The Sports Xchange
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.
Dustin Johnson's availability for The Masters is in jeopardy after the World's No. 1 golfer injured his lower back following a fall on a staircase, his agent said.
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.