The Sports Xchange
ANAHEIM, Calif.—Matt Dumba scored the winning goal in overtime and Devan Dubnyk registered 26 saves as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Friday night. Minnesota (14-11-3) came back from a 1-0 deficit but blew a 2-1 lead in regulation. The win snapped a three-game road losing streak. Anaheim (12-12-6) got 28 saves from John Gibson, including three in overtime. The team had gained standings points in three straight games after winning at home Wednesday night.
NEW YORK — Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL, according to a memo sent to league owners from the compensation committee on Wednesday, Dec. 6. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, citing a source, that Goodell's contract is expected to pay him about $40 million per year and includes incentives. Darren Rovell, also of ESPN, reported the five-year deal could be worth twice as much annually as the first 10 years that Goodell was commissioner, during which he made $212.5 million.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski received a one-game suspension from the NFL on Monday following his late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. Gronkowski could sit out the next game for the Patriots (10-2), who visit the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. He will appeal the suspension, according to multiple reports. White entered the NFL concussion protocol after the hit from Gronkowski, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty but no ejection on Sunday.
The New York Giants fired second-year head coach Ben McAdoo in a housecleaning on Monday morning, Dec. 4, less than a week after the benching of quarterback Eli Manning created a backlash from fans. The Giants also fired general manager Jerry Reese, who becomes the first GM known to be let go in-season by the team. McAdoo is the first Giants head coach to be relieved of his duties in-season since 1976 when Bill Arnsparger was fired.
SEATTLE—"Don't sleep on us." That's what Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said last week as his underdog team prepared to face the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles, who came to Seattle as the NFL's only 10-win team. The Seahawks, who had lost their last two games at CenturyLink Field, certainly were awake Sunday night. Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes and Wright and the Seattle defense held the league's No. 1 offense to a season low in points as the Seahawks won 24-10.
NEW PROVINCE, Bahamas — More than two years had passed since Tiger Woods completed his last tournament on a golf course before Sunday, Dec. 3. Woods, playing competitively for the first time since last February in Dubai, carded a final-round 4-under-par 68 to finish tied for ninth place at 8-under 280 in the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club.
ST. PAUL — Matt Dumba scored 39 seconds into overtime to send the Minnesota Wild past the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Saturday. Dumba poked home a rebound after Charlie Coyle's initial shot was stopped by St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen. It was Dumba's second goal of the season as Minnesota won its second straight game and avenged a 6-3 loss to the Blues last week. Ryan Suter added his fourth goal of the season and Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves for the Wild, who were outshot 42-25.
Tiger Woods' comeback tournament is going just nicely through two rounds. Woods recorded a 4-under 68 in Friday's second round to follow an opening 69 and he is tied for fifth at 7-under 137 after two trips around Albany Golf Course at the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods is five shots behind leader Charley Hoffman, who registered 12 birdies en route to a 63. Hoffman (132) holds a three-shot lead over Jordan Spieth (67) and England's Tommy Fleetwood (69), while England's Justin Rose (68) another shot back at 8-under.
Tiger Woods' return went about as well as he could have hoped. Playing in his first competitive tournament since the Dubai Desert Classic last February, Woods carded a 3-under-par 69 Thursday in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Course in The Bahamas. Woods had five birdies against two bogeys during the round. The former longtime world No. 1 and 14-time major champion shot a 1-under 35 on the front nine with a birdies at the par-5, 572-yard No. 3 and par-3, 216-yard No. 8 holes opposite a bogey at No. 9.
Quarterback Case Keenum led the Minnesota Vikings to three straight wins in November en route to being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month, the NFL announced on Thursday. The honor is the first for Keenum, who recorded eight touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing) in that stretch as the Vikings (9-2) strengthened their hold on first place in the NFC North. Keenum became the fifth Vikings quarterback to receive the honor, joining Brett Favre (2009), Daunte Culpepper (2003, 2004), Randall Cunningham (1998) and Warren Moon (1995).