ATLANTA (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots have arrived in Atlanta to continue preparations for Super Bowl 53. The Rams are in the NFL title game for the first time since falling to the Patriots in 2002. Los Angeles also made Super Bowl appearances following the 1979 and 2000 seasons. The Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year, fourth time in the past five years and for the ninth time overall in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The AFC has won the Pro Bowl for the third straight year, beating the NFC, 26-7 amid a steady rain in Orlando. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the game MVP after completing 7 of 14 passes for 156 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown toss to Colts receiver Eric Ebron . Jets safety Jamal Adams was the defensive MVP after recording an interception and a sack.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Justin Rose closed with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Adam Scott in the PGA’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rose bogeyed three of his first five holes in the final round to see a three-stroke lead cut to one before recovering. Rose finished 21 under and became the first player since Peter Jacobsen in 1995 to post all four rounds in the 60s at the event.
DETROIT (AP) – Nathan Chen has wrapped up his third consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championship with a sensational free skate. Chen finished with a score of 342.22, defeating runner-up Vincent Zhou by over 58 points. Jason Brown was third. Chen’s free skate alone earned 228.80 points, which was higher than the total score for 14 of the 20 skaters.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Longtime San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan has died at 76 after a battle with cancer, according to the team. Magowan helped form the ownership group that bought the franchise for $100 million from Bob Lurie in December 1992 to keep the team from moving to Tampa Bay. One of his first moves was signing Barry Bonds to a six-year, $43.5 million free agent deal even before he formally completed the purchase of the ballclub.