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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.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Derrick Rose buried a 20-foot, tie-breaking jumper with nine-tenths of a second remaining Sunday night, Jan, 20, delivering the Minnesota Timberwolves a 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the first half of a home-and-home sequence in Minneapolis. The clubs will meet again Tuesday in Phoenix. The Timberwolves trailed 110-106 before Rose capped a 31-point performance by scoring eight of Minnesota's final 10 points over the closing 3:25.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Adam Long sunk a 14-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to clip Phil Mickelson and Canada's Adam Hadwin on the final hole Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Desert Classic in La Quinta, claiming his first title in his sixth career start on the PGA Tour.
NEW ORLEANS -- After forcing overtime with a 48-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in regulation, Greg Zuerlein nailed a 57-yard field goal 4:17 into overtime to lift the visiting Los Angeles Rams to a controversial 26-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 20, and a berth in Super Bowl LIII.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Senior Dupree McBrayer hit the game-winning free throw with 2.7 seconds left Saturday, Jan. 19, in Minneapolis to give Minnesota a 65-64 win over Penn State and leave the Nittany Lions as the only winless team in the Big 10. Penn State (7-12, 0-8 Big Ten) had a chance to win by inbound the ball on Minnesota's side of the court with 2.3 seconds left, but a jumper from the wing by junior Lamar Stevens bounced off the heel of the rim as time expired. Senior Jordan Murphy had 19 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Golden Gophers.
The bright side of a lackluster divisional round is a star-studded conference championship weekend, bringing us rematches of two of the regular season's best games. The New England Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 20, at 5:40 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo. The New Orleans Saints host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game at 2:05 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Marco Belinelli canned a pair of crucial free throws with 4.2 seconds left to play, and LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 25 points as the visiting San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-113 on Friday, Jan. 18, in the Twin Cities. The game was close throughout, with 27 lead changes and 17 ties through the middle of the fourth quarter. Still, the Spurs led just 108-105 after a stepback jumper by Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins with 3:06 to play.