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Family rep: Hamlin’s recovery moving in positive direction
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The marketing representative for Damar Hamlin says the Buffalo Bills safety’s recovery is moving in “a positive direction” two days after he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during a game against Cincinnati. Jordon Rooney says the family remains optimistic but that he was unable to go into further detail on Hamlin’s status. On Tuesday, the Bills said Hamlin was under sedation and listed in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The Bills are scheduled to hold team meetings and a walkthrough practice without any media availability on Wednesday.
NFL balances emotions, tight schedule after Hamlin shock
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.
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 $5.5 million donated in the first 24 hours after his injury. And the number is climbing.
3 NFL teams look for rare trip from 2-6 start to playoffs
Falling into a 2-6 hole near the midpoint of a season is usually a recipe to look to the future for NFL teams, with only two teams ever climbing out of that hole to reach the postseason. Headed into Week 18 of this season, three teams that lost six of their first eight games remain in the playoff hunt. Jacksonville can clinch the AFC South with a win over Tennessee or it could sneak in as a wild-card team with a loss and lots of help. Detroit and Pittsburgh have more complicated paths, needing wins and help from others to clinch their wild-card berths.
Can Ronaldo keep the eyes of the world on him in Saudi?
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest coach spoke of his surprise as he looked out at a room filled with reporters. “Normally after the game there is three or four journalists. Today, I don’t know why…” Al Nassr head coach Rudi Garcia said at a news conference to present the Saudi Arabian club’s superstar signing. Ronaldo’s arrival on a two-and-a-half-year contract reportedly earning him up to $200 million-a-year is expected to heap unprecedented attention on Al Nassr and the Saudi Pro League.
UFC President Dana White seen on video slapping his wife
LAS VEGAS (AP) — TMZ has released video of UFC Pesident Dana White slapping his wife, Anne. The two were on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, last month. White told the website he was “embarrassed” and concerned for how his three children are affected. The video shows the couple arguing before Anne White slaps her husband, who slaps back before others intervene. Anne White said in a statement to TMZ that her husband’s actions were “out of character” and that both had been drinking. A UFC spokesman declined to comment or issue a statement to The Associated Press.
Hudson interim US men’s soccer coach during Berhalter probe
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Hudson will coach the United States men’s soccer team on an interim basis ahead of the first two matches of the cycle leading to the 2026 World Cup. Coach Gregg Berhalter is being investigated by the U.S. Soccer Federation for a 1991 domestic violence incident involving the woman who became his wife. USSF sporting director Earnie Stewart says Hudson will lead the team ahead of exhibitions against Serbia on Jan. 25 and Colombia three days later. Hudson is an assistant coach on the men’s team and previously led the U.S. under-20 team.
US beats Britain to advance to United Cup mixed teams semis
SYDNEY (AP) — Frances Tiafoe beat Britain’s Daniel Evans 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to move the United States into the United Cup mixed teams tournament semifinals. Tiafoe’s victory gave the Americans an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five Sydney City Final. Poland and Greece also advanced by 3-2 scores with victories in deciding mixed doubles matches. World No. 1 Iga Swiatek helped Poland past Italy in Brisbane, while Greece defeated Croatia in Perth. Despite its loss, Italy also qualified for the semifinals Friday in Sydney as the next best-ranked team.
AP source: Panthers owner, Jim Harbaugh discuss coaching job
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — According to a person familiar with the situation, Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper has talked to University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh about the team’s head coaching position. The person characterized the talks as a conversation, not a job interview. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the team does not normally release details of its coaching search. The Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday after a 30-24 loss to Tampa Bay. Steve Wilks is currently serving Panthers interim head coach. Under Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers reached the NFC championship game three straight years from 2011 to 2013 and lost Super Bowl 47 to Baltimore.
NFL players, communities rally for Bills safety Damar Hamlin
The NFL and its fans are rallying in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who remains in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital after going into cardiac arrest on the field. Players and coaches from around the league were overcome with emotion while watching Hamlin be resuscitated back to life Monday night during Buffalo’s game at Cincinnati. Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn, told CNN that his nephew had to have his heart re-started twice — once on the field, and once at the hospital. Glenn says there were some encouraging signs Tuesday, including doctors reducing the amount of oxygen Hamlin was receiving.