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Super Bowl 2017: What time, what channel, live stream; Lady Gaga at halftime

Everything about it is super – the teams, the atmosphere, the price for tickets.

This Super Bowl – officially Super Bowl LI (51) – features a veteran championship team and a rising star team, a new set of viral commercials and a halftime performance by a pop icon.

As for all the other details, here’s what you need to know about this year’s game.   

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Who is playing?

The New England Patriots, the AFC champions, will take on the Atlanta Falcons the NFC champions.

Where is Super Bowl LI being played?

Super Bowl LI will be played at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

When is the game?

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

What time does the game start?

The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET.

 What about the pre-game show?

It is set to start at 11 a.m. ET on Fox. The coverage will include a sit-down interview with President Donald Trump. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly will conduct the interview, and, according to Fox, it should air around 4 p.m. ET. 

What channel is it on; is there a live stream?

The game will be broadcast on Fox. To watch it online, go to Fox Sports Go.

Who are the announcers:

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Chris Myers  

What’s the line?

New England opened as a 3-point favorite over Atlanta.

How much do the ads cost?

A 30-second commercial for Super Bowl LI costs $5 million, according to Variety, $166,666 per second. A 30-second ad for the first Super Bowl in 1967 cost $42,000, or $1,400 per second.

How much do tickets cost?

The least expensive ticket on Ticketmaster is $5,000. That ticket is for an end-zone seat – one end-zone seat. The most expensive ticket is $11,994. That’s a sideline seat.

Who is staring in the halftime show?

 Lady Gaga will star in the halftime show.

Cool things

Fox will offer a "Be the Player" feature, Intel technology that allows viewers "to get inside the helmet of any player on the field.” Thirty-eight Ultra High Definition cameras will be placed around the perimeter of the field to allow producers to replicate a player’s perspective for the home viewing audience.

Fox will use a total of 70 cameras during the game, including 24 cameras installed in the end-zone pylons.

Arthur Blank to send all Falcons employees to Super Bowl

Atlanta Falcons franchise owner Arthur Blank plans to take all of the team's employees to Houston for the Super Bowl. The team employs about 500 people.

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No further details of Blank's plans were available on Monday, the day after the Falcons beat the Packers for the NFC championship. The Falcons will play the AFC champion New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Blank would not be the first NFL franchise owner to take all of his employees to the Super Bowl along with the team.

The owners of both the Panthers and the Broncos paid for all of their employees to go to the 2016 Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California.

Lady Gaga teases Super Bowl performance with behind the scenes video

On Feb. 5, Lady Gaga will take the stage during the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Less than three weeks before the championship game, Pepsi, who is sponsoring the halftime show, released a teaser video of the pop superstar as she prepares for her performance.  

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In the behind the scenes video, Gaga can be seen at other appearances, and clips show dancers preparing choreography for the big event. "Bad Romance" is one song fans might expect from Gaga during the show, according to the video.

"This is, obviously, a humongous platform. This is, probably, like, the greatest 12 minutes of our lives," said choreographer Richy Jackson, who has worked with Lady Gaga for at least 10 years. "We're just going to see a humble, appreciative yet showmanship side of Gaga. And we haven't seen her like this because we haven't been on a stage like this. It'll be a new face, a different kind of energy."

"It will be special because I've been planning this since I was 4," Gaga said in the preview. "So I know exactly what I'm going to do." 

Hold on to your hats! Your first look#BTS of #PepsiHalftime as @RICHYSQUIRREL gets @LadyGaga's dancers ready to make us Feb 5th! pic.twitter.com/NlteGrS7Wa— Pepsi(@pepsi) January 18, 2017

Gaga, who recently performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, has teased photos of her Super Bowl preparations on Instagram and said that she and her dancers built a tent in her backyard with a dance floor to practice.

"The thing is, it's such a big world stage in terms of how many people see it," Gaga said in the Pepsi behind the scenes video. "It's been done so many times (that) I think the challenge is to look at it and say, you know, 'What can I do differently? How can I elevate certain little things here and there?"

Last year, Lady Gaga sang the national anthem before the start of the Super Bowl game. She released her fifth studio album, "Joanne," in October.

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College Football Playoff Championship 2017: What time, what channel, who is playing

The College Football Playoff National Championship game is set for Monday night with No. 1-ranked Alabama taking on No. 3-ranked Clemson in what looks to be an exciting match-up.

It will be a rematch of last year’s championship game. Alabama goes into the game undefeated – the same as Clemson did last year. Alabama won last year’s game by five points, 45-40.

Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s game.

Who is playing?

The University of Alabama from the Southeastern Conference plays Clemson University from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

What time does the game start?

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET Monday.

Where is it being played?

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

What channel is it on?

ESPN will broadcast the game.

Can you watch it online?

Of course. You can catch it on WatchESPN.

Who are the coaches?

Nick Saban coaches Alabama, and Dabo Swinney coaches Clemson.

Who is favored to win?

Alabama is favored to win by 6 points.

Have these colleges ever won a National Championship?

Alabama has won 16 of them – Saban has four championships at Alabama; Clemson won one championship in 1981.

How much are tickets going for?

As of Monday morning, tickets on the ticket-selling website Stubhub were listed from $1,750 to $18,691. The $18,000 tickets are for lower-level sideline tickets. 

Fun facts:

  • Clemson’s coach’s name is pronounced Dab-o Swee-nee. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama.
  • According to The Weather Channel, at game time in Tampa the high will be 67 degrees, the low 50. There is a zero percent chance of rain. Winds will be northeast at 5-10 miles per hour.

  • Alabama quarterback, Jalen Hurts, is a freshman at the school.

  • Clemson’s quarterback, Deshaun Watson, has played in three bowl games, including last year’s championship game, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

  • Monday’s game marks the first time two teams will met for a rematch of a Division 1 College Football Championship since the title game was introduced at the start of the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) era in 1998.

Bomb threat on Celtics’ plane was hoax

Members of the Boston Celtics got a scare Saturday when they were told of a bomb threat on their chartered flight to Oklahoma City, but it appears it was a hoax, several news outlets reported.

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The Celtics’ team plane landed safely in Oklahoma City on Saturday. A team spokesman said the Celtics became aware of the threat while the flight was airborne, ESPN reported. 

According to Tim Martin of WFXT, the plane made it to Oklahoma City as scheduled, with the FBI and local law enforcement looking into the threat. Martin also reported that a Celtics spokesman said there was no evidence of a bomb on the plane. 

The FBI's Oklahoma City field office said late Saturday that a thorough search of the aircraft "did not locate an explosive device" and that the agency is investigating the incident.

Celtics forward Jae Crowder posted a short video to his Instagram page showing police lights flashing next to the team plane with the caption, “Bomb threat on us.”

Crowder also tweeted about the incident, saying the team was fine.

The Celtics face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Sunday night. Boston lost 101-94 at home Friday night to the Toronto Raptors. 

LeBron James wears Cubs uniform to pay off World Series bet

LeBron James didn’t like it, but a bet’s a bet. And when you lose a bet, you pay the winner.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers star made a bet with former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade before the World Series. If the Cubs won, then James would have to wear a full Cubs uniform the next time the Cavaliers played in Chicago. 

The Cubs did indeed win the Series, earning their first championship in 108 years when they overcame a 3-1 deficit to rally past the Cleveland Indians.

So the payoff came Friday night, as James and the Cavaliers came to town to play the Chicago Bulls. James donned a Cubs jersey, pants and cap. No cleats, though.

“I’m not wearing cleats,” he had told reporters on Thursday. “No glove. Just the uniform.” 

As James walked through the arena before Friday night’s game, he was met by a gleeful Wade, who videotaped his rival. 

“My Indians gave everything they had,” James said in an earlier video posted on the Bleacher Report website. “But the Cubs came back, and, you know, they showed what true champions was all about. 

“Meanwhile, I’m pinstriped-up, walking into a nationally televised game in Chicago because of a bet I lost.” 

"It's a bet," James continued. "You have to fulfill your bet. Nothing more to it."

Cleveland’s luck against Chicago continued to sour, as the Cavaliers lost 111-105 despite James’ 27-point night. Wade helped Chicago to victory by scoring 24 points. 

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Bud Light giving away Super Bowl tickets for life

As part of a sweepstakes promotion, Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light's parent company, is offering beer-loving football fans a chance to win Super Bowl tickets for life.  

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"All season long, Bud Light has celebrated the most passionate and dedicated fans that the NFL has to offer, and as the playoffs approach, we want to see fandom turned up another notch," Anna Rogers, director of NFL partnerships and strategy at Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. "Most NFL fans likely won't see one Super Bowl in their lifetime, so we figured what better way to reward one of the NFL's biggest fans than by giving him or her tickets to the big game for the rest of their life?"

Bud Light will place 37,000 gold cans in select 18-, 24- and 30-packs of 12-ounce Bud Light through Jan. 13. The packages will be sold across the country in all states except California.

Those who find a gold can can enter the contest by uploading a photo of it and using the hashtags #SBTix4Life and #Sweeps.

Six weekly winners will be selected to win a pair of season tickets to their favorite NFL team.

One grand prize winner will receive a pair of Super Bowl tickets for life, up to 51 years.

The grand prize winner will be selected the week of Jan. 16.

Read more at Anheuser-Busch.

Super Bowl Champions are remembered forever. But your memory will be better than most. Find a Bud Light Gold Super Bowl LI Can and upload a photo with #SBTIX4LIFE #SWEEPS and you could win Super Bowl tickets for life. Go to www.budlight.com to see more rules. A photo posted by Bud Light (@budlight) on Nov 25, 2016 at 7:45am PST

To LSU?

LSU is locked into an SEC West battle with Texas A&M to wrap up their Thanksgiving but the Tigers could be celebrating much more than a victory with their turkey on Thursday.

According to multiple reports, the Tigers are close to hiring the grand prize of this year’s coaching carousel in Houston’s Tom Herman.

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Indian cricketers wear mothers' names on jerseys

When India and New Zealand clashed in Saturday’s One Day International, 5th Series, the Indian cricket team decided to honor their mothers. 

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Every member of the squad was wearing jerseys bearing their mothers’ names, rather than their  own, the Indian Express reported. 

The final ODI – in Visakhapatnam, India – will decide the outcome of the series. 

This gesture was part of a new campaign started by Star India media company, highlighting the role of mothers. 

The Board of Cricket Control in India Chairman Anurag Thakur said the display by the Indian cricketers was done with “the intent to thank all the mothers for their efforts and sacrifices.”

Photos: Olympic champion Michael Phelps married girlfriend in June

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Swimmer Michael Phelps is synonymous with Olympic gold. He earned five gold medals and a silver during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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But Phelps also grabbed more gold this summer -- a wedding ring.

People magazine reported that Phelps and his girlfriend, Nicole Johnson, are now married. The couple announced their engagement in February 2015. Their son, Boomer, was born in May.

TMZ obtained a copy of the couple's marriage record. It shows that they applied for the license on June 9 and were married June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Phelps' agent, Peter Carlisle, was listed as the person who performed the ceremony, People reported.

The Phelpses shared photos from their summer wedding on Instagram Sunday. 

"Truly the happiest day of my life," Nicole wrote on Instagram.

Truly the happiest day of my life @m_phelps00 thank you @boonestudios for capturing this day A photo posted by Nicole Michele Johnson (@mrs.nicolephelps) on Oct 30, 2016 at 1:11am PDT <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

My best friend.... I love you!! A photo posted by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Oct 30, 2016 at 3:07am PDT <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

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