Mills decided to shake things up by making the girls’ matchup with Aragon — not the traditional boys’ game — the fourth and final game at its …
A historic tie. That’s what Crystal Springs Uplands boys’ soccer head coach Roberto Miranda called his Gryphons’ 1-1 final Friday afternoon at…
Cedi Osman tied his career high with 29 points, Darius Garland had 16 points and 10 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers built a 40-point lead on their way to a 122-99 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers. All-Star starter Donovan Mitchell had 11 points in his return for Cleveland after missing three games with a strained groin. Osman made all seven of his 3-point shots. The Cavaliers took their largest lead of the season at 82-42 on Jarrett Allen’s first 3-pointer since Nov. 5, 2021. The Clippers opted not to dress forward Kawhi Leonard and guards Paul George and Reggie Jackson, all of whom played Saturday in a victory in Atlanta.
Jalen Hurts had one of Philadelphia’s four rushing touchdowns and the Eagles soared into the Super Bowl, forcing both of San Francisco’s quarterbacks out of the game with injuries and beating the wounded 49ers 31-7 in the NFC championship game. The Eagles won the Super Bowl five years ago with a different coach and quarterback. They'll try to do it again behind the formidable duo of Hurts and Nick Sirianni. Philadelphia will play either the Cincinnati Bengals or former Eagles coach Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs. Miles Sanders ran for two touchdowns and linebacker Haason Reddick made the hit that forced 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy out of the game with an elbow injury.
Brock Purdy’s magical run from last pick in the NFL draft to winning his first seven starts for the San Francisco 49ers ended when Haason Reddick knocked him out of the NFC championship game in the first quarter. Purdy was forced to return in the second half despite an elbow injury after Josh Johnson left with a concussion. But he threw only two passes and handed off the rest of the game. By that time, the 49ers already trailed the Eagles 21-7 and couldn’t get anything going. From Trey Lance to Jimmy Garoppolo to Purdy, the 49ers overcame quarterback injuries throughout the season, winning 12 straight games to reach their third conference title game in four years.
Cameron Brink had a remarkable first career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocked shots to lead No. 3 Stanford to a 62-54 win over Oregon for its 21st straight Pac-12 home win. The 6-foot-4 junior notched the first triple-double in Stanford’s storied program history featuring blocked shots. Brink swatted seven of those shots in the first half and got her last one when she altered a jumper by Chance Gray with 3:16 to go. It’s the first triple-double in NCAA Division-I major women’s basketball featuring double-digit blocks since Tamari Key for Tennessee in an overtime win against Texas on Nov. 21, 2021.
Eagles romp past 49ers 31-7 for NFC title, will face either Kansas City or Cincinnati in Super Bowl.
A look at LeBron James’ pursuit of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA’s scoring record. Abdul-Jabbar has held the record since April 5, 1984. At his current rate of 30.2 points per game, with 117 points needed to pass Abdul-Jabbar, it would take James four more games to become the NBA’s scoring leader. The Lakers say James will not play Monday at Brooklyn. For now, that makes the potential record-breaking game Feb. 7 when the Lakers play host to Oklahoma City.
The National Basketball Referees Association said Sunday that LeBron James was fouled on the last play of regulation in the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Boston Celtics. The NBA office also confirmed for the second time that a foul should have been called. James was clearly fouled by Boston's Jayson Tatum with about 1 second left in regulation of a tied game. No foul was called and the Celtics won in overtime.
Alissa Pili drove to the rim for a go-ahead layup with 0.8 seconds left to give No. 9 Utah a 71-69 win over No. 8 UCLA. Pili scored 23 points and had nine rebounds to lead Utah, which rallied twice closed the game on a 7-0 run. Issy Palmer tallied 14 points and five assists for the Utes, and Dasia Young chipped in 11 points. Emily Bessoir scored 17 points and had six rebounds to lead UCLA. Kiki Rice added 11 points, and Londyn Jones and Gabriella Jaquez chipped in 10 points apiece.
Destiny Littleton scored 21 points, Rayah Marshall and Kadi Sissoko had double-doubles, and Southern California defeated No. 25 Colorado 71-54. Marshall had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Sissoko added 18 and 12, and Littleton made 6 of 13 3-pointers, four of them in a key third-quarter surge that put the Trojans in command. In the third quarter, the Trojans matched their first-half output, scoring 26 points to take a 52-41 lead into the fourth quarter. Littleton scored 12 points in the quarter on 4-of-7 3-point shooting. USC added the first six points of the fourth quarter to take command. Quay Miller had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Colorado and Aaronette Vonleh scored 16 with five rebounds.
Brian Boitano is an Olympic gold medalist, a two-time world champion and the winner of four national titles. He also has a flair for food and bringing people together. Among his long list of lofty achievements, Boitano makes a mean cocktail, too. He credits the same attention to detail that made him an elite skater with helping him thrive in his culinary ventures. Boitano’s Lounge opened in 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Hall of Fame skater brought the experience to the SAP Center for a special activation during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy was forced to return to the NFC championship game on Sunday with an injured right elbow after backup QB Josh Johnson was also hurt in the third quarter. Purdy was drilled in the arm in the first quarter by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick on a play that was ruled a fumble. The Eagles recovered and Purdy was examined on the sideline. Purdy was replaced by Johnson, a journeyman QB who signed with the 49ers in December.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder last week, but is expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program. The team announced on Sunday that Herbert had surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder on Jan. 25. The Chargers’ offseason program will begin in mid-April. Herbert showed up on the Chargers’ injury report with a left shoulder injury leading up to the Jan. 8 regular-season finale against the Denver Broncos, but was a full participant throughout the week.
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell was inactive for Sunday’s NFC championship game because of a groin injury. The 49ers promoted veteran running back Tevin Coleman from the practice squad to the active roster.
After seven Pegasus World Cup events, it’s evidently time for change. 1/ST (pronounced: first) Racing has hosted the entirety of the Pegasus series to this point at Gulfstream Park. But there are plans for two Pegasus days in 2024. One would be at Gulfstream and the other at Santa Anita. Plans are still in the works, but 1/ST is planning for both dirt and turf Pegasus races as part of the Santa Anita program. Gulfstream played host to the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on the dirt Saturday, along with the $1 million Pegasus Turf and the $500,000 Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf.
Olympic freestyle skiing champion Eileen Gu crashed during practice for the Winter X Games and said she suffered a bad ligament strain in her knee that forced her to miss the contest. Gu posted on social media that she “had a heavy crash” during practice Friday and that results of an MRI showed “a bad MCL sprain, ACL strain and bone bruise.” Gu who won twice in Canada last week and has not lost a halfpipe contest since early 2021. She watched Saturday night's halfpipe action from the crowd. Zoe Atkin of Britain took the gold. Gu had also been expected to compete in slopestyle but will sit that one out, as well.
Trevor Zegras scored at 3:34 of overtime and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Saturday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season. John Klingberg stole the puck from Matias Maccelli in the offensive zone and found Zegras in the slot for a wrist shot for his 18th goal. Max Jones also scored, and John Gibson made 32 saves. The Ducks have won four of their past five games. Nick Ritchie scored and Connor Ingram made 43 saves for the Coyotes.
Jaylen Brown scored 37 points, completing a tying 3-point play with 4.1 seconds left in regulation and adding 11 more in overtime as the NBA-leading Boston Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the archrival Los Angeles Lakers 125-121. Brown added nine rebounds, and Jayson Tatum had 30 points and 11 rebounds. LeBron James had 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and Anthony Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers. Patrick Beverley scored 15 points, twice giving the Lakers the lead in the final minute of the fourth, but he also missed a foul shot that might have clinched it and was called for a technical foul on the contentious last play of regulation.
Led by Kamaka Hepa's 17 points, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors defeated the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners 72-69. The Rainbow Warriors are now 16-6 on the season, while the Roadrunners moved to 6-15.
Donovan Mitchell leads Cleveland into a matchup with Los Angeles averaging 28.3 points per game. The teams meet Sunday for the second time this season. Cleveland is 20-5 at home, and Los Angeles is 14-13 on the road.
Minnesota will try to keep its four-game home win streak intact when the Timberwolves take on Sacramento. Monday's game is the second meeting this season between the two teams. The Timberwolves won the previous matchup 117-110. Minnesota is 18-16 against the Western Conference, and Sacramento is 15-10 against conference opponents.
Los Angeles visits the Brooklyn Nets after LeBron James scored 41 points in the Lakers' 125-121 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics. Monday's meeting will be the second of the season between the two teams. Brooklyn is 14-8 at home, and Los Angeles is 10-15 on the road.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads Oklahoma City into a matchup against Golden State averaging 30.9 points per game. The teams play Monday for the first time this season. Oklahoma City is 11-13 against the Western Conference, and Golden State is 14-9 against conference opponents.
Led by Cameron Shelton's 26 points, the Loyola Marymount Lions defeated the Pepperdine Waves 84-70. The Lions are now 16-7 on the season, while the Waves fell to 7-16.
Logan Johnson had 14 points and freshman Aidan Mahaney scored all 10 of his points, including a fade-away jumper just before the buzzer, in the second half and No. 22 Saint Mary’s (Cal) escaped Saturday night with a 57-56 win over short-handed BYU. Mitchell Saxen had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Saint Mary’s. Alex Ducas scored 12 points and Augustas Marciulionis added 10. The Gaels have won 10 in a row and 13 of their last 14. Dallin Hall scored a career-high 23 points for BYU. Fousseyni Traore added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Maxime Raynaud scored 15 points, Harrison Ingram had 14 and Stanford rolled to a 75-46 victory over California for its fourth straight win. Isa Silva’s 3-pointer just before halftime gave the Cardinal a 31-20 halftime lead. Stanford pulled away early in the second half with 19-7 run, capped by Michael Jones’ 3-pointer, and led 55-31 with 11:09 remaining. Ingram also had one of his two dunks during the stretch. The Cardinal’s largest lead was 37 points with 2:42 to play. Sam Alajiki scored 13 points to lead Cal (3-18, 2-18 Pac-12).
Khalil Shabazz scored 26 points as San Francisco beat San Diego 94-81. Shabazz added five rebounds for the Dons (15-9, 4-5 West Coast Conference). Tyrell Roberts and Zane Meeks both scored 15. Marcellus Earlington led the Toreros (10-13, 3-6) with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jase Townsend added 21 points.
The Montana State Bobcats defeated the Sacramento State Hornets 72-65 led by Raequan Battle's 32 points. The Bobcats are now 15-8 with the victory and the Hornets dropped to 12-10.
Anthony Edwards had 16 of his 34 points in the pivotal third quarter, D’Angelo Russell scored 25 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 117-110 win against the Sacramento Kings. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota which has won five of six and took the first of two straight meetings between the teams at Target Center. Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, which has lost three of four after a six-game winning streak earlier in January. De’Aaron Fox had 21 of his 29 points in the fourth.
Led by Max Jones' 16 points, the CSU Fullerton Titans defeated the Cal Poly Mustangs 65-36. The Titans are now 12-11 on the season, while the Mustangs fell to 7-15.
Keshad Johnson scored 16 points and San Diego State beat San Jose State 72-51. Johnson added eight rebounds for the Aztecs (17-4, 8-1 Mountain West Conference). Matt Bradley had 14 points and Jaedon LeDee scored nine. Robert Vaihola finished with 12 points to lead the Spartans (13-9, 4-5).
Devin Tillis had 18 points to propel UC Irvine to an 81-56 victory over Cal State Northridge. Tillis shot 7 for 8, including 4 for 4 from beyond the arc, for the Anteaters (14-7, 7-2 Big West Conference). Dawson Baker added 12 points and Andre Henry scored 11. The Matadors (4-18, 1-10) were led by Atin Wright with 19 points.
A look at LeBron James’ pursuit of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA’s scoring record. Abdul-Jabbar has held the record since April 5, 1984. At his current rate of 30.2 points per game, with 117 points needed to pass Abdul-Jabbar, it would take James four more games to become the NBA’s scoring leader. Assuming he does not miss any games, that makes the potential record-breaking game Feb. 4 at New Orleans.
Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier captured another national pairs gold at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday night with a spectacular free skate that scored them an overall season-best 227.97. The reigning world champions were forced to withdraw the night before last year’s nationals when Frazier contracted COVID-19, denying them a chance to defend their 2021 title from their first season together. They skated second-to-last and ahead of eventual silver medalists Emily Chan and Spencer Howe, who were more than 30 points back.
Sean Johnson kept his sixth career clean sheet, and four more U.S. players made their senior international debuts as the men’s senior team wrapped up its annual January training camp with a scoreless draw with Colombia. Interim head coach Anthony Hudson’s young U.S. squad couldn’t find the net during its second friendly of the week in Southern California. Hudson still got another 90 minutes of experience for a roster with only five players from last year’s World Cup team. Paxten Aaronson and John Tolkin made their U.S. debuts as starters, while Emmanuel Sabbi and Sam Rogers debuted as second-half substitutes.
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 with a 120-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Trae Young had 12 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Hawks, who whittled a 14-point deficit down to four on De’Andre Hunter’s left corner 3 with 2:09 remaining but couldn’t get any closer after George buried a baseline jumper and Nicolas Batum hit a right corner 3 with 49.3 seconds to go. George knocked down two free throws at the 17.6-second mark to put the game out of reach.
Logan Couture had two goals and three assists as the San Jose Sharks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 to snap a four-game skid. Alexander Barabanov had a goal and two assists, Erik Karlsson added a goal and an assist, and Michael Eyssimont and Noah Gregor also scored for the Sharks, who are 4-5-4 in their last 13 games. Marc-Edouard Vlasic had two assists and Kaapo Kahkonen made 37 saves. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Evgeni Malkin had two goals and an assist, and Ryan Poehling added a short-handed goal for Pittsburgh, which snapped a six-game point streak (3-0-3). Casey DeSmith stopped 26 shots.
Brayden Point had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 for a franchise-record 12th consecutive home win. Victor Hedman, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Corey Perry and Ross Colton also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won three in a row overall. Nick Perbix had three assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves. Los Angeles had won three in a row. Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Phillip Danault scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.
Will Johnston scored 13 points to help UT Rio Grande Valley defeat California Baptist 64-58. Johnston was 3 of 6 shooting and 5 of 6 from the free throw line for the Vaqueros (11-11, 2-7 Western Athletic Conference). Justin Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds. Daylen Williams scored nine. Taran Armstrong led the Lancers (13-9, 5-4) with 19 points and five assists.
Southern California native Max Homa came from five shots off the lead to win the Farmers Insurance Open by two strokes over Keegan Bradley on Saturday at Torrey Pines, where Jon Rahm imploded early and missed a shot at winning his third straight start and moving to No. 1 in the world. Homa reeled in Sam Ryder, who was trying for a wire-to-wire win, and then held off Bradley and Collin Morikawa for his sixth PGA Tour win and fourth in his home state. Homa closed with a 6-under 66 to finish at 13-under 275. He made a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 18 and pumped his right fist before greeting wife Lacey and infant son Cam just off the green.
Daniel Akin scored 23 points off of the bench to help lead the Utah State Aggies past the Fresno State Bulldogs 70-53. The Aggies improved to 17-5 with the win and the Bulldogs fell to 7-13.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates have defended their ice dancing title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, scoring 137.85 in the free dance for a top score of 229.75. Caroline Green and Michael Parsons earned the silver medal with a free dance score of 126.06. Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko scored 121.08 and moved up from fourth to take the bronze. And, Emilea Zingas and Vadym Kolesnik continued a strong debut season as partners, finishing fourth.
Arabian Knight won the $750,000 Southwest Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Oaklawn. It was Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's record sixth victory in the race. Arabian Knight was ineligible to earn Kentucky Derby qualifying points awarded to the winner because Baffert has been suspended for two years by Churchill Downs Inc. The suspension ends shortly after this year's Derby on May 6. Arabian Knight ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:43.50 on a sloppy track in Arkansas. At Gulfstream in Florida, the Baffert-trained Defunded finished second in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup.
Led by Keylan Boone's 27 points, the Pacific Tigers defeated the Santa Clara Broncos 95-89 on Saturday. The Tigers are now 11-12 on the season, while the Broncos dropped to 16-7.
Brynn Maxwell, the nation’s leading 3-point shooter, made six straight behind the arc and scored a season-high 26 points to lead No. 17 Gonzaga to a 67-49 win over Pepperdine, the Bulldogs’ 13th straight victory. Maxwell, who has made a 3 in every game this season after transferring from Utah, had just five points in the first half when Gonzaga trailed 28-26. She hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 8-0 run early in the third quarter to give Gonzaga a 34-30 lead and hit two more in the last minute to push the margin to 50-38 entering the fourth quarter. She hit her final 3 for Gonzaga’s first basket of the fourth quarter that made it 53-40. Ally Stedman Stedman scored 17 points to lead the Waves.
Led by Marcus Tsohonis' 21 points, the Long Beach State Beach defeated the UC Davis Aggies 75-72 on Saturday. The Beach are now 12-10 on the season, while the Aggies fell to 13-9.
Zyon Pullin scored 23 points to lead UC Riverside past UC San Diego 72-65. Pullin had five rebounds for the Highlanders (15-7, 8-2 Big West Conference). Lachlan Olbrich added 14 points and six boards. Flynn Cameron totaled 12 points and seven rebounds. Francis Nwaokorie led the Tritons (8-14, 3-7) with 16 points and four assists.
The National Women’s Soccer League is close to expanding by three teams in Boston, Utah and the San Francisco area. That's according to a Friday report in the Wall Street Journal. The women’s pro league previously indicated it would expand by at least two teams by 2024. The WSJ says that the franchises in northern California and Utah are set to start play next year, with Boston to join at a later date. The NWSL says it will share news about any expansion teams when there is something to note.
DeMeco Ryans might be in San Francisco, but he still has some influence in Philadelphia. He finished his player career there and four teammates who are still with the Eagles say they learned a lot from him. Ryans has helped put together the NFL's stingiest defense with the 49ers. The two teams play Sunday for the NFC title and a Super Bowl berth. Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham says Ryans had a knack for knowing what play was coming next from the opposing offense and was able to communicate that to his teammates.
If Vegas oddsmakers are correct — and there’s a reason those casinos are huge and luxurious — then football fans are in for a treat this weekend. The NFL’s conference championship weekend is here: The Philadelphia Eagles will host the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC title while the Kansas City Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC. Both games are Sunday. The gambling odds are tight for both games, though both home teams have a slight edge. The Eagles are a 2 1/2-point favorite while the Chiefs are favored by 1 1/2 points, according to odds from FanDuel Sportsbook. The winners will meet in the Super Bowl on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona.
Quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy have been here before. Just not in the NFL. The two met in November 2019, when Hurts was the QB for Oklahoma and Purdy was the QB for Iowa State. In that game, Hurts passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more scores for Oklahoma. Purdy passed for five touchdowns for Iowa State. could be primed for a shootout in the NFC championship game. Hurts is now an NFL MVP finalist for the Philadelphia Eagles and Purdy is the rookie sensation for the San Francisco 49ers.