The Sports Xchange
Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams signed a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday and is expected to formally announce his retirement the following day. Williams started 171 games...
The Minnesota Vikings signed offensive tackle Sean Hickey and rookie linebacker Jason Whittingham to contracts on Wednesday. Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the team, which has filled...
Family first is the theme next weekend when Brett Favre, Orlando Pace and Eddie DeBartolo headline the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class in Canton, Ohio. Deanna Favre, the wife of the former Packers, Jets and Vikings quarterback, will be the presenter for Favre when he's inducted to the Hall of Fame alongside Pace, DeBartolo, late Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, Steelers pass rusher Kevin Greene and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who spent part of his career playing for Dungy with the Colts.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings has announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons. The 32-year-old Jennings said Monday he can still physically play but has elected to move on from football.
The Denver Nuggets on Thursday re-signed forward Mike Miller to a multiyear contract. Miller, a 16-year NBA veteran, appeared in 47 games for Denver during the 2015-16 season and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game. Raised in Mitchell, S.D., Mitchell has played in 1,012 career games and posted averages of 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.3 minutes per game for Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota, Washington, Miami, Cleveland and Denver.
DETROIT—Max Kepler hit a tie-breaking solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning to power the Minnesota Twins to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday at Comerica Park. The rookie right fielder smashed a 3-2 pitch from Francisco Rodriguez (1-1) into the right-field stands. Kepler has 10 home runs, including nine over the last 26 games. Eddie Rosario provided some insurance later in the inning with a two-run shot off Rodriguez, who had not allowed a run in his previous 10 appearances.
Seimone Augustus scored 19 points and Sylvia Fowles added 14 and the Minnesota Lynx posted an 83-65 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday, July 20, at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Atlanta was coming off a win against the Los Angeles Sparks and had hopes of beating the league's second-best team while avenging a 32-point home loss to the Lynx on June 10. Minnesota (20-4) quickly doused any ideas the Dream might have had about pulling off consecutive upsets and won its fifth straight despite an off-game from Maya Moore, the third-leading scorer in the league.
Retired driver Jeff Gordon will return to the racetrack for this weekend's Brickyard 400 to replace Dale Earnhardt, who continues to battle concussion-like symptoms. Hendrick Motorsports made it official Wednesday, July 20, that the 44-year-old Gordon will take the wheel and return to Sprint Cup racing for the next two weekends. Earnhardt has not been medically cleared to drive in Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Earnhardt, who sat out last Sunday's New Hampshire 301, also will miss the following race at Pocono on July 31.
Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, the MMA and WWE star who recently competed at UFC 200, was notified Friday, July 15, of a possible drug violation. The potential violation resulted from an out-of-competition drug test administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on June 28. The results of those tests came back Thursday, July 14. The USADA then notified Lesnar and the UFC of a positive drug test. Lesnar beat Mark Hunt by unanimous decision at UFC 200 in his first fight in five years after he retired from MMA in 2011.
DENVER—Denver Broncos outside linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller became the NFL's highest-paid defensive player on Friday after agreeing to a six-year, $114.5 million deal. A record $70 million is guaranteed in the contract, which came hours before the NFL's deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contracts. The sides came to the final numbers of the pact last month with only the guaranteed money serving as the sticking point.