Bills hang on for 34-31 wild-card win over Dolphins
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen shrugged off a three-turnover outing by throwing two touchdown passes 3:11 apart in the third quarter, and rallying the Buffalo Bills to a 34-31 win over the injury-depleted Miami Dolphins in an AFC wild-card matchup. Cole Beasley scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 6-yard catch, and Gabe Davis extended the lead to 34-24 with a 23-yard TD reception in a game where Buffalo squandered an early 17-0 lead.
Hamlin cheers on Bills from home, says ‘heart is with’ team
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who is still recovering after going into cardiac arrest on the field in Cincinnati two weeks ago, was cheering via Twitter from home Sunday during Buffalo’s wild-card playoff home game against the Miami Dolphins. Hamlin tweeted less than an hour before kickoff, saying there is nothing he wants more than to be with his teammates. But he says he is supporting them from home as he focuses on his recovery. Hamlin visited teammates at the Bills’ stadium on Saturday.
UGa football player killed in wreck after title celebration
Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and a recruiting staff member have been killed in a car wreck hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their second straight national championship. The school announced their deaths and said two other members of the football program were injured in the crash. They were not immediately identified but the school said both were in stable condition. The 20-year-old Willock was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy, was transported to a hospital where she died from her injuries. She worked as a recruiting analyst for the Bulldogs.
Herbert, Staley ponder what went wrong in collapse at Jags
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Justin Herbert sat in silence at his locker for roughly 15 minutes and stared into the distance. He had taken off his cleats but was still wearing most of his grass-stained uniform. It was a defining scene for a team devastated by a collapse no one could have seen coming. And it made this much clear: Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers won’t get over this loss anytime soon. The Chargers did little in the second half, allowing Trevor Lawrence to follow four interceptions with four touchdown passes and rally Jacksonville from a 27-0 deficit. LA lost 31-30 on Riley Patterson’s 36-yard field goal on the final play.
Brady plays down his perfect record against favored Cowboys
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t fazed by being a home underdog in the NFL playoffs for the first time in his career. After all, no one has enjoyed more postseason success than the seven-time Super Bowl champion, who begins his quest for a record eighth ring when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC wild-card matchup Monday night. Brady owns a slew of playoff records, including most games played, wins, passing yards and touchdown passes. The 45-year-old quarterback has one more thing going for him — the Cowboys have never beaten him. Not that Brady believes career accomplishments or being 7-0 against America’s Team will have any bearing on Monday night.
Purdy’s 4 TDs lead 49ers past Seahawks 41-23 in playoffs
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brock Purdy threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score in his playoff debut, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 41-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in a wild-card game. Purdy picked up where he left off in the regular season for the 49ers and showed few signs of playoff jitters by winning his sixth straight start since replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo early in a Week 13 win over Miami. The Niners advanced to the divisional round where they will host either Minnesota, Tampa Bay or Dallas next weekend. The Seahawks kept it close before a strip sack by Charles Omenihu late in the third quarter spoiled a red zone drive.
Soriano’s double-double helps St. John’s over No. 6 UConn
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Joel Soriano scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as St. John’s beat No. 6 UConn 85-74 to win in Hartford for the first time since 1988. The double-double was the 16th of the season for Soriano. AJ Storr and Posh Alexander each added 14 points for the Red Storm, which has won two in a row after a five-game losing streak. Dylan Addae-Wusu and Rafael Pinzon added 12 points each and Andre Curbelo had 10. Jordan Hawkins led all scorers with 31 for UConn, which has lost four of its last five games after starting the season 14-0.
Augustus is 1st female athlete with statue on LSU campus
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Seimone Augustus has become the first female athlete at LSU to have a statue unveiled on campus. The ceremony took place Sunday before fifth-ranked LSU hosted Auburn. The bronze statue depicts Augustus taking a jump shot. It stands in a plaza alongside those of former LSU greats Bob Pettit, Shaquille O’Neal and Pete Maravich. Augustus led LSU to three Final Four appearances between 2003 and 2006 during a career in which she averaged 19.3 points. She also starred in the WNBA with Minnesota and won three Olympic gold medals. A tearful Augustus told fans that support from her home town of Baton Rouge, LSU and Louisiana served as a driving force behind her success.
Boston keeps No. 1 South Carolina perfect in 81-50 win
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Aliyah Boston had 20 points and 10 rebounds for her 71st career double-double and No. 1 South Carolina won its 24th straight with a 81-50 victory over Missouri. Boston is one double-double away from matching the program’s all-time record held by Sheila Foster. The Gamecocks stayed perfect at 18-0 on the season and at 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Zia Cooke added 16 points for South Carolina. Lauren Hansen had 14 points to lead Missouri, which lost its third straight game.
Rockets, Kings players fined; 2 suspended for altercation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Houston’s Garrison Mathews and Tari Eason and Sacramento’s Malik Monk are facing fines for an on-court altercation during Friday’s game. Jalen Green and Jae’Sean Tate with the Rockets also are suspended one game without pay for leaving the bench area. The NBA announced the discipline on Sunday. Mathews was fined $35,000 for initiating the altercation after pursuing a loose ball and taunting Monk. Monk was fined $25,000 for continuing the altercation and taunting Mathews. Eason’s $30,000 fine involved escalating the situation and making inadvertent contact with a referee during the fourth quarter. Green and Tate served their suspensions Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.