Update on the latest sports
Super Bowl on tap in Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady is looking to extend his record with a seventh Super Bowl title while Patrick Mahomes goes for the repeat and his second crown when Tampa Bay becomes the first team to play the big game on its home field against Kansas City.
The Brady-Mahomes matchup is the first among players who have won both the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards. It’s the sixth meeting between former regular-season MVPs and the second between former Super Bowl MVPs.
The meeting between the two superstars is the largest age differential among starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history at 18 years, 45 days. Tampa Bay’s Brady is 43, and KC’s Mahomes is 25.
Brady, who has said he might play past 45, is only seven years younger than Mahomes’ dad, 50-year-old former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25
Franklin’s final shot sends Indiana past number-8 Iowa
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Armaan Franklin made a 15-footer with 1.8 seconds left to give Indiana a 67-65 victory and a season sweep of No. 8 Iowa. Franklin finished with four points as the Hoosiers snapped a two-game losing streak. Their only wins since Jan. 10 both came against the Hawkeyes.
Luka Garza scored 16 of his 18 points for Iowa in the second half, including 12 straight in the closing minutes. Iowa’s final pass hit the backboard, bounced toward midcourt and Jordan Bohannon’s one-handed heave also bounced off the backboard.
The Hawkeyes have lost two in a row and four of their last five.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Southeastern Conference postpones two
UNDATED (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has postponed two men’s basketball games scheduled for Wednesday night.
The league on Sunday announced the postponement of the Georgia-Texas A&M and Florida-Tennessee games, citing a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Texas A&M and Florida programs.
Makeup dates for the two games have not been determined.
Jazz extend NBA’s best record
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 11 assists as the red-hot Utah Jazz improved their NBA-best record with a 103-95 road win over the Indiana Pacers. The Jazz are 19-and-5, and have won 15 of their last 16.
Mitchell, who also had nine rebounds in the game, ensured a fast start with 11 first-quarter points. When he wasn’t driving past defenders, he was pulling up for uncontested jumpers. In the final two minutes, Mitchell banked home a runner and sank a pair of foul shots for a 100-91 lead.
Domantas Sabonis scored 20 for the Pacers (12-12), who have lost five of six.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
— Bam Adebayo had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jimmy Butler had a big second half and just missed a triple-double and the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 109-103 in the opener of a home-and-home series. Butler finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He shot just 3 for 11 from the field but scored 12 points after halftime. Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro each added 16 points for the Heat. Julius Randle had 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, but the Knicks had their two-game win streak snapped. Reggie Bullock made seven 3-pointers and scored 21 points.
— Terry Rozier had 26 points on five 3-pointers, Gordon Hayward added 25 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 119-97. LaMelo Ball followed up a career-best 34-point effort against the Utah Jazz with another strong game, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Hornets handed the Wizards their seventh loss in the last nine games. Bradley Beal, the NBA’s leading scorer coming in at 33.3 points per game, led Washington with 31 points on 11-for-22 shooting after being held to seven points on 1 of 14 from the field by the Heat in his last game.
— Mikal Bridges scored 19 points, Devin Booker had 18 points and 11 assists and the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the Boston Celtics 100-91. Phoenix improved to 13-9 this season and has won five of its past six games. Cam Johnson added 17 points off the bench while Deandre Ayton had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Boston stayed fairly close for most of the game despite a rough shooting performance. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 23 points and seven assists.
Flyers top Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Laughton scored his first career hat trick, Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) had two goals in his first game back following a rib injury and the Philadelphia Flyers pulled away for a 7-4 victory over the Washington Capitals.
James van Riemsdyk (van-REEMZ’-dyk) added a goal and an assist, running his points streak to seven games while helping Philadelphia overcome an early 2-0 deficit. Robert Hagg scored his first goal of the season in Philadelphia’s first win in regulation in five games. Joel Farabee had two assists, and Carter Hart made 33 saves. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and had two assists for Washington.
The Capitals lost their third straight despite outshooting Philly 37-23.
Cavaliers forward Nance out up to 6 weeks with broken left hand
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. could miss six weeks with a broken left hand. It’s a tough blow for a Cleveland team sliding after a strong start.
Nance broke the fourth metacarpal in his hand during Saturday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The team did not say if he will need surgery. Nance recently missed several games with a sprained right wrist.
The loss is a setback for the Cavs, who have been one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season but are in the midst of a challenging stretch. Cleveland has lost three straight, five of six and will begin a five-game road trip Monday in Phoenix.
AP source: OF Albert Almora agrees to contract with Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder Albert Almora has agreed to a contract with the New York Mets, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The 26-year-old Almora plays primarily center field and joins a Mets outfield group that includes Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Guillermo Heredia and José Martínez.
Almora became a free agent when the Chicago Cubs failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline. He hit .167 with one RBI in 30 at-bats during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. That was down from a .236 average, a career-best 12 homers and 32 RBIs in 2019.