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QB Battle for Age takes center stage in the Super Bowl LV
Two years ago, Tom Brady went to Patrick Mahomes after the AFC Championship Game to comfort and encourage the youngster. Mahomes hasn’t lost a playoff game since that conversation, and he will look to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to their second straight title when they face Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Compete in the course.
Top 25 Summary: No. 3 Villanova, No. 5 Houston Fall
Posh Alexander scored 16 points, Julian Champagnie added 14 points and 13 rebounds and St. John’s angry No. 3 Villanova 70-59 in New York on Wednesday. Vince Cole had 12 points for the Red Storm (12-7, 6-6 Big East), who won their fifth game in a row while working to get back into NCAA tournament competition.
Australian Open goes ahead despite COVID-19 case – organizers
The Australian Open begins as planned on Monday, despite a staff member at one of the Melbourne hotels where players have been quarantined and whose entourage tested positive for COVID-19, tournament director Craig Tiley said Thursday. Thursday’s warm-up games at Melbourne Park were canceled after the case was announced late Wednesday, and those quarantined at the Grand Hyatt hotel were instructed to undergo testing and isolation until they had a result .
The head of the Tokyo Olympics withdraws sexist comments and refuses to step down
Tokyo Olympics boss Yoshiro Mori apologized Thursday for sexist comments about women who talked too much but said he will not resign despite his comments sparking a firestorm of criticism on social media and public opinion about the games. 83-year-old Mori apologized at a hastily convened press conference, but when he pushed to see if he really thought women were talking too much, he said, “I haven’t been listening to women that much lately so I don’t know . “
NFL: League in “active discussions” with the players’ association about COVID vaccinations
Allen Sills, chief medical director of the NFL, said the league is in “active discussions” with the players’ association about whether to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for players and staff and what role it would play in coordinating vaccinations. Of the more than 950,000 COVID-19 tests performed, 262 cases of COVID-19 were found among the players and 463 among the staff between August 1 and the end of January. This led to several delays in the schedule but not to complete cancellations during the season.
Golf: McIlroy suggests proposed rule changes to reduce striking distance
Rory McIlroy criticized golf lawmakers for considering changes to equipment that would tame the power of the game’s great players, saying the campaign was “a tremendous waste of time and money”. The Royal and Ancient (R&A), in collaboration with the United States Golf Association (USGA), proposed reducing the length of the driver shaft from the current 48 inches to 46 inches. NBA recap: Paul George knocks down 32 in Clippers win
Paul George shot 8-9 from 3-point range and scored 36 points to lead the visiting Los Angeles Clippers to a 121-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points, Lou Williams had 15 and Serge Ibaka added 14 points for Los Angeles, which ended 2-2 on its road trip. Ivica Zubac had 10 points and 16 rebounds in a spare role for the Clippers. The Minnesota wild season is being disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak
The COVID-19 pandemic dragged another NHL team off the ice when the league announced on Wednesday that the Minnesota Wild had suspended operations and postponed games for at least Tuesday. The Wild reported that five more players within the organization have been added to the COVID protocol’s absentee list: Nick Bjugstad, Nick Bonino, Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Johansson and Captain Jared Spurgeon joined Marcus Foligno, who made the list earlier this week had been set. Looking at history, Nadal is trying to scratch 12-year-old itch in Melbourne
After Rafael Nadal had drawn level with Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams last year, he was able to use the Swiss absence at the Australian Open again to become the most successful player in men’s tennis. Federer has not increased his Grand Slam success since his triumph at Melbourne Park in 2018. The main obstacles are the brilliance of Nadal and Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the world, as well as a knee injury that has left him on the sidelines for over a year. Anti-China activists in Japan call for boycott of Beijing 2022 Games
A group of anti-China activists campaigning for human rights and support for ethnic Uyghurs in Tibet called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday and said the games would encourage China’s government in its raids. The Beijing Games are slated to open in exactly one year, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is under pressure from critics of China’s human rights record.
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