FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick (BEHL’-ih-chik) says Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker deliberately tried to “take out” cornerback Aqib Talib (ah-KEEB’ tuh-LEEB’) when they collided in the AFC championship game. Talib hurt his knee on the play early in the second quarter and missed the rest of the game. Belichick calls the play one of the worst he’s seen and says Welker made no attempt to get open and should be disciplined by the league.
UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Wildcats remain the top team in The Associated Press Top-25 men’s basketball poll. The ‘Cats received 61 first place votes, while second-ranked Syracuse got the remaining four. The third ranked school is Michigan State, with Villanova fourth and Wichita State fifth.
UNDATED (AP) — Vancouver’s John Tortorella has been suspended for six games and 15 days without pay for trying to enter the Calgary locker room after the first period. NHL senior executive VP of hockey operations Colin Campbell said Tortorella’s actions were dangerous and an embarrassment to the league. Flames coach Bob Hartley was fined $25,000 for his role in the brawl.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Li Na has advanced to the Australian Open semifinals for the fourth time in five years. The fourth-seeded Li won the first five games of a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Flavia Pennetta. Next up for Li is Eugenie Bouchard, who became the first Canadian to reach the Australian Open semifinals by downing No. 14 Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH’-noh-vihch), 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.
NEW YORK (AP) — John Lannan has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and is expected to compete for the fifth starter’s job at spring training. The 29-year-old left-hander was 3-6 with a 5.33 earned run average in 14 starts for Philadelphia last season. New York also settled its arbitration case with right-hander Dillon Gee (jee), agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,625,000.