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NFL playoffs begin...Georgia loses 4 players to NFL draft...Shiffrin awes her rivals in World Cup slalom

January 5, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL playoffs start today with two wild-card games. Indianapolis visits Houston in the AFC matchup starting at 4:35 p.m. Eastern time. Dallas hosts Seattle in the NFC game at night.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s offense is losing its top three receivers and second-leading rusher to the NFL. Tailback Elijah Holyfield, tight end Isaac Nauta and wide receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman have announced that they are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Georgia quarterback Justin Fields has confirmed that he is transferring to Ohio State following one season as a backup to star sophomore Jake Fromm. The much-anticipated announcement gives new Ohio State coach Ryan Day a talented dual-threat passer to run his offense if Dwayne Haskins Jr. makes an expected jump to the NFL.

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer has won the Hopman Cup for a record third time after defending champion Switzerland beat Germany 2-1. Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 in the Fast4 format with Germany wasting a championship point in the mixed doubles decider. Switzerland won the final after Zverev hit the ball into the net.

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — American Mikaela Shiffrin awed her rivals today by taking a big opening-run lead in the first women’s World Cup slalom of 2019. The two-time overall champion used an attacking yet flawless run to finish more than a second ahead of her nearest competitors. Racing sixth, Shiffrin crushed the times of earlier starters, and beat then-leader Wendy Holdener by 1.15 seconds.

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