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Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal sends Rams to Super Bowl

Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal sends Rams to Super Bowl

Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal in overtime and the Los Angeles Rams, helped by a huge missed call by the officials, advanced to the Super Bowl with a 26-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game Sunday. The stunning finish came after New Orleans got the ball first in the extra period. Under pressure, Drew Brees fluttered up a pass that was picked off by John Johnson III, who was able to hang on to the interception while falling onto his back. Johnson hopped up and celebrated by doing with the 'Choppa Style' dance popularized by New Orleans rapper Choppa, whose namesake song had become a Saints' rallying cry. The Rams weren't able to do much offensively, but it didn't matter. Zuerlein, who had already delivered a tying 48-yard kick with 15 seconds left in regulation, booted through the winning field goal from just inside midfield with plenty of room to spare. 'It's unbelievable, man. I can't put it into words,' Rams quarterback Jared Goff said. 'The defense played the way they did to force it to overtime. The defense gets a pick and Greg makes a 57-yarder to win it. That was good from about 70. Unbelievable.' The Superdome, which had been in uproar all afternoon, suddenly turned eerily silent. It was the first home playoff loss for the Saints with Brees and coach Sean Payton, who and been 6-0 in those games since their pairing began in 2006. The Rams (15-3) and their 32-year-old coach, Sean McVay, capped a remarkable rise since moving back to Los Angeles three years ago. The team will be appearing in its first Super Bowl since the 2001 season, when the 'Greatest Show on Turf' was still in St. Louis. It was another bitter end to the season for the Saints, who lost the previous season in the divisional round on the 'Minnesota Miracle' — the Vikings' long touchdown pass on the final play of the game. This time, New Orleans (14-4) squandered an early 13-0 lead and couldn't overcome a blown call in the closing minutes of regulation, when the officials failed to flag a blatant pass interference penalty on Los Angeles Nickell Robey-Coleman inside the 5. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry ___ For more AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Fussin' and feudin': Cards, Cubs stoke rivalry, trade barbs

Fussin' and feudin': Cards, Cubs stoke rivalry, trade barbs

To St. Louis pitcher John Brebbia, this fussin' and feudin' between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs is a perfect winter warmup. 'Honestly, people were kind of forgetting baseball season was coming up,' Brebbia said Sunday. 'So I think it was a good way to remind everyone that Cardinals-Cubs are going to be back in action soon.' 'No more of this football or whatever it's called now,' he said. 'It's our time.' The whole thing started innocently enough at a Cubs fan event Friday when retired pitcher Ryan Dempster, in a playful talk-show format, asked Chicago star Kris Bryant about the Gateway City. 'Who would want to play in St. Louis? So boring. It's so boring,' Bryant said. 'I always get asked like, 'Where do you like to play? Where do you not like to play?' St. Louis is on the list where I don't like to play.' Quipped Dempster: 'I remember when I was getting traded, and they asked me, 'Hey, how about St. Louis?' I said, 'Zero chance, pal. No way.' I wouldn't even go there as a free agent. Not happening.' Predictably, the flippant banter drew a loud cheer from the Cub rooters in attendance. In St. Louis, the reaction was a bit different. 'All stars, elite players and leaders of their teams do not speak bad about any city,' Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina posted on Instagram. 'There should be respect, and you should play and compete with respect. Only stupid players and losers make comments like the ones made by Bryant and Dempster.' Molina, who is no stranger social media, posted a screenshot of Bryant's interview with Dempster. To add a little spice, he added a photo of Dempster giving up a home run to then-Cardinal Lance Berkman. 'If they want to get Yadi fired up for the season that is fine by me. But other than that, it's just a Twitter fight at this point so I'm not all that interested in it,' St. Louis general manager Michael Girsch said at Sunday's fan convention. 'If Yadi feels like it got him a little bit more excited for 2019, then that will work.' The Cardinals-Cubs rivalry is one of the top ones in baseball, pitting fans on both the red and blue sides against each other all year long. Brebbia quickly got in his piece, responding to Bryant's comments by writing on Twitter: 'cry me a River, loser.'#stlcards.' Immediately, the post went viral. 'I was surprised to see that,' Brebbia said. 'I'm not much of a social media guru. I got a little taste of what it's like to have my photo on an Instagram page or whatever it's called.' Brebbia first learned about the Bryant comments while on a Cardinals caravan stop Saturday in Peoria, Illinois. 'We were doing a Q-and-A, you could call it a Town Hall-style setup,' Brebbia said. 'Someone asked if we had heard the comment that Kris Bryant made. We didn't know what he said. He mentioned Kris called St. Louis boring and I don't know anybody in St. Louis who enjoys that opinion. So, I just tried to shuffle that off to the side.' 'I got to see that (Yadier's reaction) later that evening. He's a guy who is passionate about this city. It's been good to him. So he has my full support, for sure. I love being out here and I love being his teammate. I'm standing by him as long as he needs.' Brebbia and Bryant have faced each other four times on the field — the former NL MVP is 0 for 4 with a strikeout against the righty-hander reliever. With Brebbia becoming an important piece of the St. Louis bullpen, they should have more opportunities to square off in the NL Central. 'You know, I support Yadi's comments completely,' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. 'I don't know Kris that well. He's a really good player. He's clearly entitled to his opinion and everybody's got their opinion on what's considered boring or not. Everybody has their own definition of boring and I always respect people's opinions.' 'I respect Kris is a player and he's entitled to his opinion. I also respect our catcher, Yadi, and I back his comments,' he said. Brebbia was talking to fellow Cardinals reliever Chasen Shreve on Sunday when the subject came up. 'Maybe you should be by yourself a little bit,' Shreve cracked. Shreve is from Las Vegas, as is Bryant, and they know each other well. 'I actually haven't seen the video yet,' Shreve said. 'I'm trying to stay a little out of it because Kris is a good buddy of mine. It's all fun and games, really. We take it seriously but at the same time, maybe we think Chicago is a little boring. I don't know. It's all opinion.' The teams meet 19 times in the regular season this year, starting May 3 at Wrigley Field. The clubs finish the season with a three-game series at St. Louis beginning Sept. 29. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Tara VanDerveer wins 900th game at Stanford in 33 seasons

Tara VanDerveer wins 900th game at Stanford in 33 seasons

Alanna Smith's career day meant so much for far more than just basketball. Sure, Stanford celebrated the Australian dynamo's brilliance on the court Sunday in an 85-64 victory by the sixth-ranked Cardinal against Washington State that helped Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer reach her 900th win in 33 seasons at the school, yet the Cardinal also cheered and supported survivors of human trafficking after Smith organized an awareness day on the issue. Smith scored a career-high 34 points in Stanford's 20th straight home victory and the school's first Human Trafficking Awareness Game. She shot 13 for 17 with four 3-pointers and also had 15 rebounds — one off her career best — in her third 30-point performance of the season. 'I didn't plan to have it on this day just, I was just hoping to do it at some point in this season,' she said of the awareness game. 'But to have a big crowd and to win a huge game and to play well, it means a lot. I'm not just about basketball and that's our whole team, too. Our whole team is really caring and we love to give back, and as athletes that's something I think is really important to do. I'm really happy this day kind of came together.' Stanford (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) is off to the program's best start since beginning 22-1 in 2013-14. VanDerveer's milestone, Maples Pavilion also celebrated survivors of human trafficking thanks to Smith's leadership in planning 'That's kind of Alanna as a quintessential Stanford student,' VanDerveer said. 'She's not just about basketball, she's not just about academics, she's into her studies and I think it's a great statement that she cares about more than just dribbling and shooting. And all of our team does. I think the Stanford athletes as a whole are very caring and passionate people. I know Alanna liked to be able to bring human trafficking to this kind of platform to be able to say, 'Hey, it's not OK and we've got to do something about it.'' VanDerveer became the fifth Division I men's or women's coach to reach 900 victories at one school, joining late Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt, UConn's Geno Auriemma, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse men's coach Jim Boeheim. 'I never thought about it. It's a little mind-boggling just to think how quickly it's gone,' VanDerveer said. 'I just want to enjoy the day today, with our team with Alanna having a great performance.' Kiana Williams added 19 points and DiJonai Carrington 11 for the Cardinal, who shot 76.9 percent in the third quarter (10 for 13). Cherilyn Molina had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Washington State. Cougars forward Borislava Hristova added 11 points and seven rebounds. She missed a double-double for the first time in 18 games this season. Her streak of 17 straight had matched the sixth-longest such streak in school history. Washington State (7-11, 2-5) lost for the fifth time in six games after a 77-63 defeat at California on Friday night in which the team fought back before giving up an 18-2 run. It won't get easier for the Cougars: They host No. 5 Oregon in their next game Friday back in Pullman. The Cougars play three straight against top-10 teams. Washington State took a quick lead by scoring the game's first basket before Stanford went on a 19-3 run — including 14-0 during one stretch in which the Cardinal forced three turnovers and held the Cougars without scoring for more than four minutes. Stanford improved to 64-0 all-time against Washington State and 32-0 in the series at home, with 20 of the last 21 wins by double digits. DISCUSSING HUMAN TRAFFICKING Smith took a class on human trafficking last quarter and became involved planning Sunday's event, doing a video that showed on the main scoreboard at halftime and working with public address announcer Betty Ann Hagenau — who also is founder of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Hagenau was the guest lecturer in Smith's class that day when they discussed doing more to bring awareness to the issue. A table on the concourse provided information for further community engagement. The halftime dancers included human trafficking survivors ages 11-47 from the non-profit Love Never Fails, which works to restore, educate and protect those at risk of domestic human trafficking. The dancers were invited to the Stanford locker room after the game to meet the players and coaches, with Williams calling it 'incredible.' 'This is all by Alanna Smith's leadership,' Hagenau said. BIG PICTURE Washington State: Washington State missed its final eight shots over a 5:05 span of the second quarter and nine of 10 to fall behind 44-26 at halftime. The Cougars dropped to 1-6 on the road under first-year coach Kamie Ethridge. Stanford: The Cardinal are 97-6 at home in Pac-12 play since 2007-08. They won their 16th straight conference game at home, where Stanford was the lone team in the league to go unbeaten during the regular-season Pac-12 schedule last season. This is the longest unbeaten run at home since Stanford won 28 in a row at Maples from Jan. 18, 2013, until Nov. 20, 2014, an overtime loss to Texas. UP NEXT Washington State: Host Oregon on Friday. Stanford: At Colorado on Friday. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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