The Rams are moving on and a new team reclaims the top spot in college basketball. Tennis action heats up down under, and we’re cooking up another NFL pick ‘em tiebreaker for the Divisional Round. All that and more in today’s edition.
NFL PLAYOFF PICK ‘EM
Super Wild Card Pick ‘Em ️
A whopping 44 Sportsletter readers correctly picked all six Super Wild Card matchups over the weekend. We’ll give a shoutout to all 44 superstars in tomorrow’s edition, but we’ll be going to the Divisional Round to find a tiebreaker. Thanks to the hundreds who played along. Stay tuned for more details.
Rams Round Out Divisional Round
Rams Rock Cardinals (34-11) to Advance Through Super Wild Card Weekend
The Los Angeles Rams are through to the Divisional Round after Monday night’s blowout over the Cardinals (34-11). Arizona had minus-3 yards of offense in the first quarter before a 21-0 halftime deficit. Rams QB Matthew Stafford got his first career playoff win with little effort as the Rams didn’t need to throw much of the game. His two touchdown passes went to Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. Meanwhile, Kyler Murray and the Cards were a first-half catastrophe that had little life after the early collapse. Los Angeles travels to face Tom Brady and the Bucs next weekend.
M. Stafford (LAR): 13/17, 202 yards, 3 Total TDs
K. Murray (ARI): 19/34, 137 yards, 2 INTs
Watch: Rams def. Cardinals (34-11)
NFL Divisional Weekend Schedule
AFC: Bengals at Titans (Sat. 4:30 pm ET)
NFC: 49ers at Packers (Sat. 8:15 pm ET)
NFC: Rams at Buccaneers (Sun. 3:00 pm ET)
AFC: Bills at Chiefs (Sun. 6:30 pm ET)
Gonzaga Back on Top
Men’s Top-10 Gets Complete Shake-Up; Women’s Top-6 Remains Unchanged
The Baylor Bears went down not once, but twice in the last week to mark another change atop the men’s AP Poll. It’s Gonzaga — the preseason No. 1 — who is back on top. The Zags narrowly edged Auburn for the top spot, meaning the Tigers could steal the top ranking with a stronger conference lineup. Meanwhile in the women’s game, the top six teams stayed pat while nine of the top-10 remain the same.
Men’s AP Top-10
1. Gonzaga (14-2) | ↑1
2. Auburn (16-1) | ↑2
3. Arizona (14-1) | ↑3
4. Purdue (14-2) | ↑3
5. Baylor (15-2) | ↓4
6. Duke (14-2) | ↑2
7. Kansas (14-2) | ↑2
8. Wisconsin (14-2) | ↑5
9. UCLA (11-2) | ↓6
10. Houston (15-2) | ↑1
Women’s AP Top-10
South Carolina (17-1) | —
2. Stanford (13-3) | —
3. Louisville (15-1) | —
4. N.C. State (16-2) | —
5. Tennessee (17-1) | —
6. Indiana (14-2) | —
7. Iowa State (16-1) | ↑2
8. Michigan (15-2) | ↑3
9. Connecticut (9-3) | ↑1
10. Arizona (12-2) | ↓3
AUS Open: Early Exits
#18 Coco Gauff & #11 Sofia Kenin Suffer 1st-Round Losses at Australian Open
Day 2 at the Australian Open came to a close this morning in Melbourne, and most of the top players cruised into the second round. Two marquee names in the women’s draw suffered early exits, including #18 Coco Gauff and #11 Sofia Kenin. Remember: Novak Djokovic is out, which means #2 Daniil Medvedev holds the keys to the men’s draw. He’s in action overnight. Plenty more to come in the days ahead. We’re just getting started down under.
Women’s Singles Highlights
Men’s Singles Highlights
In Action Overnight: #2 D. Medvedev, #4 S. Tsitsipas, #2 A. Sabalenka
Yahoo! Sports: Naomi Osaka & Rafael Nadal Speed Into 2nd Round
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On a busy night in the NBA, Devin Booker was the high man with a 48-point outing the Suns’ win over the Spurs (121-107). Booker was a scorching 18-for-33 to come within reach of a 50-burger. He also added six assists, five boards and three steals. Phoenix (34-9) has now won eight of their last nine.
Take a bow, Timo Meier. The San Jose Sharks rolled the L.A. Kings on Monday night (6-2) thanks to Meier’s historic five-goal night. The Sharks’ winger became the first player in franchise history to light the lamp five times. Tomas Hertl added four assists.
A Big Ten clash between #4 Purdue and #17 Illinois headlined the afternoon of MLK Day with the Boilermakers and Illini going into double overtime before Purdue pulled away (96-88, 2OT). Purdue’s Sasha Stefanovic (22 points) led the way with five 3s.
In what is threatening to become a tradition, multiple No. 1 seeds from the last bracket lost on Saturday. This time, it was Baylor and LSU. Now, Auburn and Gonzaga have moved to the front in the latest 1-line turnover. (CBS Sports)
China will not permit ticket sales to any individuals at the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games, a move Olympic officials say is designed to prevent COVID-19 spread within the country. (Yahoo! Sports)
We came in hopes of being reminded of the glorious rivalry these teams created in the ‘80s and ’90s. Instead, Cowboys fans had to endure the usual sideshow at Jerry World. So what happens next? (FOX Sports)