Jan 27, 2020 11:38 AM

Chiefs, 49ers arrive in Miami for Super Bowl week

Posted Jan 27, 2020 11:38 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Kansas City waited 50 years to get back to a Super Bowl. And then the Chiefs had to wait a few extra minutes once they got to Miami.

It took workers at Miami International Airport about three attempts to get one of the rolling staircases that the Chiefs would use to deplane properly lined up with the front door of their chartered jet. The delay was brief, and coach Andy Reid and the rest of the Chiefs’ delegation to make their way into the hangar for the short walk to waiting buses.

A handful of local politicians and officials were at the airport to greet the teams, as loud hip-hop music blared through the maintenance hangar that was being used for the arrivals.

No players or coaches spoke to reporters inside the hangar. The first media session for the Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers — who arrived a couple hours after the Chiefs did on Sunday — is Monday night, when the NFL has Super Bowl Opening Night at Marlins Park.

Super Bowl 54 is next Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Even as football enters its biggest week, basketball was on the teams' minds. The teams both paid tribute Sunday on social media to Kobe Bryant, whose shocking death in a helicopter crash earlier Sunday reverberated around the world.

“A legend gone too soon," the 49ers wrote.

Added Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark, on Twitter: “I'm devastated, RIP to my idol, Bean, 8, 24, the Goat, the Black Mamba. Wow." And Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland called it a “sad day in America."

A handful of volunteers greeted players, coaches and staff as they made their way down the stairs. Everyone was handed a floral baseball cap, and many players held their phones out to shoot video of the moment they arrived at the Super Bowl.

A few of the 49ers danced once they deplaned, in time with the music coming from a nearby DJ. Even the flight attendants on the Chiefs’ flight were celebrating the moment— they gathered at the top of the stairs for a group photo once their passengers deplaned, and then a few of them pulled out their phones for some pictures of players as well.

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TMP boys claim MCL tournament title
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PLAINVILLE – The TMP-Marian Monarchs outscored Phillipsburg 10-4 to start the game and never trailed the rest of the way as they claimed the 2020 Mid-Continent League tournament championship Saturday with a 59-46 win over the Panthers.

TMP had lost the last two MCL title games to the Panthers and tt's the first MCL tournament title for the Monarchs since 2016.

Coach Bill Meagher postgame

Phillipsburg opened the game with a 4-2 lead but TMP answered with a, 8-0 run capped off by back-to-back Ryan Stoecklein field goals to put the Monarchs up 10-4. They extended their lead to seven, at 16-9 before taking a 16-11 lead into the second quarter.

The Panthers trimmed TMP’s lead to 16-13 to open the second quarter when Jackson Schulte hit his first of five three-pointers on the night to put TMP up 19-13. A Lucas Lang field goal midway through the second quarter gave TMP their largest lead of the first half at 26-17.

Phillipsburg finished the first half with a flurry of field goals and trimmed the TMP lead to just 28-22.

The Monarchs extended their lead to 10 at 39-29 to open the third quarter when Schulte hit back-to-back threes and Stoecklein added his second three of the game. The lead grew to 12 at 44-32 on a Lucas Lang three-pointer. TMP led 48-38 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter led by as many as 15 on their way to the 59-46 win.

Jackson Schulte led three Monarchs in double-figures with 15 and Carson Jacobs finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Ty Sides for Phillipsburg led all scorers with 19 points.

TMP improves 10-1 with their 10th straight win. Phillipsburg drops to 8-5 on the season.