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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

JUPITER, Fla. -- Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor.

Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn't been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified.

The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding Palm Beach County. About 200 arrest warrants have been issued in recent days and more are expected.

The Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month in Atlanta. The team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Update: A spokesperson for Robert Kraft issued a statement, denying Craft's involvement. "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity," a spokesperson said, via Michael Del Moro. "Because this is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further. 

This is a developing story. Visit NBC Sports Boston for the latest Robert Kraft news and updates. 

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When is Super Bowl 2019? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

When is Super Bowl 2019? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

For the third straight year, the New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl. After beating the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-31, in overtime in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have the Patriots in position to win their second Super Bowl in three years and third in five years.

And for Washington Redskins fans, there will be a familiar face on the opposing sideline trying to stop the Patriots from adding another title to their already extensive resume. In just his second season with the Los Angeles Rams, Sean McVay has his team playing in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. The Rams beat the New Orleans Saints, 26-23, also in overtime Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Led by the 32-year-old former Redskins offensive coordinator, the Rams are in their first Super Bowl since 2001, when the franchise was still in St. Louis. The Rams have not won an NFL title in Los Angeles since 1951, 16 years prior to the Super Bowl era.

The 2019 Super Bowl is also a rematch of the title game from the 2001-2002 season, when the Patriots beat the then-St. Louis Rams, 20-17.

The AFC champion Patriots and the NFC champion Rams will face off in Super Bowl LIII on February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

Now less than two weeks before the matchup, here's everything you need to know to prepare for the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LIII Key Information

When is Super Bowl LIII (53)?

Super Bowl Sunday in 2019 is February 9.

Who is playing in Super Bowl LIII (53)?

The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams are playing in the 2019 Super Bowl.

Where is Super Bowl LIII (53)?

The 2019 Super Bowl is at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

How can I watch Super Bowl LIII (53)?

The 2019 Super Bowl will be televised by CBS.

How can I stream the Super Bowl?

You can stream Super Bowl 53 via CBS All Access, CBSSports.com and on the CBS Sports app. 

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl LIII (53)?

Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will do the play-by-play and color commentary, respectively, while Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn are the sideline reporters. James Brown will host the pregame show, and Bill Cowher, Nate Burleson, Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms will do the postgame show.

Nantz will also do the trophy presentation after the game.

Who is performing the Super Bowl LIII (53) halftime show?

Maroon 5 is the headliner for the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII halftime show and will be joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi.

Who is singing the 2019 Super Bowl national anthem?

Atlanta-native R&B legend Gladys Knight is singing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII.

What are the betting odds for Super Bowl LIII (53)?

The New England Patriots opened as 1.5-point favorites in the 2019 Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams. The over-under for the 2019 Super Bowl is 58.

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NFL Storylines after Week 5: A brutal season for kickers continues

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NFL Storylines after Week 5: A brutal season for kickers continues

Despite a 24-point loss on Monday Night Football, the Redskins remain in first place in the NFC East.

Is the NFC East the new AFC South? Are the Browns back? Will the Rams or Chiefs shut up Mercury Morris?

Let’s take a look at the top storylines in the NFL after Week 5. 

Biggest Week 5 NFL Storylines

1. Eagles are still hungover

It didn’t seem like the Eagles partied as hard as the Capitals did following their championship but it certainly looks that way after five weeks. Philadelphia is 2-3 and is also need of a running back (Jay Ajayi is out for the season with a torn ACL).

Even with Ajayi on the field, the Eagles struggled to score. Philadelphia has not scored more than 24 points in any of their games. Last season, they scored 24 or more points in 12 games. 

That all being said, the Eagles remain just a ½ game back of the Redskins for first place in the NFC East. 

2. Champagne remains on ice

There is still plenty of time for the 1972 Miami Dolphins to pop some bubbly but through five weeks there is a pair of unbeaten teams remaining in the NFL, the Chiefs and the Rams. 

Handing the keys to Patrick Mahomes has worked out quite well for the Chiefs. Mahomes finally threw an interception in the Chiefs’ win over the Jaguars on Sunday (he actually threw two). Still, a 14-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio is quite solid.

Remember when we thought Jared Goff was bust? Well, he’s not. Goff leads the NFL in passing yards and is a budding superstar. The Rams have an embarrassment of riches on offense and Sean McVay (I know it hurts Redskins fans) can do no wrong orchestrating things on the sidelines.

The surprising part has been the Rams defense has struggled over the past two weeks, allowing to 31 points in Vikings and Seahawks.

3. Everyone is a winner!

Do the 2017 Browns and 2008 Lions celebrate when the final NFL team gets a win? Probably not.

But if they did, they would have celebrated on Sunday because the Arizona Cardinals notched their first win of the season, a 28-18 victory of the 49ers. 

When will the Rams officially clinch the NFC West? L.A. is three games up on 2-3 Seattle. Both Arizona and San Francisco are 1-4.

I think it’s safe to say the Rams are going to win this division.

4. BREAKING NEWS: The Patriots will be fine

Back-to-back losses had the hot takers proclaiming the Patriots were dead.

When are they going to stop doing that? Over the past two weeks, the Patriots destroyed the Dolphins and scored 38 points in a win over the Colts on Thursday night.

Will the Patriots win another Super Bowl this year? I don’t know. But we do have to remember their house remains the nicest in an ugly neighborhood (that's an analogy for the AFC East being bad). 

Another January game in Foxboro seems likely.

5. What happened to Dak Prescott?

It wasn’t that long ago when Dak could do no wrong. After taking over for the injured Tony Romo, Prescott helped lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and a NFC East title. He was selected to go to the Pro Bowl and was named the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Now, Prescott ranks No. 24 in passing yards and is among the worst in completion percentage (61.8%). 

After the 2016 season, people would have looked at you like you had three heads if you told them that Jared Goff would be better than Prescott.

Dak is not Dallas' only problem. The Cowboys have a lot of issues including a head coach that decided to punt the ball away at the opponent’s 42-yard line in overtime.

This does not look like a team that will win more than five or six games.

6. Kickers. 

It has been an odd season for kickers. Daniel Carlson and Zane Gonzalez both lost their jobs after dreadful performances in Week 2. On Sunday, former Redskins kicker Graham Gano made a game-winning field goal from 63 yards in Carolina! Panthers QB Cam Newton said of his kicker, "A wise man once told me great quarterbacks are only as good as their kicker."

Then there was Packers veteran kicker Mason Crosby. He missed four field goals and an extra point in the Green Bay’s 31-23 loss to the Lions. Crosby became the first kicker to miss four field goals and an extra point in the same game since the Raiders' Cole Ford in 1997, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. As of now, the Packers are going to stick with Crosby.

And who said kicks need to be pretty to be effective…

Week 6 will be here before we now it and it will certainly bring us a whole new slew of storylines.