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Sports Brief: Week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

NFL: Super Bowl LIII, Honors, Hall of Famers

The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a defensive showdown Sunday night in Super Bowl LIII.

In last year’s Super Bowl, the Patriots’ offense was dynamic but fell short due to a monstrous performance by Nick Foles, who put up 41 points. This time, Bill Belichick’s defense saved the day.

New England became the second team in history to hold the opposing squad to three points in the Super Bowl since the 1971 Miami Dolphins. The Rams averaged 32.9 points per game throughout the regular season, making their offensive production just 9.1 percent of their typical output. Brady and Belichick now have six Super Bowl rings.

The 2019 Hall of Fame class consists of eight new members. First-year eligible players Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed were all selected and will accompany modern-era finalists Kevin Mawae and Ty Law. Senior finalist Johnny Robinson will also be enshrined, as well as contributors Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt.

The group will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Aug. 3 in Canton, OH.

Along with the Hall of Fame class, the highly contested MVP and Rookie of the Year Awards were announced Feb. 2. Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes took home the MVP trophy and New York Giants’ running back Saquon Barkley was given the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award. For a comprehensive list of other award winners, click here.

NBA: Mavs-Knicks blockbuster trade, NOLA shopping Davis

The New York Knicks have decided to start the rebuilding phase as they have agreed to trade Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks for DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and Dennis Smith Jr. The Mavericks will also receive perimeter shooters Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. in addition to Porzingis.

With both Jordan and Matthews’ contracts running out at the end of the year, the Knicks have utilized the trade to clear cap space in hopes of signing two maximum-contract free agents this summer. Dallas’ rookie Luka Doncic now has a co-star, as the Mavericks will look to continue to build.

In New Orleans, the Pelicans have made it clear they are in no rush to move All Star forward Anthony Davis. With Porzingis off the trade market, the Knicks are out of the running, and rumors of Kyrie Irving leaving Boston for New York have forced the Celtics to reconsider their plan.

Earlier in the week, the Pelicans received an offer from the Los Angeles Lakers, which would send any two between Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram along with either Rajon Rondo or Michael Beasley for Davis.

New Orleans has made it clear that if they are going to pursue the Lakers’ offer, they would need two first-round picks and someone to take on Solomon Hill’s contract. This means Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would more than likely come back to the Pelicans in the trade. New Orleans has also declared they want three of the four young Lakers offered, as opposed to two.

In Oklahoma City news, the Thunder lost to the Boston Celtics 134-129 Sunday night. Despite the five-point margin, Oklahoma City trailed by one point in the last seconds of the contest. Russell Westbrook scored in transition on back-to-back possessions but committed a costly turnover after a missed Jayson Tatum free throw. The Celtics would go on to shoot four-of-four from the charity stripe, cementing the win.

The Thunder will play the Orlando Magic Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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