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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 tight end suspended a year or more for violating substance abuse policy

Ravens tight end suspended a year or more for violating substance abuse policy

The NFL announced today that tight end Darren Waller of the Baltimore Ravens would be suspended for a year or longer for his second violation of the substance abuse policy.

Waller was a 2015 sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech who served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for a substance abuse violation. After returning from his suspension last year, he posted 10 catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a limited role.

After his 2016 violation, he was quoted as saying [via Ravens.com]:

“There were other personal issues, and [marijuana] was the one thing I always turned to,” Waller said. “It was just about finding more positive outlets for me to do, like talking to people about it and things like that. I’m definitely at a better place with that now.”

Unfortunately for the Ravens, he will miss the 2017 season and potentially longer after the latest violation. It leaves the Ravens down two tight ends from last year after Dennis Pitta was released earlier this month after re-injuring his hip.

MORE RAVENS: Zach Orr considering coming out of retirement

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Former Raven Zach Orr considering NFL comeback after postive health prognosis

Former Raven Zach Orr considering NFL comeback after postive health prognosis

In January of 2017, former Ravens linebacker Zach Orr took the podium at the team's training facility alongside head coach John Harbaugh, GM Ozzie Newsome and defensive coordinator Dean Pees, to announce he would be retiring from football at the age of 24.

Why? Orr suffered a shoulder injury during their week 16 game against longtime rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, which shed light into a condition he's had since birth.

He had a routine MRI, but the Ravens training staff suggested a full body CAT scan as well. The CAT scan reveled Orr had a congenital back/spine condition where one of the upper vertebra isn't totally formed causing there to be an opening. Less than 1 percent of people are born with such a condition and he wasn't aware of it until he suffered this injury.

Doctors told Orr he was at risk of paralysis or even death if he played with such a condition. He also would have never been able to pass an NFL physical, ultimately forcing him to retire.

During his press conference, Orr said this,

"If there's some miracle way where I can play the game, I promise I'd be the first one to grab my cleats again, start back training and try to find a way to get back out there," Orr said.

Well, fast forward to today and it seems that miracle may have happened.

NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo told Good Morning Football that after getting a second opinion from doctors, and receiving positive news, Orr is considering a return to the NFL.

"I had my mind made up. I was like man, the doctors told me I was done. This is a serious issue. So I'm going to leave it alone. But I just kept hearing that from multiple people and some were telling me to just go check out and seek out some more opinions and things like that and come to find out my condition, it is rare – .01 percent of the people have what I have – but there's no actual evidence or facts that I'm at a higher risk than any other player. And it's actually been documented that a college player who had the exact same thing that I have that returned to play with no problems."

The doctors' real concerns would be if someone with Orr's spinal condition played with a herniated disk. He did suffer from herniated disks last season, but that injury has since diminished. 


If Orr does decide to get back into the NFL, getting signed could be pretty easy. 

When he announced his retirement, he never filed for retirement papers and the Ravens never placed him on their reserve/retired list because they never thought he would play again.

Because of this, Orr is considered an unrestricted free agent and can sign with a team right away. 

Orr had his best season in 2016, where he lead the Ravens in tackles with 133. It's been reported that eight teams have reached out to the linebacker since his announcement and that he will be meeting with the Lions on Thursday.