Giants outlast Vikings 31-24 for 1st playoff win in 11 years
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daniel Jones passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns and ran 15 times for 79 yards in his first career playoff game for the New York Giants in a 31-24 victory over Minnesota in the wild-card round. The Vikings took their first loss in a one-score game of the season. Saquon Barkley rushed for two scores including the tiebreaker midway through the fourth quarter. The Giants defense finished off the franchise’s first playoff win since the Super Bowl 11 years ago. The Giants advanced to play at No. 1 seed and division rival Philadelphia.
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.
Alabama basketball player, 2nd man charged with murder
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder after a fatal shooting near campus. Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said the shooting occurred early Sunday morning in The Strip off University Boulevard near campus. He said 23-year-old Jamea Harris of the Birmingham area was shot and killed. The 21-year-old Miles and 20-year-old Michael Lynn Davis of Charles County, Maryland, were both charged with capital murder. The university says Miles has been removed from the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide. He was a reserve forward.
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.
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.
Ravens’ Jackson inactive vs. Bengals; backup Huntley active
CINCINNATI (AP) — As expected, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is inactive for Sunday night’s playoff game at Cincinnati because of a knee injury. His backup, Tyler Huntley, is active. Huntley has been dealing with shoulder and wrist injuries and was limited in practice this past week. Jackson hasn’t practiced since his left knee injury on Dec. 4. He tweeted Thursday that his PCL sprain hadn’t healed enough for him to play. The Ravens went 2-2 with Huntley as the starter and lost their regular-season finale to the Bengals with third-stringer Anthony Brown at quarterback.
USC uses defense to upset No. 2 Stanford 55-46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Destiny Littleton scored 18 points with six assists as Southern California pulled off a program-defining victory Sunday with a 55-46 upset victory over No. 2 Stanford. Okako Adika scored 11 points with 11 rebounds, while Taylor Bigby and Kayla Williams added nine points each as the Trojans set the tone with their defense and held on late to end a 14-game losing streak against the Cardinal who had won 51 straight against unranked opponents. It was USC’s first victory over Stanford since the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament. USC (13-4, 3-3 Pac-12) held Stanford to four points in the first quarter, its low for any period this season. Cameron Brink scored 11 points with 14 rebounds for Stanford (17-2, 5-1).
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.