MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - As Serena Williams made her way out to the Australian Open's main court during pre-match introductions, the voice booming over the stadium's speakers implored spectators to welcome "the world's No. 1 player - from Romania, Simona Halep." Oops.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The dominant storyline all week had been how the AFC championship game represented a passing of the torch, from Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes and the New England Patriots to the Kansas City Chiefs. Must have lit a fire under the Pats.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A late steal nearly cost Aislinn Konig and North Carolina State their spot as the only unbeaten team - women's or men's - in Division I. Konig scored 20 points, including a go-ahead 3 in overtime that helped the eighth-ranked Wolfpack beat Virginia Tech 70-61 on Sunday. "With the fact that we're on this pedestal right now, everybody is going to be gunning for us," Konig said. "We have to play our best game, every game."
With Tottenham's attacking options getting increasingly thin amid a striker crisis, Mauricio Pochettino is going to need goals from unlikely sources to keep alive his team's hopes of silverware this season. Harry Winks was the player to step up on Sunday.
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) - What was evident all weekend for Lindsey Vonn became clear to everyone else on Sunday. The American skier's surgically repaired knees simply don't let her apply the power she requires to win races anymore. The pain is too severe; the psychological impact too much to bear; her pride too great. No wonder that Vonn is considering moving up her retirement.
NEW YORK (AP) - Henry Cejudo needed only a record 32 seconds to defend his 125-pound title in New York. Cejudo's next defense was a passionate one for the flyweights - and the hope that the pounding he put on T.J. Dillashaw early Sunday was enough to keep a sparkling new UFC title belt around his waist for more than one fight. Cejudo turned champ vs. champ into a super quick mismatch.
John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion recently suspended from figure skating, died by suicide in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 33. U.S. Figure Skating released a statement Saturday and cited his sister, Angela Laune. The sister said in a Facebook post that her "wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life. ... I have no words." There were no further details from her.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Shane Lowry made birdie on the last hole to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Abu Dhabi Championship. If only it were that simple. His three-shot lead to start the final round Saturday was gone in three holes. When he walked off the 11th green with his fourth bogey of the round, Lowry found himself trailing Richard Sterne by four shots with seven holes to play.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean - with an Irish surname - who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL. The ties between the Saints' Sean Payton and the Rams' Sean McVay go well beyond a shared name.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - It was all a bit overwhelming for the latest opponent who could do nothing to slow Serena Williams at the Australian Open. So Dayana Yastremska, an 18-year-old from Ukraine, found herself wiping away tears as she walked to the net.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - A lawyer for Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov says Switzerland's federal court has dismissed the IOC's appeal against Russian athletes being cleared of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Lawyer Christof Wieschemann says in a statement "Alexander Legkov can rightly claim: 'My medals are clean!' Congratulations." The IOC had stripped Legkov of his gold medal in 50-kilometer freestyle and silver in the 4x10-kilometer relay.