MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns posted his ninth straight double-double with 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves held on to beat the Houston Rockets 119-105 in an NBA game Wednesday night. Ricky Rubio had 10 points and tied his career high and a franchise best with 17 assists in the Wolves' second straight win. Brandon Rush had 12 points on four 3-pointers in his first start for Minnesota and Shabazz Muhammad added 20 points off the bench.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison is scheduled to appear in court later this month on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. According to Wisconsin circuit court records, Allison was pulled over and cited for speeding on Sept. 4, one day after the 22-year-old was released during the last round of cuts in the preseason. Allison, who was going 11 miles per hour over the posted limit, paid a $200.50 fine.
Former Minnesota Duluth Bulldog defenseman Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes was one of 44 players selected Tuesday for this season’s NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles. The 24-year-old Faulk, who played one season for UMD during the 2010-11 NCAA championship season, has seven goals and nine assists in 33 games this season for the Hurricanes. This will be his fourth all-star game appearance (2012, 2015, 2016).
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves held on despite losing another big lead for a 101-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Andrew Wiggins scored 13 points and Ricky Rubio added 13 points and a season-high 15 assists for Minnesota, which snapped a four-game losing streak in a battle of teams at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. The Timberwolves (12-26) overcame 18 turnovers by shooting 56.3 percent from the field and outrebounding the Mavericks 42-25.
Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and head coach Steve Spurrier headline the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame class announced Monday. Manning and Spurrier, who waged battles as part of the Florida-Tennessee rivalry in the 1990s, are among 10 players and three coaches who will be inducted at the ceremony on Dec. 5.
Aaron Rodgers has the throw down pat, but practice doesn't necessarily make what the daring quarterback seemingly has perfected. Rodgers' 42-yard touchdown heave to Randall Cobb in the back of the end zone to end the first half Sunday propelled the Green Bay Packers to a 38-13 comeback win over the New York Giants in the wild-card round of the playoffs. "It's kind of crazy," Packers receiver Davante Adams said. "It's almost (like) people expect us to make those plays."
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was hospitalized Sunday night after sustaining a rib injury in Sunday's 38-13 rout of the New York Giants in the NFC wild-card round, but has returned to the team's facilities. Nelson, 31, was hit in the midsection by Giants safety Leon Hall after a dropped pass early in the second quarter. He initially was listed as questionable to return, but later was ruled out. He made one catch for 13 yards in the victory.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Minnesota Wild made sure coach Bruce Boudreau's return to Anaheim was a positive one Sunday evening as they used two second-period goals to beat the Ducks 2-1 at Honda Center. Boudreau spent the last 4 1/2 seasons in Anaheim, leading the Ducks to four consecutive Pacific Division titles before he was fired in April and quickly scooped up by the Wild, who improved to 14-1-1 since Dec. 4. The Ducks remain tied atop the Pacific Division with the San Jose Sharks after losing at home in regulation for the first time since Nov. 25.
NFL PLAYOFFS — GREEN BAY PACKERS 38, N.Y. GIANTS 13 GREEN BAY — Call it "Revenge of the Hail Mary" by Captain Hail Mary. Aaron Rodgers, who shocked the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals with end-of-game Hail Mary touchdown passes last season, stunned the New York Giants with a 42-yard Hail Mary touchdown to Randall Cobb on the final play of the first half of Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field. That play propelled the Packers to a 38-13 victory and a date at top-seeded Dallas in the divisional round next Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Akeem Springs came off the bench to drill five 3-pointers and score 18 points, pushing him over 1,000 points for his career, as Minnesota recorded a 78-68 Big Ten Conference win over Ohio State on Sunday night at Williams Arena. Springs' last 3 swished with three seconds left on the shot clock and two minutes left in the game, upping the Gophers' lead to 69-60. Freshman Amir Coffey added a team-high 19 points, while Nate Mason scored 12 points and center Reggie Lynch contributed 10 before fouling out.