DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have advanced to the AFC title game against New England by defeating San Diego 24-17. Peyton Manning tossed touchdown passes to Wes Welker and Demaryius (deh-MAR’-ee-uhs) Thomas in the first half and was 25 of 36 for 230 yards and one interception. Knowshown (NOH’-shawn) Moreno had a three-yard touchdown run to make it 24-7 with 8:12 remaining.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers scored the last 17 points in a 23-10 triumph over Carolina Panthers, putting the Niners in the NFC title game against the Seahawks in Seattle. The Panthers led 10-6 until Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nik) hit Vernon Davis with a five-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left in the first half. Kaepernick added a four-yard touchdown run and was 15 of 28 for 196 yards.
HONOLULU (AP) — Jimmy Walker trailed the Sony Open by one shot with four holes remaining before carding three straight birdies to overtake Harris English and win the PGA event in Honolulu. Walker closed with a 7-under-par 63 for a 17-under total. Runner-up Chris Kirk had a chance to force a playoff until he missed a 30-foot eagle chip on 18.
BOSTON (AP) — The three members of the U.S. women’s figure skating team have been announced for next month’s Olympics. New U.S. champ Gracie Gold leads the way, with U.S. championships runner-up Polina Edmunds and two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner rounding out the squad. Jeremy Abbott is heading to Sochi after capturing the U.S. men’s title for the fourth time.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A self-admitted “rusty” Novak Djokovic began his bid for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title with a 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-1 win Monday over Lukas Lacko. Venus Williams is one and done, falling 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova. Three-highly-ranked women players were beaten in the first round, including 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and two Italians, No. 7 Sara Errani and No. 12 Roberta Vinci. Top seed Serena Williams also has a match.