Prescott’s playoff answer positions Cowboys to alter history
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has answered one of the worst games of his career with one of his best. The 31-14 wild-card victory over Tom Brady and Tampa Bay has the Cowboys thinking about changing more history. The win ended an eight-game road playoff losing streak that was tied for the second longest in NFL history. Now Dallas visits San Francisco looking to end a six-game losing streak in the divisional round. That’s the longest skid since the 1970 merger. Prescott is drawing high praise from plenty of important people. The list includes club owner Jerry Jones and the most recent Dallas QB to win a Super Bowl, ESPN analyst Troy Aikman.
Staley to return as Chargers coach; Lombardi fired as OC
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Staley will be back for a third season as the Los Angeles Chargers head coach. The same can not be said for some of his offensive staff. The team on Tuesday announced that offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and quarterbacks coach Shane Day have been fired after two years. Criticism about Lombardi’s play-calling increased throughout the season. The Chargers were ranked ninth in total offense, but 20th in scrimmage yards per play along with the third-worst rushing attack in the league.
Excessive speed listed as cause of fatal UGa wreck
Police say Georgia football player Devin Willock wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle in a weekend crash that killed him and a recruiting staff member. Athens-Clarke County police list excessive speed on a road with a 40 mph limit as a primary cause of the crash early Sunday. The wreck occurred in Athens a few hours after a parade and ceremony honoring the team’s second straight national championship. The 20-year-old Willock, an offensive lineman from New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old recruiting analyst Chandler LeCroy, died shortly after at a hospital.
Investigators: Miles provided gun in fatal shooting
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a University of Alabama basketball player charged with capital murder provided the gun used in the fatal shooting. Investigators wrote in a court document that Darius Miles admitted to providing the handgun immediately before the shooting. Another man is accused of firing the gun and killing a young woman near the university’s campus, according to court documents filed in Tuscaloosa. Miles and Michael Davis are charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Jamea Harris early Sunday. The University of Alabama said in a statement that Miles is no longer on the team. Defense lawyers for Miles released a statement saying Miles maintains his innocence and that he and his family “are heartbroken” over Harris’ death.
Rodgers says he can play at MVP level in right situation
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes he can still produce at an MVP level in the right situation if he opts to play next season. Rodgers discussed the uncertainty of his future plans Tuesday during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on SiriusXM and YouTube. The four-time MVP hasn’t decided whether to return to the Packers, retire or request a trade. Rodgers said he didn’t know whether Green Bay would represent the ideal situation for him and expressed hope the Packers would keep several of their veteran free agents.
AP source: Titans hiring Niners’ Ran Carthon as new GM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Tennessee Titans are hiring San Francisco director of player personnel Ran Carthon as their new general manager. The Titans interviewed their seventh candidate Tuesday morning in Buffalo senior director of pro scouting Malik Boyd. But the search committee headed by controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk picked Carthon who interviewed first last Friday. That’s according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Titans have not commented on the hiring. Carthon will be the franchise’s first minority general manager.
Biden welcomes the Warriors, pledges support for California
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has hosted the Golden State Warriors, who won the 2022 NBA championship, at the White House. Biden says the team reflects America through its style of play, showcasing “constant motion, with individual freedom and personality that comes together as one team, a team that plays with joy, with drive to be their best.” Biden also expressed support Tuesday for Californians who have suffered through waves of destructive weather, including storms and floods. He plans to visit the state Thursday. The Warriors have won four championships in eight years, but they didn’t visit the White House while Donald Trump was president.
37.0 at 38: LeBron James goes on scoring tear after birthday
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has picked up speed at a time in life when all but the world’s greatest athletes are slowing down. James celebrated his 38th birthday last month by scoring 47 points, and the second-leading scorer in NBA history has been on a vintage roll ever since. James is averaging 37.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 8.6 assists for the Los Angeles Lakers in his last seven games since turning 38. He has three 40-point performances in that stretch, including a season-high 48-point effort in a victory over Houston.
Giants’ Jones changing narrative, silencing his critics
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Daniel Jones’ future with the New York Giants was murky heading into this season with plenty of critics wondering if he could truly ever be a franchise-type quarterback. Jones heard it all and some was warranted. The Giants not exercising the fifth-year option on his rookie deal last offseason spoke volumes. But he has silenced most of the naysayers with a solid season and a history-making postseason debut while leading the Giants to their first playoff win in 11 years. Jones and the Giants are preparing for their divisional round playoff matchup Saturday night with the NFC East-rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Warren ready to embrace new challenge as Bears president
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Kevin Warren is ready to tackle a new challenge as president and CEO of the Chicago Bears, and he has a big one going from Big Ten commissioner to leading a founding NFL franchise. A new suburban stadium could be on the horizon. The team owns the No. 1 pick in the draft coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history. And he’s looking forward to working with general manager Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus. He says he’s a “big believer in challenges” and wouldn’t have been as attracted to the job “if it were easy.”