Chiefs visit Broncos, Eagles welcome Cowboys

NO DATE (AP) – NFL teams play their 17th regular season game this weekend for the first time. The action begins Saturday when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys.

The Chiefs have won the AFC West for the sixth consecutive time and are aiming for their 13th straight victory over the Broncos, who miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. To earn the No.1 seed and accompanying bye, Kansas City will need to beat the Broncos, and the Tennessee Titans will need to lose to the Texans on Sunday.

Full-back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and right tackle Lucas Niang are absent for Kansas City. The Broncos are deprived of cornerbacks Pat Surtain II and Ronald Darby and right tackle Bobby Massie.

NFC East champions the Dallas Cowboys visit the Philadelphia Eagles, who will make the playoffs tonight in a game that will only determine the playoff standings. The Cowboys enter the weekend seeded No.4 and have a chance to climb to No.2 depending on the situation of the Rams, Cardinals and Buccaneers. The Eagles are in seventh place and cannot finish any higher than the sixth seed. It’s likely that Philadelphia will put a few starters to rest and the Eagles could already be shorthanded as 12 players landed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster earlier in the week. The Cowboys are looking for a streak sweep.


Browns put Pro Bowl Ward corner on COVID-19 reserve list

WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and will miss Sunday’s season finale against Cincinnati.

Ward was already questionable with a groin injury suffered in Monday’s loss to Pittsburgh.

The fourth-year corner recorded three interceptions, including a 99-yard touchdown return that set the tone in Cleveland’s 41-16 win over the Bengals on Nov. 17.


NDSU wins 9th FCS title in 11 years 38-10 against Montana State

FRISCO, TX (AP) – North Dakota State won its ninth FCS National Championship in 11 seasons with a dominant 38-10 victory over Montana State.

Hunter Luepke had three rushing touchdowns in the first half for the 14-1 Bison, who totaled 380 rushing yards while racking up 506 total yards. The Bison are 9-0 in the championship game when Fargo’s trip to Frisco since the 2011 season.

Montana State played its first title game since 1984. The Bobcats lost excellent first-year quarterback Tommy Mellott to an ankle injury in opening practice. match.


Williams leads No.3 Purdue ahead of Penn State 74-67

NO DATE (AP) – Trevion Williams scored 21 points including the final basket, and No.3 Purdue held off at Penn State 74-67.

Williams had 9 of 12 shots and picked up nine rebounds despite missing the second half for more than eight minutes after committing his third foul. When he came back eight minutes from time, he scored 10 points, including a bucket that gave the Boilermakers the lead again. Mason Gillis added 14 points, Sasha Stefanovic 13 and Jaden Ivey 12 for Purdue.

In the other 25 best men:

– Josh Carlton had 22 points and 12 rebounds as No.12 Houston defeated Wichita State 76-66. Carlton, who scored a career-high 30 points on Wednesday in a victory over South Florida, helped Houston win their sixth in a row. The Cougars improved to 14-2 with their 34th consecutive home victory. Taze Moore scored 17 points and Fabian White Jr. added 15 for Houston.

– Nate Watson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 16 Providence beat St. John’s 83-73. It was the 300th career victory for Friars coach Ed Cooley. The Friars have won nine of their last 10 games. Jared Bynum had 18 points, Justin Minaya finished with 13 and Noah Horchler added eight points and 13 rebounds. This was only the second game for St. John’s as it postponed four games over 18 days after several players were placed in COVID-19 protocols.

–Kadary Richmond scored 17 straight points for No.24 at Seton Hall in the second half, then nodded in overtime in a 90-87 win over Connecticut. Richmond finished with 27 points after having just two at halftime. Bryce Aiken added 22 points for Seton Hall, who improved to 11-3. Adama Sanogo scored 18 points and took 16 rebounds for UConn. The Huskies played for the first time in two weeks after struggling with COVID-19. UConn is 10-4.


Rask could join the squad without playing in minors

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has said goaltender Tuukka Rask (TOO’-kah rask) could join the team without playing in the minor leagues.

Rask, who has not played in the NHL since undergoing hip labrum surgery in the offseason, signed a professional tryout deal with AHL Providence on Thursday. But Providence’s two games scheduled for this weekend against Lehigh Valley have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns involving the Phantoms.

Rask, 34, spent 14 seasons with Boston and is the franchise leader in terms of wins.


Court documents show Djokovic had COVID-19 last month

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Lawyers for Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) have filed court documents in his challenge against the deportation from Australia which showed the tennis star had contracted COVID- 19 in the middle of last month.

The world No.1 player was refused entry at Melbourne Airport on Wednesday evening after the Australian Border Force canceled his visa for failing to fulfill his entry requirement that all non-nationals be must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. He has since been confined to an immigrant detention hotel in Melbourne.

Djokovic received a medical exemption on January 1 based on his recent infection and was supported by the Victoria State government and the organizers of the Australian Open based on the information he provided. to two independent medical panels. He will go to the Federal Circuit Court on Monday to challenge the cancellation of his visa and his deportation. It’s a week before the start of the major season opener.

In other tennis news:

– Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from her semifinal match at a WTA tournament in Melbourne with an abdominal injury. This allowed her opponent Veronika Kudermetova to qualify for the final with a forfeit. Earlier, American Amanda Anisimova qualified for her first final since 2019 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Daria Kasatkina.


Bell Beats Chen to Win US Figure Skating Championship; both are locks for the Olympics

NO DATE (AP) – Mariah Bell put on a fascinating free skate at the US figure skating championships, edging out Karen Chen on Friday night for her first gold medal.

The victory took away any drama as to whether she was heading for her first Winter Olympics. Bell and Chen are stranded when the US figure skating selection committee announces the three-woman squad that will compete in the Beijing Games next month.

The other place is expected to go to Alysa Liu, the two-time national champion who finished third after her short program but had to withdraw earlier on Friday following a positive test for COVID-19. Fourteen-year-old Isabeau Levito, who is too young to compete in the Olympics, won the bronze medal.

In other news related to the Olympics:

– Elana Meyers Taylor of the US, earned her fourth victory of the season in the women’s monobob and the 25th overall victory of her career in a major international competition. Australia’s Breanna Walker was second today and Germany’s Laura Nolte third. Kaillie Humphries of the US was fourth, meaning the Americans joined Canada as the only nation with two sleds in the top six.

– Zack Di Gregorio and Sean Hollander are heading to the Olympics for USA Luge. Di Gregorio and Hollander clinched their first Olympic spots on Saturday, a day when Germany won three of six medals awarded in two World Cup races.


Hector dominates and overtakes Shiffrin in the general classification

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia AP) – Swedish skier Sara Hector dominated a women’s World Cup giant slalom on Saturday and overtook Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin at the top of the discipline standings.

Hector clocked the fastest time in both heats as she increased her lead to a whopping 0.96 seconds over runner-up Tessa Worley. GS World Cup champion Marta Bassino placed third.

Shiffrin moved from 14th place after the first run to seventh. Hector now leads the American by 46 points in the GS season standings. Shiffrin extended his lead in the overall World Cup standings to 135 points ahead of Petra Vlhova.