Colts owner to pay for funeral of player killed in crash

The driver suspected of hitting and killing NFL linebacker Edwin Jackson and his ride-share driver on Sunday had a prior conviction for driving under the influence and had twice been deported, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Indiana State Police identified the suspected driver as Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, an undocumented immigrant who is a Guatemalan citizen. Police said he gave them an alias at the scene — Alex Cabrera Gonsales — and attempted to flee on foot.

Orrego-Savala was taken to the Marion County Jail, accused of driving without a license and on suspicion of intoxicated driving.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay will pay for the funerals of Jackson and Monroe, a team spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

e was briefly in court on Tuesday for an “advisement of rights” appearance ahead of his initial hearing, which will be held on Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court.

When Orrego-Savala appeared before the judge he was assisted by an interpreter. He questioned why he was in court, as he claimed he wasn’t driving the car in the fatal crash that killed the two men, according to the court clerk.

Orrego-Savala does not currently have an attorney, but one will be appointed before Wednesday morning’s initial hearing.

Jackson, 26, was a linebacker with the Indianapolis Colts and was a passenger in the ride-share vehicle. Jeffrey Monroe, 54, of Avon, Indiana, was the ride-share driver who also was killed in the crash around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Indiana State Police said Monday they are working with the prosecutor’s office to file criminal charges in Orrego-Savala’s case.

Orrego-Savala was deported in 2007 and 2009, according to ICE. He had entered the US illegally in July 2004 and he was convicted of driving under the influence in Redwood City, California, in 2005, ICE said.

“Additionally, he has many other misdemeanor criminal convictions and arrests in California and Indiana,” the statement from ICE said.

Fatal crash details

Before the crash on Sunday morning, Monroe had pulled his 2018 Lincoln to the side of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis because Jackson had become ill, according to state police. Monroe was believed to have stepped out of the car to help Jackson, police said.

Both men were standing outside the car when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them and the back of the car. One of the men was thrown into the center lane. A state trooper spotted the wreckage and as he slowed to stop for the crash, he struck the body in the center lane, officials said.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner’s office.

Police said Orrego-Savala was the driver of the F-150. ICE said it has placed an immigration detainer on Orrego-Savala at the Marion County Jail.

A man listed as Alex Cabrera Gonsales — the alias officials say Orrego-Savala used — was arrested in March 2017 in Whitestown, Indiana, after a driving infraction, according to a Whitestown Police report. Whitestown Police confirmed that Cabrera Gonsales and Orrego-Savala are the same person.

After being pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign, he told police he did not have a driver’s license but had a Mexico ID card, according to the police report. Cabrera Gonsales was arrested and accused of operating a vehicle while never receiving a license, and was handcuffed and taken to Boone County Jail for further processing.

Scott Rolston of Whitestown Police said the department generally would not communicate with ICE for a typical traffic stop.

“After an arrest, a suspect would be brought to the Boone County Jail, where they would be fingerprinted, processed, and if ICE were to be engaged it would be at that part of the process,” Rolston said.

Cabrera Gonsales pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while never receiving a license, which is a misdemeanor, according to documents provided by CNN affiliate WISH-TV. He was sentenced to two days in the Boone County Jail and was released after one day served, according to the court documents.

Jackson was from Atlanta but made a home for himself with the Colts. The inside linebacker started eight games in 2016 for the Colts but did not play this past season due to an injury.

“Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization,” the team said. “We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hardworking mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths, and he will be greatly missed in our locker room and throughout our entire organization.”

Jackson was an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Southern in 2015. The team’s head football coach, Chad Lunsford, said in a statement that Jackson represented “how a young man should live his life. He earned everything that he was given and left this world way too soon.”

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Eagles fans pack downtown Philly to celebrate win

It is a historic night — stretching into overnight and likely well beyond sunrise — in the “City of Brotherly Love,” as Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrate their first ever Super Bowl win.

Eagles fans came out into the streets en masse to celebrate the team’s victory over the New England Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl.

Aerial images from CNN’s affiliate WPVI showed fans packing Broad Street leading up to Philadelphia City Hall. Fans crammed streets as far as the eyes could see.

All of downtown Philly was packed with celebrants braving the cold weather. Adults, elderly fans, kids and even infants came out to share the win.

And, of course, not even hydraulic fluid was able to keep one brave booster from scaling a light pole.

Eagles backers packed sporting good stores looking to buy championship branded shirts and other apparel.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, fans collectively lost their minds. Eagles were a worldwide trend with a little less than 3 million tweets just before midnight.

The celebrations extended all the way to Penn State University, some 200 miles from Philly. Students flocked to campus to join in winning chants.

Back in the Philly, between the “E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles” chants, some found the time to flip over a car.

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T-Mobile’s ad: Nirvana, Kerry Washington, a timely statement about equality

T-Mobile’s minute-long Super Bowl ad didn’t have anything to do with unlimited calling plans or video streaming.

The company ditched brand-hype for a simple but timely message about equality.

The ad’s music is the tune of Nirvana’s “All Apologies” performed as a lullaby. The camera pans over a diverse group of infants as a narrator spoke to them: “Welcome to the world little ones.”

“You come with open minds and the instinct that we are equal,” the narrator continues. “Some people may see your differences and be threatened by them, but you are unstoppable. You’ll love who you want; you’ll demand fair and equal pay; you will not allow where you come from to dictate where you’re going.”

The spot ends with the phrase: “Change starts here.”

Actress Kerry Washington provided the voiceover, according to a T-Mobile spokesperson.

In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere explained the marketing decision. He wrote that this “moment in history calls for something different.”

Legere said he views T-Mobile as a company that listens to its customers — “diverse customers all across the country from every region, economic class, race, sex, creed, gender identity, sexual orientation. Our customers are America.”

“We wanted to use our airtime to further that conversation by making this simple point: We all started in the same place. We are more alike than different,” he said.

It’s a new tack for a company that usually delivers celebrity-filled, on-brand advertisements.

With Legere at the helm, T-Mobile’s cellular service has gone from fourth-place afterthought to “The Un-carrier.”

The executive is one of the most iconoclastic CEOs in the country. A savvy social media user, Legere once took on Donald Trump in a Twitter showdown.

–CNNMoney’s Julia Horowitz and David Goldman contributed to this report.

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NBC blames ‘equipment failure’ for brief blackout during Super Bowl

What was that?! A power outage? A computer glitch? A clever ad?

NBC’s broadcast of the Super Bowl — the year’s biggest television event — suffered a brief hiccup early in the second quarter when the screen went to black.

The announcers tossed to a commercial break, so viewers didn’t know what had happened.

Some people turned the TV set off and on, thinking the set had malfunctioned. Others changed the channel to troubleshoot. And others checked social media to see if it had happened to everyone.

Yes, it did. The blackout was seen in homes across the country — in front of an estimated 100 million people.

At first, NBC spokespeople said they were scrambling to find out what happened.

About a half an hour after the blackout, an NBC Sports spokesperson had an answer.

“We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed,” the spokesperson said.

The statement was designed to squelch speculation that NBC had lost millions of dollars by misfiring an ad.

Each 30-second spot during the four quarters of the game cost about $5 million, according to NBC executives.

By saying no “commercial time” was missed, NBC might be indicating that network promos were supposed to air during the blackout time.

But the network didn’t immediately respond to follow-up questions on Sunday night.

“This is the best ad yet,” the Washington Post’s Philip Bump tweeted.

Josh Greenman of the New York Daily News asked, “Was there really a commercial for anticommercialism?”

Red State contributor Mickey White joked: “#DeadAir coming this Spring on NBC.”

In any case, the twitterers who said they suspected a North Korean missile attack or a crippling hacker strike can rest easy.

An “equipment failure” can happen anytime. But it rarely happens in front of the entire country!

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Justin Timberlake pays tribute to Prince during Super Bowl halftime

Justin Timberlake did not disappoint on Sunday night as the Super Bowl halftime performer. Timberlake sang a medley of his classic hits, including “Cry Me A River,” “Suit & Tie,” “SexyBack,” “Senorita,” “Mirrors,” and “My Love,” and a mix of some o…

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Eagles win first Super Bowl as Foles has game of his life

At last, Philadelphia.

For the first time, the Eagles are Super Bowl champions, knocking off the New England Patriots 41-33 at US Bank Stadium.

It was an improbable run for the Eagles — especially for their quarterback, Nick Foles. He was named Super Bowl MVP after completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

“To be on the podium with my wife Tori and my daughter Lily, I mean that’s what it’s about,” Foles said. “We’re Super Bowl champs, but time does stop when you look in your daughter’s eyes and you get to celebrate this moment.”

Despite being the top seed in the NFC, the Eagles weren’t favored in any of their games this postseason. They had lost their starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, to a torn ACL in December. In his place was Foles, who had pondered retirement in 2016 after his release from the Rams.

He had one of the best games of his life.

Foles, in his second stint with Philadelphia at age 29, became the first player in NFL history to throw for and catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

The reception, the first of his career, came on a gutsy call. With 38 seconds left in the first half, the Eagles elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal. Four seconds later, Foles hauled in the 1-yard catch from tight end Trey Burton, and the Eagles led 22-12 after the extra point by Jake Elliott.

The name of the play: “Philly special.”

“Part of having a great offensive staff, every week we look at different plays around the league and the collegiate ranks, things that over the years that might fit what we do,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. “We’ve found this one that would fit, and we’ve been working on it for the last couple weeks. Tonight was the night.”

The Patriots clawed back, taking a 33-32 lead on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski with 9:22 remaining.

But with 2:21 to go, Foles found Zach Ertz for the diving go-ahead score, a play that was scrutinized by replay officials and was ultimately confirmed.

Brady had time for a potential game-winning drive, but he was sacked by Brandon Graham and lost the football. Derek Barnett recovered it for Philadelphia, and a 46-yard field goal by Elliott extended the lead.

The final play was a deep ball from Brady that fell incomplete in the end zone.

“Losing sucks,” Brady said. “That’s part of it. You try to win and sometimes you lose. That’s the way it goes.”

Foles is the first backup quarterback to win a Super Bowl since Brady did it in the 2001 season. His efforts denied a sixth Super Bowl title for the Patriots, who would have tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most of all time.

This was the eighth Super Bowl appearance for New England head coach Bill Belichick and Brady, the most NFL title games for any head coach and starting quarterback duo in league history. Brady’s and Belichick’s record is now 5-3 in Super Bowls.

“Doug Pederson and his staff, they did an outstanding job,” Belichick said. “They played a competitive game. In the end, we just couldn’t quite make enough plays, and that was all on me. Disappointing, but I’m proud of the way our team competed.”

Overall, the Patriots’ franchise has been in 10 Super Bowls, a record.

Perhaps it’s appropriate the two teams that reached this point both are accustomed to cold weather. With the high in Minneapolis reaching only single digits, this was the coldest Super Bowl gameday temperature. However, it wasn’t felt by players or fans inside US Bank Stadium, which has a fixed roof.

Still, fans didn’t appear to linger outdoors. Many were inside the stadium well ahead of kickoff, and the snow visible on the glass panes on the roof served as a reminder of how cold it was outside.

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