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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ayo Dosunmu scored 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting, and Illinois cruised to a 95-68 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, Jan. 16. Illinois (5-12, 1-5 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak and celebrated a victory for the first time since Dec. 15 against East Tennessee State. The Fighting Illini posted their first Big Ten win since Feb. 25 at Rutgers. Daniel Oturu led the Golden Gophers with 17 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort. Minnesota (13-4, 3-3) has dropped two of its past three games after opening the season with a 12-2 record.
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Wednesday they have hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator. The Jaguars also interviewed former NFL head coach Mike McCoy for the job, according to reports on Tuesday. DeFilippo, 40, spent 2015 with the Cleveland Browns as offensive coordinator, then was the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia in 2016-17. The Minnesota Vikings hired DeFilippo as offensive coordinator just days after the Eagles won Super Bowl LII, then fired him after a 21-7 loss to Seattle in Week 14.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has offered a scholarship to a seventh-grade quarterback from suburban Detroit, according to the 13-year-old's father. The Wolverines coach extended the offer this week after watching tape of Isaiah Marshall competing for MacArthur Academy in Southfield, Mich. He will graduate from high school in 2024. "It was definitely unexpected," Brian Marshall told ESPN regarding his son's offer.
ST. PAUL -- Jason Zucker scored a shootout goal and the Minnesota Wild ended a two-game losing streak Tuesday, Jan. 15, with a 3-2 victory that completed a season sweep over the visiting Los Angeles Kings. The Kings missed all three of their shots in the shootout, with Wild goaltender Alex Stalock saving two of them, while Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar hit the post on his attempt. Stalock sealed the victory with a save on a Dustin Brown wrist shot.
PHILADELPHIA -- Joel Embiid scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers to an easy victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves 149-107 on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Embiid recorded his league-leading 37th double-double. In addition, Embiid posted his league-best 30th game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
PHILADELPHIA -- James van Riemsdyk notched his fourth career hat trick to lift the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Minnesota Wild 7-4 on Monday, Jan. 14. Nolan Patrick scored two goals and had two assists while Wayne Simmonds also added two goals for the Flyers, who had lost nine of 10 before the win. Scott Laughton tallied three assists for Philadelphia, while Claude Giroux and Radko Gudas recorded two assists each. Flyers goaltender Carter Hart made 34 saves.
HONOLULU -- Matt Kuchar overcame a slow start Sunday, Jan. 13, to rally for his second victory of the PGA Tour season at the Sony Open in Honolulu. Kuchar, 40, held a two-shot lead entering the final round at Waialae Country Club, but saw that evaporate with three birdies over his first five holes against a lone birdie. Andrew Putnam grabbed a share of the lead when Kuchar bogeyed Nos. 4 and 5.
NEW ORLEANS -- Overcoming a horrid start and a 14-point first-quarter deficit, Drew Brees threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns and lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 20-14 NFC Divisional Playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore intercepted a Nick Foles pass -- which went through the hands of Alshon Jeffery -- at the New Orleans 33 with 1:52 remaining, and running back Alvin Kamara ran for 12 yards on third-and-10 to kill the clock.
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions Sunday, Jan. 13, the New England Patriots established a 35-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 41-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC divisional round game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
LOS ANGELES -- C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley added 115 yards and a score as the Los Angeles Rams ran their way into the NFC Championship game with a 30-22 victory Saturday, Jan. 12, over the visiting Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Jared Goff was 15-of-28 passing for 186 yards as the Rams moved one victory from the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance since 2001, when they lost to the New England Patriots. The Rams will face the winner of Sunday's Philadelphia Eagles-New Orleans Saints matchup in next weekend's NFC title game.