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January 12, 2019

NFL PLAYOFFS

Chiefs host Colts, Cowboys visit Rams

UNDATED (AP) — The second weekend of NFL playoffs kicks off Saturday afternoon in Kansas City, where Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ record-setting offense.

Those teams have met in the playoffs four times, twice in the wild-card round and twice with a spot in the AFC title game on the line. Each time Indianapolis emerged victorious. Kansas City, the No. 1 seed in the AFC, is looking for a different result this time against the Colts, the sixth and last seed in the playoffs, who made the playoffs by rebounding from a 1-5 start to win nine of their last 10 games.

The Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys meet under the Hollywood spotlight Saturday night. No matter who wins, several lengthy postseason droughts will end for two proud franchises. The Rams haven’t won a playoff game since January 2005 or made the conference title game since the 2001 season. The Cowboys haven’t won a road playoff game in 26 years or made the NFC title game in 23 years.

OBIT-JD GIBBS

Joe Gibbs’ eldest son dies at 49 from neurological disease

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing says co-founder J.D. Gibbs, the eldest son of team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, has died. He was 49.

The team announced J.D. Gibbs’ death on Saturday, saying he passed from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. It was revealed in 2015 that he was dealing with “conditions related to brain function.” He was serving as president of JGR at the time.

Jason Dean Gibbs later served as co-chairman of JGR. Before stepping into a management role, he was an over-the-wall crewmember and a part-time driver. He made 13 NASCAR national series starts between 1998 and 2002.

Gibbs played defensive back and quarterback at William & Mary from 1987-90 while his father coached the Washington Redskins, a team he led to three Super Bowl titles.

Washington owner Dan Snyder and wife Tanya say they are “heartbroken for the J.D. Gibbs family” and “for anyone who had the honor and privilege to know J.D., he was instantly recognized as a champion in life and sports.”

Gibbs is survived by wife Melissa and four boys.

WORLD CUP-MEN’S GIANT SLALOM

Hirscher dominates again to win World Cup giant slalom

ADELBODEN, Switzerland (AP) — Marcel Hirscher has padded his wide lead in the overall standings with his eighth World Cup win this season.

Hirscher overturned rival Henrik Kristoffersen’s first-run lead on Saturday to win a giant slalom in Switzerland. Hirscher’s dominating second run turned a tight race — with 1.00 separating the top 11 in the morning — into another procession for the 29-year-old Austrian great.

It was Hirscher’s 66th career World Cup win, 20 fewer than Ingmar Stenmark on the all-time list.

In an era dominated by Hirscher, the 24-year-old Kristoffersen now has 18 career podium finishes in giant slalom — including an Olympic silver medal — but just a single World Cup win.

With 100 World Cup points for victory, Hirscher now leads overall by 365 over Kristoffersen. The gap between them is 238 in the season-long giant slalom standings.

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