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January 31, 2019

Editors:

To help you plan for the Super Bowl, here are some of AP’s plans leading up to Sunday’s game. Please contact Michael Giarrusso (mgiarrusso@ap.org) with any questions. All times Eastern. This advisory will be updated and is subject to change.

UPCOMING STORIES

THURSDAY

FBN--Super Bowl-QB Contrast

ATLANTA _ The wide-eyed, talented Jared Goff will try to lead his Rams past the grizzled, 41-year-old Tom Brady, who is looking to guide the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl victory. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Wade’s Renaissance

ATLANTA _ Wade Phillips figured he had more swag than his players when he stepped off the Los Angeles Rams’ plane in Atlanta wearing his own 10-gallon cowboy hat and a sheepskin coat famously owned by his late father, Bum. The 71-year-old mastermind defensive coordinator with the millennial boss is quoting Drake and Future, pretending to be good at Fortnite, and altogether making the most of his second Super Bowl in four years after going just once his first four NFL decades. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Sports Betting

LINCOLN, R.I. _ Sunday’s Super Bowl is the first major sporting event for Rhode Island and a handful of other states that legalized sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to offer it. That decision ended Nevada’s effective monopoly on sports gambling. The two casinos in Rhode Island where sports betting are legal are seeing a flood of New England Patriots fans coming in to place bets on their team. It is the only state in the Northeast where sports betting is legal, at least for now. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FBN--Super Bowl-Gilmore’s Noise

ATLANTA _ Stephon Gilmore was mostly underwhelming in his first season in New England in 2017 after signing a five-year, $65 million deal with the Patriots. But 2018 has been a signature season for one of the quietest players in their locker room. The cornerback earned All-Pro honors for the first time in his career and taken the leadership reins of a secondary that lost Malcolm Butler in free agency this past offseason. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-’72 Dolphins

ATLANTA _ Yes, it’s time for another story about the Patriots trying to accomplish something nobody has done since the ’72 Dolphins. But not THAT story. Eleven seasons after falling one win short of matching Miami’s perfection, New England is trying to become the first team since those famed Dolphins to follow a loss in the Super Bowl with a title the very next year. By National Writer Eddie Pells. Sent: 700 words, photos

FBN--Super Bowl-NFL Choir

ATLANTA _ NFL players will be on stage at Atlanta Symphony Hall performing in a Super Bowl Gospel Choir. The choir, comprised of mostly former players along with a few current ones, will perform Thursday night and annually provides a different type of team atmosphere _ one that combines their love of gospel music and pro football. By George Henry. SENT: 800 words, photos with AP Video

FBN--Super Bowl-Paul Newberry-Kaepernick

ATLANTA _ There’s an exhibit at the High Museum, not far from the Super Bowl stadium, dedicated to Tommie Smith and his courageous stand for social justice at the 1968 Olympics. Talk about symmetry. Smith raised a fist, Colin Kaepernick took a knee, and both paid an enormous price for doing the right thing. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST.

FBN--Super Bowl-Pepsi vs Coke

ATLANTA _ The Patriots and the Rams aren’t the only ones battling for Super Bowl supremacy this week. Pepsi and Coke also seem to be squaring off. Pepsi, an official NFL sponsor of Super Bowl 53, has invaded Coke’s home turf _ its headquarters are in Atlanta. Not to mention the World of Coca-Cola museum is located in Centennial Park, a hub of Super Bowl-related events. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Union

ATLANTA _ The NFL Players Association gets its chance to present its side of many issues with a news conference. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 6 p.m.

FBN--Pro Picks

ATLANTA _ The idea that experience pays off in the most-pressurized situations sports offer is nothing new. Does it for this Super Bowl? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Ads-Flops

Last year, a Ram ad during the Super Bowl that used a Martin Luther King Jr. speech drew ire online. The Super Bowl is advertising’s biggest stage, and when advertisers get it wrong, they get it wrong in front of more than 100 million people. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos

FBN--Super Bowl-Celeb Watch

ATLANTA _ Coverage of celebrities and performers involved in Super Bowl week activists. By AP Entertainment Jonathan Landrum Jr. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Updated throughout the day.

GRAPHIC

SB LIII PREVIEW: Full-page graphic shows probable Patriots and Rams lineups for the Super Bowl with analysis of offense and defense; also includes team stats for regular and postseason, quarterback comparison, head coach comparison, top wide receivers for each team and kicker statistics.

FRIDAY

FBN--Super Bowl-Shields’ Journey

ATLANTA _ Concussions confined Sam Shields to dark rooms for six months and kept him out of football for nearly two years. The former Pro Bowl cornerback in Green Bay just couldn’t quit, but he can’t believe his NFL return is culminating in a second trip to the Super Bowl. Shields never even dared to imagine he would play in every game for the Los Angeles Rams, who depend on his selfless play on special teams. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-St Louis Blues

ST LOUIS _ Just as they did 17 years ago, St. Louis football fans watch the Rams and New England Patriots play each other in the Super Bowl. This time, the rooting interest has flipped. Many fans in St. Louis will be pulling for the Patriots and not their former team. The franchise’s success is salt in the wound for fans still bitter three years after owner Stan Kroenke moved the team back to Los Angeles. By Jim Salter. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Still Kicking

ATLANTA _ Only two players on the Patriots 2018 roster _ Tom Brady and Stephen Gostkowski _ were around for each of their previous five Super Bowl appearances (2007, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017). While the 41-year-old quarterback stays in the spotlight Gostkowski, who has spent his entire 13-year career with the Patriots and just celebrated his 35th birthday, has quietly been one of the franchise’s most consistent contributors since replacing Adam Vinatieri. With his sixth Super Bowl appearance, Gostkowski will tie Mike Lodish for the second-most played, behind Brady’s nine. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos

FBN-- Super Bowl-Big Brown

ATLANTA _ New England left tackle Trent Brown was acquired from San Francisco and moved from right tackle to help protect Brady’s blind side. He’s also the heaviest player in the NFL at 380 pounds. By Dennis Waszak. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Perfect Attendance.

ATLANTA _ Donald Crisman, Gregory Eaton and Tom Henschel are members of a unique and extremely exclusive club _ they’re the only known fans to have attended every Super Bowl. They share time together every year, and they’ll keep their streak going at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. By Charles Odum. Upcoming: 700 words, photos with AP Video by 6 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Rams-Revolving Door

ATLANTA _ Tom Brady and Bill Belichick won their first Super Bowl together against the “Greatest Show on Turf” version of the Rams. Seventeen years later, Brady and Belichick are still together and going for their sixth NFL title. Meanwhile, the Rams have changed cities and had seven head coaches and 20 quarterbacks in that span. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--Paul Newberry-Stadium Scam

ATLANTA _ A column on how billionaires and politicians use the Super Bowl as a lure to get public funds to build NFL stadiums. Upcoming: 850 words, photos

FBN--Super Bowl-Ads-10 Ads to Watch For

From Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker touting Stella Artois to Luke Wilson as a close talker for Colgate Total, here are 10 ads to watch for during the big game on Sunday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos with AP Video (tentative)

US--SCIENCE SAYS-BRAIN TINGLES

A new Super Bowl commercial aims to calm the normal football frenzy with oddly relaxing images of actress Zoe Kravitz whispering into a microphone and softly tapping on a bottle. The ad for an organic beer has already drawn more than 9.4 million views, exposing a new audience to an internet craze known as ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response. Seekers of these tingles say they feel a rush from the subtle, repetitive sights and sounds, but is it all in their heads? A look at the science behind this craze. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video.

Graphic

SB LIII PREVIEW: Full-page graphic shows probable Patriots and Rams lineups for the Super Bowl with analysis of offense and defense; also includes team stats for regular and postseason, quarterback comparison, head coach comparison, top wide receivers for each team and kicker statistics.

Also:

_ Why the Patriots will win. By Kyle Hightower

_ Why the Rams will win. By Greg Beacham

SATURDAY

FBN--Super Bowl Preview

ATLANTA _ Preview of New England Patriots taking on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Rams-Finding Their Way

ATLANTA _ Emblazoned everywhere from wall signs to playbooks, “We Not Me” is never far from sight at the Los Angeles Rams’ training complex. The simple phrase summarizes the leadership philosophy of 33-year-old coach Sean McVay, who inherited a team with 13 straight non-winning seasons and took it to the Super Bowl in just two years. His Rams navigated a trying season with a mass shooting and two wildfires near their training complex, and the adversity cemented a team culture that might someday measure up to the so-called “Patriot Way.” By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN-Super Bowl-Legends

ATLANTA _ Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham and Joe Montana are the first names that come up when the phrase “NFL legends” is searched online. Scroll down and Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor pop up next. For Troy Vincent, the league’s executive vice president of football operations and a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback from 1999-2003, everyone who ever put on a uniform is a legend. Vincent started an initiative a few years ago to help former players stay connected with their teams and to offer them help in many areas from making sure they get health checks to transitioning to life after football. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Travis Scott

ATLANTA _ Ahead of his Super Bowl appearance, Travis Scott will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl Party concert. The Grammy-nominated rapper has fallen under widespread scrutiny for his upcoming halftime performance. By AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.

FBO--Hall of Fame

ATLANTA _ Tony Gonzalez, the record holder among tight ends in many receiving categories, is a leading candidate in his first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, by 6 p.m.

Also:

_ Coverage of NFL honors - Brief stories on each major award and a roundup.

Graphic

SB LIII PREVIEW: Full-page graphic shows probable Patriots and Rams lineups for the Super Bowl with analysis of offense and defense; also includes team stats for regular and postseason, quarterback comparison, head coach comparison, top wide receivers for each team and kicker statistics.

Video

SUNDAY

FBN--Super Bowl

ATLANTA _ The New England Patriots go for their sixth Super Bowl when they take on the upstart Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos with AP Video. Game starts 6:30 p.m. ET

With:

_ FBN--Super Bowl-The Latest

_ Sidebars on each team, MVP, key play, others on merit

FBN--Super Bowl-Ads

Advertisers are relying heavily on celebrity and shying away from controversial subjects during this year’s Super Bowl, the world’s biggest stage for advertising. From the Budweiser Clydesdales to Jeff Bridges’ Big Lebowski character, expect to see old favorites and few risks as Super Bowl advertisers seek to entertain. By Mae Anderson: UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

_ With: Super Bowl-Ads-The Latest

FBN--Super Bowl-Halftime Review

A review of the halftime show performance starring pop-rock band Maroon 5 and rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING Sunday: 500 words, photos, video by 10 p.m.

FBN--Super Bowl-Celeb Watch

ATLANTA _ Coverage of celebrities, performers and more throughout the day on-site at the Super Bowl. By AP Entertainment Jonathan Landrum Jr. UPCOMING Sunday: 800 words, photos, video. Updated throughout the night.

PREVIOUSLY SENT

FBN--Super Bowl-Goodell

ATLANTA _ Roger Goodell makes his State of the NFL address and is certain to be asked about officiating, social justice initiative and the Rooney Rule. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Sent: 750 words, photos on Wednesday

FBN--Paul Newberry-Goodell

ATLANTA _ After a bounce-back season in the ratings, the NFL should be riding high again. But Commissioner Roger Goodell faces some troubling issues, most notably a looming labor dispute and big problems with the officiating. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. Sent: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. on Wednesday

FBN--Super Bowl-Chasing Brady

ATLANTA _ The Rams know they’ve got to pressure Tom Brady early and often to have a chance in the Super Bowl, and they’ve been assembling the tools for this job all year long. They signed Ndamukong Suh to a big free-agent deal, wrote a record-breaking contract for Aaron Donald and acquired edge rusher Dante Fowler from Jacksonville down the stretch. By Greg Beacham. Sent: 700 words, photos on Wednesday

FBN--Super Bowl-McCourty Brothers

ATLANTA _ Jason McCourty spent the first nine years of his NFL career never experiencing a playoff game playing in Tennessee and Cleveland. That changed this season when he was traded to New England and reunited with his twin brother, Devin, a winner of two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots. Now they can make history by becoming the first set of twin teammates to win a Super Bowl together. By Kyle Hightower. Sent: 700 words, photos on Wednesday

FBN--Super Bowl-Develin’s Impact

ATLANTA _ James Develin is one of the few remaining true fullbacks in the NFL whose primary job is to just put his pads down and block. This season another one of coach Bill Bellichick’s undrafted gems has opportunities to make more of an impact on the Patriots’ offense. By Dennis Waszak. Sent: 600 words, photos on Wednesday

FBN--Super Bowl-2000 Revisited

ATLANTA _ When an ice storm blanketed Atlanta before the city’s last Super Bowl in 2000, the fear was the big game would never return. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium quickly swayed the NFL owners to give Atlanta another chance. It’s the highlight of an unprecedented three-year run that included college football’s national championship game last year and next year’s Final Four. By Charles Odum. Sent: 650 words, photos on Wednesday

FBN--Super Bowl-Robey-Coleman Threats

ATLANTA _ Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman says he received “one or two” death threats from frustrated New Orleans Saints fans on social media after the NFC championship game. Robey-Coleman was involved in the now-infamous play during which he was not penalized for his hit on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. Sent: 700 words, photos on Wednesday

FBN--Super Bowl-Ads-Preview

Sarah Michelle Gellar makes a horror movie parody for Olay; Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker tout Stella Artois; Christina Applegate gets in a tiff with M&Ms. Star power abounds in this year’s crop of Super Bowl ads, aimed at advertising’s biggest mass-market showcase _ and one of the last in an age of increasingly targeted ads. By Mae Anderson. Sent: 700 words, photos on Wednesday

FBN--Super Bowl-Entertainment

ATLANTA _ Music artists like Travis Scott and Jermaine Dupri have been criticized for taking part in Super Bowl-related events, but their shows among others will still go on. Dupri is throwing a five-day concert series called Super Bowl Live, while Scott is expected to perform in a concert two days before taking the Super Bowl halftime stage. Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Aerosmith, Kirk Franklin, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Foo Fighters and others are also playing shows during the week ahead of the NFL’s biggest event. By AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. Sent: 400 words, photos on Wednesday

FBN--NFL Coaching Diversity

After all the points were piled up in the second-highest scoring season in NFL history, the popular prototype for a head coach became predictably clear: an offensive-minded prodigy just like Sean McVay. With only a handful of minorities in the stepping-stone positions of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the NFL saw its sharpest-ever one-year drop in minority head coaches, causing concern among advocates for diversity declaring unsatisfactory progress 16 years after the Rooney Rule was enacted. By Pro Football Writers Dave Campbell and Josh Dubow. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, graphic on Wednesday

FBN--Super Bowl-Food

ATLANTA _ Atlanta’s Super Bowl stadium has become known around the country for its low concession prices, and nothing will change for the big game. Even after paying thousands of dollars for tickets, fans will still be able to get a hot dog for a couple of bucks or a slice of pizza for three. There are also some higher-priced items on the menu, including a chicken sandwich modeled after the one served by the city’s famous fast-food chain, Chick-fil-A. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 850 words, photos on Wednesday

Graphic

SB LIII PREVIEW: Full-page graphic shows probable Patriots and Rams lineups for the Super Bowl with analysis of offense and defense; also includes team stats for regular and postseason, quarterback comparison, head coach comparison, top wide receivers for each team and kicker statistics.

FBN--Super Bowl-Tom and Julian

ATLANTA _ Teammates have called their relationship a “bromance.” And Tom Brady himself openly uses the word love to describe the bond between himself and Julian Edelman, a receiver that he’s come to depend on during his career. For good reason. There’s just two receivers in NFL postseason history with over 100 catches – Jerry Rice with 151 and Edelman with 105. That link has only been strengthened off the field in the past year as Brady and Edelman prepare to play in their fourth Super Bowl together. By Kyle Hightower. Sent: 700 words, photos on Tuesday

FBN--Super Bowl-Cooks’ Return

ATLANTA _ Brandin Cooks gets a shot at the New England Patriots, who traded him to the Los Angeles Rams when the teams met in Super Bowl 53. Cooks has thrived in LA since the move and looks to have an impact on Sunday. By Greg Beacham. Sent: 800 words, photos on Tuesday

FBN--Super Bowl-RB Reunion

ATLANTA _ Sony Michel was a freshman and Todd Gurley a junior when the pair shared the backfield together at the University of Georgia. Gurley left for the NFL after the season and was drafted in the first round by the Rams. Michel followed in his footsteps and was selected in the first round by the Patriots three years later. Now the former Bulldogs teammates will be on opposite sides when they meet in the Super Bowl. By Charles Odum. Sent: 700 words, photos on Tuesday

FBN--Super Bowl-Slater

ATLANTA _ Jackie Slater played 20 pro seasons in a Hall of Fame career, and got to the Super Bowl once. His son, Patriots special teams ace Matthew, is back in the big game again. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Sent: 700 words, photos on Tuesday

FBN--Paul Newberry-Media Night

ATLANTA _ Column off Opening Night, to move as an early riser for Tuesday: Sent: 800 words, photos on Tuesday

FBN--Super Bowl-Media Night

ATLANTA _ Will Tom Brady be greeted by a “bride” in a wedding dress? Will Sean McVay be questioned by a 9-year-old? It’s the NFL’s Media Night and first availability for the Patriots and Rams, and anything seems possible. Sent: 750 words, photos on Monday

US--Super Bowl-Snow Jam

ATLANTA _ Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what came to be known as “snow jam,” another winter storm is bearing down on the city _ just as fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53. By Jeff Martin. SENT 130 words, photos. SENT: 550 words, photos on Monday

FBN--Rams Super Bowl Home

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ The Los Angeles Rams are the home team in Sunday’s Super Bowl 53, and they are using the home team Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility in Flowery Branch. The Falcons are providing a clean locker room and meeting rooms for the Rams’ one-week stay. By Charles Odum. SENT: 500 words, photos on Monday

US--People-Parker-Bridges Super Bowl

LOS ANGELES _ Sarah Jessica Parker and Jeff Bridges are bringing a couple of famed characters back to life for a charity in a new Super Bowl commercial. Parker will reprise her Carrie Bradshaw role, and Bridges will appear as “The Dude” in a Stella Artois commercial to raise money to combat water shortage. The 45-second ad launches Monday and will be televised during Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 550 words, photos on Monday

FBN--Saints-Rams-Playoff Lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS _ A longshot lawsuit seeking a possible do-over of the NFC championship game has been moved from state court in Louisiana to federal court. A hearing in the case is set for noon Monday. At issue is the failure of officials to call interference or roughness penalties when a Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the game. The Rams went on to win in overtime and are set to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 500 words, photos on Monday

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