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LOS ANGELES — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday, Jan. 24, and Andrew Wiggins added 23 points as the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves continued to find their stride under interim head coach Ryan Saunders with a 120-105 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Jerryd Bayless added 16 points and eight assists off the bench as the Timberwolves won their third consecutive game and improved to 5-3 under Saunders, who took over after Tom Thibodeau was fired on Jan. 6. The Wolves also improved to 7-3 in their past 10 games.
Jon Rahm took advantage of favorable scoring conditions on the North Course at Torrey Pines on Thursday to shoot a 10-under par 62 and claim a one-shot lead after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Starting on the back nine, the Spaniard eagled his first hole, added another eagle at the par-5 17th and made the turn in 7-under 29. The lone blemish on his scorecard was a bogey on the par-3 third hole, but Rahm reeled off four consecutive birdies from Nos. 5-8 to reach 10-under.
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams said his Wednesday tackle of the New England Patriots' mascot -- meant in good fun -- at the Pro Bowl in Orlando put the person inside the costume in the hospital. "He [Pat Patriot] was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, 'You know what? Let me go tackle him,'" Adams told ESPN on Thursday. "I didn't hit him that hard, man. All jokes aside, I didn't hit him that hard. "I don't know what's really going on, but they did tell me he's in the hospital. My intention was never to hurt him.
The number of diagnosed concussions dropped significantly in the NFL in 2018, the league confirmed on Thursday, Jan. 24. There was a 24 percent decline in concussions in the preseason and regular season, from 281 in 2017 to 214 this season. For the regular season only, there was a 29 percent decrease from 190 in 2017 to 135. That means the average NFL team experienced one concussion every fourth game in 2018, compared to one every third game in 2017.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald plans to play in 2019. Fitzgerald signed a one-year deal with the team, ending speculation about his status under his third head coach in as many seasons. "No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald," team president Michael Bidwill said. "In my discussions with him, it was clear that he is as driven and passionate as ever. We are thrilled he'll be back for 2019."
DENVER — Eric Staal had two goals and an assist, Charlie Coyle and Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist each, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Wednesday night, Jan. 23, in Denver. Jared Spurgeon also scored, and Devin Dubnyk made 20 saves for the Wild. Minnesota, which has won four of its past five games, sits in third place in the Central Division heading into the All-Star break. Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie scored, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots for the struggling Avalanche. Colorado has gone 5-13-3 since Dec. 7.
All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera became the first person to earn unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame when he was named on all 425 ballots submitted by the National Baseball Writers' Association of America. The voting tabulations were announced Tuesday, Jan. 22, by Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson on the MLB Network. Rivera was joined by starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina and designated hitter Edgar Martinez as part of the 2019 class to be inducted in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 21.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Charles Matthews made a buzzer-beating putback shot and No. 5 Michigan bounced back from its only loss this season and defeated visiting Minnesota 59-57 on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Ignas Brazdeikis missed a layup with three seconds left but the ball was tipped to Matthews, who scored the game-winner from the baseline just before the game and shot clock ran out. Brazdeikis had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Jon Teske supplied 15 points for Michigan. Matthews finished with seven points.
The Houston Rockets might have found a new home for veteran forward Carmelo Anthony. Then again ... maybe not. According to a report Monday by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets agreed to trade Anthony and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls. Wojnarowski, citing league sources, wrote that the Bulls reportedly will waive the 10-time All-Star, allowing him to become a free agent if he clears waivers. With the open spot on the roster, the Rockets have signed former Brooklyn Nets forward Kenneth Faried.
Pass interference soon could be a reviewable play in the NFL, according to sources cited by The Washington Post on Monday. That's not soon enough from the perspective of the New Orleans Saints, who would have been in position to put the NFC championship game on ice late in the fourth quarter Sunday had a collision prior to the ball arriving -- textbook pass interference in the NFL rulebook -- not been a non-call. Saints head coach Sean Payton erupted on the sideline and appeared to scold game officials for blowing "a Super Bowl call."