Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Report: Bucks, Clips on list of Davis' desired destinations
Anthony Davis' representatives have informed the New Orleans Pelicans that the star big man would sign a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks or Los Angeles Clippers if traded, according to The Athletic. The list was reportedly provided just days before Thursday afternoon's trading deadline, as Davis would like to be moved this week. Davis requested a trade last week and is not eligible for free agency until July 2020.
Super Bowl legal wagers underwhelm in New Jersey and Nevada
Total Super Bowl wagering at legal sportsbooks in Nevada and New Jersey were lower than expected, according to data from state regulators on Monday, despite excitement about the spread of legal sports betting to new U.S. states. A lack of interest in the match-up between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, as well as the dullness of the game itself, could have dampened betting activity.
NBA notebook: Davis adds Bucks, Clippers to destination list
Anthony Davis' representatives have informed the New Orleans Pelicans that the star big man would sign a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks or Los Angeles Clippers if traded, according to The Athletic. The list was reportedly provided just days before Thursday afternoon's trading deadline as Davis would like to be moved this week. Davis requested a trade last week and is not eligible for free agency until July 2020.
Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Weir faces four-year ban
Australian trainer Darren Weir faces a four-year suspension from the sport after deciding not to contest charges against him for the possession of equipment used to deliver electric shocks to horses, Racing Victoria (RV) said on Monday. Victoria Police seized four electric devices, known within the racing circuit as 'jiggers' and which are outlawed, at the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner's stables on Jan. 30.
'Simple taste of fear' as Maroon 5 lead drama-free Super Bowl halftime show
Maroon 5 threw just about everything at the Super Bowl halftime show: a gospel choir, a drumline, pyrotechnics, a giant letter "M" and even SpongeBob. But what it didn't summon was the faintest whiff of political drama. And to critics, that was the point. The choice of the pop rock act was intended to "please fans - and corporate overlords - eager for a halftime show that put politics aside for a few sweet moments," wrote the Los Angeles Times. "The reality put across something else, though, and that was the simple taste of fear."
Tennis: Shaky Wawrinka suffers first-round defeat in Sofia
Three-times grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka fell at the first hurdle in the Sofia Open on Monday, beaten 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 by Romanian Marius Copil. The Swiss, who has fallen to 57 in the rankings, strolled to the first set in just 23 minutes after breaking Copil in the sixth game, but the Romanian became more and more comfortable as the match went on and bagged the second set after a tiebreak.
Film Study: How the Patriots finished the Rams
The New England Patriots cracked the Los Angeles Rams' defense in Super Bowl LIII by running the exact same play three times in a row. New England ran the play out of its heaviest, non-goal line package. Strange as it sounds, the simple formula proved to be the antidote against an otherwise ferocious defense.
Super Bowl champion Patriots return home to hero's welcome
The New England Patriots returned home to a hero's welcome on Monday, a day after beating the Los Angeles Rams in a defensive slugfest to win their sixth Super Bowl title. The Patriots' plane, with a now-out-of-date tail that has five Vince Lombardi Trophy images on it, landed in Warwick, Rhode Island, before the team drove 40 minutes to their stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Maybe I'll get lucky, says Vonn as final races loom
U.S. ski great Lindsey Vonn prepared for the final speed races of her glittering career at the Alpine world championships on Monday, hoping to do her best and 'get lucky' in the end. The 34-year-old's time in the first women's downhill training session in Are certainly suggested she remained a contender.
NFL notebook: Dolphins, Bengals get their coaches
New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores was officially hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins on Monday. "Two things that stand out immediately when you meet Brian are his football intelligence and leadership skills," Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said. "Brian is widely respected throughout the NFL. He paid his dues in New England working in personnel, on offense, defense and special teams, which helped him build a great understanding of what it takes to win."
(With inputs from agencies.)