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Hello hello!

Forget Pookie and Jett, this week’s for spending time with people who look at you the way Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid looks at Taylor Swift. Channeling that energy as we dive head first, fearless into today’s news.

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Quote We're not shoving a Pride rainbow in your face. We're celebrating the LGBTQ+ community who have been historically excluded from the sport we all love so much. Perhaps it's time to educate yourself on what Pride Night actually stands for.
The Colorado Avalanche mascot, Bernie the St. Bernard, skates with pride-themed flag.

— The Colorado Avalanche social media team, sending out an unapologetic message of support for LGBTQIA+ hockey fans during Friday’s Pride Night celebration. Mic drop.

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NFL

🏈 Capture it, remember it

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate their win
Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The GIST: Conspiracy theory be damned, the No. 3 Kansas City Chiefs and No. 1 San Francisco 49ers are Super Bowl bound following yesterday’s respective American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) championship game wins. What happens in Vegas

AFC — Kansas City Chiefs defeat Baltimore Ravens 17–10: Defending champs Kansas City will compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the fourth time in the last five years after topping Super Bowl favorite, the No. 1 Baltimore Ravens.

NFC — San Francisco 49ers come back to beat the Detroit Lions 34–31: Call an ambulance, but not for them. Down by 17 points at halftime, the 49ers overcame that deficit (the largest in NFC Conference Championship game history) in a mere eight minutes to even things up and ultimately halt the Lions’ underdog run.

  • Niners quarterback Brock “Mr. Irrelevant” Purdy once again put himself firmly in the conversation, using his arm and his legs to lead the historic comeback effort. So smooth.

Early Super Bowl preview: KC and SF never met in the regular season, but this is a rematch of Super Bowl LIV — which KC won 31–20 behind a 21-point fourth quarter. Though the 49ers will be making their second Super Bowl appearance in the last five years, Patrick Mahomes and KC still have the overwhelming advantage of experience.

  • Will KC become the first team since the 2003–04 New England Patriots to repeat as champs? Or will SF revive their dynasty and lift the Lombardi Trophy for the first time since the 1994 season? We’ll have to wait until February 11th to find out.
Australian Open

🎾 Take a bow

No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka lifts the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup trophy after winning her second consecutive Australian Open.
Source: Ella Ling/Shutterstock

The GIST: One epic fortnight Down Under later, a defending champ retained their Australian Open crown, while a rising star clinched their first-ever Grand Slam title. Crikey!

Women’s: For the second time in as many years, No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka won the Australian Open, defeating No. 12 Zheng Qinwen in speedy straight sets early Saturday morning. The first back-to-back women’s tourney winner since 2013, Sabalenka showcased her signature power to break Zheng’s typically punishing serve.

  • Sabalenka didn’t drop a single set Down Under and has now made it to at least the semifinals of every Grand Slam since the 2022 U.S. Open.
  • And even better, with this win, Sabalenka fulfilled a dream she shared with her late father: to win a couple Slams by age 25. Pass the tissues.

Men’s: No. 4 Jannik Sinner launched an incredible comeback to claim his first major title yesterday morning, overcoming nerves and a two-set deficit to top No. 3 Daniil Medvedev. And Sunday’s match wasn’t just Sinner’s maiden Slam win. It also marked the first Australian Open final without any of the “Big 3” — Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer — since 2005.

  • It’s a milestone moment that could signal a generational shift in the men’s game, though the Joker, who Sinner defeated in the semis, insists he’s far from done.
Buzzer Beaters

Content warning: This section contains mention of sexual assault.

🇨🇦 Former NHLer Alex Formenton surrendered to police yesterday amid the ongoing sexual assault investigation into Canada’s 2018 World Juniors team.

After a two-hole playoff, American Nelly Korda won her hometown LPGA Drive On Championship yesterday, beating out New Zealand’s Lydia Ko for her ninth career LPGA Tour victory.

🏒 Boston captain Hilary Knight scored her first career PWHL goal in Saturday’s 4–3 overtime win over Minnesota, but Minnesota bounced back with a 2–1 overtime win over New York yesterday, sending the league into the All-Star break in thrilling fashion. Hey now.

🎓🏀 The stars were out to witness the No. 15 Notre Dame women beat No. 8 UConn 82–67 on Saturday, the Huskies’ first loss to the Irish in Storrs since 2013.

In more women’s hoops news, No. 5 Iowa’s Caitlin Clark is inching closer to breaking more scoring records after her 38-point performance in Saturday’s win over Nebraska. A diamond’s gotta shine.

🏂 American Chloe Kim made history on Friday, becoming the first woman to land a 1260 in the snowboard halfpipe and winning her record-tying seventh X Games gold. Gnarly.

🏳️‍🌈 Amber Glenn won U.S. Women’s Figure Skating Championship gold over the weekend, making her the first openly LGBTQIA+ woman to do so. The first of many.

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As you read, the NFL conference championships delivered on all fronts yesterday, giving us plenty of highlights. Watch our faves below, then let us know which play you thought was the best.

Lamar Jackson’s throw to himself

Travis Kelce’s acrobatic catch

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