The Sports Xchange
The game-winning jersey Tom Brady wore en route to his record fourth Super Bowl MVP award was still missing Monday morning. NFL.com posted a locker room video Sunday night showing Brady telling New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft, "Someone stole my game jersey." Kraft replies, jokingly, "You'd better look online." USA Today reported that Brady searched unsuccessfully for the white No.
Major League Baseball has made formal proposals to the players' union to make changes to intentional walks and the strike zone, ESPN.com reported Monday. The innovations can't be implemented without approval of the Major League Baseball Players Association. The union is currently in the process of getting feedback from the players on the proposed changes, sources told ESPN. With Grapefruit and Cactus League spring training games beginning on Feb. 24, an agreement would have to be reached soon to take effect this season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In a battle of Big Ten teams desperate for a victory, Minnesota's early second-half burst set the stage for a 68-59 victory over Illinois on Saturday afternoon. Junior center Reggie Lynch paced a balanced attack with 15 points and six rebounds for the Golden Gophers (16-7, 4-6), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Senior guard Akeem Springs contributed 14 points while junior point guard Nate Mason and freshman guard Amir Coffey added 13 apiece.
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick declared Friday, Jan. 3, that he is officially retired, approximately 48 hours before his former team plays in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. Vick was the No. 1 overall pick in 2001 whose tenure in Atlanta ended in disgrace when he was arrested for running a dogfighting operation and spent 21 months in federal prison. He didn't play at all in 2016 and that helped Vick see it was time to move on.
The Minnesota Wild recalled forward Alex Tuch from Iowa of the American Hockey League and re-signed goaltender Alex Stalock on Thursday. Tuch, who has yet to play a regular-season game with Minnesota, 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 second on the club.
CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving passed for a career-high 14 assists to go with his 14 points and LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 125-97 victory Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was a much-needed jolt to start the month of February after they struggled through a miserable 7-8 January. It's the most points the Cavs scored in a game since a Dec. 7 home win against the Knicks. They've now won three of their last four games.
Ken Hitchcock, just one win away from tying for the third-most victories by a coach in the history of the NHL, was fired Wednesday, Feb. 1, by the St. Louis Blues. Mike Yeo, the former head coach of the Minnesota Wild who was hired as the "coach in waiting" by the Blues last summer when Hitchcock announced that this would be his final season, will take over the head coaching duties beginning with Thursday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong decided now was the time to make the change.
The San Francisco 49ers announced the hiring of former nine-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch as the 11th general manager in franchise history on Monday. Lynch, 45, is a four-time Hall of Fame finalist, including for the Class of 2017. He played college football at Stanford before enjoying a 15-year NFL career with the Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, serving as a captain of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl XXXVII championship team. He spent the past eight years as a color analyst for Fox Sports' football coverage.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says his relationship with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will never be the same after the league's handling of the Deflategate scandal. Kraft had a once-close partnership with Goodell until the commissioner handed down a four-game suspension that quarterback Tom Brady served at the beginning of this season along with a $1 million fine to the team and the forfeiture of a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round choice in this year's draft.
Tiger Woods' return to competitive golf after a 17-month injury hiatus won't include a weekend on the links. The 41-year-old Woods shot even-par 72 on the Torrey Pines North Course on Friday to complete two rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-over total of 148, four shots over the projected cut. Woods has won eight professional tournaments on the course in La Jolla, Calif. -- including the 2008 U.S. Open -- but was unable to get into a groove in his return from multiple back surgeries.