The Sports Xchange
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says his record-setting performance in Super Bowl LI wasn't his best game ever despite the historic 25-point rally over the Atlanta Falcons. Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards, two touchdowns and one interception en route to New England's improbable 34-28 victory in overtime after erasing a 28-3 Falcons lead—winning his fifth championship ring and record fourth Super Bowl MVP Award. He broke, tied or extended nine Super Bowl records.
The New England Patriots didn't wait long to turn their attention to another Super Bowl drive. The Patriots filed to trademark the phrases "Blitz for Six" and "No Days Off" on Tuesday, Feb. 7, just two days after winning their fifth title in franchise history with a historic 25-point rally in a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. The move was first reported by ESPN's Darren Rovell.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jordan Murphy recorded his second straight double-double, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds in Minnesota's 72-63 win over Rutgers on Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Murphy fouled out with 2:28 left and the Gophers leading 68-61. He scored 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the 101-89 double-overtime win against Iowa on Wednesday, Minnesota has won three straight after dropping five in a row. Nate Mason added 16 points and five assists, Amir Coffey contributed 12 points and five assists and Eric Curry added 11 points off the bench.
NEW YORK -- Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has been banned from Madison Square Garden after Wednesday's incident that led to his arrest, Knicks owner and arena chairman James Dolan said Friday, Feb. 10. Oakley and Dolan have been engaged in a long-running feud and Dolan told ESPN Radio that Oakley is not welcome in the building.
The Seattle Seahawks signed former Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, the club announced Thursday. Walsh spent five seasons with the Vikings before being released after nine games last season. The season before, Walsh missed a 27-yard field-goal attempt in the closing seconds of an NFC wild-card game against Seattle that could have given Minnesota the victory.
Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice president of officiating, released a video explaining that New England Patriots running back James White's overtime touchdown in Super Bowl LI was reviewed. White's third touchdown of the game came on a 2-yard run at 3:58 of overtime, capping a 75-yard, eight-play drive. The play ended with White's knee close to the ground as he crossed the plane of the goal line.
New England Patriots veteran defensive end Chris Long took to social media to declare that he planned to skip the championship team's customary trip to the White House. Long's voyage on Twitter was in response to the New York Daily News' Chuck Modiano, who wrote an open letter urging the 31-year-old to skip the traditional visit. Long provided his answer, but took issue with Modiano's tone in the open letter.
The Minnesota Wild reassigned forward Alex Tuch to Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday, Feb. 9. Tuch made his NHL debut on Saturday versus the Vancouver Canucks and averaged 11:54 of ice time while playing in three games with Minnesota. A former first-round pick of the 2014 draft, Tuch has collected 11 goals and as many assists to go along with 16 penalty minutes in 34 contests with Iowa this season. The 20-year-old leads the team with a plus-10 rating while his 22 points rank tied for second on the club.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jordan Murphy posted a career-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to help Minnesota beat Iowa 101-89 in double overtime in a Big Ten Conference game Wednesday night at Williams Arena. Nate Mason had 25 points and seven assists for Minnesota (17-7, 5-6 Big Ten). Akeem Springs had 17 points, Amir Coffey added 13 and Reggie Lynch recorded six of his team's 14 blocked shots. Peter Jok had 28 points and nine rebounds for Iowa (14-11, 6-6). Isaiah Moss scored 19 points, and Jordan Bohannon had 12 points and eight assists.
The Minnesota Timberwolves officially signed guard Lance Stephenson to a 10-day contract on Monday, giving the veteran another shot to play in the NBA. The Timberwolves are Stephenson's sixth team in seven seasons. "My job is to work hard, prove my point and show everybody I belong in this league," Stephenson said after the Timberwolves' shootaround before Wednesday night's home game against the Toronto Raptors.