MIAMI (AP) — The NFL's centennial season concluded with a championship a half-century in the making. Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have ended that 50-year drought and own their second NFL championship, the focus will turn mostly elsewhere in what could be a very busy offseason. AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner says the NFL really never goes away. So even as their fans will chant and do the Tomahawk Chop when the Chiefs have their celebratory parade, questions will arise on all fronts. Among them is what happens to Tom Brady. The 42-year-old longtime Patriots quarterback can become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career when his contract ends in March.
UNDATED (AP) — The Super Bowl might have gone San Francisco's way if only 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan had followed Bill Belichick's lead and copied Vic Fangio's blueprints. The Patriots throttled the high-scoring Rams last year when Belichick copied the game plan Fangio had used as Chicago's defensive coordinator in a December victory over the Rams. The Chiefs swept Fangio's Denver Broncos this season but Fangio had the right idea when he took a point off the board and went for two after a Kansas City penalty. That decision backfired but it showed how you have to be aggressive when facing Patrick Mahomes.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — TJ Holyfield scored 21 points, Kyler Edwards added 17 and Texas Tech beat Oklahoma 69-61. The game was the midpoint of the 18-game Big 12 schedule for both teams. The Red Raiders and Sooners traded baskets for much of the second half before Tech finished the game with a 13-5 run. Brady Manek led Oklahoma with 19 points and Austin Reaves had 16. Ramsey and Edwards had consecutive 3-pointers in a 36-second span to give Texas Tech a 42-41 lead with 15 minutes left. There were then eight lead changes over the next six minutes.
UNDATED (AP) — The February signing period in college football is now about tying up loose ends. Most of the scholarships are accounted for since the signing period opened in late December. The traditional signing period opens Wednesday and there are still questions to be answered: Where will the few uncommitted blue-chip players sign? Which new coaches can finish with a flourish? And what team will have the best class? It could be Clemson, Alabama or Georgia.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won three Big Ten titles and he became the school's winningest coach. Dantonio went 114-57 as Michigan State's coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The 63-year-old Dantonio called his decision a difficult one while noting the nonstop demands of the job.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have dismissed team president Steve Mills with the franchise on the verge of missing the NBA playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. General manager Scott Perry will handle basketball operations while the Knicks began a search for a new president, two months after firing coach David Fizdale. The Knicks are 15-36 this season, Mills' third in charge after replacing Phil Jackson.
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA is changing the format to this season’s 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece. That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25. Competitors will now get 70 seconds to finish their shots instead of the customary 60.
NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator has denied the grievance filed by Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant, according to a person who has read the unreleased document of the decision. Mark Irvings ruled the players' association did not prove the team’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant hit .425 with nine homers in 40 at-bats during 2015 spring training and was held in the minors until April 17, one day after he would have been eligible for a full year of service time.
PHOENIX (AP) — Atlanta Braves reliever Shane Greene has become the first player to go to salary arbitration this year. The 31-year-old right-hander asked a three-man panel for a raise from $4 million to $6.75 million, while the Braves countered with $6.25 million. Greene was a first-time All-Star last year and compiled a 2.30 ERA in 65 appearances with the Braves and Detroit, striking out 64 and walking 17 over 62 2/3 innings.
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Final (7)Duke 63 Boston College 55
Final (9)Maryland 56 Rutgers 51
Final OT (11)Auburn 79 Arkansas 76
Final (15)Kentucky 80 Mississippi St. 72
Final (22)Penn St. 75 (16)Michigan St. 70
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Final Milwaukee 120 New Orleans 108
Final Houston 125 Charlotte 110
Final Denver 127 Portland 99
Final L.A. Lakers 129 San Antonio 102