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Microsoft Wins $21.9 Billion Contract to Supply AR Headsets to the US Army

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Microsoft has won a contract with the US Army to provide augmented reality headsets suitable for battlefield conditions. The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) will be derived from Microsoft’s HoloLens technology and augmented by a backend built on Microsoft Azure.

This deal builds on a previous $ 480M agreement between Microsoft and the Army, and the $ 21.9 billion figure represents a best-case result if Microsoft delivers all its relevant objectives and the Army decides to renew. The IVAS program will be reviewed five years from now to determine whether to continue the project.

The Army’s announcement earlier this week contains more details on what IVAS is intended to accomplish:

The IVAS aggregates multiple technologies into an architecture that allows the Soldier to Fight, Rehearse, and Train using a single platform. The suite of capabilities leverages existing high-resolution night, thermal, and Soldier-borne sensors integrated into a unified Heads Up Display to provide the improved situational awareness, target engagement, and informed decision-making necessary to achieve overmatch against current and future adversaries. The system also leverages augmented reality and machine learning to enable a life-like mixed reality training environment so the CCF can rehearse before engaging any adversaries.

You can see the camera array in our feature image above. The contract is for 120,000 IVAS headsets over a decade. It’s not clear how much of that $ 21.9B is actually for the IVAS hardware; Microsoft’s previous agreement with the Army delivered 50,000 prototype headsets and was valued at $ 480M. The prototype hardware looked fragile, whereas the helmet-mounted system appears far more robust.

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Neither Microsoft nor the Army is saying much about what the IVAS can do, but the company spoke more freely back in 2018. At the time, IVAS’s stated mission was to “increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide, and engage before the enemy.” There was an internal protest by some Microsoft employees calling on the company to step back from the project, but CEO Satya Nadella overruled such concerns, saying: “We made a principled decision that we’re not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy.” The Army announcement today references training environments but makes no mention of field deployment.

The idea of a helmet with baked-in multi-spectral imaging sounds more like science fiction than reality, but the models Microsoft is showing off today look far more capable than what the company was building in 2015.

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Milos Raonic wins in straight sets at Miami Open

Canada’s Milos Raonic cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Australia’s Jordan Thompson in second-round action on Saturday at the Miami Open.

Raonic, the 12th seed in Miami, fired 14 aces and won 96 per cent of first serve points to advance to the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 event.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., didn’t face break point and converted three of the seven break opportunities he had against Thompson.

It was the first meeting between the Canadian veteran and the 60th-ranked Australian.

WATCH | Raonic advances to 3rd round at Miami Open: 

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., easily defeated Australian Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-1 serving up 14 aces Saturday in second round action at the ATP Miami Open. 2:49

Raonic, who had a first-round bye, will next face either France’s Ugo Humbert or Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

Raonic has reached the Miami quarter-finals three times, most recently in 2018.

Later Saturday, sixth-seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., is scheduled to face Ilya Avashka of Belarus.

Fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal booked his spot in the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Friday. Auger-Aliassime will face American veteran John Isner on Sunday.

On the women’s side, eighth seed Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., will face American Amanda Anisimova on Sunday; Andreescu advanced to the third round with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Tereza Martincova on Friday.

Halep withdraws due to shoulder injury

Third seed Simona Halep has withdrawn from the Miami Open singles and doubles events due to a right shoulder injury, the Romanian said on Saturday.

Halep, who received a bye into the second round where she beat France’s Caroline Garcia in three sets, was set to play Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, who will now receive a walkover and advance to the last-16.

Halep, the reigning Wimbledon champion, said she began to feel pain after practice sessions at her first tournament since a quarter-final exit at the Australian Open last month.

“I’m very sorry I have to pull out of singles and doubles at the Miami Open, but my injury doesn’t let me play here as I expected,” Halep, who had partnered with Angelique Kerber in the doubles, said.

“I’m sad that I can’t continue, I wanted to come here to give my best and play many matches but unfortunately I can’t. Hopefully next year I will be back healthy and better.”

Halep’s withdrawal is a blow for the March 22-April 4 tournament, which has already seen Serena Williams pull out to recover from oral surgery, while Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem have all skipped the ATP 1000 event.

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Canadian teen Leylah Annie Fernandez wins Monterrey Open, captures 1st WTA title

Canadian teenager Leylah Annie Fernandez has captured her first career WTA Tour title.

The 18-year-old Fernandez, from Laval, Que., beat Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-4 in the Monterrey Open final on Sunday.

Fernandez said she tried to focus as much as she could on executing her coach’s game plan, while not trying to think about the magnitude of Sunday’s match.

“I didn’t think it was a final or anything. I just tried to think of it as another match,” Fernandez said after claiming the WTA 250 event.

WATCH | Fernandez wins Monterrey Open in straight sets:

Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., defeats Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-4 in the final of Monterrey Open. The 18-year-old did not drop a set for the entire tournament. 5:22

Fernandez needed 89 minutes to defeat Golubic in a match that featured two players who hadn’t lost a set all tournament long.

The Canadian cruised to win the first five games of the opening set, facing little trouble from her opponent.

Golubic finally won her first game 31 minutes into the contest, but Fernandez easily took the set.

Fernandez broke Golubic to take a 5-4 lead in the second set before serving out the match.

“I played an incredible first set,” Fernandez said. “The second set she started picking up her game, making less mistakes and being a little more offensive. I just tried to match that as much as I could. I’m happy in those key moments near the end I was able to stick to my game plan and the balls just went in for me and I’m happy for it.”

Fernandez lost her only other tournament final appearance, falling to Great Britain’s Heather Watson in last year’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.

Fernandez said she used the emotions she felt from last year’s loss as fuel for Sunday’s win.

“It definitely helped today,” Fernandez said.

The Canadian won’t be able to celebrate her victory for long, however.

Fernandez is expected to be in Florida for the Miami Open where she is scheduled to play in a qualifying match against Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu on Monday afternoon.

“We’re just taking this one hour at a time,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez will rise to a career-high 69th in the world in the WTA rankings after Sunday’s victory.

Golubic, who made her second final appearance this season, is projected to rise to 81st from 102nd.

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Brendan Bottcher wins 1st career Brier

Brendan Bottcher won curling’s version of the Battle of Alberta on Sunday night at the Canadian men’s curling championship.

The Alberta skip defeated Wild Card Two’s Kevin Koe 4-2 to win his first Tim Hortons Brier title.

Bottcher sat three in the 10th end and Koe conceded when he didn’t have any options to score two for the tie. Bottcher made it to the last three Brier finals but settled for silver each time.

“Those three years were tough, each one of them for different reasons,” he said. “But it just makes tonight so much more special that we persevered and we worked so hard.”

Koe was trying to win a record fifth Brier title as a skip.

The teams blanked five of the first six ends, with Alberta forcing Wild Card Two to a single in the third.

The game finally opened up in the seventh end as Koe flashed a stone after it picked. He missed a double-takeout to set up Bottcher for a draw for three.

Bottcher kept the pressure on by forcing Koe to make a tough double-takeout against five to salvage a single. In the ninth, Bottcher missed a double for two and settled for one point.

WATCH | Bottcher wins Brier:

Brendan Bottcher curled 97% and finally snapped his Brier losing streak, as his Alberta rink defeated Kevin Koe 4-2. 1:59

Down two with hammer, Koe, B.J. Neufeld, John Morris and Ben Hebert were unable to build the end they wanted for the necessary pair to force an extra.

“We just didn’t take advantage,” Koe said. “They had two misses in 10 and we should have been able to come out of that with at least a deuce. Capitalizing on your opportunities when there isn’t many out there (is key).”

After Koe conceded, Bottcher and teammates Darren Moulding, Brad Thiessen and Karrick Martin enjoyed a celebratory team hug by the side of the sheet in the spectator-free Markin MacPhail Centre.

The Brier was the second of seven competitions to be held in the Canada Olympic Park bubble. The Canadian women’s championship kicked things off last month.

Earlier in the day, Bottcher hit a game-winning angle-raise for a 6-5 semifinal win over Saskatchewan’s Matt Dunstone.

Bottcher removed the Saskatchewan stone from the button and stuck around to score two points for the victory.

‘Nothing to hang our heads about’

“Obviously it was a super-difficult shot,” Bottcher said. “But those are the moments we’re playing for, for those kind of shots.”

Koe, from Calgary, defeated Bottcher in the 2019 final. He represented Alberta that year and Bottcher, from Sherwood Park, Alta., was Team Wild Card.

The field was expanded from 16 to 18 teams for this season only to accommodate teams that didn’t get a chance to compete in provincial/territorial playdowns due to the pandemic.

Bottcher was selected to represent Alberta and Koe got the second of three wild-card entries based on the Canadian rankings.

Koe finished first in the championship pool with a 10-2 record. Dunstone and Bottcher were next at 9-3.

Dunstone was hoping to reach his first career Brier final after winning bronze last year.

“There’s nothing to hang our heads about,” he said. “It was a world-class game. They played awesome and we played awesome.

“The curling gods were wearing a blue sweater today. That’s all there is to it. It totally stinks but this isn’t the end of us.”

The last Saskatchewan team to win the Brier was skipped by Rick Folk in 1980.

Koe remains tied with Ernie Richardson, Randy Ferbey and Kevin Martin with four Brier wins as a skip.

Koe was trying to become the first hometown winner since Brad Gushue won in St. John’s, N.L., in 2017. Gushue defended his crown the following year and also won last season.

Bottcher will represent Canada at the April 2-11 world men’s curling championship in the same venue.

The national champions also get a berth in the Olympic Trials in November and $ 100,000 of the $ 300,000 total purse. Koe’s team earned $ 60,000 for the silver.

Bottcher was named the winner of the Ross Harstone sportsmanship award earlier in the day. Thiessen was named a first-team all-star along with Gushue, Saskatchewan third Braeden Moskowy and Wild Card Two lead Ben Hebert.

Koe was named to the second-team all-star list with Neufeld at third, Canada second Brett Gallant and Northern Ontario lead Ryan Harnden.

Manitoba-based Kerri Einarson is the reigning Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion.

She’ll represent Canada at the April 30-May 9 world women’s curling championship. That event is slated to be the seventh and final event in the Canada Olympic Park hub.

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Canada’s Reece Howden wins World Cup ski cross gold in Russia

Canada’s Reece Howden had already clinched the men’s ski cross overall World Cup title, but he put another exclamation point on his season with a gold-medal win in Sunny Valley, Russia, on Saturday.

The Cultus Lake, B.C. native finished first in the big final, ahead of Ryo Sugai of Japan, who took silver, and bronze-medal winner Joos Berry, of Switzerland.

Kris Mahler of Canmore, Alta., finished 12th, Chris del Bosco, of Montreal, was 26th, Ottawa’s Jared Schmidt was 33rd and Edmonton’s Carson Cook was 36th.

WATCH | Howden takes gold in Sunny Valley:

Reece Howden of Cultus Lake, BC claimed his fourth World Cup ski cross victory of the season Saturday in Sunny Valley, Russia. 4:28

On the women’s side, Fanny Smith of Switzerland took the title in Sunny Valley, followed by Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund and Katrin Ofner of Austria.

Courtney Hoffos, from Windermere, B.C., finished just off the podium in fourth, while teammate Tiana Gairns, of Prince George, B.C., won the small final to finish fifth.

Other Canadian results in included Ottawa’s Hannah Schmidt in 13th, Whistler, B.C.’s Marielle Thompson in 14th, and Zoe Chore, of Cranbrook, B.C., in 17th.

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Nvidia Wins Billion-Dollar Crypto Mining Lawsuit

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Nvidia has won a lawsuit brought against it by multiple investors who claimed the company had deliberately and recklessly misrepresented the provenance of over a billion dollars in crypto-mining sales during the last boom in 2017-2018.

To briefly recap: A few years ago, when cryptocurrency-related demand for GPUs was through the roof, Nvidia told investors that the bulk of the demand it was seeing was actually for gaming GPUs. The previous cryptocurrency boom of 2013-2014 had targeted AMD cards almost exclusively, so the idea that miners were still preferring GCN over Pascal had a certain credibility to it. Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang dismissed the idea that cryptocurrency was having a significant impact on Nvidia sales at multiple points. This part of the record is uncontested.

The reason Judge Haywood Gilliam has dismissed the case is straightforward: None of the evidence presented by the plaintiffs was sufficiently detailed to support the weight of the accusations brought against Nvidia. While the lawsuit identified resources it claimed guided Nvidia’s actions with respect to the cryptocurrency market, it didn’t produce enough direct evidence to satisfy the judge. Having already been granted leave to amend their case once, the judge denied them leave to do so a second time.

Judge Gilliam may have cleared Nvidia of legal wrongdoing, but the question of what the hell the PC channel is supposed to do about the ongoing GPU disaster hasn’t gotten the attention it needs. Even if the market improves more quickly than expected — which is to say, it improves during 2021 — there’s nothing stopping this from happening again. Every time the price of cryptocurrencies spikes, GPU availability dies. Things have gotten bad enough that miners are targeting laptops, too. Nvidia’s plan to limit hashing may not work if cards are still profitable at reduced hash rates.

The RTX 3060 has mining restrictions on it. The rumored RTX 3080 Ti may as well.

The first time this happened, people thought the rise of FPGAs and ASICs would end the disaster. But people like the ease and ubiquity of mining on consumer GPUs, and cryptocurrency coins specifically designed to mine poorly on FPGAs and ASICs soon appeared. So long as cryptocurrencies remain deflationary, this problem is going to keep happening.

Gaming, as a hobby, relies on the idea that upgrades and replacement parts are available over time. If people can’t buy the upgrades and replacement parts they need, they’ll find other hobbies. In the past, customers who wanted a GPU could either buy Nvidia (2012-2013) or buy a pre-built OEM system (2017-2018). This time around, higher tariffs and worldwide shortages have driven OEM prices upwards, too.

Ampere is now six months old. Nvidia tends to launch new GPU architectures every other year these days. If it takes another six months for these GPU shortages to clear — and based on what we’ve heard from the industry, six months seems pretty reasonable — it means we’ll be halfway to Ampere’s projected replacement before you can stroll out and buy the current card at whim as opposed to hovering over the keyboard, hitting refresh like a jockey in a race.

The industry needs a real, long-term solution to this problem. I’m really not looking forward to the day, a few months from now, when the GPU market will have been overheated for more than half the time since Pascal launched in 2016. We won’t cross that bridge until the July / August time frame, so there’s still a chance to fix this problem first. Demand for GPUs isn’t good for gaming if the cards aren’t actually being used to game.

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Alberta’s Laura Walker beats Jennifer Jones, moves within 2 wins of Scotties title

Alberta’s Laura Walker advanced to the semifinal of the Canadian women’s curling championship with a 9-8 win over Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones in Sunday’s tiebreaker game in Calgary.

Walker faces defending champion Kerri Einarson in an afternoon semifinal with the winner taking on Ontario’s Rachel Homan for the championship in the evening.

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Jones missed an attempted double takeout in the 10th end, which left Walker an open draw to score three for the win in the tiebreaker.

Manitoba and Alberta were tied for third at 9-3 after the championship round, which required a tiebreaker game to solve.

WATCH | Walker wins tiebreaker against 6-time Scotties champ:

Laura Walker and her team from Alberta eliminated Jennifer Jones of Manitoba 9-8 Sunday in the tiebreaker match at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary. 0:52

Jones, a six-time champion at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, was chasing a record seventh title.

Einarson’s foursome out of Manitoba’s Gimli Curling Club beat Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges 7-4 on Saturday before suffering a 10-9 loss to Jones in the evening draw.

“We’re definitely just focusing on ourselves and what we need to do,” Einarson said. “We’re in control of our own destiny.”

$ 100,000 to Scotties champion

Einarson is attempting to win the first back-to-back Hearts titles since Homan in 2013-14.

Sunday’s victor earns $ 100,000 in prize money and a return trip to the 2022 Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay, Ont., as Team Canada.

The runner-up earns $ 60,000 and $ 40,000 goes to the third-place team.

The winner doesn’t have a world championship, however, in which to wear the Maple Leaf.

The March 19-28 tournament in Schaffhausen, Switzerland was cancelled by the World Curling Federation because of the pandemic.

The 2020 world championship in Prince George, B.C., was called off for the same reason, so Einarson wasn’t able to represent Canada there.

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Jennifer Jones breaks career wins record at Scotties

Athletes setting significant records in their sport are often too busy achieving those milestones to process their place in history at the moment.

What helps Jennifer Jones wrap her head around a career 153 wins at the Canadian women’s curling championship is seeing them through the eyes of people she loves.

Jones became the career leader in wins at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts with a 6-5 win Tuesday over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Sarah Hill.

Jones arrived at the 2021 Tournament of Hearts two back of the 152 victories held by Colleen Jones.

Jennifer Jones knows the record would have meant a lot to her late father Larry, who died two years ago at age 80.

“My dad always loved the records,” Jones aid Monday. “He always followed all the records. I know he would watching from above, [be] very, very proud.

“It definitely means something to me. As you kind of approach the end of your career, just to be remembered for doing something that you love is pretty remarkable.”

The wins record is among many Jones holds in women’s curling.

If the six-time national champion prevails in Calgary, the 46-year-old from Winnipeg will be the only woman to win seven.

Should daughters Isabella and Skyla take up curling, the record book provides a compelling argument that their mother is the best to ever play the game.

“My kids do look at it. There’s a book with my name in it with some records,” Jones said.

“I hope if anything it just shows them that if you work hard, that dreams are possible. I just want them to have the best possible life and if this can have any impact on that, it’s absolutely incredible.”

WATCH | That Curling Show: Jones brought to tears by mother, daughters:

The Team Manitoba skip is surprised on screen by her mom Carol and daughters Skyla and Bella. 3:15

Jones’ first win in 2002 was an 8-4 victory over Prince Edward Island’s Kathy O’Rourke, who is P.E.I’s alternate in Calgary this year.

Jones’ 153rd wasn’t a work of art as her team’s shooting accuracy was 80 per cent, but it was one Jones and her Manitoba foursome needed to get to a 3-2 record.

Sitting on 2-3 until their next game Wednesday wouldn’t have felt uncomfortable.

“We were grinding it out today,” Jones said. “We really needed this win to stay kind of in there in the competition.”

Other results at the Scotties

Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges topped Pool B at 4-1 ahead of Prince Edward Island’s Suzanne Birt at 3-1. Manitoba was knotted at 3-2 with Chelsea Carey’s Wild Card One.

St-Georges downed Nunavut’s Lori Eddy 7-5. Carey lost a second straight game, falling 7-5 to B.C.’s Corryn Brown.

B.C., Newfoundland and Saskatchewan were even at 2-2. Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson fell 7-6 to New Brunswick’s Melissa Adams, who won her first game. Nunavut was winless in five games.

Ontario’s Rachel Homan and defending champion Kerri Einarson at 4-0 were the only undefeated teams in the tournament heading into Tuesday’s Pool A draw.

The top four teams from each pool of nine at the end of the preliminary round Thursday advance to the two-day championship round and take their records with them.

The championship round’s top three will be Sunday’s playoff teams, with the No. 1 seed rewarded with a bye to that day’s final.

‘A role model’

Jones has won everything there is to win in women’s curling, including two world titles a decade apart in 2008 and 2018.

Jones, third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen went undefeated en route to an Olympic gold medal in 2014.

“I can’t believe this is my 11th year with Jennifer and the girls,” Lawes said. “I still feel like I’m the 21-year-old kid when I joined the team.

“I was just so eager to learn from the best. I’ve always looked up to Jen. She’s a role model and how special is it to be able to play with people that you’re inspired by?”

Jones and former second Officer own the record for most Hearts final appearances (9). Dawn McEwen, who is pregnant and sitting out this year, played lead for Jones in seven of them.

Jones has appeared in the most playoff games (33) and shares the playoff win record (21) with Officer.

“I’ve been so fortunate to have the best human beings as teammates that have supported me throughout I don’t know how many years,” Jones said.

In her 16th Hearts appearance, Jones trails only Colleen Jones (19) for the most by a skip.

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Tom Brady wins 7th Super Bowl title as Buccaneers defeat Kansas City

Tom Brady made his seventh Super Bowl title look familiar — despite moving south to a new team and conference during a pandemic.

Brady threw two touchdown passes to old friend Rob Gronkowski and one to good pal Antonio Brown, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City 31-9 on their home field in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.

The GOAT, as Brady is known, earned his fifth Super Bowl MVP award and extended his Super Bowl titles’ record in his 10th appearance, his first without Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The 43-year-old Brady broke his own mark for oldest player to win a Super Bowl and joins Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to win one with multiple franchises.

“I’m not making any comparisons,” Brady said. “Experiencing it with this group of guys is amazing.”

The Buccaneers (15-5) won their second NFL title and first in 18 years while becoming the first team to play the big game at home, capping an unusual and challenging season played through the novel coronavirus. They won three road games as a wild-card team to reach the Super Bowl, and joined the NHL’s Lightning as a 2020 season champion. The Rays also went to the World Series but lost to the Dodgers.

“I’m so proud of all these guys,” Brady said. “We had a rough November but we came together at the right time. We knew this was gonna happen. We played our best game of the year.”

NFL completes 269-game season on time

Tampa’s victory prevented Mahomes and Kansas City (16-3) from becoming the first repeat champions since Brady’s Patriots did it in 2003-04.

The NFL completed its 269-game season on time without any cancellations, a remarkable accomplishment that required nearly 1 million COVID-19 tests for players and team personnel.

Due to the virus, only 25,000 mask-wearing fans were allowed in, including approximately 7,500 vaccinated health-care workers who were given free tickets by the NFL. About 30,000 cardboard cutouts made the stadium look full.

A streaker wearing a hot-pink onesie eluded security and slid into the end zone with 5:03 left in the game. Mahomes and Kansas City’s high-powered offence never got that far against Tampa’s ferocious defence.

Bruce Arians became the oldest coach at age 68 to win the Super Bowl. His mom, 95-year-old Kay Arians, witnessed it in person. Brady, Gronk and defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles helped Arians get that Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Bowles devised a masterful plan to frustrate Mahomes and shut down the Chiefs, the complete opposite of Kansas City’s 27-24 win in Tampa in Week 12, when the Chiefs jumped to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Tyreek Hill had 269 yards receiving and three TDs in that one. He was held to 73 yards on seven catches.

After Kansas City took a 3-0 early lead, it was all Brady and the Bucs.

Gronkowski catches 13th and 14 post-season TDs from Brady

Brady accomplished a career-first when he tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Gronkowksi to give the Buccaneers a 7-3 lead with 37 seconds left in the first quarter. Brady’s nine Super Bowl teams in New England produced just three points total in the first quarter. Gronkowski, who came out of retirement to play with his buddy, caught his 13th and 14th post-season TDs from Brady. That broke the record they shared with Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, who combined for 12.

Despite playing at home, the Buccaneers weren’t allowed to fire the cannons from their famed pirate ship after touchdowns and big plays. They did it soon after the clock expired as red, white and black confetti fell onto the field.

Rob Gronkowski #87 and Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate after defeating Kansas City in Super Bowl LV on Sunday. (Mike Ehrmann.Getty Images)

Fans still enjoyed the thud of Gronk’s thunderous spike after his first score.

Tampa missed an opportunity to extend the lead when Brady’s 2-yard pass to offensive lineman Joe Haeg was knocked out of his hands by Anthony Hitchens in the end zone. Ronald Jones was stopped short on consecutive carries as Arians stuck to his “No risk it, no biscuit” philosophy and went on fourth down.

But Kansas City didn’t gain any momentum off the stop. Instead, they made one costly mistake after another.

First, All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce dropped a pass that would’ve been a big gain on third down. Then punter Tommy Townsend shanked a 29-yarder after a penalty forced him to kick again. The Bucs started at Kansas City’s 38 instead of their 27.

A holding call on Kansas City cornerback Charvarius Ward negated an interception by All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu. Kansas City’s defence held but an offside penalty during Ryan Succop’s successful field goal gave the Buccaneers a first down. Sarah Thomas, the first woman official in a Super Bowl, threw that flag.

Brady needed one play, firing a strike to Gronkowski for a 17-yard TD and a 14-3 lead. Gronk hesitated before spiking the ball, waiting to make sure the flag on the play was again against Kansas City

Mahomes drove the offence for a 34-yard field goal by Harrison Butker that cut it to 14-6, but Kansas City’s defence fell apart in the final minute of the first half — allowing 42 yards on two pass interference penalties. One against Mathieu in the end zone set up Brady’s TD pass to Brown for a 21-6 halftime lead.

It was Brady who convinced his new team to give Brown a chance after the troubled former All-Pro came off suspension. His TD toss to Brown was his 50th of the season, including 10 in the post-season.

Mathieu took an unsportsmanlike penalty after the TD pass for getting into it with Brady as he ran to the sideline.

Leonard Fournette, like Brown an in-season addition, ran 27 yards untouched for a touchdown in the third quarter, extending Tampa’s lead to 28-9. Arians pumped his fist after that score and pointed toward offensive co-ordinator Byron Leftwich, who made the call.

Succop’s 52-yard field goal increased the lead to 31-9.

Buccaneers hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2007

Last year, Mahomes rallied Kansas City from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against San Francisco and earned MVP honours in leading Kansas City to its first NFL championship in a half-century. But Tampa’s pass rush gave him no chance in this one.

Shaq Barrett had one of three sacks on Mahomes, who spent most of the game trying to escape Jason Pierre-Paul, William Gholston and a relentless group.

Brady was 6-3 in Super Bowls during 20 seasons in New England before he signed a $ 50 million US, two-year contract with Tampa in March. The Buccaneers hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2007 and hadn’t won a post-season game since Jon Gruden led Tampa over Oakland in Super Bowl 37.

Despite the home-field advantage, it wasn’t until Brady hooked up with Gronkowski for a 21-6 lead that fans chanted: “Let’s Go Bucs!” They were roaring in the fourth quarter.

There were plenty of red-clad Kansas City fans doing the tomahawk chop for part of the first half until the Bucs made it a rout.

Brady avenged his loss against Kansas City defensive co-ordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who held the same position for the Giants when New York stifled the Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, preventing New England from a perfect season.

Brady’s New England teams won their titles by a combined 30 points, an average margin of five per victory. A 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams two years ago had been the most lopsided score until this one.

The warmer climate suited Brady perfectly. He passed Michael Jordan for more championships and it doesn’t seem he’s ready to slow down. He already said he might play past age 45,

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