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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city will postpone a planned victory parade for the Patriots through downtown until Wednesday morning while local residents dig out from the latest snowstorm to hit the area. The parade had been scheduled for tomorrow before more than a foot of fresh snow fell on the Boston area, making commutes treacherous. The National Weather Service says Boston has seen a record 34.2 inches of snow over seven days.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company says an estimated 114.4 million people watched the Patriots' 28-24 win over the Seahawks yesterday, topping the record of 112.2 million set when Seattle beat Denver last year. It's the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record as the most-watched event in U.S. television history. The Nielsen company said the game had a 49.7 rating in the nation's largest media markets, up 4 percent over last year's game.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas sports book directors say the Patriots' 28-24 win over the Seahawks represented the worst-case scenario for their betting business. Nevada officials report the state's 191 sports books kept $3.3 million out of the total $116 million wagered on the Super Bowl after keeping $19.7 million last year. Directors of sports books at the Wynn and Westgate Las Vegas say their losses might have been greater if not for side bets.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons' search for a new head coach is over following the hiring of Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. He replaces Mike Smith, who was fired last month following a 6-10 season. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press earlier Monday that Quinn agreed to a five-year contract.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant will sit out tonight's game against the Orlando Magic because of a sprained left big toe. Durant missed back-to-back games with the injury before shooting 5-for-16 in the Thunder's loss to Memphis on Saturday. He has played in just 22 of the Thunder's first 47 games due to foot and ankle injuries.

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