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January 3, 2023
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Family of Bills’ Hamlin thanks supporters, asks for prayers

Damar Hamlin’s family is expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support shown toward the Buffalo Bills safety while asking everyone to keep the hospitalized player in their prayers. The 24-year-old Hamlin remains in critical condition in a Cincinnati hospital a day after the Bills said his heart stopped while making a tackle in the opening quarter of a game against the Bengals. Medical staff restored his heartbeat during frantic moments on the field before he was loaded into an ambulance. Hamlin’s family says in a message posted on Twitter that it’s deeply moved by the kind words and donations from around the country, and that the generosity and compassion shown has meant the world to them.


Bills-Bengals won’t resume game this week, Week 18 unchanged

The NFL has informed the Bills and Bengals their suspended game will not be resumed this week while the Week 18 schedule remains unchanged. The NFL has made no decision regarding the possible resumption of the pivotal Bills-Bengals game at a later date. The game was suspended Monday night in the first quarter when Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest. The 24-year-old Hamlin remained in critical condition a day after the Bills said his heart stopped after making a tackle in the opening quarter of a game against the Bengals. Medical staff restored his heartbeat during frantic moments on the field before he was loaded into an ambulance. Players from both teams were crying and praying during an emotional scene on the field.


EXPLAINER: What happened to Damar Hamlin?

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after making a tackle during Monday night’s game, causing the NFL to suspend a pivotal game against the Cincinnati Bengals that quickly lost significance in the aftermath of a scary scene that unfolded in front of a national television audience. The 24-year-old Hamlin was administered CPR on the field, ESPN reported during the broadcast. Teammates surrounded Hamlin, shielding him from public view. Many were weeping and praying while Hamlin was treated on the field by team and independent medical personnel and local paramedics. He was taken by ambulance to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Teammate Stefon Diggs later went to visit Hamlin at the hospital while fans of both teams gathered outside.


Fans give millions to Damar Hamlin’s toy drive for kids

Damar Hamlin’s goal was simple: He wanted to raise $2,500 online to buy toys for needy kids. It took about two years. Then came Monday, when the Buffalo Bills safety was critically injured and needed his heart restarted on the field in a chilling scene during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He instantly became one of the biggest stories in sports, and thousands of people found his GoFundMe page. The result was roughly $4.4 million donated in the first 17 hours after his injury. And the number is climbing.


Pelé buried at cemetery in Brazilian city he made famous

SANTOS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil said a final farewell to Pelé on Tuesday, burying the legend who unified the bitterly divided country. Pelé was placed in his final resting place as millions of fans around the world mourned. Newly inaugurated President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva paid his respects at Vila Belmiro, the stadium where Pelé played for most of his career. Pelé was buried in the city where he grew up, became famous, and helped make into a global capital of his sport. Mass was held at the Vila Belmiro stadium before the casket is ushered through the streets of Santos. A notable absentee was Jair Bolsonaro, whose term as president ended Dec. 31. A day before, he departed capital Brasilia on a flight to Florida. Bolsonaro is staying in a condominium complex outside Orlando.


Nets roll to 12 in a row as Vaughn builds winner in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacque Vaughn was thought to be just the temporary solution when he started coaching the Brooklyn Nets in November. The Nets were expected to hire Ime Udoka. But Vaughn hasn’t gone anywhere except almost to the top of the NBA. The Nets are on a 12-game winning streak that is the longest this season after a 1-5 start. Brooklyn is within a game of Boston for the best record in the NBA.


Analysis: The Suns are on the brink, and not in a good way

Only 18 months ago, the Phoenix Suns were on the brink. They held a 2-0 lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals. They were two wins away from the parade. Chris Paul was finally going to get his ring. Suns in Four was not just a stadium chant but a very real possibility. The Suns are on the brink again now. A very different brink. A team that lost 18 games in the entirety of the 2021-22 regular season lost its 18th game of this regular season on Monday, a 102-83 embarrassment at Madison Square Garden to the New York Knicks. It’s all going wrong in a hurry for the Suns.


Column: New year on the PGA Tour more mysterious than ever

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Every new year brings a mixture of mystery and optimism on the PGA Tour, and that’s never more true than now, says AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Among six topics to contemplate for 2023 is whether the Saudi-funded LIV Golf can sustain any momentum by signing top players and finding a broadcast partner. For Tiger Woods, the question is not so much when he will play but how much he can play. At the Masters, anticipation is sure to build on how the lengthened par-5 13th hole will play and whether Rory McIlroy can finally win a green jacket with the career Grand Slam at stake.



NCAA recommendations call for bigger championship events

The NCAA Division I transformation committee has released its final report. It is recommending more sport-by-sport governance in college sports, enhanced expectations for D-1 schools to create a more uniform experience for athletes across all schools and allowing 25% of teams in the most-sponsored sports to compete in championship events. That could mean a March Madness tournament with 90 teams instead of the current 68. The report will be presented to the Division I Board of Directors for consideration ahead of next week’s NCAA convention in San Antonio.


College football adds broader swath of international players

New Zealand sprinter Eddie Osei-Nketia is giving college football a try. He holds his country’s 100-meter record and has some rugby experience. Now he’s signed to play for Hawaii and is among a group of international recruits who will suit up on campuses across the United States. Schools are still looking to Europe: Alabama signed offensive lineman Olaus Alinen of Finland and Michigan plucked defensive end Aymeric Koumba directly from France. But the international base has broadened, too. There’s New Zealand’s Osei-Nketia and Senegal’s Mamadou Cissokho. Florida State, Virginia Tech, Oregon State and Colorado also signed international recruits this cycle.