(Atlanta, GA) — Super Bowl 53 is days away from kicking off in Atlanta. The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams each took the practice field yesterday as they prep for Sunday’s showdown. The Patriots look to become the second team in NFL history to win six Super Bowls. The Rams have one Super Bowl title in team history and look to add to that total.
Goodell: Raiders Still Homeless For 2019; SD Not An Option
(Atlanta, GA) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Raiders are still homeless for the 2019 season. Speaking in Atlanta today, Goodell said he hopes a plan can be worked out for the team to play in the Bay Area before their 2020 move to Las Vegas. Goodell says owner Mark Davis is working on the situation, and that San Diego is not among the possible options
Mavericks Have Garden Party, Beat Knicks
(New York, NY) — Dennis Smith Junior finished with his second career triple double with 13 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds as the Mavericks stomped the Knicks 114-90 in New York. Mavs teenage rookie Luka Doncic had 16 points and eight boards in his Madison Square Garden debut. Harrison Barnes led Dallas scorers with 19 points as the Mavs won for only the fifth time in 25 road games. The Mavs will play the Pistons tonight in Detroit.
Nowitzki Will Coach World Team
(New York, NY) — Dirk Nowitzki will have a busy NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte. The 40-year-old German has been named the honorary coach of the World team in the Rising Stars Challenge. One of his players will be Mavericks 19-year-old phenom Luka Doncic. The Mavericks forward will also participate in the three-point shooting contest. Nowitzki scored 14 points, making his first three shots, in the Dallas 114-90 win over the Knicks in what will probably be his final NBA game at Madison Square Garden.
Dallas Mavericks 114, New York Knicks 90
Chicago Bulls 105, Miami Heat 89
Boston Celtics 126, Charlotte 94
Washington Wizards 107, Indiana Pacers 89
Minnesota Timberwolves 99, Memphis Grizzlies 97
Denver Nuggets 105, New Orleans Pelicans 99
Sacramento Kings 135, Atlanta Hawks 113
Portland Trail Blazers 132, Utah Jazz 105
Rockets Facing Nuggets Tomorrow
(Denver, CO) — The Rockets will play four consecutive road games to start February beginning tomorrow night against the Nuggets in Denver. Houston went 8-and-6 in January. James Harden has scored 30 or more points in 24 consecutive games. Houston will also play at Utah, Phoenix and Sacramento before returning home on February 9th against the Thunder.
Stars Shut Out Sabres
(Dallas, TX) — Ben Bishop logged 30 saves, including three on power plays, as the Stars shut out the Sabres 1-0 in Dallas. Jamie Benn scored the only goal in the first period. Taylor Fedun was credited with an assist. Dallas will try to extend its winning streak to three games when it hosts Minnesota tomorrow night. The Stars will go on the road Saturday, playing at Nashville.
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Dallas Stars 1, Buffalo Sabres 0
Waste Management Phoenix Open Tees Off Today
(Scottsdale, AZ) — The Waste Management Phoenix Open tees off today at TPC Scottsdale. Defending champion Gary Woodland is back along with fan favorite and ASU alum Phil Mickelson. The action runs through Sunday. Ryan Palmer tees off at 7:20am.
Rangers’ Equipment Truck Leaves For Arizona
(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers packed an 18-wheel truck with baseball supplies and players’ personal luggage for the trip to Surprise, Arizona with spring training opening on February 12th. The truck is expected to be at the Rangers’ complex by Monday. The freight included 800 dozen baseballs and two dozen bats for each position player. The Rangers will have 62 players in camp, but that number will almost certainly increase.
College Basketball (Top-25 Coaches Poll)
#9 Marquette Golden Eagles 76, Butler Bulldogs 58
#11 Virginia Tech Hokies 82, Miami (FL) Hurricanes 70
#14 Villanova Wildcats 86, DePaul Blue Demons 74
#16 Louisville Cardinals 82, Wake Forest Demon Deacons 54
#19 LSU Tigers 72, Texas A&M Aggies 57
#20 Iowa State Cyclones 93, West Virginia Mountaineers 68
College Hoops Roundup
(Undated) — In college hoops action, SMU lost 85-83 at Wichita State. Isiaha Mike scored 25 points for the Mustangs, while Ethan Chargois had 16 points and a dozen rebounds. Number-19 LSU stomped Texas A&M 72-57 in College Station. The Aggies fell to 1-and- 6 in SEC play. Tonight, North Texas will travel to Old Dominion.
Tollway Roadside Electric Signs Poke Fun At New England Patriots
(Dallas, TX) — There don’t seem to be many New England Patriots fans working at the North Texas Tollway Authority. The agency’s digital signboards promoting its roadside assistance service encourages drivers to give them a call if they have a tire that’s “flat as a Patriots football.” The sign refers to the “Deflate-Gate” scandal, in which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly ordered the partial deflation of footballs used in the 2015 AFC Championship Game against the Colts. The Patriots face the Rams in the Super Bowl on Sunday in Atlanta.
Doctors Warn Football Fans Of Increased Heart Danger During This Super Bowl
(Los Angeles, CA) — The stress of your favorite football team losing the Super Bowl could send you to the emergency room. Dr. Victoria Shin at Torrance Memorial Hospital cites a study in L.A. County that shows an increase in heart attacks following the L.A. Rams 1980 Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Meanwhile, there was a decrease in the number of heart attacks in 1984 when the then-L.A. Raiders beat the Washington Redskins. Dr. Shin says the evidence is anecdotal, but it’s possible that stress and binge eating that day contributed to the increase of heart-related trips to the E.R.