The Sports Xchange
Former No. 1 pick Jake Long announced his NFL retirement on Monday, April 24, after nine injury-plagued seasons. The left tackle, the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, played only four games with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 before he suffered a torn Achilles on Nov. 13 to end his season. "As I continue with my recent rehab," Long wrote in his statement posted on Twitter, "I realize that although my heart and mind still want to play, my body is telling me something completely different."
MINNEAPOLIS — Miguel Ibarra was already a fan favorite in Minnesota from his time with Minnesota United FC for three years when the club was still in the North American Soccer League, and he added to his local reputation on Sunday. Ibarra scored the game's only goal as Minnesota United FC picked up its second victory of its debut Major League Soccer season, a 1-0 result over the Colorado Rapids at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
When the NFL Draft begins selections in Philadelphia April 27, the Minnesota Vikings will sit out the first day and make their first pick at No. 48 overall. Here is an in-depth look at the team's needs, offseason changes, potential best fit and the selections by NFLDraftScout.com's experts. Top five needs
The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson picked up their option on the remaining two years of his contract, ESPN reported on Thursday morning. New York has posted an 80-166 mark and missed the playoffs in each of the first three years under the watch of Jackson, who is making $12 million annually. Jackson, 71, who graduated from Williston (N.D.) High School and played at the University of North Dakota, had said the opt-out clause in his contract was related to the possibility of a lockout in 2017.
The Minnesota Vikings have eight picks in the NFL Draft with their first pick at No. 48 overall, in the second round. Things will be strange in the Twin Cities this year with running back Adrian Peterson not with the Vikings anymore. An injury-filled 2016 season led the organization to part ways with Peterson, and with two weeks until the draft, he was still looking for a new address. The Vikings added Latavius Murray as his replacement, but a young runner could also be added to help quarterback Sam Bradford in his second season in Minnesota.
BOSTON — Retired running back Marshawn Lynch may have interest in the New England Patriots if talks with the Oakland Raiders break off. Lynch has privately expressed interest in playing for Patriots should a move to his hometown Raiders falls through, the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported Monday. Lynch visited the Raiders' facility last week as he considers making a comeback. The visit was cleared by the Seattle Seahawks, who own Lynch's rights.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Police in Woodstock, Ga., are searching for former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon, who was reported missing Sunday, April 9. Nixon, 58, left his home for a scheduled golf tee time at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, authorities said in a statement. Nixon, who has battled addiction, did not show up at the golf course.
FORT WORTH, Texas—Jimmie Johnson took the lead from Joey Logano with 16 laps to go in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway and claimed the first win of the season for himself and Hendrick Motorsports. It was Johnson's seventh win at Texas, the most of any active driver. Kyle Larson passed Logano with two laps to go to finish second. Logano, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five.
DALLAS — Javier Morales and Michael Barrios scored goals six minutes apart in the middle of the match as FC Dallas returned to MLS play with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over expansion Minnesota United FC on Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzales stopped everything that came his way, getting stronger as the match progressed, while Minnesota United FC keeper Bobby Shuttleworth was overwhelmed by the early charge of offense by the reigning Supporters Shield holder.
There nothing that depicts winter turning to spring for sports fans more than the playing of The Masters. It is at Augusta National Golf Club where the change in seasons melds with the professional golf calendar, the pursuit of major championships and with the privilege and fame that goes with winning one of the game's most important events. Ninety-four invited golfers will tee it up on Thursday for a shot at golf immortality. Win here, you become a member of one of the world's most exclusive golf clubs and can come back and play in this tournament as long as you like.