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Hall of Famers to be selected today...Former QB Wade Wilson dies...Governors wager on Super Bowl

February 2, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee decides today which of the 15 modern-era finalists will be part of the Class of 2019. Among the finalists are first-time eligibles Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey. Also being considered for induction are senior committee nominee Johnny Robinson and contributors finalists Gil Brandt and Pat Bowlen. A maximum of eight new members can be elected, five from the modern-era group.

DALLAS (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Wade Wilson has died. Wilson played for five NFL teams from 1981-98, including 10 seasons with Minnesota. He led the Vikings to the NFC title game during the 1987 season, losing to the Washington Redskins, who went on to win the Super Bowl. Minnesota made the playoffs the next two seasons as well. Wilson later served as quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. Wilson died at his suburban Dallas home yesterday, his 60th birthday.

BOSTON (AP) — The governors of Massachusetts and California are placing a friendly wager on the outcome of tomorrow’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom say they and their staffs will volunteer time at a local charity if their home team loses.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From the “Boycott Bowl” to the “Dunk the Referee” tank, people in New Orleans are finding creative ways to spend their Sunday instead of watching the Super Bowl. As the rest of the country gathers to watch the New England Patriots face the Los Angeles Rams, Saints fans will be mourning for a Super Bowl that might have been. Fans here have been angry since the Jan. 20 NFC championship game and the “no-call” on a Rams defensive back who leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the game.

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. soccer team will play Ecuador in an exhibition on March 21 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida, the first time new U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter has his full player pool available. The game announced today will be followed by a previously announced March 26 friendly against Chile at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.