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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.
Lakers rally to snap Grizzlies’ winning streak at 11 games
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Schröder completed a three-point play with 7.6 seconds left after a steal, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied past Memphis 122-121 to snap the Grizzlies’ winning streak at 11 games. Schröder, who scored 19 points, stole the ball from Desmond Bane near halfcourt and made a layup while being fouled by Bane to tie it at 120. Schröder then made a free throw for the lead. After a timeout, Memphis’ Brandon Clarke was fouled with 1.9 seconds remaining. He made the first free throw, but missed the second. Bane got the offensive rebound but lost control of it, giving the Lakers possession with 0.4 seconds left. Russell Westbrook led the Lakers with 29 points and LeBron James added 23. Ja Morant led Memphis with 22 points.
Shannon Sharpe gets in heated argument with Morant at half
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Fame football player Shannon Sharpe had a heated courtside conversation with Memphis Grizzlies players Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks and Morant’s father at the end of the first half in a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Fox Sports personality exchanged words with Brooks throughout the first half and then yelled at Morant on the final possession of the second quarter. After the halftime buzzer sounded, Brooks yelled at Sharpe and Sharpe motioned toward Brooks. Morant walked toward Sharpe at his courtside seat before center Steven Adams stepped in front of him. Tee Morant, Ja Morant’s father, also got involved in the conversation before security at Crypto.com arena separated everyone.
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.
Best Australian since ’04 for US men; Djokovic lone GS champ
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It’s been almost two full decades since this many U.S. men reached Week 2 at the Australian Open. And while that group in 2004 included a couple of Grand Slam champions in Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, everything is all so new for the quartet there this time. Tommy Paul, who is 25; J.J. Wolf, 24; Sebastian Korda, 22; and Ben Shelton, 20, are all about to make their fourth-round debuts at Melbourne Park. It must feel very much like a chance for a career-defining result for them and other young men still in the bracket. Novak Djokovic’s leg was still bothering him Saturday but he moved into the fourth round with a straight-set win.
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.
Big waves to deliver storied Hawaii surf contest The Eddie
HONOLULU (AP) — One of the world’s most prestigious and storied surfing contests is expected to be held Sunday in Hawaii for the first time in seven years. And this year female surfers will be competing alongside the men for the first time in the 39-year history of The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. The event is a one-day contest held in Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore only when the surf is consistently large enough during the winter big wave surfing season from mid-December through mid-March. Before this year, it’s only been held nine times since the initial competition in 1984. The competition honors legendary Native Hawaiian waterman Eddie Aikau for his selflessness, courage and sacrifice.
Twins trade batting champ Arraez to Marlins for Pablo López
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have traded reigning American League batting champion Luis Arraez to the Miami Marlins for a three-player package featuring starting pitcher Pablo López. The 25-year-old Arraez had a breakout season in 2022. He made his first All-Star team while batting a league-best .316 and denying Aaron Judge the Triple Crown award. The Twins also received two prospects from the Marlins: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio. The 32-year-old López had a 3.75 ERA in 32 starts last season. Salas was picked as Miami’s fifth-best prospect in the most recent MLB Pipeline rankings.
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