(New Orleans, LA) — LSU is king after beating Clemson 42-25 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in New Orleans. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow accounted for six touchdowns as top-ranked LSU finished 15-and-0 to claim its first national title since 2007. Clemson had its 29-game winning streak snapped to end its season 14-and-1.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves were outscored by 10 in the third quarter on their way to a 117-104 loss to the Thunder at the Target Center. Naz Reid scored a team-high 20 points off the bench for the Wolves, who have lost three-of-four. Robert Covington chipped in with 18 points and Shabazz Napier netted 16 in the setback. The Wolves host the Pacers tomorrow in the first of a home-and-home set.
(Pittsburgh, PA) — The Wild are in Pittsburgh to play the Penguins tonight. Minnesota will then return for a seven-game homestand starting Thursday against Tampa Bay. The Wild have lost three in-a-row after Sunday’s 4-1 home setback to Vancouver. They sit at 20-19-and-6 on the year. The Pens are 28-12-and-5.
(Cleveland, OH) — The Vikings are in search of two new coordinators. The Cleveland Browns officially named Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski their next head coach. Stefanski spent the last 14 seasons as an assistant in Minnesota. Head coach Mike Zimmer also confirmed yesterday that defensive coordinator George Edwards will not return.
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers are back on the hardwood tomorrow night hosting Penn State at Williams Arena. Minnesota has alternated wins and losses over its last five games following Sunday’s 75-67 upset win over Michigan. The Gophers sit at 9-and-7 on the season including 3-and-3 in Big Ten action.
(Minneapolis, MN) — Katie Smith is returning to the Lynx. Multiple outlets report Smith will serve as an assistant coach under Cheryl Reeve. An official announcement is expected today. Smith was fired after two seasons as head coach of the New York Liberty. She was just 17-and-51.