The Sports Xchange
The Carolina Panthers signed unrestricted free agent left tackle Matt Kalil to a five-year, $55.5 million contract on Friday. The move unites the former VIking Kalil with his brother, five-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil.
The Philadelphia Eagles will get the No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after winning a coin toss with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, March 3. The Eagles hold the Vikings' first-round selection after the trade last season that sent quarterback Sam Bradford to Minnesota. The Vikings finished the season tied with the Colts for the No. 14 position in the draft order as both teams were 8-8 with identical strength-of-schedule ratings (.492), thus forcing the coin flip that took place at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The NFL salary cap will be $167 million per team for the 2017 season, an increase of $12 million over last year. The upcoming season will be the fourth consecutive year the cap has risen at least $10 million, and since 2012 it has been increased by about $47 million. The first cap in 1994 was $34.6 million. The Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans are among the teams with the most cap space when free agency begins March 9.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild were without forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville on Monday night, Feb. 27, against the Los Angeles Kings after the two players were diagnosed with mumps. Minnesota is the second NHL team to get hit with the contagious ailment this month. Four members of the Vancouver Canucks have missed time with mumps as well.
Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested on multiple drug charges early Sunday morning in Miami. Elam, 25, was booked at 3:45 a.m. at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on charges of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver, and possession of a controlled substance. He also was charged with reckless driving.
VANCOUVER — Five members of the Vancouver Canucks squad have shown symptoms of the highly contagious virus mumps and are not expected to play on Saturday, the National Hockey League team said on Friday. Defenseman Troy Stecher has a confirmed diagnosis with centers Markus Granlund and Michael Chaput as well as defensemen Christopher Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin also potentially affected, the Canucks said on their website. "We're taking this very seriously given how easily mumps can spread," General Manager Jim Benning said.
Major League Baseball, in its attempt to speed up play, is starting out small. In a move that might save one minute every few games, MLB will no longer require pitchers to lob four pitches to issue an intentional walk, ESPN.com reported Tuesday, citing management and players union sources. A signal from the dugout will be sufficient to send a batter to first base with anintentional walk. There were 932 intentional walks in the 2016 season, or one every 2.6 games.
Danica Patrick estimates she suffered at least a dozen concussions during her racing career and told reporters Wednesday, Feb. 22, she would retire from NASCAR if a doctor told her there would be long-term risks from another head injury. The subject of concussions came up during Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway after Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed half a season last year to battle the symptoms.
The Minnesota Wild recalled forward Tyler Graovac from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Monday. Graovac, 23, has six goals, 37 shots on goal and six penalty minutes in 45 games with Minnesota this season. He also has three goals, one assist and 13 penalty minutes in eight games with Iowa. The 6-foot-5, 212-pound native of Brampton, Ontario, owns six goals in 50 career NHL contests with Minnesota and 91 points (42 goals, 49 assists) in 184 AHL games with Iowa. Graovac was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL draft.
ST. PAUL — Jason Zucker had two goals and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 37 shots for Minnesota Wild in a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Zucker's linemates, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund, each had a goal and assist, while Eric Staal added an empty-net goal as Minnesota (39-13-6) surpassed its win total from last season and drew within one point of the Washington Capitals for the highest point total in the NHL this season.