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ORLANDO, Fla. — Evan Fournier scored a career-high 32 points as the Orlando Magic stunned the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-102 Tuesday night, Jan. 16, at the Amway Center in Orlando. Fournier hit 6 3-pointers and D.J. Augustin had 11 points in the fourth quarter as Orlando snapped a seven-game losing streak and won for only the second time in its last 18 games. Jimmy Butler scored 28 points for Minnesota, which saw a five-game winning streak snapped in surprise fashion.
Minnesota responded from one its worst home losses in school history by winning its first road game in over two months. Senior guard Nate Mason scored 25 points and junior forward Jordan Murphy had 22 points and 19 rebounds to help Minnesota earn a 95-84 overtime win at Penn State in a Monday Big 10 conference contest. The Gophers (14-6, 3-4) snapped a three-game losing streak and somewhat got the taste of an ugly home loss to Purdue on Saturday out of their mouths.
Danica Patrick on Monday confirmed the rumors that had been swirling for weeks - she is dating Aaron Rodgers. The famed auto racer told The Associated Press, "Yes, Aaron and I are dating." The two met at the 2012 ESPYs, Patrick told The AP. She is an avid Bears fan but said, "Now I'm going to cheer for the Packers." Both athletes are coming off a very bumpy 2017. Patrick lost her ride with Stewart-Haas Racing and couldn't find another sponsor or owner to give her a deal. She has said she plans to race in both the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 this year.
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is expected to be the next head coach of the New York Giants, according to multiple reports Monday.
HONOLULU—Patton Kizzire tapped in for par on the tournament-record sixth playoff hole on Sunday, Jan. 14, to win the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu over James Hahn. It was the longest playoff in Sony Open history and the longest on the PGA Tour since John Huh beat Robert Allenby at the Mayakoba Classic in 2012. Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole four times and the 17th hole twice. Kizzire won with a par on the par-3 17th hole when Hahn's par putt lipped out on the right side.
PITTSBURGH — Leonard Fournette rushed for three touchdowns, Telvin Smith returned a fumble 50 yards for a score and the Jacksonville Jaguars upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42 in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs at Heinz Field on Sunday. Jacksonville advanced to the AFC Championship for the first time since 1999 and will face New England, which dominated Tennessee 35-14 on Saturday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are returning to the AFC Championship Game after opening their title defense with a 35-14 win over the Tennessee Titans in a divisional playoff game Saturday night, Jan. 13, in Foxborough, Mass. Brady completed 35 of 53 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns, his NFL-record 10th career playoff game with three or more TDs. Danny Amendola caught 11 passes for 112 yards for the Patriots.
ST. PAUL—Matt Dumba scored two goals while Mikael Granlund added a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Saturday night, Jan. 13, in Minnesota. The Jets were coming off a tough 2-1 loss in Chicago and were trying to improve to 4-0 on the season against Minnesota. However, the Wild came out strong early, thanks to a 23-shot first period where it took an early lead, and Winnipeg couldn't come back.
PHILADELPHIA — Rookie kicker Jake Elliott booted three field goals, LeGarrette Blount rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, and the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the visiting Atlanta Falcons 15-10 in the NFC divisional playoffs Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The crowd erupted when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's pass fell incomplete in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the Philadelphia 2-yard line with less than one minute remaining.
MINNEAPOLIS—Nemanja Bjelica ignited a fourth-quarter burst with 3-pointers as the Minnesota Timberwolves broke open a tight game enroute to a 118-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night at Target Center in Minneapolis. Karl-Anthony Towns recorded game-highs with 23 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, helping the Timberwolves win a fourth straight game as they wind down on a five-game homestand. The loss was the Knicks' 10th in their last 13 games.