The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS—The Phoenix Suns overcame 27 turnovers to grind out a hard-fought 108-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night, Dec. 16, at Target Center. Phoenix helped itself with another dominating performance from its bench. One game after putting up 55 points on the Toronto Raptors, the Suns' reserves outscored Minnesota's bench 69-20, led by 17 points apiece from Dragan Bender and Troy Daniels, Isaiah Canaan's 15 points, and 12 points and a career-high 19 rebounds from Alex Len.
The season for Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson is coming to an end because of a neck injury. The Cardinals are placing Peterson on injured reserve, the 32-year-old former NFL MVP and seven-time Pro Bowler confirmed in a statement Friday to ESPN's Josina Anderson.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points, 14 rebounds and a season-high five blocks as the Minnesota Timberwolves coasted to a 119-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Andrew Wiggins followed up a rough shooting night two nights earlier to score 22 points for the Wolves on 9-of-17 shooting. Jimmy Butler chipped in 21 for Minnesota (17-12), which has won three of its last four games.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury, coach Bruce Boudreau announced Thursday. Dubnyk sustained the injury in the first period of Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames. The 31-year-old was replaced by Alex Stalock to start the second period for the Wild (16-11-3), who host the Toronto Maple Leafs (20-11-1) on Thursday night and the Edmonton Oilers (13-16-2) on Saturday.
Fear of losing its coach to a major school helped James Madison decide to reward coach Mike Houston with a 10-year contract extension. School officials announced the deal through 2027 on Tuesday, four days before the undefeated Dukes host South Dakota State in the FCS semifinals. Houston is 27-1 in two seasons at the school and guided James Madison to the 2016 FCS national championship.
The NFL Network suspended Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and fellow analysts Heath Evans and Ike Taylor "pending an investigation" into allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the network announced. The allegations were made in a lawsuit by former NFL Network employee Jami Cantor, who sued NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court in October.
SAN JOSE—Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter stole the puck from Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo and scored with 1:34 left in overtime as the Wild beat the Sharks 4-3 in overtime at SAP Center on Sunday night. San Jose rallied from a 3-1 deficit after two periods to force overtime. The Sharks' Brent Burns started the third-period comeback with his second goal of the game and fourth of the season at 2:41 on the power play. Tomas Hertl tied it with his seventh of the season at 14:59 after Minnesota goalie Alex Stalock failed to freeze a shot by Sharks defenseman DeMelo.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Timberwolves hung on to beat the Mavericks 97-92 on Sunday, Minnesota's third win of the season against Dallas. Karl-Anthony Towns provided much of the offense for Minnesota. The Timberwolves center scored a team-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added 22 points for the Timberwolves (16-11). Jamal Crawford, who scored 16 points, hit a pair of free throws with 16.4 seconds to play.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—Five Arkansas players scored in double figures, led by 22 points from Jaylen Barford, as unranked Arkansas defeated No. 14 Minnesota 95-79 Saturday at Bud Walton Arena. C.J. Jones came off the bench to score 15 points for Arkansas (7-2), making five 3-pointers as the Razorbacks handed the Golden Gophers (8-3) their second consecutive road loss.
NEW YORK—A year ago, Baker Mayfield headed to New York with a chance to win the HeismanTrophy and finished third. This time, the Oklahoma senior quarterback was the runaway winner. Mayfield was a consensus favorite to win the Heisman and those projections proved accurate Saturday night when he became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the award.