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BALTIMORE (21) 34

  • Touchdowns: Boldin, Pitta, Jones (2)
  • Field Goals: Tucker (2)

SAN FRANCISCO (6) 31

  • Touchdowns: Crabtree, Gore, Kaepernick
  • Field Goals: Akers (3)
  • Safety:Against Koch

Jacoby Jones scored two of the most spectacular touchdowns in Super Bowl history as Baltimore Ravens edged San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in a thriller.

First Jones, playing in his native New Orleans, caught a long Joe Flacco pass before running into the endzone.

Then, after Beyonce’s stunning half-time show, Jones returned the kick-off 108 yards in barely 11 seconds for the longest ever Super Bowl play.

After a long delay due to a power cut, the 49ers hit back but fell just short.

The third quarter will go down as one of the most crazy and dramatic encounters ever seen in the NFL, let alone in a Super Bowl.

Many of the 70,000-plus crowd at the Superdome were still recovering from a high-octane half-time show performance by Beyonce and her old Destiny’s Child bandmates when Jones received David Akers’ kick-off eight yards deep inside his own endzone.

Rather than take the sensible option of appealing for a fair catch, he elected to run the ball and ghosted past the 49ers defenders without barely a touch.

After Baltimore raced into an early lead courtesy of a pair of Flacco touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta, Jones extended Baltimore’s advantage to 21-3 when he caught Flacco’s perfectly floated downfield pass and then, realising he had not been touched by a defender, showed equally quick mental agility to get up and trot into the endzone.

After trailing 21-6 at the break, and then 28-6 following Jones’s kick-off return, San Francisco could have been forgiven for giving up.

But they were inspired by something truly unprecedented – half of the lights going off, and not being fixed fully for 34 minutes.

While jokes circled that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh may have had something to do with it, the truth was that it was his side – rather than the floodlights – which had a power surge against the Ravens, who are coached by his older brother John Harbaugh.

First they were aided by some comical defending by the Ravens, which let Michael Crabtree turn an already impressive gain into a 31-yard touchdown as two defenders crashed into each other.

Then, after a good punt return, Frank Gore ran unopposed into the right hand corner of the endzone from six yards.

Suddenly the 49ers were only 20-28 down, and things got even worse for the Ravens when San Francisco cornerback Tarell Brown stripped the ball out of Ray Rice’s hands and fell on the loose ball himself for a turnover.

Following an exchange of field goals, Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick capped a long drive with a 15-yard run into the endzone down the left sideline.

But his two-point conversion attempt failed, and Justin Tucker’s 38-yard field goal made it 34-29 to Baltimore deep into the fourth quarter.

San Francisco tried to battle back, but ultimately their recovery stalled when Kaepernick’s pass towards Crabtree fell incomplete.

Jim Harbaugh cried foul, arguing his receiver had been held by a defender, but the officials were never going to change their mind and Baltimore were able, just about, to wind down the clock and seal their second Vince Lombardi trophy.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who ended his 17-year career with a second Super Bowl win: “How could it end any other way than that. And now I get to ride into the sunset with my second ring.

“It’s no greater way, as a champ, to go out on your last ride with the men that I went out with, with my team-mates. And you looked around this stadium and … Baltimore! Baltimore! We coming home, baby! We did it!”

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh congratulated his big brother John’s triumph while struggling to come to terms with his side’s loss: “Had several opportunities in the game. Didn’t play our best game. Ravens made a lot of plays. Our guys battled back to get back in it. We competed and battled to win.”

Fidel Castro votes in Cuba election

Posted by Nuttapon_S On February - 4 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Ailing ex-revolutionary leader makes surprise appearance in Havana to cast his vote in parliamentary polls.

Ailing Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has made a surprise appearance in Havana to vote in parliamentary polls, expressing confidence in the revolution despite a decades-long US trade embargo.

Castro’s visit to the voting precinct in Havana’s El Vedado neighbourhood was the main event in Sunday’s elections, during which Cubans chose 612 members of the National Assembly as well as deputies of local legislatures.

The 86-year-old is said to have spent up to an hour talking to other voters and the media after casting his vote.

About 8.5 million Cubans took part in the polls that featured no opposition candidates.

Authorities billed the event as a celebration of Cuban democracy, “which is different” from those in other countries.

Cuban dissidents dismissed the vote as a farce, however.

“What strange elections, in which there is no choice and all the candidates think the same,” Yoani Sanchez, the dissident blogger, commented.

“It’s an electoral farce.”

Before Sunday’s appearance in Havana, Castro had not been seen in public since October 21, when he accompanied Elias Jaua, the current Venezuelan foreign minister, to the Hotel Nacional.

“I am convinced that Cubans are really a revolutionary people,” Castro told reporters who surrounded him at the polling station.

“I don’t have to prove it. History has already proven it. And 50 years of the US blockade have not been – nor will it be – able to defeat us.”

Long-running embargo

The US issued a commercial, economic, and financial embargo against Cuba in October 1960 after Castro’s revolutionary government nationalised the properties of US citizens and corporations.

It was broadened to become a near-total embargo in 1962 as Cuba’s alliance with the Soviet block became apparent.

In his comments, Castro also praised the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), whose presidency Cuba formally assumed last week at a summit in Santiago, Chile.

Set up in Caracas in December 2011 at the behest of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, CELAC groups all nations from across the Americas except the US and Canada.

The Cuban chairmanship of the group marked the country’s full regional reintegration and was seen as a major diplomatic coup for Havana.

“This was a step forward which we owe to the efforts of many people, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,” Castro said.

Chavez has not been seen or heard from since his last cancer operation on December 11 in Havana.

But Diosdado Cabello, the Venezuelan National Assembly president, said on Sunday that Chavez was now making steady progress in his recovery.

Castro, who rose to power after the 1959 revolution, ceded the presidency to his younger brother Raul, 81, in July 2006 for health reasons.

His long absences from public view have led to rumours that his health has worsened.

BANGKOK, Feb 4 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday went to Phnom Penh to attend the cremation of Cambodia’s former king Norodom Sihanouk.

The Thai premier, accompanied by Deputy Premier/Education Minister Phongthep Thepkanchana, Deputy Premier/Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat and Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Sansanee Nakpong, left Bangkok early Monday morning for Phnom Penh.

The former Cambodian monarch died at age 89 of a heart attack in Beijing on October 15 last year.

Leaders of the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations attended the ceremony today in the Cambodian capital, along with Chinese, Vietnamese and French leaders.

Speaking to reporters before his departure, Mr Phongthep said the Thai leader is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The deputy premier said the Preah Vihear dispute will not be discussed during the talks as the issue is now being considered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Mr Phongthep pledged that the Thai delegation will do their best to defend the case at the ICJ. He will go to the United Kingdom this Wednesday with the Thai legal team, to meet with foreign lawyers in preparation for the case as Thailand must make a closing statement at the ICJ in April.

Ms Yingluck said before leaving Bangkok that she is not certain as to whether the bilateral talks could take place with her Cambodian counterpart as the main purpose of the visit is to attend the cremation of the late King Father. (MCOT online news)

PHNOM PENH, Feb 4 — Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Cambodian counterpart  Hun Sen on Monday agreed to strengthen bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries and jointly develop border areas.
Ms Yingluck was in Phnom Penh to attend the royal cremation of Cambodia’s former king Norodom Sihanouk.
The Thai premier met Mr Hun Sen and held bilateral talks at the Cambodian Prime Minister’s Office.
The two leaders hailed the good and strong relations between the two countries which has led to the progress of their bilateral cooperation in various fields, which would eventually benefit both mutually.
The Thai leader also said Thailand wanted to cooperate with Cambodia to develop the border areas for prosperity and peace.
Ms Yingluck took the opportunity to thank the Cambodian government in granting a royal pardon and prison term reduction for two Thai activists, saying that the move was considered a goodwill gesture from Cambodia.
Veera Somkwamkid, coordinator of Thailand’s Patriots Network, and his secretary Ratree Pipattanapaiboon were arrested on Dec 29, 2010 by Cambodian authorities while inspecting a disputed area claimed by both countries. Both were accused of spying on Cambodia military facilities in Banteay Meanchey province.
Mr Veera received an eight year prison sentence, while his secretary was handed six years jail for espionage and illegal entry.
In accordance with the royal pardon, Ms Ratree was released last Friday (Feb 1) while Mr Veera’s prison term is to be reduced by six months, leaving him to remain in jail for another five years.
Ms Yingluck also thanked Phnom Penh for taking good care of 51 Thai prisoners in Cambodia.
The Thai premier later had an audience with King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia and Queen Mother Monique Norodom Monineath to affirm the strong relations and cooperation between the two countries.
Ms Yingluck also extended the gratitude to the King of Cambodia who granted pardon and prison term reductions to the two Thai activists. (MCOT online news)

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