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Cowboys to play Niners in first round of playoffs

Dallas will host 49ers after San Francisco clinched playoff berth by holding off Rams 27-24 in OT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When the Los Angeles took an early 17-0 lead on the San Francisco 49ers, George Kittle had several Rams chirping their excitement in his ear about a shift in this one-sided rivalry. “I was like, ‘A…

Titans clinch AFC’s top seed with 28-25 win over Texans

Titans take AFC’s No. 1 spot with 3-point win over Texans

HOUSTON (AP) — Ryan Tannehill tied a career-high with four touchdown passes to help the Tennessee Titans clinch the top seed in the AFC with a 28-25 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. The 12-5 Titans, who secured their…

Cowboys defeat Eagles 51-26

Prescott throws 5 TD passes in Cowboys’ romp over Eagles.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dak Prescott threw a career-high five touchdown passes against Philadelphia Eagles backups, Cedrick Wilson and Dalton Schultz each had two scoring catches and the Dallas Cowboys kept their slim hopes for a No. 2 seed in the…

Chiefs win 28-24 over Broncos

Bolton’s fumble return sparks Chiefs’ win

DENVER (AP) — Nearly stumbling heading into the playoffs, Nick Bolton and the Kansas City Chiefs gathered themselves just in time to thunder into the postseason with an AFC-best 12 wins. They’ll learn Sunday if that’s enough to get them…

Baylor wins 76-64 over TCU

Flagler, No. 1 Baylor rally past TCU for 21st straight win

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — With a couple of ranked Big 12 rivals losing on the road before them Saturday, the No. 1 Baylor Bears kept it from being a trifecta of upsets. Oh, and that national-best winning streak is…

HS coach serves 1-game suspension after 88-point blowout win

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut girl’s basketball coach served a one-game suspension Thursday night, the result of his team’s 88-point win this week that sparked a statewide debate over sportsmanship. Sacred Heart Academy coach Jason Kirck was suspended after…

Dallas coach Jason Kidd enters NBA protocols, out vs Rockets

The Dallas Mavericks will be without coach Jason Kidd on Friday night against the Houston Rockets. The Mavericks announced Kidd has entered the health and safety protocols as the NBA’s 13th head coach sidelined this season. Assistant coach Sean Sweeney…

Big Ben leaving Steelers in good hands with Watt, Harris

Ben Roethlisberger calls it a career

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger clasped hands with his wife Ashley, surrounded himself with the couple’s three children and disappeared into the inner recesses of Heinz Field. There’s still at least one game left in the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s career.…

Washington to reveal new name on Feb. 2

Name won’t be RedWolves

Washington’s NFL team announced Tuesday it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2 and that it will not be the Wolves or RedWolves. Commanders, Admirals, Armada, Brigade, Sentinels, Defenders, Red Hogs, Presidents and the status quo “Washington Football Team”…

Bruce Arians said Brown never mentioned an injury

Antonio Brown didn’t claim injury before walkoff

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Antonio Brown’s latest messy departure from an NFL team, the Buccaneers, was not about an injury, coach Bruce Arians said Monday. Yes, the Buccaneers are moving on from Brown, whose NFL career is on hold yet…

Rockets fall to the Sixers 133-113

Embiid’s triple-double powers 76ers past Rockets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 31 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, reaching the triple-double to the tune of “MVP!” chants in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 133-113 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Furkan Korkmaz scored 24 points…

Texans lose to the Niners 23-7

Quick whistle helps 49ers beat Texans, close in on playoffs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A quick whistle saved San Francisco linebacker Marcell Harris from a colossal mistake and helped deliver the 49ers a key win in their playoff hunt. Harris appeared to fumble away an interception in the third…

Houston Cougars defeat Temple 66-61

White, Shead help No. 12 Houston hold off Temple

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ramon Walker Jr. was first buried on the depth chart and then sidelined with a hand injury, unable to find the playing time he wanted with a Houston team coming off of a Final Four appearance. With…

Cowboys fall to Cardinals 25-22

No timeout, no challenge for Cowboys after apparent fumble

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys were out of timeouts and couldn’t challenge an apparent fumble that likely would have given them the ball back with just over 2 1/2 minutes left in Sunday’s game. Instead, Arizona got a…

Bills clinch playoff berth

Eliminate Falcons with 29-15 win

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — With Josh Allen throwing one interception after another, the Buffalo Bills turned to Devin Singletary and their once-neglected running attack. They avoided a major meltdown on a snow-dusted field and bulled themselves into the playoffs.…

Bengals beat Chiefs 34-31

Stop KC 8-game winning streak

CINCINNATI (AP) — Evan McPherson kicked a 20-yard field goal as time ran out, and the Cincinnati Bengals earned their first AFC North title and postseason appearance in six years with a wild 34-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs…

Brown walks away from Bucs

Brady rallies team past Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Antonio Brown was kicked off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a bizarre, shirtless exit from the field before Tom Brady coolly led the Bucs on a 93-yard drive in the final minutes for a 28-24…

No. 6 Baylor tops No. 8 Ole Miss in Sugar Bowl

Rebels Corral hurt

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Sugar Bowl showdown against Mississippi and coach Lane Kiffin’s explosive, Southeastern Conference-leading offense provided a high-profile platform for Baylor to validate its old-school formula of ball control and aggressive defense. Al Walcott set a Sugar…

No. 7 Ohio State beats No. 10 Utah 48-45 in wild Rose Bowl

Ohio State had to rally from 10 points down late in the third quarter to get past the Pac-12 champion Utes

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba put on a passing performance that obliterated a multitude of records during one of the biggest offensive days in Ohio State’s storied history. The Buckeyes still barely did enough to hold…

Alabama vs. Georgia, again, for CFP title

Repeat or revenge

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Alabama has a chance to repeat. Georgia has a chance for revenge. The rematch is set, and it will decide the College Football Playoff national championship. After a pair of easy wins in the semifinals…