NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF RESULTS:
Saturday, January 11th
New England Patriots 43, Indianapolis Colts 22 (AFC)
Seattle Seahawks 23, New Orleans Saints 15 (NFC)
Sunday, January 12th
Denver Broncos 24, San Diego Chargers 17 (AFC)
San Francisco 49ers 23, Carolina Panthers 10 (NFC) (SF’s Andy Lee, of Westminster, had two punts for an average of 47.5 yards)
In the conference finals this Sunday the Patriots will play the Broncos in Denver for the AFC championship, and the 49ers will play the Seahawks in Seattle for the NFC title.
Georgia football coach Mark Richt on Sunday announced the departure of the Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Grantham is leaving Athens after four seasons to join Bobby Petrino’s staff at Louisville. It’s the second loss in the last few days for Georgia. The Dawgs previously loss defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos for personal reasons.
In the NBA Sunday, point guard Mike Conley finished with 21 points and 13 assists and Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies toa 108-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Anthony Bosch, the founder of the now-closed Biogenesis anti-aging clinic and Major League Baseball’s key witness in its doping case against Alex Rodriguez, detailed in an interview for CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday night, an elaborate doping program he said he designed and administered for the New York Yankees’ star third baseman, beginning in 2010. Bosch said that A-Rod, who was motivated by his pursuit of 800 career home runs, paid him $12,000 a month to provide him with banned drugs that included testosterone and human growth hormone in a program that enabled him to pass drug tests 12 times, and then he sometimes injected Rodriguez personally with the drugs. The interview came one day after MLB’s suspension of the three-time American League MVP was reduced by an arbitrator from 211 games to 162 — all of next season, plus any playoff games. Rodriguez plans to file a suit in federal court Monday to overturn the ruling.
Venus Williams was eliminated on the first day of the Australian Open on Monday, falling to 22nd-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Williams — who, at 33, is the second-oldest player in the tournament — has struggled with injuries and illness in recent seasons, but said after arriving for the Australian Open that she was feeling better than she had in years. Williams is ranked 37th in the world, but wasn’t seeded for the tournament.