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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists in his return from injury and Evgeni Malkin added two goals and an assist Tuesday as the Penguins trounced the visiting Minnesota Wild 7-3. Crosby, who had sports hernia surgery, missed 28 games. Jared McCann, Bryan Rust and Dominik Simon each added a goal and an assist, and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Pittsburgh, which won its fourth straight. Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry made 26 saves.
The Police Athletic League in Hollywood, Fla., cut its affiliation with free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown after he live streamed an encounter Monday with the police department that included numerous obscenities directed at officers and the mother of his children. The department announced it had returned a donation from Brown and that an "irreparable rift" existed between the Police Athletic League, the department and Brown.
The Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday tweeted the two words center Sidney Crosby's fans have been waiting to hear: "He's back." Sidelined since undergoing core muscle surgery on Nov. 14, the 32-year-old captain will play in Tuesday night's game against the visiting Minnesota Wild. Crosby participated in Tuesday morning's skate, centering a line with Jared McCann and Dominik Simon, according to ESPN.
Travis Konecny scored in the fifth round of a shootout to complete the Philadelphia Flyers' come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over the visiting Boston Bruins on Monday. Brad Marchand then had a chance to score in the shootout, but he overskated the puck and pushed it forward, which ended the game. Travis Sanheim scored two goals, Sean Couturier added one goal and two assists, and Kevin Hayes and Connor Bunnaman had one goal apiece for the Flyers, who improved to 5-5 in shootouts this season. Jake Voracek also had two assists, and goaltender Carter Hart made 26 saves for Philadel
NEW ORLEANS -- Joe Burrow capped his record-shattering season by passing for five touchdowns and running for one to lead No. 1 LSU to a 42-25 victory over No. 3 Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday night, Jan. 13, in New Orleans. Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy by a record margin, completed 31 of 49 passes for 463 yards and rushed 14 times for 58 yards. He finished the season with NCAA records of 60 touchdown passes and 65 touchdowns accounted for, breaking the marks of 58 and 63, respectively, set by Hawaii's Colt Brennan in 2006.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander produced his first career triple-double, finishing with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night, Jan. 13, in Minneapolis. Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder's second-year guard, hadn't pulled down more than 10 rebounds in any of his first 121 career games. Danilo Gallinari led Oklahoma City with a season-high 30 points.
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball brought the hammer down on the Houston Astros on Monday for stealing signs during their 2017 World Series championship season. Commissioner Rob Manfred handed manager A.J. Hinch and general Jeff Luhnow one-season suspensions, fined the club the maximum allowable amount of $5 million and took away the Astros' first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. "I find that the conduct of the Astros, and its senior baseball operations executives, merits significant discipline," Manfred said as part of the nine-page ruling.
HONOLULU -- Australia's Cameron Smith took advantage of Brendan Steele's late struggles with a clutch birdie at No. 18 and then prevailed in a playoff Sunday, Jan. 12, for his first individual PGA victory at the Sony Open in Honolulu. Smith got up-and-down from the sand at 18, sinking a nine-foot putt to force the playoff. His tee shot at No. 10 on the first playoff hole sailed right into the trees, but he recovered with a fantastic low approach to run his ball within 15 feet of the pin.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Davante Adams made eight receptions for a franchise postseason-record 160 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers held on to defeat the visiting Seattle Seahawks 28-23 Sunday, Jan. 12, in an NFC divisional-round playoff game. Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 27 passes for 243 yards, and Aaron Jones gained 62 yards on 21 carries with a pair of 1-yard touchdowns for the second-seeded Packers (14-3), who will visit the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers beat the Packers 37-8 in Santa Clara on Nov. 24.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Patrick Mahomes rallied Kansas City from an early 24-point deficit Sunday, Jan. 12, passing for 321 yards and five touchdowns as the Chiefs outraced the Houston Texans 51-31 in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs at Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City moves on to host the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year -- after never before doing so -- and will face the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans.