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Montana ready to announce his exit


Young at heart of the 49ers

AMERICAN FOOTBALL The half-time show at Super Bowl XXIX took as its theme the new Indiana Jones film, which gave it at least one quality missing from the surrounding action. The suspense lasted longer. A more telling image, though, occured in the pre-game razzmatazz as two giant helmets were inflated in the middle of the pitch. As the San Francisco 49ers one basked in its full glory, the San Diego Chargers version appeared to have a slow puncture, and there seemed a real danger that it would not be blown up in time. It was, but the incident had set the tone. The Chargers were never able to rise to the occasion.

Charge of the heavy hitters

ONE NATION'S CHAMPIONSHIP: San Diego cling to the hope that lightning c an strike twice in the Super Bowl Simon Kelner in Miami surveys a battle against adversity and, right, picks four key men who can turn the match

Young ready to cancel the Montana Effect SUPERBOWL XXIX: 49ers quarterback has a point to prove as he tries to emerge fr om the shadow of a genius

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Montana nears the end zone

American Football If it was Joe Montana's last pass, it could not have come at a more appropriate site, the Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, and in the same end zone where he experienced one of the many glorious moments of a glorious National Football Leaguecareer, the touch down pass to John Taylor that won the 1989 Super Bowl.

Montana's mission will add spice to the NFL's rich play-off diet

Presumably on the basis that Christmas is a time for excess, the NFL in its infinite wisdom has decided to disrupt family life on not just one of the festive season's holidays, but on all three.

Dolphins in play-offs


How and Why: Joe Montana is still the king of the quarterbacks

LAST Monday night at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Joe Montana demonstrated why he is regarded as the best quarterback in American football history. The 38-year-old Montana, who led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl victories, is now quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and, with only 1min 29sec of their game at Denver remaining, the Chiefs had just gone 28-24 behind. Nine plays later and, with eight seconds left on the game clock, Montana had driven his team 75 yards up the field for a touchdown to secure an astonishing 31-28 victory. 'I can't remember when an opposing quarterback did that against our team,' Montana's opposite number, John Elway, said.

American Football: Montana on time again

A CLASSIC confrontation between two of the great quarterbacks of their generation came to a thrilling climax in Mile High Stadium, with Joe Montana showing yet again why many rate him the greatest ever at his position, writes Matt Tench.

The Broader Picture: Crazy about the hair

YEARS AGO, everyone said African hair wasn't versatile,' said Donavon Nelson, organiser of the Afro Dizziac Hair Awards. 'Now we're showing the sky's the limit.' A 34-year-old Londoner with a background in the music business (he once managed Boney M), Nelson is determined to prove to the world that Afro hair-styles really can be avant-garde. Last weekend, he seemed to be succeeding.

American Football: Montana shoots down young guns: The Kansas City quarterback shows he still has the killer instinct

JUST when the San Francisco 49ers were beginning to feel good about themselves without Joe Montana, the man has to go and spoil things. He may be 38, and he may have a dodgy elbow, but when it comes to finding a winning way old Joe has few peers. Make that none.

American Football: Dallas saddled up for the Super Bowl: Bills keep turning up but Cowboys are likely to rope them in again when the champions collide

The NFL championship games were not even over before the Super Bowl was being billed as a rematch. Given the one-sided nature of the first bout, however, the fight will need some selling, and when the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills meet for Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta on Sunday, most Americans can be forgiven a sense of foreboding.
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