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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 1:30 pm, CT

February 4, 2019

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TODAY’S TOP STORY:

SPORTS BETTING-LEAGUE ROYALTIES

America’s major professional sports leagues are split on how to get a piece of the action from legal sports betting after failing to get early adopting states to cut them in. But they are back in the game this year as a number of states are considering granting them fees from sports bets. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ UCONN PRESIDENT: The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has scheduled a vote on a replacement for President Susan Herbst. SENT.

_ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEATH: A 75-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a woman inside a Fairfield home. SENT.

SPORTS:

SUPER BOWL-BRADY’S SIXTH

Tom Brady’s performance was below his high standards, but he’ll gladly trade stats for championships. Brady did just enough to lead the New England Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He is the first player in NFL history to win six Super Bowl titles. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 550 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-PAUL NEWBERRY-EDELMAN

Julian Edelman is certainly a compelling story, a diminutive guy picked in the final round of the draft who has become one of the NFL’s top receivers and, now, a Super Bowl MVP. But let’s not forget one other fairly important thing: He cheated. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST.

SUPER BOWL-GRONK’S FAREWELL?

Rob Gronkowski rumbled down the field, got past two defenders and hauled in the football to set up New England’s go-ahead touchdown. If this was the farewell performance for the Patriots tight end, he went out in playmaking style. Was it his biggest catch ever? SENT: 630 words, photo.

ON FOOTBALL-PATRIOTS PAIN

There’s something surgical about the Patriots’ dynasty that has made the rest of the NFL reel for nearly two decades. They are 6-3 in Super Bowls in Bill Belichick’s reign and with Tom Brady doing the clutch work. Yet the overall points for those games, dating back to 2002, stand at 215 for New England, 201 for the opposition. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-CHAMPION PATRIOTS

Julian Edelman and the New England Patriots are looking forward to a parade back home, but only after relishing their 13-3 Super Bowl 53 win over the Rams with one final news conference in Atlanta on Monday. By Charles Odum. SENT: 580 words, photos.

PATRIOTS-CHIEFS-LASER POINTER

The Kansas City Chiefs have instituted a lifetime ban against a fan accused of flashing a laser at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during last month’s AFC championship game. SENT: 130 words.

RAMS-WRAPUP

The Los Angeles Rams’ historically bad offensive performance in the Super Bowl casts a strange light on their offseason decisions. With big calls coming up on soon-to-be free agents and roster vacancies, they must determine whether a loss that shook coach Sean McVay’s foundation was an aberration or a sign of fundamental flaws. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.

DOLPHINS-FLORES

Hours after his team won the Super Bowl, New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is expected to fly to Miami to finalize a deal to become the Dolphins’ head coach. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: Developing.

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