The Sports Xchange
Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury, coach Bruce Boudreau announced Thursday. Dubnyk sustained the injury in the first period of Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames. The 31-year-old was replaced by Alex Stalock to start the second period for the Wild (16-11-3), who host the Toronto Maple Leafs (20-11-1) on Thursday night and the Edmonton Oilers (13-16-2) on Saturday.
The NFL Network suspended Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and fellow analysts Heath Evans and Ike Taylor "pending an investigation" into allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the network announced. The allegations were made in a lawsuit by former NFL Network employee Jami Cantor, who sued NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court in October.
SAN JOSE—Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter stole the puck from Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo and scored with 1:34 left in overtime as the Wild beat the Sharks 4-3 in overtime at SAP Center on Sunday night. San Jose rallied from a 3-1 deficit after two periods to force overtime. The Sharks' Brent Burns started the third-period comeback with his second goal of the game and fourth of the season at 2:41 on the power play. Tomas Hertl tied it with his seventh of the season at 14:59 after Minnesota goalie Alex Stalock failed to freeze a shot by Sharks defenseman DeMelo.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Timberwolves hung on to beat the Mavericks 97-92 on Sunday, Minnesota's third win of the season against Dallas. Karl-Anthony Towns provided much of the offense for Minnesota. The Timberwolves center scored a team-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added 22 points for the Timberwolves (16-11). Jamal Crawford, who scored 16 points, hit a pair of free throws with 16.4 seconds to play.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—Five Arkansas players scored in double figures, led by 22 points from Jaylen Barford, as unranked Arkansas defeated No. 14 Minnesota 95-79 Saturday at Bud Walton Arena. C.J. Jones came off the bench to score 15 points for Arkansas (7-2), making five 3-pointers as the Razorbacks handed the Golden Gophers (8-3) their second consecutive road loss.
NEW YORK—A year ago, Baker Mayfield headed to New York with a chance to win the HeismanTrophy and finished third. This time, the Oklahoma senior quarterback was the runaway winner. Mayfield was a consensus favorite to win the Heisman and those projections proved accurate Saturday night when he became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the award.
The New York Yankees agreed to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins in a blockbuster trade, according to multiple reports Saturday. The two teams reached terms for a deal pending final approval from the 28-year-old Stantonunder the terms of his no-trade clause. The trade approval is expected to be a formality.
ANAHEIM, Calif.—Matt Dumba scored the winning goal in overtime and Devan Dubnyk registered 26 saves as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Friday night. Minnesota (14-11-3) came back from a 1-0 deficit but blew a 2-1 lead in regulation. The win snapped a three-game road losing streak. Anaheim (12-12-6) got 28 saves from John Gibson, including three in overtime. The team had gained standings points in three straight games after winning at home Wednesday night.
NEW YORK — Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL, according to a memo sent to league owners from the compensation committee on Wednesday, Dec. 6. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, citing a source, that Goodell's contract is expected to pay him about $40 million per year and includes incentives. Darren Rovell, also of ESPN, reported the five-year deal could be worth twice as much annually as the first 10 years that Goodell was commissioner, during which he made $212.5 million.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski received a one-game suspension from the NFL on Monday following his late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. Gronkowski could sit out the next game for the Patriots (10-2), who visit the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. He will appeal the suspension, according to multiple reports. White entered the NFL concussion protocol after the hit from Gronkowski, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty but no ejection on Sunday.