TV viewership up big for conference title games
NEW YORK — The NFL conference title games' television viewership is up big from last season.
The Broncos' 26-16 win over New England for the AFC championship averaged 51.3 million viewers Sunday on CBS. That's up 22 percent from the early game a year ago between San Francisco and Atlanta.
The Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the 49ers in the NFC averaged 55.9 viewers on Fox, up 17 percent from Ravens-Patriots in the late window in 2013.
CBS said Monday that Denver's win had a 28.1 rating and 51 share — the second-highest rating for the AFC game in 17 years, behind a 28.3 for Jets-Steelers in 2011. Seattle's victory drew a 28.5/44, the highest-rated non-overtime NFC game since 1997. Ratings measure the percentage of households with televisions watching a program, while shares represent the percentage of TVs in use at the time.
NEW YORK — He'll be wearing a coat and no doubt gloves.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be like most other folks at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J. — he'll be outside.
The league says the commissioner will be sitting in the elements as he regularly does at games — rain or shine, cold or warm.
Goodell often sits in the stands or is in a luxury box that has outdoor seats. He's done that in the past, even in serious chill. He sat in the stands in Minnesota at the outdoor game after the Metrodome roof collapsed in 2010. He also once sat at a game in Chicago where he said his beer froze.
INDIANAPOLIS — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been chosen to play in the Pro Bowl this weekend, replacing Seattle's Russell Wilson.
It is the second consecutive selection to the NFL's all-star game for Luck, who will join teammates Robert Mathis and Matt Overton in Sunday's game in Honolulu. Wilson will be playing in the Super Bowl a week later.
This season, Luck completed 343-of-570 passes (60.2 percent) for 3,822 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions for an 87.0 passer rating.
Sedin's ironman streak ending at 679 games
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Henrik Sedin's NHL ironman streak is ending at 679 games. He last missed a game 10 seasons ago.
Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan said Monday the Vancouver captain will not play at Edmonton today because of an undisclosed injury. He is listed as day to day.
Sedin has the second-highest total for consecutive games among active players. St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester takes a streak of 682 straight appearances into Monday night's game at Detroit. Sedin left after the second period of Saturday's brawl-marred game against the Calgary Flames that the Canucks won 3-2 in a shootout.
Yankees' Jeter goes through his first on-the-field session
TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has resumed on-field work for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short.
The Yankees captain hit off a tee in a batting cage and fielded 108 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt Monday at the Yankees minor league complex.
Jeter, who turns 40 in June, was limited to 17 games last year after breaking an ankle during the 2012 playoffs.
Compiled from wire reports