Update on the latest in sports:
Mahomes leads comeback for the ages for KC
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – On the last game of the NFL’s 100th season, Patrick Mahomes led a comeback for the ages. He led the Kansas City Chiefs to three touchdowns over the final 6 minutes, 13 seconds to lift them to a 31-20 victory over San Francisco in the Super Bowl.
It was a record-setting night for the Chiefs. They are the first team to overcome three double-digit deficits in the playoffs to win. And they won all three games by double digits.
This one was the most dramatic. San Francisco led 20-10 late in the third quarter and the Chiefs were having trouble moving. It all changed when Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill for a 44-yard gain to set up a touchdown. Not five minutes later, the Chiefs were pulling away – and bringing the first title back to KC in 50 years.
– It took the Chiefs five full decades to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City. áThey don’t intend to wait that long again.
With confetti still swirling and their thrilling Super Bowl triumph over the San Francisco 49ers mere minutes old, most of the Chiefs were already talking about next season. They got a taste of reaching the AFC title game last season and it drove them to make it back this season. And now that they’ve had a taste of winning the championship, the organization’s mindset is quite simple: Why stop at just one?
Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones says “Next year we’re coming back. We’re coming back for a repeat.”
And coach Andy Reid adds: “I’m really excited about it. You get one, you want to get another.”
– The Kansas City Chiefs are celebrating their Super Bowl win with a parade. “The Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade” is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Officials announced the celebration Sunday night, shortly after the Chiefs defeated San Francisco 31-20. The festivities will include a victory rally at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, about 1:30 p.m., shortly after the parade ends. Details about the parade already had been leaking out in advance, as the city put generators in place near the site of the rally and businesses in the area made plans to close or operate on a reduced schedule.
NBA offers 10-game slate
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA looks to fill the void in an NFL-less sports schedule with a 10-game slate tonight.
Two quality teams get the evening started in Indianapolis, where the Pacers host the Mavericks. But Dallas will be missing star Luka Doncic, who sprained an ankle in practice last week and isn’t expected back until Feb. 10 at the earliest. Meanwhile, Indiana finally got everyone back in its lineup Saturday night, but still dropped a 92-85 decision to the Knicks.
– Another a pair of top teams meet in Miami, where the Heat and the 76ers tip-off. Miami is back home after a road win in Orlando Saturday, where the Heat got big contributions not only from Jimmy Butler, but also center Meyers Leonard and rookier Tyler Herro. Philadelphia and its All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are coming off a loss in Boston Saturday.
– The rest of the schedule has Golden State at Washington, Cleveland hosting the New York Knicks and Orlando visiting Charlotte.
The Celtics take a three-game win-streak into Atlanta, where they’ll look to take advantage of a struggling Hawks team.
Phoenix is at Brooklyn, where the Nets will be without Kyrie Irving. He’s out for at least a week with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.
Memphis is home against Detroit.
And out West, the Timberwolves visit the Kings in Sacramento and the L.A. Clippers play host to the San Antonio Spurs.
Three games in the NHL
UNDATED (AP) – The most intriguing matchup in a 3-game NHL schedule tonight is in Toronto, where the Maple Leafs will host the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers trail the Leafs by just two points for third in the Atlantic Division, and have played two fewer games. But Toronto is hot, having won three in a row, while Florida is looking to rebound after being shutout in Montreal Saturday night.
Philadelphia looks to improve its position in the playoff chase with a visit to Detroit. The Flyers are in the thick of the races for the third spot in the Metropolitan Division or a wild card. The Red Wings have the worst record in the league, with only 12 wins on the season.
The Dallas Stars are in the middle of the Western Conference playoff pack. They are in New York tonight to play a Rangers team that’s been showing signs of life as it tries to avoid losing contact with the wildcard contenders.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Three top 5 teams on the court
UNDATED (AP) – No. 5 Florida State leads tonight’s Top-25 men’s college basketball schedule. They are on their home court against North Carolina.
Top-ranking Baylor is on the road to play Kansas St., while No. 3 Kansas is home against Texas at (3)Kansas 9 p.m.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings after winning his eighth Australian Open title.
Djokovic has risen one place to take over the top spot from Rafael Nadal. Djokovic would break Roger Federer’s career record for most weeks spent at No. 1 if he can stay there until October.
Sofia Kenin’s first Grand Slam trophy has pushed her from No. 15 to a career-best No. 7 in the WTA rankings. The 21-year-old Kenin is now the highest-ranked American woman and the youngest to make her top-10 debut since Serena Williams in 1999.