Update on the latest in sports:
Patriots celebrate Super Bowl win with parade
BOSTON (AP) – Tens of thousands of giddy fans have converged on Boston for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title.
The parade from the Hynes Convention Center is carrying the team about two miles past the Boston Common and other landmarks before ending at City Hall. As is tradition, the team is riding through downtown on World War II-era amphibious “duck boat” vehicles.
Mayor Marty Walsh warned fans not to throw anything. Errant beer cans slightly damaged the Red Sox World Series trophy last year.
The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Super Bowl 53.
TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Former Volunteers coach is back as visiting coach
UNDATED (AP) – The top two teams in college basketball are in action tonight, as top-ranked Tennessee hosts Missouri and number-two Duke takes on Boston College.
Tennessee is taking a school-record 16-game winning streak into tonight’s game.
For Missouri’s Cuonzo Martin, it’s his first time at Tennessee as a visiting coach since the end of his own tenure coaching the Volunteers.
Here’s tonight’s full schedule involving top-25 teams (all times Eastern):
No. 1 Tennessee vs. Missouri, 9 p.m.
No. 2 Duke vs. Boston College, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Kentucky vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Michigan at Rutgers, 8 p.m.
No. 8 North Carolina vs. N.C. State, 8 p.m.
No. 9 Michigan State at Illinois, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Marquette vs. St. John’s, 8 p.m.
No. 13 Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m.
No. 22 Florida State at Syracuse, 8 p.m.
Celtics look for fifth straight
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Boston Celtics have won four straight, and nine of their last 10 games, heading into tonight’s matchup against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Boston snapped Oklahoma City’s seven-game win streak on Sunday in a 134-129 thriller.
The Portland Trail Blazers are hoping newly-acquired forward Rodney Hood will give them some more scoring punch as they host the Miami Heat. Hood was traded to Portland yesterday from Cleveland.
Also on the NBA schedule (all times Eastern):
L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Detroit at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Orlando at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Toronto at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
Golden Knights try to snap losing streak
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights have their work cut out for them as they try to snap a four-game losing streak. They are visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team with the NHL’s best record.
The Winnipeg Jets are looking for their fourth straight win as they host San Jose tonight. The Sharks are winners of their last two.
Elsewhere in the NHL (all times Eastern):
N.Y. Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Washington, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Florida, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Arizona at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Chicago at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
ARE, Sweden (AP) – Mikaela Shiffrin overcame a major error to win the gold medal in super-G at the world championships in Sweden.
It’s the first major championship medal in a speed event for Shiffrin, previously known as a technical specialist.
Shiffrin veered off course on the lower section, flailed her arms mid-air to slow down and narrowly cleared the next gate, clipping it with her side.
Still, the two-time Olympic champion finished 0.02 seconds ahead of Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia of Italy. Corinne Suter of Switzerland was third, 0.05 behind.
After crashing in the super-G, Vonn plans to race in downhill
ARE, Sweden (AP) – Lindsey Vonn is expecting to race in the downhill at the world championships despite crashing in the super-G.
Vonn say she has a “bit of a shiner” on her face and “got the wind knocked out of me” in the next-to-last race of her illustrious career.
But she looked ahead to the downhill on Sunday by saying “maybe I’ll pull off a miracle. Just because you have been knocked down, it doesn’t mean you can’t get back up.”
Asked how she felt after crashing into the safety net midway through her run in the super-G, Vonn said “I thought, ‘Why am I here? I’m too old for this.”‘
SUPER BOWL-PATIENT DEATH
ALS patient dies in minivan fire on way to Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) – A man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who dreamed of going to the Super Bowl secured tickets from a charity, but was killed when the minivan he was traveling in caught fire on the way to Atlanta.
News outlets report that 39-year-old Ed Cushman of Shelby, North Carolina, got tickets through ALS-dedicated charity Team Gleason in New Orleans.
His brother was driving him Saturday when the minivan began smoking on Interstate 85. A Georgia State Patrol release says Robert Cushman got out to examine the vehicle, at which point flames erupted. He tried to rescue Ed Cushman, who was in a wheelchair and on a ventilator, but the “flames were too intense.”
Ed Cushman ultimately died in the fire.
In a Facebook post, Robert Cushman called the fire a “freak accident.”