NFL playoffs: Rested Chiefs, Eagles join postseason party
The rested Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles join the NFL playoff party on Saturday, adding a pair of heavyweights to the postseason mix. The AFC’s top-seeded Chiefs host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the afternoon game. The Jaguars and second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence provided one of the most surprising playoff performances in recent history when they rallied from a 27-0 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30 last weekend. The top-seeded Eagles host the New York Giants in an NFC nightcap. The Eagles and Chiefs didn’t play last weekend because the top seed in each conference earns a bye to the divisional round.
Ed Reed leaving Bethune-Cookman after contract falls through
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed won’t be the next football coach at Bethune-Cookman. The Ed Reed Foundation says on social media that the university declined to ratify Reed’s contract and “won’t make good on the agreement we had in principle, which had provisions and resources best needed to support the student athletes.” Reed also gave a 15-minute goodbye to players and parents and got a call from Colorado coach Deion Sanders during the meeting. It all comes less than a week after Reed ripped the college in a profanity-laced viral post. He accused Bethune-Cookman of having a dirty campus and failing to clean his office before he arrived.
No. 14 TCU hands No. 2 Kansas worst home loss in 2 years
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Shahada Wells scored 17 points as No. 14 TCU beat No. 2 Kansas 83-60 in one of the worst losses in Bill Self’s 20-year coaching career with the Jayhawks. It was Kansas’ second-largest loss at home under Self. The Jayhawks lost to Texas 84-59 in January 2021. The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak at home for Kansas. The Jayhawks lost 83-82 in overtime at Kansas State on Tuesday. They had not lost consecutive games in the state since 1989. TCU got 15 points from Mike Miles Jr. and 11 from Damion Baugh. Jalen Wilson led Kansas with 30 points.
Anderson leads Oklahoma State past No. 12 Iowa State 61-59
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Avery Anderson scored 18 points, including the go-ahead free throws, and Oklahoma State defeated No. 12 Iowa State 61-59 for its first win over a ranked team this season. Kalib Boone added 13 points for the Cowboys. Osun Osunniyi scored 15 points and Gabe Kalscheur added 14 for Iowa State. Cyclones sharpshooter Caleb Grill spent most of the second half on the bench wearing a back brace and wasn’t in the game in the closing minutes.
No. 11 Arizona ends No. 5 UCLA’s 14-game win streak
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Oumar Ballo scored 16 points, Azuolas Tubelis had a double-double and No. 11 Arizona withstood a late rally to end No. 5 UCLA’s 14-game winning streak with a 58-52 victory. The Wildcats appeared to be cruising to their biggest win of the season, taking a 56-44 lead on Ballo’s alley-oop dunk with 2:07 left. The Bruins created four straight turnovers to pull within 56-52. UCLA then blocked consecutive shots, but couldn’t convert on two shots of its own at the other end. Arizona’s Pelle Larsson hit two free throws with 0.9 seconds to close it out. Tyger Campbell led the Bruins with 13 points.
Antoine Davis 2nd all-time in NCAA scoring behind Maravich
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Antoine Davis scored a season-high 42 points and has moved into second place on the NCAA all-time scoring list behind only Pete Maravich. The mark came in Detroit Mercy’s 89-77 win over IUPUI. Davis has 3,274 points. He passed former Portland State star Freeman Williams, who scored 3,249 points from 1974-78. Maravich’s total of 3,667 is the last remaining goal. Davis also had five assists and his eight 3-pointers extended his Division I record to 521, five behind the all-time NCAA mark. Damezi Anderson added a career-high 20 points for Detroit Mercy. Jlynn Counter had 23 points, five rebounds and 5 assists for the Jaguars.
No. 18 Charleston wins 20 straight, beats Northeastern 87-61
BOSTON (AP) — Ben Burnham scored 15 points to lead No. 18 Charleston to its 20th win in a row, an 87-61 victory over Northeastern. Pat Robinson III had 14 points and Ryan Larson added 12 for the Cougars. Charleston pulled away late in the first half to extend the longest active winning streak in the nation. It hasn’t lost since the second game of the season, to then-No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 11, climbing to its highest ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 since 1999. Chris Doherty had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Jared Turner also scored 11 for Northeastern. The Huskies haven’t beat a Top 25 team since 2015.
Former All-Star third baseman Sal Bando dies at 78
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sal Bando, a three-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics and former Milwaukee Brewers executive, has died. He was 78. His family says in a statement that Bando died Friday night in Wisconsin. The family says the former third baseman had had cancer for more than five years. Bando hit .254 with 242 homers and 1,039 RBIs in 16 seasons with the Athletics and Brewers. The four-time All-Star won three straight titles with the A’s from 1972-74.
Braves’ Grissom puts in extra work for shortstop competition
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are committed to giving young Vaughn Grissom a chance to win the starting job at shortstop. Grissom will compete with Orlando Arcia for the job in spring training after Dansby Swanson signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Cubs. Grissom has been preparing for the opportunity by working out with third base coach Ron Washington this offseason. Grissom may be the favorite to win the job. He was included on the list of players made available to reporters at the team’s annual Braves Fest for fans. Grissom says he knows he still has to win the job.
Klopp grateful for small step after Liverpool-Chelsea draw
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — After reaching the milestone of 1,000 games in management, Jurgen Klopp must feel like he is at the beginning of a new journey at Liverpool. An uninspiring 0-0 draw with Chelsea in the English Premier League is in stark contrast to the glorious performances his teams have produced during his trophy-laden time at Anfield. His 250th game in charge of Liverpool lays bare the challenge he faces to get his team back in contention for the biggest prizes. Liverpool sits eighth in the league and belongs there after three games without a win. Liverpool and Chelsea are in a fight just to secure a place in the top four and next season’s Champions League.