SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP): A reborn Orange Crush might have sent Peyton Manning into retirement with a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the impenetrable Denver defence harassed Panthers quarterback Cam Newton all game Sunday and the Broncos made enough big plays for a 24-10 victory, Manning’s 200th and perhaps his last before retirement. He wasn’t the star of Super Bowl 50 – game MVP Miller seemingly was everywhere on every Carolina play – but Manning really hasn’t been the headliner in this injury-shortened season. “This game was much like this season has been, testing our toughness, our resiliency, our unselfishness,” he said. “It’s only fitting that it turned out that way.” Emulating his Broncos boss, John Elway, the 39-year-old Manning can ride off with the Lombardi Trophy after leading Denver to their third NFL title, first since 1999 – when Elway was the quarterback. “I’ll take some time to reflect,” Manning said when asked if this is the end. “I got a couple of priorities first. I’m going to go kiss my wife and my kids. … I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.” Denver’s suffocating defence kept Newton jittery all day. Despite wearing gold shoes before the golden Super Bowl, Newton couldn’t finish off a dynamic season in which he was the league’s MVP. Miller twice stripped him, once for a touchdown, the second time setting up a clinching TD. Denver’s top-ranked defence, the one that ran roughshod over Tom Brady in the AFC championship, simply wouldn’t let Newton get comfortable. “There was a certain point where it was like guys on the sideline were saying, ‘Cam is very stressed,'” Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby said. “For two weeks straight, that’s all we heard was Cam this, Cam that, dab this, dab that. They were dabbing in their team photos. It was very disrespectful. We wanted to come out and prove that we’re the best.” Newton was sacked six times – receiver Ted Ginn Jr went down once on an aborted trick play – and if Miller wasn’t torturing him, DeMarcus Ware was. Ware had two of the seven sacks, equalling the most by one team in the Super Bowl. Carolina led the league with 500 points, but were held to their fewest of the year and Denver set an ignominious mark with 194 yards gained, the fewest for a Super Bowl winner. So what, The Broncos (15-4) are champions and Manning is the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two franchises; Indianapolis in 2007 was the other. Gary Kubiak is the first to win a Super Bowl as player and coach for the same team. Manning finished 13 for 23 for 141 yards against a strong Carolina (17-2) defence that just couldn’t match Miller and company. “I feel very, very grateful,” Manning said. … “Obviously, it’s very special to cap it off with a Super Bowl championship.”
“Sister’s Christmas Catechism – The Mystery of the Magi Gold” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 11 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $30; $25 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed at 7 p.m. today at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $16; $8 for children. Call (661) 723-5950. Country singer-songwriters Craig Morgan and George Canyon will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $37 and $33. Call (661) 723-5950. The Antelope Valley Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $26; $14 for children. Call (661) 723-5950. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Short stories that won a Palmdale Writers Roundtable competition will be read at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Admission is free. Call (661) 267-5684. The Palmdale Youth and Community Dance Company will perform “The Snow Queen,” dance variations from “The Nutcracker” and tap and jazz pieces to the music of “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. The Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras will perform the Brandenburg “Sinfonia” and “Sleepers Awake” plus holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. The Palmdale Youth and Community Choirs will perform holiday songs at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. The Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!