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.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Utah Jazz rallied from a double-digit deficit to top the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-92 in an NBA game Saturday night at Target Center. Utah's George Hill had a team-high 19 points, while Rudy Gobert provided the eventual game-winning shot when he tipped in a miss with 27.5 seconds remaining. Minnesota guard Zach LaVine had 24 points to lead the way for Minnesota, but his long jumper just before the buzzer bounced off the rim, resulting in another loss for the Timberwolves.
LOS ANGELES — If not for the Los Angeles Kings' uncanny success in overtime, the tone around their team would be very different as the season reaches its midpoint. Tanner Pearson scored 3:32 into overtime and Jeff Carter registered a goal and two assists as the Kings recorded a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Pearson scored his 11th goal of the season on a deflection of a shot from Alec Martinez to secure the win. The goal raised the Kings' record to 8-1 in extra sessions this season.
GREEN BAY — In 2007, the New York Giants lost at home to the Green Bay Packers in the regular season, then won at Lambeau Field for the NFC championship. In 2011, the Giants lost at home to the Packers in the regular season, then won at Lambeau for another NFC championship. It will be a similar story line entering today's NFC wild-card round. The Giants lost to the Packers in the regular season — 23-16 at Lambeau in Week 5 — and will try to turn the tables in Green Bay in a playoff rematch this afternoon.
Nate Mason was perfect on eight free-throw tries in the final 26 seconds to help Minnesota hold off a late Northwestern surge for a 70-66 Big Ten victory Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Amir Coffey scored 17 points and Reggie Lynch added 12 as the Gophers (14-2 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) rallied from a second-half deficit and snapped a three-game losing streak against the Wildcats. Mason, meanwhile, went 8-of-9 from the line for the game and finished with 12 points.