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The biggest game of the year goes Sunday from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California (6:30 p.m. ET on CBS). Here's what you need to know. 
 
CAROLINA PANTHERS vs DENVER BRONCOS
The Carolina Panthers were the best team in football all year, going 15-1 and narrowly missing an undefeated regular season. They cruised through the playoffs with wins over Seattle and Arizona. Offensively, it's all about QB Cam Newton. He's the likely MVP after totaling 50 touchdowns in the regular season and playoffs. Defensively, linebacker Luke Kuechly ("kikli") has two pick-six touchdowns in his last two games. 

Denver (12-4) is the No. 1 seed in the AFC and got to the Super Bowl by narrowly beating both Pittsburgh and New England. All the talk leading up to the game has been about QB Peyton Manning. He's looking for his second Super Bowl ring in what could be the last game he plays. But make no mistake, the Broncos are all about defense. They have the top-ranked unit in the league, led by linebacker Von Miller.

Denver's ability to shut down Cam Newton is the biggest key to the game, but Vegas doesn't see that happening. Oddsmakers like the Panthers by 5.5 points. 

 
OFF THE FIELD
 
  • Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem. Beyoncé and Coldplay will perform at halftime. 
     
  • A 30-second ad spot this year cost $5 million, up from $4.5 million last year. Advertisers spent a total of $377 million on Super Bowl 50 commercials. 
     
  • Face value for tickets ranges from $850 to $1800. The secondary market is a little more, however: The most expensive tickets were a pair of seats that sold for $20,500 each while the average price per ticket on Seat Geek was $4,957 on Wednesday. 
     
  • Want to bet on how many times the announcers will say "dab" or "dabbing" during the broadcast? It's just one of the many prop bets for this year's game. 

WATCH THIS

After a long hiatus with a broken collarbone, the young but legendary Connor McDavid amazed fans in his return to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night against Columbus. Watch him own the ice with this beautiful individual effort.
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Consecutive wins for the Connecticut women's basketball team. It's the third-longest streak in women's Division I history.
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KNOW THIS

ESPN: RAMS DISCUSS MANNING
NFL
ESPN reports that the L.A. Rams have discussed signing Peyton Manning, should he want to play next year. Manning is still under contract with Denver for 2016 but he's not expected back with the Broncos. 

CURRY DROPS 51
NBA
Steph Curry was at his best again Wednesday, scoring 51 points to lead Golden State to a 134-121 win over Washington. He's the only player with multiple 50-point games in the NBA this season.

REPORT: HOWARD WON'T BE TRADED
NBA
Sources tell ESPN that the Houston Rockets will not trade center Dwight Howard this season, despite reports to the contrary on Wednesday. Howard can opt out of his contract and become a free agent on July 1.  

WIDEMAN SUSPENDED 20 GAMES
NHL
Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended 20 games for his hit on linesman Don Henderson in last week's game against Nashville. Wideman has appealed the ban

FSU GETS TOP SIGNING CLASS
College Football
The Florida State Seminoles have the No. 1 ranked group of incoming freshmen after national signing day on Wednesday, according to ESPN. Alabama comes in at second and LSU is third. Michigan landed the No. 1 overall player in defensive tackle Rashan Gary. 
 
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“Why can't LeBron be called the Cam Newton of power forwards?”
—Cam Newton, when asked if he was the LeBron of the NFL.
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UP FOR DISCUSSION

 
  • The Warriors’ training staff eliminated PB&Js from the team plane this season. Then the NBA’s defending champions fought back. Here's how Golden State went to war over peanut butter and jelly.
     
  • It was not long after the first trumpets on Sunday that José Tomás found himself in familiar territory: inches from the vicious horns of a fighting bull.
     
  • As voters decide which presidential candidates they'd like to see ahead of the U.S. election, they should know that only one of those candidates has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. That man is Donald J. Trump

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