Walker leads Hornets to 99-88 victory over Jazz

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, left, talks with Dwight Howard, right, during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With Dwight Howard struggling with his shot and a tough back-to-back looming, the Charlotte Hornets needed a bit of variety on offense against the Utah Jazz.

Flames top Panthers 4-2 for sixth straight win

Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund (11) is hugged by Matthew Tkachuk after scoring an empty-net goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. The Flames won 4-2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Mikael Backlund had an empty-net goal and a pair of assists, helping lift the Calgary Flames to their sixth straight victory with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Brignone dedicates WCup super-G win to Fanchini; Vonn 9th

Italy's Federica Brignone reacts after completing an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (AP) — After winning a women’s World Cup super-G, Federica Brignone dedicated her victory to Italian teammate Elena Fanchini on Saturday.

Former No 1 Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates her win over Ash Barty of Australia in their women's final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SYDNEY (AP) — Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday.

After one for the ages, Australian Open now a fitness test

Defending men's singles champion Switzerland's Roger Federer poses for a photo with his trophy during a ceremony for the official draw at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

MELBOURNE, Australia — With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the walking wounded and Serena Williams already deciding not to defend her title, injuries and absentees have been the focus of attention ahead of the Australian Open.

Titans, Jaguars aim to show they’re the real deal

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in an NFL football game, in Pittsburgh. If Brady's history against Tennessee is any indication, New England’s prospects of making it back to the AFC title game look promising. Brady is 6-0 in his career against Mike Mularkey-coached teams. Including the playoffs, he’s 6-1 against the Titans with 13 passing touchdowns and just one interception in those games. It is his best touchdown to interception ratio against any opponent in his career.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

The general belief is there are four contenders for the Super Bowl in the NFC, two in the AFC.

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