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Patriots face Rams in Super Bowl


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – It took them overtime and more of Tom Brady’s brilliance to get there, but the New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl for the third straight year.


Brady blew through Kansas City’s exhausted defense on a 75-yard drive to Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard touchdown run in a 37-31 victory Sunday for the AFC championship.


Awaiting the New England Patriots in Atlanta for the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 are the Los Angeles Rams. They won 26-23 in overtime in New Orleans for the NFC championship.


The Rams (15-3) last made the Super Bowl in 2002 while based in St. Louis, losing to the Patriots.




A look at the quarterfinals on Day 9


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Top-seeded Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) overcame a couple of tumbles to the court and a series of energy-sapping baseline exchanges – one point lasted 42 strokes! – to get back to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2016 by beating No. 15 Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3.


Djokovic has won six of his 14 Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park and is into his 10th quarterfinal at the hard-court tournament.


In other action:


– Kei Nishikori reached the Australian Open quarterfinals after clinching a fifth-set tiebreaker that had No. 23-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta screaming in anger as he left Margaret Court Arena. Nishikori rallied after dropping the first two sets and had a chance to serve out at 5-4 in the fifth but was broken. Nishikori, who eventually won 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (8), was trailing 8-5 in the tiebreaker when a contentious call changed the momentum and prompted the angry response from Carreno Busta.


– Lucas Pouille has beaten No. 11-seeded Borna Coric 6-7 (7-4) 6-4 7-5 7-6 (7-2) to move into an Australian Open quarterfinal against Milos Raonic.




MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Serena Williams faced her first real test at this year’s Australian Open and emerged with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over No. 1-ranked Simona Halep to reach the quarterfinals. It was a back-and-forth match filled with momentum swings and terrific play by both.


In other action:


– Karolina Pliskova continued her successful start to 2019 to advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the third consecutive year. Pliskova beat former No.1 Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-1 in a lopsided fourth-round match.


– U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka is into her second Grand Slam quarterfinal after another comeback win at the Australian Open, this time over Anastasija Sevastova. Osaka had to work for nearly two hours on Rod Laver Arena to subdue the gritty Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a fourth-round match studded by service breaks. She’ll next play sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who had a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.




Lindsey Vonn to decide future in coming days


CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) – Lindsey Vonn is going to take a little time to decide her future. Battling pain in both of her knees and after failing to finish better than ninth in three races this weekend, Vonn said Sunday that immediate retirement from ski racing “is a possibility.”


Vonn had been out all season with a left knee injury and she has also had numerous injuries to her right knee during her record-breaking career. The 34-year-old raced over the weekend with braces on both of her knees.




Ronaldo to plead guilty to tax fraud in Madrid court


MADRID (AP) – Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is making an unwanted trip back to Madrid. He’s expected in the Spanish capital on Tuesday to plead guilty to tax fraud related to his time at Real Madrid.


The Juventus forward will appear before a judge and receive a suspended two-year sentence as part of a deal struck with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities last year.




Olympic ethics panel closes case on IOC member Gilady


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The IOC says its ethics commission ended an investigation into Olympic official Alex Gilady after cases of alleged sexual harassment were settled in Israel.


The International Olympic Committee says its ethics panel closed the file after all parties “accepted their respective explanations.”


Gilady, a former NBC Sports executive and IOC member since 1994, was accused of inappropriate behavior in the 1990s by two journalists in Israel.


In 2017, Gilady said “there was no intention to harm,” and later filed libel suits.


Israeli media reported this month that a mediation process resolved the cases.


The 76-year-old Gilady is vice chairman of an Olympic panel overseeing the 2020 Tokyo Games, and a member of the 2024 Paris Games panel.




More sexual abuse claims rock South Korean skating


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – More South Korean female skaters are accusing their coaches of sexually abusing them. That’s according to a group representing the athletes, following claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach had repeatedly raped her.

Today’s announcement came amid a growing (hash)MeToo movement in South Korea’s elite sports scene, which has been notorious for a brutal training culture and highly hierarchical relationships between coaches and athletes.


In addition to Shim, female athletes in judo, taekwondo and wrestling have also accused their male coaches of sexually abusing them. Members of the country’s silver medal-winning Olympic curling team, cheered as the Garlic Girls for their hometown’s famed produce, have accused their former coaches of verbal abuse and holding back prize money.



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