Going home: Bills’ Hamlin released from Buffalo hospital ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from a hospital in Buffalo nine days after he went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated during a game at Cincinnati. Hamlin went home home after spending two days undergoing tests at Buffalo […]
Going home: Bills’ Hamlin released from Buffalo hospital
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from a hospital in Buffalo nine days after he went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated during a game at Cincinnati. Hamlin went home home after spending two days undergoing tests at Buffalo General Medical Center. He was transferred to Buffalo after spending last week at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where the 24-year-old experienced what doctors called “a remarkable recovery.” Neither doctors nor the Bills disclosed the results of the tests Hamlin had. Doctors said he will continue his rehabilitation with the Bills.
Harvick: ‘It’s just time,’ racer says of 2023 final season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick tells The Associated Press that 2023 will be his final season racing in NASCAR. He was thrust onto the global stage days after Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident in 2001 when Harvick was named Earnhardt’s replacement. Harvick is now entering his 23rd full season. He is tied for ninth on NASCAR’s all-time wins list and has won almost all of NASCAR’s crown jewel races. He plans to spend his time on the budding racing careers of his children. His 10-year-old son is go-karting on the international level.
Brown scores season-high 41 points, Celtics beat Pelicans
BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 41 points and had 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics won their fourth straight game, holding off the New Orleans Pelicans 125-114 on Wednesday night. Jayson Tatum added 31 points and 10 rebounds, Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points, and Al Horford had 14, making four 3-pointers. The Celtics have won their last five home games. CJ McCollum had 38 points for New Orleans, his fifth consecutive game with at least 25 points. Naji Marshall added 18 points and Trey Murphy III had 15 for New Orleans, The Pelicans have lost three of four.
Sabonis nearly has triple-double, Kings top skidding Rockets
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 25 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists as the Sacramento Kings beat the skidding Houston Rockets 135-115. De’Aaron Fox added 24 points and nine assists for Sacramento. Trey Lyles scored 15 of his 20 points off the bench in the fourth quarter. Keegan Murray and Harrison Barnes each finished with 16. Alperen Sengün became the youngest center in NBA history with a triple-double. The 20-year-old finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Houston. Jalen Green had 26 points for the Rockets, who have lost eight consecutive games and 13 of their last 14. Kenyon Martin Jr. scored 21 off the bench.
EXPLAINER: Carlos Correa’s free-agent saga ends with Twins
NEW YORK (AP) — In an era dominated by WAR and OPS, Carlos Correa’s free-agent destination was decided by MRIs. Turns out the Minnesota Twins had a leg up on keeping the All-Star shortstop because of their doctors’ comfort with his surgically repaired right leg. San Francisco balked at finalizing a $350 million, 13-year contract and the New York Mets hesitated to close a $315 million, 12-year deal, both after a scan of Correa’s tibia alarmed their physicians. Minnesota’s medical staff felt more comfortable with an ankle repaired in 2014. The Twins went ahead with a $200 million, six-year agreement.
Charles White, USC’s Heisman-winning tailback, dies at 64
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles White, the Southern California tailback who won the Heisman Trophy in 1979, died Wednesday. He was 64. USC announced the death of White, who is still the Trojans’ career rushing leader with 6,245 yards. The nine-year NFL veteran died of cancer, the school said. A two-time All-American, White won a national title in 1978 before claiming the Heisman in the following season, when he captained the Trojans and led the nation in yards rushing. White led the Trojans in rushing in each of his final three seasons. He played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams.
UConn starting to finally get healthy after rough stretch
NEW YORK (AP) — After a difficult stretch that saw UConn have to postpone a game because the fourth-ranked Huskies didn’t have enough healthy players, they are starting to get healthy. UConn welcomed back coach Geno Auriemma and guard Azzi Fudd on Wednesday night in an 82-52 win over St. John’s. Auriemma has been out sick and Fudd missed eight games with a knee injury. The Huskies have only had two players play in all 16 of their games this season.
Cowboys focus on reboot with defense in playoff trip to Bucs
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are focusing on a playoff reboot with a defense that wasn’t as dominant late in the season as it was early. Dallas visits Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a wild-card game Monday night. Safety Jayron Kearse is making a hard turn to 2023. He says the regular season doesn’t matter anymore. Defense carried the Cowboys to a 4-1 record in the five games quarterback Dak Prescott missed after breaking a thumb in a loss to the Bucs in the opener. That unit wasn’t nearly as dominant in the final four weeks before the playoffs.
Wild-card weekend features 6 rematches, 3 division games
Wild-card weekend is all about familiarity. All six games feature teams that already faced off this season, including three matchups between division rivals going head-to-head for the third time and two clubs playing each other in back-to-back weeks. Bust out the popcorn. It should be a wild weekend. The action kicks off Saturday with the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers are the hottest team in the NFL, entering the postseason on a 10-game winning streak that gave them the NFC’s No. 2 seed. The Seahawks walked off the field last week uncertain about their playoff berth and got in when the Detroit Lions upset Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
Ja Morant gifts gear to young fan who had signed ball stolen
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — After a young Memphis Grizzlies fan had her prized basketball stolen, Ja Morant jumped in to ease the anguish. Ellie Hughes, an 11-year-old Grizzlies fan, was trying to get Morant’s attention for an autograph at Monday’s game against San Antonio when two people swiped her special ball. Hughes, of Forrest City, Arkansas, had collected players’ signatures on the ball for the past six years. Hearing of her plight through social media, Morant reached out to her family, invited her to Wednesday night’s rematch against the Spurs and then gave her his game-worn jersey and Ja 1 Nike shoes, which haven’t been released to the public yet.