Bills’ Hamlin faces long recovery, family spokesman tells AP
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A family spokesman for Damar Hamlin tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills safety still faces a long rehabilitation despite enjoying a remarkable recovery some three weeks after having to be resuscitated on the field during a game in Cincinnati. Jordon Rooney says Hamlin still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly to ensure there are no setbacks or after effects. Rooney provided the update to emphasize Hamlin still faces hurdles since being discharged from Buffalo General Medical Center on Jan. 11, and began making regular visits to the Bills facility this week.
Murray match highlights how tennis can be an all-night sport
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray was pleased with the result but not happy about the circumstances after finishing an Australian Open victory after 4 a.m. His marathon raised anew the issue that tennis has shown it is that rare sport where folks sometimes need to play all night. Murray and others pointed out that is not good for anyone involved. Not the players, the spectators, the officials or the ball kids. It does not seem like anything will change to prevent these sorts of late finishes from happening in the future. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says there is no need to alter the schedule.
Loyola Marymount ends No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game home streak
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Cam Shelton banked in a go-ahead runner with 13 seconds left and Loyola Marymount snapped No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game home winning streak with a 68-67 victory. The home streak for the Bulldogs was tied with Long Beach State (from 1968-74) for the eighth-longest in Division I history. Shelton scored 27 points to lead the Lions, who hadn’t won in Spokane since 1991 and had lost 25 straight overall to the Zags. Gonzaga had won 93 straight games against unranked opponents with 69 of those coming at home. Gonzaga’s streak of 36 straight wins in the month of January also ended.
Celtics beat Warriors in OT, win NBA Finals rematch 121-118
BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 34 points with a career-high 19 rebounds to help the Celtics pull away from Golden State in an NBA Finals rematch and beat the Warriors 121-118. Jaylen Brown had 16 points and nine rebounds. He made a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Horford had 20 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots for the Celtics. They lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals in six games and then lost a fourth straight game to them in their first regular-season matchup in December. Stephen Curry scored 29 points for the defending champions.
AP source: Michigan’s Harbaugh refuses to agree on charge
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told NCAA investigators in multiple meetings this week that he will not agree to an unethical conduct charge, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation have not been shared publicly. Michigan announced two weeks ago that it received notice from the NCAA that the governing body is looking into potential rules infractions in the Wolverines football program.
Bucs oust offensive coordinator Leftwich, 5 other assistants
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Byron Leftwich is out as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are shaking up their coaching staff after finishing with the only losing record Tom Brady has had in more than two decades as a NFL starter. The 43-year-old Leftwich was fired Thursday, three days after the Bucs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Dallas Cowboys and just two years removed from helping Brady win a record seventh Super Bowl in the quarterback’s first season with Tampa Bay. Five other assistant coaches were dismissed, too, while three others have decided to retire.
Cowboys-49ers rivalry set for record-tying 9th playoff game
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — For Kyle Shanahan, the chance to coach the San Francisco 49ers against the Dallas Cowboys in a playoff game is a throwback to when that rivalry was the biggest in football. Shanahan’s formative years were spent watching his father, Mike, as offensive coordinator in San Francisco battling the Cowboys in three straight NFC title games. After the rivalry went dormant for more than a quarter-century as the proud franchises rarely enjoyed success at the same time, it is having a rebirth with San Francisco set to take on Dallas for the second straight postseason when they meet Sunday in the divisional round.
Shiffrin places 4th in downhill; record chase goes on
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — American skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of a record-breaking 83rd World Cup victory will go on for at least another day. Shiffrin was in fourth place and half a second behind leader Sofia Goggia with other skiers still coming down the course during a downhill on the mountain that will be used for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics. Shiffrin therefore remained tied with former teammate Lindsey Vonn for the women’s record at 82 wins each. Two more races are scheduled for Cortina over the weekend. Goggia stands 0.13 seconds ahead of two-time world champion Ilka Stuhec and 0.36 ahead of Kira Weidle. Shiffrin was faster than Goggia through the first three checkpoints but finished 0.50 behind.
Bruised Ronaldo scores twice to edge showdown with Messi
Grimacing in pain from his bruised cheekbone Cristiano Ronaldo steadied himself before scoring from the penalty spot for his first goal in Saudi Arabia against a Paris Saint-Germain team featuring old foe Lionel Messi. Messi had already scored early in Thursday’s exhibition game when Ronaldo was flattened by PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas after about 30 minutes in Riyadh. Ronaldo’s cheekbone was bright apple red but he was all smiles after netting his second goal. Messi’s Qatari-backed PSG won 5-4 against a combined XI of Saudi Arabian teams Al Nassr and Al Hilal, captained by Al Nassr’s new signing Ronaldo. Although his team lost Ronaldo edged perhaps the final instalment of Ronaldo vs. Messi as one of the greatest rivalries in soccer history resumed in an unusual location.
Silver, Macron meet to discuss goals with NBA back in Paris
PARIS (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and French President Emmanuel Macron met this week in Paris to talk about ways they can help one another grow the game in France and beyond. The meeting comes with good timing given that French star Victor Wembanyama is about to enter the NBA and the Paris Olympics are about 18 months away. Silver also said the NBA wants to play in Paris again next year. And before that happens, the league is still working with players on a new labor deal. There’s also plans coming together to celebrate LeBron James becoming the NBA scoring leader, which could happen in the coming weeks.