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NFL playoffs begin with Bills and Texans, Titans at Patriots

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Posted at 12:22 PM, Jan 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-05 12:02:38-05

(AP) — The NFL playoffs start today in Houston, where the Buffalo Bills will try for their first playoff win since 1995. The Texans will try to win a postseason game for the first time since 2016. Later, the New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans. It’s the first time since 2009 that the Patriots have to play on wild-card weekend. The Titans are making their second playoff appearance in three seasons.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns plan to meet with San Francisco coordinator Robert Saleh today about their coaching job. Saleh's defense dominated Cleveland in a game this season. The Niners earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have a bye this weekend. The Browns are in the early stages of their coaching search after firing Freddie Kitchens. They've already met with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (bee-EN'-uh-mee).

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — No. 16 West Virginia visits third-ranked Kansas today in a game few had circled on the calendar just a few months ago. But the Mountaineers capped an impressive non-conference run by beating then-No. 2 Ohio State, making their game at Allen Fieldhouse a juicy opener to the Big 12's double-round robin schedule. The game is one of three on today’s college basketball schedule that matches ranked teams. The others are No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 18 Florida State and No. 21 Penn State vs. No. 23 Iowa.

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin's nearly year-long winning streak in slaloms has ended. The American finished second to Petra Vlhova today in the first women’s World Cup race of 2020. Shiffrin had won all six World Cup races and the world championship event in the discipline since Vlhova beat her last Jan. 8 in Austria. The two of them have won all 24 World Cup slaloms since Frida Hansdotter triumphed in January 2017.

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) says the wildfires raging in Australia could have an impact on the Australian Open. He says organizers might have to consider delaying the season-opening major if conditions around Melbourne deteriorate. Djokovic has won a record seven Australian Open men’s championships at Melbourne Park and will be among the favorites again when the tournament is scheduled to start on Monday, Jan. 20.