Update on the latest in sports:
Patriots, Rams in Atlanta for pre-Super Bowl practice
ATLANTA (AP) – The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams have arrived in Atlanta, where they’ll practice this week before squaring off in the Super Bowl next Sunday in the NFL’s main event.
It’s New England’s third straight Super Bowl trip and fourth in five years – and the ninth overall in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.
The Patriots, who beat the then-St. Louis Rams for their first title after the 2001 season, are looking to hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time, which would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in the Super Bowl era.
The NFC champion Rams are back in the city where they won their only Super Bowl title in the 1999 season, when they beat Tennessee.
NFL playoff ‘do-over’ lawsuit moved to federal court
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A longshot lawsuit seeking a possible do-over of the NFC championship game has been moved from state court in Louisiana to federal court.
A hearing in the case is set for noon today in New Orleans.
At issue is the failure of officials to call interference or roughness penalties when a Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the playoff game. The Rams won overtime and are set to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
The lawsuit by two Saints season ticket holders says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should implement a league rule that could mean reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game. The NFL’s lawyers say the rule doesn’t apply in matters involving referees’ decisions.
SUPER BOWL-SNOW JAM
5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city
ATLANTA (AP) – Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam,” another winter storm is bearing down on the city – just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53.
A winter storm watch goes into effect at 4 a.m. Tuesday for Atlanta, a city known for grinding to a halt even in relatively light snowfalls.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said today that state offices in more than 30 counties in the northern part of the state would be closed Tuesday, including those in the Atlanta area.
The National Weather Service projects that up to an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow is possible Tuesday in Atlanta, with up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in far northern suburbs. Forecasters warn of the possibility of ice-glazed roads and highways.
Sunday’s Super Bowl will be played in downtown Atlanta in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has a roof. Officials have said that the roof will be open if weather permits.
Agent: Anthony Davis tells New Orleans that he wants a trade
UNDATED (AP) – Anthony Davis’ agent says the five-time All-Star has told the New Orleans Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a contending team.
Agent Rich Paul confirmed the request to The Associated Press early today. ESPN first reported that Davis has told the Pelicans he wants to go elsewhere.
Davis is having the best season of his career, averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. He’ll almost certainly become a six-time All-Star later this week when the NBA announces the full rosters for this year’s game that will be played Feb. 17 in Charlotte.
What’s unclear: If Davis will be there as a member of the Pelicans or not. The trade deadline is Feb. 7.
7th Australian Open win for Djokovic
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer’s 20 and Nadal’s 17.
Djokovic improved to 7-0 in finals at Melbourne Park with a remarkably dominant and mistake-free performance against Nadal.
On Saturday, Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title, edging Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4
Sala’s family in Channel Islands to oversee private search
LONDON (AP) – The family of missing Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala is in the Channel Islands to oversee a private search of the plane that disappeared last week.
An official search-and-rescue operation for the light aircraft carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson was called off on Thursday.
The flight was going from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, where Sala was set to play in the Premier League.
More than 300,000 euros ($340,000) have been raised online to allow Sala’s family to fund a private search around the Channel Islands. Argentine soccer greats Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona were among those making pleas to resume a search.