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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman was fined $26,739 by the NFL for the helmet-to-helmet hit that didn't draw a penalty flag late in the NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Friday. The controversial non-call was a major factor in the Rams' 26-23 overtime victory last Sunday that earned the club a Super Bowl berth.
The NFL's all-time leading scorer is coming back to pad his record. The Indianapolis Colts and kicker Adam Vinatieri are close to a one-year deal for next season, according to multiple reports. Vinatieri, who would be playing his 24th season, passed Hall of Fame member Morten Andersen for the scoring record in October. Andersen scored 2,544 points during a 25-year career spent mostly with the New Orleans Saints (1982-94) and Atlanta Falcons (1995-2000, 2006-07).
LOS ANGELES — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday, Jan. 24, and Andrew Wiggins added 23 points as the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves continued to find their stride under interim head coach Ryan Saunders with a 120-105 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Jerryd Bayless added 16 points and eight assists off the bench as the Timberwolves won their third consecutive game and improved to 5-3 under Saunders, who took over after Tom Thibodeau was fired on Jan. 6. The Wolves also improved to 7-3 in their past 10 games.
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams said his Wednesday tackle of the New England Patriots' mascot -- meant in good fun -- at the Pro Bowl in Orlando put the person inside the costume in the hospital. "He [Pat Patriot] was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, 'You know what? Let me go tackle him,'" Adams told ESPN on Thursday. "I didn't hit him that hard, man. All jokes aside, I didn't hit him that hard. "I don't know what's really going on, but they did tell me he's in the hospital. My intention was never to hurt him.
The number of diagnosed concussions dropped significantly in the NFL in 2018, the league confirmed on Thursday, Jan. 24. There was a 24 percent decline in concussions in the preseason and regular season, from 281 in 2017 to 214 this season. For the regular season only, there was a 29 percent decrease from 190 in 2017 to 135. That means the average NFL team experienced one concussion every fourth game in 2018, compared to one every third game in 2017.
DENVER — Eric Staal had two goals and an assist, Charlie Coyle and Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist each, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Wednesday night, Jan. 23, in Denver. Jared Spurgeon also scored, and Devin Dubnyk made 20 saves for the Wild. Minnesota, which has won four of its past five games, sits in third place in the Central Division heading into the All-Star break. Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie scored, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots for the struggling Avalanche. Colorado has gone 5-13-3 since Dec. 7.
All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera became the first person to earn unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame when he was named on all 425 ballots submitted by the National Baseball Writers' Association of America. The voting tabulations were announced Tuesday, Jan. 22, by Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson on the MLB Network. Rivera was joined by starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina and designated hitter Edgar Martinez as part of the 2019 class to be inducted in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 21.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Charles Matthews made a buzzer-beating putback shot and No. 5 Michigan bounced back from its only loss this season and defeated visiting Minnesota 59-57 on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Ignas Brazdeikis missed a layup with three seconds left but the ball was tipped to Matthews, who scored the game-winner from the baseline just before the game and shot clock ran out. Brazdeikis had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Jon Teske supplied 15 points for Michigan. Matthews finished with seven points.
Pass interference soon could be a reviewable play in the NFL, according to sources cited by The Washington Post on Monday. That's not soon enough from the perspective of the New Orleans Saints, who would have been in position to put the NFC championship game on ice late in the fourth quarter Sunday had a collision prior to the ball arriving -- textbook pass interference in the NFL rulebook -- not been a non-call. Saints head coach Sean Payton erupted on the sideline and appeared to scold game officials for blowing "a Super Bowl call."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Quarterback Tom Brady led New England to a Super Bowl for the ninth time Sunday, Jan. 20, passing for 348 yards and a touchdown as the visiting Patriots scored a touchdown with the first overtime possession and nipped the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31. New England advances to play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII after the Rams survived an overtime thriller against the New Orleans Saints earlier Sunday for the NFC crown.