NFL playoffs: Top-seeded Chiefs, Eagles handle business
Patrick Mahomes remains good at football even on one ankle. Mahomes hurt his ankle in the first half, but returned to lead the Kansas City Chiefs past the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 on Saturday in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. The Philadelphia Eagles cruised past the New York Giants 38-7 a few hours later. There will be two more games Sunday. Buffalo hosts Cincinnati in the afternoon while Dallas is at San Francisco at night. The Chiefs and Eagles didn’t have to play during last weekend’s wild-card round because the top-seeded team in each conference received a bye to the divisional round.
Buffalo’s Pegula eyes 1st Slam semifinal at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jessica Pegula is headed to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the fifth time. It is her third consecutive trip to that stage of the Australian Open. The 28-year-old American has yet to make it to a semifinal. She will face 2012-13 Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday. All three of Pegula’s major quarterfinals in 2022 came against the No. 1 player at the time who went on to win the trophy: Ash Barty at the Australian Open, and Iga Swiatek at the French Open and U.S. Open. But with Swiatek and No. 2 Ons Jabeur out of the draw at Melbourne Park, No. 3 Pegula is the highest-seeded woman remaining.
Hurts, Eagles pound Giants early, coast to NFC title game
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts erased lingering doubts about the state of his right shoulder by throwing two touchdown passes and running for a score during a dominant first half, and the Philadelphia Eagles overwhelmed the New York Giants 38-7 in an NFC divisional playoff game. Hurts is back, and so are the Eagles as a Super Bowl threat. Top-seeded Philadelphia will host the NFC championship game next Sunday against either Dallas or San Francisco. Hurts finished 16 of 24 for 154 yards. He showed he was fine when he aired out a pass on the second play of the game and hit DeVonta Smith in stride for a 40-yard reception.
Chiefs, led by hobbled Mahomes, beat Jags 27-20 in playoffs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and a place in their fifth straight AFC title game. They will play the winner of the Sunday game between Cincinnati and Buffalo. Mahomes missed most of the second quarter after he was landed on by Jaguars pass rusher Arden Key. But the All-Pro quarterback came out of the halftime locker room to lead the Chiefs on a 75-yard fourth-quarter touchdown drive, and Kansas City forced two late turnovers to help put the game away. Trevor Lawrence threw for 217 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Jacksonville.
Shiffrin’s chase of record 83rd win moves on to next resort
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — American skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of a record 83rd World Cup win will move on to the next stop on the circuit. Shiffrin finished seventh in a super-G, 0.62 seconds behind race winner Ragnhild Mowinckel on the course that will host the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics. It was the third straight race in Cortina that Shiffrin missed out on the podium. Her next chances to break a tie with former teammate Lindsey Vonn for the women’s record will come in two giant slaloms at the Kronplatz resort in nearby San Vigilio di Marebbe on Tuesday and Wednesday. Mowinckel finished 0.30 seconds ahead of Cornelia Huetter and 0.47 seconds ahead of Marta Bassino.
NC State’s Smith day-to-day after scary fall in UNC loss
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State says guard Terquavion Smith is day-to-day after a scary fall in Saturday’s loss to North Carolina. Smith was wheeled off the court on a stretcher in Saturday’s loss at North Carolina. The school says Smith reported neck and elbow pain, as well as numbness in his right arm after being fouled on a drive by UNC’s Leaky Black. Medical personnel used the backboard and stretcher due to Smith’s report of neck pain. X-rays at the UNC Medical Center were negative for any fractures. Black was ejected for a Flagrant Two foul.
Swiatek, Gauff lose at Australian Open; Korda in 1st Slam QF
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has eliminated No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko has defeated Coco Gauff in the Australian Open’s fourth round. The 22nd-seeded Rybakina used her big serving to unsettle Swiatek and got the better of their baseline exchanges to win 6-4, 6-4 in about 1 1/2 hours. Swiatek is a three-time major champion. Ostapenko beat Gauff 7-5, 6-3. Rybakina and Ostapenko will now face each other. Jessica Pegula takes on two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in another quarterfinal. Sebastian Korda and Karen Khachanov set up a meeting in the men’s quarterfinals, while Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Jiri Lehecka.
Ed Reed leaves 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.
Rahm ties rookie Thompson for AmEx lead at 23 under
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Jon Rahm got off to a hot start and shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday on PGA West’s Stadium Course for a share of the lead with tour rookie Davis Thompson in The American Express. Thompson’s run of eagles in the Southern California desert finally ended as the 23-year-old carded a 67, also on the Stadium Course, to settle into a tie with Rahm, the world’s fourth-ranked player, at 23-under 193. Thompson had five eagles in leading through the first two rounds. He just missed a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him a one-stroke lead.
Report: Alleged victim won’t seek compensation from Alves
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The El País newspaper says the woman who accused Dani Alves of sexual assault at a nightclub last year will not seek financial compensation from the Brazil soccer player. El País says people close to the investigation told the daily that the 23-year-old woman decided to relinquish her right for compensation if Alves is convicted. She reportedly said she is only seeking to ensure that justice is done and that the player pays for what he allegedly did with prison time. Alves has denied wrongdoing in the events at a high-end nightclub in Barcelona in December.