Sports Shorts 1.23.17 23 Jan 17

(Undated) — The Atlanta Falcons will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. The Falcons torched the Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game to advance. The Pats cruised past the Steelers 36-17 to win the AFC title. Super Bowl 51 is set for February 5th at NRG Stadium in Houston.

(Minnesota, MN) — Karl-Anthony Towns out-dueled Nikola Jokic in a battle of two of the NBA’s best young big men as the Timberwolves defeated the Nuggets, 111-108, at the Target Center. Towns exploded for 32 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks for Minnesota, which is 5-and-2 in its last seven. The Wolves face the Suns tomorrow in Phoenix.

(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild allowed three third-period goals as they lost 4-2 to the Predators at The X. Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville lit the lamp in the first period before Nashville scored four unanswered goals the rest of the way. Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 shots in defeat. The Wild meet the Stars tomorrow in Dallas.

(Undated) — The Atlanta Falcons will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. The Falcons torched the Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game to advance. The Pats cruised past the Steelers 36-17 to win the AFC title. Super Bowl 51 is set for February 5th at NRG Stadium in Houston.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Golden Gophers took it to overtime but fell short in a 78-76 loss to 17th-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday at Williams Arena. Minnesota has lost three in-a-row to dip to 15-and-5 on the season and 3-and-4 in Big Ten play. The Gophers travel to Ohio State on Wednesday.

(Undated) — North Dakota State and North Dakota both cruised to wins on Saturday. The Bison moved to 14-and-6 on the season and 6-and-1 in Summit League play after an 89-57 rout of Western Illinois. NDSU hosts Oral Roberts on Wednesday. The Fighting Hawks hammered Idaho State 89-64 to improve to 11-and-7 including 6-and-2 in Big Sky play. UND travels to Southern Utah on Thursday.