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CHICAGO—Ryan Suter's go-ahead goal early in the third period proved to be the winner as the Minnesota Wild held on for a 2-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago. Suter's strike came with both teams short-handed 3:03 into the third. The 13-year veteran's dragging wrist shot from the right circle sailed just above Anton Forsberg's glove, with Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund assisting.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jimmy Butler had 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves broke away in the second half to post a 104-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday in Minneapolis. Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points as the Timberwolves won for the third consecutive time and 10th in their past 13 games. Karl-Anthony Towns added 18 points and 12 rebounds for his NBA-leading 35th double-double of the season.
Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre told reporters during a conference call Wednesday that he played through a concussion during the 2009 NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints. The call took place ahead of Favre's documentary "Shocked: A Hidden Factor in the Sports Concussion Crisis," which is set to air at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Stadium Network.
ATLANTA — Former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is certain that Crimson Tide freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would have transferred if coach Nick Saban hadn't used him in Monday night's national title game.
ATLANTA — Playing true freshman Tua Tagovailoa in the national championship game became a consideration for Alabama head coach Nick Saban more than a month before the lefty entered college football lore with a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime. During many of the 15 practices before Alabama entered the College Football Playoff, Tagovailoa continued to impress with poise and potential. "We just all knew," Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley said of Tagovailoa.
ATLANTA—Tua Tagovailoa hit DeVonta Smith with a 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime early Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, giving Alabama a dramatic 26-23 win over Georgia in the championship game of the College Football Playoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. "The resiliency of this team to come through in the second half ... I'm so proud of our players to come back after the first half we played wasn't very good," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said.
The Chicago Bears on Monday named former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history. Nagy, 39, will be introduced to at a press conference on Tuesday. He replaces John Fox, who was fired after posting a 14-34 record in three seasons, including 5-11 in 2017.
NEW ORLEANS—Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 31-26 in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game Sunday, Jan. 7, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Saints beat the Panthers for the third time this season to advance to the divisional round. They will face the Vikings in Minnesota next Sunday, Jan. 14. Brees, who completed 23 of 32 passes, threw first-half touchdown passes of 80 yards to Ted Ginn Jr. and 9 yards to Josh Hill.
Even as the underdog, perhaps the Georgia Bulldogs can find some solace in friendly surroundings when the College Football Playoff national championship game tees off Monday, Jan. 8, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart will be able to glance in almost any direction from the Georgia sideline and see familiar faces. Not just because it is a virtual home game. The Bulldogs (13-1) bussed from campus a short 75 miles to arrive in Atlanta on Friday night, Jan. 5.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars broke a 10-year playoff drought because of their defense, so it wasn't surprising that the defense carried most of the load in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card win over the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Jacksonville, which won the AFC South title and the No. 3 seed for the AFC playoffs, advances to a conference semifinal next Sunday at No. 2 Pittsburgh. The Jaguars intercepted Ben Roethlisberger five times in a 30-9 Week 5 victory.