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    Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open championship has returned him to No. 1 in the ATP rankings. His four-place rise from No. 5 to replace Carlos Alcaraz at No. 1 is the largest jump to the top spot in the 50-year history of the computerized rankings for men’s tennis. Aryna Sabalenka’s first Grand Slam title moved her up from No. 5.

    SHENANDOAH — The Clarinda boys basketball team scored 27 consecutive points spanning the first two quarters in rolling to a 64-23 win over Shenandoah Friday, Jan. 13, at Shenandoah High School.

    SHENANDOAH — The Shenandoah girls basketball team outscored Clarinda 15-3 in the opening quarter and rolled from there in a 47-29 win over the rival Cardinals Friday, Jan. 13, at Shenandoah High School.

    Purdue is this season's first unanimous No. 1 team in the AP men’s college basketball poll. The Boilermakers have won eight straight games since a one-point loss to Rutgers on Jan. 2. They were followed in the AP Top 25 by Tennessee, Houston, Alabama and Arizona.

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    Bill Polian, the Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager, has hired Frank Reich twice at critical points during both men’s careers. The two have stayed in regular touch for decades. And Polian thinks it is important that Panthers fans understand that there’s a big misconception about Reich only being hired as Carolina’s next head coach because he is a former NFL quarterback who can coach ...

    Patrick Mahomes deserved the game ball from the AFC title game. Travis Kelce probably did, too. But behind the scenes were Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder and his staff. They had to get their star QB ready for the Bengals and help their star tight end when back spasms nearly kept him from playing, too. Their work is just beginning. 

    A college friend of mine lived in a house in Venice, California, for almost 20 years and generally had at least three roommates. But the tenant turnover rate was high, and to keep his own rent down, he was often tasked with finding new dwellers. One day when I was visiting, a prospective renter looked at the place and told my buddy that he was in and would have the check for him tomorrow. ...