veteran.
Bears defensive end Jared Allen won the Salute to Service Award. USAA will contribute $25,000 in Allen's honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.
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|Sons represent late Junior Seau at Hall of Fame announcement
PHOENIX (AP) One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group.
"I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us."
A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed suicide at age 43 in 2012, was the only first-time eligible candidate in the Hall's class of 2015. Also getting in Saturday, a day before the Super Bowl, were modern-day players Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields, contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, and senior selection Mick Tingelhoff.
"It's hard when you come into a group of men that have done what they've done, at their caliber, and they're sharing stories and memories that they had together and playing against each other," Tyler Seau said. "It makes you emotional."
Researchers who studied Junior Seau's brain said it showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease connected to repeated head injuries, including concussions.
His death, less than 2 1/2 years after the end of his playing career, resonated among players in the league, raising worry about the physical and emotional toll the sport takes.
Junior Seau played in the NFL for 20 seasons, the first 13 with the San Diego Chargers, followed by three with Miami and four with New England. He was Defensive Player of the Year for San Diego in 1992, made six All-Pro teams, and was a member of the league's All-Decade team of the 1990s.
"He never really needed an award to solidify how good he was. This kind of stuff was more for his family, for his mom, his dad, his brothers. Just to make them proud, make his family proud," Tyler Seau said. "For him, he knew what work he put in. So he knew where he was and where he stood amongst these men. And he's rightfully in."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this week he "loved" having Seau on his roster.
"I can't imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it," said Belichick, whose team plays the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl.
"I'd say the one word that comes to me when I think about Junior and football is `passion."'
Bettis was a burly running back nicknamed The Bus who began a 13-season career by earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Rams. He capped it by winning the 2006 Super Bowl with the Steelers in a game played in his hometown of Detroit.
His 13,662 yards rushing rank fifth in history.
"To think a little fat kid who had never played football until high school," Bettis said, "to think I can ascend to this level, this is something I never thought of, never dreamed of."
When Brown retired after the 2004 season, he ranked No. 2 in NFL history with 14,934 yards receiving, No. 3 with 1,094 catches, and No. 3 with 100 touchdown catches. This was his sixth year of eligibility.
"You know you have to wait your turn," the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner said. "I came in this year hoping for better things."
Haley, a defensive end and linebacker, needed to wait 11 years to get in after becoming the first player in NFL history to play on five Super Bowl-winning teams. He called the late 49ers coach Bill Walsh "a father figure to me."
Shields was a guard for Kansas City from 1993-2006, never missing a game in his 14 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro three times, a second-team All-Pro four times, and was a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
Polian and Wolf were general managers who built Super Bowl champions. Tingelhoff retired in 1978 after starting all 240 games of his career as the center for the Minnesota Vikings.
Five nominees were eliminated in Saturday's final vote: Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner. Earlier in the day, the 46 members on the selection committee reduced the list of 15 modern-day finalists by cutting players Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis and John Lynch, and coaches Don Coryell and Jimmy Johnson.
A candidate needs 80 percent of the vote to get in.
The induction ceremony is in August at Canton, Ohio.
AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this story.
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|Late rally lifts No. 4 Duke past No. 2 Virginia, 69-63
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Tyus Jones scored 17 points and hit a clinching 3-pointer with about 10 seconds remaining Saturday night as No. 4 Duke ended No. 2 Virginia's 21-game home winning streak, 69-63.
Jones' 3-pointer was the fourth in the last four minutes for the Blue Devils (18-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had missed 11 of 13 before hitting the critical long-range shots they needed.
Virginia (19-1, 7-1) started the second half with a 16-4 burst and led by 11 with just under 11 minutes to play before some ill-advised shots, turnovers and Duke's blistering shooting turned the tables.
Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia with 17 points and Justin Anderson had 11.
Quinn Cook, who scored 15, hit three 3-pointers in the last 4:38, including the one to give Duke the lead at 66-63 with 1:16 remaining. After Mike Tobey missed a free throw for Virginia, Tyus Jones hit the finisher with 9.9 seconds left, capping a game-ending 16-5 run for the Blue Devils.
Duke finished 28 for 55 (50.9 percent) and became the first team to shot above 50 percent against the Cavaliers this season. Justise Winslow also scored 15 and Jahlil Okafor had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Duke twice had to close big margins in the closing minutes. The Blue Devils pulled within 49-47 after getting two baskets by Okafor and an assist by the big man for a layup by Matt Jones, but then saw Virginia score the next points to go back ahead 56-47.
A three-point play by Tyus Jones ended the Cavaliers' run, and after a layup by London Perrantes for Virginia, the Blue Devils started connecting from the outside and the Cavaliers' lead evaporated.
The meeting was the first of teams in the top five in Charlottesville since No. 3 Virginia beat No. 2 North Carolina 74-58 at University Hall on Feb. 3, 1982, and brought out lots of Virginia royalty like Ralph Sampson and Sean Singletary.
They saw a packed house, a big lead, and then were left wanting by the Blue Devils' strong finish.
Winslow had seven points in an 11-2 run for the Blue Devils that game them a 22-13 lead with 6 1/2 minutes to go, but Virginia closed the half on a 12-4 burst to trail 26-25 at the intermission.
Okafor had more turnovers, three, than points, two, at the half, although Winslow had 11 by halftime.
Cavaliers scoring leaders Anderson, Brogdon and Anthony Gill combined for just nine points in the first half, but Atkins had nine by himself and Mike Tobey had four - a putback and a basket over Okafor.
Duke: The Blue Devils were 6 for 17 on 3-pointers and made five in the last 4:38.
Virginia: Virginia was outscored 14-0 on fast break points.
Duke is at home against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.
Virginia plays at No. 13 North Carolina on Monday night.
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|Ellen Pompeo secretly welcomes second daughter with husband Chris Ivery
Dr. Meredith Grey is full of secrets! Ellen Pompeo has secretly welcomed her second daughter with husband Chris Ivery: a baby girl named Sienna May. "Sienna May Ivery welcome to the world," Pompeo wrote on Instagram Thursday, debuting her little one via WhoSay. "We love you more than words can say.
|Matthew McConaughey does 'Wolf' chest thump to rally football team
Matthew McConaughey's ability to inspire has been proven on the big screen, and now, in a new video, the actor's pep-talk skills are on display at a University of Texas football practice.The Oscar winner and UT grad has shown up before to cheer on his Longhorns, roaming the sidelines and throwing the signature horns hand signal around the locker room.
|'Eat, Pray, Love' carriage house for sale
The Brooklyn carriage house featured in the 2010 movie “Eat, Pray, Love” is back on the market for $6.995 million, down $1 million from its original asking price.Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s home in Frenchtown, New Jersey, had a “skybrary” upstairs.
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