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.
Rybakina beats No. 1 Swiatek to reach Australian Open QF
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has eliminated No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek in straight sets to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time. 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. But Rybakina’s ranking does not properly reflect her ability or results because her championship at the All England Club last July did not come with any ranking points.
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 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.
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.