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.
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.
No. 1 Swiatek, No. 7 Gauff both lose at Australian Open
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, including titles at the French Open and U.S. Open last season. Ostapenko beat Gauff 7-5, 6-3. Rybakina and Ostapenko will now face each other for a berth in the semifinals. Neither has been that far at Melbourne Park in the past.
Korda, 1998 Australian Open champ Petr’s son, in 1st Slam QF
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sebastian Korda has reached the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by beating 10th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz in a fifth-set tiebreaker at the Australian Open. Korda is a 22-year-old American whose father, Petr, won the 1998 championship at the tournament. Korda’s mother also played professional tennis and his two older sisters play pro golf. Korda’s 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) victory over Hurkacz followed up a third-round win against 2021 U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, who reached the final at Melbourne Park each of the past two years. The 29th-seeded Korda will face 18th-seeded Karen Khachanov for a spot in the semifinals.
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.
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.
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.
Henderson stalls but still leads by 3 in LPGA season opener
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Brooke Henderson has a three-shot lead in the Grand Hilton Vacations Tournament of Champions. It just doesn’t feel as big as it looks. Henderson has been in control from the start in the LPGA Tour season opener at Lake Nona. She stretched her lead to five shots at one point. But the Canadian stalled on the back nine. Her bonus was a sliding birdie putt on the 16th hole that led to a 69. She leads by three shots over Nelly Korda and Nasa Hataoka of Japan. Henderson is going for her 13th career LPGA victory.
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.