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Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA, the site of Super Bowl LIII. (Wikimedia Commons)

Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA, the site of Super Bowl LIII. (Wikimedia Commons)

Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA, the site of Super Bowl LIII. (Wikimedia Commons)

Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA, the site of Super Bowl LIII. (Wikimedia Commons)

Jacob Robson, Contributor

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One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six Rings on Brady’s fingers

In a game that could have sent a 4-year-old to sleep, the New England Patriots ruled supreme over the Los Angeles Rams, 13 -3, in the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever.

Julian Edelman received the Most Valuable Player award after racking up 10 receptions for 141 yards. Edelman, who missed the entire 2017 season with an ACL injury, showed his grit and determination in the win, and was Tom Brady’s go-to target throughout the night.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Rob Gronkowski and Brady teamed up for the play of the game. Out of the shotgun formation with the score tied at 3-3, Brady threw a deep left arrow to Gronkowski for a gain of 29 yards down to the Rams 2-yard line. Sony Michel ran for the first and only touchdown of the game on the next play.

In a woeful offensive effort by the Rams offense, Jared Goff was a shadow figure of his mid-season self. Goff completed 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards, and yet those mediocre stats don’t tell the full story. The third-year quarterback looked lost for the majority of the night, and never got his offense into the red zone. Todd Gurley III was also a non-factor, as rumors surrounding his health were seemingly confirmed – he only carried the ball ten times, posting a measly 35 yards.

Though the teams averaged over a combined 60 points during the regular season, both entered the final quarter without reaching the end zone — the first time that’s happened in Super Bowl history.

Out with the Trades, In with the All-Stars

The NBA trade deadline finally came to an exciting end on Thursday, as most of the teams above .500 looked to strengthen their rosters ahead of the postseason while others looked to build for the future.

The Los Angeles Lakers were unsuccessful in their pursuit of star Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. The Lakers were reported to have been in discussions with the Pelicans for the majority of the last week, but in the end, Magic Johnson had to pull the plug on any potential deal — the Pelicans were demanding all of the Lakers’ young stars in addition to multiple draft picks. Davis staying put blows the door wide open for franchises such as the Celtics and Clippers to make moves for Davis this summer.

On Thursday, Team LeBron and Team Giannis were chosen in the 2019 All-Star draft, shown live on television. All-Star weekend is still over a week away, but LeBron James has already started a conversation surrounding his picks. James drafted Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden, the first three of which all could become free agents (and potentially join LeBron in L.A.) this summer. Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokounmpo chose Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George and Kemba Walker for his starting five.

On the same night as the All-Star draft, the Celtics hosted LeBron and the Lakers at the TD Garden. The historic rivalry game was a close fought battle right until the very end. LeBron recorded a triple-double in a strong second outing since recovering from a groin strain suffered on Christmas Day vs the Warriors. Kyrie Irving also put on a show with 24 points and eight assists. Yet, it was the ex-Celtic and 2007 champion Rajon Rondo who came up clutch for the Lakers. With 11.5 seconds remaining on the clock, Brandon Ingram drove at the Celtics defense but came up short. Yet, in a defensive effort from the Celtics that resembled a Brazilian Beach Volleyball game, the ball came loose just long enough for Rondo to sink the mid-range buzzer beater.

Sporting world Mourns Passing Of Frank Robinson

A pioneer in his sport, Frank Robinson, who was the first ever African-American manager in the MLB, passed away on Thursday, aged 83. Robinson, who in his heyday was a tremendous batter, ranks tenth all-time in home runs with 586.

Robinson recorded a career batting average of .294 whilst representing the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Cleveland Indians. He was an All-Star on 14 occasions in his 18-year career and won the World Series twice, both with the Baltimore Orioles.

Off the field, Frank Robinson was an active participant in the civil rights movement. Soon after, he became a member of the NAACP, serving as a passionate speaker on racial and societal issues. He was a true American hero, and his work to advance equality in baseball and beyond should be heralded.

Missing Soccer Player, Emiliano Sala, Finally Found in Plane Wreckage

Excited and on his way to meet up with new teammates after his transfer was sealed, Emiliano Sala had just signed a $19.4 million (£15 million) deal that would see him move from FC Nantes of France to Cardiff City of the English Premier League.

The 28-year-old was aboard a private plane chartered to fly him from France to Cardiff, Wales, to meet up with his new teammates. Yet, as the plane was flying over the English Channel near the Island of Guernsey, it lost contact with local Air Traffic radars.

A search financed by UK Police was ended several days after the plane was reported missing, and a privately-funded investigation with contributions from Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot, among others, proved inconclusive also.

Finally, on Wednesday, Dorset Police announced they had recovered a body from the wreckage found in the sea. The following day, they confirmed that the body was identified as that of Emiliano Sala.

Now the public waits for the findings of an investigation opened up by the United Kingdom Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). The plane was being flown by a pilot who wasn’t qualified, and frankly it should never have been allowed. Those who financed the plane and scheduled it should be the ones to blame. More details and facts will surely be unearthed in due course.

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