The Sports Xchange
Johnny Manziel craves a return to the NFL and the embattled quarterback said he is now a sober person. Manziel told ESPN on Friday that he achieved sobriety without professional help and is focused on becoming a better person. The former member of the Cleveland Browns said he appreciates all the people who helped him "during the truly rough patches" in 2016. Manziel made reference to his behavior on his Twitter account: "No lie.. I was a douche in 2016 I'm just trying to be a good PERSON again#LostInTheSauce."
Seven-time Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson revealed three teams he'd consider in free agency should he not return to the Minnesota Vikings next season. Peterson admitted on ESPN's "First Take" on Thursday, Jan. 19, that he'd like to suit up for the Vikings in 2017, but would join the New York Giants, Houston Texans or Tampa Bay Buccaneers if a deal isn't worked out.
The Minnesota Wild recalled defenseman Mike Reilly from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday, Jan. 19. Reilly has yet to record a point and averaged 12:57 of ice time while playing in nine games with Minnesota this season. The 23-year-old, who has seven points (one goal, six assists) in 38 career NHL contests, has collected four goals and 11 assists in 29 games with Iowa this season. The move comes one day after fellow blue-liner Jonas Brodin was announced to be sidelined for four weeks because of a fractured finger.
NEW YORK — Catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, first baseman Jeff Bagwell and outfielder Tim Raines on Wednesday were selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017. Bagwell (381 votes) received 86.2 percent of the vote, one year removed from falling just 15 votes shy of the 75 percent needed to gain entry into the exclusive club.
The Pittsburgh Penguins may get one of their injured defensemen back soon, but now they have lost a forward, as veteran Matt Cullen is expected to miss three to four weeks after being hit by a shot on his right skate on Monday. The 40-year-old former Moorhead Spuds standout has eight goals and nine assists in 43 games, and he has not missed an NHL game since the 2014-15 season. Cullen is the Penguins' fourth-line center, as well as their top penalty killing forward and a respected player in the dressing room.
On the heels of one of football's greatest players saying he "would have never played" the game today because of health risks including concussions, Bo Jackson is expressing concern about fellow Auburn alum and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The 54-year-old Jackson, a former Heisman Trophy winner, Pro Bowl running back for the Los Angeles Raiders and All-Star outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, said he cringes every time the 2015 NFL MVP takes a hit to the head.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he regrets the language he used while discussing the New England Patriots in his postgame address to the team after Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Tomlin's speech, in which he said the Steelers "spotted those (expletive Patriots) a day and a half" of preparation time for next Sunday's AFC title game, was streamed live on Facebook by wide receiver Antonio Brown.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, wrapping up his last week in office, celebrated with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the White House on Monday, Jan. 16. The president, who has a home in Chicago, is a diehard Chicago White Sox fan but rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the postseason. The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians in November.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer doesn't know when Teddy Bridgewater will return in 2017 as the quarterback recovers from a torn ACL and left knee dislocation. Zimmer told ESPN on Sunday morning, Jan. 15, that the 24-year-old Bridgewater will return the "middle of the year, beginning of the year or end of the year." Bridgewater was injured during a non-contact drill at practice on Aug. 30, ending his 2016 season. "We don't know when Teddy will be back," Zimmer said Sunday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills reached agreements to add three coaches to their staff, including defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Along with Frazier, also joining new head coach Sean McDermott's staff are linebackers coach Bob Babich, a former North Dakota State head coach, and Juan Castillo (offensive line/run game coordinator). Frazier, who spent three-plus seasons as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings after taking the job on an interim basis in 2010, was the secondary coach with the Baltimore Ravens this past season.