The Sports Xchange
The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Mark Sanchez to a one-year contract on Friday. Sanchez is expected to back up starter Mike Glennon for the Bears, who are coming off a 3-13 season and finished last in the NFC North. The 30-year-old Sanchez, the New York Jets' 2009 first-round pick (fifth overall) out of USC, visited with the Bears on Thursday and now joins his fifth NFL team.
NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino could be in for a few hectic Sundays at replay headquarters. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that all NFL replays will be subject to approval by Blandino, not the referee on the field. "We are going to centralize the replay back here in New York," Goodell told ESPN. "Dean Blandino will have the final decision. We think that will move it much quicker." How the league will handle the circumstance of simultaneous replays in separate games is uncertain.
Resting superstars might not be an issue if the NBA was willing to shorten the 82-game regular season. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr shared that opinion amidst the ongoing conversation around backlash from the league office and fans over the number of games off granted to the NBA's premier players. When a reporter questioned whether Kerr, whose players have topped 200 total games played the past two seasons including the postseason, might pass up a portion of his salary if the NBA shortened the season, he didn't hesitate.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings finalized their agreement with wide receiver Adam Thielen on Tuesday, the team announced. The contract extension is reportedly worth $17 million over three years with $11 million guaranteed. Thielen was a restricted free agent and the Vikings initially tendered him at the second-round compensation level of $2.746 million. The Detroit Lakes native is under club control through the 2020 campaign.
Fans and the NBA's television partners are voicing displeasure at teams' practice of resting star players, and commissioner Adam Silver responded Monday by sending a memo to team owners in which called the sitting of marquee players "an extremely significant issue for our league."
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — After getting crushed in its first two MLS matches, Minnesota United played the Colorado Rapids to a 2-2 draw Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Dominique Badji and Marlon Hairston scored for Colorado (1-1-1). Kevin Molino and Christian Ramirez scored for Minnesota (0-2-1), which was outscored 11-2 in its first two matches.
The Oakland Raiders are considering a move to acquire retired running back Marshawn Lynch, according to reports Friday. Lynch, who retired from the NFL and Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 season, could be an option for the Raiders this season either through trade or by his release, league sources told ESPN and NFL Network. Lynch's playing rights are owned by the Seahawks as he has two years remaining on his contract. He has been on the reserve/retired list since May 2016.
RALEIGH, N.C.—Victor Rask scored with 3:24 left and Eddie Lack stopped 30 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the slumping Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Thursday night. Rask darted out of the corner and made a beeline to the net to stuff the game winner past Devan Dubnyk, who was gunning for his 37th victory of the season. Elias Lindholm assisted on Rask's 16th of the season to extend his point streak to five straight games.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica will miss the rest of the season with an injured left foot. Bjelica underwent an MRI exam on Thursday to determine the severity. The team said he will seek additional opinions to determine the correct treatment option. The Serbian was injured during Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics and was sporting a walking boot after the contest. Bjelica recently emerged as a key reserve for the Timberwolves. He was averaging 9.1 points and 7.0 rebounds over his past nine games.
SALT LAKE CITY—Jordan Mathews scored 16 points and Johnathan Williams collected 14 rebounds to lead top seeded Gonzaga to a 66-46 victory over 16th-seeded South Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 16. The Bulldogs (33-1) trailed much of the first half, but pulled away after halftime after holding the Jackrabbits to 29 percent shooting in the second half. Gonzaga forced 13 turnovers and held South Dakota State (18-17) without a field goal for long stretches.