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Eagles get their first Super Bowl victory

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The City of Brotherly Love is celebrating its first Super Bowl victory, and its first NFL championship since 1960.

Zach Ertz lunged for the go-ahead touchdown and Brandon Graham stripped Tom Brady of the ball near the two minute warning to send the Eagles to a 41-33 win over the New England Patriots.

The Patriots led 33-32 until Nick Foles engineered a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Ertz’s 11-yard reception. Ertz caught the ball and took two steps before losing the ball during his plunge into the end zone with 2:21 remaining. The play was confirmed upon video review as Ertz was ruled to have become a runner with the ball before crossing the goal line.

The Pats had a chance to regain the lead after the Eagles failed to make the two-point conversion, but Brady fumbled on the second play of the drive. Derek Barnett recovered the ball to give the Eagles possession on the New England 28 with 2:09 left. Jake Elliott added a 46-yard field goal with 1:10 to play, giving the Eagles an eight-point cushion.

Philadelphia’s defense stopped the Patriots on a potential tying drive in the final minute, preventing New England from tying the Steelers’ record of six Super Bowl victories.

Foles was outstanding, completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also became the first quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl, a nine-yard grab that put the Eagles ahead 22-12 just before halftime.

Former Patriot LeGarrette Blount rushed for 90 yard and a TD, while Corey Clement grabbed four passes for 100 yards.

Brady put up sensational numbers, throwing for a playoff-record 505 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. But his late fumble was damaging as he fell to 5-3 in Super Bowls. All three losses have come against NFC East teams, two against the Giants.

The two teams set an NFL playoff record by combining for 1,151 yards, 613 by the Patriots.



Colts: Linebacker Edwin Jackson among 2 killed on highway

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indianapolis Colts say linebacker Edwin Jackson was one of two men killed when a suspected drunken driver struck them as they stood outside their car along a highway in Indianapolis.

The Colts said in a statement Sunday that the team is “heartbroken” by Jackson’s death. The statement says the 26-year-old “was loved by all in the Colts organization.”

State police identified the victims as Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, of Avon, Indiana. Authorities say the driver that struck them before dawn on Sunday tried to flee on foot but was quickly captured. Toxicology results are pending.



Horford’s buzzer-beater lifts Celtics

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Celtics continue to lead the NBA’s Atlantic Division by two games over the Toronto Raptors following victories by both teams this afternoon.

Al Horford nailed a 15-footer at the buzzer to give the Celtics a 97-96 win over the Trail Blazers. Horford finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in leading Boston to its fourth consecutive win.

The Celts trailed 85-79 midway through the fourth quarter before scoring 11 straight points. But Damian Lillard put Portland back on top by furnishing the team’s final eight points, including a 3-point play that put the Blazers ahead 96-95 with 7.2 seconds remaining.

Jayson Tatum finished with 17 points and Jaylen Brown had 16 for the Celtics.

The Raptors kept pace as Delon Wright led their balanced attack with 15 points in a 101-86 win against the Grizzlies. DeMar DeRozan and Fred VanVleet each scored 13 for Toronto, which opened the final period with a 12-4 run to take an 88-78 lead.

The Raptors improved to a league-best 21-4 at home despite shooting 6-for-35 from 3-point range.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

– The Bucks beat the Nets for the 10th straight time as Eric Bledsoe’s 28 points led a 109-94 rout in Brooklyn. John Hanson had 19 points and 18 boards for the Bucks, and Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOOM’-poh) contributed 16 points and eight rebounds before leaving the game with an apparent right ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

– Brook Lopez dropped in 20 points and Julius Randle added 19 as the Lakers dealt the Thunder their fourth straight loss, 108-104. Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and Brandon Ingram added 16 in the Lakers’ sixth win in eight games.

– The Hawks beat the Knicks 99-96 on Kent Bazemore’s 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds to play. Bazemore had a team-high 19 points and helped Atlanta close the game on a 12-3 run.

– Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM’) scored 22 points and Charlotte rallied from a 21-point, second-half deficit to beat the Suns, 115-110 in Phoenix. Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard added 18 apiece for the Hornets, who tied a season high with their third straight win by storming back from a 78-57 deficit.



AP source: Struggling Cavs not planning to fire coach Lue

CLEVELAND (AP) – A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers have no plans to fire coach Tyronn Lue (TY’-rahn loo) despite the team’s recent slide.

Lue is the only coach to win a championship with a Cleveland team since 1964, but his status came into question following Saturday night’s 32-point home loss to Houston.

Cleveland has lost 12 of 18 and has been blown out several times in the span.



Nine straight wins for Villanova

UNDATED (AP) – Top-ranked Villanova gave local sports fans an early victory in Philadelphia before the Eagles took on the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

The Wildcats won their ninth in a row and improved to 22-1 overall by whipping Seton Hall, 92-76. Omari Spellman had 26 points, 11 rebounds for Villanova, while teammate Michael Bridges added 17.

The Pirates led by three early in the second half until Eric Paschall (PAS’-kul) and Jalen Brunson drained 3-pointers, igniting a run that allowed the Wildcats to go up by 21 with 2:22 remaining.

In other Top 25 games:

– Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 35 points and had 13 rebounds as No. 17 Ohio State held off Illinois 75-67. Jae’Sean Tate scored 11 points for the 20-5 Buckeyes, who have won three straight and 10 of their last 11 heading into Wednesday’s showdown with No. 3 Purdue.

– Shannon Evans II scored 23 points and Romello White added 21 as No. 25 Arizona State beat Washington State 88-78. Tra Holder’s 21 points helped the Sun Devils bounce back from a loss at Washington.



Knights outlast Caps

UNDATED (AP) – The expansion Vegas Golden Knights continue to enjoy a double-digit lead in the NHL’s Pacific Division and are within one point of Tampa Bay in the battle for the league’s top record.

Alex Tuch scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:12 remaining to send the Knights past the Capitals, 4-3 in Washington. Vegas trailed three times before Reilly Smith tied it midway through the third period.

Ryan Carpenter had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights, who lead their division by 10 points over the Sharks.

San Jose also won as Brent Burns provided a goal and an assist in a 3-1 verdict over the Hurricanes. Timo Meier and Chris Tierney scored, and Aaron Dell stopped 29 shots in the Sharks’ second consecutive victory since a four-game skid.

Montreal won the other NHL game of the day as Artturi Lehkonen snapped a 24-game goal drought by scoring twice in the Canadiens’ 4-1 victory against Ottawa. Jeff Petry tallied for the third time in two games, and Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAN’-ehts) scored to help the Habs win for the second straight day.



Forsberg gets 3-game suspension for Vesey hit

NEW YORK (AP) – Predators forward Filip Forsberg has received a three-game suspension from the NHL for his late hit on Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (VEE’-see).

Forsberg hit Vesey behind the Rangers net in the second period of the Predators’ 5-2 win over New York on Saturday. The league ruled Forsberg committed interference for starting the hit after Vesey had passed away the puck.



Rangers give Colon minor league deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Bartolo Colon isn’t ready to end his playing career.

The Texas Rangers have signed the 44-year-old pitcher to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Colon was a combined 7-14 with a 6.48 ERA in 28 starts for Atlanta and Minnesota last season. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner has 240 career victories in 20 seasons with 10 different teams.



Woodland wins in OT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Gary Woodland parred the first playoff hole to beat Chez Reavie (REE’-vee) and win the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Woodland birdied three of the last four holes of regulation for a 7-under 64, the best round of the day. He was 18 under for the tournament.

Reavie made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to force the PGA Tour’s fourth straight playoff and the event’s third overtime finish in a row.

Brendan Steele and Ollie Schniederjans tied for third at 15 under, one shot in front of Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur), Chesson Hadley and Bryson DeChambeau.



Vonn records 81st win ahead of Olympics

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) – Lindsey Vonn claimed her 81st career victory by capturing the final women’s World Cup downhill in Germany before the Pyeongchang Olympics.

It was the American’s third straight triumph in the discipline after winning on the same hill the day before and in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, two weeks ago.

Vonn’s American teammate Stacey Cook crashed and was taken off the hill on a sled, but the U.S. ski team says she “is OK.” Another teammate, Jacqueline Wiles, damaged her left knee in a crash Saturday and was ruled out of the Olympics.



Michigan State faculty moving ahead with no-confidence vote

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State University faculty are moving ahead with a motion to hold a no-confidence vote on the school’s board of trustees. The vote was in response to the board’s decision to hire former Gov. John Engler as interim president.

Members of the university’s Academic Congress overwhelmingly approved a measure Saturday to hold the vote at the Faculty Senate’s next meeting. If that vote passes, faculty would call on the trustees to step down immediately.

Faculty members say the board rushed to appoint Engler and they criticized his lack of academic experience.

Engler was hired as interim president last Wednesday after longtime President Lou Anna Simon resigned Jan. 24. Simon’s decision came amid a growing outcry over the university’s handling of the sex assault scandal involving former university sports doctor Larry Nassar.

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