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MINNEAPOLIS -- Russell Westbrook paired a season-high 45 points with 10 assists, and he carried the Houston Rockets to a 131-124 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Jan. 24. Westbrook scored 27 second-half points and dominated down the stretch to help the Rockets fend off the Timberwolves, who attempted to rally behind Karl-Anthony Towns (30 points, 12 rebounds) and Andrew Wiggins (28 points). Minnesota saw its losing skid reach eight games.
Jack Jablonski's dream of joining an NHL organization was realized Friday, when the Los Angeles Kings had him sign a contract this week, eight-plus years after he was paralyzed in a high school hockey game in Minnesota. The recent Southern California graduate will use his communications degree as a content coordinator, while also being involved in podcasting, radio and television. "I had always dreamed of signing an NHL contract," Jablonski wrote on Twitter. "Unfortunately, that dream was taken away 8 yrs ago.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Marcus Carr's 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left broke a tie, and Minnesota defeated Ohio State 62-59 on Thursday, Jan. 23. Carr finished with 21 points, Gabe Kalscheur added 13 points, and Daniel Oturu, Minnesota's top scorer (20.2 average), had all 11 of his points in the second half. The Gophers (11-8, 5-4 Big Ten) earned their third win in four games. Duane Washington Jr. missed a long 3-point try at the buzzer for the Buckeyes (12-7, 2-6 Big Ten), who have lost two straight and six of their past seven.
ST. PAUL -- Eric Staal notched a goal and an assist after Minnesota honored his 1,000-point NHL career Wednesday night, Jan. 22, and the Wild earned a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Staal produced the two-point night after the organization recognized the 35-year-old veteran in a pregame ceremony with his family. The Wild presented Staal with a crystal and golden hockey stick to celebrate his point total, which reached 1,012 -- sixth highest among active NHL players.
CHICAGO -- Zach LaVine scored 25 points -- including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:26 to go -- and Cristiano Felicio notched a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to lift the host Chicago Bulls past the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 117-110 on Wednesday night, Jan. 22. Karl-Anthony Towns scored a game-high 40 points and Andrew Wiggins followed with 25 for Minnesota, but it wasn't enough as the Timberwolves suffered their seventh straight defeat.
NEW YORK — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring after 16 NFL seasons, the team announced Wednesday, Jan. 22. "For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field," co-owner, president and CEO John Mara said in a statement. "Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise's history.
Major League Baseball doesn't plan to force the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox to vacate their recent World Series titles, commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday. In an interview with Fox Business Network, Manfred said the sign-stealing scandal that has enveloped the Astros and implicated the Red Sox doesn't change anything. "I think the answer from our perspective is to be transparent about what the investigation showed and let our fans make their own decision about what happened," Manfred said.
Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday in balloting submitted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Jeter received votes on 396 of the 397 ballots, falling one vote short of joining former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera as a unanimous selection in balloting revealed on the MLB Network. Jeter, a shortstop, was named on 99.7% of the ballots. Walker, an outfielder, received 76.6% and was elected by six votes over the minimum. The requirement for induction is 75%.
The NFL will test an alternative to the onside kick during the Pro Bowl on Sunday. While kickoffs no longer are used in the exhibition game, the teams will have two options at their disposal after scoring on the previous drive.
ST. PAUL -- Florida's Noel Acciari chipped in the game-winning goal with 5.6 seconds left as the Panthers won for the first time ever in regulation at Minnesota, beating the Wild 5-4 on Monday night, Jan. 20. Mark Pysyk fired in a long shot in the closing seconds that Aaron Ekblad tipped and then Acciari redirected in for his 18th goal, giving Florida its season-high fifth consecutive victory.