The Sports Xchange
NEW YORK -- Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has been banned from Madison Square Garden after Wednesday's incident that led to his arrest, Knicks owner and arena chairman James Dolan said Friday, Feb. 10. Oakley and Dolan have been engaged in a long-running feud and Dolan told ESPN Radio that Oakley is not welcome in the building.
The Seattle Seahawks signed former Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, the club announced Thursday. Walsh spent five seasons with the Vikings before being released after nine games last season. The season before, Walsh missed a 27-yard field-goal attempt in the closing seconds of an NFC wild-card game against Seattle that could have given Minnesota the victory.
Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice president of officiating, released a video explaining that New England Patriots running back James White's overtime touchdown in Super Bowl LI was reviewed. White's third touchdown of the game came on a 2-yard run at 3:58 of overtime, capping a 75-yard, eight-play drive. The play ended with White's knee close to the ground as he crossed the plane of the goal line.
New England Patriots veteran defensive end Chris Long took to social media to declare that he planned to skip the championship team's customary trip to the White House. Long's voyage on Twitter was in response to the New York Daily News' Chuck Modiano, who wrote an open letter urging the 31-year-old to skip the traditional visit. Long provided his answer, but took issue with Modiano's tone in the open letter.
The Minnesota Wild reassigned forward Alex Tuch to Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday, Feb. 9. Tuch made his NHL debut on Saturday versus the Vancouver Canucks and averaged 11:54 of ice time while playing in three games with Minnesota. A former first-round pick of the 2014 draft, Tuch has 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 tied for second on the club.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jordan Murphy posted a career-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to help Minnesota beat Iowa 101-89 in double overtime in a Big Ten Conference game Wednesday night at Williams Arena. Nate Mason had 25 points and seven assists for Minnesota (17-7, 5-6 Big Ten). Akeem Springs had 17 points, Amir Coffey added 13 and Reggie Lynch recorded six of his team's 14 blocked shots. Peter Jok had 28 points and nine rebounds for Iowa (14-11, 6-6). Isaiah Moss scored 19 points, and Jordan Bohannon had 12 points and eight assists.
The Minnesota Timberwolves officially signed guard Lance Stephenson to a 10-day contract on Monday, giving the veteran another shot to play in the NBA. The Timberwolves are Stephenson's sixth team in seven seasons. "My job is to work hard, prove my point and show everybody I belong in this league," Stephenson said after the Timberwolves' shootaround before Wednesday night's home game against the Toronto Raptors.
The Minnesota Wild recalled defenseman Gustav Olofsson from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. The team also reassigned defenseman Mike Reilly to Iowa. Olofsson, 22, recorded 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 45 games with Iowa this season. He ranks tied for first on the team in assists. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound native of Boras, Sweden, owns 39 points (eight goals, 31 assists) in 106 career AHL games.
If Gisele Bundchen had her way, Tom Brady would have called it a career after winning his record fifth Super Bowl championship on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Patriots quarterback told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Bundchen, his wife of eight years, pleaded with him to retire after leading New England to a come-from-behind 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
BOSTON — Thousands of Patriots fans packed the streets of Boston on a cold, snowy Tuesday to catch a glimpse of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and New England's fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy during the team's championship parade. Riding in the city's signature duck boats, the Patriots slowly made their way down Boylston Street in downtown Boston before making a left turn onto Tremont Street on the way to City Hall.