Texans and Packers move on, Ole Miss EZ, Kevin Love refractures hand, Illinois routs Ohio State, The Honey Badger speaks, US wins gold at World Hockey Juniors

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Texans and Foster run over Bengals, Pack beat Ponder-less Vikes

The Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers are the first two teams to advance to the quarterfinal round of the NFL playoffs. The Texans held the ball 39 minutes in outgaining the Bengals 420-198 in Houston’s 19-13 win. Arian Foster was the workhorse carrying the ball 32 for 140 yards. Cincinnati’s only touchdown came on a pick six and the Bengals have still not won a playoff game since 1990, the longest current drought in the NFL.

In Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers was an economical 23-33 for 274 and a score as the Packers held the Vikes Adrian Peterson to just 99 yards on 22 carries. Minnesota was forced to play backup quarterback Joe Webb when starter Christian Ponder was unable to go due to an elbow injury that had limited his practice all week. Webb went 11-30 for 180 with a pick and a score. He had on;y taken three snaps all year and had not thrown a pass this season.

At the betting window, both favorites covered and the under was a never in doubt 2-0.

In today’s NFL playoff action, Baltimore is a -7 favorite over Andrew Luck and the Colts in the early game. The high/low is stuck at 47, kickoff is at 1:00 PM EST and can be seen on CBS. In the 4:30 matchup, Seattle is a three-point road favorite over RGIII and the Washington Redskins. The total there is steady at 46. Weather will not be an issue in either game.

Ole Miss puts 38-17 beat down on Pitt

Kevin gets no Love in Denver, rebreaks hand

Minnesota Timberwolves power-forward Kevin Love has re-injured his right hand, re-breaking the third metacarpal bone in Thursday’s win at Denver. Love missed five weeks after breaking it in preseason. He will see a hand specialist in New York on Monday to determine if surgery is necessary and what the expected timetable for recovery might be.

Illinois spanks Ohio State, Cincinnati upset by St Johns

In Saturday’s college basketball action, No.11 Illinois regrouped after their loss at Purdue earlier in the week to crush No.8 Ohio State 74-55. Brandon Paul had 19 points to lead the Illini who also got 16 points and eight boards from Nnanna Egwu. No.14 Cincinnati was upset 53-52 by St Johns. Four of the last five in the series were decided by exactly two points so this one figured to be close and was. DeAngelo Harrison’s jumper with 29 seconds left was the difference for the Red Storm.

The Honey Badger talks about missing football

Last year’s college football Defensive Player of the Year, Tyramm Mathieu, gives his first public interview since being dismissed from the LSU football team and his subsequent arrest for possession of marijuana.

US beats Sweden to win World Juniors Hockey Championship

Rocco Grimaldi scored two goals and Vince Trochek sealed the deal with an empty-netter as the US defeated Sweden 3-1 in the world juniors championship final at Ufa, Russia. American goalie John Gibson made 26 saves and was named MVP of the tournament. It was the third win for the US who also won in 2004 and 2010. Russia beat Canada 6-5 in the consolation game to leave the Canadians without a medal for the first time since 1998.

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(NCAAB) Rider -8 over Siena (Sunday, January 6, 2:00 PM EST)

Free Pick record in January: 3-1