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Most fans, players and coaches expected Carolina Panthers’ 26-year-old quarterback to be named this year’s NFL most valuable player and they were right. Newton, who led his team to a 15-1 record during the regular season received the honour on Feb 6th, but was then disappointed with his performance during the Super Bowl the next day as the Panthers dropped a 24-10 decision to the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Newton of Atlanta, Georgia wasn’t a unanimous winner of the award, but came close to it. He was named on 48 of the 50 ballots while fellow quarterbacks Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals received one vote each. Newton threw 35 touchdown passes during the regular season and was intercepted just 10 times. He also ran in another 10 touchdowns on the ground. Newton was successful on 296 of 495 passing attempts for a 59.8 completion percentage and 3,837 yards and had a 99.4 rating. He also rushed the ball 132 times for 636 yards for an average run of 4.8 yards.
The cost of electricity is soaring across the world, but that doesn’t concern soccer players in Lagos, Nigeria since their movement on the pitch can literally produce enough power to generate the floodlights. The population in the Lagos area is close to 17 million people and the city is having a hard time keeping up with their power demands. However, a British technology firm named Pavegen has stepped in to lend a helping hand. Incredibly, the company has built a football pitch which can create energy from the footsteps of the players.
The energy is converted into electricity and is combined with solar power to light up the playing area for night games. It’s also been reported that there’s a similar type of pitch being used in Brazil. Since Nigeria is considered to be a developing country, there’s now a high demand for electricity even though about 50 percent of the residents don’t have access to it. According to reports, close to 80 per cent of the population use diesel generators as a source of power, but the fuel is expensive and the machinery often breaks down.
There are a few NHL teams celebrating special anniversaries in the 2016/17 season, but of course just one of them will be hosting the All-Star weekend. It’s now been confirmed that the honour will go to Los Angeles as the Kings will be celebrating their 50th season in the league. However, the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins also launched their NHL franchises in 1967 along with the Minnesota North Stars and California Seals, two franchises which no longer exist. In addition, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be celebrating their 100th birthday as will the league itself as it was launched back in 1917.
It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Denver Broncos were extremely successful at containing this season’s best NFL offence in their 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 7th. Panthers’ 26-year-old quarterback Cam Newton was held in check and his 39-year-old counterpart Peyton Manning didn’t really have much to do for the Broncos on his way to his second Super Bowl victory. It was Manning’s record 200th NFL win, including the playoffs, and he may be back for another season later this year.
The NFL season comes to its thrilling climax this weekend when the Carolina Panthers square off against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The AFC champion Broncos will be aiming for their third Super Bowl title on February 7th while the AFC winners Carolina will be looking for their first ever crown. The Panthers were the league’s best team this season with a 15-1 record and captured the NFC South Division quite easily. The Broncos finished their campaign at 12-4 and took the AFC West Division.
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