Eagles, Patriots reach conference title games...WVU, Mich. St. beaten...Astros get Cole

January 14, 2018 - 2:02 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is in the NFC championship game for the first time in nine years after the Eagles' defense staged a last-minute, goal-line stand to preserve a 15-10 win over the Falcons in Philadelphia. Jake Elliott hit three field goals, including a 53-yard boot just before halftime and a 37-yarder that gave the Eagles a 12-10 lead late in the third quarter. Nick Foles was 23 of 30 for 246 yards and no interceptions for the Eagles, who will host the winner of Sunday's NFC divisional game between the Vikings and Saints in Minnesota.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are in the AFC championship game for the seventh consecutive season after routing the Titans 35-14. Tom Brady threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, his 10th consecutive postseason game with at least three TD tosses. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards.

UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked West Virginia and No. 4 Michigan State were losers on Saturday. Keenan Evans scored 20 points, including a jumper that put Tech ahead by four in the final minute of a 72-71 victory against the Mountaineers. Moritz Wagner (VAHG'-nur) scored a career-high 27 points and Zavier Simpson hit a layup with 14 ½ minutes left to put the Wolverines ahead to stay in an 82-72 win over the Spartans at East Lansing.

HOUSTON (AP) — The defending World Series-champion Houston Astros have acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates for four players. Cole was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last season. He joins a starting five that includes Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) and Justin Verlander. Pittsburgh gets right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace.

UNDATED (AP) — Longtime ABC sportscaster Keith Jackson has died at 89. Jackson was the network's No. 1 voice of college football for four decades and was ABC's original play-by-play man for Monday Night Football. He also was one of the first two play-by-play voices when ABC acquired the Major League Baseball broadcast rights in 1976.

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