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Super Bowl XLVII: Wednesday morning links

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Randy Moss says he's the greatest of all-time (USA Today Sports Images)

With Tuesday's "Media Day" over and done with, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers can get down to business and focus on preparing for Super Bowl XLVII. Both teams will practice on Wednesday, with the 49ers using the New Orleans Saints' facilities and the Ravens practicing at Tulane University.

Practices are closed to the public and pool reports will be provided by reporters appointed by the Pro Football Writers of America. Peter King (Sports Illustrated) is with the Ravens from Wednesday-Friday (Saturday's pool reporter is not yet known) and John Clayton (ESPN) will be with the 49ers from Wednesday-Friday and Matt Maiocco (CSN Bay Area) will pinch-hit on Saturday. Both King and Clayton will be busy with Hall of Fame Selection Committee obligations on Saturday.

[Related: Ray Lewis shines in second Super Bowl media day]

What's ahead: Media Day may be over, but media obligations are not.

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (8 a.m. CT) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (8:15 a.m. CT) will conduct press conferences on Wednesday. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT, 49ers players will be available to the media for 45 minutes, with wide receiver Michael Crabtree, tight end Vernon Davis, left tackle Joe Staley, defensive tackle Justin Smith, linebacker Patrick Willis and safety Dashon Goldson giving risers to accommodate larger crowds.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (10:15 a.m. CT) and linebacker Ray Lewis (10:30 a.m. CT) will have press conferences before a 45-minute period of media availability involving wide receiver Anquan Boldin, running back Ray Rice, guard Marshal Yanda, linebacker Terrell Suggs and safety Ed Reed.

• 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss declared himself to be the greatest receiver of all-time.

• Of course, Hall of Fame 49ers wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Jerry Rice is the best receiver of all-time and responded to Moss' claim on ESPN's NFL Live.

[Related: Randy Moss won't apologize for best-of-all-time boast]

• The other major story line of Media Day was Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis denying a report in Sports Illustrated that he used deer antler velvet extract, which contains a banned substance, to recover more quickly from his torn triceps.

• Lewis' second turn at Media Day went much more smoothly than his first, writes Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.

• Moss sees greatness in quarterback Colin Kaepernick, writes Matthew Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

• Kaepernick discussed a wide array of topics on Media Day, including his sudden fame, writes Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News.

[Related: Colin Kaepernick's movie choices show kid at heart]

• Less forthcoming on Media Day? 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who spent his hour at the podium by doling his patented non-answers and refrained from making news, writes Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

• Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs put on a show during his Media Day appearance.

• 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree has shed the "diva" label, writes Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

• 49ers running back Frank Gore has drawn inspiration from his late mother.

• Even though he lost his starting job, and did not receive a podium on Media Day, 49ers quarterback (for now) Alex Smith remains confident.

• "Shutdown Corner" editor Doug Farrar writes that it was the Ravens offense, not their defense, that got them to Super Bowl XLVII.

• Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger is cherishing his Super Bowl experience, which comes five years after nearly losing his life, writes Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports.

• Speaking of the Ravens' defense, defensive coordinator Dean Pees deserves credit for leading that unit through an injury-filled season, writes Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.

• GM Ozzie Newsome has been the key to the success of the Ravens, writes Farrar.

• Ravens right tackle Michael Oher just wants to talk about football.

• Jacoby Jones' mother provided some home-cooking for the Ravens on Monday.

• Out with a torn ACL, Ravens cornerback Ladarius Webb says he'll be back in 2013.

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