National Sports Briefs

Top headlines from the sports world in the past month

By Michael Waltz

Eagles Defeat Patriots in Thrilling Super Bowl LII

The New England Patriots faced off against Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. The game got off to an even start with both teams scoring a field goal on their first possession. The offense was the main story of the game with both teams racking up points early. In the end, the Eagles defense was the one that stood tall at the end of the game by stepping up and getting a huge stop with two minutes left in the game. Tom Brady and the seemingly unstoppable Patriots were finally taken down with Eagles coming out on top 41-33. This is the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win in franchise history and, unsurprisingly, Nick Foles was named MVP after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns while also becoming the first quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in Super Bowl history. History was made by Philadelphia the night of February 4, 2018, and it will go down as one of the exhilarating Super Bowls ever.

XFL to Return in 2020

On January 25, the failed professional football league, known as the XFL, announced its surprising return in the year 2020. With a new league comes new rules and they definitely seem to differ from the rules back in 2001 and even from the NFL. The XFL will s owned by Vince McMahon, the founder of Alpha Entertainment and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. McMahon said the XFL may not include a halftime so that the game can be shorter than the three-plus-hour NFL games. His goal is to have the game around two hours. McMahon also made it clear that the XFL will have nothing to do with politics, and it will be more focused on pure football and entertainment. Another interesting rule: no players with criminal records, including minor infractions such as a DUI, will be allowed in the league. There will be eight teams (320 players) and a 10-week regular season. The cities for teams haven’t been determined, but McMahon said cities that already have NFL teams won’t be ruled out.

Matt Patricia Named Detroit Lions Head Coach

The Lions completed their search for a new head coach by hiring former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Patricia had been on the Patriots’ staff since 2004 and was the team’s defensive coordinator since 2012. The Detroit Lions’ head coach position opened after Jim Caldwell, who coached the Lions for four years, was fired. Despite finishing with a winning record in three of his four seasons, including two playoff appearances, the Lions were looking for a coach who could take them to the next level (winning the NFC North or even a playoff game).

Winter Olympics are in full swing

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off on Friday, February 9, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. Pyeongchang is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. This is the second time the country has held the games, the first being the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. There are some returning names for the U.S. to this year’s Olympics games, such as skier Lindsey Vonn and snowboarder Shaun White. A name everyone is watching out for is 17-year-old U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim, who could potentially be a breakout star.