Super Bowl LII the Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots.

Super Bowl LII the Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots.

 Super Bowl LII  the Philadelphia Eagles  vs New England Patroits

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Who has the edge when Tom Brady‘s Patriots face Nick Foles and the upstart Eagles? We break down the matchup by the numbers.

Who comes out on top?

The Pats are No. 1 overall thanks to their offense — first in points (27.94) and yards (394.2) per game. The Eagles, meanwhile, allowed the fewest rushing ypg (79.2) and had the third-best opponent QBR (44.6). But according to ESPN’s efficiency metric,* the biggest mismatch is the Eagles’ O vs. the Pats’ D — especially if QB Nick Foles can repeat his stellar NFC championship performance.

Tom Brady vs. Nick Foles

This is 40 — for Tom Brady anyway. Brady led the NFL in attempts (581) and passing yards (4,577), completing more than 66 percent of his passes. Eagles fans, meanwhile, will be hoping for a repeat performance of Foles’ NFC Championship game, where he threw for two TDs of 40+ yards. The Patriots are vulnerable on deep throws: They gave up the second-most yards per play and fourth-most per game. But aside from that superb championship game, so is Foles — an abysmal 0.7 QBR on his regular season passes of more than 20 yards.
Brady and Foles combined for 31 yards rushing this regular season. That means that they’ll have to attack pressure from the pocket, where Brady is known for his ability to deftly slide away from the rush to create his own throwing lanes. But against Brady, teams create that rush, mostly, with their front four; Brady gets blitzed on just 23.6 percent of his drop-backs (38th out of 44 quarterbacks who attempted at least 100 passes). That’s likely because of a stellar QBR when pressure that ranks only behind Minnesota’s Case Keenum and Brady’s former backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, who appeared in just six games. What about Foles? His QBR is 32nd — and yards per play 42nd — when the heat is on. The Patriots, tied for seventh in the NFL with 42 sacks, figure to do their part to squeeze Foles, who has yet to throw an INT this postseason.

Running backs

The Patriots, who famously use a committee in the backfield, had three players with at least five rushing touchdowns. But Dion Lewis began getting more carries in October and finished as the team leader in rushing TDs (six) and yards (896) with an impressive 5.0 yards per carry. Brady’s running backs had a league-best nine TD catches this year. Watch out for them against the Eagles: Philly’s D allowed opposing RBs to score five TDs on receptions, tied for second most in the NFL. Foles, meanwhile, will lean on RBs Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount against a D that allowed 4.71 yards per rush, second most in the NFL. Ajayi, who ran for more than 1,000 yards with the Dolphins last year, was traded to Philly in October and had an impressive 5.8 yards per carry while sharing the workload with Blount.

Key matchup: RB Dion Lewis vs. S Malcolm Jenkins

With WR Brandin Cooks and TE Rob Gronkowski (currently out of practice after his concussion in Sunday’s game) drawing attention, Lewis is dangerous when he gets into space-he had five TDs (three rushing, two receiving) in the last three games of the regular season. The Pro Bowler Jenkins (76 tackles and 2 INTs) is the Eagles’ best chance to slow Lewis down … or try to.


We’ve all seen the Internet memes that suggest Belichick and Brady have the refs in their pockets. But alas — data! Believe it or not, Pats haters, two NFL teams are flagged less than New England (but, yes, the Pats are still the third-least penalized team). Philly, meanwhile, is the NFL’s 14th-most penalized squad.


Brady’s INT total was his highest since 2014 … and he still didn’t scratch double digits. His eight picks were 11th lowest among qualified QBs. But one note of worry for the Eagles: In Foles’ seven regular-season games (just three of them starts), he recorded two interceptions and two lost fumbles.

Special teams

The Patriots have long had one of the best special teams units in the NFL, and that includes the 12-year veteran Stephen Gostkowski, who did not miss a field goal under 40 yards this regular season (and has done so just three times total in the last five campaigns). By contrast, the Eagles rely on rookie Jake Elliott, a fifth-round pick in 2017, who took over in September after a season-ending injury to Caleb Sturgis. Elliott missed five field goals in his 15 games.

FPI chances of winning

Tom Brady vs. Nick Foles. Advantage: Patriots. You didn’t need ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) for that one, even after Foles’ killer performance against the Vikings. Philly’s No. 4 scoring defense is stout but, in his three starts for injured MVP candidate Carson Wentz, Foles had the league’s worst QBR (7.6) when pressured. How’s Brady under pressure? Google Super Bowl LI.


60th annual grammy awards

Last Updated Jan 28, 2018 11:30 PM EST

The Recording Academy announced several winners ahead of the 60th Grammy Awards show, hosted by James Corden, on Sunday. Ed Sheeran, who was snubbed out of major categories, picked up the award for pop vocal album, while Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars, who were up for album of the year, won three Grammy Awards each — and they each performed too. Country star Chris Stapleton, who also performed, picked up two Grammys.


Bruno Mars receives the Grammy for the Best Song of the year during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards show on Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, in New York.


Song of the year

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Country album

“From a Room, Vol. 1,” Chris Stapleton

New artist

Alessia Cara

Comedy album 

“The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Dave Chappelle

Rap album

“DAMN.,” Kendrick Lamar

New artist

Alessia Cara

Rap/sung performance

“Loyalty,” Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna

Pop solo performance

“Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran

Pop vocal album

“÷,” Ed Sheeran

Traditional pop vocal album

“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” various artists

Pop duo/group performance

“Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man

Country song

“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton

Country solo performance

“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton

Country duo/group performance

“Better Man,” Little Big Town

Rap song

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Rap performance (single or track)

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

R&B album

“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars

Urban contemporary album

“Starboy,” The Weeknd

R&B song

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Traditional R&B performance

“Redbone,” Childish Gambino

R&B performance

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Alternative music album

“Sleep Well Beast,” The National

Rock album

“A Deeper Understanding,” The War on Drugs

Rock song

“Run,” Foo Fighters

Metal performance

“Sultan’s Curse,” Mastodon

Rock performance (single or track)

“You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen

American roots song

“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

American roots performance

“Killer Diller Blues,” Alabama Shakes

Contemporary Christian album

“Chain Breaker,” Zach Williams

Gospel album

“Let Them Fall in Love,” CeCe Winans

Jazz instrumental album

“Rebirth,” Billy Childs

New age album

“Dancing on Water,” Peter Kater

Song written for visual media

“How Far I’ll Go (Moana),” Lin-Manuel Miranda

Score soundtrack for visual media

“La La Land”

Compilation soundtrack for visual media

“La La Land”

Musical theater album

“Dear Evan Hansen”

Spoken word album

“The Princess Diarist,” Carrie Fisher

Latin pop album

“El Dorado,” Shakira

Music film

“The Defiant Ones,” various artists

Music video

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar

Contemporary instrumental album

“Prototype,” Jeff Lorber Fusion

Dance/electronic album

“3-D The Catalogue,” Kraftwerk

Dance recording

“Tonite,” LCD Soundsystem

For a complete list of winners in all categories, visit

When and how to watch The Grammys:

  • What: The 60th Annual Grammy Awards
  • Host: James Corden
  • Date: January 28, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on CBS.
  • On TVWatch on CBS — check your local listings
  • Streaming Online: Watch the show on CBS All Access

Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O’Riordan Is Dead At 46

Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O’Riordan Is Dead At 46

The singer died in London.

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Irish singer Dolores O’Riordan, who was the lead singer of the Cranberries, has died.

O'Riordan was 46 at the time of her death.

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O’Riordan was 46 at the time of her death.

Then, in a following tweet, called Dolores a “true artist.”

As the singer of the Cranberries, O’Riordan sang hits such as “Zombie” and “Linger.”

O’Riordan was born in Limerick, Ireland. The Cranberries was formed in 1989.

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Tributes have started pouring in from around the world.

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Singer Hozier said he was “shocked and saddened” by her death.

The band Kodaline said “Thoughts are with her family and friends.”

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, released a statement.

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and song writer.

Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.

I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes.

To her family and all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.

Comedian Cameron Esposito recalled how O’Riordan was a “BIG part” of her childhood.

Late Late Show host James Corden spoke about meeting O’Riordan as a young man, saying she was “kind and lovely.”

The Scottish band PAWS said “We are heartbroken.”

Duran Duran said, “We are crushed.”

Actor Glenn Howerton said “Those first two albums are perfection.”

Singer Julia Michaels said, “I will be blasting your voice in my car all day today.”

Actress Caitriona Balfe said, “Dolores O’Riordan was the epitome of cool.”

Foster the People said, “She was a true pioneer.”

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At least 26 people killed in shooting at Texas church

At least 26 people killed in shooting at Texas church

Chester Bennington: Linkin Park vocalist ‘took his own life’

MAIN-Chester-BenningtonLinkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41, LA County Coroner says.

The coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself. His body was found at a private home in the county at 09:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Thursday.

Bennington was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May.

Formed in 1996, Linkin Park have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and have two Grammy Awards.

The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with the rapper Jay-Z.

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The album Meteora topped the Billboard 200 chart in 2003 and is regarded as one of the biggest indie rock records of all time.

Bennington leaves a wife, and six children from two marriages.

He is said to have struggled for years with alcohol and drug abuse, and has talked in the past about suicide as a result of being a victim of abuse as a child.

Bennington wrote an open letter to Chris Cornell on the latter’s death, saying: “You have inspired me in ways you could never have known… I can’t imagine a world without you in it.”

Cornell would have celebrated his 53rd birthday on Thursday. He hanged himself after a concert in Detroit on 17 May.

Media captionLinkin Park announced a new world tour as they were inducted into the RockWalk in Los Angeles in 2014

Band member Mike Shinoda confirmed the news of Bennington’s death on Twitter: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Tributes to Bennington flooded in soon after news of his death.

The band Imagine Dragons tweeted: “no words, so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.”

Grime artists Stormzy, who collaborated with Linkin Park earlier this year, tweeted: “Bruv I can’t lie I’m so upset serious.”

If you are affected by the topics in this article, the Samaritans can be contacted free on 116 123 (in the UK) or by email on If you are in the US, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.

More on this story

  • The story behind Linkin Park’s collaboration with Stormzy
    13 April 2017
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    16 June 2014
  • Video Linkin Park are inducted into the RockWalk in Los Angeles
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  • Chris Cornell – so much more than a grunge star
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