Panthers QB Newton wins MVP in landslide

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Cam Newton has won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide.

The Carolina Panthers' All-Pro quarterback, who will lead his team in Sunday's Super Bowl against Denver, received 48 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. Fellow QBs Tom Brady, a two-time MVP, and Carson Palmer each got one vote.

In his fifth pro season, Newton also earned Offensive Player of the Year. In 2011, he was the league's top offensive rookie.

Favre, Stabler among 8 elected to HOF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Brett Favre and the late Ken Stabler, a pair of kindred-spirit QBs who each won a Super Bowl, were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Also voted in for the class of 2016 a day before the Super Bowl were modern-day players Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison and Orlando Pace, coach Tony Dungy, contributor Ed DeBartolo Jr., and senior selection Dick Stanfel. (MORE)

No. 1 Oklahoma goes down at Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State coach Bruce Weber was so confident his team would beat top-ranked Oklahoma that he had his team practice what to do when fans stormed the court.

Weber should have let the fans in on the plan. (MORE)

Irish rally, hand UNC second loss in row

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Demetrius Jackson scored 19 points, Bonzie Colson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Notre Dame rallied to beat No. 2 North Carolina 80-76 on Saturday night.

It was the second straight loss for the Tar Heels (19-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), and Fighting Irish fans celebrated by gathering on the court. (MORE)

Pitino: Don't penalize innocent players

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino says schools and coaches should be fined for violations, and that players who had nothing to do with infractions should not be penalized.

Pitino says athletic director Tom Jurich chose to keep Louisville out of this year's Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments. (MORE)

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