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San Diego Fleet to kick off AAF League play without kickoffs

When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio, something was missing. Kickoffs. “We were all looking around saying, ‘Does anyone miss kickoffs?’ The answer was, no, we did not miss them,” said Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former vice president of officiating who is a consultant for the latest attempt at a spring league. ...

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Column: Edelman is Super Bowl MVP, but don’t forget cheating

ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Edelman is certainly a compelling story. A diminutive guy with a bushy beard, picked in the final round of the draft, defying the odds to become one of the NFL’s top receivers. And, now, a Super Bowl MVP. But let’s not forget one other fairly important element to this story: He cheated. Edelman was honored Monday ...

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Patriots to celebrate 6th Super Bowl win with Boston parade

BOSTON (AP) — With cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!” hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots‘ sixth Super Bowl title. A party atmosphere enveloped the city on the unseasonably mild day. Red, white and blue confetti rained down and music blared as fans ...

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The Latest: Brady, Patriots take victory lap through Boston

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a parade in Boston to celebrate the New England Patriots‘ sixth Super Bowl title (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Boston’s triumphant Super Bowl victory parade is a wrap. Hundreds of thousands of cheering fans packed the streets to watch the New England Patriots roll through downtown, celebrating their sixth NFL championship. Organizers expected as ...

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Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million viewers, down from 2018

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The New England Patriots‘ competitive but action-starved Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million people on television and streaming services, the smallest audience for football’s annual spectacle in a decade. A boycott by disgruntled New Orleans Saints fans, a campaign by fans of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a game with ...

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The Latest: Less money bet on Super Bowl at Nevada casinos

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on legal betting action on Super Bowl 53 (all times local): 4 p.m. Regulators say gamblers in Nevada bet less money on the Super Bowl this year. Unaudited tallies released Monday by state gambling regulators show people wagered roughly $145.94 million on the big game at Nevada’s 200 sportsbooks. That’s about $12.65 million less ...

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Patriots to celebrate 6th Super Bowl win with Boston parade

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots are being feted in Boston after defeating the Los Angeles Rams to claim their sixth Super Bowl title. The parade kicks off Tuesday morning at the Hynes Convention Center. It will rumble roughly 2 miles (3 kilometers) past the Boston Common and other landmarks before ending at City Hall. As is tradition, the ...

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Column: No love for the defense in Super Bowl 53

In a Super Bowl snoozer featuring a single touchdown by victorious New England and the high-scoring, newfangled, all-the-rage Los Angeles Rams managing a measly three points, the MVP trophy went to Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. Where’s the love for the defense? Sure, Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards, including two grabs on the drive that ended with rookie running ...

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