After a year full of dramatic (and often surprising) twists and turns, the New England Patriots topped the Atlanta Falcons in what will likely go down as the greatest Super Bowl ever played. With their win on Super Bowl Sunday, the Patriots captured their franchise’s fifth Lombardi Trophy since 2001 and further strengthened their case for being the greatest dynasty in NFL history. On top of that, behind an amazing and record-breaking performance, Tom Brady ended all debates and established himself as the undisputed greatest quarterback of all time.
Johny Hendricks really had no option but to move to middleweight, but he looked good in his debut, getting the better of Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne on Sunday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The bout was Hendricks’ first at 185 pounds after numerous struggles making the welterweight limit forced him up a weight class. Lombard controlled most of the clinch work in the first round and throughout the fight, but couldn’t find many opportunities to do damage.
The Padres have reportedly signed free agent right-hander Jered Weaver to a one-year deal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. The club was said to have offered Weaver a deal north of $1.75 million back in January, but Nightengale reports that the figure has increased to $3 million with no additional incentives. Weaver, 34, completed an 11-year track with the Angels in 2016. His performance was underwhelming, reaching a career-worst 5.06 ERA and -0.2 fWAR over 31 starts in Anaheim. While his numbers have been in steady decline since 2011, his leadership and ability to absorb innings should benefit a San Diego rotation that features Clayton Richard, Jhoulys Chacin and Trevor Cahill,