PHOENIX - Broadway star Idina Menzel says Whitney Houstons rendition of the national anthem is her favourite version, but shes looking to make the song her own this Sunday. .Menzel said singing the anthem before Super Bowl 49 is the culmination of a lifelong dream, one forged on Sundays watching football with her father.Its the pinnacle. Its the milestone in my career, Menzel, a Broadway star whos gained widespread popularity, said Thursday.But Menzel cautioned people not to just pay attention to the songs high notes, which have been a benchmark for singers since Houstons rousing version before Super Bowl 25.Houston radiated the spirit of the song, Menzel said. It was Whitney, she said of what made that rendition memorable. There was just something so beautiful that was coming from her that day.Menzel said she will sing the song live, so that her rendition captures what she is feeling at the moment.Its a beautiful melody, and I just want the humanity and the truth to come out, she said.Menzel, whos become a superstar after singing and voice acting in the Disney film Frozen, said she doesnt expect to be more nervous about her upcoming performance than she is singing before a Broadway audience.I love to sing, I love to perform live, she said. I love to put myself out there and make myself vulnerable.She became famous for appearing in both the stage and film versions of Rent, and has since appeared in films and performed at last years Academy Awards.Menzel infused her press conference Thursday with details about her relationship with football.I grew up watching football every Sunday with my dad, she said. Despite that, she couldnt easily pick a favourite team.Im a daughter of a betting man and whoever covered the spread was who I was going to root for, Menzel joked.She knows shell be pulling for the Seattle Seahawks, though.Im rooting for Seattle because Im a New Yorker and I cannot in good faith root for the Patriots, she said.___Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP . - Frankie (The Answer) Edgar dominated B. . But when it was all over they had wasted another lead, seen another pitcher flame out on the mound and lost their fourth straight at home.TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka could make his first regular-season start in the New York Yankees third or fourth game. The Yankees complete a three-series at Houston on April 3, then have a day off before a three-game set at Toronto. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday "I think thats pretty safe to say" the Japanese right-hander will start game three or four. Tanaka is to make his first spring training appearance Saturday against Philadelphia at Steinbrenner Tanaka and fellow Japanese right-hander and Hiroki Kuroda are to follow starter CC Sabathia. Each is expected to throw two innings or about 35 pitches. "I understand theres going to be a lot of attention on the results, the numbers of how I do out there," Tanaka said through an interpreter. . "But for me, Im not looking at it at all. I just wanted to go out there and pitch my style. I just want to see how the batters react." Tanaka signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title. NOTES: Closer David Robertson threw 22 pitches in his second batting practice session. ... Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson arrived at camp, where he is a spring training instructor. ' ' '