The Sports Xchange
Tony Romo plans to pursue a career in broadcasting even if the Dallas Cowboys release him as expected. ESPN's Adam Schefter, who is represented by the same agent who represents Romo, broke the story Tuesday, April 4. Sports Business Journal connected Romo to CBS as a replacement for the network's top NFL broadcast analyst, Phil Simms. Romo played only for the Cowboys in his 14-year career.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings signed punter Ryan Quigley, the team announced Monday. Quigley will be joining his fourth team in five seasons. He appeared in six games and averaged 44.5 yards per punt last season with the Arizona Cardinals. The former Boston College product was initially signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2012 but did not play as a rookie. Quigley spent the following three seasons with the New York Jets (2013-15), averaging a career-best 45.9 yards while appearing in all 16 games in 2014.
The Minnesota Wild reassigned goaltender Alex Stalock to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Monday, April 3. Stalock, 29, was recalled by Minnesota on March 29 and went 1-1-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in two starts with the Wild. He is 20-16-7 (four shutouts) with a 2.31 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 45 games for Iowa. Stalock is 25-20-7 (four shutouts) with a 2.34 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 64 career NHL games during six seasons with San Jose and Minnesota.
The NFL and HBO agreed to extend the run of "Hard Knocks," a behind-the-scenes reality television show of the league's training camps. According to Sports Business Journal, "Hard Knocks" will remain on HBO for at least the next four seasons. HBO Sports, NFL Media and NFL Films signed a long-term deal to keep the reality series on the network, according to Monday's report. The series debuted in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens. The 12th edition of "Hard Knocks" will make its debut on Aug. 8 with a yet-to-be-named team.
MINNEAPOLIS — Christian Ramirez scored twice in a 10-minute span of the second half, but Minnesota United FC's suddenly surprising defense carried the day in a 4-2 victory over winless Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, Apr. 1 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. It's the first victory in the five-game history of the Minnesota United FC franchise, which entered MLS as an expansion team this season.
The NFL approved eight playing rule proposals for the 2017 season Tuesday at the annual owners meeting in Phoenix, including banning the leaping block attempt on field goals and extra-point attempts. The league believes the play is too dangerous and could result in a player being flipped over and seriously injured, ESPN reports. The play was successfully executed during the 2016 season by New England Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin in Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.
President Donald Trump will not participate in the longstanding tradition of presidents throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Washington Opening Day games due to a scheduling conflict. Trump, who was inaugurated on Jan. 20, was extended an invitation by the Nationals but declined, a team spokesman told ESPN. Washington opens its season on Monday against the Miami Marlins. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush threw out ceremonial first pitches at Nationals games previously.
DETROIT -- Both the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings find themselves skating in uncharted areas as the NHL regular season winds down, and neither is excited by their current course. The Wings were winners Sunday as the two teams met at Joe Louis Arena, Andreas Athanasiou scoring on a breakaway 1:52 into overtime to give the Wings a 3-2 win over the Wild. For the Wings, who are now 4-1-1 in their last six games, they are playing for tomorrow. Detroit will miss the playoffs for the first time in 25 seasons.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Juan Agudelo scored two goals to lead the New England Revolution in a 5-2 rout of Minnesota United FC for their first victory of the season Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Kei Kamara, Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney also scored for New England (1-2-0), which has won its last five home matches dating to last season. Collen Warner and Brent Kallman scored for Minnesota United (0-3-1), which has allowed a league-worst 18 goals in its first four matches. Cody Cropper made three saves for the Revolution.
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reportedly asking for a premium price on the open market, and teams are not willing to meet the demand. Peterson remains unsigned during free agency and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Friday that it is because the asking price is too high. A source from a team in the market for a running back told ESPN that Peterson wanted more than $8 million in the first year of a contract.