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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Tom Brady capped a game-winning drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining to send the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl with a 24-20 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Brady, who was questionable for the game with a right hand injury, showed no ill effects and completed 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, including the big one on the Pats' five-play, 30-yard drive in the final minutes.
The body of two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay showed evidence of morphine, amphetamines and traces of a sleep medication when it was examined after his fatal plane crash into the Gulf of Mexico last November 7, according to an autopsy report. The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office report also found traces of the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) and a blood-alcohol-content level of .01.
The Minnesota Vikings listed Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Thielen, who has been dealing with a lower-back injury this week, was limited in practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. He was on the practice field again Friday and he is expected to start Sunday, according to ESPN.
The Minnesota Twins have hired former starting pitcher Jim Kaat as a special assistant, the team announced Thursday. Per the release, Kaat will engage in various Twins community and business initiatives both in Minnesota as well as Southwest Florida, where the team plays its spring training ball in Fort Myers. The 79-year-old Kaat pitched 25 seasons in the major leagues, including 15 with the Twins/Senators franchise. He is the Twins' all-time leader in wins (189) and innings pitched (2,959.1) and was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2001.
Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo was suspended two games for throwing a punch at Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday, the NBA announced Thursday. Afflalo will sit out Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics. He will forfeit $32,119 in salary. Bjelica was not suspended. Afflalo and Bjelica were ejected after the second-quarter incident in which Afflalo grazed the left side of Bjelica's head with a right-handed punch.
The toughest opponent for top seeds at this year's Australian Open is proving to be the heat. After a day in which a string of seeded men fell under searing temperatures that reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), it was No. 2 seed Roger Federer who showed he could still stay cool under pressure.
All eyes were on the left ankle of No. 1 seed Simona Halep in the second round of the Australian Open after an injury scare in her first-round victory. The WTA's top-ranked player passed all tests with flying colors, cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne. Halep left fans gasping in concern after rolling her ankle during her first-round win over Destanee Ajava, and even Halep admitted after beating Bouchard that she was worried entering the match.
PHILADELPHIA -- Everything is magnified on the road to the Super Bowl. The Philadelphia Eagles are fully aware of that fact as they prepare to host the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The No. 1-seeded Eagles (14-3) won a thrilling 15-10 game against the Atlanta Falcons while the Vikings (14-3) defeated the New Orleans Saints 29-24 in one of the craziest finishes in NFL history. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Case Keenum on the final play of the game.
Experience matters. Just ask second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki after she pulled off a stunning comeback against 119th-ranked Jana Fett in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday in Melbourne. Fett, a 21-year-old Croatian, led 5-1 in the third set against Wozniacki, a 27-year-old Dane, and was serving with two match points. Wozniacki won those points and the next two to break serve, then easily won the next five consecutive games to pull out a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal was pushed in the third set but still rolled into the third round of Australian Open on Wednesday. The Spaniard dropped only one service game to beat Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in two hours, 39 minutes. "It was an important victory for me," Nadal said during his on-court interview. "(Mayer is) always a tough opponent. I had to hit some great shots in the tie-break. I'm happy to be in the third round after a while without being in competition."