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DENVER -- Paul Millsap had a season-high 25 points, Nikola Jokic scored 24, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves, 128-116, on Sunday night, Feb. 23. Jamal Murray had 19 points, Gary Harris and Monte Morris had 13 apiece and Jerami Grant 12 for Denver, which has won eight straight against the Timberwolves. Kelan Martin scored a career-high 21 points - 19 in the first half - Malik Beasley had 17, Jordan McLaughlin added 15 points and 10 assists, Jarret Culver had 14 and Naz Reid scored 13 for Minnesota.
MEXICO CITY -- Patrick Reed shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday, Feb. 23, to win the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship in Mexico City by one shot over Bryson DeChambeau. Reed carded five birdies and one bogey on his final trip around Chapultepec Golf Club to finish at 18-under 266. The victory is the eighth of Reed's career. "It's very rewarding," Reed said during a post-round interview with NBC. "The last hole was ugly but it was what I needed just to get the job done.
LAS VEGAS -- Not having one of his cars in the championship field of four last November was just not acceptable for NASCAR Cup Series team owner Roger Penske. So, in the offseason he shook things up by changing around the crews of all three of his teams. In Sunday's Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Penske's moves looked genius as Penske driver Joey Logano pulled away from the field on the final lap to get the victory.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Daniel Oturu scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Minnesota cruised to an 83-57 win over Northwestern in a Big Ten matchup on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23. Marcus Carr notched 18 points and seven assists, and Gabe Kalscheur and Payton Willis scored 14 points apiece. Minnesota (13-13, 7-9 Big Ten) snapped a three-game losing streak and won on the road for the first time since Jan. 23.
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored his first career hat trick as the Minnesota Wild defeated the host Edmonton Oilers 5-3 Friday night, Feb. 21. Kevin Fiala and Carson Soucy also scored for the Wild, who improved to 2-1-0 under interim coach Dean Evason and completed a season sweep of the Oilers. Goaltender Alex Stalock made 23 saves. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice and Leon Draisaitl also tallied for Edmonton, which lost both games on its homestand. Goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 34 of 38 shots.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 29 points and the visiting Boston Celtics played strong defense down the stretch to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-117 on Friday night, Feb. 21. Jayson Tatum scored 28 points and Jaylen Brown and Daniel Theis chipped in with 25 apiece as the Celtics came out of the All-Star break with its fourth victory in the last five road games. Boston has won 12 of 14 overall. Malik Beasley had 27 points to pace the Timberwolves, who were without star center Karl-Anthony Towns, out with a sprained left wrist.
NFL Players Association player representatives delayed a vote on a proposed collective bargaining agreement Friday after the union's executive committee voted against recommending the deal on the table. Citing a source, ESPN's Dan Graziano reported that the NFL and NFLPA will meet Tuesday at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. A vote by the NFLPA board of player representatives could take place either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, he said, adding that it would still require a vote of all players afterward on the proposal.
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — Kyle Stanley birdied his first three holes Thursday, Feb. 20, and he holds a two-shot lead after the first round at the Puerto Rico Open. Stanley shot an 8-under-par 64 at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club's Championship course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He had a second stretch of three consecutive birdies to open the back nine and finished with nine birdies against a single bogey. Peter Uihlein, Josh Teater, Chris Couch, Argentina's Emiliano Grillo, Sweden's Henrik Norlander and Australia's Rhein Gibson share second place at 6-under 66.
After months of negotiating, representatives for the NFL owners and players union appear to have an agreement in place for a new collective bargaining agreement, with a vote by the players on ratification apparently the only hurdle remaining for the new CBA to be approved. The NFL on Thursday afternoon released a statement indicating that the owners have approved the terms of the proposed CBA, agreed to by negotiators for the NFL and NFLPA.
The NFL is expected to add two playoff teams and reduce the number of teams getting a playoff bye in the next collective bargaining agreement, and that agreement could be completed within a week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night. According to the report, league sources indicated to ESPN the proposal would have seven teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs, up from six. Only one team from each conference would receive a bye in the wild-card round, down from two teams.