INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Rams had a 20-point lead on Arizona with 4 1/2 minutes left at raucous SoFi Stadium. Matthew Stafford’s 13-year quest for his first playoff victory was all but complete after Los Angeles' dominant performance on both sides of the ball.
The Las Vegas Raiders have fired general manager Mike Mayock after three seasons and will begin a search for a coach and GM following their second playoff berth in the past 19 seasons.
The Raiders announced the move to get rid of Mayock on Monday, two days after losing their wild-card playoff game to Cincinnati 26-19.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Hall of Famer Julius Erving, an NBA and ABA champion, is considered one of the greatest basketball players ever and one the greatest ambassadors of the game off the court. He is an 11-time NBA All-Star and league MVP.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Five years and five long sets later, five-time Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray finally has won another match at the season-opening Grand Slam tournament.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Kyler Murray's first NFL playoff start quickly turned into a nightmare.
The dynamic quarterback and his Arizona Cardinals teammates had about the worst start imaginable in Monday night's 34-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card round.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving insists an injury to teammate Kevin Durant won't change his stance on not getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Irving, who only recently returned to action after a drawn-out stalemate over getting vaccinated, said Monday following a loss to the Cavaliers that he has no intention of getting the shot — and nothing will sway him.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Timo Meier added a historic chapter to what’s already been a special season for him, setting San Jose's franchise record with five goals in a game.
The Sharks used a huge first period — including Meier's hat trick — to beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 on Monday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Sasha Stefanovic scored 22 points, including a go-ahead 3 at the start of double overtime that sent No. 4 Purdue over No. 17 Illinois 96-88 on Monday.
Illinois guards Andre Curbelo and Alfonso Plummer made baskets in the final seconds of regulation and the first overtime before the Boilermakers (15-2, 4-2 Big Ten) broke away.
The NBA had enormous problems. Drug abuse among players was believed to be rampant. Many arenas were half-empty or worse on game nights. Most franchises were losing money. Some were on the cusp of folding.
“Larry Legend” played his entire 13-year career with the Boston Celtics, and his rivalry with Los Angeles Lakers guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson catapulted the league to new heights. Bird's sharp shooting, pinpoint passing and rugged rebounding helped the Celtics win NBA titles in 1981, 1984 and 1986.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park (all times local):
Second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka rallied from a set and a break down to beat wild card Storm Sanders 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the first-round night match on Rod Laver Arena.
LONDON (AP) — Just about every schoolyard in England echoes with a semi-heated debate about which Premier League soccer team is better.
This month, with the African Cup of Nations underway in Cameroon, many students in London have plenty more to argue about.
MADRID (AP) — Francisco “Paco” Gento, a former Real Madrid great who is the only soccer player to win six European Cup titles, has died. He was 88.
Madrid announced Gento's passing on Tuesday but did not give a cause of death.
Indiana Pacers (15-29, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (22-22, seventh in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Indiana comes into the matchup against Los Angeles after losing four in a row.
Houston Rockets (13-32, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (29-15, fourth in the Western Conference)
Salt Lake City; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Donovan Mitchell leads Utah into a matchup with Houston.
Toronto Raptors (21-20, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (25-19, fifth in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Dallas will try to keep its three-game win streak alive when the Mavericks take on Toronto.
Oklahoma City Thunder (14-29, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (16-28, 12th in the Western Conference)
San Antonio; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder take on Dejounte Murray and the San Antonio Spurs in Western Conference action Wednesday.
Los Angeles Clippers (22-23, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (22-20, sixth in the Western Conference)
Denver; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles will aim to stop its three-game road skid when the Clippers play Denver.
Buffalo Sabres (11-20-7, sixth in the Atlantic) vs. Ottawa Senators (11-18-2, seventh in the Atlantic)
Ottawa, Ontario; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Senators -140, Sabres +117; over/under is 6
New York Islanders (12-13-6, eighth in the Metropolitan) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (13-18-7, seventh in the Metropolitan)
Philadelphia; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Flyers +107, Islanders -128; over/under is 5.5
Tampa Bay Lightning (26-9-5, second in the Atlantic) vs. Los Angeles Kings (20-14-5, second in the Pacific)
Los Angeles; Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Kings +143, Lightning -171; over/under is 5.5
Montreal Canadiens (7-25-5, eighth in the Atlantic) vs. Dallas Stars (18-15-2, sixth in the Central)
Dallas; Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Stars -281, Canadiens +224; over/under is 5.5
Vancouver Canucks (17-18-3, seventh in the Pacific) vs. Nashville Predators (24-13-3, third in the Central)
Nashville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Predators -183, Canucks +153; over/under is 5.5
Toronto Maple Leafs (24-9-3, third in the Atlantic) vs. New York Rangers (25-10-4, first in the Metropolitan)
New York; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Metropolitan-leading New York Rangers face the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Arizona Coyotes (9-24-4, eighth in the Central) vs. New Jersey Devils (14-18-5, sixth in the Metropolitan)
Newark, New Jersey; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: New Jersey plays Arizona in a non-conference matchup.
Colorado Avalanche (25-8-3, first in the Central) vs. Anaheim Ducks (19-15-7, third in the Pacific)
Anaheim, California; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Colorado seeks to keep its three-game win streak intact when the Avalanche take on Anaheim.
Minnesota Timberwolves (21-22, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. New York Knicks (22-22, 11th in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Knicks -1.5; over/under is 210.5
Brooklyn Nets (27-16, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (23-21, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
Washington; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets visit the Washington Wizards.
Portland Trail Blazers (18-25, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Miami Heat (28-16, second in the Eastern Conference)
Miami; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Tyler Herro and the Miami Heat host Norman Powell and the Portland Trail Blazers in out-of-conference play.
Cleveland Cavaliers (27-18, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (27-15, first in the Eastern Conference)
Chicago; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago enters the matchup with Cleveland as losers of four in a row.
Memphis Grizzlies (31-15, third in the Western Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (27-19, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Memphis hits the road against Milwaukee looking to continue its six-game road winning streak.
Orlando Magic (8-37, 15th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (25-18, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Philadelphia; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers face the Orlando Magic.
Charlotte Hornets (24-20, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (23-22, 10th in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics square off against the Charlotte Hornets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James scored 25 points and Stanley Johnson had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 101-95 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Stafford passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in his first playoff victory, and the Los Angeles Rams roared out of the wild-card round with a 34-11 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.
LeBron James issued an apology on social media to Laker Nation after a recent blowout loss.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jason Zucker scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-3 on Monday night.
It was a perfect birthday homecoming for Zucker, who grew up in Las Vegas until he was 15 and turned 30 on Sunday.
Dak Prescott kept handing it to all the wrong people.
He should have delivered the football to umpire Ramon George instead of to his center Tyler Biadasz before time ran out on Dallas' season, leaving Cowboys fans ruminating the quarterback draw that was called with no timeouts and just 14 seconds left.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Devin Booker had a season-high 48 points and the Phoenix Suns dominated the fourth quarter to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 121-107 Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
Auburn has steadily moved up the rankings this season, climbing from No. 22 in the preseason to No. 2 in this week's AP Top 25.
Coach Bruce Pearl believes the Tigers, with their quality wins and strength of schedule, should be even higher.
Ai Weiwei is one of China's most famous artists, and many regard him as one of the world's greatest living ones. Working with the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, he helped design the Bird's Nest Stadium, the centerpiece of Beijing's 2008 Summer Olympics.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Timo Meier set a San Jose franchise record with five goals on Monday, and the Sharks used a huge first period to beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-2.
Meier, a sixth-year winger who made his first All-Star team this season, had a hat trick before the first period even ended.