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Several Eagles will skip White House visit if invited

The Philadelphia Eagles have been celebrating since stunning the New England Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Their victory tour will kick off with a parade Thursday in downtown Philadelphia.

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However, several players already have made it known they will not visit the White House if they are invited by President Donald Trump, CNN reported.

Traditionally, the Super Bowl champions visit the White House.

Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who skipped the visit last year when he played for the Patriots, said before Super Bowl LII game that he would not attend if the Eagles beat New England.

He reiterated that sentiment Sunday night during an interview on the “Pardon My Take Podcast.”

"No, I'm not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?” he said.

 >> Underdog Patriots defeat Eagles to win Super Bowl

Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount also played for the Patriots last year and did not go to Washington when New England won Super Bowl LI. At the time he said that “I just don't feel welcome into that house. I'm just gonna leave it at that,” CNN reported.

Philadelphia wide receiver Torrey Smith said he was opposed to Trump’s outbursts against players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism.

“We read the news just like everyone else," Smith told NJ.com last week. "You see Donald Trump tweet something ... We have those conversations in the locker room, just like everyone else does in the workplace. We're very informed about what goes on, and we're trying to continue to educate ourselves.

>> If Eagles win Super Bowl, Chris Long won’t accept White House invitation

“They call it the anthem protest,”Smith said. “We're not protesting the anthem. It's a protest during the anthem. I understand why people are mad, or may be offended when someone takes a knee. My father, when he dies, is going to be buried with an American flag draped around his casket, being that he served in the Army.”

Outbreak of norovirus causes quarantine of 1,200 Olympic security guards

Officials in South Korea quarantined 1,200 security guards after 41 of them at the Winter Olympic facilities at Pyeongchang had symptoms similar to the norovirus, CNN reported.

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South Korea deployed 900 military personnel after the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee (POCOG) quarantined the security guards. The POCOG said the guards suffered sudden outbreaks of diarrhea and vomited Sunday and were taken to the hospital, CNN reported. An investigation suggested the symptoms could have come from ground water being used in the food and beverages at the facilities, ESPN reported.

"The military personnel ... will be responsible for security checks of the 20 venues as they take up jobs such as security searches, previously done by civilian safety personnel, until the patients' condition is normalized," according to a statement from the POCOG.

All of the civilian guards are in stable condition, according to the statement.

Competitions at the Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8 and will continue through the closing ceremonies on Feb. 25.

WWE's Kane visits Kentucky man fighting cancer

Pro wrestling star Kane is known for his chokeslam finishing hold, a move that requires strength.

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In a recent visit to Kentucky, the WWE star offered strength and comfort to one of his biggest fans, who is battling brain cancer, WYMT reported.

Glenn Jacobs, who wrestles under the name Kane, visited T.J. Brewer in Harlan County. It was a gesture that was appreciated by Brewer’s brother, Chris Brewer, who watched Kane wrestle when they were children. 

“We obviously flocked to Kane and Undertaker because on the storyline they were brothers,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.T.J. Brewer has been diagnosed with cancer five times over the past 12 years, WYMT reported. Doctors had given him only days to live at one point, but T.J. continues to show strength, his brother said.

“He was given three months to live he was in Stage 4 (which is) very aggressive and he just kept battling and he used that as like a rallying cry,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.

T.J. Brewer was inspired to start a ministry and share his strength with community members. The response has been positive, Chris Brewer said.

“We've had about 500 visitors, everybody in this community,” he said.

And outsiders like Kane, too.

2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Ryan Zapolski?

Ice hockey goaltender Ryan Zapolski debuted at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games on Team USA’s men’s ice hockey team.

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Zapolski grew up playing hockey in Erie, Pennsylvania, at the all-male Cathedral Preparatory School and later went to Mercyhurst University. He’s been playing hockey since he was 8 years old.

WPXI spoke to Zapolski’s father, Raymond Zapolski, about how much it means for his son to be Team USA’s ice hockey goaltender in the 2018 games.

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“You could play for a Stanley Cup or that kind of thing, but playing for your country to win a gold medal, or even have a chance to, the number of people that get to do that is so infinitely small, that it gives you goose bumps and chills,” Raymond Zapolski said.

Other interesting facts:

  • Has three siblings, Brandon, Chris and Lindsay
  • Married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, in 2015
  • Goaltender of the Year and the East Coast Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player in the 2012-13 season with the South Carolina Stingrays
  • Hobbies include golfing and reading

2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Bradie Tennell?

Bradie Tennell is a relative newcomer to the international figure skating stage.

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Tennell, from Carpentersville, Illinois, has been skating since she was 2 years old.

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After a big win at the U.S. National Championships, she earned her ticket to the Pyeongchang Games but she says the whole experience has been surreal.

“I can remember, you know, dreaming about it and being like, ‘Mom, I wonder what it would be like to march in the Opening Ceremonies with all those athletes and the cameras, and ‘Oh, my goodness, how cool that would be,’” Tennell told WPXI. “And now I get to go live it. It’s crazy.”

Other interesting facts:

  • Skated to the music from “Cinderella,” one of her favorite movies, at U.S. National Championships.
  • Has two younger brothers, Austin and Shane, who play ice hockey.
  • Volunteers at an assisted living home each week.
  • Enjoys cooking, swimming and skiing.

Pink slams critic of Super Bowl national anthem performance

Pink is seriously not here for the haters.

The pop singer came down with the flu over the weekend, but despite the setback, she nailed her performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl LII.

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Pink mustered up the same energy later Sunday after someone on Twitter wrote that the singer “sucks” and called her fans “dumb” in a since-deleted tweet.

“Yeah but at least I suck while singing our countries national anthem, and you just suck by yourself on a dirty couch,” she wrote.

“Poor dude couldn’t handle the heat she brought,” said one fan, who noticed that the person who posted the insulting tweet has since switched his or her Twitter account from public to private after sending the message. The account was later made public again.

>> Related: Pink nails national anthem at Super Bowl LII, spits out throat lozenge beforehand

“You were amazing! Coming from NYC when someone sings it with such feeling it takes me back to 9/11. Thank you for such. Beautiful tribute. I felt it in my heart,” said another fan.

Philadelphia breaks into raucous celebration after Eagles' Super Bowl win

The Philadelphia Eagles won their first-ever Super Bowl Sunday night and their first NFL championship since 1960, and fans in the City of Brotherly Love celebrated — in some precincts with no mercy.

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Fans celebrated after the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over Tom Brady and the favored New England Patriots, who were shooting for the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl championship. Almost immediately after the win was secured in the game’s waning seconds, Philly fans filled the streets.

Videos and photos posted to social media showed how a city known for underdogs like Rocky Balboa and passionate sports fans party. 

>> Related: Philadelphia celebrates after Eagles win Super Bowl

It wasn’t always pretty.

Determined fans didn’t let the city’s strategy of greasing light poles with hydraulic fluid keep them from doing their thing. Fans climbed traffic light fixtures until the lights could stand no more, coming completely free from their moorings and falling to the street.

At the Ritz-Carlton, one daring man climbed atop the entry awning. Other fans followed suit, packing the awning with people until it could no longer hold. It collapsed to the ground.

As the midnight hour struck, things started to get a little out of control, the New York Post reported. Windows at the Macy’s near City Hall were smashed and a man hopped inside the window display to take a selfie with a mannequin. A T-Mobile store also had its windows smashed, according to the newspaper.

“This guy took a can of Bud Light and boom -- shattered the window,” Dustin Fisher, 19, told the Post.

>> Photos: Eagles beat Patriots to win Super Bowl 52

As a show of support for Philadelphia’s men and women in blue, the Boston Police Department -- who’ve dealt with a few of these citywide championship celebrations -- tweeted words of encouragement to their brothers and sisters: “From the men and women of @bostonpolice to our brother and sister officers of @PhillyPolice: ‘Congratulations to you and your city. Please be safe out there.’”

Dilly, Dilly: Free beer for Philly 

Dilly, Dilly! Philadelphia fans, who already spilled plenty of beer after the Eagles’ 41-33 victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, will be enjoying free brews when the city has a parade to celebrate the NFL champions.

Bud Light released details promising free beer for Philadelphia, making good on a bet the company made with Eagles’ offensive tackle Lane Johnson during training camp last summer, WPVI reported. 

Johnson told reporters last summer that if the Eagles won the Super Bowl, “I’m giving out beer to everybody.”

Bud Light then tweeted to Johnson with an offer. “Let’s make a bet. Win it all and the party is on us.”

Since the Eagles stunned the Patriots, it’s safe to say Dilly, Dilly: there will be beer flowing in Philly.

Eagles also sent Las Vegas sports books to defeat

The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII, but props should go to the betting public, too.

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Several sports books in Nevada reported losses after the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 Sunday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The William Hill sports book reported a multimillion loss and CG Technology suffered a six-figure loss, the Review-Journal reported.

>> Underdog Eagles defeat Patriots to win Super Bowl LII

Bettors cleaned up on prop bets, and one anonymous bettor won more than $10 million on approximately $7.4 million in money-line bets, the Journal-Review reported. It could result in Nevada sports books losing their third Super Bowl in 28 years.

“It’s going to be close,” CG Technology sports book director Jason Simbal told the Review-Journal. “If I had to bet right now, I would say we’re a small loser. And if it is a winner, it’s like (a) 1 percent (hold).

“The Patriots are not good to the sports books in Super Bowls,” Simbal said. “Whenever we need them, they don’t get there and when we don’t need them, they get there.”

>> Photos: Eagles beat Patriots to win Super Bowl LII

Wynn Las Vegas sports book officials said they “don’t usually lose” Super Bowls, but this year’s game was an exception.

“Once in a while (we lose),” Wynn Las Vegas sports book director Johnny Avello told the Review-Journal. “Once in a while. The last couple have been tough. Maybe the Patriots won’t be there next year.”

In a huge play for prop bettors, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles caught a TD pass on fourth-and-1 in the final minute of the first half. The odds on Foles to score a TD were 7-1.

“We got buried on that,” Westgate sports book manager Ed Salmons told the Review-Journal. “The props didn’t do very good. Every guy scored a touchdown and every guy went over.”

>> Super Bowl LII: Here are some fun prop bets

William Hill lost $4.6 million on three seven-figure wagers, the Review-Journal reported.

“Great game, (lousy) result,” William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich wrote in a text to the Review-Journal.

Eagles may have been in illegal formation on Nick Foles' TD catch

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles got an easy touchdown as a receiver on a trick play during the first half of Super Bowl LII against New England on Sunday, but on replay review, it looks like the play should not have counted.

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For the play, Foles went for audibles along the offensive line and was out of the usual quarterback position when the ball was snapped. Trey Burton eventually tossed the ball to Foles for the touchdown, but as Zach Cox pointed out, Foles may not have been legally set on the line for the play.

Foles is on the right side of the offensive line, clearly a step behind the rest of those on the line.

NFL rules dictate that a team must have seven players on the line — and thus only four in the backfield — for a formation to be legal. But on this particular play, no flags were thrown and the Eagles were able to score on the play to take a 22-12 lead.

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