Introducing ‘The Sporting News 7’ podcast: Bengals, Rams set up Super Bowl showdown in wild weekend in sports

It was another wild weekend across the sports landscape, including NFL intrigue on and off the field, a thrilling conclusion to the Australian Open, and a stunning setback for the United States in World Cup qualifying. 

Want to hit the highlights of all the top stories? Check out the debut episode of The Sporting News 7, a podcast that brings you the seven biggest sports stories in 7 minutes at 7 a.m. ET every weekday. 

Building on the award-winning journalism of The Sporting News, you’ll get all you need to know in one handy, bite-sized podcast hosted by Demetria Obilor. 

The Sporting News 7 is a unique take on the day’s biggest talking points in sports, and you can find it on Spotify, Apple or wherever you get your podcasts.

Here are the seven stories you’ll hear about on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022: 

  • Bengals stun the Chiefs: Joe Burrow and the Bengals are headed to the Super Bowl after digging out of an 18-point hole and beating Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in overtime.
  • Rams rally past 49ers: A fourth-quarter comeback earned Matthew Stafford his first shot at a Super Bowl title as the Rams snapped their run of losses against the 49ers. 
  • Will Tom Brady retire?: After a Saturday afternoon report of Brady’s retirement roiled the sports world, the QB – and his father – insisted no decision has been made. So where do things stand? 
  • More NFL coaching hires: It looks like Jim Harbaugh might indeed be headed back to the NFL ranks in Miami, while Josh McDaniels appears poised for a second chance as an NFL head coach. 
  • NBA heats up out west: The Suns became the first team to reach 40 wins, and Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets had no trouble handling the defending champion Bucks.
  • World Cup worries for USA: A 2-0 loss to Canada on Sunday raised plenty of questions for U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter and his side, and answers weren’t necessarily forthcoming. 
  • Nadal takes historic title: Rafael Nadal fought back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final, claiming a record 21st Grand Slam title








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