Ex-mi­ami guard dies at age 71

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For­mer Mi­ami Dol­phins guard Bob Kuechen­berg,a six-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion and mem­ber of the only NFL team to achieve a per­fect sea­son, died at age 71.

His death Satur­day was con­firmed by the Dol­phins, who had no fur­ther de­tails.

Kuechen­berg joined the Dol­phins as a free agent in 1970, coach Don Shula’s first sea­son, and played for them un­til 1983. He started ev­ery game for the team that went 17-0 in 1972, and started 16 games for the team that re­peated as Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons in 1973.

Kuechen­berg was a fi­nal­ist for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame and a mem­ber of the Dol­phins’ Honor Roll.

“I was sorry to learn of the pass­ing of Bob Kuechen­berg, who was not only one of the best play­ers I ever coached but one of the tough­est as well,” Shula said in a state­ment.

HALF­TIME ACT RE­VEALED

The NFL on Sun­day ended months of uncer­tainty by of­fi­cially an­nounc­ing Ma­roon 5, Big Boi and Travis Scott as the per­form­ers at this year’s Su­per Bowl half­time show. Ma­roon 5 had been the widely re­ported half­time show act since Septem­ber, but the NFL didn’t con­firm the band as its head­liner un­til Sun­day. The league said Ma­roon 5 will be joined by Big Boi, the At­lanta-based rap­per from Outkast, and Scott.

DAUGH­TER RE­MEM­BERED

The daugh­ter of Charg­ers de­fen­sive line­man Bran­don Mebane was re­mem­bered be­fore Los An­ge­les’ play­off game against the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots.

The Pa­tri­ots asked fans to stand and ob­serve a mo­ment of si­lence for Makenna Mebane, who was born with a rare ge­netic con­di­tion known as Tri­somy 13 that causes de­lays in de­vel­op­ment and af­fects sev­eral or­gans. She died on Jan. 3 at the age of 7 weeks.

“We ap­pre­ci­ated the Pa­tri­ots or­ga­ni­za­tion,” safety Jahleel Ad­dae said after the game on Sun­day, which the Charg­ers lost 42-28. “They’re a first-class, standup or­ga­ni­za­tion to do such a thing; they didn’t have to. I know he ap­pre­ci­ates it and we ap­pre­ci­ate it as well.”

FE­MALE FIELD OF­FI­CIAL

Sarah Thomas is the first woman to work an NFL play­off game as an on-field of­fi­cial. Thomas was the down judge in Sun­day’s di­vi­sional round game be­tween New Eng­land and the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers. That’s a first, ac­cord­ing to the league’s Twit­ter ac­count.

Thomas was hired in 2015 and was al­ready the league’s first fe­male full-time of­fi­cial.

Terri Valenti was the re­play of­fi­cial in Satur­day’s play­off game be­tween the Chiefs and Colts, also a first.

PAYS TO HELP CHIEFS

A random act of kind­ness has net­ted AFC Cham­pi­onship tick­ets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow.

Of­fen­sive lines­man Jeff Allen posted on Twit­ter that his car got stuck as he was head­ing to Ar­row­head Sta­dium to take on the In­di­anapo­lis Colts in Satur­day’s play­off. Allen says “a nice guy named Dave,” who didn’t know he is a Chief, got him back on the road.

The Chicago na­tive asked his 21,000-plus fol­low­ers to help him track down the Good Sa­mar­i­tan so he could re­ward him with tick­ets.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple replied — many claim­ing to be Dave — and thou­sands retweeted the plea. On Sun­day, Allen tweeted that he has found the real Dave “de­spite the re­cent in­flux in peo­ple chang­ing their name to Dave in the KC area lol.”

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