Hubbard’s 98-yard fumble return lifts Bengals over Ravens
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sam Hubbard returned Tyler Huntley’s fumbling 98 yards for a tied touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-17 in an AFC wild card game. About 12 minutes before the end of the third goal, Huntley attempted to go over the top of the line for the starting shot. But he was picked up by Germaine Pratt and stripped by fellow linebacker Logan Wilson. The ball went straight to Hubbard on the 2, and the defensive end launched downfield for the longest fumble return for a touchdown in NFL postseason history.
Giants outlast Vikings 31-24 for 1st playoff win in 11 years
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daniel Jones passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 78 yards in his first career playoff game for the New York Giants in a 31-24 win over Minnesota in the wild card round. The Vikings conceded their first loss in a one-score game of the season. Saquon Barkley scored two goals, including the tiebreaker, midway through the fourth quarter. The Giants’ defense ended the franchise’s first playoff win since the Super Bowl 11 years ago. The Giants advanced to play at No. 1 seed and division rival Philadelphia.
Bills are in for a 34-31 wildcard win over Dolphins
ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Josh Allen shrugged by throwing two touchdown passes 3:11 apart in the third quarter, and the Buffalo Bills rebounded for a 34-31 win over the injury-struggling Miami Dolphins AFC Wildcard Matchup. Cole Beasley scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 6-yard catch, and Gabe Davis extended the lead to 34-24 with a 23-yard TD reception in a game where Buffalo had an early 17-0 -Leadership wasted. The Bills will host the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday. Three weeks earlier, the Bills’ game in Cincinnati was suspended and ultimately canceled after Buffalo security guard Damar Hamlin suffered a heart failure on the field. Hamelin is recovering.
NFL Playoffs: Saturday Night Thriller gets the action rolling
The rest of the NFL playoffs have plenty to look forward to after Saturday’s screening. Rookie Brock Purdy made his postseason debut with the San Francisco 49ers with a 41-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars made a stunning 27-point comeback in a 31-30 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night. Games will continue with three more Sundays including Miami in Buffalo, Baltimore in Cincinnati and the New York Giants in Minnesota. The opening weekend concludes Monday night with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys.
Hamlin cheers on Bills from home, saying the team is ‘with heart’
ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Bills safety Damar Hamlin, still recovering after suffering cardiac arrest on the field in Cincinnati two weeks ago, cheered Sunday during Buffalo’s wild-card playoff home game against the Miami Dolphins via Twitter from home. Hamlin tweeted less than an hour before kick-off and said there was nothing he wanted more than to be with his team-mates. But he says he is supporting her from home while he focuses on his recovery. Hamlin visited teammates at the Bills’ stadium on Saturday.
Alabama basketball player, second man charged with murder
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder after a deadly shooting near campus. Tuscaloosa Police Captain Jack Kennedy said the shooting happened early Sunday morning on the Strip off University Boulevard near the campus. He said 23-year-old Jamea Harris, from the Birmingham area, was shot dead. Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Maryland, were both charged with capital murder. The university says Miles has been removed from the fourth-place Crimson Tide. He was a reserve striker.
UGA soccer player killed in wreck after title celebration
Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and a recruiter were killed in a car crash hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their second straight national championship. The school announced her death and said two other members of the football program were injured in the crash. They were not immediately identified, but the school said both are in stable condition. Willock, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy, was taken to a hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. She worked as a recruiting analyst for the Bulldogs.
Si Woo Kim wins the Sony Open with a great finish
HONOLULU (AP) — Si Woo Kim notched another come-from-behind win on the PGA Tour in Hawaii. That wasn’t nearly as stunning as last week’s Kapalua, when Jon Rahm came from a six-shot deficit to beat Collin Morikawa. Kim was three behind and shot 64 to beat Hayden Buckley in one shot at the Sony Open. Kim pulled off an unlikely birdie-birdie finish at Waialae for his fourth career win. He chipped in from 30 feet behind the 17th green. And then he hit the 18th green from a fairway bunker for a two-putt birdie. Buckley missed a 12-foot birdie for a playoff.
No Roger or Serena: Australian Open start minus 2 big stars
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – The 2023 edition of the Australian Open is of course not the first Grand Slam tournament to be played without Roger Federer or Serena Williams. It was the same with the 2022 edition of the Australian Open, to name just one example. What’s different now is that this is the first major tournament since the two towering, larger-than-life figures, who are both 41 years old and have 43 Slam singles championships combined and weeks’ worth of years, The No. 1 in the rankings announced her retirement . So while in the past few years one or the other absence has been answered with a shrug, now everything is concrete.
Brady downplays his perfect record against favorite Cowboys
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tom Brady is not concerned about being a home underdog in the NFL playoffs for the first time in his career. After all, no one has enjoyed more postseason success than the seven-time Super Bowl champion, who begins his quest for a record in the eighth ring when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC wildcard match Monday night. Brady owns a slew of playoff records, including most games played, wins, passing yards, and touchdown passes. The 45-year-old quarterback has something else going for him — the Cowboys have never beaten him. Not that Brady thinks career victories or a 7-0 win against Team America on Monday night will matter.
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