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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Malcolm Perry established an FBS record in rushing yards for a quarterback and Bijan Nichols kicked a 23-yard field goal with two seconds left as No. 23 Navy defeated Kansas State 20-17 in the 61st annual Liberty Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in Memphis, Tenn. Perry finished the game with 213 yards and 2,017 for the season. Navy's defense stifled Kansas State's offense most of the game, holding the Wildcats to just 83 yards of total offense prior to a game-tying drive. Kansas State managed only 46 yards on 27 carries for the game.
ST. PAUL — Auston Matthews, William Nylander and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist, and Frederik Andersen stopped 26 of 27 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, Dec. 31, in St. Paul. Alexander Kerfoot also scored a goal for Toronto, which extended its point streak to eight games (7-0-1). Nylander extended his goal streak to four games.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Homer Bailey and left-hander Rich Hill to one-year contracts for the 2020 season on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported it was a $7 million deal for Bailey and $3 million plus incentives for Hill. Bailey, 33, made 31 starts with the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics last season, combining to go 13-9 with a 4.57 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 163 1/3 innings.
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins hired Ron Rivera as their new head coach, the NFL Network reported on Tuesday, replacing interim leader Bill Callahan, who took over after Jay Gruden was cut loose in October. Rivera previously presided over the NFL's Carolina Panthers, leading the team to a franchise-best 15-win and one-loss record in the 2015 season before losing in the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos.
DALLAS — Cory Munson drilled a 52-yard field goal as time expired Monday, lifting Western Kentucky to a 23-20 win over Western Michigan in the First Responder Bowl Monday, Dec. 30. Western Kentucky (9-4) got the chance to kick after a replay review detected that the Broncos (7-6) had 12 men on the field while breaking up a Hail Mary pass into the end zone on what appeared to be the last play of regulation. Given five yards and an untimed down, Munson made a kick that would have been good from at least 10 yards further out.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Shabazz Napier scored eight of his season-high 24 points in overtime as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a nine-game home losing streak with a 122-115 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, Dec. 30. After the Wolves rallied down the stretch of regulation, Napier hit three clutch shots in the extra session. His layup with four minutes left put Minnesota up 107-105 and his fadeaway with 1:39 left pushed Minnesota's lead to 115-109.
SEATTLE -- Raheem Mostert rushed for two second-half touchdowns and the San Francisco 49ers made a late defensive stand to claim the NFC West crown and No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a 26-21 victory at Seattle on Sunday night, the final game of the NFL regular season.
ST. PAUL -- Ryan Pulock and Matt Martin scored the tying and go-ahead goals in a span of 97 seconds early in the third period Sunday night, Dec. 29, for the visiting New York Islanders, who snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Tom Kuhnhackl added an insurance goal with 2:31 left for the Islanders, who were outscored 14-9 during their skid. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves as New York won in regulation for the first time since a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Dec. 12.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Trevor Lawrence threw 34 yards to Travis Etienne for the go-ahead score with 1:49 left, as No. 3 Clemson rallied for a 29-23 victory over No. 2 Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 28.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Collin Sexton and Darius Garland scored 18 points each as the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers continued their recent run of improved play with a 94-88 victory Saturday, Dec. 28, over the Minnesota Timberwolves. In a game that was missing much of its star power, Kevin Love did not start for the Cavaliers because of hip and back soreness. The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns for a sixth consecutive game because of a sprained left knee and also were without Andrew Wiggins because of the flu.