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February 8, 2018


Eagles fans flock to Philadelphia to fete champs at parade

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tens of thousands of Eagles fans have poured into Philadelphia to take part in the city’s first-ever Super Bowl parade, celebrating a championship they’ve dreamed about and agonized over for decades.

Some camped out in cars and office buildings and even in tents to make sure they could witness the champs heading up Broad Street, the main thoroughfare between the team’s stadium and city hall that was already clogged with fans about four hours before the parade was scheduled to start.

As the sun rose, fans braved frigid wind chills in the low 20s to secure a prime viewing spot along the 5-mile parade route starting near the team’s stadium and ending at the art museum steps that Sylvester Stallone climbed in the “Rocky” movies.

The parade caps a glorious week for jubilant fans celebrating an NFL title that had eluded them for nearly 60 years. Led by backup quarterback Nick Foles and second-year coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night.


Wellinger tops Stoch in ski jump qualifying

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Andreas Wellinger will take his strong form into the final of the men’s normal hill ski jump at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The 22-year-old German, who already qualified because he was among the top 10-ranked jumpers on the normal hill going into the event, beat defending Olympic champion Kamil Stoch of Poland, who finished second in today’s qualifying.

The normal hill final is on Saturday.

Also at the Games:

— U.S. skater Adam Rippon doesn’t want his monthlong spat with Mike Pence over the vice president’s record on gay rights to overshadow his long-awaited Olympic performance. Rippon has been critical of Pence leading the U.S. delegation into the opening ceremony on Friday. Pence has backed legislation that some critics claim encourages discrimination against the gay community.

— One of Mikaela Shiffrin’s expected main rivals in slalom is out of the Olympics after crashing hard in training and tearing a ligament in her knee. The Swiss ski team says 19-year-old Melanie Meillard ruptured the ACL in her left knee during a fall in giant slalom practice on Thursday. The team says she will fly home Friday to prepare for surgery.

— The Olympic organizing committee says another 42 cases of norovirus have been reported at the Olympics, bringing the total to 128 in the past week. Most of the cases are people staying at a youth center in Pyeongchang that housed security personnel for the games. About 1,200 people there were sequestered, forcing the military to step in to help with security. Those who have tested negative for norovirus have been released from quarantine and returned to work.

— The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will issue a ruling Friday morning on 45 Russian athletes’ last-ditch appeals to compete in the Olympics. The court heard the cases of the athletes and two coaches today. The Russian athletes are protesting the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to issue them invitations. The IOC said it could not be sure they were not involved in Russia’s doping scandals.

— Skeleton gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold will carry the British flag at Friday’s opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Olympics. Yarnold was Britain’s only gold medalist at the Sochi Games four years ago and was rewarded with the honor of carrying the flag at the closing ceremony. In Pyeongchang, she’s hoping to become the first British athlete to win back-to-back Winter Olympic gold medals.


Russia says national team soccer player in FIFA doping case

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian national team player is under investigation for doping by FIFA, according to the Russian government.

Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is overseeing the government’s World Cup preparations, told state news agency Tass he has been informed FIFA is investigating Rubin Kazan defender Ruslan Kambolov.

Kambolov has played twice for Russia, once in 2015 and once in a June 2017 friendly against Chile. Mutko said the case was “not linked to the national team.” And he says there is also a FIFA investigation into Ivan Knyazev, a former defender with the Russia Under-21 team.


Man United reports half-year loss due to US tax overhaul

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United attributed a half-year loss of $18 million to the impact of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul but said it would not affect the English Premier League club’s ability to comply with soccer’s financial regulations.

The U.S. corporate tax rate was cut from 35 percent to 21 percent in December. United said the changes required the team, which is owned by the American Glazer family and listed on the New York Stock Exchange, to make an accounting write off of 48.8 million pounds ($68 million).


Ex-Vikings star ordered to pay balance of bank loan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has ordered former Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson to pay about $600,000 after he defaulted on a loan from a suburban Minneapolis bank.

Crown Bank in Edina sued Peterson in November after he failed to pay the balance of a $2.4 million loan he took out in May 2016. The Star Tribune reports that Peterson initially defaulted on the loan in October 2016, shortly after injuring his knee. He then paid about $1.9 million on the loan.

Peterson had pledged his Vikings contract as collateral for the loan. The Vikings released him before the 2017 season.

Court records show Peterson didn’t file an answer to the lawsuit or contest the bank’s claims.

Peterson played in six games for the Arizona Cardinals until a neck injury ended his season last year.


North Dakota’s Burgum repays $37K for Super Bowl suite

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he has repaid a Minnesota electric utility $37,000 for tickets the company provided him and his wife for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis.

The Republican governor said yesterday that said he reimbursed Xcel Energy “to eliminate even the perception of any conflict.”

Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum watched the game from a suite provided by Xcel, which serves more than 90,000 customers in Grand Forks, Fargo and Minot. He said before going that he planned to use the opportunity to talk with Xcel officials about their service and infrastructure in North Dakota.

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