Update on the latest sports
NFL-SUPER BOWL PARADE
Throngs expected in Kansas City for Chiefs parade
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Hundreds of thousands are expected to flood downtown Kansas City on Wednesday as the triumphant Chiefs bring home a Super Bowl trophy for the first time in 50 years.
Several schools in the area canceled classes, freeing up buses to haul fans to the celebration of the team’s come-from-behind 31-20 win against San Francisco.
City staff that aren’t involved in public safety or other essential services will be freed of their duties to watch the parade, which starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends with a rally in front of the city’s Union Station.
The Kansas Legislature canceled the day’s session, while lawmakers in Missouri planned a light workday. Many businesses in the area also made plans to close or operate on a reduced schedule. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, the emergency room at the main downtown hospital will be open, but appointments and some surgeries were being rescheduled or moved.
When the Royals won the World Series in 2015, an estimated 800,000 people flocked to the victory parade, shattering expectations in a city with a population of about 470,000 and a metropolitan area of about 2 million. Cellphone towers were overwhelmed by the throngs, and motorists began parking along side of the interstate and walking as exits jammed.
AP sources: Covington, Capela on move in 4-team trade
UNDATED (AP) – Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a complicated trade that was struck early Wednesday involving four teams, 12 players and at least three draft picks, according to two people familiar with the situation.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not received league approval. They say that among the key components, Covington and Jordan Bell will join the Rockets from Minnesota, Capela and Nene are leaving the Rockets for the Hawks. The Timberwolves will add soon-to-be restricted free agents Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez from Denver, and the Nuggets get Shabazz Napier from Minnesota plus a first-round pick from Houston.
It was not immediately clear if a call with NBA attorneys to review and approve the trade would happen on Wednesday or Thursday. The league’s trade deadline is 3 p.m. EST Thursday.
Also in the deal: Jarred Vanderbilt is leaving Denver for Minnesota, and the Nuggets are getting Keita Bates-Diop and Noah Vonleh from the Timberwolves as well as Evan Turner from the Hawks. Gerald Green – who is out with a season-long foot injury – also goes to Denver from Houston to help make the math work and is likely to be waived once the deal is final, and Atlanta will also have to make another move to finalize the trade since it must first clear a roster spot. ESPN reported Wednesday that the Hawks would waive Chandler Parsons to clear the necessary space.
Willie Taggart Jr. signs to play at FAU, for Willie Taggart
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Willie Taggart has landed Willie Taggart.
Florida Atlantic announced that quarterback Willie Taggart Jr. signed with the Owls on Wednesday – meaning he will play for his father, the new FAU coach.
Taggart Jr. was the first player to submit his letter to FAU once signing day began Wednesday. He announced his commitment to the Owls last month.
The younger Taggart is a dual-threat player who helped Florida High reach the state Class 3A championship game this past season, after piling up nearly 3,100 combined rushing and passing yards with a total of 30 touchdowns.
The elder Taggart is entering his first season at FAU. He was fired after less than two years at Florida State in November.