NFL playoffs kick off in Kansas City and Los Angeles...Julius Erving falls ill while being honored
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans this in the first of two NFL wild-card playoff games today. The 9-7 Titans are in the postseason for the first time since 2008, and their playoff win was in January of 2004. The 10-6 Chiefs were in the playoffs a year ago, but haven’t won a home playoff game since January 1994, when Joe Montana was the quarterback.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons visit the Los Angeles Coliseum tonight in the second wild-card game of the day. The 11-5 Rams are in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. The 10-6 Falcons are coming off last year’s Super Bowl loss to New England.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hall of Famer Julius Erving was taken to a hospital for evaluation after falling ill at a Philadelphia 76ers’ game last night where he rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff. The dunker more commonly known as “Dr. J” was being honored by the team to mark 35 years since he threw down his famous cradle dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers. There’s been no update on his condition.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Speedskater Erin Jackson is going to the Olympics for the first time after just four months on the ice. The former inline skater from Ocala, Florida, qualified for the U.S. team by finishing third in the 500 meters behind veterans Brittany Bowe and Heather Bergsma.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A minor league baseball club in Connecticut is using goats to help keep its new stadium in use during winter. The Hartford Yard Goats have teamed with a local farm to offer classes in goat yoga — the national fad in which people practice yoga while small live goats climb on and around them. Yard Goat Yoga will be held monthly in the team’s indoor batting facility.