BALTIMORE (AP) – Ravens fans swarmed the sidewalks of downtown Baltimore and jammed M&T Bank Stadium yesterday to honor the team and its 34-31 victory over San Francisco in Sunday’s Super Bowl. The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management estimated that 200,000 people took part in the celebration, causing a traffic backup that left players about an hour late for the start of the festivities. Players and team officials rode from City Hall to the stadium in military vehicles, a trolley and a float designed to look like a miniature football field.
UNDATED (AP) – The Detroit Lions have released a pair of veteran starters, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and guard Stephen Peterman. The New York Giants have cut starting linebacker Michael Boley after four seasons with the team. And defensive end Frostee Rucker has been let go by the Cleveland Browns.
UNDATED (AP) – Major League Baseball officials have asked the Miami New Times for records the alternative newspaper obtained for a story on alleged use of banned substances by several players. New Times editor Chuck Strouse said Tuesday the paper had not yet decided how to respond and described the MLB move as a request only and noted that the league does not have a law enforcement agency’s subpoena power. The newspaper reported last week that New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other players bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from now closed Biogenesis of America LLC.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny say pitcher Chris Carpenter almost certainly won’t pitch in 2013 and that his star-crossed career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season. Carpenter won the 2005 NL Cy Young Award after going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA, and he was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA. While Carpenter plans to seek further medical evaluation, Mozeliak seemed resigned to losing him.
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) – America’s top skier is done for the season after crashing during the opening event of the world championships in Austria. Four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn tore ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her right leg when she lost her balance while landing after a jump in the women’s super-G.