AFC Championship Game:
..Chiefs-W-Bills (38-24)..Chiefs QB-Patrick Mahomes (325P-3TD)..TE-Travis Kelce (13R-118Y)…WR-Tyreek Hills (9R-172Y)…..Chiefs defense stalled Buffalo drives at the 4-9-12 yard lines forcing field goals and forcing an interception…Bills QB-Josh Allen (287P-88R-2TD-4 Sacks-10H)..in trying to rally Buffalo back in 4th quarter…Chiefs return to the Super Bowl for 2nd year in a row.
NFL Championship Game:
..Packers-L-Bucs (31-26)…Tom Brady (280P-3TD-3Int) in engineering shootout win at Lambeau Field…Packers QB-Aaron Rodgers (346P-3TD) in loss…Green Bay defense had 3-interceptions helping rally the Packers back into game….Green Bay blew defensive coverage on final play of opening half allowing 39TD pass with (:01) left…Green Bay elected to kick a field goal on a 4th and goal with 3-minutes left in game rather than go for the lead-never got the ball back…Brady returns to Super Bowl searching for his 7th ring.
(NFL Coaching Interviews)
Chargers..Interview Joe Lombardi-QB coach Saints..Off Coord job
Chargers..Give permission Steelers-Titans to interview QB Coach-Pep Hamilton
Chargers..Give permission to Eagles to interview Off Coord-Shane Steichen
Chargers..Hire Darius Swinton-Special Teams coach-Arizona
Chargers..Hire Joe Barry-LB coach-Rams
Chargers..Ex head coach Anthony Lynn-hired Off Coord-Detroit Lions
Lions..Hire John Dorsey-VP Players Personnel..ex Chiefs-Browns GM
Patriots..Hire Matt Patricia-ex Lions-as Def Consutlant
Miami..Hire Charley Frye-QB coach-ex Central Michigan
Miami..Hire-Jordan Salkin-ex New Mexico Off Coord-assistant job
Jaguars..Hire Brian Schnieder-ex Seattle..Special Teams coach
Jaguars..Interview Darrell Bevell-ex Lions…for Off Coord job
Lions..Hire Anthony Lynn-ex Chargers as Off Coord
Lions..Hire Gif Smith-ex Chargers as DL coach
Lions..Hire Ray Agnew-ex Jets for Player Personnel job
Ravens..Hire Rob Ryan-LB coach-ex Bills-Redskins
Ravens..Hire Anthony Weaver-ex Houstn..Def Coord job
Atlanta..Hire Gary Emrick-ex Giants..Def Line coach
Atlanta..Hire Steve Hoffman-ex Cowboys..Spec teams coach
Atlanta..Hire Justin Peele-ex Eagles..Tight ends coach
Atlanta..Hire Frank Bush-ex Jets..LB coach
Atlanta..Hire Dwayne Ledford-ex Louisville..as OL coach
Arizona..Hire Shawn Jefferson-ex Jets..WR coach
49ers..Hire James Bettcher-ex Giants..Def Line coach
Chicago..interview Deuce Staley-ex Eagles for Off Coord job
Chicago..promoto Sean Desai to Def Coord job
Indianapolis..Promote QB-coach Marcus Brady to Off Coord
Houston..Interview Jim Caldwell-ex Colts-Lions for Head Coach job
Houston..will interview Eric Bienemy-Chiefs…Leslie Frazier-Bills 2nd time for Head Coach
Seattle..Interview Joe Lombardi-ex Saints for Off Coord job
Seattle..Interview Ken Dorsey-Bills for Off Coord job
Ravens..Hire D’Anton Lynn-DB coach-ex Houston
Steelers..Interview Pep Hamilton-Chargers QB coach for Off Coord job
Eagles..Interview Leslie Fraizer-Bills Def Coord for Assist Head Coach
Eagles..Interview Chris Harris-Washington for Def Coord job
Eagles..RB Coach Duce Staley asks be released from contract
Eagles..Hire Jon Gannon as Def Coord-was DB coach Coklts
Eagles..Interview Curtis Modkins-Broncos for Off Coord job
Detroit…Lions 12Y-veteran starting QB-Matthew Stafford has asked to be traded…is (32Y)…has 2-years left on contract at 12M…has 10M-roster bonus due this spring.
Steelers..Sign FA-QB-Dwayne Haskins-ex Washington #1 pick
Browns..Sign FA-WR-Ryan Switzer-ex Cowboys-Steelers
Patriots..WR-Julian Edelman says he will play next season-not retire
Seattle..TE-Greg Olson retires..(742R-60TD) in career with Carolina-Seahawks
Tampa Bay..will offer contract extension to WR-Antonio Brown..had (45R) this year
Green Bay…Longtime GM-Ted Thompson passes away (68Y)…Drafted Aaron Rodgers..Davante Adams…Aaron Jones
Denver…Former starting OT-Tony Jones passes away…spent 9Y-in Cleveland and 4Y-with Broncos..was (58Y)
Chicago…Longtime Bears K-Roger LeClerc passes away (84Y)…played for 1960s Bears team
NFL..does not fine Chiefs LB-Daniel Sorenson for helmet hit on Browns WR-Rashad Higgins that caused fumble in end zone.
Pac 12..Will interview longtime ESPN business executive Burtke Mangus for vacant Commissioner’s job.
Pac 12…Fired Commissioner Larry Scott will repay 1.9M load made by conference immediately.
Oregon..Hire Tim DeRuyter as Def Coord..ex Fresno State head coach
Ohio State..Longtime Def Coord-Greg Mattison retires..worked for Buckeyes..Michigan..Notre Dame..Florida
Texas Tech..QB-Alex Bowman will transfer out as Grad Student.
Aztecs-Air Force….SDSU led (44-31) at Press Time..at halftime…hit 8-3’s in opening half on way to sweeps weekend series…
Aztecs-W-Air Force (98-61) in record setting Friday victory…SDSU had 22-0 run in first half..Built (52-16) halftime lead…State hit 13-3’s…Forced 27-turnovers…had 52-point lead in game.
USD-W-Portland (78-70)…F-Josh Parrish season best (20P)..Toreros now (2-6) on season.
UCSD-L-UC Davis (78-71)..Eli Peppers (30P)..Tritons (3-4)
Lakers-W-Chicago…(101-90)….LA jumped to (63-33) lead at halftime in blowout….Lakers now (13-4) after Saturday night win..Lakers (9-0) on road
Clippers-W-Oklahoma City (108-100)….Kawhi Leonard (34P-9R-8A) in win…Sunday NBA action….Clippers (12-4)
Brooklyn Nets…Kevin Durant sits out games with tender Achilles…had played 50-minutes in overtime game with Cleveland.
Charlotte..Bench rookie LaMelo Ball…5-turnovers in 16 minutes
Dallas..Ex Mavericks G-JJ Barea signs to play in Spain.
Cleveland-Houston…Trade..Cavs deal G-Kevin Porter to Rockets for #2 pick.
Washington..Sign FA-C-Alex Lens-ex Toronto
Washington..Sign FA-F-Jordan Bell-ex Warriors
Washington..Has 8-players out…6-Covid…2-injuries
Boston..G-Payton Pritchard-out-sprained knee
Padres..Re-Sign FA-OF-2B-Jurickson Profar to 2Y-extension worth (14M)…hit (.278) with power last season.
Dodgers…Open FA-contract talks with OF-Marcel Ozuna-ex Braves-Cardinals
Angels..Make contact with FA-P-Jake Odorizzi-ex Twins
Pirates-Yankees…Blockbuster trade…Bucs deal P-Jameson Taillon (3.67-ERA) to Yankees for 4-minor leaguers…P-Miguel Yajira (1.29-ERA)..P-Ros Contreras (3.25-ERA)..2B-Maikal Escotto (.315BA)..OF-Canaan Smith (.280)
Pirates..Have now traded 3-stars…Josh Bell..Joe Musgrove..Jameson Taillon and received 11-prospects in return
Red Sox..Sign FA-P-Garrett Richards-ex Padres-Angels
Red Sox..Sign FA-2B-Keke Hernandez-ex Dodgers
Atlanta..Sign FA-3B-Pablo Sandoval-ex Giants
Tigers..Sign FA-P-Derek Holland-ex Texas-Giants
Miami..Sign FA-P-Anthony Bass-ex Padres-Astros-Twins
Cubs..Sign FA-C-Austin Romine-ex Yankees-Tigers
Tigers..Sign FA-2B-Drew Ward-ex Washington
Tampa Bay..Sign FA-P-Yaskel Ries-ex Phillies
Washington..Re-sign FA-1B-Ryan Zimmerman
Toronto..Opens talks with FA-P-James Paxton-ex Yankees-Mariners
Houston-Reds..Trade..Astros deal P-Cionol Perez to Cinn
Toronto-Reds…Jays ship P-Hector Perez to Cinn
Yankees-Royals-Miami…Make offers to FA-OF-Yasiel Puig
Tigers..Open contract talks with FA-1B-DH-Mitch Moreland-ex Padres
Tigers..Offer contract to FA-2B-Marwin Gonzalez-ex Twins
Phillies..FA-P-Jake Arrieta to have showcase workout this week for teams
Henry Aaron…Baseball mourns passing of legendary Braves slugger and MLB Ambassador…Passed away in sleep at (86Y) on Friday…Played (23Y) in majors for Braves-Brewers…(.305) BA…hit (755HR)…broke Babe Ruth’s HR record
Mets..Davey Johnson-long time manager-seriously ill with Covid in Florida.
Dodgers..Former hitting coach Ben Hines passes away (85Y)
Larry King…Legendary TV-Radio talkshow host..passes away from Covid (87Y) in Los Angeles.
Winnipeg-Columbus…Blockbuster trade…Jets deal 45G-scoring RW-Patrick Laine and RW-Jack Roslovic to Blue Jackets for goal scoring C-Pierre Luke Dubois and #3 pick….All 3-players had been in contract disputes with their teams.
Ducks-Columbus…Anaheim put in bid for Dubois but refused to part with #1 draft pick Jamie Drysdale or Trevor Zegras.
Edmonton…Talk to veteran G-Jimmy Howard-ex Red Wings…elects to retire rather than sign with Oilers.
Ducks-W-Colorado (3-1)…Avalanche outshoot Ducks (33-15)…John Gibson 32-saves…Jakob Silfvergerg-Rikard Rakell each score first goals of season ….Sunday night game…Ducks (2-2-2)…had scored just 11-goals in 6-games
Kings-W-Blues..(5-3) late in 3rd period at Press Time…Lias Andersson-Gabe Vilardi score for Kings… Sunday game….Kings (2-2-2)
Toronto..Lose C-Joe Thornton-4W-fractured rib
San Jose…Sharks still barred from playing home games in California…NHL scheduled San Jose for 8-straight road games to start season…will play 2-‘home’ games in Arizona.
NBC-Sports Network…Announces it will go out of business in December…will move its popular NHL-TV package to USA Network or Peacock streaming channel.
Washington..Star C-Alex Ovechkin..G-Ilya Samsonov..D-Dmitry Orlov..C-‘Evgeny Kuznetsov remain on NHL covid list for protocol violations
Toronto…Legendary Leafs star and captain George Armstrong-passes (90Y)…spent 21-years with team as player-then became Scout-GM.
American Hockey League…Announces regular season schedule…teams will play a wide array of games..
..San Diego Gulls-44-games
..Gulls open at home with Bakersfield on 2/5
..Gulls will play 5-straight home games to start season
..Gulls play 5-in row on road in March
..Gulls play 5-at home in a row in May
..AHL has some teams playing just 24-games..others 30-32-38…Health restrictions in different states have badly impacted schedule.
..AHL has yet to release schedule of teams in Canadian Division because of continued problems in different provinces across Canada.
Calgary…may pull its Stockton Heat team out of California and move all players to Calgary and play in the Canadian Division because of cross-border ban on travel..Flames would not be able to recall players.
Farmers Insurance Open….156-golfers set to tee off this coming Thursday at Torrey Pines..without fans in gallery…Only 23 of top 50 on money list will play…#1-ranked Dustin Johnson will not play…neither will Tiger Woods….Phil Mickelson-Xander Schauffele…Brooks Koepka…Jason Day…Jon Rahm will all be in field.
American Express Open-La Quinta….Si Woo-Kim hits 6-birdies in 8-hole span to hold off late challenges to finish (-23) under par…Patrick Cantalay has 11-birdie day…shoots a (61) on Sunday to finish second (-22)
UFC…Conor McGregor knocked out in 2nd round of title bout by Dustin Poirier in UFC-257
..Manchester United-W-Liverpool…Bruno Fernandez scores on 20 yard laser free kick to hand Red Devils upset win in 4th round action of FA-Cup tourney