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  • Day 2 at the Australian Open: Federer, Djokovic on court Venus Williams celebrates winning her singles round-robin match against Garbine Muguruza at the WTA Finals.(Photo: Wallace Woon, EPA-EFE)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, with 11 Australian Open titles between them and 31 Grand Slam singles titles combined, take to the court at Melbourne Park under vastly different circumstances on Tuesday. Federer, with five Australian and a leading 19 major titles overall, plays Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia to open ...
  • NFL Divisional Playoffs Roundup – Stunner: Keenum-Diggs TD sends Vikings past Saints 29-24 Minnesota Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) celebrates his interception with cornerback Trae Waynes (26) and outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks on during the first half of an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Case Keenum convened the Minnesota huddle with 10 seconds left, the situation staring down the Vikings was as simple as it was daunting. With the go-ahead field goal by the New Orleans Saints that silenced this deafening stadium still fresh in the air, the Vikings were well beyond any moment of anxiety. ...
  • NFL Today, Divisional Playoffs New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) catches a pass in front of Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)(Photo: The Associated Press)SCOREBOARD Sunday, Jan. 14 Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. EST. The Jaguars (11-6) and Steelers (13-3) meet in the postseason for just the second time, and first since Jacksonville stunned Pittsburgh 31-29 at Heinz Field in the wild-card round of the 2007 playoffs. Blake Bortles looks to lead the Jaguars to the franchise’s third AFC title game, ...
  • NFL Divisional Playoff Roundup: Patriots back in AFC title game, Titans trip into offseason New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, and Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota speak at midfield after an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have handled every bit of adversity that has been thrown at them this season — from a string of injuries to the recent off-field firestorm created by reports of purported discord within the core of the franchise. Now, they’ll have a chance to play for yet another AFC ...
  • NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview: Look out Eagles, Falcons looked Super Bowl-ready last week Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) beats Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (37) to the end zone as Murray scores a touchdown on a 14-yard run in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   What America saw last weekend from the Atlanta Falcons was similar to what the team showed for 2½ quarters of last year’s Super Bowl. Can they keep it up as they head on the road again Saturday to Philadelphia? The Falcons have that balanced offense — if Matt Ryan is efficient — ...
  • NFL Divisional round picks against the spread: Will the Saints pull off an upset of the Vikings? Alex Smith and Tom Brady-GTY-843944984(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   The NFL Wild Card round is in the books, so For The Win’s Charles Curtis and Steven Ruiz are back with another slate of NFL picks. All odds courtesy of Bovada… RECAP (including over/under picks) Steven: 4-4 (120-117-11, postseason: 4-4) Charles: 4-4 (104-127-11, postseason: 4-4) Steven: I put too much faith in Blake Bortles ...
  • Divisional-round X-factors: Under-the-radar players could swing NFL playoffs Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a 22-yard touchdown catch in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. The Titans won 22-21. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —   The NFL playoffs can serve as a stage for some of the league’s biggest stars to shine brightest, but it’s often overlooked players or aspects that decide which team moves on. Here are two X-factors for each team during the divisional round. Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu: Philadelphia led ...
  • Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith runs into the end zone for a touchdown after catching a pass past Georgia defensive back Malkom Parrish during overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Alabama won, 26-23. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now. The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly mop-up duty this season, came off the bench to spark a comeback and threw a 41-yard ...
  • Alabama vs. Georgia in all-SEC CFP championship game FILE- In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm throws a pass during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Pasadena, Calif. Georgia plays Alabama in the Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, College Football national championship game. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)ATLANTA (AP) — No. 4 Alabama faces No. 3 Georgia in an all-Southeastern Conference College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tries to tie former Alabama coach Bear Bryant’s record six major poll national championships. Saban has led the Tide to four national championships since 2009, and the last three ...
  • NFL Today, Wild-Card Playoffs Analysis Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a 22-yard touchdown catch in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. The Titans won 22-21. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)SCOREBOARD Saturday, Jan. 13 Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:35 p.m. EST. Matt Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play to lead the defending NFC champion Falcons (11-6) past the Los Angeles Rams 26-13 in the wild-card round. Nick Foles played well for the first five quarters he filled ...
  • NFL Today, Wild-Card Playoffs Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, left, catches a touchdown pass ahead of Los Angeles Rams strong safety John Johnson during the second half of an NFL football wild-card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)SCOREBOARD Sunday, Jan. 7 Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m. EST. The Bills (9-7) are making their first playoff appearance since 1999, ending a 17-year absence that was the longest for any team in the four major North American sports leagues. The Jaguars (10-6) are in the postseason for the first time since the 2007 season, and won ...
  • CFB Championship matchups: Hurts v. Smith; Fromm v. Fitzpatrick FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts runs the ball during the second half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game Auburn in Auburn, Ala. Hurts gives Alabama a dual-threat and especially powerful runner. He was second on the team with 945 yards rushing and eight rushing touchdowns. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama and Georgia should know a lot about each other when they meet in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night, even though the teams have not played in a few years. With Nick Saban on one side and his former defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, leading the Bulldogs, the teams competing ...
  • AFC wild-card games preview / NFC wild-card games preview Bills v Jags-USATSI-10510098(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   A preview of the AFC wild-card matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS) Where: Jacksonville’s EverBank Field Line: TBA Injuries: A major subplot of this game will be the status of Bills RB LeSean McCoy, who was carted off the field in Week 17 after suffering an ankle injury. THREE THINGS ...
  • College Football Playoff TV ratings rise on return to Jan. 1 ALA v Miss St 2With the semifinals back New Year’s Day, viewership for the College Football Playoff on ESPN was the highest it has been since the first season of the postseason system in 2015. The double overtime Rose Bowl thriller between Georgia and Oklahoma drew a 14.8 overnight Nielsen rating and average viewership of 27 million, up 39 percent ...
  • NFL playoffs schedule 2018 / Sunday’s Stats: Games, dates, times, TV channel info -nfl-playoff-outlook-illo-v3(PhatzRadio Sport / AP)    —    The 2018 NFL playoffs schedule is now set for the wild-card round. Wild-card round  Saturday, Jan. 6 Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:35 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC Sunday, Jan. 7 Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:15 p.m. ET, CBS Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, 4:40 p.m. ...
  • CFP semifinals: Back on New Year’s Day with Southern flavor CFB Champs Semi(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    The College Football Playoff semifinals are back on New Year’s Day with a distinctly Southern flavor. No. 3 Georgia (12-1) faces No. 2 Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, in the first semi. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, who was dogged by flu-like symptoms during the week leading up ...
  • NFL hot seat rankings: List of coaches in trouble could be long as Black Monday nears Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) gestures toward fans after an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The Rams won 41-39. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —    We’re mere days away from Black Monday (and teams increasingly tend to get a jump on shopping for new coaches, opting for Black Sunday Night instead). And this year could be especially dark. The Giants are weeks into their search to replace Ben McAdoo. Bruce Arians spent Tuesday denying ...
  • NFL playoff picture after Week 16 / NFL Week 17 clinching scenarios / Overreactions -nfl-playoff-outlook-illo-v3(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports / AP)    —    Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks with Week 16’s action now complete. AFC 1. yz-New England Patriots (12-3): AFC East champion. They scored a first-round bye with Jacksonville’s loss. 2. yz-Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3): AFC North champion. Monday’s dismantling of Houston gave them the other first-round bye. 3. y-Jacksonville Jaguars (10-5): AFC ...
  • CFB Bowl Games: North Carolina A&T unanimous No. 1 HBCU team / Preview Today’s Bowl Games -NCAA-FOOTBALL-CELEBRATION-BOWL-GRAMBLING-VS-N-96065075(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   North Carolina A&T, by virtue of its 21-14 win against Grambling in the Celebration Bowl, is the unanimous No. 1 and the HBCU national champion with the release of the final BOXTOROW Coaches Poll. “I told my coaches when we met before the start of camp that this might be the ...
  • NFLWeek 16: Ravens could be formidable postseason foe thanks to defense Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) reacts after his 8-yard reception for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —  Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks after Week 15’s games. AFC 1. y-New England Patriots (11-3): AFC East champion. They escaped Pittsburgh with their 15th division title in 17 seasons and a clear path to home-field advantage. 2. y-Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3): AFC North champion. After a gut-wrenching loss, they’re now facing the likelihood of ...
  • CFB Bowl Recap: Louisiana Tech routs sloppy SMU 51-10 in Frisco Bowl Louisiana Tech wide receiver Teddy Veal (9) celebrates his touchdown reception against Louisiana Tech during the first quarter of the Frisco Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP)FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A fumble by SMU on the first snap of the game set the tone for Louisiana Tech in a 51-10 victory in the Frisco Bowl on Wednesday night. “Oh yeah, it had us pumped,” freshman Amik Johnson said. “I was so pumped I was about to run to the end zone, but ...
  • NFL playoff picture after Week 15 -nfl-playoff-outlook-illo-v3(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports / AP)   —-    Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks after Week 15’s games. AFC 1. y-New England Patriots (11-3): AFC East champion. They escaped Pittsburgh with their 15th division title in 17 seasons and a clear path to home-field advantage. 2. y-Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3): AFC North champion. After a gut-wrenching loss, they’re now ...
  • NFL Week 15: 2 rules league could stand to change Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater warms up before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Well, no one STILL seems to agree on what, exactly, should constitute a catch in the NFL — and that contributed to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots in a key game for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. It’s also hard to find folks who like the ...
  • CFB – Ranking College football bowl games: The top 10 Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant (2) tosses a pass as Virginia Tech cornerback Greg Stroman (3) closes in during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   The top 10 in our bowl countdown is headed by the New Year’s Six but has some tasty matchups leading up to the big weekend as well. It’s all pairings of ranked teams from this point forward. In short, if these contests fail to deliver entertaining football, we will be ...
  • NFL Week 15 kickoff times, TV channel info, game breakdowns and Playoff scenarios -nfl-playoff-outlook-illo-sheet(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —   With just two teams in, the NFL playoff picture remains largely unsettled heading into Week 15. But four more teams can clinch a berth in the postseason this week, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles both have a chance to grab homefield advantage in their respective conferences. Here’s a ...
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