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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. is skipping his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Winfield earned consensus All-American honors in 2019 and tied the single-season program record with seven interceptions. He had 88 total tackles and 62 solo tackles to lead a team that finished 11-2 for the most wins in school history since 1904. Winfield was the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year award winner. He's the son of Antoine Winfield, a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback who played nine of his 14 years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.
MADISON, Wisc. (AP) — Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu scored 18 points _ including a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left _ to rally Illinois to a 71-70 Big Ten Conference victory over Wisconsin. The win snapped a 15-game losing streak for the Illini, who hadn’t won a game against the Badgers since 2011. Freshman 7-footer Kofi Cockburn scored 15 points and reserve guard Alan Griffin added 12, including 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Kobe King scored a game-high 21 points for Wisconsin, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. D’Mitrik Trice missed a go-ahead bucket with three seconds left.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trayce Jackson-Davis made the tie-breaking free throws with 1:57 left and capped a late rally to give the Indiana Hoosiers a 66-62 victory over Northwestern. Indiana snapped a two-game losing streak despite trailing almost the entire second half. Jackson-Davis finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Northwestern led by 10 at the midway through the second half and still led 59-54 with 3:29 to go. But the Wildcats only scored three points the rest of the game and Jackson-Davis scored eight of the Hoosiers last 10 points. Pat Spencer scored 15 points to lead Northwestern.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota center Daniel Oturu is putting together a standout sophomore season. He's third in the country in rebounds, eighth in blocks and 14th in field goal percentage. He's second in the Big Ten in scoring, too. With that production and his 6-foot-10 frame, Oturu has begun to attract the NBA attention. Gophers coach Richard Pitino is all for it, even if an early departure would mean the loss of his best player. Minnesota has not had a player drafted since Kris Humphries in 2004. Humphries and Joel Przybilla were the only ones to appear in the NBA during the 2010s.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin All-America center Tyler Biadasz is the latest Badger to declare for the NFL draft. Biadasz was a unanimous All-America pick and also won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center. He said on Twitter the NFL has been his “biggest dream.” Running back Jonathan Taylor and wide receiver Quintez Cephus also opted for the draft after the Badgers' season ended with a loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis will become the first cold-weather city to host the College Football Playoff national championship game in 2022. Susan Baughman and 15 other members of the Indianapolis host committee will spend this weekend in New Orleans, the site of this year's game. Indy also is scheduled to host the NBA All-Star Game, the men's Final Four and the Big Ten football championship game in 2021. The Big Ten game will come just a month before the national championship game.
UNDATED (AP) — Longtime Michigan State football coach George Perles has died at the age of 85. Perles coached the Spartans to a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 after helping the Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowls as an defensive assistant. Perles played football at Michigan State and later was an assistant, head coach, athletic director and member of the school’s governing body. He won Big Ten titles in 1987 and 1990 as coach and guided the school to seven bowls. He stepped down from the Michigan State board in 2018, citing his age and his struggles with Parkinson's disease.
UNDATED (AP) — LSU’s Joe Burrow and Justin Jefferson were easy selections for The Associated Press all-bowl team. The two connected for four first-half touchdowns in a College Football Playoff semifinal blowout of Oklahoma. Holiday Bowl victor Iowa, Cotton Bowl champion Penn State and Alamo Bowl winner Texas join LSU in having multiple selections on the informal team announced each year by the AP.
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