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February 2, 2019

NFL-NEWS

Rams, Pats healthy heading into Super Bowl 53

UNDATED (AP) — Both Super Bowl teams appear healthy heading into Sunday’s game.

The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots were at full strength as they went through their final full practice Friday. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (ZUR’-lyn) and defensive back Blake Countess returned to full participation in practice. Patriots linebacker Dont’a (DAHN’-tay) Hightower worked out after missing Thursday’s practice with an illness and defensive tackle Malcom Brown was at full speed after being limited on Thursday due to a calf injury.

In other NFL news:

— Carolina’s Julius Peppers has announced his retirement after 17 NFL seasons, nine Pro Bowl appearances and six All-Pro selections. Peppers spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Panthers, then played four with Chicago, three with Green Bay and his final two seasons back with Carolina. He missed four games in 2002, his rookie season, then played in 254 out of a possible 256 games over the rest of his career. Peppers finished his career with 159 1/2 sacks, fourth-most in NFL history. The defensive end is the only player in league history with at least 150 sacks and 10 interceptions — he had 11 of those — and also blocked 13 field goals and extra-point attempts.

— The Dallas Cowboys say former NFL quarterback and longtime assistant coach Wade Wilson has died on his 60th birthday. Wilson led the Minnesota Vikings to the 1987 NFC championship game and also played for Atlanta, New Orleans, Oakland and the Cowboys. He also had two stints as the Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach and was on their sideline until 2017.

SUPER BOWL-NEW ORLEANS

Game? What game? Saints fans plan Super Bowl boycotts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From the “Boycott Bowl” to the “Dunk the Referee” tank, people in New Orleans are finding creative ways to spend their Sunday instead of watching the Super Bowl.

As the rest of the country gathers to watch the New England Patriots face the Los Angeles Rams, Saints fans will be mourning for a Super Bowl that might have been.

Fans here have been angry since the Jan. 20 NFC championship game and the “no-call.” A Rams defensive back leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the game. The Rams went on to win.

There’s an extensive list of bars and restaurants that say they won’t air the game. Parties and parades have sprung up for people to show their Who Dat spirit.

WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM

Shiffrin takes World Cup slalom for personal best 13th win

MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won the last women’s World Cup slalom before the world championships on Saturday for her personal-best 13th victory of the season.

The two-time overall champion built on a commanding lead of a full second after the opening run to win the race by 0.77 ahead of Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden.

Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was 1.15 behind in third for her 20th career slalom podium without winning — a World Cup record.

Shiffrin’s main rival, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, was second after the opening run but dropped to fifth, 1.70 off the lead.

Shiffrin bettered her best mark from last year of 12 victories in a single season. Only Swiss great Vreni Schneider has won more races in a one season — 14 in 1988-89.

SAUDI INTERNATIONAL-GARCIA DISQUALIFIED

Garcia apologizes after DQ for damaging greens

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Sergio Garcia was disqualified from the Saudi International tournament on Saturday for damaging two greens in frustration during his third round, and the Spaniard said he has apologized to fellow players for his actions.

The European Tour released a statement after Garcia finished his round, in which he shot a 1-over 71, and said the former Masters champion had been disqualified for “serious misconduct.”

Garcia said “in frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologize for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.”

It wasn’t immediately clear what the extent of the damage was, and on which greens it took place.

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