KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes scrambled for a first down on his badly sprained right ankle, then was shoved late out of bounds by Joseph Ossai, giving Harrison Butker a chance to kick a 45-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining and give the Kansas City Chiefs a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC title game Sunday night. The Chiefs finally beat the Bengals after three straight losses, including a three-point overtime defeat in last year's title game, and will play the Philadelphia Eagles — coach Andy Reid's old team — in their third Super Bowl in four years.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts can conduct a singalong about as well as he can orchestrate the kind of punishing scoring drives that sent the Eagles into the Super Bowl. At the end of one more triumph, Hurts stood on the stage on the field — as his Eagles teammates passed around the NFC championship trophy — and clutched a microphone in front of what was suddenly Philadelphia's largest karaoke joint. His rendition of the team fight song was a tad off-key.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic climbed into the Rod Laver Arena stands to celebrate his 10th Australian Open championship and record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title Sunday and, after jumping and pumping his fists with his team, he collapsed onto his back, crying. When he returned to the playing surface, Djokovic sat on his sideline bench, buried his face in a white towel and sobbed some more.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons found their new defensive coordinator from an NFC South rival’s coaching staff on Friday by hiring Ryan Nielsen, the former New Orleans Saints co-defensive coordinator. Nielsen replaces Dean Pees, 73, who retired on Jan. 9 following two seasons in charge of the defense on coach Arthur Smith’s staff.
ATLANTA (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers, Paul George added 23 points and the Los Angeles Clippers won their fifth straight game, a 120-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. “We limited them to 25% from 3 tonight, under 50% from the field, I think that’s big-time for us right now on defense," Leonard said. “That was one of the things that got us in a slump. We shot the ball well tonight."
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jalyn McCreary's 26 points off of the bench helped lead Mercer to a 74-65 victory over Citadel on Saturday. McCreary had 12 rebounds for the Bears (11-12, 4-6 Southern Conference). Jah Quinones scored 13 points and Luis Hurtado had 10 points.
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Filipowski scored 18 points, Jeremy Roach scored 12 and Duke gutted Georgia Tech, beating the Yellow Jackets 86-43 on Saturday. Mark Mitchell scored 11 points for Duke and reserves Jacob Grandison and Ryan Young each scored 10.
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Terrell Burden scored 18 points to lead Kennesaw State to its seventh straight victory, 85-72 over Lipscomb on Saturday. Burden shot 5 for 14 from the floor and 8 of 10 from the free-throw line for the Owls (17-6, 9-1 Atlantic Sun Conference). Kasen Jennings and Chris Youngblood both scored 15.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Kario Oquendo scored all eight of Georgia's overtime points and the Bulldogs beat South Carolina 81-78 on Saturday, snapping a 12-game losing streak to the Gamecocks. Jacobi Wright hit a 3-pointer to give the Gamecocks (8-13, 1-7 SEC) a two-point lead in overtime before Oquendo answered with a transition layup and four free throws for a four-point lead, Georgia's largest, with 2:25 remaining.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Andrew Taylor's 20 points helped Marshall defeat Georgia State 103-65 on Saturday night. Taylor added seven assists and three steals for the Thundering Herd (18-5, 7-3 Sun Belt Conference). Taevion Kinsey added 18 points, 10 assists and five steals. Obinna Anochili-Killen also had 18 points.