FOOTBALL

NFL PLAYOFFS

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP • SUNDAY

Green Bay at Atlanta, 2:05 pm (Ch. 9)

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP • SUNDAY

Pittsburgh at New Eng., 5:40 pm (Ch. 4)

SUPER BOWL LI

Sunday, Feb. 5 • Houston

NFC champion vs. AFC champion, 5:30 pm (Ch. 9)

BASKETBALL

TIMBERWOLVES STATISTICS

(Through Tuesday)

Player G Min Pts Reb Ast

Towns 42 35.9 22.0 12.0 2.9

Wiggins 42 36.9 21.6 4.3 2.3

LaVine 39 37.2 20.1 3.4 3.0

Dieng 42 32.6 10.8 7.5 2.0

Muhammad 38 18.2 8.0 2.7 0.3

Rubio 37 32.0 7.9 3.9 8.1

Bjelica 40 17.0 6.1 3.2 1.1

Payne 10 8.8 4.8 1.8 0.4

Dunn 42 16.4 3.8 2.1 2.3

Jones 23 10.4 3.2 1.2 1.9

Rush 16 13.8 3.1 1.4 0.7

Aldrich 37 10.9 2.2 3.5 0.5

Hill 5 7.9 2.0 2.6 0.0

Totals 42 241.0 103.1 43.0 22.7

Opponents 42 241.0 104.1 40.0 22.0

GOPHERS MEN'S STATISTICS

(Through Tuesday)

Player G Min Pts Reb Ast

Mason 19 33.5 13.9 3.4 5.4

Coffey 18 31.0 11.9 3.8 2.8

McBrayer 19 30.7 11.7 2.2 2.9

Murphy 19 26.4 10.2 8.1 0.8

Springs 19 20.8 8.6 2.8 1.3

Lynch 18 21.2 8.4 5.8 0.4

Curry 19 20.3 5.9 5.8 1.1

Gilbert 11 6.1 2.2 1.2 0.2

Konate 19 10.4 2.2 3.3 0.1

Hurt 17 6.6 1.1 0.5 0.2

Rudrud 4 1.8 1.0 0.2 0.0

Diedhiou 3 2.3 0.7 0.7 0.0

Sharp 6 1.8 0.3 0.0 0.2

Haugh 4 1.0 0.0 0.2 0.5

Totals 19 200 74.3 39.6 15.2

Opponents 19 200 65.7 38.8 12.2

GOPHERS WOMEN'S STATISTICS

(Through Tuesday)

Player G Min Pts Reb Ast

Wagner 18 34.5 19.3 5.1 1.8

Bell 17 32.4 16.6 3.9 5.6

Hubbard 13 31.5 13.3 3.2 2.5

Edwards 17 21.9 7.5 7.2 0.6

Tinjum 17 18.8 6.8 4.6 0.8

Fernstrom 5 25.8 6.2 8.2 0.4

Hedstrom 18 24.9 6.1 4.5 1.5

Brunson 18 10.4 2.9 0.9 1.1

T. Bello 14 11.4 2.4 4.8 0.1

Starr 16 12.9 2.4 3.3 2.0

Barnes 14 8.2 1.8 3.1 0.1

Kaposi 9 3.6 1.6 1.3 0.3

Key 5 2.6 1.2 0.0 0.0

Lamke 8 3.4 0.8 0.3 0.1

K. Bello 4 3.0 0.5 0.8 0.0

Totals 18 200 75.8 45.9 15.1

Opponents 18 200 74.6 44.7 18.7

COLLEGE • MEN

NCAA DIVISION III TOP 25

As chosen by D3hoops.com, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sunday, points received and last week's ranking:

Rec. Pts. Pvs

 1. Babson (15) 14-1 615 1

 2. Whitman (10) 15-0 610 2

 3. Chr. Newport 13-2 562 4

 4. Tufts 13-2 525 6

 5. Wis.-River Falls 14-1 490 7

 6. Whitworth 13-2 473 8

 7. St. Norbert 11-2 465 9

 8. Rochester 13-1 448 3

 9. North Park 12-2 393 18

10. Denison 14-1 353 19

11. Washington U. 11-3 345 20

12. Wis.-Eau Claire 12-3 321 10

13. Ramapo 14-1 269 13

14. Susquehanna 13-2 259 11

15. Middlebury 12-2 258 15

16. Amherst 10-4 257 5

17. Salisbury 12-3 241 12

18. Marietta 11-4 174 23

19. Benedictine 11-4 161 14

20. Augustana 12-3 159 —

21. Claremont-M-S 10-1 130 25

22. New Jersey City 13-3 102 24

23. Neumann 14-1 101 17

24. Wesleyan 13-3 90 —

25. Wis.-Whitewater 12-3 79 21

COLLEGE • WOMEN

NCAA DIVISION III TOP 25

As chosen by D3hoops.com, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sunday, points received and last week's ranking:

Rec. Pts. Pvs

 1. Tufts (15) 15-0 612 1

 2. Amherst (6) 15-0 598 2

 3. Scranton 15-0 565 3

 4. St. Thomas (1) 14-0 544 4

 5. Thomas More (3) 15-0 529 5

 6. Chr. Newport 15-0 479 6

 7. Hope (Mich.) 15-1 464 7

 8. Wartburg (Iowa) 15-1 418 10

 9. Mary Washington 15-0 406 11

10. Wis.-Oshkosh 14-1 372 13

11. Ohio Northern 15-0 357 14

12. Washington U. 12-2 313 9

13. Carnegie Mellon 13-1 292 15

14. Puget Sound 14-1 274 18

15. DePauw 16-1 273 17

16. Trinity (Texas) 14-1 268 12

17. Montclair St. 14-1 267 8

18. Whitman 14-1 197 16

19. Bowdoin 12-2 166 19

20. Wis.-Whitewater 14-1 164 21

21. George Fox 12-2 161 20

22. Gustavus 15-0 132 24

23. Rochester 11-3 63 23

24. Trine 14-1 54 25

25. Messiah 15-1 51 22

HOCKEY

WILD STATISTICS

(Through Tuesday)

Player GP G A TP +/- PIM

Staal 43 15 24 39 11 18

Granlund 43 10 26 36 23 6

Coyle 43 13 22 35 15 22

Koivu 43 13 19 32 23 16

Zucker 43 12 17 29 26 18

Niederreiter 43 12 16 28 18 12

Suter 43 6 20 26 26 16

Spurgeon 39 6 15 21 26 14

Dumba 43 7 13 20 19 39

Parise 34 8 12 20 -3 18

Pominville 43 6 12 18 -2 2

Brodin 43 3 13 16 2 16

Haula 33 7 6 13 5 10

Stewart 43 9 3 12 0 51

Schroeder 13 3 4 7 2 0

Eriksson Ek 9 2 3 5 2 2

Folin 32 1 4 5 10 20

Scandella 32 2 3 5 -1 12

Dalpe 9 1 2 3 0 9

Graovac 35 3 0 3 2 4

Prosser 17 0 2 2 -3 4

Bertschy 5 0 1 1 0 4

Gabriel 11 0 1 1 0 24

Pulkkinen 9 1 0 1 -1 2

Cannone 3 0 0 0 0 0

Mitchell 10 0 0 0 -1 0

Olofsson 1 0 0 0 1 0

Reilly 9 0 0 0 0 2

Totals 43 140 238 378 0 365

Opponents 43 94 169 263 0 367

Goalies W L OT SO Sv% GAA

Dubnyk 23 8 3 5 .938 1.85

Kuemper 5 2 2 0 .901 3.30

Totals 28 10 5 5 .930 2.18

Opponents 15 24 4 2 .890 3.23

COLLEGE • MEN

BIG TEN W L T SO Pts GF GA

Gophers 5 1 0 0 15 25 19

Penn State 5 1 0 0 15 25 12

Wisconsin 3 1 0 0 9 18 10

Ohio State 2 2 0 0 6 16 12

Michigan 1 5 0 0 3 14 28

Michigan State 0 6 0 0 0 11 24

Overall: Gophers 13-5-2, Penn State 16-2-1, Wisconsin 10-7-1, Ohio State 11-4-5, Michigan 8-11-1, Michigan St. 4-15-1.

GAMES FRIDAY

Gophers at Wisconsin, 7:07 pm

Michigan St. at Michigan, 5:35 pm

Ohio State at Penn State, 6 pm

GAMES SATURDAY

Gophers at Wisconsin, 5:07 pm

Ohio State at Penn State, 6 pm

Michigan at Michigan St., 6:05 pm

NCHC W L T SO Pts GF GA

Minn. Duluth 9 4 1 1 29 46 32

Denver 7 2 3 2 26 32 22

North Dakota 6 5 1 1 20 40 27

Neb.-Omaha 6 6 0 0 18 43 46

W. Michigan 5 6 1 1 17 32 38

St. Cloud State 5 8 1 0 16 38 43

Miami (Ohio) 4 5 3 1 16 32 38

Colorado Coll. 2 8 2 0 8 23 40

Overall: Minn. Duluth 13-5-4, Denver 15-5-4, North Dakota 13-7-3, Neb.-Omaha 13-8-3, W. Michigan 11-6-3, St. Cloud State 10-11-1, Miami (Ohio) 8-9-5, Colorado College 6-14-2.

GAMES FRIDAY

Colorado College at W. Mich., 6:05 pm

Miami (Ohio) at Neb.-Omaha, 7:07 pm

Denver at St. Cloud State, 7:37 pm

Minn. Duluth at North Dakota, 7:37 pm

GAMES SATURDAY

Colorado College at W. Mich., 6:05 pm

Denver at St. Cloud State, 7:07 pm

Minn. Duluth at North Dakota, 7:07 pm

Miami (Ohio) at Neb.-Omaha, 7:37 pm

WCHA W L T SW Pts GF GA

Bemidji St. 15 3 2 2 49 49 26

Michigan Tech 11 3 4 2 39 48 30

MSU Mankato 10 6 2 0 32 56 42

Bowling Green 10 9 1 1 32 63 49

Alaska 6 9 3 3 24 46 62

Ala.-Huntsville 7 9 2 0 23 46 59

Ferris St. 6 9 3 2 23 48 51

Lake Superior St. 6 9 3 1 22 49 55

Anchorage 4 9 5 2 19 35 45

N. Michigan 3 12 3 1 13 35 56

Overall: Bemidji St. 15-8-3, Michigan Tech 14-9-5, MSU Mankato 14-8-2, Bowling Green 12-13-2, Alaska 7-14-3, Ala.-Huntsville 7-15-2, Ferris St. 7-14-4, Lake Superior St. 9-12-3, Anchorage 5-14-5, N. Michigan 5-17-4.

GAMES FRIDAY

Alaska at Bowling Green, 6:07 pm

MSU Mankato at Michigan Tech, 6:07 pm

Anchorage at N. Michigan, 6:07 pm

Ala.-Huntsville at L. Superior St., 6:37 pm

Ferris St. at Bemidji St., 7:07 pm

GAMES SATURDAY

Alaska at Bowling Green, 6:07 pm

MSU Mankato at Michigan Tech, 6:07 pm

Anchorage at N. Michigan, 6:07 pm

Ala.-Huntsville at L. Superior St., 6:37 pm

Ferris St. at Bemidji St., 7:07 pm

NCAA DIVISION I TOP 20

As chosen by U.S. College Hockey Online, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sunday, points received and last week's ranking:

Rec. Pts. Pvs

 1. Penn State (30) 16-2-1 964 4

 2. Denver (16) 15-5-4 941 1

 3. Boston U. (1) 13-5-2 880 5

 4. Minn. Duluth (1) 13-5-4 866 3

 5. Mass.-Lowell (2) 15-5-3 811 6

 6. Harvard 11-4-1 704 2

 7. Gophers 13-5-2 672 9

 8. North Dakota 13-7-3 654 7

 9. Union (N.Y.) 16-5-2 619 11

10. Boston College 14-8-2 535 8

11. Ohio State 11-4-5 489 10

12. Vermont 15-7-2 441 12

13. W. Michigan 11-6-3 406 14

14. Notre Dame 13-8-2 325 13

15. Cornell 11-4-1 280 19

16. St. Lawrence 12-6-6 264 16

17. Quinnipiac 13-10-2 199 15

18. Bemidji St. 15-8-3 157 17

19. Omaha 13-8-3 93 —

20. MSU Mankato 14-8-2 77 18

Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 36, St. Cloud State 31, Providence 22, Robert Morris 20, Air Force 8, Miami (Ohio) 5, Wisconsin 1.

COLLEGE • WOMEN

WCHA W L T SW Pts GF GA

Wisconsin 15 2 1 1 47 74 15

Gophers 12 4 2 2 40 57 35

Minn. Duluth 12 4 2 1 39 55 31

North Dakota 9 5 4 2 33 45 30

Ohio State 5 11 2 0 17 23 48

Bemidji St. 5 12 1 0 16 29 49

St. Cloud State 4 13 1 1 14 24 57

MSU Mankato 3 14 1 0 10 18 60

Overall: Wisconsin 20-2-1, Gophers 16-5-2, Minn. Duluth 15-4-3, North Dakota 12-7-5, Ohio State 11-11-2, Bemidji St. 9-12-1, St. Cloud State 6-16-2, MSU Mankato 6-17-2.

GAMES FRIDAY

Ohio State at Gophers, 7:07 pm

Minn. Duluth at Bemidji St., 3:07 pm

MSU Mankato at St. Cloud St., 3:07 pm

GAMES SATURDAY

Ohio State at Gophers, 2:07 pm

North Dakota at Wisconsin, 1:07 pm

Minn. Duluth at Bemidji St., 3:07 pm

MSU Mankato at St. Cloud St., 3:07 pm

GAME SUNDAY

North Dakota at Wisconsin, 2:07 pm

NCAA DIVISION I TOP 10

As chosen by U.S. College Hockey Online, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sunday, points received and last week's ranking:

Rec. Pts. Pvs

 1. Wisconsin (15) 20-2-1 150 1

 2. Minn. Duluth 15-4-3 127 4

 3. Clarkson 17-3-4 116 3

 4. Gophers 16-5-2 104 2

 5. St. Lawrence 18-2-2 99 5

 6. Boston College 16-3-4 79 6

 7. Robert Morris 15-2-5 47 7

 8. Quinnipiac 16-6-4 36 9

 9. Princeton 13-6-3 29 —

10. Cornell 11-5-2 17 —

TENNIS

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MEN • SECOND ROUND

•Malek Jaziri def.

Alexander Bublik, 6-2, 6-3, 7-5

•Kei Nishikori (5) def.

Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

•Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12) def.

Dusan Lajovic, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3

•Lukas Lacko def.

Dudi Sela, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

First round • Results Tuesday

•David Goffin (11) def.

Reilly Opelka, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

•Kyle Edmund def.

Santiago Giraldo, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3

•Pablo Carreno Busta (30) def.

Peter Polansky, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 3-0 retired

•Rafael Nadal (9) def.

Florian Mayer, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

•Marcos Baghdatis def.

Mikhail Youzhny, 6-3, 3-0 retired

•Roberto Bautista Agut (13) def.

Guido Pella, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1

•Andrew Whittington def.

Adam Pavlasek, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

•Richard Gasquet (18) vs.

Blake Mott, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

•Dominic Thiem (8) def.

Jan-Lennard Struff, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

•Jordan Thompson def.

Joao Sousa, 6-7 (2), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1

•Alexandr Dolgopolov def.

Borna Coric, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7)

•Ivo Karlovic (20) def.

H. Zeballos, 6-7 (6), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20

•Radek Stepanek def.

Dmitry Tursunov, 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-3

•David Ferrer (21) def.

Omar Jasika, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2

•Gael Monfils (6) def.

Jiri Vesely, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2

•Fabio Fognini def.

Feliciano Lopez (28), 7-5, 6-3, 7-5

•Novak Djokovic (2) def.

Fernando Verdasco, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2

•Grigor Dimitrov (15) def.

Christopher O'Connell, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3

WOMEN • SECOND ROUND

•Venus Williams (13) def.

Stefanie Voegele, 6-3, 6-2.

•Elina Svitolina (11) def.

Julia Boserup, 6-4, 6-1

•Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (24) def.

Natalia Vikhlyantseva, 6-2, 6-2

•Duan Ying-Ying def.

Varvara Lepchenko, 6-1, 3-6, 10-8

•Alison Riske def.

Zhang Shuai (20), 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-1

•Svetlana Kuznetsova (8) def.

Jaimee Fourlis, 6-2, 6-1

•Angelique Kerber (1) def.

Carina Witthoeft, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-2

•Jelena Jankovic def.

Julia Goerges, 6-3, 6-4

•Kristyna Pliskova def.

Irina-Camelia Begu (27), 6-4, 7-6 (8)

First round • Results Tuesday

•Dominika Cibulkova (6) def.

Denisa Allertova, 7-5, 6-2

•Yulia Putintseva (31) def.

Lara Arruabarrena, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (10)

•Heather Watson def.

Sam Stosur (18), 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

•Caroline Wozniacki (17) def.

Arina Rodionova, 6-1, 6-2

•Jennifer Brady def.

Johanna Larsson, 6-3, 6-2

•Barbora Strycova (16) def.

Elizaveta Kulichkova, 6-3, 6-2

•Daria Gavrilova (22) def.

Naomi Broady, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

TRANSACTIONS

BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas: Agreed to terms with OF Josh Hamilton and RHP Dillon Gee on minor league contracts.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Chicago: Claimed RHP Dylan Floro off waivers from Tampa Bay.

Colorado: Agreed to terms with INF/OF Alexi Amarista on a one-year contract.

San Diego: Agreed to terms with INF Wil Myers on a six-year contract.

BASKETBALL

NBA

Miami: Signed F Okaro White to a 10-day contract.

FOOTBALL

NFL

Buffalo: Named Rob Boras tight ends coach.

Carolina: Announced the resignation of wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl.

Dallas: Signed TE Rico Gathers and WR Andy Jones to reserve/future contracts.

Denver: Promoted defensive backs coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator. Agreed to terms with defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson.

Green Bay: Released CB Keith Baxter from the practice squad. Signed CB Bene Benwikere to the practice squad.

N.Y. Giants: Signed DB Donte Deayon, OL Jon Halapio, RB Jacob Huesman, DB Michael Hunter, DE Stansly Maponga, DB Ryan Murphy, WR Kevin Norwood, WR Darius Powe, QB Keith Wenning, DE Jordan Willias, OL Michael Bowie and OL Adam Gettis to reserve/future contracts. Signed LB Curtis Grant, S Rahim Moore, RB Daryl Virgies and G Martin Wallace.

HOCKEY

NHL

Wild: Recalled G Adam Vay from Quad City (ECHL) to Iowa (AHL).

Nashville: Assigned F Kevin Fiala to Milwaukee (AHL). Placed D Petter Granberg on injured reserve. Claimed D Brad Hunt off waivers from St. Louis.

N.Y. Islanders: Fired coach Jack Capuano. Named assistant general manager Doug Weight interim coach.

N.Y. Rangers: Recalled G Mackenzie Skapski from Greenville (ECHL) to Hartford (AHL).

Tampa Bay: Recalled D Jake Dotchin from Syracuse (AHL).

Washington: Reassigned F Chandler Stephenson to Hershey (AHL).

COLLEGE

College Football Playoff: Named former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Robert Morris president Chris Howard to the selection committee, replacing Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, whose terms expired. Extended the term for former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson through February 2019.

Iona: Promoted director of athletics Rick Cole Jr. to vice president of athletics administration.

Michigan State: Announced women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence. Promoted associate head coach Amaka Agugua to interim head coach.

Utah: Named Kiel McDonald running backs coach.

AWARDS

MIAC: Named the following athletes of the week: Men's swimming and diving—Gustavus' Tanner Sonnek; Women's swimming and diving—St. Thomas' Katelyn Strauss; Men's track—Carleton's Jerry Cook-Gallardo; Men's field—Hamline's Travis Jacobson; Women's track—Hamline's Briana Berninghaus; Women's field—St. Benedict's London Stelten.

TODAY'S LINE

NFL PLAYOFFS

FAVORITE LINE (O/U) UNDERDOG

SUNDAY

ATLANTA 5 (60) Green Bay

NEW ENG. 5½ (50½) Pittsburgh

NBA

FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG

WEDNESDAY

CHARLOTTE 4½ Portland

WASHINGTON 3 Memphis

Toronto 5½ PHILADELPHIA

BOSTON off New York

NEW ORLEANS off Orlando

DETROIT off Atlanta

HOUSTON 7½ Milwaukee

SACRAMENTO 1½ Indiana

GOLDEN STATE 12½ Oklahoma City

NHL

FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG

WEDNESDAY

MONTREAL -112/+102 Pittsburgh

WINNIPEG -193/+178 Arizona

Boston -135/+125 DETROIT

EDMONTON off/off Florida

LOS ANGELES off/off San Jose

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL

FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG

WEDNESDAY

S. CAROLINA 2 Florida

Missouri St. 1 INDIANA ST.

Va. C'wealth 10 FORDHAM

CINCINNATI 14½ Temple

G. WASHINGTON 7 Duquesne

MASSACHUSETTS 6 St. Joseph's

ALABAMA 12 Missouri

Indiana 4 PENN STATE

FLORIDA ST. 5 Notre Dame

WEST VIRGINIA 16½ Oklahoma

TEXAS TECH 4½ Texas Christian

TULSA 13 Tulane

NORTHERN IOWA 2 Loyola-Chicago

S. Illinois 2 DRAKE

WAKE FOREST 1½ Miami

Virginia 14 BOSTON COLL.

AUBURN 7 Louisiana St.

Utah 8½ WASH. STATE

Illinois St. 9½ BRADLEY

Ohio State 1 NEBRASKA

VIRGINIA TECH 10 Georgia Tech

OKLAHOMA ST. 3 Kansas St.

CS-FULLERTON 5 UC Riverside

UC Irvine 5½ CAL POLY

Wyoming 2SAN JOSE ST.

NEVADA 13 Air Force

FRESNO ST. 3½ Colorado St.

WASHINGTON 1½ Colorado

HAWAII 2 CS Northridge

Note: Home teams are in CAPS.