Sports Shorts 1.20.17 20 Jan 17

(Los Angeles, CA) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 37 points and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves topped the Clippers 104-101 in Los Angeles. Andrew Wiggins added 27 points for Minnesota, which stopped a two-game skid. The T’wolves are 15-and-28. They host Denver on Sunday.

(St. Paul, MN) — Nino Niederreiter’s second power-play goal of the game in the third period propelled the Wild to a 4-3 win over the Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center. Eric Staal and Chris Stewart also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of its last six games. The Wild host Anaheim tomorrow.

(Undated) — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is offering insight into a possible landing spot for him in the NFL. The 31-year-old free agent tells ESPN’s “First Take” that he’d like to return to the Vikings, but would consider the New York Giants, Houston Texans or Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he can’t reach a deal with Minnesota. Peterson did say he was “just throwing random names out there,” but added those teams would offer an opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl.

(Undated) — The participants in Super Bowl 51 will be determined on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers face Matt Ryan and the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game in Atlanta. Tom Brady and the Patriots host Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the AFC title game.

(Fargo, ND) — Paul Miller drilled seven three-pointers en route to an 89-83 win over visiting Fort Wayne. Khy Kabellis added 25 points for the Bison, who have won five of their last six games. NDSU is 13-and-6 overall and 5-and-1 in the Summit League. The Bison play at Western Illinois tomorrow.

(Grand Forks, ND) — Geno Crandell knocked down a career-high 31 points as North Dakota beat visiting Weber State 83-77. Quinton Hooker added 22 points for the Hawks, who have won five of their last six games. UND is 10-and-7 overall and 5-and-2 in the Big Sky. The Hawks host Idaho State tomorrow.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers are back in action tomorrow hosting 17th-ranked Wisconsin at Williams Arena. The Gophers have lost two in-a-row after Saturday’s 52-50 setback at Penn State. Minnesota is 15-and-4 on the season and 3-and-3 in Big Ten play.

(Charlotte, NC) — The NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomes the Class of 2017 in Charlotte. Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons will all be inducted during a ceremony in Charlotte. It’s the eighth class to be enshrined in NASCAR Hall of Fame history.