The New England Patriots are off to the Super Bowl for the 5th time in 11 seasons, and will face the New York Giants in a rematch of their game 4 years ago that ended the Patriots' perfect season. Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, to secure the Patriots' 23-20 win over Baltimore in the A-F-L title game. The miss came two plays after Baltimore's Lee Evans grabbed a pass in the end zone, only to have it batted out of his hands.
The Giants have back-to-back overtime wins on the road, taking advantage of a fumbled punt, to beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in the N-F-C championship game. The winning kick came after the Niners' Kyle Williams fumbled a punt return on San Francisco's second possession in overtime.
In the NHL... The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks are on 6-game winning streaks. The Penguins had a 4-3 win over Washington. The Ducks edged Colorado 3-2. And, Boston beat Philadelphia in a 6-5 shootout.
In the OHL.. the Barrie Colts loss to Oshawa, 3-nothing.
In Junior C action... the Stayner Siskins blanked Schomberg 3-nothing. Mike Mullay had a goal & an assist for the Siskins. And, the Alliston Hornets beat Fergus 4-1. The Hornets are 4 points back of Stayner for 1st in the North.
5-time Champion Serena Williams was eliminated by unseeded Russian, Ekaterian Makarova, 6-2, 6-3 at the Australian Open. Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori advanced on the men's side.
Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey says his team's starts have been horrendous, and they compete harder in practice than they do to start the games. The Raptors began a five-game road trip by missing their first 15 shots, and lost their eighth in a row, 103-91, to the Los Angeles Clippers.
World champion Patrick Chan produced one of the finest skates of his career while capturing his 5th Canadian figure skating title in Moncton. The 21-year-old from Toronto will be the favourite in March to win gold once again at the world championships in Nice, France. Runner-up Kevin Reynolds will also represent Canada at the worlds.