Morning sports update: Former NFL official says Eagles used illegal formation on trick play

Nick Foles prepares to catch a touchdown pass in Super Bowl LII.

Red Sox pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training today, while the Bruins prepare to host the Calgary Flames at TD Garden on Tuesday night.

Here’s a look at a few other stories:

Mike Pereira says Eagles’ use of illegal formation on trick play ‘should’ve been called’: The so-called “Philly Special,” where Eagles quarterback Nick Foles caught a touchdown pass in Super Bowl LII, should’ve been deemed an illegal formation, according to former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half,” said Pereira. “But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.” (Talk of Fame Sports)


Northeastern claims 1st Beanpot in 30 years, beating BU 5-2: After 30 years, Northeastern finally won the men’s Beanpot. Led by tournament MVP Adam Gaudette, who scored a hat-trick against Boston University in the final, Northeastern won by a 5-2 final score. (

Tedy Bruschi and Lane Johnson spar over playing for the Patriots: After Eagles lineman Lane Johnson called the Patriots a “fear-based organization,” former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi responded. The two exchanged words through the media over what it’s like to play for the Patriots (though Johnson has only ever played in the NFL for Philadelphia). (CBS Sports)

USA hockey says IOC granted approval for Statue of Liberty goalie masks: After an initial controversy began brewing when it appeared that the International Olympic Committee wouldn’t allow two US women’s hockey goalies to wear masks depicting the Statue of Liberty on them, it now appears the issue is resolved.

USA Hockey has reportedly obtained permission for both Nicole Hensley and Alex Higsby to wear their masks despite the strict IOC rules. (ESPN)

Comcast among companies suspending their advertising on WEEI: Comcast Corp. and City of Boston Credit Union have both suspended advertising on local sports talk radio station WEEI after host Christian Fauria was recently suspended for his racist impression of Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee. (Boston Globe)


Daily highlight: Chloe Kim of the United States, 17, dominated the women’s halfpipe at the PyeongChang Olympics to win gold:


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