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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rickie Fowler finally won a tournament title that had eluded him, and it wasn't all that much fun until the task was complete. Fowler recovered from a back-side triple-bogey to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday, Feb. 3, in Scottsdale. Fowler's final-round 3-over-par 74 in the rain came with birdies on two of the final four holes after his lead disappeared at TPC Scottsdale. "It wasn't fun," Fowler said. "Just having to dig deep and fight through. It wasn't easy out there."
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 17 Purdue rallied from a 13-point, second-half deficit to beat Minnesota 73-63 on Sunday, Feb. 3, at West Lafayette. The victory moved Purdue (16-6) into a Big Ten first-place tie with Michigan State and Michigan at 9-2. The Boilermakers have won seven straight games. Carsen Edwards scored 15 of team-high 17 points in the second half. After hitting only one of his first 10 shots, Edwards, who was averaging 24.9 points entering the game, finished 6 of 20 from the field and was 1 of 9 from 3-point range.
ATLANTA - Tom Brady did not expect to encounter many Super Bowl firsts in his ninth appearance on the grand NFL stage, but Thursday brought another unique moment. In the middle of his 15-minute press conference at Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Thursday, an enthusiastic ukulele player serenaded Brady with a groaning rendition of "We are the Champions." "That's kind of a nice break in the action here," Brady said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota used a 27-6 run midway through the second half to take control of a game that Illinois led for most of the first 25 minutes, and the Golden Gophers earned an 86-75 win Wednesday night, Jan. 30. Five players scored in double figures for the Golden Gophers (16-5, 6-4 Big Ten), led by Amir Coffey with 18 points. Jordan Murphy scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Gabe Kalscheur added 14 points. Isaiah Washington and Daniel Oturu came off the bench to tally 12 and 11, respectively.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns hit a 20-foot jump shot at the buzzer, and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a 99-97 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Minneapolis, sending Memphis to its eighth consecutive road defeat. Towns had 16 points and 10 rebounds while Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points and handed out a career-high 12 assists for Minnesota.
The NFL is reviewing options to allow coaches to challenge judgment calls by officials, but their teams would be negatively impacted if a review shows officials got the call right, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning. Schefter said that if a challenge is wrong, the team could be penalized or time could be run off the clock. He said that by adding such a disincentive, coaches will reserve the option for the most obvious of cases.
ATLANTA - Tom Brady, preparing to start his record-stretching ninth Super Bowl on Sunday, knows positive signs when they appear. And after two sleeps at the J.W. Marriott in Atlanta, the 41-year-old quarterback loves what he sees from the New England Patriots. It started Monday night, when tight end Rob Gronkowski broke into spontaneous dance moves during Opening Night introductions at State Farm Arena. Brady said Gronkowski's gyrations should give everyone associated with the Patriots "a good feeling."
ATLANTA -- Tom Brady is appearing in his ninth Super Bowl but that doesn't faze Aaron Donald. The Los Angeles Rams star defensive tackle is fully aware of Brady's accomplishments but doesn't see why anything should be different on Sunday Bowl Sunday than any other day of football. "He's a great quarterback," Donald said Monday night, Jan. 28, at Super Bowl LIII Opening Night. "But just like anyone else, you put pressure on him and just like anybody else, it will be a tough day for him."
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay will be rivals in Super Bowl LIII after being texting buddies all season. McVay said he has gotten to know Belichick after talking to him at the NFL combine last spring. "He was really great in the conversation we had, really enlightening," McVay told Peter King of NBCSports.com.
The NFL has admitted in a document filed in court that an officiating mistake was made in the NFC championship game. On Sunday, the league responded to a lawsuit filed by New Orleans Saints fans seeking NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to use his powers to order the end of the game to be replayed. The league's filing in U.S. District Court in the Eastern Division of Louisiana, while acknowledging "ticketholders and fans' disappointment and even anger over the outcome of last week's game is entirely understandable," seeks to have the suit dismissed.