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Super Bowl thriller was the most-watched program ever, averaging 123.4 million viewers
The longest Super Bowl game will also go down as the most-watched program in television history. According to Nielsen and Adobe Analytics, Kansas City’s 25-22 overtime victory over San Francisco averaged 123.4 million viewers across television and streaming platforms. That shattered last year’s mark of 115.1 million for Kansas City’s last-play victory over Philadelphia and is a 7% increase. The game was televised by CBS, Nickelodeon and Univision and streamed on Paramount+ as well as the NFL’s digital platforms. Some of the increase can be attributed to a change in the way viewers are counted, with out-of-home viewers from all 50 states included for the first time.
The Chiefs have achieved dynasty status with their third Super Bowl title in five years
LAS VEGAS (AP) — This was supposed to be the year the Kansas City Chiefs were beatable. They had holes in their roster, they played poorly midway through the season, they had to go on the road for the playoffs and navigated perhaps the toughest road to the Super Bowl in history. Yet they won anyway. And with their third Lombardi Trophy in four trips over a five-year span, the Chiefs made it difficult to argue that they are anything but a modern NFL dynasty. They are the first repeat Super Bowl champions in two decades, and the first team ever to win consecutive titles as underdogs.
Victor Wembanyama has a triple-double with blocked shots for the Spurs rookie’s latest highlight
TORONTO (AP) — Victor Wembanyama has his second triple-double — and his first with blocks. The San Antonio rookie blocked a shot by Toronto’s Gradey Dick with 6:32 left in the fourth quarter on Monday night, giving him the NBA’s first triple-double with blocked shots as one of the categories in more than three years. It was the first triple-double with blocks since Clint Capela had 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks for Atlanta against Minnesota on Jan. 22, 2021. That had also been the last time anyone in the NBA blocked 10 shots in a game.
Spring training preview: The Dodgers won the offseason. Will it buy them a championship?
PHOENIX (AP) — Money can buy lots of things, including Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, a pair of Japanese superstars that set the Los Angeles Dodgers back more than $1 billion. Now the journey begins to see if it’ll buy them a championship. Major League Baseball’s spring training opens for 28 of 30 teams over the next few days, with pitchers and catchers reporting to sites in Arizona and Florida. The Dodgers and San Diego Padres are already in camp, getting a head start because they’ll open the regular season on March 20 in Seoul, South Korea.
Jen Pawol on verge of becoming first MLB woman umpire, gets full-time spring training assignment
NEW YORK (AP) — Jen Pawol is on the verge of becoming Major League Baseball’s first woman umpire. The 47-year-old from New Jersey was among 24 umpires selected to work a full-time big league spring training schedule this year. That put her on track to become the first woman to umpire a regular-season big league baseball game. A 47-year-old from New Jersey, Pawol is set to work her first major league exhibition game on Feb. 24 when Houston plays Washington at West Palm Beach, Florida. She also was promoted to a minor league crew chief.
DeShaun Foster is named UCLA football coach after Chip Kelly’s move to Ohio State
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former UCLA great DeShaun Foster was named head coach to take over the Bruins’ football program after Chip Kelly left to become offensive coordinator at Ohio State. Foster has been a Bruins assistant the past seven years but left last month to become the Las Vegas Raiders’ running backs coach. This will be Foster’s first head coaching job after 11 years of being an assistant in college, including 10 at UCLA. He was the running backs coach at Texas Tech in 2016.
Cowboys and Mike Zimmer agree on a reunion as defensive coordinator
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have settled on a coaching reunion by deciding to bring back Mike Zimmer as defensive coordinator to replace Dan Quinn. Zimmer is rejoining the Cowboys 18 years after serving in the same role with Dallas. He had an eight-year stint as head coach in Minnesota. The Cowboys and Zimmer came to an agreement Monday. The Cowboys had an opening after Quinn accepted the head coaching job in Washington. Mike McCarthy will be the fifth Cowboys coach that Zimmer will work for with Dallas.
Chiefs fans are hoping for a Taylor Swift appearance at victory parade. But her schedule is tight
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City will be turning red on Valentine’s Day as the Chiefs celebrate their come-from-behind overtime Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers with a parade. School cancellation announcements began just minutes after Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and the Chiefs became the first team since the New England Patriots with Tom Brady two decades ago to successfully defend their title. Parades are becoming commonplace in Kansas City with the Chiefs winning their third Super Bowl in five seasons. But this time, people are wondering if pop superstar Taylor Swift will attend with her boyfriend, Kelce. Swift has a concert in Australia on Friday.
Darrion Williams scores 30 points on perfect shooting as Texas Tech beats No. 6 Kansas 79-50
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Darrion Williams scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-12 shooting, including four of Texas Tech’s 10 3-pointers, and the Red Raiders never trailed in a 79-50 win over sixth-ranked Kansas. Williams also had 11 rebounds. He hit a 3-pointer on the first shot of the game by the 18-6 Red Raiders. Kansas dropped to 19-6, and played its second game in a row without Big 12 leading scorer Kevin McCullar Jr. Jayhawks coach Bill Self was ejected with 5:49 remaining after getting two technical fouls. Nicolas Timberlake and Johnny Furphy each had 13 points for Kansas.
NASCAR starts season with fresh new champion and off-track revenue sharing dispute
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A new NASCAR season begins with rivals attempting to dethrone Team Penske after two years atop the Cup Series, all while a compelling off-track battle rages on over revenue sharing that threatens to overshadow the competition. Teams report to Daytona International Speedway this week to prepare for Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 without a new revenue sharing agreement that has been an ongoing sore spot between both NASCAR and its participants. Talks on extending the charter agreement — essentially franchises in NASCAR — took a backseat to NASCAR’s negotiations on a new television deal. Both sides remain tight-lipped on what happens next, and the season begins Sunday with the Daytona 500.
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