CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, and the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 26-3 to stay in contention for a first-round playoff bye. Kansas City earned its fifth straight win and remained a game behind New England for the AFC’s second seed. The Patriots clinched their 11th consecutive AFC East championship by beating Buffalo on Saturday. The Chiefs hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over New England thanks to a victory two weeks ago that helped secure their fourth division title in a row. Mahomes, playing his 30th game, became the fastest player to reach the 9,000-yard passing mark.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy got a chance to face his former boss, and Andy Reid had a few more lessons for his longtime assistant. Nagy and Reid watched as Chicago stumbled on offense and Patrick Mahomes accounted for three touchdowns, leading Kansas City to a 26-3 victory that kept the AFC West champions in contention for a first-round playoff bye. It was the most lopsided loss of Nagy’s coaching 31-game coaching career.
VAUGHAN, Ontario (AP) — Akim Aliu tells The Associated Press he wasn’t expecting his tweets to go viral in sparking a reckoning regarding race and coaching practices in hockey. The Nigerian-born Aliu has gone from minor-league journeyman to a having his voice resonate throughout the NHL. Aliu’s allegations have led to Bill Peters’ resigning as coach of the Calgary Flames. Commissioner Gary Bettman has moved to strengthen the NHL’s personal conduct policies regarding racism and bullying. Aliu says he believes it will all be worth it if it means he has made a difference.
CHICAGO (AP) — Luka Brajkovic made his only two foul shots with eight seconds left and Davidson beat Loyola Chicago 59-56. Freshman Hyunjung Lee scored a career-high 19 points off the bench shooting 7 of 8 including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Kellan Grady added 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting for Davidson. Jon Axel Gudmundsson broke a 54-all tie with a 3-pointer with a 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining. Tate Hall reduced the deficit by a point with a jump shot with 1:44 to go and neither team scored until Brajkovic’s free throws. Hall missed a 3 attempt to end the game.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Tyreke Key and Jake Laravia each scored 17 points and Indiana State beat Chicago State 85-64. Along with Tre Williams’ 10 points, the trio finished a combined 18-of-25 shooting while Laravia made 7-of-12 free throws. The Sycamores have won all four of their contests at home. Indiana State built an 18-9 lead and led 40-25 at intermission. The Sycamores never trailed. Xavier Johnson and Isaiah Lewis led Chicago State with 17 points apiece and Jace Colley scored 10.