BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots are looking to advance to their eighth straight AFC Championship this weekend, but an extremely talented Los Angeles Chargers team is standing in their way.,He sliced up the Patriots-Chargers matchup with sports director Steve Burton on the latest edition of “A Slice Of Sully,” picking L.A. for a 22-16 upset on Sunday.,I’m being a realist; I’m not just going to throw my heart out there and say the Pats are going to win every game, the Red Sox are going to win every game,” Sully said to Burton.,“This [Los Angeles] team is really tough and I think they’re going to surprise the Patriots.”,Sully and Burton also discuss the cold weather in New England and how big of an advantage that will be for the Patriots, plus the big-game potential for James White.

BOSTON (CBS) — Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have done their share of winning on the football field.,Prior to that championship tilt, Belichick sat down with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi to chat about his relationship with Saban, which dates back to the early 1980s when Saban was coaching with Belichick’s father at the Naval Academy.,Belichick hired Saban to be his defensive coordinator in Cleveland in 1991, and even when they were AFC East foes in 2005 (when Saban was head coach of the Miami Dolphins), Saban made sure to attend the funeral for Belichick’s father despite it taking place in the middle of a game week.,So the two all-time coaches have a pretty good feel for each other, which led to some interesting responses during Rinaldi’s sitdown (Saban also shared his thoughts on Belichick for the piece).,And while Belichick probably doesn’t like to see his buddy lose on the biggest stage, Monday night’s Alabama loss may be good news for the Patriots.

Los Angeles Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon shared the video he secretly recorded while the driver was praising the Baltimore Ravens and ripping on the Chargers.,“I like that Melvin Gordon too.”,The two debated until the end of the ride, when Gordon revealed his identity to the driver.,“Well I’m Melvin Gordon man.,The shocked driver of course asked Gordon for his autograph and a selfie, to which he happily agreed.

The Dallas quarterback found a way to get there, and get his first playoff victory two years after a sensational rookie season ended in disappointment.,The win for the Cowboys (11-6) was the first for Elliott and Prescott after losing a divisional game in their playoff debut as first-year stars two years ago.,Dallas' defense, ranked in the top 10 most of the season, stifled the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense and mostly kept quarterback Russell Wilson under control and handed him his first loss in four wild-card games.,Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 when the Cowboys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards, and his sneak for what appeared to be a clinching score because Dallas burned more than five minutes while taking 24-14 lead.,After Wilson ran for 4 yards for a touchdown and Mike Davis' 2-point conversion run put Seattle up 14-10 late in the third quarter, Prescott led a 67-yard drive to put the Cowboys back in front for good.

An Uber driver in Baltimore did what Uber drivers tend to do when talking to passengers: Hype the local sports team while bashing their upcoming opponent.,Running back Melvin Gordon shared video he secretly recorded of a good-natured debate with Uber driver in Baltimore on Saturday, a day before the Chargers face the Ravens in an AFC Wild Card playoff game.,"I like that Melvin Gordon too.",The conversation remained amicable until the end of the ride, when Gordon revealed his identity to the driver.,The driver, in disbelief, asked Gordon for his autograph and a selfie to which Gordon happily agreed.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Trey Burke added 16 and the Knicks snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 119-112 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night.,Enes Kanter scored eight of his 16 points down the stretch as the Knicks pulled away, ending their first win since Dec. 14 on an 11-3 run.,Seven players scored in double figures for New York, including 10 points in the fourth quarter from Mario Hezonja, who also had barely played since mid-December.,TIP-INS

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Weekend asked a writer, singer, public speaking coach and endurance athlete for advice on how to confront your fears and push yourself out of your comfort zone.,Adam wrote her award-winning novel The New Animals between 8 and 8.15am because that was the only time of day when no one needed her.,LOWDOWN Pip Adam, The New Animals, Winner Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2018 (Unity Books).,Advice from Gurney on how to get started: • Make your goals fun and connect to your purpose on the planet.,LOWDOWN Steve Gurney, The Beginner's Guide to Adventure Sport in New Zealand, www.stevegurney.co.nz

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But this much we know: There’s a high school sports revolution afoot in our corner of the world, the residual effect of which is for the everlasting betterment of the games our kids play.,Tom Cantone, the vice president of sports and entertainment (and huge Penn State guy, by the way) loves the idea that kids can play basketball on the same floor that LeBron, Springsteen and U2 once played.,"The mantra ‘Run to the Sun’ has been great for the (CIAC) state tournament," said Ledyard High vice principal/athletic director and ECC tournament director Jim Buonocore, whose big-picture thinking was instrumental to this partnership with Mohegan.,So while Waterford High would be denied the chance at home court in the ECC finals if the Lancers qualify, there’s a greater good for the league that helps every kid in every sport.,GameTimeCT, the high school sports wing of the New Haven Register and Hearst Media, has become the home office for state high school sports, incorporating print and electronic news into a must-see every day.

But this much we know: There’s a high school sports revolution afoot in our corner of the world, the residual effect of which is for the everlasting betterment of the games our kids play.,Tom Cantone, the vice president of sports and entertainment (and huge Penn State guy, by the way) loves the idea that kids can play basketball on the same floor that LeBron, Springsteen and U2 once played.,"The mantra ‘Run to the Sun’ has been great for the (CIAC) state tournament," said Ledyard High vice principal/athletic director and ECC tournament director Jim Buonocore, whose big-picture thinking was instrumental to this partnership with Mohegan.,So while Waterford High would be denied the chance at home court in the ECC finals if the Lancers qualify, there’s a greater good for the league that helps every kid in every sport.,GameTimeCT, the high school sports wing of the New Haven Register and Hearst Media, has become the home office for state high school sports, incorporating print and electronic news into a must-see every day.

As difficult and occasionally weird as 2018 was — from the season-long absence of running back Le’Veon Bell to the occasionally erratic behavior by star wide receiver Antonio Brown to a series of losses in November and December in which the Steelers let second-half leads slip away — the longtime quarterback remains adamant the Steelers are on the right path.,Four losses over the final six weeks followed, each setback coming in a game Pittsburgh led after halftime.,The issue, Heyward insisted, wasn’t coaching or the steady trickle of off-the-field headlines, be it Bell’s refusal to sign his $14.4 million franchise tender or Brown’s series of missteps.,The only player in NFL history with six straight 100-catch seasons suggested he wouldn’t mind getting traded after a former team employee tweaked him on Twitter and threatened to harm a reporter who attempted to do an in-depth piece on Brown’s personal life.,Instead, a year that got off to a weird start with the offensive line publicly venting about Bell opting not to end his standoff with the team ahead of Week 1 followed immediately by a six-turnover tie in Cleveland and never really seemed to get to some semblance of “normal” ended with Pittsburgh watching the videoboard at Heinz Field hoping Cleveland could knock off Baltimore.