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ST. PAUL — Robert Covington and Shabazz Napier scored 20 points each as the Minnesota Timberwolves continued their improved play with a 99-84 victory Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, over the visiting Golden State Warriors. Naz Reid added 13 points off the bench as the Timberwolves improved to 2-2 without guard Andrew Wiggins, who missed his fourth consecutive game with an illness, and are now 3-6 without Karl-Anthony Towns (knee). It is a modest development after an 11-game losing streak to open December.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Matt Haarms scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Sasha Stefanovic hit several clutch shots to end with 17 to spark Purdue to an 83-78 victory over Minnesota in double overtime in Big Ten Conference play on Thursday night, Jan. 2, at Mackey Arena. "We just hung in there and had some things go against us, and our guys were able to make some key stops," Purdue coach Matt Painter said.
NEW ORLEANS — Thanks to big nights from quarterback Jake Fromm and wide receiver George Pickens, No. 5 Georgia defeated No. 7 Baylor 26-14 on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans. Fromm completed 20 of 30 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns while Pickens tied a Georgia bowl record with 12 catches, amassing 175 yards and a score. The Bulldogs (12-2) took a 19-0 lead into halftime and were never seriously threatened after the break.
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 32 points and 17 rebounds to lead the host Milwaukee Bucks to a 106-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The triumph gives the Bucks (31-5) the best 36-game start in franchise history. The 1971-72 squad led by legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dropped game No. 36 for a 30-6 mark.
MINNEAPOLIS — After missing two games with a shoulder injury, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook vows to be at "full strength" for Sunday's wild-card playoff game in New Orleans. "I feel refreshed," Cook said on Wednesday, Jan. 1. "I'm going to be ready to go. I'm going to be at full strength. Looking forward to a good football game."
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Wild will take their game to the great outdoors next New Year's Day with the NHL announcing Wednesday, Jan. 1, the team will play host to the 2021 Winter Classic. The Wild will move from St. Paul to Minneapolis for a day and set up shop at Target Field, home of MLB's Minnesota Twins. The opponent has yet to be determined.
PASADENA, Calif. — Justin Herbert rushed for three touchdowns, Brady Breeze made several key plays, and No. 6 Oregon outlasted No. 8 Wisconsin to win the 106th Rose Bowl Game, 28-27, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in Pasadena. The Ducks (12-2) gained just 204 total yards of offense, but a special teams touchdown by Breeze and two Herbert touchdown runs on short fields after turnovers powered them past the Badgers (10-4).
ORLANDO, Fla. — Mac Jones threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and No. 13 Alabama pulled away to a 35-16 win over No. 14 Michigan in the Citrus Bowl at Orlando on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Najee Harris rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide (11-2). Jerry Jeudy caught six passes for 204 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown reception in the early going. Alabama's defense shut out the Wolverines in the second half. The Crimson Tide were making their first non-College Football Playoff postseason appearance in five seasons.
TUCSON, Ariz. — True freshman quarterback Levi Williams threw for 234 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in his first his first career start Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 31, helping Wyoming to a 38-17 win over Georgia State in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson. Along with throwing for three scores, Williams ran for 53 yards and another touchdown, and running back Xazavian Valladay rushed for 204 yards on 26 carries and caught three passes for 91 yards to go with a rushing and receiving touchdown for the Cowboys (8-5).
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Sam Ehlinger passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 73 yards and another score as Texas routed No. 11 Utah 38-10 on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in the Valero Alamo Bowl at San Antonio. The Longhorns (8-5) posted a third straight bowl victory for the first time since a five-win run from 2004-08. Texas' defense, working under interim coordinator Craig Naivar after the firing of Todd Orlando at the end of the regular season, dominated the game while its offense gained 438 yards and did enough to keep the Utes off balance.