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MINNEAPOLIS -- Senior forward Ethan Happ recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season to lead No. 19 Wisconsin to a 56-51 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night, Feb. 6, in Big Ten play. Sophomore guard Brad Davison scored 10 points as the Badgers (17-6, 9-3) won their sixth straight contest. Sophomore forward Nate Reuvers contributed nine points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Major changes to baseball's rulebook could be in the offing as Major League Baseball and its players association engaged in talks about rules proposals that would equate to an overhaul. Among the proposals to be considered, per multiple reports, are a universal designated hitter -- currently only American League teams employ a DH, with National League teams adapting to that lineup configuration when visiting an AL ballpark -- a 20-second pitch clock and expanding rosters to 26.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is set to buy his way out of Philadelphia and into free agency. According to multiple reports, the Eagles opted to use the $20 million option for 2019 to retain Foles and shop him for compensation. Foles countered, using a provision in his contract -- a $2 million buyout -- to free himself to return to the open market when free agency begins next month. Among teams potentially in the market for a quarterback this offseason are the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New York Giants.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Conley recorded 25 points, nine assists and three steals amidst increased trade speculation to help the Memphis Grizzlies post a 108-106 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, Feb. 5. Justin Holiday made two free throws with 0.1 seconds left to give the Grizzlies their second straight victory after they lost 17 of their previous 19 games. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23 points, and Ivan Rabb scored a career-high 19 points and matched his season best of 11 rebounds for Memphis. Holiday had 17 points and nine rebounds.
A woman died after being struck by foul ball at Dodger Stadium last August, but her cause of death was not revealed until Monday. ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom was hit in the head by a foul ball when the Los Angeles Dodgers played the San Diego Padres on Aug. 25. She was struck in the top of the ninth inning when Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes fouled off a pitch from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed she died on Aug. 29 of blunt force trauma and acute intracranial hemorrhage.
The New England Patriots cracked the Los Angeles Rams' defense in Super Bowl LIII by running the exact same play three times in a row. New England ran the play out of its heaviest, non-goal line package. Strange as it sounds, the simple formula proved to be the antidote against an otherwise ferocious defense. Wade Phillips' unit hounded Tom Brady and the passing game almost all night. The Rams pestered the 41-year-old with myriad looks, timely coverage rotations and sporadic spurts of pressure, forcing poor reads, bad decisions, errant throws and even an ugly sack-fumble.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz admitted his shortcomings could have inspired anonymous criticism from teammates, who described the 26-year-old as selfish and egotistical. Wentz said parts of the recent story that criticized him were wrong, and others prompted reflection.
Spain's Sergio Garcia will face no further punishment following his disqualification from the Saudi International on Saturday for damaging several greens. Players in groups behind Garcia on Saturday, including American Patrick Reed, complained that Garcia had taken his frustration out on several greens on the front nine during Saturday's round at the Royal Greens course, leaving scuff marks and at least one large divot-like mark. Garcia, 39, was subject to a fine and potential suspension, but European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley told The Scotsman that the "incident is over.
The New Orleans Saints' players and fans did not hold back as they watched the Los Angeles Rams struggle in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. Two weeks earlier, the Saints watched in disbelief as a controversial non-call contributed to their overtime loss to the Rams in the NFC title game. The league later admitted that its officials blew the call, but that provided little solace to New Orleans' players and fans. The Rams' 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots on sports' biggest stage seemed to help.
ATLANTA -- Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LIII. Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards, including seven catches for 93 yards before halftime, to help New England claim a second Super Bowl in three seasons. He caught one of the most memorable passes in Super Bowl history to help New England rally over the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. Edelman now ranks second all-time in playoff receiving yards with 1,412. Jerry Rice is the all-time leader with 2,245.