Patriots-Rams….New England in 9th Super Bowl….Bill Belicheck-Tom Brady (5-3) on Super Bowl Sunday…Rams have taken a (4-12) franchise and gotten to Super Bowl in 2-years time under Sean McVay.
..Patriots…Averaging 39P per game in postseason…
..Tom Brady (64-90) 691Y-passing (71%) completions-2 games
..Brady sacked just 21-times in 570-pass attempts this year
..Patriots (511YPG) offense in 2-games
..Patriots (20-33) on 3rd downs-60% conversion rate
..Patriots defense allow (9-22) on 3rd downs..40%
..Patriots defense allow (312YPG) in playoffs
..Rams (418YPG) offense in postseason
..Rams time of possession in playoffs (34:24)
..Rams allow just (299YPG) in playoffs.
..Rams defense (7-24) on 3rd downs…29%
..Rams run defense (2.3YPC) in playoffs
..Tom Brady (29-10) career record in playoffs
..Tom Brady (73TD-33Int) in playoffs..(90R)..63%
..Brady career record (236-70)
..Bill Belicheck (30-11) record in playoffs
..Belicheck (254-89) overall career record
..Patriots (226-66) record since 2003.
ESPN Reporters Picks…46-New England..30-Rams
Sports Illustrated Picks…10-New England…4-Rams
Hall of Fame…Committee votes on Saturday for 2019-Enshrinees….Candidates include legendary Broncos owner Pat Bowles…Raiders coach Tom Flores…Chargers coach Don Coryell…Cowboys GM-Gil Brandt…..
TE-Tony Gonzalez-Chiefs..Colts RB-Edgerrin James…Rams WR-Issac Bruce…Broncos CB-Champ Bailey…Broncos S-Steve Atwater…Broncos S-John Lynch…Patriots S-Ty Law…Ravens S-Ed Reed….Jets C-Kevin Mawae…Seahawks-OG-Steve Hutchinson…Jaguars OT-Tony Boselli…Steelers OG-Alan Faneca.
Pittsburgh…Ex coach Bill Cowher says Art Rooney-Ben Roethlisberger-Antonio Brown need to sit face to face and solve the personality problems on team.
Pittsburgh…DE-Cam Heyward says players need to put ‘pettiness’ behind them
Pittsburgh..WR-JuJu Smith-Schuster says players need to ‘stop being divas-acting like Kardashians’.
Chargers…Legendary RB-LaDanian Tomlinson says team was not prepared for Patriots playoff game…Defensive scheme could not work-team allowed 35-points in a row in loss…Trailed (41-14) at one point.
Ravens..New GM-Eric DeCosta says the media is trying to be ‘divisive’…no problems with Coach John Harbaugh extension….’Media not in our building-know nothing’….Been together 11-years.
Cowboys..Owner Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett-‘not on shaky ground’….Garrett will assume play calling in 2019.
Packers..OT-David Bakhtiari says team ‘got complacent’ under Mike McCarthy last couple of years.
Redskins..Say Jay Gruden will continue to call plays next year.
Missouri…hit with Bowl Ban for 2019-season….Academic tutor did some coursework for 12-different Tigers players last 3-years…School also hit with 7-week ban on on-campus recruiting visits..banned for 7-weeks off campus recruiting visits by coaches…given 7-week ‘dark period’ from communicating with recruits…stripped 5-scholarships….AD-Jim Sterk to appeal ‘harshness’ of sanctions because school turned itself in-cooperated with probe-and terminated employees immediately.
Alabama…Talking to Major Applewhite-ex Houston Cougars head coach about possible offensive job on Nick Saban staff.
Washington State…Sign Mike Leach-contract extension thru 2023.
Oregon State..QB-Connor Blount-transfers to Eastern Kentucky.
Padres….Met Thursday night with Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper-Agent Scott Boras….Meeting in Las Vegas involved owners Ron Fowler-Peter Seidler-GM AJ Preller….Sources say Padres willing to go (5Y-150M) with player opt out clauses after 3rd-4th year or players ‘renegotiate clauses’ for extension and salary upgrade in 4th-5th years.
Padres-Miami…Trade talks stall-Miami refuses to give San Diego permission to talk about contract extension with C-JT Realmuto because teams have not agreed on players who would be in the deal.
Indians-Brewers….Open trade talks about deal for P-Corey Kluber.
Rockies..Open contract talks to re-sign OF-Carlos Gonzalez
Rockies..sign 3B-Nolan Arenado (1Y-26M) avoid arbitration
Reds..Open talks with FA-P-Zach Duke-ex Cardinals-Nationals
Twins..Open talks with FA-P-Bud Norris-ex Astros-Orioles
Lakers-W-Clippers (123-120) OT…….LeBron James-Lance Stephenson combined for (44P-17R)…..Lakers survive Clippers 37P-4th quarter…then play strong defense in overtimes…LeBron (24P) on 9-for-22 shooting…..Stephenson 20-off bench…..Lakers (28-35) on free throws…..Lou Williams (24) off bench for Clippers……Clippers had 7-in double figures….hit 14-3’s in game but lost. ……LeBron James returns to play after missing 17-games.
Lakers-New Orleans….Report Magic Johnson has given Pelicans GM-Del Demps 5-different proposals involving players and draft picks for F-Anthony Davis…..Pelicans want a package with both Brandon Ingram-Kyle Kuzma plus Ivaca Zubac-Lonzo Ball and two #1-#1 picks…
Chicago-New Orleans…Trade proposal has Bulls offering C-Laurrie Markkanen-Wendell Carter-Zach LaVine and this year’s Bulls lottery pick #1…for Davis.
Knicks-Dallas…Pull off blockbuster trade on Thursday night…Knicks deal Kristaps Porzingas-Trey Burkes-Courtney Lee-Tim Hardaway to Mavericks for DeAndre Jordan-Dennis Smith-Wes Matthews and #1-#1 draft picks….Knicks now have two ‘Max’ slots to sign free agents this summer.
Boston..NBA investigating G-Jabari Byrd for violent domestic abuse incident in September…choked girlfriend twice om argument.
Jason Kidd..Report he contacted Lakers expressing interest in coaching job if they make change out from Luke Walton.
Lakers-Golden State….Saturday night matchup
Aztecs-at-San Jose State…SDSU now (12-8) faces (3-17) Spartans.
USD-at-Gonzaga…Torerors (15-7)….Bulldogs (19-2)
Gulls-Ontario…..San Diego comes off All Star break with home games with Reign-Iowa Wild on Saturday-Sunday.
Ducks-at-Winnipeg….Anaheim comes off All Star break with road game on Saturday….Ducks (21-21-9)
Ducks..Callup Gulls D-Jaycob Megna
Kings..Callup Ontario C-Mike Amadio-F-Auistin Wagner-D-Sean Walker
Blues..Lose LW-David Perron-on IR-back injury
Chicago…18Y-veteran forward Antoine Vermette announces retirement.
..(64) Ricky Fowler-Justin Thomas-Hal Varner
..(65) JD Poston
..(66) Charley Hoffman
..(67) Jon Rahm-Xander Schauffele
..(68) Phil Mickelson
Team USA-vs-Costa Rica…soccer friendly on Saturday
Newcastle United…Spend record 20M to acquire Miguel Almiron-F-from Atlanta-MLS..has 21G in 2-years.
English Premier League-top games
..Hot Spur (19-6)-vs-Newcastle
..Chelsea (14-5-5)-vs- Huddersfield
..Manchester United (13-5-6)-vs-Leicester
..Manchester City (18-4-22)-vs-Arsenal (14-5-5)
..Liverpool (19-1-4)-vs West Ham