Tom Brady says his retirement is 'unlikely,' stops short of confirming return to Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seemed as calm, cool and collected as ever as he took the podium following his team’s wild-card round loss to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday

While the NFL veteran’s press conference began with questions about his team’s struggles during the game and the entirety of the season, it quickly — and predictably — turned to questions about Brady’s future. Will he retire? Will he stay with the Patriots? What’s next?

Brady, who has likely become accustomed to hearing and deflecting such questions over the past few seasons, managed to say both nothing and everything at the same time in his calculated responses. 

“I love the Patriots,” he said while wearing a navy blue beanie that matches the team’s primary color. “Playing for Mr. Kraft all these years, and for coach Belichick, there’s nobody who’s had a better career, I would say, than me, just being with them.”

“I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I’ve loved playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games.”

“A lot of games” is certainly an understatement for Brady, whose 219 career regular season wins — a league record — and 64 career losses equate to a winning percentage of .774%, all with New England. 

But does his love for the team, owner and head coach he’s spent nearly two decades with overshadow his possible desire to play elsewhere, or to retire? While Brady called his retirement “pretty unlikely,” he declined to elaborate further on his upcoming career plans. 

“Who knows what the future holds?” he said. “We’ll leave it at that.”

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Alex Morgan gives glimpse of growing baby bump in sweet pics with husband Servando Carrasco

USWNT star Alex Morgan posted two adorable photos with her husband to Instagram on Sunday, but our attention went straight to her growing baby bump. 

Morgan uploaded two photos alongside Servando Carrasco, her spouse of 5 years, while the two were in Berkeley, California, over the weekend. Morgan and Carrasco met while they both were attending and playing soccer at UC Berkeley, and according to Morgan, this was the first time the two had been back to the city together since they graduated. 

“So many good memories!” she gushed underneath the snaps of the couple atop Grizzly Peak Vista Point overlooking the city. 

The second photo in the post gave fans a new glimpse at Morgan’s pregnant belly, roughly two months after the couple announced that they were expecting a baby girl

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Bill Belichick refuses to acknowledge loss to Dolphins as Patriots prepare for Titans

When Bill Belichick doesn’t want to talk about something, he doesn’t talk about it. 

This isn’t groundbreaking news for anyone who has ever listened to the New England Patriots head coach’s press conferences before. Belichick has become notorious for being tight-lipped, forward-thinking and maybe, at times, coming off a bit grumpy. 

So, when he was asked about his team’s Week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins ahead of the playoffs beginning on Saturday, Belichick shrugged and quickly shot the question down. 

“I don’t know what we are or aren’t, doesn’t matter,” he responded to the notion that the Patriots may be underdogs this weekend. “We’re just trying to get ready for the Titans [and] play our best game on Saturday night. That’s it.”

When pressed, the coach continued by saying that the team is “past last week.”

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NHL player Erik Haula pays tribute to unborn daughter after her death: 'We cannot wait to hold you one day in heaven'

Carolina Hurricanes center Erik Haula and his wife, Kristen Haula, took to Instagram to announce the tragic loss of their unborn daughter this week. 

“While it’s not what is best for everyone, it personally feels best for us to share,” Kristen explained of the family’s decision to make the loss public. She revealed that after feeling “amazing” during her entire pregnancy, which the couple announced in November, that an ultrasound on Monday revealed their baby had lost her heartbeat. 

“While it may be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel on some days going forward, and some may be harder than others to understand why this happened, the complete joy & excitement she has brought to us and those who love her will be with us forever,” she continued. “Mommy and Daddy know she is being taken care of in heaven.”

Erik Haula echoed his wife’s heartbreaking sentiments in his own post on Wednesday, which revealed that the death occurred on December 30. 

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Fans are voting for Tacko Fall to make the NBA All-Star Game and Twitter is divided

The NBA revealed the first returns of voting for the 2020 All-Star Game on Thursday, and many fans on Twitter are up in arms over some players on the list. 

Fan votes account for 50 percent of the vote to determine which 10 players will make it to the All-Star Game, which is being held at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16. Shortly after the list was published, two players who were included immediately started trending on social media: Alex Caruso and Tacko Fall. 

Fall, in particular, has become a cultural phenomenon among fans of his Boston Celtics and beyond. The 7-foot-5 Senegal native has only appeared in three games so far this season, totaling just 11 minutes — but according to voters, that’s enough to get him to Chicago. Over 110,000 fans have voted for Fall to make the Eastern Conference All-Star Roster, which puts him sixth on the list of frontcourt players in the East.

While some were quick to praise Fall as a “legend” or laugh at the situation, many others didn’t find the situation comical and called for an end to the fan vote. 

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Carley McCord, sports reporter killed in plane crash, honored at Sugar Bowl

A seat was saved for late sports reporter Carley McCord at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Wednesday. 

McCord, 30, was one of five people killed in a plane crash in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Saturday while she was en route to the Peach Bowl between LSU and Oklahoma in Atlanta. The Louisiana native worked as a reporter for local NBC affiliate WDSU as well as an in-game host for the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The Sugar Bowl, which is held annually in New Orleans’s Mercedes-Benz Superdome, paid tribute to McCord by reserving a spot for her in the press box that included a vase of yellow roses and a card featuring her name. 

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Colts GM addresses possibility of Andrew Luck returning in 2020

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard spoke for over an hour on Thursday, addressing his team’s shortcomings in 2019 and plans for 2020 — and his feelings on a potential return by retired quarterback Andrew Luck. 

While Ballard was clear that “the jury is still out” on current starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett, he said he didn’t believe that Luck, who played for the Colts from 2012 to 2019, would be returning to save the day.

“Look, Andrew is retired,” he said during his final press conference of the season. “I think we all need to accept that.”

Luck suddenly retired from the NFL this past August after news broke of his impending announcement during the Colts’ final preseason game, a 27-17 loss against the Chicago Bears. Brissett, who was traded to Indianapolis by the New England Patriots in 2017, assumed the role of starting quarterback and led the team to a 5-2 start — but the rest of the season didn’t go as planned, and the Colts finished with a 7-9 record. 

Ballard called the losing record a “stain that does not wash away.”

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