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The New England Patriots cracked the Los Angeles Rams' defense in Super Bowl LIII by running the exact same play three times in a row. New England ran the play out of its heaviest, non-goal line package. Strange as it sounds, the simple formula proved to be the antidote against an otherwise ferocious defense. Wade Phillips' unit hounded Tom Brady and the passing game almost all night. The Rams pestered the 41-year-old with myriad looks, timely coverage rotations and sporadic spurts of pressure, forcing poor reads, bad decisions, errant throws and even an ugly sack-fumble.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz admitted his shortcomings could have inspired anonymous criticism from teammates, who described the 26-year-old as selfish and egotistical. Wentz said parts of the recent story that criticized him were wrong, and others prompted reflection.
Spain's Sergio Garcia will face no further punishment following his disqualification from the Saudi International on Saturday for damaging several greens. Players in groups behind Garcia on Saturday, including American Patrick Reed, complained that Garcia had taken his frustration out on several greens on the front nine during Saturday's round at the Royal Greens course, leaving scuff marks and at least one large divot-like mark. Garcia, 39, was subject to a fine and potential suspension, but European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley told The Scotsman that the "incident is over.
The New Orleans Saints' players and fans did not hold back as they watched the Los Angeles Rams struggle in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. Two weeks earlier, the Saints watched in disbelief as a controversial non-call contributed to their overtime loss to the Rams in the NFC title game. The league later admitted that its officials blew the call, but that provided little solace to New Orleans' players and fans. The Rams' 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots on sports' biggest stage seemed to help.
ATLANTA -- Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LIII. Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards, including seven catches for 93 yards before halftime, to help New England claim a second Super Bowl in three seasons. He caught one of the most memorable passes in Super Bowl history to help New England rally over the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. Edelman now ranks second all-time in playoff receiving yards with 1,412. Jerry Rice is the all-time leader with 2,245.
ATLANTA -- The New England Patriots claimed the Lombardi Trophy for a record-tying sixth time, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a Super Bowl LIII slugfest Sunday, Feb. 3, in Atlanta. A clash of generations at quarterback and head coach, this was billed as a battle between 41-year-old Tom Brady and 66-year-old Bill Belichick of New England and 24-year-old Jared Goff and 33-year-old Sean McVay of Los Angeles.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rickie Fowler finally won a tournament title that had eluded him, and it wasn't all that much fun until the task was complete. Fowler recovered from a back-side triple-bogey to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday, Feb. 3, in Scottsdale. Fowler's final-round 3-over-par 74 in the rain came with birdies on two of the final four holes after his lead disappeared at TPC Scottsdale. "It wasn't fun," Fowler said. "Just having to dig deep and fight through. It wasn't easy out there."
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 17 Purdue rallied from a 13-point, second-half deficit to beat Minnesota 73-63 on Sunday, Feb. 3, at West Lafayette. The victory moved Purdue (16-6) into a Big Ten first-place tie with Michigan State and Michigan at 9-2. The Boilermakers have won seven straight games. Carsen Edwards scored 15 of team-high 17 points in the second half. After hitting only one of his first 10 shots, Edwards, who was averaging 24.9 points entering the game, finished 6 of 20 from the field and was 1 of 9 from 3-point range.
ATLANTA - Tom Brady did not expect to encounter many Super Bowl firsts in his ninth appearance on the grand NFL stage, but Thursday brought another unique moment. In the middle of his 15-minute press conference at Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Thursday, an enthusiastic ukulele player serenaded Brady with a groaning rendition of "We are the Champions." "That's kind of a nice break in the action here," Brady said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota used a 27-6 run midway through the second half to take control of a game that Illinois led for most of the first 25 minutes, and the Golden Gophers earned an 86-75 win Wednesday night, Jan. 30. Five players scored in double figures for the Golden Gophers (16-5, 6-4 Big Ten), led by Amir Coffey with 18 points. Jordan Murphy scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Gabe Kalscheur added 14 points. Isaiah Washington and Daniel Oturu came off the bench to tally 12 and 11, respectively.